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A scene stealer is a character in a film or dramatic performance that dominates the audience's attention, often through charisma, humour or powerful acting, thus "stealing the scene" or "stealing the show".[1] The term usually (but not always) applies to a supporting character, such as a sidekick, best friend, confidant, villain, etc. Sometimes the term is used for a minor character who has unexpectedly (and perhaps inappropriately) drawn attention away from the star.

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  1. ^ Fazio, Larry. Stage Manager: The Professional Experience. St. Louis: Focal Press, 2000. ISBN 0-240-80410-4