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List of unseen characters

Television shows and stage plays sometimes include continuing characters who are never seen or heard by the audience, but only described by other characters.

Television shows: Examples

Heard but not seen:

Neither seen nor heard (may be partially seen on rare occasions):

Heard but never completely seen:

  • Wilson, the Taylors' neighbor, in Home Improvement (face always obscured by picket fence or various other props)
  • The "lady" in Tom and Jerry cartoons (legs only)
  • "Nanny" in Muppet Babies[?] (legs only)
  • Big Al in Police Squad[?] and The Naked Gun (he is so tall his face is always cut off by the top of the screen)
  • Miss Sara Bellum in The Powerpuff Girls (her face is either above the screen like Big Al's or otherwise obscured)
  • Dr. Claw in the Inspector Gadget cartoon series (his hands emerge from behind a large chair)
  • Victor Lewis-Smith in Inside Victor Lewis-Smith (possibly the only series whose star is never seen clearly; he or a body double appears wreathed in bandages after a car crash in the opening scene; he is also seen in highly distorted close-ups while making crank phone calls)
  • "Troy" the extra-terrestrial father in Out of This World[?] (TV-Series 1987-1991)

Unseen characters who were spoken of for a long time and then eventually seen:

Stage Plays: Examples

  • Harvey, the title character of the play Harvey. Elwood P. Dowd, who is the only character in the play who can see him, describes him as a six-foot tall rabbit. (This play has been made into a film several times, most famously with Jimmy Stewart playing the role of Dowd.)
  • Godot in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot



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