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5th Apr '16 6:58:49 AM Koveras
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* 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''.
7th Jan '16 6:51:53 PM SaniOKh
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* While ''Series/ServantOfThePeople'' started off with one protagonist, it gained an ensemble cast in the eighth episode.
2nd Jan '16 10:12:22 PM Upgrader
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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' can definitely qualify as this, particularly in the later seasons. While the titular character, Arnold, appears in every episode, he has next to nothing to do with a lot of the stories of the show. It's not uncommon for him to have less than one minute of screentime. And while the series does have a certain (and rather large) "circle" of characters that appear very frequently [[note]]Helga, Gerald, Harold, Rhonda, Phoebe, Stinky, Sid, Eugene, Arnold's grandparents, Helga's parents and the boarders.[[/note]], there are sometimes episodes revolving around minor side characters, like Mr. Green, the Jolly Olly Man, Chocolate Boy, Dino Spumoni, and Big Patty. There are also several episodes centered around [[OneShotCharacter eccentric one-shots]], like Monkeyman, Stoop Kid and Pigeon Man. Really, it's easier to pinpoint which characters ''didn't'' get ADayInTheLimelight.
13th Dec '15 8:44:38 AM Naoto_best_waifu
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has something like twenty-five viewpoint characters, and switches between them every chapter. [[Series/GameOfThrones The TV series]] does the same. This is why none of the actors, not even the top-billed Creator/PeterDinklage, ever submit for Lead Acting at the Emmys.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has something like twenty-five thirty-one viewpoint characters, some with more chapters than others, and switches between them every chapter. [[Series/GameOfThrones The TV series]] does the same. This is why none of the actors, not even the top-billed Creator/PeterDinklage, ever submit for Lead Acting at the Emmys.
25th Nov '15 5:34:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* Quite a few of Shakespeare's plays are this, most notably ''AMidsummerNightsDream'' and ''MuchAdoAboutNothing''.
* ''AChorusLine''

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* Quite a few of Shakespeare's plays are this, most notably ''AMidsummerNightsDream'' ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' and ''MuchAdoAboutNothing''.
''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing''.
* ''AChorusLine''''Theatre/AChorusLine''



* ''{{Rent}}''

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* ''{{Rent}}''''Theatre/{{Rent}}''



* ''AnythingGoes''
* ''SpringAwakening''
* ''{{Grease}}''
* ''YouCantTakeItWithYou''
* ''{{Hairspray}}''

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* ''AnythingGoes''
''Theatre/AnythingGoes''
* ''SpringAwakening''
''Theatre/SpringAwakening''
* ''{{Grease}}''
''Theatre/{{Grease}}''
* ''YouCantTakeItWithYou''
''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou''
* ''{{Hairspray}}''''Theatre/{{Hairspray}}''
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