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6th Nov '16 4:48:35 PM dlchen145
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* Iorek Byrnison from ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' is probably the most iconic character in the trilogy, despite being a relatively minor character. But then, he's a {{Badass}} [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot armored polar bear warrior king]]. It's pure RuleOfCool in action. When he repairs a certain world-breaking weapon of the gods in ''The Amber Spyglass'', his badassness is taken UpToEleven.

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* Iorek Byrnison from ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' is probably the most iconic character in the trilogy, despite being a relatively minor character. But then, he's a {{Badass}} badass [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot armored polar bear warrior king]]. It's pure RuleOfCool in action. When he repairs a certain world-breaking weapon of the gods in ''The Amber Spyglass'', his badassness is taken UpToEleven.



** Creator/GeorgeRRMartin [[WordOfGod has stated]] that he is surprised by the popularity of Sandor Clegane. Apparently Martin didn't get the memo that {{Badass}} {{antihero}}es with [[GoodScarsEvilScars cool scars]] and [[FreudianExcuse tragic pasts]] are ''in''. Especially when his interaction with a pretty young POV character of a FallenPrincess just oozes BodyguardCrush and BeastAndBeauty vibes.

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** Creator/GeorgeRRMartin [[WordOfGod has stated]] that he is surprised by the popularity of Sandor Clegane. Apparently Martin didn't get the memo that {{Badass}} badass {{antihero}}es with [[GoodScarsEvilScars cool scars]] and [[FreudianExcuse tragic pasts]] are ''in''. Especially when his interaction with a pretty young POV character of a FallenPrincess just oozes BodyguardCrush and BeastAndBeauty vibes.



*** One of Ser Jaime Lannister's [[BastardUnderstudy squires]], Josymn "Peck" Peckledon is also fondly regarded by some fans as a darker counterpart to Pod, namely because, whilst Pod is a ''hidden'' BadAss, Peck is just a straight up BadAss. His best exploit to date was at the Battle of the Blackwater, when, aged fifteen, he killed two knights, crippled a third and captured two more.

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*** One of Ser Jaime Lannister's [[BastardUnderstudy squires]], Josymn "Peck" Peckledon is also fondly regarded by some fans as a darker counterpart to Pod, namely because, whilst Pod is a ''hidden'' BadAss, badass, Peck is just a straight up BadAss.badass. His best exploit to date was at the Battle of the Blackwater, when, aged fifteen, he killed two knights, crippled a third and captured two more.



** [[PintSizedPowerhouse Scourge]], a villain who only appeared in one book but gained lots and lots of fans and sometimes a DracoInLeatherPants status, simply because he's BadAss ([[spoiler: He killed Tigerstar with one hit! He took away ''all his nine lives'' with ''one swipe of his paw!'']] He got to be so popular that the authors made a whole manga book about him, detailing his past and his StartOfDarkness as well as giving him a FreudianExcuse, which doesn't excuse him for his evilness but does give you a reason to feel sorry for him.

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** [[PintSizedPowerhouse Scourge]], a villain who only appeared in one book but gained lots and lots of fans and sometimes a DracoInLeatherPants status, simply because he's BadAss badass ([[spoiler: He killed Tigerstar with one hit! He took away ''all his nine lives'' with ''one swipe of his paw!'']] He got to be so popular that the authors made a whole manga book about him, detailing his past and his StartOfDarkness as well as giving him a FreudianExcuse, which doesn't excuse him for his evilness but does give you a reason to feel sorry for him.
15th Oct '16 10:36:34 PM merotoker
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Luna Lovegood. Originally only to have importance in Order of the Phoenix, by the end of the series she is the sixth member of the Literature/HarryPotter TrueCompanions, and the only non-Gryffindor to be in it.
*** Luna's ''so'' popular, she managed to make her Quibbler critters a popular source of ArbitrarySkepticism jokes in the fandom, and many fans were disappointed that she never discovers a Crumple-Horned Snorkack during her time as a Magizoologist.
** Draco Malfoy, who of course is given DracoInLeatherPants treatment.
** Blaise Zabini is only a name until the sixth book when he's at least given a gender and a race, but he has many appearances in fanfiction as a main character.
** Theodore Nott also has plenty of fans despite his few appearances and lack of lines. Part of this may be due to the fact that he was supposed to have a larger role.
** Neville Longbottom. He's a MemeticBadass for a reason.
** The Giant Squid is popular in crack fics and WildMassGuessing and the like.
*** TGS was SO popular, [[WordOfGod JK herself]] had to put an end to mass rumour that it was actually Godric Gryffindor as a 1000-year-old animagus.
*** It should be noted that all this is despite the fact that it appears three or four times in the ''entire series,'' serves almost exclusively as a source for jokes, and ''never'' impacts the plot at all.
*** It eats one of Harry's unwanted pieces of toast in ''The Goblet of Fire''.
*** And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome saves]] [[PetTheDog Dennis Creevey!]]
** [[DeadGuyJunior Albus Severus Potter]]. Largely because of what his initials spell, and considering that the Slytherin House is associated with snakes...
** Professor [=McGonagall=] gets this as well. Originally introduced as a typical SternTeacher, her hilarious comments during Quidditch matches, loyalty to Dumbledore [[spoiler: and Harry, especially in the fifth and seventh books]], as well as a few stunning feats of magic during the Battle of Hogwarts, she's becoming synonymous with CoolOldLady.
** The Weasley Twins, Fred and George, mainly because they are the living example of [[Funny/HarryPotter Crowning Moment of Funny]] (which is also ''very'' necessary, as the books get so much darker as the series progressed).
** