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1->''"Have you ever met someone you don't know, again? Like, you don't actually know them, but they keep popping up, like {{God}} is running out of extras for the movie of your life."''²-->-- '''Creator/LouisCK'''²²Character(s) with no relation to the main story who keep popping up when the important cast is doing something in the vicinity, usually to their inconvenience or discomfort. They usually have nothing to do with the plot whatsoever, and the cast doesn't even notice them. For obvious reasons, this can become a RunningGag, although their appearances often culminate in a [[AscendedExtra formal introduction into the cast]].²²A level or two below ThoseTwoGuys and the RecurringTraveller. Also see MemeticBystander for when the fans take a shine to these characters. If he's always getting maimed or in trouble, he's an UnluckyExtra. May overlap with NewJobAsThePlotDemands.²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Advertising]]²* Aflac duck commercials from the Creator/GilbertGottfried era usually ended with the duck turning up in the vicinity of a confused bystander. It was the same guy every time.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* ''Creator/RumikoTakahashi'':²** Menko ("Miss Noodle") and Shiruo ("Mr. Soup") in ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', a terminally shy couple who are always just about to declare their love for one another at the moment another ThunderingHerd runs over them.²** A similarly named couple showed up in Akane's soaps in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Usually they inadvertently fanned Akane's fears that someone was going to get raped.²* ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'' has a taxi driver who always ends up driving the cast around; he is a big fan of Nene-chan's songs.²* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' had a trio of senior citizens who kept popping up all over the ''solar system'', and even appeared in TheMovie. The old men do have names, and ThemeNaming pops up yet again -- their names are [[ Antonio, Carlos and Jobim]].²* ''Manga/DesertPunk'' features a tragic comedy example: a recurring set of parents and young girl who always suffer a misfortune such as being robbed, having no food/water or having their livelihood destroyed, the parents will usually break down in tears or cower in terror of their mortal peril while the punchline is the young girl pull a parents sleeve and exclaim 'I'm hungry'.²* ''Manga/{{Dramacon}}'' has a raccoon that first appears plastered to the bumper of the car [[DrivesLikeCrazy Brett]] is driving to the convention. The little guy pops up in the background every so often throughout the series, usually scavenging snacks. He even makes [[TheCameo a cameo appearance]] in ''Manga/{{Nightschool}}'', another one of the author's works.²* In ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', there's a trio of super-{{fangirl}}s who can be seen in the stands whenever singer/model Haruto Sakuraba is expected to play. Sakuraba had a lot of fans, but those three stuck by him even after he quit modeling and [[TookALevelInBadass remade himself as a serious athlete]]. Of the three, the most notable is a short chubby girl with pigtails who [[RunningGag faints every time she sees Sakuraba]].²* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has its own couple of Recurring Extras who frequently appear in order to have their car '[[FlashedBadgeHijack requisitioned]]' by various military characters.²* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' has exactly '''one''' referee and '''two''' commentators. They're the same in absolutely every official match; the only ones that don't show them are unofficial or the ones done [[{{Flashback}} in the past]].²** We finally got a different ref in a present-day official match for Vorg vs. Mike Elliot fight, mainly because [[spoiler:he took bribe from Elliot's trainer. Can't have your only one ref being a crook, can we?]]²* ''Anime/InfiniteRyvius'' features two background characters, a girl wearing a blue mascot costume and a boy wearing only a towel, who appear at least once in every episode.²* Ushiko ("Miss Cow") and Umao ("Mr. Horse") in ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad''.²* The old men in the ''Manga/LoveHina'' anime.²* The Miyakawa sisters in ''Manga/LuckyStar'' appear as minor characters in both the manga and only two instances in the anime, [[AscendedExtra but had their own story explored later in their own mini series]].²* ''Anime/Macross7'' has the Flower Girl, an unnamed {{fangirl}} of Fire Bomber who appears OncePerEpisode, trying to give a bouquet of flowers to Basara, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption and always failing one way or another]].²* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':²** The Mahora Festival StoryArc has Haruki and Yuki, the adorable kid couple who randomly popped up in all three days of the festival. They served as one of the background characters Negi saved from Mana's gun, one of Negi and Ako's opponents in the Best Couple in Mahora contest (they won), and some of the cannon fodder in the Mages vs. Martians war game.²** A high school couple also appeared in all three scenes. Don't believe their names were given, though.²* For some reason, a group of monks passes by the house in ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' awfully often.²* ''Franchise/OnePiece'':²** Pandaman. A joke character and something of a RunningGag in the series. Shows up in backgrounds of the series for the audience to spot. ²** A door repairman is commonly seen, along with a drunk who tends to get involved with mobs very easily. It doesn't help that his fans tend to egg him on about adding these characters.²** Past THAT, in almost every arc, there are always a handful of nameless characters that will continually keep showing up; for example, the egg-shaped Franky Family guy with tiny glasses. No name, hardly spoke, WAS ALWAYS THERE.²** One of Iva's [[WholesomeCrossdresser okama]] squad, whose bunny ears and flowing mustache earned him the FanNickname of "Bunnystache."²** In any scene with the Navy, you can expect the same crowd of minor sailors and officers to show up, doing basically the same stuff each time. Especially notable here are Vice Admiral John Giant, who is decked out with excessive BlingOfWar and seems to specialize in {{Rousing Speech}}es, Petty Officer Masshikaku, who follows Smoker and Tashigi around, and Commodore Brannew, the briefings officer who shows up whenever there's an InfoDump to be had.²* ''Manga/OsomatsuKun'' / ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'':²** The Sextuplets themselves are often this in ''Kun'' days.²** Hijirisawa Shonosuke is the official bystander character in ''San'', though Dekapan, Dayon and Nyaa Hashimoto often play such roles as well.²** In Season 2 of ''San'', the Girlymatsu-sans (female counterparts of the Sextuplets) often stand-in wherever a skit needs some generic female characters.²* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime has a number of [[ recurring character designs]] used in the background of various shots, which are occasionally given a PaletteSwap.²* Autor from ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' first starts off as one, but later becomes a full-fledged character in the plot.²* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':²** There is a little girl with pigtails that shows up quite a lot, though several "sightings" are pretty big stretches. [[ Scroll]] down about halfway on this page to see an article on her.²** There is one character that serves as this, with a twist. There is a fat, unnamed woman in burgundy that appears only once in any media, but has an appearance in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] (first episode) and the [[VideoGame/SailorMoonAnotherStory RPG]] as a NPC who tries to set the girls up with her son. Considering she's a one-off character in the manga, it's odd that the creators of both the anime and the game thought to include her.²* ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'' has the mother bear and her son that watch the pizza cats be launched from the shop every episode.²* ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' has several people about the island -- including a salesgirl, a fellow dressed like a stereotypical Frenchman and a short dumpy guy in coveralls -- who are constantly seen in the background (and once in a while in the foreground). In a twist, they gather together during the climax of the series to see if there's anything they can do to help the hero or his sisters.²* ''LightNovel/SoICantPlayH'': Meshiyori is a silver-haired girl, who's notable for having {{heterochromia}} and an unusually high [[PowerLevels spirit level]][[note]]of almost [[spoiler: 1 million]][[/note]]. Despite this, she's a minor character who only appears in episode 3, briefly again near the end of 4, and isn't seen again 'til the OVA special.²* ''Anime/StreetFighterIIV'' -- Gouki/Akuma appears in the background of several scenes but has absolutely no place in the plot. This stretches belief that somehow, in an anime all about the main characters trying to find the best and greatest street brawlers, Ryu and Ken both overlook a huge muscular man in a karate gi with burning red hair who seems to show up wherever they go...²* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' features a [[ young redheaded woman with a scarf]] involved in the events of just about every episode.²* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' has some recurring students of the Sainan High School:²** Sayaka and Koyomi, the two girls who make minor appearances throughout the series. Sayaka usually wears two hairpins with short hair and Koyomi is the bespectacled girl with long hair.²** Matome, the male class representative in Rito's class; he always wears a pair of glasses. In "Darkness" he sometimes appears with Ren. ²* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' has Kuroneko-sama ("Lady Black Cat"), a small black cat with giant green eyes. She appears in ''every'' episode; even in the one WholeEpisodeFlashback over 100 years earlier [[spoiler:(albeit cryogenically frozen)]]. Her entrances tend to come out of left field (example: as Wolfwood digs through his bag looking for a book, he pulls Kuroneko-sama out of it). There are rumors that suggested the black cat is put in as a game between one of the animators and his children to see if they can find the cat in every episode.²* The '90s anime ''YAT: Anshin Uchuu Ryokou'' is about an intergalactic travel agency, where this old couple would be present in the space-tourbus on every single trip no matter where in what galaxy they were going.²* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', a hippie couple pops up from time to time, especially when something dealing with the Earthbound Gods is going on.²* ''Anime/ZombielandSaga'':²** Policeman A has an unfortunate (for him and for them) tendency to run into zombies. Luckily for him, they're [[FriendlyZombie Friendly Zombies]]. Unluckily for them, he doesn't know that.²** The FatAndSkinny pair of Metalheads who show up at the idol group's first performance as "Death Musume" in "Good Morning Saga" go on to catch their later performances, even when they become a full-blown pop group as "Franchouchou".²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* The French comic ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' features a band of pirates (who themselves are [[LawyerFriendlyCameo caricatures of characters]] from the Belgian comic ''Redbeard'') who kept getting their ship wrecked whenever they ran into Asterix.²* The Belgian comic ''ComicBook/DeKiekeboes'' has a fat woman in a red sweater who is always being run over by the main character. To date she has appeared in EVERY De Kiekeboes comic that was written, equaling the four main characters and doing better than every other character.²* The various helicopter pilots, particularly the French one and his extended family, who encounter main character Shautieh Ley's RushmoreRefacement everywhere they go in ''Manhua/BowlingKing''.²* The woodcutter couple in ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo''. They appear in the background of every other issue or so, sometimes interacting with the main cast (unwittingly helping Usagi foil the Neko Ninja's plans, even more unwittingly helping him feed and clothe Princess Kinuko, and very nearly getting killed by Inazuma...) and often telling one another that samurai are crazy.²* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', the Bernards appear repeatedly yet have nothing to do with the plot, save to sell other characters newspapers and be a FramingDevice for the ''Black Freighter'' story arc. The lesbian couple who get into a fight just before [[spoiler: the squid-alien appears]] have even less connection to the main characters. Subverted with [[spoiler: the "End Is Nigh" sign-carrier]], who looks innocuous until [[spoiler: it turns out he's Rorschach]].²* Some examples from Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}: ²** [[ Walter Collins]], for a long time landlord to the ComicBook/FantasticFour in the Baxter Building, and their mailman, Willie Lumpkin.²** [[ Mamie Muggins]], [[Franchise/SpiderMan Peter Parker]]'s landlady from his moving out of Harry's apartment until his own wedding.²** ComicBook/NormanOsborn, the alter-ego of Spidey's arch enemy the Green Goblin, started off this way: he appeared in numerous issues as a member of J. Jonah Jameson's men's club and was often seen talking to Jonah. After about 15 issues since his first sighting, he [[AscendedExtra got a supporting role in one story]], and not long after came TheReveal that he was the Goblin's true identity.²** [[ Harry Morrell]], landlord of the bar nearest to [[ComicBook/XMen the X-Mansion.]]²* If not Jolyon Wagg himself, then the members of his family in ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''.²* A pair of [[ hipsterish cops]] appear in the background of a huge number of Marvel, DC, and ''Transformers'' comics aimed at younger readers.²* Similar to the above, it's lately become a common in-joke for Marvel and DC artists to insert artist Jordan Gibson and commentator/"superhero sartorialist" Betty Felon into scenes as background extras.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Strips]]²* The alien inhabiting the Negative Zone in ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre'', whose life is constantly screwed up by the antics of a rowdy Thing.²* [[TheGenericGuy Ted]] from ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''. WordOfGod says he basically appears whenever an extra character is needed and it's simply easier to re-use character designs.²* ''ComicStrip/{{Cathy}}'' had one nameless character who would fill the role of shopkeeper, waitress, receptionist, etc, wherever needed.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' there's an unnamed underclassman of Kyon who has run him when [[GoodCopBadCop interrogating a member of an illegal photography ring]] and talking how him breaking a yakuza thug's hand was the most impressive display of that fight, between other moments.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animation]]²* Throughout Creator/SatoshiKon's ''Anime/MillenniumActress,'' there are three schoolgirls who appear in her flashbacks, which tend to take place within many different time periods (Edo Japan, for example) and locations, while either sneering at her dreams or trying to pry her secrets. They make a cameo in ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers''. To some degree, every single character forms a RecurringExtra to Chiyoko's movies/lives/[[MindScrew events]].²* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' and its sequels have Scrat, a disaster-prone prehistoric rodent who wants nothing more than to harvest and bury acorns and who occasionally crosses paths with the main characters.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* Creator/StanLee in all Franchise/MarvelUniverse films.²* In ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'', the action keeps on cutting to two teenagers making out in a convertible. This is for no apparent reason, other than to tell a policeman that nobody ever goes the way the main characters did. Supposedly they were going to have a bigger part in the overall plot until the female teenager broke her leg (she was supposed to play one of the 'wives'), [[RealLifeWritesThePlot thus having to be confined to the car at all times to hide her cast]].²* In ''Film/TimeBandits'', a couple named Vincent and Pansy show up in different time periods throughout history, presumably reincarnated, as they are slightly different each time. Vincent always has an embarrassing personal problem they're trying not to talk about, and they're swamped by the wake of the main characters each time.²* In the WidgetSeries (well, movie), ''Film/BattlefieldBaseball'', a group of people, including a girl in old-fashioned school uniform, a guy wearing just a fig leaf, and someone with a broken arm, appear out of nowhere to create a crowd several times during the movie. There's also a drunk and his dog who are seen multiple times, including the end, where it's implied that the dog is the narrator of the movie. Yeah.²* In ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', there is a couple at the train station when Dr Frankenstein boards the train who are having a strange conversation about some guy named Harry. When he arrives at his destination, the same couple is there, having the ''exact same conversation'', but in German, and the guy is now named Hans.²* In ''Film/TrickRTreat'', Sam starts out as one of these, but from how much attention the camera pays to him, as well as his frequent appearances in the title montage and the fact that he's on the cover of the movie, you can tell he'll be pretty important later on. A more conventional example would be the three kids dressed as clowns, who can be very helpful in putting together the film's [[AnachronicOrder complicated time line]].²* Creator/EricIdle's character in ''Film/NationalLampoonsEuropeanVacation'' just happens to turn up at the same spots all over Europe at the same time as the main characters, [[DesignatedVictim suffering increasingly grievous injuries due to their actions]]. He returns for more of the same 18 years later in the MadeForTVMovie ''Christmas Vacation 2.''²* A woman with a large hat shows up multiple times in the background of ''Film/TheDoubleLifeOfVeronique'' (''La double vie de Véronique''). As this occurs in scenes taking place in different countries, and the film itself is concerned with the idea of doppelgängers, it seems intended by the filmmaker.²* In ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', all of the extras seen over the course of the beginning of the first half of the film appear as zombies in the second half.²* ''Film/GregorysGirl'' has a character dressed as a penguin who wanders through several of the scenes at the high school. There's never an explanation.²* In the Roger Moore ''Film/JamesBond'' films ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' and ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', the man who keeps seeing Bond do crazy stuff in Italy, probably without ever realising it is the same man (emerging from the sea in his car-sub; driving around the streets of Venice in his land-gondola; and escaping from armed assassins on skis in the Italian alps, respectively). In each case he is drinking and in the first two, finds what he's seeing so bizarre that he seems to wonder if he's been drinking too much (though not enough to ''stop'', evidently). Played by Victor Tourjansky, who was the assistant director for these Italy-set scenes in all three films.²* Done literally for a scene of ''Film/SpaceMutiny'', with a scene in a corridor with Ryder and Lea having a conversation whilst extras pass them back and forth in the background. Quite plainly, the same two extras again and again.²* According to the DVD commentary of ''Film/ABridgeTooFar'', members of Attenborough's Army (the actors trained to play the soldiers) would obscure their faces during death scenes (such as having a helmet fall over their face when shot) so they'd continue to have work, as anyone killed in a close-up wouldn't be used again.²* In the Russian Super-hero film Black Lightning there's recurring character of a middle-aged Russian man with a drinking problem as a recurring gag of him swearing off drinking (twice) after seeing the flying super-car and taking up jogging as a means of keeping the 'hallucinations' away (apparently he never reads or watches the news).²* 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 [[ Tom London]], [[ Franklyn Farnum]], and [[ Bess Flowers]], who was the most prolific actress ''ever''.²* 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* In ''Literature/{{Airborn}}'', the Lumiere triplets are mentioned in all three books and Matt sees them at a restaurant in ''Skybreaker.''²* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}} Watch'' novels:²** The dwarf watchman Stronginthearm[[note]]assuming it's the same one each time; it's apparently a quite common Dwarven surname[[/note]] is mentioned in passing a few times between ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', when nonhumans first join the police force, and ''Discworld/NightWatch'', when he is [[spoiler: suddenly and shockingly murdered by a fugitive]].²** Constable Haddock also started off as just a placeholder that there ''were'' more Watchmen about than the main characters, but quickly became an AscendedExtra.²* The many courtiers around King's Landing in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' play this role, although some like Lord Giles Rosby and the Stokeworths do become more notable as time goes on.²* Before writing ''Literature/HarryPotter,'' Creator/JKRowling made a list of forty students who would be in the title character's year. Naturally, familiar names will show up whenever we need to hear what a [[HufflepuffHouse random Hufflepuff]] thinks about the yearly crisis. ²* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': The District 7 female appears the most of all the unnamed tributes.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* The actor [[ Frank Nelson]] literally made a career of this, playing essentially the same character (an antagonistic and smarmy shop-clerk) on numerous television and radio shows including ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', and ''Series/SanfordAndSon''.²-->"Yyyesssssssss?"²** Bizarrely, the Frank Nelson gag was even carried over into the legacy comic strip ''ComicStrip/GasolineAlley'', where Walt Wallet and his pals occasionally encounter the same smarmily obstructive Frank Nelson knockoff at various shops and businesses; once he even turned up as a police officer. Discussed by Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon whenever he recurs (e.g. [[ here]]).²* The late actor [[ Ed Peck]] played five different characters in all five seasons of ''Series/ThatGirl'' and three different characters in three different seasons of ''Theatre/TheOddCouple''.²* Buck Henry, a 10-time host on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', played the same customer, Mr. Dantley, in seven different Creator/JohnBelushi "Samurai" sketches.²* ''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.²* In ''Series/AuctionKings'', All the experts, who are only on if there's a piece for them to appraise. Paul's dad and son also show up from time-to-time.²** A few of the buyers and sellers are also repeat customers. Paul will occasionally mention items they've bought or sold in the past.²* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', there is Anthea, the wisecracking hospital emergency room receptionist, who has had frequent dealings with the gang, especially Howard, when an allergy flares or a robotic arm grips tightly but will not let go. One of the goth girls Howard and Raj date in the third season reappeared in the eighth as their guide to a problem-solving dungeon. Then there are Lonely Larry and Captain Sweatpants who first appeared in the comic book store and later as Wil Wheaton's friends.²* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had a number of these:²** The most famous was their go-to victim, played by Danny Strong, who eventually became a minor named recurring character and then a villain in season six, Jonathan.²** Should you be watching reruns of season 3 episodes, look for a shortish Asian guy carrying a skateboard. He's in many episodes and is referred to as "Asian Dan" by the cast. In the season 4 DVD, Seth Green, Joss Whedon, and Marti Noxon joke about his frequent appearances in the "Wild at Heart" audio commentary.²* ''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. ²* ''Series/DoctorWho'' had American newscaster Trinity Wells, played by Lachele Carl, who reported on every alien invasion of Earth during the Davies era. She made one final appearance during the Moffat era in "The Power of Three", an InternalHomage to Davies-era alien invasion stories.²* In ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', Godínez, different from the other [[AdultsDressedAsChildren "kids"]], rarely appeared in the "regular" episodes set in the village and when he did, he was close to a LivingProp. But, during some of the school/classroom theme episodes, he had significant appearances. ²* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' uses a few recurring baristas at the Café Nervosa set. A particular Indian actress appears for eleven episodes in the first through third seasons as the most commonly-seen one. Likewise, its parent show, ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' had a number of background bar regulars, most notably Paul who became something of a minor supporting character.²* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' had a few, all of whom became {{ascended extra}}s to differing degrees. Lauren Zizes actually joined the club, Stoner Brett auditioned and got a few lines in later episodes, and Jordan Stern (the neck-brace cheerio)...well, she got named at least.²* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has Ranjit, the... [[RunningGag various vehicles]] driver; his only line was ‘where to’ or ‘Hello’. Laster he became an AscendedExtra when he started to get more lines and received actual focus. ²* ''Series/IClaudius'' spans the lifetime of the eponymous character (and a couple generations before his birth), yet the same actors always play the Roman soldiers.²* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' has a burgeoning pair in the form of two FBI agents tangentially involved in their projects, who tend to benefit significantly by the association.²* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' went to a great deal of trouble to keep its extra pool consistent over years: Main Camp, Tailies Camp, Ajira Survivors, The Others (both post-crash and during the 70s), Kahana crew etc. all spotted mostly the same share of background faces who contributed absolutely nothing to the plot except when being suddenly killed as a RedShirt deserves. In some cases extras were even asked to reprise their roles years after their original appearance, simply because events of a scene would happen at the same time and place.²* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': In the first season a knight in armor would knock various characters over the head with a rubber chicken at least once in every episode.²* The live-action version of ''Manga/{{Moyashimon}}'' has the Four-Eyed Explorer, a bespectacled member of the university's Explorer Club who keeps showing up in the background. When he appears outside of Kawahama and Misato's room in episode 4, Sawaki even asks him who is he and what he's doing here.²* ''Series/MyFamily'' uses the same actor as receptionist in any hotel the family visit. They never comment on it, but he always has the same personality.²* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has a few. For example, the titular events in the episodes "The Banquet", "Beauty Pageant", and "Telethon" all feature the same guy as the [=MC=].²* ''Series/PawnStars'':²** Rick will take certain antiques to be restored by one of his buddies, Rick Dale. Dale [[SpinOff got his own show]], ''Series/AmericanRestoration'', which focuses on his work restoring things such as bicycles, refrigerators and candy machines.²** Danny "The Count" Koker, often called in to check over and fix up vehicles, now [[SpinOff has his own show]] as well, ''Series/CountingCars''.²** [[ Mark Hall-Patton, the Clark County Museum Administrator]] is often called upon when items from historic Vegas are brought in.²** Much like ''Series/AuctionKings'' above, several sellers show up in several episodes. Their previous appearances are often mentioned as well.²* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':²** Stuntwoman Bridgett Riley played a minor character named Sharkie that kept popping up in Bulk & Skull's scenes between the pilot and "Life's a Masquerade" of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.²** [[CreatorCameo Producer Doug Sloan]] had a habit of randomly popping up as a reporter when he wasn't playing one of Kimberly's relatives.²** A bunch of interchangeable one-shot characters frequently reappeared in the ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' [=PSAs=].²* Used to unsettling effect in the first episode of ''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=].²* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' has Ruthie, the Monk's cashier. Despite having at most one speaking part in the entire series, she racked up more appearances than any recurring character.²* In the early going of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', whenever the group arrived on a new parallel world and ended up taking a taxi anywhere, the same bearded Russian guy was always the driver.²-->'''Rembrandt:''' So.. you enjoy driving a taxi?²-->'''Driver:''' What is to enjoy? It is my destiny.²-->'''Rembrant:''' You don't know the half of it.²* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has a few, including Snoop Dogg Intern / Resident / Attending (that's right, baby) Dr. Beardface ([[ItIsPronouncedTroPay pronounced Beard-fa-say, dammit!]]), Colonel Doctor, and Dr. Mickhead.²* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', there is a cadre of about half a dozen recurring [[RedShirt redshirts]], some of whom appear more frequently than some of the regulars, and all of whom are played by extras. The most famous of these is Lt. Leslie, "King of the Redshirts", who died ''and then came back to life'', with nary a mention from anyone. Another is Hadley, who appeared in 62 episodes, but never had a single line. There's also Brent, Lemli, and Galloway, among others - though many of these characters had inconsistent names anyway, so it's a wonder they were given ones that stuck.²* Due to its fixed location, ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had a high number of recurring extras. Fan-favorite and bar fixture Morn is the most notable, although there were many recurring station residents--Ferengi waiters and Dabo girls at Quark's, Starfleet personnel like Ensign Tannenbaum and Nurse Bandee, and Bajoran officers like engineer Neela.²* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' had a small pool of MACO extras, most of whom became very quickly recognizable. This made it awkward whenever they needed a MACO to have a large speaking role, because they were the only one we had never seen before.²* Stargate ''[[Series/StargateSG1 SG1]]'' and ''[[Series/StargateAtlantis Atlantis]]'' directors Martin Wood and Peter Deluise were rather fond of putting themselves (and occasionally each other) in their episodes. If you look closely, you will often see them discussing something technical in the background or pointing guns at the gate during an unscheduled activation.²* Jacob Collins in ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'' is this until the later seasons of the show when he's promoted to a full character. Initially he is the cashier at whatever store Ricky is currently robbing.²* The first season of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' has Tina Fell, who appears in multiple episodes and even gets a line in one, but never does anything important.²* In the first two seasons of ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Amanda Tepe portrayed various oneshot characters, earning her the FanNickname "The Monotone Lady".²* ''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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theater]]²* In ''Theatre/OnTheTown'', Flossie can be seen wandering through several scenes with a friend, telling her the middle of some story about Mr. Gadolphin.²* In the 1919 Broadway musical ''Apple Blossoms'', a young Creator/FredAstaire and his sister Adele played two characters who were named Johnny and Molly in the program and appeared only in dance numbers, having no sung or spoken lines.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* Pretty much every single ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' game has had Anna show up, who usually either provides tutorials or mans the {{Secret Shop}}s. A full ''thirteen games'' into the series she [[AscendedExtra ascends to the role of full-fledged playable unit]] in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]''.²* The ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games have several Marines who are inconsequential to the plot and can even be killed with no consequence, yet reappear plenty of times throughout the series. Of note is PFC. Chips Dubbo (recognizable due to his deep Australian accent), and Gunnery Sergeant Pete Stacker; Dubbo was a regular in the original trilogy, while Stacker showed up in every single ''Halo'' FPS until he was finally absent in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''. Sergeant Johnson also fulfilled this role in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', but he became an AscendedExtra for the sequels.²* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has a trio of Toads who travel to the various locations Mario visits. Likewise that DiscoDan who seems to be either a step behind or a step ahead of where you visit.²* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLayton'' games:²** Stachenscarfen and Pavel.²** Also, in every game bar the first one there is a team of 10 different characters[[note]]they change in each game, albeit the ones ''Diabolical Box'' appear in ''Unwound Future'' too[[/note]], 5 males and 5 females, that appear in various puzzles (and as background extras in ''Miracle Mask''). The character bios you unlock at the end of each game mention them as "Puzzle Guys/Gals"[[note]]"Puzzle Lads/Lasses" in the UK version[[/note]], and the bio for Puzzle Gal 3 in ''Diabolical Box'' outright states that they're a theatre crew that reenacts puzzles.²* The Up'n'down from ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity'' and it shows up in most of the Robot Master stages with different forms and patterns of attack.²* Big the Cat from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series, although he used to play important roles on occasion.²* ''VideoGame/{{Tony Hawk|sProSkater}}'': Ollie the magic bum in the games. He appears in some capacity or another in almost every game (mysteriously; as noted, he's homeless, but appears in diverse locations the world over) and never plays an important role, but Ollie was playable in the third game. He hasn't appeared in a game since the ''Underground'' games, which were the triumphant finale of the original soulful series.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Comics]]²* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', the Onion Kid character suffers repeatedly as a side effect of Black Mage's actions, even as they travel to different cities and continents. His family and two foster families are killed by Black Mage, he is put on trial for one of those murders, and he is kicked out of an orphanage for being bad luck when a delivery is destroyed. Eventually this was subverted by the revelation that the Onion Kid is actually [[spoiler:[[JerkassGods Sarda]]'s past self]].²** Another example are the Real Light Warriors, which MissedTheCall that hired Black Mage & Co., and now always one step behind the Light Warriors (or being screwed by them).²* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a pair of Flumphs, floating, white, tentacled creatures, who wander around and get landed on by (and save the lives of) falling main characters in almost every appearance.²** Lampshaded with a towering side of spoilers [[ here.]]²* ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' has a young man with yellow eyes and brown hair who reappears numerous times in various roles, such as a [[ horse trader]] and [[ bartender]]. [[spoiler:He turns out to be a Sidereal TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} who knows Ten Winds. Probably a Chosen of Journeys, given his yellow color scheme.]]²* ''[[Webcomic/RealLifeComics Real Life]]'' has Alan Extra whenever a background character is called for.²* ''Webcomic/{{Sakana}}'' has a guy with a cap with the phrase [[FunTShirt "THIS GUY"]] on it showing up frequently in the background. He seems to be a ChekhovsGunman, because the artist revealed that he will have a bigger role in the future.²* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has the Shy Girl who, despite only appearing in the background a few times, garnered quite a few fans. Eventually Dan merged her with a supporting character.²** There are also several students that appear many times whenever random bystanders are needed, as well as the boys that hang out at the comic shop.