[[quoteright:269:[[Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/finalgalacticheroes_6626.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:269:More characters than the \\
JapaneseLanguage.[[note]]And that's {{not hyperbole}}; the language has 96 kana in use today. There's 112 in that picture.[[/note]]]]
->''Starring...the ten characters whose names you actually remember, and all these other characters whose names you actually don't remember.''
-->--''[[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SVaD8rouJn0 Honest Trailers - Game of Thrones]]''

A show that has [[CastCalculus so many regulars]] that you [[AbsenteeActor can't fit them all into one episode.]] Therefore, one week some characters will appear, while some different characters will appear in another. You'll rarely get the same combination twice. This is especially common in LongRunners, as characters tend to accumulate over time. Shows with this many characters tend towards [[FlatCharacter one-dimensional characterization]] for many of them (but not always, if the writers will put in the effort), and often make {{filler}} easy to create.

Similarly, [[Franchise/FireEmblem some]] [[VideoGame/{{Suikoden}} video]] [[VideoGame/ChronoCross games]] involve [[GottaCatchThemAll collecting]] as many distinct, unique soldiers for your army as possible. Other video games, such as fighting games, start with just a few characters but keep adding characters to the roster as more sequels come out, until you eventually have enough characters to populate an entire {{Verse}}.

Creating a CastOfSnowflakes with these loads is an achievement and will make the story lively and colorful. If the writers are smart, they'll start making a CastHerd. The LoveDodecahedron is a way to spice things up, the GeodesicCast makes use of the characters through variations on a theme, and TheClan happens when the loads are related. A CharacterMagneticTeam can sometimes create this effect. Gets ''really'' convoluted if [[TangledFamilyTree everyone is somehow related]].

Please note that this is for extreme examples of ''regularly occurring'' characters. It's really not all that uncommon for a story to have ten or fifteen characters, especially with a VillainOfTheWeek format.

See also CrowdedCastShot. May result in/from YouAllShareMyStory. Can contribute to ContinuityLockout in LongRunners. Compare RevolvingDoorCasting. The inversion of this trope is MinimalistCast. We have an article on [[SoYouWantTo/WriteLoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters how to write this variety of character rooster]].
----
!!Examples:

[[index]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters/AnimeAndManga
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters/{{Literature}}
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters/LiveActionTV
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters/VideoGames
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters/WesternAnimation
[[/index]]

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Board Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Talisman}}'' has a large number of playable characters for a board game. With all of the expansions released so far, the current edition includes: Elf, Dwarf, Priest, Warrior, Thief, Troll, Ghoul, Monk, Wizard, Sorceress, Minstrel, Druid, Assassin, Prophetess, Highlander, Valkyrie, Cleric, Rogue, Swashbuckler, Vampiress, Knight, Dread Knight, Chivalric Knight, Merchant, Alchemist, Sprite, Warlock, Sage, Philosopher, Gladiator, Magus, Gypsy, Amazon, and Necromancer.
* Talisman has nothing on Tomb, which has 84 different recruitable characters in the original, and as many twice more in two standalone expansions.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taikyoku_shogi Taikyoku shogi]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/ScottPilgrim, definitely. The third volume even included a diagram of the 30-odd characters and their relationships to each other.
* The ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' comic has even more characters than its animated counterpart. Over the entire run, there have been more than 80 distinct members of the team. Because of frequent {{continuity reboot}}s, who is actually on the team varies from time to time but the core group is generally the size of 20-30 or so members at any time.
** They aren't called the "Legion" for nothing
** And since the recent mini-series is called ''"Legion of Three Worlds"'', well, you do the math...
** Hilariously spoofed in Valentino's ''Normalman'', where the Roll Call for the "Legion of Superfluous Heroes" has to be spread out over several whole '''issues!'''
* The current ''[[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]]'' roster has grown to Legion-sizes in recent years at the end of Geoff Johns' reign, as countless LegacyCharacter-types were drawn from the ether. The new writers eventually split them into two teams to properly write them.
* The ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' have so many characters that there's two separate books just for the core team, another one for the Junior Team/Reserves, and when you get into the various spin-off groups...
** And that's not counting the various characters that have been PutOnABus, [[DroppedABridgeOnHim had a bridge dropped on them]], got StuffedInTheFridge, or (most recently) got depowered, or just plain old forgotten about.
** For a better understanding, just look at the gatefold cover of X-men #200, which features everyone who had been part of the core team, even those who only hung around for a year or so.
** That's actually the main reason behind M-Day. The people who did it felt that there were getting to be too many super-powered people in the Marvel Universe.
** Matt Fraction brought up as many mutants he can to the new X-Men base, Utopia island. Not only all X-Men members, their students, New Mutants, his original creations and characters he brought back from the death or ComicBookLimbo but even {{Magneto}} and... [[{{Sub-Mariner}} Namor]]. One wonders why, as he clearly crossed the line and cannot handle so much of them (I doubt anybody would), yet brings back another ones.
** There are currently eight separate X-Books in the aftermath of Schism. Three books deal with the Jean Grey Academy alone.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'''s character roster, taking from both the games, the [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog TV]] [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM series]] and original characters, number in the triple digits. However, thanks to a heaping dose of ScrewedByTheLawyers, ''most'' of the original characters have been jettisoned from the comic, bringing down the number significantly
* ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' have issued "Avengers Assemble" calls to the entire roster several times, resulting in anywhere from 30 to 100+ members showing up. After Heroes Reborn, when the team was assembled to fight Morgana, the issue after showed 30 Avengers attempting to take down one B-list villain, with disastrous results. Typically these assemblies also show one time Avengers Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, {{Spider-Man}}, or the Comicbook/FantasticFour making an excuse not to tag along. (Although Spider-Man later became a full time member)
** This was lampshaded in one short "What If?" story, ''What if Everyone Who Had Ever Been an Avenger Stayed an Avenger". In the story, Avenger's Mansion was so full of superheroes that one couldn't swing a dead Skrull without knocking down a dozen or so of MarvelComics finest.
* ''UsagiYojimbo'' had a big group photo of all its featured characters (good and evil, living and dead) as of vol. ~15, roughly about three-dozen characters.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} Probably has the largest cast of villains, allies and supporting characters of any one superhero. he's perhaps the ultimate IneffectualLoner.
* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' built up an impressive cast over the years. Dream himself has six siblings and over half a dozen recurring servants. that's not getting into the recurring humans, Faeries, Gods angels and demons.
* The Western record probably goes to the DC and Marvel universes themselves, as evidenced by various ''CrisisCrossover'' events. ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' put together every version of every major hero at once while throwing in a couple of unique characters. That's just counting the main story line, side stories eventually pulled in virtually every single character in DC history.
** ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' had almost ''every'' DCU character who had their own series ''ever.''
* ''ElfQuest'' characters all have distinct personalities and appearances, and varying, unique, pretty outfits.
* [[ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics Disney Comics]] hits this trope pretty hard; just the family trees of {{Mickey|Mouse}}, DonaldDuck, and {{Goofy}} alone are really big, and the long number of other supporting cast members...
* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' to the point that a guide book had to be published.
** Though only a dozen or so hold any real bearing on the plot, most of them just exist for giant group shots of people fighting.
* If villain rosters qualify, {{Spider-Man}} has a RoguesGallery a hundred times as long as Doc Ock's arms. (Admittedly, there have been a lot of {{Legacy Character}}s). Remember that Spidey villains like to form a team called Sinister Six? When Marvel announced there's going to be a story titled "Sinister 666", many believed it will be ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** You don't need to specify just the villains -- as stated on his main page, Spider-Man has aggregated such a huge supporting cast over the past 50-odd years that every named character in ''{{The Spectacular SpiderMan}}'' is a supporting cast member or adversary from some point or another. And it's just scraping the surface.
* ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' has between eight and who knows how many major, recurring, or named minor characters in each issue. And that's not counting the villains who pop up from time to time. This happens because it follows two shifts of the Major Case Unit at the Gotham Police Department, and each shift has eight detectives and a shift commander.
* Creator/AntarcticPress series ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' and ''ComicBook/NinjaHighSchool'' indeed have an incredible amount of characters from mainstays to one shots, mostly because the creators love using {{Expy}} to create new characters.
* Creator/DCComics' WorldWarII-based ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'' consisted of every DC and Quality Comics (a publisher eventually acquired by DC) hero from the 1940s, plus all newer DC characters established as having been active at the time. [[FunWithAcronyms The ASS]] had upwards of 75 members (though a good number of them only appeared in cameos or at occasional full-roster meetings.)
* Over the 50 year history of the ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', there have been [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Justice_League_members 116 full-time members and entire slate of part-timers, reservists, associates, and buddies who just occasionally show up to help.]]
* Even excluding one-shots and background cameos, the lack of a single main character/team (along with the {{Cryptic Background Reference}}s and {{Continuity Nod}}s) causes ''Comicbook/AstroCity'' to have several dozen characters with regular appearances scattered throughout the series' run. This is especially true in extended story arcs like "Tarnished Angel" and "The Dark Age", which often star characters who only get a brief appearance in other stories.
* PrideHigh has its reader characters on its message boards, which has more characters than one may be willing to count--and many of these have made cameos in the comic itself.
* ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'', particularly the Palomar stories, which follow the intertwining lives of residents in a small town and their descendants.
* The ''Knight and Squire'' miniseries from DC Comics featured dozens and dozens of new British heroes and villains, both currently and retroactively. Most of them were identified in annotations added in the trade paperback release.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Commercials]]
* Advertising/{{Orangina}} itself already have a bunch of characters in their commercials, but they have many models (mostly female) in their [[http://orangina.fr website]] (although their old website had MORE females, including a female penguin!).
* Advertising/{{Geico}} cycles between so many mascots, it's become ridiculous. The have their eponymous Australian gecko, the googly-eyed stack of money, the offended cavemen, Michael McGlone the spokesman, the guitar playing duo that are always spouting hyperbolic comparisons and Max the anthropomorphic pig.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Though probably not as many characters as some other examples on this page, ''FanFic/KyonBigDamnHero'' probably fits; featuring almost the entire cast of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya (including minor characters and even background characters only mentioned in the supplemental materials), most of the cast of [[HigurashiWhenTheyCry Higurashi]], and a bunch of OCs thrown in for good measure.
* ''FanFic/TheConversionBureauTheOtherSideOfTheSpectrum'', like most ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics, already deals with a large amount of characters. Except it has a MirrorUniverse in the form of [[EvilCounterpart TCB!Equestria]] as well as Canon!Equestria, and Earth. On top of that, has several original characters, human and pony alike and utilizes an EnsembleCast and YouAllShareMyStory (at least as the fic is nearing its conclusion).
* FanFic/Hottie3TheBestFanFicInTheWorld, on the count of it being a MegaCrossover.
* The ''Fanfic/StillWatersSeries'', based on ''MahouSenseiNegima'', comes packed with dozens of characters already; the author saw fit to add more. The third story in the series currently has '''one hundred''' characters, canon and original, on its character sheet.
* [[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/33810717 Super Milestone Wars and its sequel.]]
* ''Fanfic/OnePieceParallelWorks''. Yuki-Rin's crew has over '''30''' members and counting.
* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' FanFic series ''Witches' Secret'' eventually ends up with a core harem of hundreds, and an extended one of thousands. The Owls, Dragons, Horses, and other animals.
* ''Fanfic/TiberiumWars'' has ''loads'' of characters, to the point where the author has hinted that he has a separate text document ''just'' to handle force organization. The only thing keeping it from getting too mind-boggling is the fact that the author [[AnyoneCanDie gleefully kills characters left and right]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' FanFic ''The Order of the Avatar Slayer'' starts out by throwing about 15 characters out to the readers in the first 10 chapters. By the end of the series, there's a total of at least 60 or 70.
* ''Fanfic/WhatLiesBeyondTheWalls'' introduces at ''least'' thirteen named characters in the first chapter (who don't die in the first chapter, that is). And from that point on, more and more named characters are thrown at the readers, to the point where even the characters ''themselves'' don't remember them all.
--> '''Kallin''': [[LampshadeHanging "How the 'ell are we s'posed to keep track?! There’s so many of you vermin 'round here that we'd need to write all ye names down in a book!"]]
* Any massive crossover, especially if the author tries to put every character from every source that is being crossed over. One insane example is ''Lonely Souls'', a crossover of ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'', ''UruseiYatsura'' AND ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'', complete with most of the main cast of each, plus countless minor characters as well.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/197453 The New Trials of Card Captor Sakura and Friends]]'', a ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' FanFiction, has a whole cast of main character [=OCs=] longer than the cast from the show, and more characters are continually being added, including back stories for most of the main characters' parents (both those deceased and living), the Li Clan, and more. Some characters that at first appear minor and insignificant turn out to be [[ChekhovsGun highly important later on]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' FanFic ''[[Fanfic/TotalDramaComebackSeries Total Drama Battlegrounds]]'' introduces over fifty characters (22 canon contestants, 22 {{Original Character}}s, Chris, Chef, and several superimposed talking animals) in the first chapter. Even with one person getting eliminated each challenge, chapters average about 10,000 words just to give everyone a MandatoryLine.
* ''Fanfic/TheUnitySaga'' takes it UpToEleven by being a crossover of ''two'' Loads and Loads universes, to which it also adds a few original characters.
* Both ''FanFic/MegsFamilySeries'' and ''FanFic/TheSpellbook'' uses almost every ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' character who ever appeared (especially the former), as well as a wide cast of Original Characters.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fan fic ''Fanfic/{{PRIMARCHS}}'', aside from the 20 Primarchs, features more or less every well know character in ''[=WH40K=]'' canon. Then it starts bringing in characters from ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy]]'', ''{{Starcraft}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'', ''StarWars'', ''FinalFantasy'' and then some. This goes to the point where the author regularly forgets how many characters are in any particular scene. Due to having NoFourthWall, this is frequently lampshaded by the characters themselves.
* ''FanFic/HookerVerse''. Sooner or later, ''everyone'' from Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses is going to be in this thing.
* ''FanFic/TheDreamLandStory''. Almost every character, no matter how minor, who has ever appeared in the ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' series has most likely appeared in this story, and the [[TheCameo cameos]] and {{Canon Immigrant}}s.
* The Batman fanfiction FanFic/CatTales encompasses not only Batman's cast (rogues, heroes, and civilians alike), but at times the DC universe. Every named Batman character from the animated series or comics at least makes a minor appearance, with almost every rogue or member of the Batfamily getting to star in at least one story. As all of the rogues hang out at [[BadGuyBar the same bar]] (the Penguin's Iceberg Lounge), it's inevitable that they're all going to show up eventually.
* ''Fanfic/BeyondTheDawn'', extremely huge Russian [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien]] fiction, based on Beren and Lúthien story. Author had not only developed the original Tolkien characters, who were nameless or briefly mentioned in the original story (11 companions of Finrod, Beren's mother, elven maidens from Lúthien's suite, warriors of Fingon, Maedhros and Thingol, Boldog the orc, even several Sauron's wolves gained names and personalities), but invented her own characters: Beren's squire Gili, knights of Angband, Dortonion highlanders, elven captives and so on.
* ''FanFic/ImperfectMetamorphosis'' not only has the gargantuan ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' cast to work with and give them prominent roles, even the [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome PC-98 cast]], but keeps adding original characters as well. The author openly admits that keeping track of all of them and their [[GambitPileup constantly shifting allegiances]] is almost as much work as actually writing it.
* After Ren and Pin-Mei, and Horo-Horo and Rong have families in ''FanFic/AGiftOfLove'', there are effectively 9 main characters. Add in extended family, spirits, bodyguards, friends and classmates, teachers, villains, ancestors, and estranged family members. Now you have ''over fifty.''
* Everything written by Creator/MorwenTindomerel overflows with [=OCs=].
* ''Breakaway'', the first installment of the [[BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand BLoSC]] FanVerse ''Fanfic/ForGood'', introduces an {{OC}} protagonist and just a couple of supporting females throughout the first few chapters... and then the story hits Chapter 10 and turns into a NextGenFic. Enter three ActionGirl stars and four male soldiers... and the distinct possibility of more cadets on their way.
* The ''Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries'' starts out with eight (or nine, depending on how you want to categorize Sean Youghal) Scotland Yarders, AscendedExtra Davy Wiggins and an indeterminate number of [[StreetUrchin Baker Street Irregulars]] making screentime (full Irregular count is 50), plus [[AloofBigBrother Mycroft Holmes]], [[LikeBrotherAndSister Mary Watson]], and [[TeamMom Mrs. Hudson]] getting more screentime. That's not even mentioning the bad guys, or the {{OC}} supporting cast. All this in [[UpToEleven ONE BOOK]].
* There are at least ''90'' named characters to keep track of in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire. Clan Gully alone has 9 members as of this writing, 10 if you count Gull the Chocobo. Then, there are all the other clans, the people Clan Gully helps, and their enemies.
* ''Fanfic/SpiritOfRedemption'' Just try counting them all. Dare you.
* ''Fanfic/YuGiOhForever'' has over 60 characters, consisting largely of originally-created characters but also including approximately 22 characters from the canon series who are either recurring supporting characters or who are given brief cameos...and that's without taking into consideration the number of characters in the story's now-discontinued sequel.
* By the end of ''Silent Sorrow'', the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' has a ''massive'' cast of characters.
* [[http://ideas.wikia.com/wiki/Torchic_and_Pals/Happy_Tree_Pokemons_and_Others Torchic and Pals]] has 168 Main Characters in the entire series.
* Rinjapine's Disney/TheLionKing fanfictions quite possibly have the most characters of any work. '''[[http://rinjapine.deviantart.com/gallery/25046381 Over 600 total!]]'''
* This is a given of any ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' fanfiction. ''72Hours'', for instance, features 50 students, all of whom get their own chapter.
* ''FanFic/SonicGenerationsFriendshipIsTimeless'' features a lot of {{Franchise/Sonic|TheHedgehog}} characters (moreso than [[VideoGame/SonicGenerations the original game]]) and plenty of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ponies]], including background ones, get some time in the sun.
* The pro wrestling story, ''A Ring Of Their Own'', features or mentions virtually every decent female professional wrestler of the 2000's.
* ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'', and its side stories have 72 named characters from ''all'' the Kamen Rider Shows involved and lots of OC characters, major and minor that each have a small part to play in the whole universe.
* ''Fanfic/BoysUndSenshado'' not only has the entire and sizable cast of Anime/GirlsUndPanzer, but it has many original characters. 16 boys join Oarai's tankery team, and there are several other teams.
* Fanfic/HalkegeniaOnline: While neither SwordArtOnline nor ZeroNoTsukaima would qualify on their own, the combination of the two is pretty significant, and there are enough [[OriginalCharacter Original Characters]] to roughly double that number.
* ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'' already inherited this from the original source material. Then it adds even more characters on top.
* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' adds quite a large cast of heroes and villains, from [[LegacyCharacter Legacy Characters]] Fang and Mighty to dozens of new ones.
* Apparently, [[http://dmits.deviantart.com/art/The-Ultimate-Chapter-Paper-Finale-376351524 according to this piece of Paper Mario fanart,]] there are a total of '''275''' ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' fan characters. ''And these were only made by 55 artists.''
** In fact, the one artist who drew ''all of them'' even said that it took him ''six months''[[note]] That's half a year.[[/note]] to finish it.
* ''Fanfic/NecessaryToWin'', a ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' and ''{{Manga/Saki}}'' crossover, found [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10130193/1/Necessary-To-Win here]], has five to ten Saki characters at each of the major schools, in addition to the canon cast of characters, resulting in a cast of dozens of characters.
* ''Fanfic/MightyMorphinMechaRangers'', On the account of being a MegaCrossover with characters from [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]], [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]], [[Anime/TheBigO Big O]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Several]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Gundam]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam aces]] [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam and]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory heroes]], [[Anime/YuGiOh Yugioh]], [[Anime/ZoidsNewCentury Zoids]], [[Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne Escaflowne]], [[Anime/CodeGeass Code Geass]] and so on, this shouldn't be surprising.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians''. As well as the obvious titular canines, there are about a dozen characters who only appear for a scene or two.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' adds a boatload of new characters to the still-present cast from the first and second movies. Several of its movie posters (for example, [[http://www.movieposterdb.com/poster/3026b811 this one]]) boast this trope.
** Speaking of Pixar, the die-cast toyline based on their animated film ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' actually consists of toy versions of ''every'' single character from the movie!
* While the DisneyPrincess franchise (which is also Disney's biggest and most profitable franchise ever) includes only thirteen princess characters (with some exceptions, however), the Disney villain franchise on the other hand, actually includes the most characters of ''any Disney franchise ever made!''
** There's a reason why the villain franchise contains so many baddies (even the Pixar ones): According to Disney, there is actually no criteria used to define their own version of "villain", unlike the one they used to define "princess." As a result, to them, there is no such thing as an "unofficial villain" as in order for that to work, one villain must end up serving as their equivalent of Eris [[PlutoIsExpendable (sound familiar?)]] to have the definition changed (for the Disney Princesses, the Eris stand-in was [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron Eilonwy)]]. All we need now is a Ceres stand-in (when a member of a group is completely not supposed to be in it, but is still included anyway), and a Haumea/Makemake stand-in (not included for obvious reasons). Since the Princess franchise has its own version of Ceres, Haumea, and Makemake, there has yet to be such for the villains (again, you need an Eris to have those three). Finally there are members that should've been included, but not even included at all. Guess what that stands in for!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* While the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' films had a relatively manageable cast, the prequel films feature far more. There is Anakin, Obi Wan, Yoda, Mace Windu, Chancellor Palpatine, Count Dooku, General Grievous, Nute Gunray, Qui Gon Jinn, Padme, Panaka, Typho, Jango Fett, Cody, dozens more clones and countless named characters with speaking roles.
* The GuyRitchie movies (at least ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', ''Film/{{Snatch}}'', and ''Film/RockNRolla''). And most characters [[AnyoneCanDie get killed throughout the movie]].
* Likewise the Guy Ritchie-esque ''Film/SmokinAces''.
* The first Mortal Kombat film had six game characters in major roles, four in minor roles, and two quick cameos. The second had appearances by 26 different characters, some only for a few seconds.
* ''Film/OceansEleven'' and sequels.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3sV4k-mNa0 This video]] parodies the phenomenon.
*** [[http://www.adultswim.com/video/?episodeID=8a2505951c8b78da011c9b6c75090094 As does this]] ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch.
* The film ''CradleWillFall'' was a traffic jam of different characters and groups of characters, with very few clues given.
* While ''Film/{{Nashville}}'' has 24 principal characters, director Creator/RobertAltman once pointed out that the film's real "main character" is not a person, but the city of Nashville itself.
** A lot of Altman's movies are like this. The DVD cover of ''Film/ShortCuts'' has 22 cast members listed above the title.
* Richard Linklater's episodic, non-linear SliceOfLife film ''Film/{{Slacker}}'' has over a hundred [[NoNameGiven nameless]] credited roles, none of whom appear more than once, and none who really take precedence over the others.
** His follow-up, the ComingOfAge story DazedAndConfused had somewhere from 20 to 30 named characters, all of which appear with some frequency over the course of the film. Aside from the few specific leads, though, they're fortunately shuffled into {{Cast Herd}}s.
* ''Film/{{Bobby}}'' takes place at the Ambassador Hotel on the night of Bobby Kennedy's assassination. From what I can recall, Music/LindsayLohan marries [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Frodo]], Creator/SidneyPoitier works for hotel manager AnthonyHopkins, the coach from ''Film/TheMightyDucks'' (who also directs) and the kid from ''{{Rushmore}}'' manage Creator/DemiMoore, and the young undertaker from ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' gives [[Film/TheMatrix Morpheus]] Dodgers' tickets. Other characters are Shia Lebouf as a buzzed democrat, [[{{Numb3rs}} Charlie Epps]] and Emile Hirsch as drug-dealing hippies, and Helen Hunt and Michael Sheen as a HappilyMarried couple.
* ''Recount'', an HBO MadeForTVMovie about the 2000 US presidential election, has many characters on both sides, with the Democrats being led by Kevin Spacey and Dennis Leary (with help from [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Winston Smith]]). Oh, and they're all based on real people. Tom Wilkinson leads the Republicans.
* ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' has 85 speaking roles (averaging one new character every 90 seconds). It follows the band of good guys, the band of bad guys, the good guys' wives, and the townsfolk, developing characters in all of these roles.
* It has been said that the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' movies have way too many characters that just aren't developed, or are thrown away without a word. Mary Jane's astronaut fiancee, the girl living next door to Peter, Gwen Stacy, Eddie Brock, etc...
** MJ's "astronaut boyfriend" is especially notable, seeing as how he's J. Jonah Jameson's son, and the actor who played him arguably buoyed the "Peter Parker" segments of the first two films.
** Before the ''Film/{{Spider-Man}}'' movies, there was the 90's Franchise/{{Batman}} franchise. ''Film/{{Batman And Robin}}'' had so many characters, a few of them just 'disappeared' without any explanation ([[http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0061574/ Mr. Freeze's henchgirl]], [[http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0061573/ Bruce Wayne's girlfriend]]).
* A mainstay of Creator/RolandEmmerich's films: ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'', and especially ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'', which has 150 actors listed on IMDB. (credited ''and'' uncredited). About half of these characters appear once with a single line and are then killed off.
* ''Film/VerticalLimit'' has over a dozen, though only [[DwindlingParty half]] of them survive.
* The ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy has a lot of supporting characters sprinkled throughout the various years. Granted, most of the major supporting characters are family or ancestors of Marty or Biff, but there were a LOT of minor supporting characters, and more than one were a ChekhovsGunman.
** The list becomes bigger when you consider [[WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture the animated series]] and [[VideoGame/BackToTheFuture the video game]]. The [[TheWikiRule fan wiki]] has [[http://backtothefuture.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Individuals a list]] that's still growing to this day.
* ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', despite revolving around three leads, has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casablanca_%28film%29#Cast large cast of characters.]] It has 22 speaking parts, many of whom play some kind of significant role in the plot (or get at least one moment in the limelight).
* The film ''Film/LoveActually'' revolves around a cast of nearly 20 characters to a greater or lesser degree. The original and arguably best ensemble movie that inspired similar movies such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year%27s_Eve_(film) New Year's Eve]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day_(film) Valentine's Day]].
* The original run of ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' films consists of nine movies and ''many'' characters who make multiple appearances. The original protagonist, GentlemanThief Sir Charles Lytton, and his associates were overshadowed by BreakoutCharacter Inspector Clouseau, and Clouseau was given his own set of allies and enemies in the second film (''A Shot in the Dark''). While only three characters -- Clouseau, Dreyfus, and Cato -- make seven or more onscreen appearances, there are quite a few who turn up two to six times. There are also a significant number of important one-shot characters, which include the protagonists of films seven through nine.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Proportionally to ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', a truckload of mutants are introduced from the comics to ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. Only a handful of them get to be more than extras, though.
** Not only is ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' a team movie, but one with X-Men teams from the future and the past, making the cast almost twice the size of a normal X-Men film.
* ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' features only ten characters, which is fairly small in comparison to some of these other films, but seven of them get major CharacterDevelopment.
* The MarvelCinematicUniverse has ''dozens'' of major characters: each individual hero has a good five or six supporting characters who show up in every movie of theirs, and there are six leads and maybe twice as many recurring secondary characters in the tie-in TV series; not to mention many one-off bad guys, those bad guys' supporting characters, and a number of characters who appear variously across the franchise to tie it all together without being affiliated with a single hero or group. It's especially obvious in the teaser material for ''TheAvengersAgeOfUltron'', which has only a partial cast list announced so far, but already includes ''eleven'' leads.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Manhwa and Manhua]]
* In the manhwa ''Manhwa/FaeriesLanding'', there's Fanta and the other faeries, then the gods and creatures in the faerie realm, then Ryang, his family, friends, classmates, and other human extras, and the 108 pairs of affinities. And all the characters from the past and the present...
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' has about 40 recurring and/or plot relevant characters.
* ''Manhua/RavagesOfTime'' takes the original characters from ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' and adds original ones, as if there weren't already enough.
* ''Manhwa/{{Yureka}}'' has a huge amount of characters.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
* Music/HelloProject. They're currently at 61 members, and have had 128 members in total to date.
** A few years ago, Morning Musume had 15 members.
** The Eggs (trainees) are now at 28 members. And they keep ''adding more of them'' every few months.
* Music/AKB48 -- as their name implies, you'd think they have 48 members. Right now they're at ''83''.
** They actually were at 48 members at one point in 2007..
* The now-defunct group Bishoujo Club 31 (Saki Fukuda and Beni Arashiro were in it) had - you guessed it - 31 members.
* BangCamaro has 16 members for their studio and touring band, but to add to this, when the venue is big enough, they add on some session members to get as many people on stage as possible.
* The Music/{{Trans-Siberian Orchestra}} has 41 members, touring or otherwise.
* Only few people were able to keep track of exactly how many different band members [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laibach_(band) Laibach]] had until now. The fact that the active band members change regularly and often use pseudonyms or don't use any individual names at all makes it worse. Intentionally. The list on the Wikipedia article seems to be complete though.
* The Fall's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Fall_members former band member list]] rivals their [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fall_discography discography]] in size. [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2006/jan/05/popandrock This article]] details a journalist's attempt to track down all of them.
* Menudo definitely has them. The band has been around since 1977, and members are thrown out and replaced when they turn 16, their voice changes, the start to shave, or get too tall. This has led to a revolving door of singers.
* The Music/WuTangClan. If you have no trouble keeping track of [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The RZA, The GZA,]] Ol' Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Masta Killa, Method Man, Cappadonna, and their [[IHaveManyNames countless aliases and alter egos,]] there are dozens if not hundreds of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wu-Tang_Clan_affiliates associated groups, rappers, and singers]] to get lost in.
* The Doobie Brothers, so much so that there used to be a joke: "[[ReallyGetsAround She's had more members in her than the Doobie Brothers.]]"
** At their 2004 induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doobie_Brothers#Band every musician who had ever been a member of The Doobie Brothers]] showed up to perform. The stage that night was...crowded, to say the least.
* ''Music/{{Vocaloid}}'', if we include unreleased Vocaloids and private voicebanks, and don't include Append, Extend, V3 Updates, fanmades like Haku & Neru, or things like Ice Mountain and Vocaloid:China Project, there are 43.
* GAGGLE, an all female "alt-choir" has between 20-25 members at any one time.
* The Band from TV is a large group consisting entirely of TV stars.
* In another lesser example, Music/{{Typhoon}} tours with twelve people.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Large casts are especially rare in newspaper comics, due to new papers constantly picking up the series and almost no reruns to catch up with, but ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' is a famous exception. At one time a Sunday strip ran that was just one big panel with a group-photo-style picture of the entire cast. Along the side of the panel was a ''SixDegreesOfKevinBacon''-style chain of how they are connected to one another.
** A previous strip, published about five years earlier, Lampshaded this by doing a similar chart and having Zonker explain that this was being done because "most 19th century Russian epic novels have fewer characters than this feature." Since then, the cast has only GROWN (as this was before everyone started having kids.)
** This was lampshaded in the comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'' once. A tossed-off gag in the middle of a Sunday strip involved Jason downloading the cast list of ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'', and the file was many megabytes in size.
** TheOtherWiki counts 68 characters.
** Lampshaded again [[http://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2013/06/02 here]].
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', a notable LongRunner, contains about twenty principal characters (Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Rerun, Schroeder, Woodstock, Sally, Marcie, Frieda, Peppermint Patty, Franklin, Pig-Pen, Spike, Shermy, Eudora, Molly Volley, Crybaby Boobie, Patty, Violet, 5, Peggy Jean), and the unseen Little Red-Haired Girl, Mrs Othmar, and all the parents, and a sentient schoolhouse. A few of them were [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome brother chucked]], though.
** If Crybaby Boobie and Molly Volley count as "principal characters", then so does Roy, the kid who introduced Peppermint Patty to Charlie Brown. He appeared in quite a few summer camp strips. And what about the pig-tailed girl who's friends with Rerun?
** A complete list of all the characters is [[http://fivecentsplease.com/dpb/castlist.html here]]. Oh, and that's just the ''named'' cast members.
** The core of the cast is probably Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Woodstock, Sally, Peppermint Patty, and Marcie. Due to the strip's LongRunner status, the core of the cast has evolved as it's gone on. Shermy, Patty, Violet, Pig-Pen, Frieda, Franklin, Rerun, and Eudora have been members of the core, or at least the main cast, at some point or another; a case could also be made for 5, Roy, Spike, and Rerun's aforementioned friend. That's 17-21 main cast members, a pretty remarkable tally, though no more than ten or so at any one time.
