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3rd Dec '16 9:54:31 PM TheShugoTV
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* ''Franchise/MachineRobo''
** In a rare protagonist example, Rom Stol is this thanks to his appearances in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''
** For Japan at least, Leina Stol, much of the show's promotional art features her heavily and the fact that she was the central focus of the OVA's that continued the story after the show ended pretty much solidifies this. Leina also gets plenty of fanart on pixiv and the sudden death of her voice actress, Creator/Yuko Mizutani in 2016 drove this home even further.
29th Nov '16 10:45:52 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Silver, an AntiVillain who's spawned a TON of WildMassGuessing, has an amusing personality, and a badass capable of instantly freezing [[spoiler:the spirit of a dragon MADE OF FLAMES]] and later Natsu, cutting off a rather obnoxious GodModeSue streak he had going on. Indeed, after TheReveal, his status only grew, despite the fact that [[spoiler:not only was he EvilAllAlong, but Silver wasn't even his original name - it's Deliora.]] Many are calling it the single greatest plot twist in the last ''hundred'' or so chapters... at least before he decided to reveal that the plot-twist was all a lie.

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** Silver, an AntiVillain who's spawned a TON of WildMassGuessing, has an amusing personality, and a badass capable of instantly freezing [[spoiler:the spirit of a dragon MADE OF FLAMES]] and later Natsu, cutting off a rather obnoxious GodModeSue streak he had going on. Indeed, after TheReveal, his status only grew, despite the fact that [[spoiler:not only was he EvilAllAlong, but Silver wasn't even his original name - it's Deliora.]] Many are calling it the single greatest plot twist in the last ''hundred'' or so chapters... at least before he decided to reveal that the plot-twist was all a lie.
29th Nov '16 10:45:30 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Matt from ''Manga/DeathNote'' has a huge amount of fans despite only appearing for a few panels. Probably because he's {{Badass}}, gives a snarky one-liner before [[spoiler: getting killed]], drives a CoolCar, fires off a smoke bomb so Mello can kidnap Takada, plays [[VideoGameCulture video games]] and is good with electronics, seems to be pretty well-adjusted [[OnlySaneMan compared to the other Wammy's kids]], is quite handsome under his goggles, and has a rather [[HoYay ambiguous]] [[HeterosexualLifePartners relationship]] with Mello.

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* Matt from ''Manga/DeathNote'' has a huge amount of fans despite only appearing for a few panels. Probably because he's {{Badass}}, badass, gives a snarky one-liner before [[spoiler: getting killed]], drives a CoolCar, fires off a smoke bomb so Mello can kidnap Takada, plays [[VideoGameCulture video games]] and is good with electronics, seems to be pretty well-adjusted [[OnlySaneMan compared to the other Wammy's kids]], is quite handsome under his goggles, and has a rather [[HoYay ambiguous]] [[HeterosexualLifePartners relationship]] with Mello.



** Beelzemon (aka Impmon) from [[Anime/DigimonTamers the third season]] quickly became popular with the fans after his HeelFaceTurn due to his very well-done CharacterDevelopment, [[PerverseSexualLust attractive voice and body]], and [[{{Badass}} sheer badass-ery]]. [[spoiler:He's so popular he even got a [[TheCameo Cameo]] in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'', even when some of the main characters[[note]]Henry and Terriermon[[/note]] didn't.]]

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** Beelzemon (aka Impmon) from [[Anime/DigimonTamers the third season]] quickly became popular with the fans after his HeelFaceTurn due to his very well-done CharacterDevelopment, [[PerverseSexualLust attractive voice and body]], and [[{{Badass}} sheer badass-ery]].badass-ery. [[spoiler:He's so popular he even got a [[TheCameo Cameo]] in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'', even when some of the main characters[[note]]Henry and Terriermon[[/note]] didn't.]]



** They're joined by [[BloodKnight Azuma]], the single most {{badass}} member of Grimoire Heart.

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** They're joined by [[BloodKnight Azuma]], the single most {{badass}} badass member of Grimoire Heart.



