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* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': As a crossover between ''Series/Daredevil2015'', ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', ''Series/LukeCage2016'' and ''Series/IronFist2017'', the cast features not just [[Creator/CharlieCox Matt Murdock]], [[Creator/KrystenRitter Jessica Jones]], [[Creator/MikeColter Luke Cage]], and [[Creator/FinnJones Danny Rand]], but every major supporting cast member of their shows. There are a total of ''fifteen'' cast members with main credits billing besides the four leads, based on whoever gets main credits billing in their own show: [[Creator/EkaDarville Malcolm Ducasse]], Foggy Nelson, [[Creator/JessicaHenwick Colleen Wing]], [[Creator/SimoneMissick Misty Knight]], Bakuto, [[Creator/RachaelTaylor Trish Walker]], [[Creator/DeborahAnnWoll Karen Page]], [[Creator/ElodieYung Elektra Natchios]], [[Creator/RosarioDawson Claire Temple]], [[Creator/ScottGlenn Stick]], and [[Creator/SigourneyWeaver Alexandra]]. Then there's other returning characters like Jeri Hogarth, Madame Gao, Josie, Marci Stahl, Father Lantom, and Turk Barrett. And newcomers like Sowande, Murakami, Lexi Raymond, and Cole Miller. The only major Netflix MCU character who doesn't show up or is at least mentioned is Frank Castle, who is established in [[Series/ThePunisher2017 his own show]] to be laying low in Brooklyn.

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* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': As a crossover between ''Series/Daredevil2015'', ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', ''Series/LukeCage2016'' and ''Series/IronFist2017'', the cast features not just [[Creator/CharlieCox Matt Murdock]], [[Creator/KrystenRitter Jessica Jones]], [[Creator/MikeColter Luke Cage]], and [[Creator/FinnJones Danny Rand]], but every major supporting cast member of their shows. There are a total of ''fifteen'' cast members with main credits billing besides the four leads, based on whoever gets main credits billing in their own show: [[Creator/EkaDarville Malcolm Ducasse]], [[Creator/EldenHenson Foggy Nelson, Nelson]], [[Creator/JessicaHenwick Colleen Wing]], [[Creator/SimoneMissick Misty Knight]], Bakuto, [[Creator/RachaelTaylor Trish Walker]], [[Creator/DeborahAnnWoll Karen Page]], [[Creator/ElodieYung Elektra Natchios]], [[Creator/RosarioDawson Claire Temple]], [[Creator/ScottGlenn Stick]], and [[Creator/SigourneyWeaver Alexandra]]. Then there's other returning characters like Jeri Hogarth, Madame Gao, Josie, Marci Stahl, Father Lantom, and Turk Barrett. And newcomers like Sowande, Murakami, Lexi Raymond, and Cole Miller. The only major Netflix MCU character who doesn't show up or is at least mentioned is Frank Castle, who is established in [[Series/ThePunisher2017 his own show]] to be laying low in Brooklyn.


* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': As a crossover between ''Series/Daredevil2015'', ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', ''Series/LukeCage2016'' and ''Series/IronFist2017'', the cast features not just [[Creator/CharlieCox Matt Murdock]], [[Creator/KrystenRitter Jessica Jones]], [[Creator/MikeColter Luke Cage]], and [[Creator/FinnJones Danny Rand]], but every major supporting cast member of their shows. There are a total of ''fifteen'' cast members with main credits billing besides the four leads: [[Creator/EkaDarville Malcolm Ducasse]], Foggy Nelson, [[Creator/JessicaHenwick Colleen Wing]], [[Creator/SimoneMissick Misty Knight]], Bakuto, [[Creator/RachaelTaylor Trish Walker]], [[Creator/DeborahAnnWoll Karen Page]], [[Creator/ElodieYung Elektra Natchios]], [[Creator/RosarioDawson Claire Temple]], [[Creator/ScottGlenn Stick]], and [[Creator/SigourneyWeaver Alexandra]]. Then there's other returning characters like Jeri Hogarth, Madame Gao, Josie, Marci Stahl, Father Lantom, and Turk Barrett. And newcomers like Sowande, Murakami, Lexi Raymond, and Cole Miller. The only major Netflix MCU character who doesn't show up or is at least mentioned is Frank Castle, who is established in [[Series/ThePunisher2017 his own show]] to be laying low in Brooklyn.