* ''Tumbleweeds'' has a good thirty characters in its main cast, split between members of the town and the surrounding lands' Native tribes.
* ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' has a core family of five, plus friends, relatives, and pets. And then the kids started having families of their own...
* ''ComicStrip/{{Mutts}}'' started as just a man and his dog, then added a couple with a cat. Several dogs, many cats, an array of invertebrates and other animals, and a few humans later, it definitely qualifies.
* ''ComicStrip/GasolineAlley'' is unusual in being a LongRunner where the characters have aged ''in real time.'' In that time, many castmembers have died, new ones have kept getting introduced, baby Skeezix is now an old man, and Walt Wallet, the original protagonist, is now over 100. The cast is very big, and long stretches can go by without Walt or Skeezix popping up, although together they are still both the heart of the strip.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Play-by-Post [=RPGs=]]]
* ''Roleplay/BZpB'': Consider the fact that there are about 7-8 active players, and there have been plenty of other players so far. Now consider the fact that each has his own CAST of characters, complete with a BigBad, or several Big Bads. Many of the characters are constantly interacting with each other. Otherwise, they separate into their own Cast Herds.
* ''Roleplay/WarriorCatsRPG'' has had, over the course of its history, as many as ''100,000'' different characters.
* ''Roleplay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'' has nearly 30 players representing at least one human character, and that's without their Pokémon and other [=NPCs=].
* ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'', the longest running forum Role Playing Game, has so many characters (including one-shots, regulars, background characters, [=NPCs=], and so on) that it could possibly rival many of the items on this page for cast size!
* ''Roleplay/ZOOOOOmmxBIES'' started with more than thirty player characters. And while not many of them survived until the end, there were still lots of well characterized [=NPCs=] added.
* Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG has had many, many characters. Just in the titular Dino Attack Team there are 241 characters. That's not counting the numerous villains, civilians, and official LEGO characters that appeared in the almost seven-and-a-half year story.
* Roleplay/CampusLife, having been going on for around four or five years now, was bound to fall under this trope. As of adding this, there are no less than ''20'' main plot important characters, and who knows how many supporting characters.
* Roleplay/{{BZPRPG}}: To be expected, with six years(''and counting'')and innumerable players.
* Since Roleplay/AbsitOmen's creation more than three years ago, no less than ''707'' characters have been created. While many are inactive, the currently active roster still includes more than a hundred at a time.
* As expected with any semi-open RPG, ''[[Roleplay/CirqueDesReves Cirque des Reves]]'' has over 100 characters at almost any given time.
* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': has had hundreds of summons, many of which have little tid-bits here and there, and every last one is named, and many players do not deal well with losing them. The only thing that keeps the world update from being pages in length is the fact that [[KillEmAll few entities last more than a week or two.]] It gets even worse when you realize that you could technically include all of the other characters from the various universes that affect what is going on if you include off-screen characters, which all in all sends the character sheet into the thousands.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:ProfessionalWrestling]]
* Part of [[{{Wrestling/WCW}} WCW's]] grand "Kill The [[{{Wrestling/WWE}} WWF]] in Five Years" plan was to hire as many quality wrestlers as possible- veterans, foreign stars, up-and-comers and indy standouts alike. The problem was that this was mainly done to severely limit the [[{{Wrestling/WWE}} WWF's]] available talent pool and {{Wrestling/WCW}}, who had only a 2-3 hour show, had no intention of using most of these people. Wrestlers were paid not based on whether they were booked for matches, but if they showed up to tapings, and even then, all a performer had to do was sign a register and he was given a full payday no questions asked, regardless of whether he had actually worked that night or not. This left {{Wrestling/WCW}} with a bloated roster, many of whom were getting paid for doing nothing, and who often resented the fact that they weren't being used, and willingly took a paycut to jump to [[{{Wrestling/WWE}} WWF]] where they were actually shown on TV as soon as their contracts expired. This was one of the lesser poor management decisions that lead to TheDeathOfWCW.
* The [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Radio]]
* ''Radio/TheArchers'' - thanks in part to its Extreme LongRunner status - has a regular character list of about 60, with a couple of dozen appearing each week. Include occasional and silent characters, and you're into the hundreds.
* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' had three main cast members, a handful of supporting players (which included the announcer and some of the regular musicians) and a few recurring guest stars. Between them they played something like fifty roles, over thirty of them regulars. The bulk of these were voiced by Creator/PeterSellers and Creator/SpikeMilligan, though Milligan claimed he only had so many parts to prevent Sellers from talking to himself.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Religion & Mythology]]
* Epics and holy scriptures tend to be this, due to them having been collected from stories told for eons.
* OlderThanFeudalism: {{Homer}}'s ''Literature/TheIliad''. [[KillEmAll Most of them die]].
** The character sheets for ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' run to several pages, however most of them only appear in one or two books.
** This probably was the case for the six other epics in the Literature/TrojanCycle, considering it covered everything from the TrojanWar's origin to Odysseus's death.
** This is because every Greek family claimed to have some ancestor who fought in the Trojan War. Every character, even the throwaways, would have been hugely important to someone.
* Virgil's ''Literature/TheAeneid'' is just as bad as {{Homer}}'s works.
* {{Classical Mythology}} in general is like this. You have the Olympian gods, the Titans, heroes, demigods, monsters, kings... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Greek_mythological_figures Here's a list]]
* The ancient Hindu epic ''{{Mahabharata}}'', part literature and part mythology, defined Loads And Loads Of Characters for possibly the first time ever, and then ''re''defined it just for fun. For most of the story, it's just the five heroes and their wife having wacky adventures. In the final year of the story, the cast suddenly balloons as the heroes are boarded up with a royal family, which naturally includes the extended family and several orders' staff and servants, all named. Then you get to TheWarSequence, and it's the main heroes, miscellaneous friends and political allies, their extended families, and sons and nephews in the double digits ''each'', against the enemy force of ''one hundred'' named villains and ''their'' allies, cousins, sons and nephews. This is just the named characters -- {{mooks}} are in the thousands. And ''each named character'' gets [[CharacterFocus his own story]]. This, kids, is why the ''Mahabharata'' is the longest poem ever written by an incredibly wide margin.
** Also the Ramayana. The main story is about Rama. It starts before his conception and ends with his ascension to his celestrail abode. Its characters include His father, his wife, his wife's parents, his father's three wives, their offspring, their offspring's wives, their wives' parents, the respective households, Rama's teacher Valmiki, Hanuman, the other monkeys, some eagles, Ravana, Ravana's offspring and other related people in the households, Rama's two children etc. There are a lot more, but you get the idea.
* Literature/TheBible. Each book has a whole new array of characters, and it even goes into their family trees for a bunch of generations. Several characters have multiple children who then have their own children. Several of those books were religious history texts, covering religious, political, and cultural events relevant to not only a nation, but several generations of that nation. Add to that the New Testament, made up primarily of letters to entire churches...
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''TheLaramieProject'' has over seventy characters, all of whom are [[LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles regularly played by eight people.]]
** Same goes for ''AngelsInAmerica'', though there aren't quite so many characters.
* ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' has about twenty parts, all of which are given, if not deep character development, then something to do at least.
* ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'' has a number of supporting roles, and most are [[ActingForTwo doubled]], which means quick costume changes for some cast members.
* Given that most musicals have several leads and a large ensemble, it's rare to find a musical with so many distinct parts as ''IntoTheWoods''. StephenSondheim isn't fond of writing regular choruses anyway, so a lot of his shows are filled with lots of small parts instead. Like with ''MerrilyWeRollAlong'' and ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}''.
* Most Creator/CirqueDuSoleil shows have at least fifty performers apiece; a few of the non-touring shows have upwards of ''70''. This can roughly be broken down into:
** 5-10 principal characters and/or character groups, including clowns, singers, and lead dancers.
** Characters and/or groups that exist for one act in particular, but might have a member or two appear elsewhere in the show (i.e. the Zebras in ''"O"'', the Nymphs in ''Alegria'') for character work. ActingForTwo applies here.
** The musicians.
* Many Creator/WilliamShakespeare plays have dozens of named characters, particularly the histories. Often modern productions cut the plays down (since uncut most would last over four hours), merge bit parts with one or two lines into single characters, and double- or even triple-cast actors in medium and sometimes even larger characters.
* ''TwilightLosAngeles'' is a docudrama that tells the story of the riots in Los Angeles in 1992. Lot of people.
