Created By: MmanJuly 23, 2009
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A trope of GameShows, MazagineShows and similar. This is where the host or other regular "character" in such a show manages to add far more to a show than would be expected; expect a ton of Periphery Demographic in any show that manages to evoke this. Related to Ensemble Dark Horse, but separate as it tends to involve the closest things such shows have to a central character (although it can sometimes involve a side star).

If the star is replaced by someone else (even temporarily) expect invokations of Replacement Scrappy, They Changed It Now Itsucks, Ruined Forever and Discontinuity (as close as a Real Life show can get anyway).

  • The hosts of Top Gear.
  • Richard O Brien on The Crystal Maze.
  • Dominic Diamond on Games Master (also notable for Season 3 being considered along the lines of Discontinuity for him being replaced by Dexter Fletcher for that season).
  • Bob Saget.
  • Mythbusters owes most of its success to the dynamic duo that is Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. The short-lived show "Smash Lab" tried to replicate the explosions and large-scale experiments similar to Mythbusters, but failed because the hosts weren't nearly as entertaining when constructing the giant engineering project of the week.
  • Wipeout (for disambiguation's sake, the US game show that's equivalent to the BBC's Total Wipeout); John Henson and John Anderson's commentary is as funny as watching the contestants trip and fall.
    • Total Wipeout itself may count too. It's hosted by Richard Hammond, and his snark makes watching the contestants fail miserably even funnier.
  • Regis Philbin for "Who wants to be a millionaire?" and Alex Trebek for Jeopardy.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway: Drew Carey or Clive Anderson depending on who you ask, a case of Broken Base
  • Both the Japanese and American incarnations of Iron Chef with Chairman Kaga and the Japanese commentators/Alton Brown respectively. Al Roker (in the IC Japan New York special) and William Shatner (the doomed ''Iron Chef USA) have both tried to fill the hosts roles with poor results.
  • Angus Deayton, the original chairman of Have I Got News For You, remains popular among fans of the show, several years after being sacked for personal indiscretions. While the rotating guest hosts have produced many popular replacements, there is still a considerable segment that wants Angus back full-time.
  • Richard Dawson, and later Ray Combs, both were immensely popular hosts on Family Feud, and each brought a lot to the program. Louie Anderson, Richard Karn, and John O'Hurley, on the other hand, provide excellent foils, as the show has never recaptured its former popularity with the three new hosts.
  • Bob Barker on The Price Is Right.
  • Tom from Cartoon Network's Toonami.
  • Win Ben Steins Money was carried by the father/son like relationship between Ben Stein and Jimmy Kimmel. When Kimmel left it went downhill in a hurry.
  • Fun Fact Pointless Trivia: Family Feud was developed as a vehicle for original host Richard Dawson because he connected with contestents so well on Match Game.
  • Simon Amstell and/or team captains Phil Jupitus and Bill Bailey on Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • June 27, 2009
    CodeMan38
    Wipeout (for disambiguation's sake, the US game show that's equivalent to the BBC's Total Wipeout) is like this for me: John Henson and John Anderson's commentary is as funny as watching the contestants trip and fall.
  • June 28, 2009
    Mman
    Bump
  • June 29, 2009
    Mman
    bump
  • June 29, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • July 1, 2009
    Mman
    bump
  • July 3, 2009
    The Jackal
    Total Wipeout itself may count too. It's hosted by Richard Hammond, and his snark makes watching the contestants fail miserably even funnier.
  • July 3, 2009
    SweetMadness
    Mythbusters owes most of its success to the dynamic duo that is Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. The short-lived show "Smash Lab" tried to replicate the explosions and large-scale experiments similar to Mythbusters, but failed because the hosts weren't nearly as entertaining when constructing the giant engineering project of the week.
  • July 3, 2009
    Ganondorfdude11
    • Regis Philbin for "Who wants to be a millionaire?" and Alex Trebek for Jeopardy.
  • July 3, 2009
    Elle
    • Whose Line Is It Anyway: Drew Carey or Clive Anderson depending on who you ask, a case of Broken Base
    • Both the Japanese and American incarnations of Iron Chef with Chairman Kaga and the Japanese commentators/Alton Brown respectively. Al Roker (in the IC Japan New York special) and William Shatner (the doomed ''Iron Chef USA) have both tried to fill the hosts roles with poor results.
  • July 6, 2009
    Medinoc
    Some French producers tried to make their own Jerry Springer Show with blackjack and hookers without Jerry Springer. Needless to say, it's even worse.
  • July 7, 2009
    Mman
    Is that an entry for Jerry Springer, or do you mean it was worse in that other way?
  • July 7, 2009
    dilbert719
    • Angus Deayton, the original chairman of Have I Got News For You, remains popular among fans of the show, several years after being sacked for personal indiscretions. While the rotating guest hosts have produced many popular replacements, there is still a considerable segment that wants Angus back full-time.
    • Richard Dawson, and later Ray Combs, both were immensely popular hosts on Family Feud, and each brought a lot to the program. Louie Anderson, Richard Karn, and John O'Hurley, on the other hand, provide excellent foils, as the show has never recaptured its former popularity with the three new hosts.
  • July 7, 2009
    unhappyyak
    Bob Barker did this for The Price Is Right.
  • July 13, 2009
    FalconPain
    Do panels qualify as this trope or not? For example, Match Game. Gene Rayburn was pretty likable in his own right, but people were mostly tuning in for Brett, Charles, Richard and those other people. The same goes for The Hollywood Squares and a number of other game shows, including many of the old-style ones.
  • July 13, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    X-Play wouldn't have been nearly as successful as it it without the total every-nerd of Adam Sessler.
  • July 14, 2009
    Durazno
    This name seriously makes me think of a parasite or disease.
  • July 20, 2009
    Mman
    bump
  • July 20, 2009
    Ozimul
    Tom from Cartoon Network's Toonami.
  • July 21, 2009
    Mman
    "This name seriously makes me think of a parasite or disease."

    This is ready for launching very soon, so are there any suggestions for another, or support for the current one?
  • July 21, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Win Ben Steins Money was carried by the father/son like relationship between Ben Stein and Jimmy Kimmel. When Kimmel left it went downhill in a hurry.
  • July 23, 2009
    Elle
    Support for launch.
  • July 23, 2009
    random surfer
    Fun Fact Pointless Trivia: Family Feud was developed as a vehicle for original host Richard Dawson because he connected with contestents so well as a panelist on Match Game.
  • July 23, 2009
    archie
    Simon Amstell and/or team captains Phil Jupitus and Bill Bailey on Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
  • July 23, 2009
    Mman
    I'll launch soon with the current title if nothing more is said about it.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable