History EnsembleDarkHorse / LiveActionTV

29th Nov '16 10:54:45 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Apart from Jack Bauer (who's the main character anyway), the only other character to appear in the first seven seasons of ''24'' is Aaron Pierce, whose actor (Glenn Morshower) was listed as a "guest star" rather than a member of the main cast in the 49 episodes he appeared in. He is also probably one of the few characters who can rival Jack in terms of {{Badass}}. (It's also worth noting that despite not appearing in the final season, he was ''not'' killed off.)

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** Apart from Jack Bauer (who's the main character anyway), the only other character to appear in the first seven seasons of ''24'' is Aaron Pierce, whose actor (Glenn Morshower) was listed as a "guest star" rather than a member of the main cast in the 49 episodes he appeared in. He is also probably one of the few characters who can rival Jack in terms of {{Badass}}.badass. (It's also worth noting that despite not appearing in the final season, he was ''not'' killed off.)



** Renee Walker has become one. Originally introduced in season seven as a foil and MoralityPet for Jack, she's gone on to become a ''bona fide'' {{Badass}} KnightInSourArmor, and one of the few people on the show capable of out ''Jack Bauering Jack Bauer''. It's little wonder her nickname in fan circles is "[[FanNickname Jill Bauer]]".

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** Renee Walker has become one. Originally introduced in season seven as a foil and MoralityPet for Jack, she's gone on to become a ''bona fide'' {{Badass}} badass KnightInSourArmor, and one of the few people on the show capable of out ''Jack Bauering Jack Bauer''. It's little wonder her nickname in fan circles is "[[FanNickname Jill Bauer]]".



** Seelix, who's something of a ''Manufactured Darkhorse'' by none other than Aaron Douglas, aka Chief Tyrol. Her character was literally credited as "Technician #2" in her debut episode, but Douglas began calling her Seelix during takes, which she was eventually credited as. As the show went on, she got a first name, and became a Viper pilot--All because Aaron Douglas is a BadAss actor.

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** Seelix, who's something of a ''Manufactured Darkhorse'' by none other than Aaron Douglas, aka Chief Tyrol. Her character was literally credited as "Technician #2" in her debut episode, but Douglas began calling her Seelix during takes, which she was eventually credited as. As the show went on, she got a first name, and became a Viper pilot--All because Aaron Douglas is a BadAss badass actor.



** Rory Williams is either one of these, or a blatant example of the writers deliberately manipulating a character to make them go in this direction: from someone who looked like he was going to be a dorky Mickey Smith clone, to a character with far more appeal (right before killing him), to a BadAss and UnbrokenVigil.

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** Rory Williams is either one of these, or a blatant example of the writers deliberately manipulating a character to make them go in this direction: from someone who looked like he was going to be a dorky Mickey Smith clone, to a character with far more appeal (right before killing him), to a BadAss badass and UnbrokenVigil.



* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': Has currently Greer and ''The Destiny''. Greer is obviously well liked, being an utterly cool pyromaniac BadAss and as for Destiny... just see the [[WMG/StargateUniverse WMG]]!

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* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': Has currently Greer and ''The Destiny''. Greer is obviously well liked, being an utterly cool pyromaniac BadAss badass and as for Destiny... just see the [[WMG/StargateUniverse WMG]]!



** Amongst the old school series, there's Gai Yuuki from ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman''. Despite being a {{Jerkass}} ranger, he's that {{Badass}} and well loved that eventually he evolves into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and eventually deemed TooCoolToLive and got killed off in the epilogue. There's a manga about him being replaced, but he still proved extremely popular and remains as one of the most favored Sentai Black Rangers EVER. So much that... [[spoiler:he's the Jetman representative for ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', coming BackFromTheDead just for that one episode before returning to the land of the dead.]]

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** Amongst the old school series, there's Gai Yuuki from ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman''. Despite being a {{Jerkass}} ranger, he's that {{Badass}} badass and well loved that eventually he evolves into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and eventually deemed TooCoolToLive and got killed off in the epilogue. There's a manga about him being replaced, but he still proved extremely popular and remains as one of the most favored Sentai Black Rangers EVER. So much that... [[spoiler:he's the Jetman representative for ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', coming BackFromTheDead just for that one episode before returning to the land of the dead.]]



** There were a lot of darkhorses in several other series though. Back in ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive'', the darkhorse seems to go to either Kanpei Kuroda/Goggle Black (for having a lot of {{Badass}} stunts and being played by Junichi Haruta), and Miki Momozono/Goggle Pink (probably due to her PluckyGirl-ness), and at ''Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman'', the Black-Pink combination (Ryuu Hoshikawa/Dyna Black and Rei Tachibana/Dyna Pink) become the darkhorses as well (due to, again, Hoshikawa being played by Junichi Haruta, and Rei being played by Sayoko Hagiwara, both of them still resume acting afterwards). At ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman'', it's not the heroes who's the darkhorse, but the villain Bio Hunter Silva who attains this status, despite his short screentime, he instilled fear to many audience with the possibility of how [[AnyoneCanDie any of the Bioman can die by him]], and his reappearance in ''Super Hero Taisen'' is received very warmly. And then, jumping on to ''Series/ChoushinseiFlashman'', Sara/Yellow Flash also gains a lot of attention due to her borderline MsFanservice outfit and having a lot of drama to go at the end of the series [[spoiler:being revealed as Tokimura's daughter]]. And later on, in ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', Tsuruhime/Ninja White is the one to attain this status, guaranteeing her to appear in many 'Top heroine list', and even could be attaining top spot against modern day heroines, probably due to her being the first technical female leader of the team.

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** There were a lot of darkhorses in several other series though. Back in ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive'', the darkhorse seems to go to either Kanpei Kuroda/Goggle Black (for having a lot of {{Badass}} badass stunts and being played by Junichi Haruta), and Miki Momozono/Goggle Pink (probably due to her PluckyGirl-ness), and at ''Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman'', the Black-Pink combination (Ryuu Hoshikawa/Dyna Black and Rei Tachibana/Dyna Pink) become the darkhorses as well (due to, again, Hoshikawa being played by Junichi Haruta, and Rei being played by Sayoko Hagiwara, both of them still resume acting afterwards). At ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman'', it's not the heroes who's the darkhorse, but the villain Bio Hunter Silva who attains this status, despite his short screentime, he instilled fear to many audience with the possibility of how [[AnyoneCanDie any of the Bioman can die by him]], and his reappearance in ''Super Hero Taisen'' is received very warmly. And then, jumping on to ''Series/ChoushinseiFlashman'', Sara/Yellow Flash also gains a lot of attention due to her borderline MsFanservice outfit and having a lot of drama to go at the end of the series [[spoiler:being revealed as Tokimura's daughter]]. And later on, in ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', Tsuruhime/Ninja White is the one to attain this status, guaranteeing her to appear in many 'Top heroine list', and even could be attaining top spot against modern day heroines, probably due to her being the first technical female leader of the team.



** Tommy's Japanese counterpart Burai, aka [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Burai/Dragon Ranger]] qualifies too. His YourDaysAreNumbered situation keeps his screentime ''very'' limited and he doesn't appear in the opening at all, yet he attains so much popularity for being a conflicted {{Badass}} and having strong drama with his brother Geki/Tyranno Ranger that when he died, fans protested to bring him back and that he would have came back had it not been for WordOfGod stating [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped heroes need to die and stay dead]]. However, he ''did'' come back... though only in the non-canonical [[FanNickname Zyu2]] footage used for Power Rangers. And even then he kicked the bucket in the episodes used for "Green No More".

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** Tommy's Japanese counterpart Burai, aka [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Burai/Dragon Ranger]] qualifies too. His YourDaysAreNumbered situation keeps his screentime ''very'' limited and he doesn't appear in the opening at all, yet he attains so much popularity for being a conflicted {{Badass}} badass and having strong drama with his brother Geki/Tyranno Ranger that when he died, fans protested to bring him back and that he would have came back had it not been for WordOfGod stating [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped heroes need to die and stay dead]]. However, he ''did'' come back... though only in the non-canonical [[FanNickname Zyu2]] footage used for Power Rangers. And even then he kicked the bucket in the episodes used for "Green No More".



** Death. Despite his very limited appearances, he has very devoted fans. Might have something to do with his promise to [[{{Badass}} reap God]].

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** Death. Despite his very limited appearances, he has very devoted fans. Might have something to do with his promise to [[{{Badass}} reap God]].God.



** Despite only appearing in a handful of episodes, [[spoiler: being alive in only a few of them]], Godric is very popular among the fans. Probably because he is a total {{Badass}}.

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** Despite only appearing in a handful of episodes, [[spoiler: being alive in only a few of them]], Godric is very popular among the fans. Probably because he is a total {{Badass}}.Badass.



* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': Audrey Horne became very popular due to her strong-willed character and, whilst still managing to be a bit of a [[{{Badass}} bad girl sometimes]], still not being nearly as evil nor cruel as many of the Twin Peaks residents. [[MsFanservice And for other reasons]]. Sherilyn Fenn was even offered to play Audrey in a spin-off. Of course, [[SeasonalRot she did become less popular gradually as the show itself started to fall apart, along with most of the characters.]]

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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': Audrey Horne became very popular due to her strong-willed character and, whilst still managing to be a bit of a [[{{Badass}} bad girl sometimes]], sometimes, still not being nearly as evil nor cruel as many of the Twin Peaks residents. [[MsFanservice And for other reasons]]. Sherilyn Fenn was even offered to play Audrey in a spin-off. Of course, [[SeasonalRot she did become less popular gradually as the show itself started to fall apart, along with most of the characters.]]
15th Oct '16 10:24:44 AM Sapphirea2
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** Jethro, from the episode ''Midnight'', is loved by fangirls for his facial expressions and his dry, sarcastic attitude. Being played by [[Creator/ColinMorgan the guy]] who would eventually play ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' helps, too. More than a few fans are hoping for him as a companion for the Twelfth Doctor.
** The Zygons have proved to be a popular creation even though they only made one televised appearance in the Classic Series, in 1975. Creator/DavidTennant has said they are his favourite monsters. The Zygons were so popular that they had their own subplot in the 50th Anniversary Special.
** Journey Blue from ''Into the Dalek''. Not ten minutes after the end of the episode's premiere, there were already fans calling for her to become a companion, not to mention shipping her with Clara.

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** Jethro, from the episode ''Midnight'', "Midnight", is loved by fangirls for his facial expressions and his dry, sarcastic attitude. Being played by [[Creator/ColinMorgan the guy]] who would eventually play ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' helps, too. More than a few fans are hoping for him as hoped he would be a companion for the Twelfth Doctor.
** The Zygons have proved to be a popular creation even though they only made one televised appearance in the Classic Series, classic series in 1975. 1975. Creator/DavidTennant has said they are his favourite monsters. The Zygons were monsters, and are so popular that they had their own subplot in the 50th Anniversary Special.
anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor", followed by a Series 9 two-parter that continued it (and yielded up a darkhorse among Twelfth Doctor antagonists with the rebel leader [[spoiler: Bonnie, aka "Evil Clara"]]).
** Journey Blue from ''Into "Into the Dalek''.Dalek". Not ten minutes after the end of the episode's premiere, there were already fans calling for her to become a companion, not to mention shipping her with Clara. In fact, Journey wanted to be a companion, but the Twelfth Doctor turned her down due to her being a solider, a profession he was initially ''very'' uncomfortable with. This attitude softened by the end of his first season, but Journey has not been seen again.
** Another Twelfth Doctor companion who never was: lovable Shona from "Last Christmas", his first ChristmasEpisode. She and Journey were the most popular choices for his first post-Clara companion, but instead new characters were introduced, possibly because the circumstances of Clara's departure required a cleaner break from the past than usual.
2nd Oct '16 2:49:10 PM StFan
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** ''ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' has [[ChoujinSentaiJetman Gai Yuki]] {{Expy}} Ian Yorkland (Kyoryu Black), {{Adorkable}} SixthRanger Utsusemimaru (Kyoryu Gold), BadassGrandpa [[TheMentor Mentor]] Torin (Kyoryu Silver), BadassAdorable [[TheSmurfettePrinciple female rangers]] Amy Yuzuki (Kyoryu Pink) and Yayoi Ulshade (Kyoryu Violet), and CuteMonsterGirl Candellila.

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** ''ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' has [[ChoujinSentaiJetman [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Gai Yuki]] {{Expy}} Ian Yorkland (Kyoryu Black), {{Adorkable}} SixthRanger Utsusemimaru (Kyoryu Gold), BadassGrandpa [[TheMentor Mentor]] Torin (Kyoryu Silver), BadassAdorable [[TheSmurfettePrinciple female rangers]] Amy Yuzuki (Kyoryu Pink) and Yayoi Ulshade (Kyoryu Violet), and CuteMonsterGirl Candellila.
8th Sep '16 2:19:43 AM jormis29
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** Faith was originally supposed to be there for five episodes but managed to be such a fan favourite that she lasted right until the end. She would have even gotten her own show if Eliza Dushku hadn't declined in order to work on ''TruCalling''.

