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16th May '16 10:50:52 PM SSJMagus
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', once it got into its "Soul Society" arc, suddenly introduced about 30 new characters, with a dozen or so more being added with each subsequent arc. Even [[spoiler:some of the ''weapons'' are characters]]. Apparently, WordOfGod is that creation of characters en masse is the author's method of dealing with writer's block. As of now, the total of characters that have appeared in ''Bleach'' is over 250. Seriously. One of the anime gag preview sequences lampshaded this, with [[TheHero Ichigo]] complaining that some characters would need to be killed off soon because there were too many.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', once it got into its "Soul Society" arc, suddenly introduced about 30 new characters, with a dozen or so more being added with each subsequent arc. Even [[spoiler:some of the ''weapons'' are characters]]. Apparently, WordOfGod is that creation of characters en masse is the author's method of dealing with writer's block. As of now, the total of characters that have appeared in ''Bleach'' is over 250. Seriously. One of the anime gag preview sequences lampshaded this, with [[TheHero Ichigo]] complaining that some characters would need to be killed off soon because there were too many. Which also lampshades the fact that ''Bleach'' has a very low attrition rate; up until the final arc it was very rare for non-villains to die, and even among the villains there are always survivors to make a HeelFaceTurn or at least an EnemyMine situation.



** If it wasn't taken UpToEleven already, the Dressrosa arc features a [[TournamentArc tournament]]. Need I say more?

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** If it wasn't taken UpToEleven already, the Dressrosa arc features a [[TournamentArc tournament]].tournament]], in which nearly all of the competitors are new characters. Need I say more?
16th May '16 11:58:26 AM ctempire
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* The amount of named characters in ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' has just over '''''2200''''' as of 2013, four years after it was nominated in the Guinness World Records of having the most characters (1768) in an animated franchise. In order to prove the gigantic number of characters, an occasionally updated character encyclopedia was published. The core cast consists of about 20 characters.

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* The amount of named characters in ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' has just over '''''2200''''' as of 2013, four years after it was nominated in is at least 2000, according to the producers. Guinness World Records of [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-07-15/anpanman-gets-guinness-world-record-for-most-characters nominated the series in 2009]] for having the most characters (1768) in an animated franchise. In order to prove franchise, but doesn't recognize all the gigantic number of characters, an characters brought up by the producers' nomination. An occasionally updated character encyclopedia was published.book showcases the huge number of characters. The core cast consists of about 20 characters.
13th Mar '16 10:17:35 PM Ghostninja109
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* The Franchise/EvilliousChronicles tends to introduce a large number of main characters in each story arc, and with the series taking place over a thousand years, there are multiple different story arcs.

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* The Franchise/EvilliousChronicles tends to introduce a large number of main characters in each story arc, and with the series taking place over a thousand years, there are multiple different story arcs.arcs.
* Anime/FutureCardBuddyfight has a huge cast of main and recurring human characters. The monsters outnumber the human characters and all have their own personalities as well.
7th Feb '16 7:46:46 AM Kneekicker
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is a series divided into seven parts, with the in-story timeline spanning over a century and eventually resetting itself (long story). This results in a huge cast, as at most one or two characters will appear in more than one part. All and all, this results in 179 characters so far.

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is a series divided into seven eight parts, with the in-story timeline spanning over a century and eventually resetting itself (long story). This results in a huge cast, as at most one or two characters will appear in more than one part. All and all, this results in 179 characters so far.
22nd Jan '16 9:25:07 PM Adept
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* One look at [[http://filmdump.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/summer-wars-2.jpg this]] should tell you how big the cast of SummerWars is.

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* One look at [[http://filmdump.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/summer-wars-2.jpg this]] should tell you how big the cast of SummerWars ''Anime/SummerWars'' is.
22nd Jan '16 8:13:10 PM Superfield
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** The latest (and largest), ''Spring Carnival'', which introduces the girls from ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'' and marks the point of '''ten''' separate Precure continuities, has '''40''' main characters!

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** The latest (and largest), seventh ''All Stars'' movie, ''Spring Carnival'', which introduces the girls from ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'' and marks the point of '''ten''' separate Precure continuities, has '''40''' main characters!characters!
** And the count continues with the eighth ''All Stars'' movie, pushing the number of magical girls up to '''44''', spanning eleven continuities (twelve if you count Cure Echo, who is [[OriginalGeneration All-Stars exclusive]]). And that doesn't count the mascot characters, which are almost as numerous.
27th Dec '15 4:37:46 PM nombretomado
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* Across the series of ''over fifty'' {{light novel}}s, five anime seasons, and a buttload of manga and games, the ''{{Slayers}}'' franchise has its fair share of characters...

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* Across the series of ''over fifty'' {{light novel}}s, five anime seasons, and a buttload of manga and games, the ''{{Slayers}}'' ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' franchise has its fair share of characters...
19th Dec '15 2:32:56 PM Adept
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* ''HalfPrince not has over 50 noteworthy characters. Since they're playing an online game with fake names you have to memorize both their AerithAndBob names in the game worlds and Chinese names in the real world.

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* ''HalfPrince ''Literature/HalfPrince not has over 50 noteworthy characters. Since they're playing an online game with fake names you have to memorize both their AerithAndBob names in the game worlds and Chinese names in the real world.



* "BlackButler" has Ciel, Sebastian, Bardroy, Finnian, Meirin, Tanaka, Elizabeth, Elizabeth's family, Lau, Ran-Mao, William, Grell, Snake, Prince Soma, and Agni...

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* "BlackButler" ''Manga/BlackButler'' has Ciel, Sebastian, Bardroy, Finnian, Meirin, Tanaka, Elizabeth, Elizabeth's family, Lau, Ran-Mao, William, Grell, Snake, Prince Soma, and Agni...
15th Nov '15 5:41:59 PM nombretomado
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** Who are we kidding? Every single manga series RumikoTakahashi creates has this trope.

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** Who are we kidding? Every single manga series RumikoTakahashi Creator/RumikoTakahashi creates has this trope.
17th Sep '15 8:35:07 PM Gamermaster
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* By the middle of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', the season boasts 20+ powered characters, and just as many BridgeBunnies, admirals, technicians, civilians, etc - all named characters that the viewer is somehow supposed to remember exist (they even resorted to ''numbering'' the villain's minions to keep track!), and the manga spinoffs have continued to add more. Some characters [[DemotedToExtra decline in importance]], but they're always available to bring back at any time. Including {{Posthumous Character}}s, there are a total of 66 named characters in ''[=StrikerS=]'' plus the 35 named [[EmpathicWeapon Devices, who almost count as individual characters]]. The ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise as a whole, in the meantime, boasts are roster of over 200 named characters and Devices.

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* By the middle of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', the season boasts 20+ powered characters, and just as many BridgeBunnies, admirals, technicians, civilians, etc - all named characters that the viewer is somehow supposed to remember exist (they even resorted to ''numbering'' the villain's minions to keep track!), and the manga spinoffs have continued to add more. Some characters [[DemotedToExtra decline in importance]], but they're always available to bring back at any time. Including {{Posthumous Character}}s, there are a total of 66 named characters in ''[=StrikerS=]'' plus the 35 named [[EmpathicWeapon Devices, who almost count as individual characters]]. The ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise as a whole, in the meantime, boasts are roster of over 200 named characters and Devices.
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