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* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': As a crossover between ''Series/Daredevil2015'', ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', ''Series/LukeCage2016'' and ''Series/IronFist2017'', the cast features not just [[Creator/CharlieCox Matt Murdock]], [[Creator/KrystenRitter Jessica Jones]], [[Creator/MikeColter Luke Cage]], and [[Creator/FinnJones Danny Rand]], but every major supporting cast member of their shows. There are a total of ''fifteen'' cast members with main credits billing besides the four leads: leads, based on whoever gets main credits billing in their own show: [[Creator/EkaDarville Malcolm Ducasse]], Foggy Nelson, [[Creator/JessicaHenwick Colleen Wing]], [[Creator/SimoneMissick Misty Knight]], Bakuto, [[Creator/RachaelTaylor Trish Walker]], [[Creator/DeborahAnnWoll Karen Page]], [[Creator/ElodieYung Elektra Natchios]], [[Creator/RosarioDawson Claire Temple]], [[Creator/ScottGlenn Stick]], and [[Creator/SigourneyWeaver Alexandra]]. Then there's other returning characters like Jeri Hogarth, Madame Gao, Josie, Marci Stahl, Father Lantom, and Turk Barrett. And newcomers like Sowande, Murakami, Lexi Raymond, and Cole Miller. The only major Netflix MCU character who doesn't show up or is at least mentioned is Frank Castle, who is established in [[Series/ThePunisher2017 his own show]] to be laying low in Brooklyn.

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* ''Series/StrangerThings'' started Season 1 with 11 main characters, most of whom have several family members, and kept adding people. By season 3 there were 16 characters actively contributing to the plot with many more characters playing smaller parts, with the cast split into four CastHerds to keep the story moving


* ''Series/{{Taken}}'': Over the course of the series, a total of 25 actors playing 24 characters are listed in the opening credits. Creator/AntonYelchin and Chad Donella are credited for playing the child and adult versions of Jacob Clarke. Creator/DakotaFanning (Allie) is the only one credited for every episode. There are also numerous recurring and one-off characters who play significant roles.* ''Series/ThirdWatch'': There are seventeen main characters listed on its trope page, alone.

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* ''Series/{{Taken}}'': Over the course of the series, a total of 25 actors playing 24 characters are listed in the opening credits. Creator/AntonYelchin and Chad Donella are credited for playing the child and adult versions of Jacob Clarke. Creator/DakotaFanning (Allie) is the only one credited for every episode. There are also numerous recurring and one-off characters who play significant roles.roles.
* ''Series/ThirdWatch'': There are seventeen main characters listed on its trope page, alone.


* ''Series/{{Taken}}'' is a ten episode miniseries clocking in at about 820 minutes. It has at least 24 characters, most of whom [[AnyoneCanDie die]], are only main characters for one episode, or are PutOnABus.
* ''Series/ThirdWatch'': There are seventeen main characters listed on its trope page, alone.

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* ''Series/{{Taken}}'' is ''Series/{{Taken}}'': Over the course of the series, a ten episode miniseries clocking in at about 820 minutes. It has at least total of 25 actors playing 24 characters, most of whom [[AnyoneCanDie die]], are only main characters are listed in the opening credits. Creator/AntonYelchin and Chad Donella are credited for playing the child and adult versions of Jacob Clarke. Creator/DakotaFanning (Allie) is the only one episode, or credited for every episode. There are PutOnABus.
also numerous recurring and one-off characters who play significant roles.* ''Series/ThirdWatch'': There are seventeen main characters listed on its trope page, alone.


* Steven Bochco was famous for making TV shows that had a large ensemble cast, including ''Series/LALaw'' and ''Series/HillStreetBlues''. He also had a few clinkers including ''Series/CopRock''.

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* Steven Bochco Creator/StevenBochco was famous for making TV shows that had a large ensemble cast, including ''Series/LALaw'' and ''Series/HillStreetBlues''. He also had a few clinkers including ''Series/CopRock''.


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Similar to its [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire source]]. The principals who are in the credits alone number nearly 20 in the first season (and Jason Momoa isn't included there for strange reasons). Factor in the remaining cast of secondary, tertiary, and ancillary characters, and the number balloons to over 200. In 2015 there were ''nineteen'' character subpages- eight of which have ten or more characters. By 2017 the number was '''''thirty-seven''''' and thirteen - though a number of them are now [[AnyoneCanDie dead]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Similar to its [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire source]]. The principals who are in the credits alone number nearly 20 in the first season (and Jason Momoa isn't included there for strange reasons). Factor in the remaining cast of secondary, tertiary, and ancillary characters, and the number balloons to over 200. In 2015 there were ''nineteen'' character subpages- eight of which have ten or more characters. By 2017 the number was '''''thirty-seven''''' and thirteen - though a number of them are now [[AnyoneCanDie dead]]dead]].


* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' has a huge amount of characters per season. Since the series is an anthology, each season brings in a whole new cast.

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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' has a huge amount of characters per season. Since the series is an anthology, {{anthology}}, each season brings in a whole new cast.cast (although some characters from previous seasons will make an appearance, showing they share the same universe).



* ''Series/{{Shameless}}'' started off with quite a few characters - just the Gallagher family itself is large - plus their neighbours and some supporting characters. The Maguires then joined in season 2. Supporting characters would also get their chance in the limelight every so often.
** This being the Chatsworth Estate, most of the original characters (as of season 9) probably wanted to get away from the area, and now the only original characters left are Frank and Karen.
** The american version, of course, follows this trope as well. Initially, there's the 7 Gallaghers, their neightbours Kevin and Veronica, Fiona's LoveInterest Jimmy/Steve, Lip's LoveInterest [Karen and her mother Sheila for the main characters, but there's also loads of recurring characters like Tony, Jasmine, Ethel, Monica, Kash, and a ''long'' etc. By season 3, the main cast grows even larger by promoting Jody, Mickey and Mandy to main characters (Jody was a recurring character in season 2, and the other two have been recurring since the third episode of the show as Ian's LoveInterest and [[PlatonicLifePartners Platonic Life Partnet]] respectively). Not to mention all the secondary characters that start piling up around the Gallaghers; Holly, Matty, Terry, Sammi (who's promoted to main character in season 5), Svetlana, Chucků the list could go on forever.

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* ''Series/{{Shameless}}'' started off with quite a few characters - just ''Series/ShamelessUK'' has the Gallagher family family, which itself is large - [[MassiveNumberedSiblings a big one]], plus their neighbours neighbors and some supporting characters. The Maguires then joined in season Series 2. Supporting characters would also get their chance in the limelight every so often.
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often. This being the [[CrapsackWorld Chatsworth Estate, Estate]], most of the original characters (as of season 9) cast left by some point due to LongRunnerCastTurnover, probably because they wanted to get away from the area, and now with the only original characters left are being Frank and Karen.
** [[Series/ShamelessUS The american version, American version]], of course, follows this trope as well. well while also retaining much of the same cast. Initially, there's the 7 Gallaghers, their neightbours neighbors Kevin and Veronica, Fiona's LoveInterest Jimmy/Steve, Lip's LoveInterest [Karen Karen and her mother Sheila for the main characters, but there's also loads of recurring characters like Tony, Jasmine, Ethel, Monica, Kash, and a ''long'' etc. ''lot'' of others. By season Season 3, the main cast grows even larger by promoting Jody, Jody and the Milkovich siblings Mickey and Mandy to main characters (Jody was a recurring character in season Season 2, and the other two have been recurring since the third episode of the show as Ian's LoveInterest and [[PlatonicLifePartners Platonic Life Partnet]] Partner]] respectively). Not to mention all the secondary characters that start piling up around the Gallaghers; AlphaBitch Holly, Debbie's LoveInterest Matty, Terry, Terry Milkovich, Frank's [[LongLostRelative long lost daughter]] Sammi (who's promoted to main character in season 5), Svetlana, Chucků Season 5) and her son Chuckie, Mickey's [[TheBeard "beard"]] Svetlana... the list could go on forever.

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* ''Series/Runaways2017'' has six main characters in the titular team. Then you have each members' parents who are also part of the cast (two of whom are dead), adding another ten characters with their own subplots and role in the story. Add in the BigBad and you have a main cast of seventeen key players.