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** Faith was originally supposed to be there for five episodes but managed to be such a fan favourite that she lasted right until the end. She would have even gotten her own show if Eliza Dushku Creator/ElizaDushku hadn't declined in order to work on ''TruCalling''.''Series/TruCalling''.
21st Aug '16 11:14:22 AM pointycatears
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Felicity Smoak was originally meant to be a one episode guest appearance, until the executives and writers noticed the instant chemistry between Emily Bett Rickard's and Stephen Amell. The actresses performance alone bumped her up from a 2 scene only character to a staple and primary love interest for the series protagonist.

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Felicity Smoak was originally meant to be a one episode guest appearance, until the executives and writers noticed the instant chemistry between Emily Bett Rickard's and Stephen Amell. The actresses performance alone bumped her up from a 2 scene only character to a staple and primary love interest for the series protagonist. Unfortunately, in a case of TropesAreNotGood, she became a SpotlightStealingSquad and caused what started off as a fairly good ship to become a RomanticPlotTumor, [[BaseBreakingCharacter leading to most fans]] [[TheScrappy admitting that they no longer like her]] [[SeasonalRot after season 2]]. [[CreatorsPet Too bad the writers don't share the same opinion]].
5th Aug '16 8:44:08 AM 06tele
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* ''Series/StrangerThings'': Barb, who gained a huge fan following as the earnest, dorkish best friend of main character Nancy before (and partly as a result of) [[spoiler: [[TheyDroppedABridgeOnHim having a bridge dropped on her.]]]]
26th Jul '16 8:02:07 AM Willbyr
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22nd Jul '16 5:28:40 AM Anddrix
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* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'': While many people see Pam Tucker as an example of TheScrappy, you can also see her as a welcome bit of fresh air in a show, that would last only two more seasons anyway. So she's more of a BaseBreaker. Despite how the show always was set in New York, it wasn't until when Pam showed up in the 7th season, that we got a regular view of what it was like to live in a ghetto neighborhood. She had obviously had a rougher life than Cliff's and Claire's own kids, and she could be seen as much more down to Earth than her cousins.

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* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'': While many people see Pam Tucker as an example of TheScrappy, you can also see her as a welcome bit of fresh air in a show, that would last only two more seasons anyway. So she's more of a BaseBreaker.BaseBreakingCharacter. Despite how the show always was set in New York, it wasn't until when Pam showed up in the 7th season, that we got a regular view of what it was like to live in a ghetto neighborhood. She had obviously had a rougher life than Cliff's and Claire's own kids, and she could be seen as much more down to Earth than her cousins.



** Janice is this. Although, being hilarious and annoying at the same time, she's also a BaseBreaker.
** Richard, for being one of the most decent and likable love interests. Like Janice though, he can fall into the BaseBreaker territory, since some people see him as TheScrappy.

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** Janice is this. Although, being hilarious and annoying at the same time, she's also a BaseBreaker.
BaseBreakingCharacter.
** Richard, for being one of the most decent and likable love interests. Like Janice though, he can fall into the BaseBreaker BaseBreakingCharacter territory, since some people see him as TheScrappy.



** [[Comicbook/GreenArrow Oliver Queen]] first arrived in Season 6--fresh off a turn as the EnsembleDarkHorse on ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''--and quickly became a massive fan favorite character, especially since many fans viewed him as a more proactive hero than Clark, as [[VillainsActHeroesReact he actually sought out the bad guys rather than waiting for trouble to become visible]]. His popularity grew to such magnitudes that he was added to the regular cast in Season 8 and [[spoiler: got shipped with Chloe after fans--who'd been writing shipper fics for them since their first meeting--demanded it]]. However, he became something of a BaseBreaker later on as he took a much more dark method of crimefighting. A very similar effect happened with Chloe, as she started taking Orwellian steps to combat crime.

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** [[Comicbook/GreenArrow Oliver Queen]] first arrived in Season 6--fresh off a turn as the EnsembleDarkHorse on ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''--and quickly became a massive fan favorite character, especially since many fans viewed him as a more proactive hero than Clark, as [[VillainsActHeroesReact he actually sought out the bad guys rather than waiting for trouble to become visible]]. His popularity grew to such magnitudes that he was added to the regular cast in Season 8 and [[spoiler: got shipped with Chloe after fans--who'd been writing shipper fics for them since their first meeting--demanded it]]. However, he became something of a BaseBreaker BaseBreakingCharacter later on as he took a much more dark method of crimefighting. A very similar effect happened with Chloe, as she started taking Orwellian steps to combat crime.
29th May '16 5:29:41 PM AntMan
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** Anya went from a ''single-episode'' villain to main cast member.

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** Anya went from a ''single-episode'' ''two-episode'' villain to main cast member.
26th May '16 4:24:18 AM Silverblade2
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