Main Breakout Character Discussion

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06:25:59 PM Sep 14th 2017
edited by papyru30
Would Amelia from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones count since she's the only non main character to be in Fire Emblem Heroes? She's not hated but she's also not loved any more than most characters.
10:14:10 PM Apr 16th 2014
Everything I've heard says Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine was hated by viewers for being a bland uninteresting villain compared to his comic version.
05:41:35 AM Apr 17th 2014
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That's blatant, horrible misuse. First off, it's not a Breakout Character since he's appeared in nothing else (thus it would be Ensemble Darkhorse). Secondly, everyone hated Deadpool. However, people did really like Wade Wilson.

Anyway, cutting.
10:30:48 AM Feb 9th 2014
Hey, who removed the mention of Bob and Doug?
10:56:43 AM Feb 9th 2014
There was never a mention of them on this page.
11:39:28 AM Feb 9th 2014
Oh. Then again, I do have times where I forget, and I do contribute to the SCTV page once in a while.
08:23:18 PM Nov 9th 2012
Why is Kamina here? He is the main character of the series at least until Simon takes over his seat after his death, he is still way more important to fit here. Deleating him.
11:28:48 AM Aug 2nd 2012
Since the Rarity and Rainbow Dash examples in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic were made mid-season, and they have since faded from their popularity enough, I was wondering if we could remove those examples.
10:43:43 PM May 25th 2012
Regardless of her Popularity, I don't think Abby is treated any differently because of it on NCIS. The show was always meant to be an Ensamble.

The fact that she's the only main NCIS cast member besides Vance to appear on the Spin Off is the only advantage she has.
09:43:52 PM Nov 4th 2011
...Am I the only one seeing the "Contributor's Page" link at the top of the page? If so, I didn't know tropes themselves could be contributors as well!
02:21:03 AM Feb 3rd 2011
Probably not an example — no break out character. A major character is leaving, that doesn't qualify. The circumstances mean the rest of the cast aren't breaking out of a minor role through audience response, rather the show is adjusting to the loss of a key character.

  • Sipowicz on NYPD Blue. Originally the show was about David Caruso's Det. Kelly; when he decided to leave after the first season the show was retooled as an ensemble piece, eventually focusing on Dennis Franz's character.
    • The only person thoroughly convinced the show was about Detective Kelly was David Caruso, who thought the show would collapse without him. Good luck with that, bad show lab cop guy.
      • The show was, indeed, structured around Kelly; every other character in the first season was defined by their relationship to him (his partner, his ex, his boss, etc.). What Caruso's arrogance didn't allow him to see was that the show was so strong it could easily survive even the departure of the main character.
01:19:07 PM Jan 26th 2011
John Cleese has stated that The Major from Fawlty Towers was originally going to be a one time character for the pilot. But then he saw the potential in The Major and made him a regular character and he became one of the most popular characters in the show. wouldn't he count as a breakout character?
10:26:26 PM Jan 9th 2011
Does the example of GIR from Invader Zim really qualify? GIR was a main character from the get-go, and if I read the trope correctly it would seem that this is strictly about characters that were elevated due to their popularity.
06:26:59 AM Oct 28th 2011
I don't think so. He's probably closer to Ensemble Darkhorse.
03:45:21 PM Oct 4th 2010
Removing Jeremiah Gottwald as he belongs in Ensemble Darkhorse. This trope is about supporting characters who become the main/one of the main characters of a show.
03:48:45 PM Oct 4th 2010
Removing Setsuna for the same reason.
06:43:04 PM Aug 13th 2010
So I guess I'll be the first one to post it, is the trope pic change really necessary? The Fonz is pretty much a well known Television icon compared to a random video game character.
10:01:11 PM Aug 13th 2010
My vote goes to Fonzie.
05:29:22 AM Jun 1st 2010
edited by SusanDavis
Susan Davis: Removed the following:

  • Eric Northman on True Blood. This vampire is more popular and desired than the main male protagonist, Vampire Bill, by viewers. He's been voted GQ's "Man Who Saved HBO". Enough said.

...because Eric's increasing prominence has nothing to do with the fan reaction to him; it's part of the plot of The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries, on which the show is based.
10:46:35 PM May 25th 2012
Correct, in fact Eric is THE Vampire lead of the books Bill doesn't even come close.

Lafyette is True Blood's initial example and then Jessica.
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