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  • Ensemble Darkhorse - TV Tropes
    Main Laconic Quotes PlayingWith Create New Analysis Characters FanficRecs FanWorks Fridge Haiku Headscratchers ImageLinks Recap ReferencedBy Synopsis Timeline Trivia WMG YMMV The term Dark Horse has its origin in horse racing A relatively unknown horse would be risky to place bets on compared to a horse with a known track record because the gamblers would be in the dark so when an unknown horse won a race it was called a Dark Horse Victory The term is also used in politics to describe a lesser known candidate who does better than expected in an election Generally it s used to describe a side character making up part of the Ensemble either a non lead secondary character or a mere Flat Character who can sometimes become unexpectedly popular with the fandom sometimes even more than the lead characters depending on who and where the Fandom is as well as what the other characters are like in comparison for example the hero is not as popular because they re too much The Everyman Often this can happen because the character has very few character traits allowing fans to imagine this character to have traits that they like The Ensemble Dark Horse can sometimes be viewed as the character equivalent of a Cult Classic The writers or producers may be tempted to Retool the show s premise to put them in the spotlight Sometimes this works but usually it s a bad idea for two reasons both relating to what happens when you take a supporting character and move him or her into The Protagonist s position The first is that writers often adjust the character so that they can fit into a conventionally heroic role in the process destroying the unconventional traits that made the character an Ensemble Dark Horse in the first place The second is that if the writers don t do this traits that were entertaining in a secondary character may become grating and unpleasant in The Protagonist However it s still good business to bring Dark Horse characters back even if they were originally meant to be featured for only a short time Thus episodes which do not specifically require a certain character will be more likely to use the Ensemble Dark Horse Occasionally if an antagonist becomes a Dark Horse the writer may decide to have them perform a Heel Face Turn in situations where the only other option is being killed by the protagonists However if the series doesn t have an end planned it s more likely that they ll just escape If the Ensemble Dark Horse becomes an important character they re now a Breakout Character See also Adaptational Badass Ascended Extra Memetic Bystander Lower Deck Episode A Day in the Limelight One Scene Wonder and Unpopular Popular Character Creator s Pet is the polar opposite a character who the writer grows fond of but the fans do not An antagonist who becomes popular despite the author s intentions is Draco in Leather Pants

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  • Ensembles - TV Tropes
    common group dynamics you ll find Generally unrelated to the Ensemble Darkhorse Compare Extraversion Tropes Contrast Solitary Tropes Tropes See also Cast Calculus Duo Tropes Foil The Index Team Power Trio Adventure Duo All Star Cast Amazon Brigade Badass and Child Duo Badass Army Badass Crew Balanced Harem Band of Brothers Bash Brothers Battle Couple Battle Harem Beast and Beauty Beauty Brains and Brawn Big Bad Duumvirate Big Bad Ensemble Big Guy Little Guy Big Screwed Up Family Big Thin Short Trio Blonde Brunette Redhead Blood Brothers A Boy a Girl and a Baby Family Brains and Brawn Breakfast Club Brooding Boy Gentle Girl Bully and Wimp Pairing Cadre of Foreign Bodyguards Cain and Abel and Seth Caper Crew Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough Carnival of Killers Cast Calculus Cast Full of Gay Cast Herd Catch Phrase Spouting Duo Chorus Girls The Chosen Many Chromatic Arrangement The Church The Clan Combat and Support Commedia dell Arte Comic Trio Command Roster Cosmopolitan Council Counterpart Combat Coordination Coupled Couples Creature Hunter Organization The Dividual Dysfunctional Family Eccentric Townsfolk Elite Army Elite Four Ensemble Cast Equippable Ally Evil Duo Fake Band Family of Choice The Family That Slays Together Fantasy Axis of Evil Fat and Skinny Five Bad Band Five Man Band Five Races Five Token Band Four Element Ensemble Four Girl Ensemble Four Man Band Four Philosophy Ensemble Four Temperament Ensemble Freudian Trio Garage Band Gang of Critters Gang of Hats Gender Equal Ensemble Geodesic Cast Girl Posse Gossipy Hens The Hecate Sisters History s Crime Wave The Hollywood Formula Horsemen of the Apocalypse Huge Guy Tiny Girl Leader Forms the Head Lead Bassist Lead Drummer Light Feminine and Dark Feminine Limited Social Circle Little Guy Big Buddy Loads and Loads of Characters Lookalike Lovers Love Dodecahedron Lovely Angels The Magnificent Seven

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