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14th Apr '16 4:27:31 PM whizzerd
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** ''EnsembleDarkhorse/TheLegendOfZelda''
12th Jan '16 7:07:45 AM ZePappyPawtrol
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** ''EnsembleDarkHorse/TheSimpsons''
5th Jan '16 8:36:51 PM ectostar
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Generally, it's used to describe a side character making up part of the Ensemble, either a non-lead secondary character or a mere FlatCharacter, who can sometimes become [[PopularityPower unexpectedly popular]] with the fandom (sometimes, even more than the lead characters) depending on [[PeripheryDemographic who]] and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff where]] the {{Fandom}} is, as well as what the other characters are like in comparison (for example, the hero is not as popular because s/he is too much The Everyman). Often, this can happen because the character has very few character traits, allowing fans to imagine this character to have traits that they like. The EnsembleDarkHorse can sometimes be viewed as the character equivalent of a CultClassic.

The writers or producers may be tempted to {{Retool}} the show's premise to [[BreakoutCharacter put them]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad in the spotlight]]. Sometimes this works, but usually it's a bad idea for two reasons, both relating to what happens when you take a supporting character and move him or her into TheProtagonist's position. The first is that writers often "adjust" the character so that s/he can fit into a conventionally heroic role in the process [[BadassDecay destroying the unconventional traits]] that made the character an Ensemble Dark Horse in the first place. The second is that if the writers don't do this, traits that were entertaining in a secondary character may become grating and unpleasant in TheProtagonist.

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Generally, it's used to describe a side character making up part of the Ensemble, either a non-lead secondary character or a mere FlatCharacter, who can sometimes become [[PopularityPower unexpectedly popular]] with the fandom (sometimes, even more than the lead characters) depending on [[PeripheryDemographic who]] and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff where]] the {{Fandom}} is, as well as what the other characters are like in comparison (for example, the hero is not as popular because s/he is they're too much The Everyman). Often, this can happen because the character has very few character traits, allowing fans to imagine this character to have traits that they like. The EnsembleDarkHorse can sometimes be viewed as the character equivalent of a CultClassic.

The writers or producers may be tempted to {{Retool}} the show's premise to [[BreakoutCharacter put them]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad in the spotlight]]. Sometimes this works, but usually it's a bad idea for two reasons, both relating to what happens when you take a supporting character and move him or her into TheProtagonist's position. The first is that writers often "adjust" the character so that s/he they can fit into a conventionally heroic role in the process [[BadassDecay destroying the unconventional traits]] that made the character an Ensemble Dark Horse in the first place. The second is that if the writers don't do this, traits that were entertaining in a secondary character may become grating and unpleasant in TheProtagonist.
27th Dec '15 3:56:10 AM DougSMachina
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Occasionally, if an antagonist becomes a Dark Horse, the writer may decide to have them perform a HeelFaceTurn in situations where the only other option is being killed by the protagonists. However, if the series doesn't have an end planned, it's more likely that they'll just escape.

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Occasionally, if an antagonist becomes a Dark Horse, the writer may decide to have them perform a HeelFaceTurn in situations where the only other option is being killed by the protagonists. However, if the series doesn't have an end planned, it's more likely that they'll just escape.
[[ExitVillainStageLeft escape]].
19th Nov '15 6:31:10 AM Larkmarn
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** EnsembleDarkhorse/{{Naruto}}
2nd Nov '15 1:52:45 PM fruitstripegum
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** ''EnsembleDarkhorse/LeagueOfLegends''
6th Aug '15 5:24:10 PM Karxrida
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** ''EnsembleDarkHorse/SuperSmashBros''
1st Aug '15 10:15:16 PM jakovu
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->'''Strong Bad''': I'm Strong Bad, and you don't know it yet, but I'm the reason you're here.\\
'''Homestar Runner''': It's true.\\
'''Strong Bad''': Check me out! No, seriously, check me out.
-->-- ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''
12th May '15 5:11:36 AM SWFMax
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If the Ensemble Dark Horse ''becomes'' an important character, they're now a BreakoutCharacter. See also AdaptationalBadass, AscendedExtra, MemeticBystander, LowerDeckEpisode, ADayInTheLimelight, and OneSceneWonder. CreatorsPet is the polar opposite, a character who the writer grows fond of but the fans do not. An antagonist who becomes popular despite the author's intentions is DracoInLeatherPants an example of MisaimedFandom. The natural extension of this is the SpotlightStealingSquad.

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If the Ensemble Dark Horse ''becomes'' an important character, they're now a BreakoutCharacter. See also AdaptationalBadass, AscendedExtra, MemeticBystander, LowerDeckEpisode, ADayInTheLimelight, OneSceneWonder, and OneSceneWonder.UnpopularPopularCharacter. CreatorsPet is the polar opposite, a character who the writer grows fond of but the fans do not. An antagonist who becomes popular despite the author's intentions is DracoInLeatherPants an example of MisaimedFandom. The natural extension of this is the SpotlightStealingSquad.
15th Mar '15 9:18:48 AM MrThorfan64
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