²* ''Webcomic/TheFan'' has the character [[ Mustache Bob]] [[ appear]] [[ every]] [[ now]] [[ and]] [[ then]], usually in a panel's lower left corner.²* [[ This little guy]] from ''Webcomic/{{Zap}}'' appears at the site of every major disaster.²* There's [[ a kid]] in ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'' who used to appear in front of Sandra's house.²* ''Webcomic/PrincessPi'' has the man in the third panel of [[ this scene]] constantly appear during disasters and assure onlookers that the victims will survive.²* ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' has a mother-and-daughter pair who occasionally wander through to embarrass and be shocked by Sandra.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has the old lady who often makes remarks on Strong Bad while off screen, prompting Strong Bad to yell "Shut up lady!"²* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in [[ this]] 5secondfilms short.²* In ''[[WebVideo/TheCartoonMan Return of the Cartoon Man]]'', Kim and Donnie start out this way, but they end up affecting the plot in a minor way when they help Valerie. [[spoiler: They also take part in the third movie's final battle.]]²* ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'' turns the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villains of the Week]] in the Stardust Crusaders arc into comedic background characters.²* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', the webseries and comic tend to have T-Man show up whenever the scene needs a lone or extra Coalition player for a scene or gag, but not necessarily one of the other known characters from the faction. In later installments, he and some of the protagonists treat each other as acquaintances.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': Two characters created for the series ended up this way:²** Vacation Vanhonk, a duck in a Hawaiian shirt, whose gimmick is that he's always going on vacation. He attends Scrooge's birthday party in "Sweet Duck of Youth", crowds Duckworth and the nephews on the bus bench in "Duckworth's Revolt", and even is an extra in Mrs. Beakley's opera in "Maid of the Myth". Vacation Vanhonk has a couple speaking lines as well, berating Gyro in "Sir Gyro de Gearloose" and struggling with Magica's shadow in "Magica's Shadow War".²** Quacky [=McSlant=], whose distinguishing feature is that he walks askew, makes one notable appearance at the start of "Home Sweet Homer" when he delivers Scrooge's mail. Other than that, he only appears at Scrooge's birthday party in "Sweet Duck of Youth" and also plays an extra in Mrs. Beakley's "Maid of Myth" opera.²* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has [[ The Snail]], who appears briefly in nearly every episode. ''Usually'' plot-irrelevant, though there are a couple of instances (mainly in the fourth season) where he actually plays some part in the events.²* On ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', pretty much every one of the minor students in Jimmy's school are easily recognizable. While they show up in almost every scene taking place at school, they're also seen at Retroland and the Candy Bar store very often.²* In ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures Of Tintin]]'', [[CreatorCameo Tintin's creator Hergé]] appears at least once in every story.²* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', there are two kids in Arthur's class who have been in nearly every episode that shows his class since the beginning of the series. One is a gray rabbit boy, the other is a rabbit girl with a hairstyle like D.W.'s. The girl has never said anything, and the boy has had ''three lines'' for the entire run of the show, and none of the other main characters talk about or notice them. The girl, Maria, is getting an episode dedicated to her in season 19.²* A cabbage merchant in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' who always seems to find himself in the exact same city as Aang and the gang as they're WalkingTheEarth and always finds his [[FruitCart cart]] destroyed when they cross paths. His last appearance was about halfway through the second season, but was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the last episode before the GrandFinale when Sokka is reading the poster for the play they are about to see. ("Sources include [[ContinuityNod singing nomads, pirates,]] prisoners of war, and a surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbage.") ²** The cabbage merchant even manages to recur (sort of) a ''full 70 years later'' in SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. In a true case of ThrowTheDogABone, it seems his luck changed for the better: the Cabbage Corporation is now a leading brand in technology. He even [[OurFounder got a statue in front of the factory]]. [[spoiler: [[YankTheDogsChain Only for it to be accused of treason and shut down.]]]]²--->[[spoiler:'''Cabbage Corp CEO:''' No! Not my Cabbage Corp!]]²** Additionally, both times we see Kyoshi Island, a particular person gets over excited at the Avatar visiting and starts foaming at the mouth and passes out. In the second instance, Aang isn't really there, so he suddenly gets up, pulls his hood over his head, and slinks away in embarrassment.²** ''Korra'' also has "Feather Hat Guy," a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin guy with a feathered hat]] who appears in the background of almost every episode of the first season, prompting a fandom "Where's Waldo?" with fans scouring the episodes to find him. After not appearing for all of the second season, he reappeared as a disgruntled driver in an episode of the third season.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' had a few, one noticeable one being a woman with shoulder-length red hair, a brown turtleneck and a tan skirt, who became SuddenlyVoiced in "Along Came a Spider", but never received a name.²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' features a nondescript bald man in black that has constantly appeared in the background or in random moments throughout the series. The fans have noticed him so much that he's gained [[ his own bio page on World's Finest.]] He has been alternately referred to as "Mr. Lucky" or the intentionally-misspelled "The Blad Man". It is possible, but as of yet unconfirmed, as to whether the character was designed after longtime Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse director [[ Dan Riba.]]²* Several of the unnamed citizens of Marzipan City in ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' pop up more than once, and considering their individual bizarre attributes, it's not hard to notice them.²* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'':²** Di Lung, who would often pop up very briefly to utter his catchphrase, "Watch where you're going, you foo'!" He was essentially an extra until about halfway through the series, when he became more active in the plot.²** Jean Bonne also filled this role after [[DemotedToExtra his demotion]].²** There's many others, including a duck with a paper hat, the parachute lady, and a weird purple alien.²* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' consistently has a number of these. Though it makes sense as the main character is going to the same high school for the whole show, they do seem to show up everywhere.²** The boy with the spiky blond hair. (Who only ever got one line: "A freakisly large hornet!...Owww, my leg!")²** The chick with red hair and glasses... and possibly braces. (She does actually get a role as one of the transformed geeks when the trio goes to the San Diego Comic Con. At least, it's the same character design.)