* ''TheBlueBird'' has a fairy give two children ''eight'' sidekicks for their journey, into lands with even more named characters -- ranging from the kids' dead grandparents to Night to a forest's worth of tree spirits to Luxuries and Happinesses to unborn children waiting to go to Earth. Tellingly, lesser sidekick characters like Water are sidelined for significant stretches of the action.
* Between the main 3 engines, Poppa, Electra's components, the coaches, the freight trucks, the Rockies/Hip-Hoppers and the national engines (and Greaseball's lackies, the race marshalls and Control), ''StarlightExpress'' has a rather sizeable cast.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Toys]]
* ''{{Transformers}}''. . Being a LongRunner, the TropeCodifier for MerchandiseDriven (Hasbro's 'king' of toy lines)''and'' having the most infamous ContinuitySnarl ever from being so AdaptationOverdosed, this trope was inevitable. And then there's when this trope occurs ''within'' adaptations:
** The TransformersGeneration1 and Generation 2 comics are notable for featuring somewhere in the region of 300 named characters over the course of their ten-year run. Of these, over 120 are permanently killed off, some for dramatic effect to drive the story, but mostly because there were simply too many of them for the writer to keep track of, and because their toys had come off the shelf and no longer needed to be "sold" through the comic. They often went out in large batches (for instance, in issue #19, Omega Supreme offlines nearly every Decepticon from the first year of the series in about two pages), with the most famous instance surely being issue #50, in which a cosmically-powered Starscream unceremoniously kills almost every other surviving character from the first three years of the series with a few waves of his hands. This is without even bringing up the unnamed background characters, such as the entire population of San Francisco.
** ''TransformersArmada'' had a relatively small cast. However, the sequel series ''TransformersEnergon'' went so overboard in cramming in Autobot characters and using them at any excuse that in certain shots you can't actually tell what's going on. Needless to say, this left all but a few with no characterization at all. This got better in ''TransformersCybertron'', which [[DubInducedPlotHole may]] [[AscendedFanon or may not]] be a followup to ''Energon'', but it didn't improve by that much.
*** Supposedly the reason for the many accents that the characters of ''Transformers: Cybertron'' was that they were so underdeveloped that otherwise they were virtually the same beyond their names and appearances.
*** ''TransformersMasterforce'' and ''TransformersVictory'', which featured all-new, considerably smaller casts in an obvious effort to start afresh.
* ''Franchise/GIJoe'' is Hasbro's second MerchandiseDriven franchise. Since the franchise was revived in 1982, the action figure lines have featured countless characters, most of whom have appeared in the various TV shows, movies and comics at some point.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' is third (Boy, Hasbro's actually really good at creating franchises with Loads And Loads Of Characters). ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' has a huge cast of primary, secondary, tertiary, and background characters, spread across 4 generations of toys and shows. Heck, Generation 3 MyLittlePony's television show had no plot, continuity, or {{Canon}}--it was just a [[MerchandiseDriven Merchandising ploy]] that just introduced more and more and ''more'' characters per episode. Thankfully, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Generation four]] MyLittlePony's TV Show doesn't fall into this snarl, but [[OhMyGods GOOD CELESTIA,]] there's a lot of characters--case in point, just ''look'' at its [[EnsembleDarkhorse/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Ensemble Darkhorse]] Page, which, so far, is the only other case of EnsembleDarkHorse having its own page for a franchise--the other page, of course, being the one for ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''.
* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', definitely. The main cast comprises over 200 characters, and there are countless RedShirt villagers scattered all throughout the islands that the story hasn't covered.
** According to the comics and stories, some of those FacelessMooks were also sentient.
* The Japanese stationery company Sanrio [[note]][[Best known for creating {{Hello Kitty}}]][[/note]], has been in business since 1962[[note]][[It wasn't until 1974, when they started creating characters.]][[/note]]. Ever since the creation of Hello Kitty in 1974, the company decided to create more and more characters to see how successful they would sell in stores. [[AmericansHateTingle While some characters are hardly ever heard of outside of Japan]] [[ChuckCunningHamSyndrome or sometimes forgotten.]] Some characters in Sanrio [[note]][[Such as My Melody and Cinnamoroll]][[/note]] might end up become very popular characters in the company. [[http://www.sanrio.co.jp/characterindex/ The Japanese website]] [[http://www.sanrio.com/timeline/ and American website]] ffor Sanrio has a list of how many characters they have, mostly the popular and successful ones.
** As of 2014, Sanrio has a total of 400 characters!
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Theme Parks]]
* DisneyThemeParks: In addition to hundreds of characters from the DisneyAnimatedCanon, ClassicDisneyShorts, and a few television properties, there's also dozens of characters exclusive to the parks, like the Ghost Host (TheHauntedMansion), the Country Bears (''Country Bear Jamboree''), and Figment (Epcot's imagination-based pavillion).
** At Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, there are days when the managers all dress in character costumes for a day. The sheer number of "forgotten" major characters is mind-boggling, and the fact that they ''usually have characters left over'' is simply jaw-dropping.
[[/folder]]



[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''WebComic/GreystoneInn'' started out with just a few core characters, but quickly expanded, with minor characters getting plotlines that would last for weeks. When the original main characters started getting less and less time, the strip gave way to ''Webcomic/EvilInc''
* ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}'': 5 months after it began and it's at 30 characters and counting. With 248098402 more expected to come.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Granted it has been running for ten years, but still it has well over 50 characters.
** At last count, 156 or so... according to [[http://www2.gvsu.edu/~loulab/sluggy.html this website]].
*** At least he's pretty good about keeping the size of the core cast to remotely sane proportions. A lot of those 156 characters have been dead or PutOnABus for years.
* ''LastRes0rt'' has at least 20 "main" characters to keep up with (12 criminals + 4 volunteers + 4 members of the Vaeo Family), and staff and various other family members associated with them. The main justification? It's a RealityShow -- which, in the tradition of most shows, has a huge cast (to start) and then settles down into more important Characters. There's also a few clans starting to emerge, which increase the numbers further.
** The [[http://www.lastres0rt.com/cast/ official cast page]] lists '''40''' characters, give or take [[spoiler: whether you think Daisy is really Scout Arael or not]]. And it's out of date, especially with all the Star Org {{Cameo}}s in Volume Two...
* ''RedString'' has 8 main characters, which doesn't seem like a lot. However, there are almost thirty secondary and tertiary characters, all of whom get as much development as the author can realistically cram in. This means there are some chapters where main characters (the main main character Miharu, even) don't show up at all. Only 2 or 3 chapters so far--in 40 chapters--have included most of the main characters at once.
* ''PennyAndAggie'' has almost 30 characters on its cast page and regularly diverts attention from the two female leads to focus on them. Aggie in particular seems to have been demoted to supporting cast in her own comic.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has the Light Warriors, the Real Light Warriors, the Dark Warriors, the Elemental Fiends, the Other Warriors, White Mage and Black Belt, Onion Kid, Akbar and Jeff, King Steve, Princess Sara, Left-Hand Man Gary, Matoya, Bahamut, Dragoon, Sarda, The Trickster God, Dr. Swordopolis, Dodecahedron, Darko the Dark God of the Dark, Chaos, and more. For added goodness, two strips showed the Light Warriors, the Dark Warriors, the Other Warriors, and Warmech[[CrowdedCastShot all on panel at once.]] The Light Warriors, Real Light Warriors, Dark Warriors, Elemental Fiends, and Other Warriors are each made up of 4 characters. So that's a total of 37 listed here, and there's more supporting cast than that.
* [[http://www.ookii.org/egs/statistics/ Everything you wanted to know]] and more about the cast of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''.
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' The main cast isn't overly large for a webcomic, but once you get to the past main characters (Jhim, Kim, Monette) to the supporting cast (Cab, Berenger, Claire, Anna, Lisa, Celie, The Teddy-Bear Liberation Front Guy, etc), things get a little crazy. Made worse by the occasional recurrer that only appears a total of five times in six years (Davan's friend Andy), and the fact that often a year goes by between Jhim or Anna appearances.
* The [[http://www.captainsnes.com/data.html cast page]] for ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' lists '''120''' named characters - and it's incomplete. Including four different [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]]s and the Nintendo Censorship Angel.
** And along the same lines, how bout we introduce [[http://www.kidradd.com/ Kid Radd]] here as well? Tons of bit parts (hah) who were nonetheless named, or at least referenced in such a way as to make them notable...
