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While it is awesome to have some minor characters become this significant trope. What are the criterias to make that person this trope sufficiently?
I've got to ask - what's the pun?
From somebody outside the MLP fandom, I don't get it.
Is that character really popular enough?
You dont have to be part of the MLP fandom... Theres an ensemble, and in it theres a horse that is dark.
I think its purely a visual pun, though. Its a concept that would be nearly impossible to visualize.
Huh, that's all there is to it?
Gah, fair enough. Thank you.
Well done Brony fandom! Personally I think that image is a great pun and a good example descriptor. I hope it remains for a good while.
Meh. I see some artifacting and while I think it's okay, I would suggest a quality upgrade.
Is somebody butchering this page? Where did the Strongbad quote go?
What's the difference between an Ensemble Darkhorse and a Breakout Character?
Breakout Character is when a minor character becomes a major one in a story.
Ensemble Dark Horse is when a minor character is unexpectedly popular in the audience.
So how come a Breakout Character can be used in the list of tropes, while an Ensemble Darkhorse has to be used in the YMMV section?
"In a story" <-> "in the audience". The former is a trope, the latter is an Audience Reaction.
Doesn't something have to be an Ensemble Darkhorse first before it can become a Breakout Character?
Not necessarily. If, say, the creators like the character and audiences don't care so much, then they wouldn't be an Ensemble Dark Horse but they can become a Breakout Character.
On the flip side, a character can be a huge Ensemble Dark Horse for the fandom, but if the creators don't do anything with them, they won't be a breakout character.
Is there overlap? Assuredly. But you can be one without being the other.
Does anyone think that Pokemon deserves its own ensemble darkhorse page? I think the amount of darkhorses is big enough to warrant its own page. We should probably add sections for it based what generation the pokemon came from, as well as a seperate section for human characters.
Why is this called Ensemble Dark Horse instead of just Dark Horse?
Because you have to imagine that of the ensemble of characters in there who aren't a major focus, that one particular character stands out in a race of their own. Hence they're a dark horse and achieved a victory by measure of popularity.
As much as I like Homestar Runner I think we should change the quote. Strong Bad is not, and never was, a minor character.
This page needs an image. I nominate Princess Luna from Friendship Is Magic. ◊
The trope can't be properly illustrated.
But wouldn't it be just a face and a captain?
Yes, yes it would.
Is this still a YMMV trope if the people in the show acknowledge it? Karl Pilkington on The Ricky Gervais Show is a big example. Ricky and Steve talk about this frequently within the show.
Underdog sports team under the Real Life section just bugs me. Pulling out an unlucky victory IS NOT this trope IMO. To fit into Ensemble Dark Horse trope you need to be an out of focus supporting cast who gain a lot of fanbase with the minimum screentime you have. Political race makes sense because it is a popularity poll comparable to popularity poll of characters in fiction, but sports is different because it is Earn Your Happy Ending and you can clinch some win without any fanbase at all
Why is this considered subjective? Character popularity is a fact, especially if you can back up it with a popularity poll result.
In the the Characters Page of Katekyo Hitman Reborn, I added this trope in the section dedicated to Fran, since he seldom appears but in the latest poll in Japan he came 9th. This isn't my opinion: the fact that he is popular is a fact (9th place IS high, right?), and the fact he doesn't appear much is a fact also.
Yet, my entry was deleted.
I would like to hear the reason of this, because it doesn't make any sense to me.
It's not really "subjective", but in general, YMMV tropes fall under two categories:
Your addition fell into this second category. Yes, the character is popular among the fanbase. However, to a person viewing the work, this "fact" is something that they would not be able to see from the work itself.
Ah, I see now. Thanks!
Does a character's popularity need to last to make them qualify as an ensemble darkhorse?
I'm thinking of the Gunnerkrigg Court fandom, where any character aside from Annie or Kat who becomes the focus of a chapter will suddenly become the fandom's collective favorite, until the next chapter rolls around and a new favorite character comes into focus.
I don't think so. Let's say a character is an Ensemble Dark Horse temporarily, and then when the writer gives then more screentime, the fanbase decides they don't like the character anymore. That character was still an Ensemble Dark Horse, even though it didn't last, and I think the same logic applies to the example you give here.
There seems to be someone out there on a crusade to eliminate Ensemble Dark Horse entries for characters he doesn't consider to be minor enough to qualify. He seems to have missed this line in the description:
"It can also refer to a lead character who wasn't intended to be any more noticeable, stranger, or more likable than the rest of the cast, but manages to become a clear fan favorite in any case. "
That part is a recent addition (Oct 31, 2009 for a trope that has existed for more than three years) by someone who was probably acting on his own.
I say excise it since it just muddles the definition and continue removing main character examples.
BPence89 - Is there a trope for when the writer basically says "Fuck you" to fans of the Ensemble Darkhorse?
Mauve Shirt most likely.
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How well does it match the trope?