²** The black chick with the tall black hair and green sweater.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'''s background classmates are kept consistent throughout the series, most notably Andrea, the goth girl who drops the occasional snark and writes {{Wangst}}y poetry. She's given some development though, such as when Daria and Jane ease her embarrassment towards working at a wholesale club (we actually see her smile), and at the very end of the series when she hooks up with Upchuck.²* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' does this, but none of the recurring extras are seen in the same role twice. Of particular note is Bruce, who first appeared as an unnamed and rather creepy Spider-Man impersonator Peter considered hiring for Stewie's party in "Death Has a Shadow", and later popped up in various roles over the series first run. Eventually, after the show was UnCanceled, he received a name ({{lampshade|Hanging}}d of course), and became an AscendedExtra.²* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' has a number of background imaginary friends like Fluffer Nutter, Billy the Squid, Two-Head Fred, Wheelie, Mucus George, or Clumsy (to name some that are given ones). This would be because the ones that consistently appear are noticeable in part of the CastOfSnowflakes.²* Season 1 of ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'' had the ubiquitous Mr. Ford, a character who seemed to work at every menial job in the city from retail clerk to security guard to hospital employee, depending on the plot. Lampshaded in episode 12 when the main cast finally notices, to which his resigned response is "Yeah, my ass is everywhere." He was elevated to a main character actually affecting the plot in season 2 and the spinoff ''TheXtacles.''²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':²** Number 9 Man appeared in the background throughout the cartoon series before getting an [[AscendedExtra important role]] in the fourth film ''Into the Wild Green Yonder''.²** Scruffy the Janitor is often present and makes comments on situations that have nothing to do with him.²** There's also a fat, balding man with an exaggerated Bronx accent, apparently named "Sal", occasionally seen in some sort of blue-collar job. The writers [[ShrugOfGod can not decide]] whether they're all clones or just one guy who can't hold down a job.²* ''WesternAnimation/GalaxyHigh'' had another couple. The wife's name was Myrtle. They were actually an important part of at least one story, giving the main character a lift when his spaceship broke down. They may have been a pair of the Roepers from ''Series/ThreesCompany''.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':²** The "[[FanNickname Yuppie Couple]]" (whose real names are Margot Yale and Breandan Quarters) have moved out of the background and have become involved in the greater story, making them no longer an example of the trope named for them. In the four-part episode "City of Stone" a pair of statues that looked like them were smashed by Demona, prompting fan outcry about killing them. WordOfGod says that the statues were two other identical people who were not this couple, and the couple has gained larger roles in the comics -- the woman being the DA representative on the Gargoyles Task Force, and the man bringing a doctor to help save the life of the mortally wounded Goliath. The couple in question even appeared, albeit with swapped names (Brenda and Marco), in another Disney action series, ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', but only as a one time, not recurring (Creator/GregWeisman worked on both shows).²** A jogger who wears an "I Love NY" baseball cap who appears in a few episodes, and gets the occasional SpearCarrier line of dialogue.²** Vinnie Grigori (whose voice mimics Vinnie Barbarino (Creator/JohnTravolta) from ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter''). This guy loses at least two jobs and a motorcycle to the Gargoyles' actions. In the LowerDeckEpisode ClipShow centered on him, he spends most of the show narrating his past troubles to a custom-built weapon [[ParentalBonus called "Mr. Carter," which his accent renders indistinguishable from "Mr. Kotter"]], before finally shooting Goliath in the face just after the climax of a big battle that had Goliath's attention all night. Fortunately, "Mr. Carter" only shoots cream pies, and Vinnie walked away very satisfied with himself, leaving a confused Goliath to wonder at his identity. In the first episode of ''The Goliath Chronicles'' he actually has a major role, and saves Goliath and Elisa's lives before [[PutOnABus putting himself on a bus]] to take a job in Japan. [[spoiler: Too bad for him there are Gargoyles ''there'' too... He is next seen being observed by Yama, one of the Japanese Gargoyles in the ''ComicBook/BadGuys'' mini series]].²* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has many characters who are seen in every crowd. Many of them have received a FandomNickname like the "Free Pizza Guy".²%%* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'': The bear.²* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' had many very distinct extras; so many were recognizable as they changed from one small role to another--such as a Ron Jeremy caricature who appears as both a taxi driver and a hot dog vendor. Some, such as classmates, stayed consistent though. ''Creator/JhonenVasquez'' often appears as an extra. ²* When ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' needs a band besides Jem and The Holograms, The Misfits, and The Stingers they use [[ Limp Lizards]]. Their only song seems to be a {{wangst}}y OneHitWonder called "Broken Glasss". ²* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has numerous, thanks to the CastOfSnowflakes designs of the backgrounders being constantly reused. Named ones include [[CherubicChoir the Awe Guy]]; Chef Garbage; Butley the butler; Chuck the bus driver; [[MultipleHeadCase Luigi-Paulo]]; Ms. Cheesebreath; and Apple.²* ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'' has at least a half-dozen of these, including a pirate, a little old lady, a delivery guy, a biker named Beef, and a janitor. Whether or not Yoshi the cameraman counts is debatable.²* The Middleton High students from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' milling around in the background when Kim and Ron are at school are quite consistent, but fans particularly picked up on two: a freckled brunette usually wearing blue outfits and thus dubbed "Girl in Blue" and a tall, short-haired girl who fit the image of a ButchLesbian and was dubbed "Alex Sapphic", first by {{slashfic}}, then by the fandom in general.²* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' had a few characters like this, including their own yuppie couple and that large, bald, sunburnt tourist who keeps dropping his ice cream cone.²* In ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', frequently when mass devastation is being caused (frequently causing everyone else to scream and run for their lives), we see a particular kid watching it who just watches and says "Cool."²* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has an entire stable of recurring background ponies, many of whom have fan followings almost as unlikely as that of [[PeripheryDemographic the show itself]]. These include [[TheKlutz clumsy]] EnsembleDarkHorse Derpy Hooves, probably the most well-known of them all thanks to an animator's in-joke, as well as [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Hooves]] and Lyra Heartstrings, to name but a few out of very, ''very'' many.²* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has several kids who often make cameo appearances, often in crowd shots.²** All eight boys who rode the first rollercoaster with Phineas and Ferb have a goodly number of appearances in crowd scenes. However, only Dimitri Popaunicolas ever plays an important role in any episode: he holds a red balloon in a rodeo, [[BullSeeingRed angering the mechanical bulls]]. Buford actually lampshades the group's status (or, at least, the status of the trio formed by Pedro, Dimitri, and the boy who remembers Irving) as extras in the episode with the second rollercoaster, stealing the poster to ride for free, noting that he deserves to ride more than them, because they are extras.²** The most prominent example is the farmer couple from "Leave The Busting To Us!" et al., who never interact with the main characters, but often have something convenient fall out of the sky on them as a result of Phineas and Ferb's projects or Doofenshmirtz's schemes.²** Another example introduced in the same episode is the teenage blonde in the "Bust 'Em" commercial. She has shown up many times since, usually as one of Jeremy's friends. Her only line so far is a censored expletive.²* Edgar and Chauncey, in the various incarnations of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'':²-->'''Edgar:''' There's something you don't see every day, Chauncey.\²'''Chauncey:''' What's that, Edgar?²* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' had this in Filbert for a while, until he became an AscendedExtra.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': Larry and Steve, two of Didi's students who have worked at several different disastrous jobs (thanks to the babies), including house painting, the supermarket, and the movie theater.²* ''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, a ginger-haired boy with a green shirt, and Sam Lastnamè, who happens to be a [[EnsembleDarkhorse very popular character among the show's small fandom.]]²* Several on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':²** Squeaky Voice Teen, usually seen working in fast food restaurants or other low level retail.²** Raphael, AKA Wiseguy, AKA Sarcastic Man, who is a taxi driver, store clerk, plumber, etc depending of what the plot needs.²** Yes Guy, a Frank Nelson parody (see above in live action TV). In a homage to the original, he has Nelson's odd mannerisms and voice and always plays clerks.²** This applies greatly to the children seen in Bart and Lisa's classes. One-time character of the day students like Allison, Alex, and Francine, who are voiced by celebrities, are reduced to this. In fact, due to the severe lack of female students at Springfield Elementary and Lisa's lack of friends, the only girls she is ever seen with are Janey (her fair-weathered "friend") and Sherri & Terri (two bratty twins who aren't even in her class).²* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has a ton, to the point that Bikini Bottom only has about twenty or so unique residents. A few of particular note are the dark-green adult male fish who yelled "my leg!!" during large scenes of commotion, an unseen person who often yelled "boo, you stink!" (later revealed to be Squidward's mother!), a blue fish somewhat resembling a shark who [[OohMeAccentsSlipping switches his accent partway through the series]] and has a hatred for big meaty claws, and another green fish with an....[[ChewingTheScenery unhealthy obsession]] for chocolate.²** Many of them were given names [[ 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.²* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperForceGo'' has a man in glasses carrying a penguin doll named Mr. Cheepers, often seen fleeing from the chaos happening in the city.²* Bibbo Bibbowski of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', an absent-minded longshoreman, who appears in the pilot (with minor plot-relevance; he's established as an informant for Lois who helped her on an arms smuggling expose, and whom she asks to inform the ''Planet'' of her whereabouts if she doesn't return from the ship she is investigating, a task he is quickly distracted from). He appears several times thereafter, often just to provide a comment on something strange that has occurred, though occasionally Lois or Clark seek information from him, and he often makes shows of support for Superman.²* Silkie, from the second season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' onward, was basically Kuroneko as played by an oversized grub.²* ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)]]'' had a pair of cops -- based on ''Turtles'' creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird -- who would appear whenever the scene required policemen.²* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':²** Several of the interns from ''Total Drama Action'', as well as many of the characters' old designs as a DevelopmentGag.²** During the special, Chris even brought back some others (such as the intern with the hat, the serial killer, and the Eskimo dropped on Courtney) to [[spoiler: be the "stars" of a fake reality show called "Total Drama Dirtbags"]].²** Ezekiel becomes one in ''World Tour'' where he continues cameoing in the background of almost every episode.²** Mr. Coconut is one in ''All-Stars''.²* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has its various appearances of [[ContinuityCameo the Witwicky Family]].²* Kelly, the hapless and perpetually unlucky woman who inadvertently runs afoul of alien robots who turn into cars in ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''. Her insurance probably didn't cover most of the problems they caused. Her name was never spoken in-series, and comes from a sheet listing the cast.²* Reflector in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGeneration1'' tended to just be an "extra" Decepticon, since clones of him were often used to pad out the Decepticon ranks. He never affected the plot and after the first few episodes, didn't get to speak despite a number of generic appearances. He had a minor role in the first part of ''More than Meets the Eye'', but that was about it.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has quite a few Guild villains that always tend to show up in places where many villains gather, and sometimes they get a bit more fleshed out in later episodes. In some cases they don't get that much more detail (such as Dot Comm and Tunnel Vision in Copycat's heist), but others, like Sergeant Hatred in the first two seasons, go on to [[AscendedExtra play much bigger roles]].²* ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' had a recurring mutant who had no powers, but just looked kind of animalistic. He even got the occasional line of dialogue, usually pleading for his life at the hands of an angry mob of normal humans.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* As [[ Julian Smith]] once put it about Website/{{Facebook}}: "You know how on 'People You May Know', there's always that ''ONE DUDE'' that ''you know for a fact you don't know and never met him a day in your life'', but he just ''NEVER GOES AWAY?'' I feel we should all just go add that guy." ²* A well-known phenomenon of urban life, a [[ familiar stranger]] is a person you come across so often you begin to recognise them, even if you never interact with them. Of course, to [[HeroOfAnotherStory them]] you might be an example as well. This is evident especially in schools.²* '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. ²[[/folder]]²²----


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