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', between the Circus, Castle Wulfenbach, Sturmhalten, Beetleburg, Mechanicsburg, the Knights of Jove, the Jägers, and the assorted wandering types... let's just say there are a big damn lot of people who go in and out of the story.
** Kaja Foglio has stopped trying to maintain a big character bio page, and now just deletes the old page and starts from scratch at the beginning of each chapter, adding in characters as they become relevant. Only 10 pages into chapter 9, there's already ''seventeen'' characters up there, and that's not including the "Old Heterodynes" (included on the page for generic backstory) and the author-insert bit characters. Ten pages of comic. Seventeen characters.
* New characters are introduced at a positively frightening rate in ''MagicalMisfits''. To be fair, they are usually given distinctive backstories, but it does somewhat lead to a KudzuPlot.
* ''{{Drowtales}}''. There are several noble houses, each with its leader, officers, counsellors and soldiers. There is the imperial house - ditto. There are the demon-busting Templars - ditto. There are the renegades and diabolists - ditto. There is the great school, with its staff and pupils. There are Ariel's friends (where not previously covered). And that doesn't even start on the supporting characters, citizens and walk-ons. Plus, they all have long, straight white hair and narrow builds. There is a very good reason why the drow in this universe favour distinctive jewellery, facial decals, and hair dye patterns...
** In later chapters, the creators have started adding cameo appearances for fanmade characters, further expanding the named cast. Some of the "cameos" went on to become fairly important characters.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has expanded into something of a CastHerd over the years, and keeps getting steadily bigger.
** While the company grows, we mostly follow the Special Ops squad and the officers, and people die in combat. Sometimes, they also come back. [[spoiler: Tagon, Petey, and especially Kevyn, who did so three or four times in one story arc]].
*** And sometimes they opt out (Doythaban, TTKevyn, Der Trihs, Shep, Nick, LOTA, and a number just before the "Longshoreman" arc).
* ''ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace''. [[KingArthur Arthurian myth]], being made of various legends and ballads bolted together by Malory, has Loads And Loads Of Characters and AKOTAS includes most of them. (And the others are probably due to be introduced later.)
** Lampshaded [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2120.htm here]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. After the inclusion of notable Azure City paladins and Greysky City thieves, the author seems a little quicker to kill off any new faces.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', anyone? At least each theme are separate, [[CrossOver sometimes]]...
* ''Webcomic/{{Sins}}''. You've got the SevenDeadlySins...that's not so bad. Then consider that all but two have been replaced. And some have been replaced ''twice''. And then there's the Seven Holy Virtues, the golems, the Vices, the hosts...and Murdock.
* ''Webcomic/GetMedieval'' had the core group of HumanAliens, (Asher, Neithe, Torquel, Iroth, and Oneder), the Earthlings Asher and Neithe landed with (Sir Gerard and his family), Torquel and Iroth's bunch (mostly Duc L'Orleans), plus the bad guys, plus various popular secondary characters ([[MadScientist Jacques the alchemist]], [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Belle]]). And that's not even counting those who vanished once the story moved away from them.
* ''TheKAMics'', although if you eliminate all the one shots & isolate characters who stick to their own series (usually) it seems a little more manageable.
* ''EverydayHeroes'' has a cast page that lists twelve major characters, plus a couple of dozen minors, not including one-episode appearances.
* ''NFansTheSeries'' had practically an ''army'' of characters. Yes, they were all {{Self Insert}}s, but they actually played the trope rather well since most of them weren't afraid to have some pretty bad things happen to them. Sadly, because the plot [[SpotlightStealingSquad fixated on a couple]], at least half the cast was PutOnABus or removed from the comic after getting very little screentime beyond their arcs. (Team Lalala was one of the worst, having been left on the same screen for almost a year of real time.)
* In ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', even the artist has admitted that there are too many characters to keep up with, with at least one of the main characters in the beginning being moved to nearly invisible.
* ''HazardsWake''. So many damn characters! At least the author eventually had the good sense to stick them into one of three groups and rotate them ala FourLinesAllWaiting.
* ''WapsiSquare'' used to have dozens of them, but now the main cast has been downsized (reducing best friends and significant others to bit parts) to just eight. And their multiple personalities and personal demons. Not bad for a comic that is mostly about [[GagBoobs Monica's bust]] :).
* ''{{Khatru}}'' has four main characters and twelve (and counting) minor ones.
* The ''WebComic/{{Walkyverse}}'' has over 100 characters.
** "Over 100"? At the end of ''It's Walky!'' (six and a half years ago), there were 247 named or otherwise identifiable characters.
* ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'', while a less extreme example, actually uses this as an advertising point: one of the banner ads for the comic reads "Dumbing of Age has too many characters". As an UltimateUniverse of the entire Walkyverse, this was inevitable.
* {{Juathuur}} has almost 50 characters in the part one cast page. At least 20 of them are very, very important to the plot.
* ''{{Sonichu}}'' has at least 30 characters in only 10 issues.
* [[AMagicalRoommate Aylia]] is sent to college by her parents, mocked by her sister, and one roommate is replaced every semester. This doesn't account for even a quarter of the cast.
** Everybody in [[http://amr.comicgenesis.com/amr0835.html this strip]] has a name and personality, and blood relation with each other. Only the one in the firs panel is part of the core cast.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' has a massive cast, leading to [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome many characters ending up overlooked]] much of the time. There's Marten and his roommates, as well as other people in the building, the Coffee of Doom workers, Deathmole, various people at the college where Marten works, and a few robots.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has: four kids (twice if you count their dreamselves as separate characters), their four (or five) respective guardians (and in some cases the guardians' guardians), the four Exiles, [[BigBad Jack Noir]] and his three minions, the twelve trolls plus ''their'' custodians, one round-headed First Guardian, AndrewHussie, the kid versions of the kid's anscestors, the guardian versions of the kids... and that's not even getting into the more incidental characters like the Felt, White and Black Kings and Queens, the trolls' Ancestors, alternate universe Midnight Crews, and so on. A full list can be found [[http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Homestuck_Characters here]].
** Even if you only count controllable characters, there are still roughly about 60 [[note]]4 B kids + 4 A kids + Davesprite + 12 A trolls + 12 B trolls + Jack + Jack's 3 minions + 4 agents/exiles + 4 Midnight Crew Members + 2 cherubs = 44 so far. Add in AndrewHussie, the reader, Snowman, an imp, Maplehoof, Serenity, and various inanimate objects like a piano, a fridge, a hat, a safe, Equius's shades, the sky above LOWAS, and Cal, to make 60.[[/note]]
** [[http://beyondthecanopy.com/other/HOMESTUCK_GROUP.png This picture contained about two-thirds of the cast]] at the time of it's creation, and contains about half of the characters now.
** The current count tips the scales at over 95 recurring characters. [[spoiler: Even with much of the cast above having been KilledOffForReal.]]
** And then Hussie declares that all fantrolls are canon, good luck with counting all of them.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has at ''least'' Bob Smithson, Jean Poule, Molly, Princess Voluptua, Galatea, Snookums, Hibachi, Rocko Sasquatch, Fructose Riboflavin, Agent Ben, Agent Jerry, Djali, Mr. Bystander, Dean Martin, Floyd Fitznewski, Heywood J. Lookathat, Abby Primrose, Ahem, Oogrook/Rainbow Sunshine, the Bear, the Grammar Squirrel, and the Halloween Monster. That's not counting characters who've only appeared in one story so far, like Mook, Goona, Zodboink, or Zippobic...
* ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE'' has 30 main and semi-main characters listed on its cast page.
* ''Webcomic/WaywardSons'': Over 30 characters, with more being introduced periodically.
* ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' is getting there, with over forty characters notable enough to get an entry in the character sheet section of the website.
* ''{{Franchise/Buildingverse}}'' works tend to have a massive cast, or to be precise a limited main cast[[note]]''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'': Sarah, Christine, Erik, Jareth; ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'': Erik, Jareth, Javert, James; ''{{Webcomic/Superintendent}}'': Javert, Valjean; etc.[[/note]] which inflates over 20 with all the regulars and to ridicculous levels with everybody (The character page for ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' lists more than 100 characters).
* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}''. Check out the [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/page/cast cast page.]]
* ''TheWordWeary'' features a cast of nine canonical main characters and many, many secondary characters who contribute to the plot.
