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Characters from other works or franchises making brief appearances in a work. This is similar to a Crossover or Transplant in that it involves a character from one work or franchise appearing in an otherwise separate work, but it differs from those by being a one-off appearance instead of a permanent one. It also differs from a Continuity Cameo by involving a character from a separate work or franchise instead of another part of the same franchise. A Crossover Cameo can be accented with the leitmotif of the character who's making the cameo.

Subtrope of The Cameo. See also Continuity Cameo, for when the cameo is from a separate part of the franchise instead of a separate work or franchise. If the other franchise is The Muppets, see Muppet Cameo. May be a One-Scene Wonder and/or a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment. See also Special Guest, Stunt Casting, and Tuckerization.


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    Comic Books 
  • Once & Future: In Chapter 10, the cops from Hot Fuzz show up, only to get immediately killed by Grendel.

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    Films — Animation 

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    Video Games 
  • Alice: Madness Returns: It's possible to find Razputin Aquato's skeleton, complete with battered aviator's helmet, in the Queen's Castle, apparently having drawn a memory back out into the open. Apparently Alice's mind is just that rough.
  • Baten Kaitos series:
  • Blooming Panic: Nightowl's route has a brief cameo from Ace and Lord Kelso (characters who originated in Deliver Us From Evil, another otome game). They quickly get kicked out by Quest.
  • Brutal Orchestra: The player comes across metal corpses. The one they end up putting together is the Dollmaster, a monster from Video Horror Society, created by the game's publisher.
  • Coffee Talk: In Episode 2, on Day 10, Jorji's old police friends show up to help him on a ghost case. Said friends just so happen to be Detective Francis McQueen and Officer Patrick Dooley from The Darkside Detective games.
  • Detectives United: Elf, the player character's Canine Companion from the Mystery Trackers games, has a brief appearance in this game.
  • Epic Battle Fantasy 1: Natalie's summons are all cameos from other game franchises — Pichu and Registeel from Pokémon, Canti from FLCL and Catastrophe from Golden Sun. Regice and Regirock also appear as a pair of bosses. All of themnote  are replaced by Expies in the EBF Collection version of the game.
  • Mitsumete Knight: Sparkster of the Rocket Knight Adventures series appears as a one-on-one random opponent. If you manage to meet and defeat him, not only you can gain his Special Attack and the Title "Rocket Knight", but also, once your file is complete, you'll gain access to the Secret Shop held by him.
  • Shrek the Third: On the pirate ship, there is a hideout underneath the ladder filled with breakable crates. Breaking the last one reveals Skipper from Madagascar.
    Skipper: We're going to the wide open spaces of Antarctica. To the wild.
  • Sol Forge: Tyco and Gabe shows up in the alternate art for Alloyin Strategist. This probably ties in with Penny Arcade's blog post promoting Solforge some time before its Open Beta launch.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Several enemies cameo in other Nintendo games:
    • Cheep Cheeps, Eep Cheeps and Cheep Chomps could be caught in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp's fishing tourney during Mario Day 2019.
    • A Chain Chomp appears as an unlockable weapon in Bayonetta 2, where Bayonetta and Jeanne can attach it to their ankles and use it like a flail.
    • The Legend of Zelda:
      • Spinies appear in multiple 2D Zelda titles, usually under the name of Spiked Beetles.
      • Chain Chomps appear in a number of early games, either as indestructible enemies tethered to a single spot or as doglike allies that Link can carry around and that will eat other monsters. Relatedly, a Red Chomp is Link's Level 4 upgrade for the Ball and Chain weapon in Hyrule Warriors.
      • Cheep Cheeps appear in a number of early games, where they inhabit flooded sidescrolling portions of certain dungeons and will jump up at Link when he passes above them.
      • Lava Bubbles appear in a number of early games, inhabiting lava-filled areas and acting much as they do in their home games.
      • Thwomps can be found in a couple of early games, where they're encountered in sidescrolling passages and behave exactly like their Mario counterparts.
      • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening:
      • Goombas appear as enemies in the side-scrolling areas that represent certain underground passages. They can be defeated in any which way, but if Link follows tradition by jumping on them from above they will drop a heart.
      • Shy Guys appear under the name of Mask-Mimics, where they mirror Link's movements and their masks protect them from attacks from the front.
      • Bloopers appear in a single part of a water-based dungeon, and in the Switch remake as possible catches on the Fishing Minigame.
      • Boos also appear in the game, where they can only be defeated by lighting the torches in the room they wait in.
      • Piranha Plants also show up, and inhabit pipes in side-scrolling areas in their usual manner.
      • Pokeys can be found in desert areas in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons.
      • Bob-ombs appear in The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords and The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, where they can be used as makeshift bombs to clear obstructions in dungeons.
      • Lakitus appear as enemies in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, where they attack Link by throwing lightning bolts at him.
  • Secret of Evermore: You can meet Cecil Harvey from Final Fantasy IV as a shopkeeper in Ebon Keep. When you talk to him, he references events from his home game and may give you a discount depending on how you answer his questions.
  • Tales Series:
  • Undertale Yellow: In the Dunes, Red from another fangame, Undertale Red, can be met, having apparently been wrongly arrested by Martlet prior to the events of the story. Though she's willing to bury the hatchet once things are explained. Later, in the Wild East, Cooper, a character from Undertale Green, can be interacted with, where he talks about his dislike for puzzles.
  • UNKNOWN: The Observer was first seen in another one of Claude's fangames, Clueless. Also from that game is Shitai, as seen in the battle that takes place in the Falses' room. He’s the only moving enemy in the cluster.
  • Zanki Zero: Monokuma makes some appearances on posters (and even does his trademark laugh). Inspecting the posters gives a chance to have him spawn as an enemy on garage island. Having save data from a DanganRonpa game greatly improves the chance.

