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The term "dark horse" has its origin in horse racing. An unknown horse would be risky to place bets on, compared to a horse with a known track record. Because gamblers would be "in the dark", when an unknown horse won a race, it was called a "DarkHorseVictory." The term is also used in politics to describe a lesser known candidate who does better than expected in an election.

This is used to describe a side character making up part of the ensemble, either a non-lead secondary character or a mere FlatCharacter, who then becomes [[PopularityPower unexpectedly popular]] with the {{fandom}}, sometimes even more than the lead characters, depending on [[PeripheryDemographic who]] and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff where]] the fandom is, as well as what the other characters are like in comparison. For example, the hero is not as popular because they're too much TheEveryman. Often, this can happen because the character has very few character traits, which allows fans to imagine what they are. The dark horse can sometimes be viewed as the character equivalent of a CultClassic.

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The term When a relatively minor or undeveloped character gains a fanbase all out of proportion to their role in the work.

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"dark horse" has its origin in horse racing. An is one with little or no racing history, i.e. an unknown horse would be risky to place bets on, compared to a horse with a known track record. quantity. Because gamblers would be "in the dark", when an unknown horse won a race, they would be less likely to bet on the dark horse, even though it was called a "DarkHorseVictory." might still go on to win. The term is also used in politics to describe phrase "DarkHorseVictory" entered mainstream culture largely though politics, where it describes a lesser known candidate who does better than expected in an election.

This In tropey terms, an Ensemble Dark Horse is used to describe a side character making up part [[EnsembleCast member of the ensemble, either cast]] (anything from a non-lead secondary character or to a mere FlatCharacter, single-appearance FlatCharacter), who then becomes [[PopularityPower unexpectedly popular]] with the {{fandom}}, sometimes even more than the lead characters, depending on [[PeripheryDemographic who]] and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff where]] the fandom is, as well as what the other characters are like in comparison. For example, the hero is not as popular because they're too much TheEveryman. Often, this can happen because the character has very few character traits, which allows fans to imagine what they are. The dark horse can sometimes be viewed as the character equivalent of a CultClassic.


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* ''Animation/MotuPatlu'': Inspector Chingum has gained the hearts of many with his hammy, over-the-top personality and incompetence. It gets to the point that he got [[Animation/InspectorChingum his own self-titled spin-off show]] in 2018.
* The ''Animation/SimpleSamosa'' episode "Toast Malone" features a 15-second-long appearance from a sugar cube musician named Suga, from the band [[Music/{{BTS}} Ghee-TS]]. Fans of the original K-pop band the character is referencing quickly noticed, despite his small amount of screen time.
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* The ''Podcast/MetamorCity'' podcast has Artax, originally created as an [[MrExposition expository engine]] to explain some of the more complex bits of the world's magic in universe, the fans have often cited him as a favorite character over several of the main characters.
* The Engineer from ''Radio/TrueCapitalist'' Radio. Many of the trolls who call into the show wish that he would host more than Ghost. Some of the trolls have gained popularity after the show's renaming to True Capitalist Radio. The Internet Buttstalker, Tub Guy, Ghetto Capitalist, Horny the Clown and the Ban All Bronies guy/Btown also are popular trolls.
* Due to the nature of the show, a case could be made that anyone besides TheNarrator Cecil (and maybe his eventual boyfriend, Carlos the Scientist) from ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' as this. However, the stand-out by far is Tamika Flynn, the brave twelve-year year old girl who led all of Night Vale's children through the dreaded summer reading program, wears a librarian's severed hand as a necklace, and has formed a militia army of children to fight against Strexcorp.
-->'''Cecil:''' If station management is listening, I, of course, hope we find Tamika Flynn and bring her home safely. ''I hope she finds you first, that is.''
* ''Podcast/RandomAssault'': Mela Firefly. In a poll on the show's Facebook page for which guest hosts fans want to see again, she was the highest-voted.
* In ''Podcast/TheScathingAtheist'' Podcast, the crew had a regular segment reviewing terrible religious films, where they brought on their friend Eli Bosnick as a guest. Eli's improvised insults towards the characters and the writing brought such high demand from the fans that they made an entirely separate podcast, God Awful Movies. They spread a crowdfunding campaign on Patreon to fund the show and met their goal in two days.
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* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'':
** Rosa Fiametta seems to be one of the most liked characters for v4 so far, alongside being a LauncherOfAThousandShips. As well Orn "Dutchy" Ayers, a free-loving, [[NerdsAreSexy comic-reading]], [[FunnyForeigner foreign]] [[TenderTears very sensitive]], Icelandic immigrant, who was held in high regard by many of the handlers ''before he even appeared for real''.
** Jared Clayton of [=SOTF-TV=] is also pretty popular, considering that he isn't even a contestant, just a mentor and has had all of one line (not even onscreen!) in the actual game. This is probably due to the in-character twitter the staff maintains for him, featuring [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] galore.
** Mr. Kwong, a teacher in v4. It's very unusual for a non-student to get much attention (either in or out of character), but you'd be hard pressed to find a handler that doesn't like him.
* From ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'':
** Trouble's popularity was what [[BreakoutCharacter got him promoted from what should have been a one-shot character to one of Rex's best friends]]. It is also noteworthy to mention that, during his long-term absence, there was quite a bit of demand for his return.
** Dust, the ultimate MagnificentBastard with a complex personality and unique motives, quickly became one of the RPG's most popular characters. In fact, he is often hailed as the best-written character in the whole RPG.
** Montoya, who served as a {{Foil}} to the [[TheScrappy rather unlikeable]] Trigger, proved to be much more popular than his partner by acting much more human, which earned him the audience's sympathy.
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