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20th Jun '16 10:40:09 AM towercurator
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* ''Literature/VoidDomain'' has Eva as the main protagonist. Despite her title, she shares screen time with just about every other member of the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters cast. She even went without a single segment dedicated to her for a span of about twenty chapters, and promptly vowed revenge against the one who stole her spotlight in the author's note for that book.
17th Jun '16 3:58:32 PM Doug86
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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', by its very nature. While it originally started with the "World 8" (Italy, Germany, Japan, Russia, America, China, England, France) in WorldWarII, due to its source material being world history the cast has expanded ''considerably'' to include a lot of other countries. Many of them have grown prominent in both canon and fandom that it's reached the point wherein there's no real main character anymore or that ''everyone'''s one. [[FridgeBrilliance Much like world history, come to think of it.]]

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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', by its very nature. While it originally started with the "World 8" (Italy, Germany, Japan, Russia, America, China, England, France) in WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, due to its source material being world history the cast has expanded ''considerably'' to include a lot of other countries. Many of them have grown prominent in both canon and fandom that it's reached the point wherein there's no real main character anymore or that ''everyone'''s one. [[FridgeBrilliance Much like world history, come to think of it.]]
6th Jun '16 11:55:17 PM lavendermintrose
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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' starts out centered around brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, but over time the cast expands to the point that the brothers share the same amount of screentime as Roy Mustang, Scar, General Armstrong, Ling Yao, and other protagonists.

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' starts out centered around brothers Edward ''Anime/{{K}}'' has a world with seven powerful [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys Kings and Alphonse Elric, their Clans]]. Several of these Clans are shown, and their Kings and several Clansmen from each are given fairly even focus. The first season seems to focus on Yashiro Isana and his companions, but over time they aren't really main characters. The movie and second season are definitely this - [[spoiler: Shiro only shows up for the cast expands very end of the movie, and has a more backseat role in the second season, though he does deliver the last blow to the point antagonists]]. In retrospect, one could say [[spoiler: Saruhiko Fushimi]] is the second season's main character, but only in retrospect - he gets the most development when you think about it, but he doesn't do much until the last few episodes. The [[AllThereInTheManual side-story novels and manga]] expand on this, giving a lot of development to the Red and Blue clan's "Alphabet Boys" - teams of {{Bishonen}} under the Kings and more major characters, both of which have names that go down the brothers share the same amount of screentime as Roy Mustang, Scar, General Armstrong, Ling Yao, and other protagonists.alphabet.



** ''Manga/KOn''
24th May '16 1:32:51 AM BB8ForPresident
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' famously had six main characters. All six main characters appear in every single episode, with (usually) equally divided up screen time. The [[{{TrueCompanions}} cast themselves]] insisted they be paid the same amount and each be concealable for Lead Role award nominations. At one point they even had a chart marking the number of lines and jokes each cast member got, to make sure it was even. Although, many have pointed out how Ross and especially Rachael seem to have gotten a disproportionate amount of focus throughout the show, with a lot of the [[OfficialCouple major plots]], cliffhangers and even the most episode titles devoted to each of them. One can then infer that these two may be the 'male' and 'female' protagonists of the show, with the rest of the cast being more or less [[SupportingProtagonist Supporting Protagonists]], though this does fluctuate.

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' famously had six main characters. All six main characters appear in every single episode, with (usually) equally divided up screen time. The [[{{TrueCompanions}} cast themselves]] insisted they be paid the same amount and each be concealable for Lead Role award nominations. At one point they even had a chart marking the number of lines and jokes each cast member got, to make sure it was even. Although, many have pointed out how Ross and especially Rachael seem to have gotten a disproportionate amount of focus throughout the show, with a lot of the [[OfficialCouple major plots]], cliffhangers and even the most episode titles devoted to each of them. One can then infer that these two may be the 'male' and 'female' protagonists of the show, with the rest of the cast being more or less [[SupportingProtagonist Supporting Protagonists]], though this does fluctuate.
5th Apr '16 6:58:49 AM Koveras
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* Any traditional TabletopRPG strives to give each PlayerCharacter equal spotlight, whether they form a PlayerParty or not. In practice, of course, some players tend to hog more attention than others, but overall, the ensemble rule holds.
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1st Apr '16 6:27:45 PM Eievie
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However, some shows decide to do something different - There is no protagonist. The plot and its narrative don't revolve around a single, "most important" main character. Instead, it shares a cast of characters with (almost) equal screentime and importance to the plot. This is called an Ensemble Cast. This type of narrative is interesting because it highlights the relations between different characters by taking away the importance of a single character.

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However, some shows decide to do something different - There different--there is no one protagonist. The plot and its narrative don't revolve around a single, "most important" main character. Instead, it shares a cast of characters with (almost) equal screentime and importance to the plot. This is called an Ensemble Cast. This type of narrative is interesting because it highlights the relations between different characters by taking away the importance of a single character.
26th Mar '16 4:42:03 PM AtticusOmundson
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->''"Depending upon which of these interesting characters you focus, the same incident will behave like the surface of the ocean, changeless yet ever-changing. In other words, there may be but one event but as many stories as there are people to tell them."''
-->-- '''Gustav St. Germain''', ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', "The Vice President Doesn't Say Anything about the Possibility of Him Being the Main Character"
24th Mar '16 9:15:06 AM KizunaTallis
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** ''Shades of the Unsung'' is largely centered on the viewpoint of a unicorn named Inkwell, who had previously appeared in the ''Calm Before the Storm'' side story (which is a series of snippets with no set protagonist). From a narrative perspective, he counts as a SupportingProtagonist as [[GrumpyOldMan Rockwell]] and Soundstorm are planning a mass jailbreak. At the same time is the [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] [[BadassTeacher former headmaster]] of Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns working alongside Sunset Shimmer to topple the Solar Empire from behind the shadows.

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** ''Shades of the Unsung'' is largely centered on the viewpoint of a unicorn named Inkwell, who had previously appeared in the ''Calm Before the Storm'' side story (which is a series of snippets with no set protagonist). From a narrative perspective, he counts as a SupportingProtagonist as [[GrumpyOldMan Rockwell]] and Soundstorm [[BrokenBird Soundstorm]] are planning a mass jailbreak. At the same time is the [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] [[BadassTeacher former headmaster]] of Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns working alongside Sunset Shimmer to topple the Solar Empire from behind the shadows.



** ''Light Despondent'' is set midway through the war. It has two protagonists - one being a filly named Dancing Day, who's hearing about this through the FramingDevice, and the other being the aforementioned Viktor Kraber,

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** ''Light Despondent'' is set midway through the war. It has two protagonists - one being a filly named Dancing Day, who's hearing about this through the FramingDevice, and the other being the aforementioned Viktor Kraber,Kraber.
1st Mar '16 4:17:06 PM PurrElise
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** It's the same for the SpinOff ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace''.
31st Jan '16 10:38:49 PM luberdot
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* ''Webcomic/MountainTime'' moves the spotlight around between many main characters, but also devotes a lot of comics to minor characters and one-offs. You'd have to read a lot of strips to know the main main characters even ''are''.
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