In serialized works of art, such as TV serials, games, etc., a guest character is a character which acts only in a few episodes or scenes, unlike regular characters (both core and secondary ones), which act throughout the whole or a significant duration of the series.

Unlike regular characters, the guest ones do not need to be carefully incorporated into the story line with all its ramifications: they create a piece of drama and then disappear without consequences to the narrative structure, unlike core characters, for which any significant conflict must be traced during a considerable time, which is often seen as an unjustified waste of resources. [1]

There may also be a continuing or recurring guest character .[2]

Sometimes a guest character may gain popularity and turn into a regular one. [3]

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  1. Greg M. Smith, Beautiful TV: The Art and Argument of Ally McBeal, p. 147
  2. Smith, p. 151
  3. David Kukoff, Vault Guide to Television Writing Careers, p. 62
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