History EnsembleDarkhorse / MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic

22nd Jul '17 10:36:47 AM TroperNo9001
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* While the {{Retcon}} to [[DemonicPossession Nightmare Moons nature]] has been mixed, her latest incarnation, [[spoiler:Nightmare Rarity]], is easily the most popular thing to come out of the comics, impressive given she only appears halfway through her story and is a [[WalkingSpoiler huge spoiler]]. Helping is that she has a [[EvilIsCool cool]], [[EvilIsSexy attractive]] character design, [[LampshadeHanging is savvy enough to know it]] and [[WeakButSkilled remain a serious threat]] despite lacking her [[PhysicalGod previous incarnations power]], and some of the comics most epic and emotional moments came out of her confrontation.

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* While the {{Retcon}} to [[DemonicPossession Nightmare Moons Moon's nature]] has been mixed, her latest incarnation, [[spoiler:Nightmare Rarity]], is easily the most popular thing to come out of the comics, impressive given she only appears halfway through her story and is a [[WalkingSpoiler huge spoiler]]. Helping is that she has a [[EvilIsCool cool]], [[EvilIsSexy attractive]] character design, [[LampshadeHanging is savvy enough to know it]] and [[WeakButSkilled remain a serious threat]] despite lacking her [[PhysicalGod previous incarnations power]], and some of the comics most epic and emotional moments came out of her confrontation.
22nd Jul '17 12:06:52 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Starlight Glimmer started off as a Dark Horse when she was an antagonist in the premiere and finale of Season 5. Though since she became one of the good guys and started appearing more frequently in the series, she hasn't been as much of a dark horse but still very beloved to many fans.
21st Jul '17 11:38:36 PM ZePappyPawtrol
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* Starlight Glimmer started off as a Dark Horse when she was an antagonist in the premiere and finale of Season 5. Though since she became one of the good guys and started appearing more frequently in the series, she hasn't been as much of a dark horse but still very beloved to many fans.
21st Jul '17 11:33:53 PM ZePappyPawtrol
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** Starting in Season 6, she started becoming popular as a friend to Starlight Glimmer, and admittingly, the duo does make a pretty hilarious team.


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** Ember is also a popular ship for Spike almost rivaling Rarity!


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* If you thought Nightmare Moon was hard core, the Season 7 episode, "A Royal Problem", introduced us to Princess Celestia's evil counterpart: Daybreaker! Needless to say, she has inspired many fan works as well.
9th Jul '17 3:49:10 PM nombretomado
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* Soarin and Spitfire of the Wonderbolts managed to capture a lot of attention amongst the fanbase when their names and personalities were established in the Season 1 finale[[note]]They had {{Early Bird Cameo}}es before, but they were more or less costumed background ponies[[/note]]. Spitfire especially became somewhat of a pinup-girl to the fanart community with many a saucy [[WorldWarII WW2]]-style cheesecake image being drawn of her, as well as plenty of fanfics. Spitfire was brought back for another speaking role in Season 2 where she was established as the captain of the Wonderbolts, then again in a Season 3 episode that depicted her as being in charge of the training program for new recruits. Soarin got a cameo in the Royal Wedding where he was seen wearing a dress uniform and [[ShipTease dancing with Rainbow Dash]] and later played a more significant role in "Rainbow Falls"

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* Soarin and Spitfire of the Wonderbolts managed to capture a lot of attention amongst the fanbase when their names and personalities were established in the Season 1 finale[[note]]They had {{Early Bird Cameo}}es before, but they were more or less costumed background ponies[[/note]]. Spitfire especially became somewhat of a pinup-girl to the fanart community with many a saucy [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WW2]]-style cheesecake image being drawn of her, as well as plenty of fanfics. Spitfire was brought back for another speaking role in Season 2 where she was established as the captain of the Wonderbolts, then again in a Season 3 episode that depicted her as being in charge of the training program for new recruits. Soarin got a cameo in the Royal Wedding where he was seen wearing a dress uniform and [[ShipTease dancing with Rainbow Dash]] and later played a more significant role in "Rainbow Falls"
1st Jul '17 12:16:56 PM mattthelurker
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* Bright Macintosh and Pear Butter/Buttercup AKA Applejack's ''parents''.


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* Applejack's parents, Bright Macintosh and Buttercup (nee Pear Butter/Buttercup AKA Applejack's ''parents''.

Butter). By the time of their debut, they had already been the subject of years' worth of speculation and {{fanon}}. After "The Perfect Pear", the general consensus is that they acquitted themselves ''magnificently''.

30th Jun '17 12:45:40 AM Sir_Chaos_Omega
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\n* Bright Macintosh and Pear Butter/Buttercup AKA Applejack's ''parents''.

19th Jun '17 5:46:06 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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There's a tendency to add every character in the show to this page; remember that EnsembleDarkHorse is a relatively narrow term. Here's a good heuristic: Was the character introduced [[MerchandiseDriven along with their toy-line]], or given a lot of advertising? Then they were [[IntendedAudienceReaction meant to be popular]], and it worked. This isn't bad -- [[TheScrappy plenty of characters are meant to be popular but aren't]] -- but it's not this trope. But if the character was introduced quietly, with no particular advertising or attention, and then got toys and merchandise well ''[[BreakoutCharacter after]]'' [[BreakoutCharacter their debuts]]? They're almost certainly this trope. Especially if they got their own episodes.