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* RealityTV:
** Any show where the producers think it's a good idea to introduce new competitors half-way.
** Such as the 2007 UK series of ''Series/BigBrother'', which, thanks to a mix of poorly-planned twists, disqualifications and walkouts, had a total of ''twenty four'' housemates.
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has had a ''ridiculous'' amount of characters in its 50+ year history. Thankfully, at one time you'll only need to know about maybe five or six max (the Doctor, their companion(s), and any family/friends/recurring characters), plus the one-shot characters for a single episode. But if we were to list every 'main' or major-supporting character the show had ever had, we'd be here all day.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has had a ''ridiculous'' amount of characters in its 50+ year history. Thankfully, at one time you'll only need to know about maybe five or six max (the Doctor, their companion(s), and any family/friends/recurring characters), plus the one-shot characters for a single episode. But if we were to list every 'main' "main" or major-supporting character the show had ever had, we'd be here all day.



* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' due to both longevity and multiple spin-off series, leading to notorious use of YouLookFamiliar.

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* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' due to both longevity and multiple spin-off series, leading to the notorious use of YouLookFamiliar.



* The American version of ''Series/{{The Office| US}}'' had a pretty big group in the Scranton Dunder-Mifflin office, plus the warehouse crew, corporate, family and significant others of the main characters, vendors...
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Due to pulling characters from every single fairy tales, this is pretty much a given.

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* The American version of ''Series/{{The Office| US}}'' Office|US}}'' had a pretty big group in the Scranton Dunder-Mifflin office, plus the warehouse crew, corporate, family and significant others of the main characters, vendors...
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Due to pulling characters from every single fairy tales, tale, this is pretty much a given.



* RealityTV:
** Any show where the producers think it's a good idea to introduce new competitors half-way.
** Such as the 2007 UK series of ''Series/BigBrother'', which, thanks to a mix of poorly-planned twists, disqualifications and walkouts, had a total of ''twenty four'' housemates.

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* ''[[Series/HighAndLow High&Low]]'' has no less than 9 gangs, each with a good 2-6 regulars, as well as numerous side characters and rogue agents. The only way the fit all of the characters in is in the movies.


* Parodied with ''Series/TooManyCooks'' on Creator/AdultSwim, which has an OpeningCredits sequence that introduces us to nine characters. Just as it seems to end, it introduces nineteen more characters for a total of 28. The intro again seems to end, but then it just keeps on introducing characters... and then it turns into a complete and utter MindScrew.

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* Parodied with ''Series/TooManyCooks'' ''Film/TooManyCooks'' on Creator/AdultSwim, which has an OpeningCredits sequence that introduces us to nine characters. Just as it seems to end, it introduces nineteen more characters for a total of 28. The intro again seems to end, but then it just keeps on introducing characters... and then it turns into a complete and utter MindScrew.


* ''Series/{{Bullyparade}}'' had a lot of recurring segments. There were the ''Literature/{{Winnetou}}'' parodies, the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' parodies, the ''Film/{{Sissi}}'' parodies, the ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'' parodies, Dimitri's talk show, Pavel and Bronko's talk show, the Yeti's talk show, the three men in black [[HurricaneOfPuns with their fast-paced word play]], pilots Christian and Daniel and many others. Even the informal sketches often starred recurring grumpy old men, perverts, a boy with a beanie hat, {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s, [[TheGrimReaper Death]] and so on. And almost all of this written and performed by the same three guys (they had a fourth, female actor, but [[CrosscastRole she was rarely needed]]).



* The German comedy ''Switch'' presented a similar parody to ''The State'' with the fictional soap "Alle und wir" ("everyone and us"), which seems to have hundreds, if not thousands of characters... although we only see six of them, and a seventh one (Robin) is mentioned.

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* The German comedy ''Switch'' ''Series/Switch1997'' presented a similar parody to ''The State'' with the fictional soap "Alle und wir" ("everyone and us"), which seems to have hundreds, if not thousands of characters... although we only see six of them, and a seventh one (Robin) is mentioned.


* ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' has just way too many characters to count. With at least 31 shows in the franchise (as of 2017's ''Series/UltramanGeed''), the Land of Light is just brimming with canon Ultra characters, not to mention the humans, {{kaiju}}, and aliens that populate each show. It doesn't help that many characters have spouses and children that are mentioned, but never shown in any canon material.

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* ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' has just way too many characters to count. With at least 31 shows in the franchise (as of 2017's ''Series/UltramanGeed''), 2018's ''Series/UltramanRB''), the Land of Light is just brimming with canon Ultra characters, not to mention the humans, {{kaiju}}, and aliens that populate each show. It doesn't help that many characters have spouses and children that are mentioned, but never shown in any canon material.

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* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' due to both longevity and multiple spin-off series, leading to notorious use of YouLookFamiliar.

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