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Sometimes having a single Cameo by a star or other famous person just isn't enough, so creators will have multiple stars make cameos. After all, if one cameo is good, a bunch of them should be even better!

Often, they will be heavily advertised to attract as many audience members as possible. Conversely, they may be kept secret to surprise the audience and generate buzz after. When done well, it can be awesome to see so many stars popping up in a favorite work. Done poorly, however, they can overshadow it.

Tropes Are Flexible, but a good rule to follow is that the work in question should have at least three cameos in the same segment or episode to qualify.

Sub-trope of The Cameo and may cross over with any of the other sub-tropes there. Compare Special Guest and Celebrity Star which may also apply. Similar to, but not to be confused with Continuity Cavalcade, which is instead a series of Continuity Nods in quick succession. Compare Crossover and Massive Multiplayer Crossover.

Naturally, this trope is ubiquitous in Fan Works, particularly Crossovers. Since these (typically) don't involve the real person/character (or their voice, or an official representation of them), they should not be listed here.


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    Comic Books 
  • In X-Men # 30, featuring the marriage of Cyclops and Jean Grey, various characters throughout the X-Books showed up for the ceremony, including many who rarely if ever showed up in a title specifically labeled X-Men.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Beyond Paradise (2023): The season one finale ends with Humphrey returning to the Caribbean island of Saint Marie, setting of his original series Death in Paradise, to clear his head and make some decisions. While there, he meets up with the current cast of that show - Commissioner Selwyn Patterson, Catherine Bordey, Marlon Price, Naomi Thomas and his own replacement, DI Neville Parker. Harry the lizard, who lives around Humphrey's old beach house, also makes an appearance. Notably, it's the first time Humphrey has met Marlon, Naomi and Neville.
  • The Big Bang Theory: "The D&D Vortex" has the boys trying to get a spot on one of Wil Wheaton's secret Dungeons & Dragons sessions. Along with Wheaton, the other players are Kevin Smith, Joe Manganiello, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and William Shatner.
  • Cougar Town has Ted from Scrubs make several apperances after taking a new job. The episode "A One Story Town" has Ted note the similarities between people from the two shows (several other Scrubs regulars appear on Cougar Town) as Scrubs actors (including Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, and Ken Jenkins) appear throughout the episode, freaking Ted out.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm's season seven finale, Seinfeld, has the main cast of the eponymous show reunite for a reunion show.
  • On The Office (US) episodes Search Committee Part I and Part 2, the eponymous committee is interviewing Regional Manager candidates to replace Michael Scott. Among those interviewed are Will Arnett, Ray Romano, Jim Carrey, and Warren Buffett. Ricky Gervais, creator and star of The Office (UK), makes his second appearance on the show doing a video interview for the position. In Carrey's case, this also makes for a Celebrity Paradox as several episodes include references to Carrey's films such as Ace Ventura.
  • Frasier: In the season 9 opener "Don Juan In Hell", Frasier is fresh from messing up two relationships and is on a drive to figure out how he became so bad at relationships. This makes him mind dredges up visions Lilith, his most recent ex-wife, Diane, who played a long term relationship on the previous show Cheers, and at one moment when Frasier is fleeing to avoid them, he opens a door and nine women he previously dated are crowding the door and each one is played by her original actress.
  • In Raising Hope, over the course of the show, various actors from Greg Garcia's other show, My Name Is Earl, would show up. The episode "Making The Band" has the entire main cast of My Name Is Earl showing up and forming a band.
  • What We Do in the Shadows (2019): The Vampiric Council in "The Trial" is made up of well-known actors who played vampires in other works:
  • 30 Rock had a couple live episodes which were packed with cameos including Sheri Sheppard, Matt Damon, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Donald Glover, Rachel Dratch, Will Forte. For good measure, Kim Khardashian and Paul McCartney were added in for gratuitous purposes.

    Music Videos 
  • The official animated music video for the Corpse Husband song "fuk u lol" is absolutely loaded with shoutouts and references, mostly to his friends, fellow YouTubers, and past works. Virtually every shot in the video has multiple shout-outs and/or references to, or cameos by animated versions of Corpse's friends.

    Video Games 
  • In Doki Doki Takeover!, In addition to the girls, the title screen will occasionally show characters from other mods interacting with them, such as Natsuki and Sunday singing together or Yuri admiring Tabi's knife.
  • In Friday Night Funkin': B-Side Remixes, in addition to a handful of cameos originating from the vanilla game, multiple creators and characters from the modded universe make their appearance in the Classic Week 5 second floor. Including, but not limited to: Tricky, Hex, Carol, and Whitty.
  • In HoloFunk, like the vanilla version, Week 5 features a large cast of characters watching over the holiday-themed rap battle with Takamori. The upper level includes Pico, A-Chan, YAGOO, ENMa-Chan, Oga, Arurandeisu, Blantad, Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Camellia, Koefficient, Cr1TiKaL, Destiny, Nyanners, Towa, Roboco, Risu, Haachama in disguise and Pikamee. The Holo-members watching on the same floor include Shiranui Flare, Shirogane Noel, IRyS, Houshou Marine, Minato Aqua and Hoshimachi Suisei.
  • In the good ending of Hydorah, a series of monuments to heroes of classic shoot'em up games such as Gradius, R-Type, Darius, and XEXEX are shown. In Super Hydorah, they're replaced with characters from Locomalito's other games they've made since then.


    Web Videos 
  • Ironmouse is one of the longest-running (if not THE longest running) English-speaking VTubers and has inspired countless people to go into VTubing themselves. It's only fitting then that her lore video is filled to the brim with cameos not only from fellow VShojo members Nyanners and Amemiya Nazuna, but also Nina Kosaka and Vox Akuma from Nijisanji EN (at the 2:40 mark) and Hololive's very own Calliope Mori (at the 9:16 mark). Even Corpse Husband makes an appearance during The Stinger.

    Western Animation 


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The Lion King 1 1/2 Ending

After Timon and Pumbaa finishes the movie, Timon's mom and uncle, Simba and Rafiki shows up to rewatch the movie. Then Mickey shows up and eventually, many other Disney characters show up to watch the movie with them.

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