** Silver, an AntiVillain who's spawned a TON of WildMassGuessing, has an amusing personality, and a {{Badass}} capable of instantly freezing [[spoiler:the spirit of a dragon MADE OF FLAMES]] and later Natsu, cutting off a rather obnoxious GodModeSue streak he had going on. Indeed, after TheReveal, his status only grew, despite the fact that [[spoiler:not only was he EvilAllAlong, but Silver wasn't even his original name - it's Deliora.]] Many are calling it the single greatest plot twist in the last ''hundred'' or so chapters... at least before he decided to reveal that the plot-twist was all a lie.

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** Silver, an AntiVillain who's spawned a TON of WildMassGuessing, has an amusing personality, and a {{Badass}} badass capable of instantly freezing [[spoiler:the spirit of a dragon MADE OF FLAMES]] and later Natsu, cutting off a rather obnoxious GodModeSue streak he had going on. Indeed, after TheReveal, his status only grew, despite the fact that [[spoiler:not only was he EvilAllAlong, but Silver wasn't even his original name - it's Deliora.]] Many are calling it the single greatest plot twist in the last ''hundred'' or so chapters... at least before he decided to reveal that the plot-twist was all a lie.



* Bunji Kugashira from ''Main/{{Gungrave}}'' (both anime and game) is a supporting cast and shows up later in the anime, but he is more popular than Harry [=MacDowell=], one of two main characters [[spoiler:and the BigBad in the anime and the original game]]. He is only less popular than Brandon 'Beyond the Grave' Heat, the main character. This may be justified since behind his {{Badass}} [[SmokingIsCool smoking]] CoolShades-wearing cold-blooded gangster exterior, he honors rules and promises and [[HitmanWithAHeart hides]] [[WouldntHurtAChild a streak of]] [[KindheartedCatLover gentleness within]]. In the game series, he makes a return in the second game [[spoiler:and is revealed to be Juji's (one of the playable characters) older brother]].

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* Bunji Kugashira from ''Main/{{Gungrave}}'' (both anime and game) is a supporting cast and shows up later in the anime, but he is more popular than Harry [=MacDowell=], one of two main characters [[spoiler:and the BigBad in the anime and the original game]]. He is only less popular than Brandon 'Beyond the Grave' Heat, the main character. This may be justified since behind his {{Badass}} badass [[SmokingIsCool smoking]] CoolShades-wearing cold-blooded gangster exterior, he honors rules and promises and [[HitmanWithAHeart hides]] [[WouldntHurtAChild a streak of]] [[KindheartedCatLover gentleness within]]. In the game series, he makes a return in the second game [[spoiler:and is revealed to be Juji's (one of the playable characters) older brother]].



** A unique LoveToHate example similar to Crocodile, would be Akainu, previously a one note vice admiral who had a notable action of exterminating a civilian ship with the possibility of there being a scholar on there, as well as the admiral with the least screen time. Cue the Marineford arc, his overall {{Badass}}ness, {{Determinator}} tendencies, control over the power of the magma Devil Fruit [[spoiler: and his choice of words that led to Ace's death, breaking the long standing rule of "No one important dies outside of flashbacks"]] has caused him to become one of the top enemies Luffy wants to defeat and notable villains in the series just based on his overall role in the arc.

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** A unique LoveToHate example similar to Crocodile, would be Akainu, previously a one note vice admiral who had a notable action of exterminating a civilian ship with the possibility of there being a scholar on there, as well as the admiral with the least screen time. Cue the Marineford arc, his overall {{Badass}}ness, badassness, {{Determinator}} tendencies, control over the power of the magma Devil Fruit [[spoiler: and his choice of words that led to Ace's death, breaking the long standing rule of "No one important dies outside of flashbacks"]] has caused him to become one of the top enemies Luffy wants to defeat and notable villains in the series just based on his overall role in the arc.



** Kyoko is clearly a side character, but fans adore her for her {{Badass}}ery, her unique personality and character quirks, her villainous and [[AntiHero Anti-Heroic]] tendencies, and her [[spoiler: very well-done tragic backstory and CharacterDevelopment into a sympathetic KnightInSourArmor]]. In fact, she's the only character to have her own SelfDemonstrating page [[SelfDemonstrating/KyokoSakura on this very wiki]].

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** Kyoko is clearly a side character, but fans adore her for her {{Badass}}ery, badassery, her unique personality and character quirks, her villainous and [[AntiHero Anti-Heroic]] tendencies, and her [[spoiler: very well-done tragic backstory and CharacterDevelopment into a sympathetic KnightInSourArmor]]. In fact, she's the only character to have her own SelfDemonstrating page [[SelfDemonstrating/KyokoSakura on this very wiki]].



* ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'' brings us Hishigi, a [[{{Bishonen}} Biseinen]] AntiVillain, whose {{Badass}} and IronWoobie traits, along with a truly impressive level of HoYay with Fubuki, turned him from a fairly minor character into this.

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* ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'' brings us Hishigi, a [[{{Bishonen}} Biseinen]] AntiVillain, whose {{Badass}} badass and IronWoobie traits, along with a truly impressive level of HoYay with Fubuki, turned him from a fairly minor character into this.
11th Nov '16 3:03:34 PM Apocrypha
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* Jeremiah "Orange" Gottwald from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' (pictured above) is one of the poster boys for the Ensemble Darkhorse. Initially little more than a racist minor villain, the soul-crushingly [[HumiliationConga humiliating]] way in which [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] bests him turned him into both TheWoobie (or the ChewToy) and an IneffectualSympatheticVillain - with a fan-following big enough that the producers rewrote his entire storyline, [[spoiler:preemptively sparing him from an ignoble early death and bringing him back for the Season 1 finale as a CrazyAwesome cyborg, who then goes on to [[LevelGrinding level grind]] [[TookALevelInBadass in badass]], pulls a HeelFaceTurn and eventually gets one of the happiest endings.]] His first full appearance in the second season even seems to include a tip of the hat to the fans, as his last line of dialog seems to be directed more at the viewers than the person to whom he is speaking. This was picked up on by the English dub and he was voiced by fan favorite Creator/CrispinFreeman, who delivered that RealitySubtext line ''perfectly''.

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* Jeremiah "Orange" Gottwald from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' (pictured above) is one of the poster boys for the Ensemble Darkhorse. Initially little more than a racist minor villain, the soul-crushingly [[HumiliationConga humiliating]] way in which [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] bests him turned him into both TheWoobie (or the ChewToy) and an IneffectualSympatheticVillain - with a fan-following big enough that the producers rewrote his entire storyline, [[spoiler:preemptively sparing him from an ignoble early death and bringing him back for the Season 1 finale as a CrazyAwesome cyborg, who then goes on to [[LevelGrinding level grind]] [[TookALevelInBadass in badass]], pulls a HeelFaceTurn and eventually gets one of the happiest endings.]] His first full appearance in the second season even seems to include a tip of the hat to the fans, as his last line of dialog seems to be directed more at the viewers than the person to whom he is speaking. This was picked up on by the English dub and he was voiced by fan favorite Creator/CrispinFreeman, who delivered that RealitySubtext line ''perfectly''.



* While ''DanganRonpa3'' ended up having a huge BrokenBase, Seiko manages to be with one of the few things that is met with universal praise in that anime. Fans love her for her CreepyGood personality, her surprisingly tragic backstory, being the sworn enemy of [[TheScrappy Andou]], and her talent. [[spoiler:Even people who dislike Kyoko's sudden resurrection don't hold it against Seiko, seeing it as [[ThrowTheDogABone her finally getting to save someone as she always wanted]], while those who do like it see it as just another point in her favor.]]

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* While ''DanganRonpa3'' ended up having a huge BrokenBase, Seiko manages to be with one of the few things that is met with universal praise in that anime. Fans love her for her CreepyGood personality, her surprisingly tragic backstory, being the sworn enemy of [[TheScrappy Andou]], and her talent. [[spoiler:Even [[spoiler:Not even her contribution to Kyoko's [[BrokenBase divisive]] resurrection stopped the love; people who dislike Kyoko's sudden resurrection it don't hold it against Seiko, her, seeing it as [[ThrowTheDogABone her Seiko finally getting to save someone as she always wanted]], while those who do like it see it as just another point in her favor.]]
11th Nov '16 2:54:29 PM Apocrypha
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** Similarly to Seiko and carrying over his status from [[EnsembleDarkhorse/VisualNovels the visual novels]], Izuru is praised as one of the best parts of ''Side:Despair''. Despite not even appearing until it was halfway done, he sealed the fandom's love by continuing to be a MemeticBadass, being one of the few characters in a {{Flanderized}} cast to receive CharacterDevelopment, said development clearing up his AmbiguouslyEvil nature for the better while still keeping him complex, and his [[StarCrossedLovers touching but tragic relationship with Chiaki]].