* ''WebComic/MountainTime'' is an interesting example. About half the strips don't have ''any'' recurring characters. The other half, however, draws from a cast of characters much larger than the 25 or so listed on the Characters page.
* ''YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'': The author has been so kind as to do a WhereAreTheyNow-style recap for all of his characters. [[http://yafgc.net/?id=2670 The number of characters and stories contained within this single comic is truly staggering]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has a very large cast or superheroes, supervillains, ordinary people and giant monsters, each of which may get ADayInTheLimelight thanks to the story's frequent interludes. The cast page ont the Worm site is massive.
* ''TheChroniclesOfTaras'', for a WebSerialNovel with seventeen episodes, sure does had tons of characters [[spoiler: even if so many of them are dying left and right]]. There's the core cast of eight, Mr. Taylor the Counselor, the Guards Johnson and Brown, Najis Rakkasiak, the BigBad, and tons of other characters referenced in the series.
* ''MakeYourMove'' has had over a thousand movesets for a thousand characters - and counting.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has a relatively small core cast (twelve main characters), but add in all the spin-offs that are counted as part of the series' world and the list of recurring characters alone pushes triple digits. Some of these characters are a pop-corn mixer, a printer or a wagon full of pancakes. Not anthropomorphized. Just a regular popcorn maker named Frank Benedetto.
* The WhateleyUniverse is still growing. There are something like 15 Canon authors, writing 20 or so protagonists. Then there are all the other main characters and friends (and enemies and teachers) at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy. There are supposed to be nearly 600 students, plus dozens of teachers, researchers, security officers, and so on. It seems like we've met about a third of them. Maybe more. Plus the families of the main characters, an assortment of heroes and villains outside the school, ... Since there are now something like 150 novels, novelettes, short stories, novel chapters, and vignettes, it isn't surprising that we've met hundreds of characters. So far.
** One fan put together a spreadsheet: the authors may have introduced or namechecked 80% of the roughly ''six hundred'' students currently at Whateley Academy. And we got to meet ''every'' new student who started in Winter Term.
* The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', at its peak, had 132 active player characters, some 400 inactive or retired player characters, nearly 25 "starter characters" (that is, characters used to allow brand new players to quickly get their feet in the doors), and 10,232 named, fully-realized non-player characters once the supervillains, support staff, and returning normals were all tallied up.
* ''BrokenSaints'' features about 40 speaking roles, over half of which are major players in the plot.
* Every season of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' has a very large cast, with over one hundred students and several terrorists on top of that. One of the test runs had ''200 students''. By the end of a season [[KillEmAll only one student is left]], but it's still a huge cast.
** Version 3 ''itself'' hit the two hundred mark, and that isn't even counting those who didn't get into the game or NPC characters.
** V4 has 276 students total playing in the game. Add to that terrorists, teachers, family members, friends, students not in the game....
* AHDotComTheSeries. The ''AH.com'' has a crew of about twenty, as do the ships of many of their recurring villains and allies, and then there's all the people they might meet in this week's timeline. Usually an episode will only focus on five or six crewers and the others just get one or two lines each.
* ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' starts by introducing the two dozen girls that live on protagonist Mack's floor and goes from there.
* AlternateHistory timelines can span centuries, of not a millennium or more. Hence, they also tend to have this, like ''DecadesOfDarkness'', ''LookToTheWest'' and the ''Literature/ChaosTimeline''.
* The ''LeagueOfIntergalacticCosmicChampions''.
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses. It doesn't help that there's lots of AlterEgoActing going on. Makes writing FanFiction very confusing indeed.
* The Bounty Hunter Inn topics at GameFAQs tend to have this, as except for the latest administrator everyone has at least one player character... and can introduce as much [=NPCs=] as needed. Thankfully, many of these go unheard of if their creator quits, unless they were deeply connected to the current {{Arc}}.
* As ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' is an online RP which has had eighteen writers across two forums, with no limit to the amount of characters a writer can control, this is a given.
* Some JournalRoleplay games get into the hundreds of characters.
* Parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXwwqgkhshA this Upright Citizen's Brigade sketch]]
* TheSalvationWar. The number of characters you really need to keep track of is pretty reasonable, and helped by the large number of real life people, but the number of minor characters quickly goes off the charts. Not helping is that many of Hell's residents have absurdly long, complex names.
* By the end of the first season, ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'''s core cast included thirteen characters (Church, Tucker, Caboose, Sheila, Tex, Grif, Sarge, Simmons, Lopez, Donut, Vic, and O'Malley), and it's only grown from there, until now the cast also includes eight Freelancers (Wyoming, York, Wash, South, North, Maine, CT, and Carolina), five AIs (Gamma, Epsilon ([[spoiler:who replaced Church in the main cast]]), Delta, Sigma, and Theta), three important Freelancer personnel (the Director, the Counselor, and the Pilot), two significant aliens (Crunchbite and Junior), and other members of the Reds and Blues (Captain Flowers, Sister, Doc, and Andy the Bomb), not counting more minor characters such as the Green Alien or "imaginary" versions of characters from Caboose's mind or the capture unit.
* TrintonChronicles has 5 main authors and 2 part-time authors; 15 main characters, 20-something secondary, and over 100 throw-away characters.
* ''Roleplay/FateNuovoGuerra'' is heading toward this way, what with the infinite servant, master and magus slots.
* ''Roleplay/{{The Insane Quest|OfUnfathomableRandomness}}'': While the number of characters may not be as large as that or Darwin's Soldiers, it is still fairly sizable. Despite characters occasionally being PutOnABus due to player inactivity, the core cast rarely dwindles below twenty, and nearly every seemingly minor NPC introduced by the GM is almost guaranteed to gain a more important role later on. The Character Sheet for the RP currently lists 56 characters and growing.
* Inevitable in ''ChaosFighters'' due to every new installment contains entirely new characters, save for a few recurring characters.
* ''Webcomic/DrawYourOwnStory'' has accumulated [[http://dyos.wikkii.com/wiki/Category:Characters tons of self-inserts, as well as canon characters taken from other works]]. [[http://dyos.wikkii.com/wiki/File:Roundup.jpg Here's a pic]], and there's not even half of everyone in there.
* YouTubePoop is this with various random characters appearing out of nowhere.
* With each member having access to at least four characters, Roleplay/MarvelsRPG has ended up with this.
* The ever-growing GeodesicCast of TheTradingPost.
* ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil'' has had over 8,000 members, each creating at least one character, with many forever lost due to the site's transfer to Yuku and the ezHack. But that's just the entire site's twelve year history. At any one moment, the current number of characters per faction averages at at least 25 active at the time, not including lurkers, bumping the character count at the time to around 200.
* ''WereAlive'': Over a dozen main cast members who are often split into multiple storylines.
* Being a universe made by dozens of writers, and including the ''entire world'' in that setting, ''MetamorKeep''.
* ''Blog/TheTyrannosaurChronicles'' had to make a [[http://traumador.blogspot.com/p/character-profile.html People Tracking Centre]] for the numerous amounts of dinosaurs and humans that popped up over its existence.
* ''DSBTInsaniT'': the core cast alone consists of ''26'' characters!
* ''Roleplay/CerberusDailyNews'': Being a RP site modeled after actual internet forums will do that
* WebOriginal/{{Fanpro}} adds a new batch of characters every week, with at least 1000 total having been confirmed. One of the goals of the fandom is to break the world record for the largest amount of characters in a work.
* WebOriginal/FurryBasketballAssociation is definately this. You have at least 12 players per team. With 24 teams, that's 288 characters right there. Then you have coaches, managers, agents, retired players, notable fans, etc. etc. etc...
* ''Literature/{{Pyrrhic}}'' has 30 students as its basis for the experiment, but also a mysterious family seeking to save them, flashbacks showing the student's families, and the members of the Sons of the Constitution. All in all, considering it's not even halfway through, there may be more coming.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:RealLife]]
* At the moment, the total human cast of Real Life has just passed 7 billion.
** If you include all the humans who have died, the number goes up to (an estimated) 108 billion.
** Unfortunately, you can only maintain a stable, social relationship with [[CastHerd around 150]] of them at a given time. This is known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar%27s_number Dunbar's Number]].
*** This fact, however, doesn't stop some people having a Facebook "friends list" several times that number, however; a source of minor contention for skeptics of social media.
[[/folder]]
----