    Web Animation 

  • Adventurers!: Hero and Cherry from RPG World appear in the background when Maxima Termis calls for 'a spiky-headed hero and his sidekick'. The later when Eternion announces in a newspaper that he's making a bid for Final Boss, another article in the newspaper is titled "Galgarion to gardners: Prune or Die." In turn, Khrima made a cameo in RPG World, appearing in the hallway at Eviltown U.
  • Dungeons & Doodles: Tales from the Tables: Adventurers from other D&D-themed Webcomics, as well as a few Original Characters, have made their appearances as background characters in some episodes.
    • Before they were replaced with Eriawynn on Tapas and Webtoons, Episode 5 featured Bethaniel, Velatha and Tobias, characters from The Best Available Actual Play who are played by the creator's fellow players in real life.
    • Episode 9 has Sir Becket, Tovard and Shad sitting in the tavern background. Link, Trevor Belmont and Alucard also appear during the Bar Brawl that ensues.
    • The constable questioning the party in Episode 17 looks like Natalia, a police detective drawn from Polish comic artist Robert Adler (a.k.a. "Au" or "Boli-blog"). A pair of City Watch guards who arrest the party early on also look like Górsky & Butch from the eponymous comic made by the same artist.
    • Episode 20 has Alice and Obi from 1 HP Club walking past the party, the latter donating a few gold coins to the party.
    • Yuuka Bear, a Virtual YouTuber who voices Angela in the comic dub hosted by Solus Astorias, appears in a portrait on episode 30.
  • EQG Crossover: The background of the comic is thickly populated by characters taken from dozens of other works.
    • As shown here, the Soldier is the gym teacher and Lapis and Peridot are students.
    • The school nurse is Dr. Ziegler, and Tracer is the assistant coach.
    • Dipper, as seen here, is a member of the "Shady and most likely Dangerous Books Club". Crydius also regularly casts spells using Journal 2.
    • Crydius calls Marceline at one point during the Love Advice arc.
    • The Author Avatar of one of Crydius' real-life friends, MustLoveFrogs, along with one of her Original Characters, makes an appearance during the Love Advice arc.
    • Artoria and Mordred show up a few times, the former as a teacher and the latter as their child and a student, and a few books are seen mentioning the Holy Grail Wars.
    • Luna Loud is among the girls who want advice from Crydius at the end of the Love Advice arc.
    • Luz, Amity, and the Collector are also students, the latter being the "Court Wizard" of the "Knights of the Kids Table".
  • Poison Ivy Gulch: Fran of Litterbox Comics appears on 7/9/2023 for a high noon showdown where she draws her gun before Lotta.
  • Sleepless Domain: Alternate versions of Steffi, Ben, 42, and Chandra, characters from Kiwi Blitz, another one of Mary's comics, make a guest appearance as the Magical Girl group Team Blitz.
  • S.S.D.D.: Anne chats online with Sam from Newshounds, which got referenced in his home comic.
  • Simon And Freddy: Characters from other series have shown up in two of the strips:
  • 30-Something Wolf: In the AnthroExpo 2023 strip, Nyan Cat and Charlie the Unicorn get cameo appearances in the last panel.

    Western Animation 
  • Father of the Pride: Donkey makes a guest appearance in one of the episodes as a sort of Animated Actor.
  • Megas XLR: Several characters from MTV's Downtown show up throughout the show. Goat is an obvious one that he becomes a transplanted recurring character. Alex makes an appearance in two separate episodes (and even appears twice in the second episode, on both sides of two teams competing against each other in a robot battle *somehow*). The nerd Wedge appears at least once. Serena is in the pilot episode "Lowbrow". The girl Jamie gets a date with by borrowing Coop's car appears to be the same girl Fruity was flirting with on the subway.
  • When Lisa Met Billie: An image in the end credits features Homer, Marge, Bart, Selma, and Patty dancing with Ursula, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Cinderella, Gaston, and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.


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