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A secret character (not to be confused with an unseen character) is a playable character in a video game that can only be played by completing some task in the game.

Secret characters are more common in fighting games, which are fundamentally based around a set of different characters. However, they can occur in any kind of game.

In some cases, secret characters are given as a reward for completing a game - a process usually described as unlocking a secret character. The Tekken games are a fine example of this, as they actually provide empty spaces on the Character Select screen for characters that have not yet been unlocked.

Other secret characters, however, are far more secretive, and can be classified as a kind of easter egg. Some may require the player to accomplish impressive or unusual gameplay feats, and some can only be obtained by using cheat code or hack.

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