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** Similarly to Seiko and carrying over his status from [[EnsembleDarkhorse/VisualNovels the visual novels]], Izuru is praised as one of the best parts of ''Side:Despair''. Despite ''Side:Despair'', despite not even appearing until it was halfway done, he done. He sealed the fandom's love by continuing to be a MemeticBadass, being one of the few characters in a {{Flanderized}} cast to receive CharacterDevelopment, said development clearing up his AmbiguouslyEvil nature for the better while still keeping him complex, and his [[StarCrossedLovers touching but tragic relationship with Chiaki]].
11th Nov '16 2:53:35 PM Apocrypha
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* While DanganRonpa3 ended up having a huge BrokenBase, Seiko manages to be with one of the few things that is met with universal praise in that anime. Fans love her for her CreepyGood personality, a surprisingly tragic backstory, being the sworn enemy of [[TheScrappy Andou]], and her talent.

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* While DanganRonpa3 ''DanganRonpa3'' ended up having a huge BrokenBase, Seiko manages to be with one of the few things that is met with universal praise in that anime. Fans love her for her CreepyGood personality, a her surprisingly tragic backstory, being the sworn enemy of [[TheScrappy Andou]], and her talent.talent. [[spoiler:Even people who dislike Kyoko's sudden resurrection don't hold it against Seiko, seeing it as [[ThrowTheDogABone her finally getting to save someone as she always wanted]], while those who do like it see it as just another point in her favor.]]
** Similarly to Seiko and carrying over his status from [[EnsembleDarkhorse/VisualNovels the visual novels]], Izuru is praised as one of the best parts of ''Side:Despair''. Despite not even appearing until it was halfway done, he sealed the fandom's love by continuing to be a MemeticBadass, being one of the few characters in a {{Flanderized}} cast to receive CharacterDevelopment, said development clearing up his AmbiguouslyEvil nature for the better while still keeping him complex, and his [[StarCrossedLovers touching but tragic relationship with Chiaki]].
22nd Oct '16 8:17:10 PM MummyGaGa
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* While DanganRonpa3 ended up having a huge BrokenBase, Seiko manages to be with one of the few things that is met with universal praise in that anime. Fans love her for her CreepyGood personality, a surprisingly tragic backstory, being the sworn enemy of [[TheScrappy Andou]], and her talent.
20th Oct '16 8:34:24 AM WaxingName
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''--
** One of the earliest examples: Robert Edward O. Speedwagon ([[PunnyName you can stop laughing now]]) from Part 1. Despite the fact that he can't use the Ripple and doesn't fight (Zeppelli even notes that he's more or less useless despite his friendship with Johnathan), he's popular with Western and Eastern fans alike. Must be his NiceHat (a bowler).
** Muhammad Avdol in Part 3 was [[spoiler:killed by Hol Horse]] but his popularity caused a fan backlash so big that [[spoiler:Araki figured a way to reintroduce him, BackFromTheDead by saying the "fatal" shot only grazed him]]

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''--
''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure''--
** One of the earliest examples: Robert Edward O. Speedwagon ([[PunnyName you can stop laughing now]]) from [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventurePhantomBlood Part 1.1]]. Despite the fact that he can't use the Ripple and doesn't fight (Zeppelli even notes that he's more or less useless despite his friendship with Johnathan), he's popular with Western and Eastern fans alike. Must be his NiceHat (a bowler).
** Muhammad Avdol in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3 3]] was [[spoiler:killed by Hol Horse]] but his popularity caused a fan backlash so big that [[spoiler:Araki figured a way to reintroduce him, BackFromTheDead by saying the "fatal" shot only grazed him]]
17th Sep '16 3:11:02 PM Ramona122003
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* EnsembleDarkhorse/DragonBall
3rd Sep '16 7:26:35 AM UNoWho
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* Lucy of [[Manga/BungouStrayDogs]] is fairly popular for someone who's only had a few appearances of note.

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* Lucy of [[Manga/BungouStrayDogs]] ''Manga/BungouStrayDogs'' is fairly popular for someone who's only had a few appearances of note.
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