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There's a tendency to add every character in the show to this page; remember that EnsembleDarkHorse EnsembleDarkhorse is a relatively narrow term. Here's a good heuristic: Was the character introduced [[MerchandiseDriven along with their toy-line]], or given a lot of advertising? Then they were [[IntendedAudienceReaction meant to be popular]], and it worked. This isn't bad -- [[TheScrappy plenty of characters are meant to be popular but aren't]] -- but it's not this trope. But if the character was introduced quietly, with no particular advertising or attention, and then got toys and merchandise well ''[[BreakoutCharacter after]]'' [[BreakoutCharacter their debuts]]? They're almost certainly this trope. Especially if they got their own episodes.
23rd May '17 12:18:13 AM ex_ottoyuhr
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Remember that if a character debuts [[MerchandiseDriven along with their toy-line]] and/or are heavily advertised, they're [[IntendedAudienceReaction meant to be popular]], which isn't bad, but not this trope. If they get toys and promotion [[BreakoutCharacter after their debuts]], they likely qualify as this.

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Remember that if There's a tendency to add every character debuts in the show to this page; remember that EnsembleDarkHorse is a relatively narrow term. Here's a good heuristic: Was the character introduced [[MerchandiseDriven along with their toy-line]] and/or are heavily advertised, they're toy-line]], or given a lot of advertising? Then they were [[IntendedAudienceReaction meant to be popular]], which and it worked. This isn't bad, bad -- [[TheScrappy plenty of characters are meant to be popular but aren't]] -- but it's not this trope. If they get But if the character was introduced quietly, with no particular advertising or attention, and then got toys and promotion merchandise well ''[[BreakoutCharacter after]]'' [[BreakoutCharacter after their debuts]], debuts]]? They're almost certainly this trope. Especially if they likely qualify as this.
got their own episodes.



%%Of course, it says a lot about this show that we have to add this disclaimer at all...%%


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%%Of course, it says a lot about this show that we have to add this disclaimer at all...%%


23rd May '17 12:09:59 AM ex_ottoyuhr
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%%Just because a new character's got an Ask Tumblr/Blog and a bunch of fan work after being introduced doesn't make it an Ensemble Darkhorse.%%

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%%Just because a new character's got an Ask Tumblr/Blog and a bunch of fan work after being introduced doesn't make it an Ensemble Darkhorse. Does the fan work stick around? Is the character unusually popular months or years after showing up? That's when this page becomes a possibility.%%
%%Of course, it says a lot about this show that we have to add this disclaimer at all...%%




* Princess Luna, who is quite literally a [[HurricaneOfPuns Dark Horse who's part of an Ensemble]], appeared for less than a minute in the second episode, said two lines, and wasn't even mentioned again until the first episode of season 2. Fans desperately wanted to see her return, disappointed that [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter a character with such potential was barely utilised]], and there are tons of drawings, stories and discussions about her, flooding fan fiction websites, forums, and chat boards. When she was confirmed to return for season 2, fans were ecstatic.
** Luna managed to do this ''again'' after her ADayInTheLimelight episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]], which was received exceptionally well among fans (in no small part due to her hilariously overplayed and lampshaded FloweryElizabethanEnglish and NoIndoorVoice as well as being a prime {{Woobie}} trying so hard to be accepted again) and superseding nearly all other portrayals of her, permanently altering all fanon regarding her.

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* Princess Luna, who is quite literally a ''literal'' [[HurricaneOfPuns Dark Horse who's part of an Ensemble]], appeared for less than a minute in the second episode, said two lines, and wasn't even mentioned again until the first episode of season 2. Fans desperately wanted to see her return, disappointed that [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter a character with such potential was barely utilised]], and there are tons of drawings, stories and discussions about her, flooding fan fiction flooded fan-fiction websites, forums, image boards, and chat boards.forums with content about her. When she was confirmed to return for season 2, fans were ecstatic.
** Luna managed to do this ''again'' after And then she did it again, with her ADayInTheLimelight episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]], which was received exceptionally well among fans (in no small part due to her hilariously overplayed and lampshaded FloweryElizabethanEnglish and NoIndoorVoice as well as being a prime {{Woobie}} trying so hard to be accepted again) again). The fandom had previously imagined her as being just as awkward and superseding nearly all other portrayals of her, permanently altering all fanon regarding her.impetuous as she was in the episode, but also as rather meek; everyone abandoned this with a good will after Luna Eclipsed, and Awkward Bombastic Luna is now the only Luna there is.



** [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]] is either another element of Luna's popularity or an entirely different Darkpony herself, depending on whether she is considered a separate character or simply [[EnemyWithin an extension of Luna]] (the comics have interpreted her to be separate).

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** [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]] is either another element of Luna's popularity or an entirely different Darkpony herself, depending on whether she is considered a separate character or simply [[EnemyWithin an extension of Luna]] (the Luna]]. The comics have interpreted her to be separate).separate, but the comics are hit-or-miss, and the show's contradicted them before.
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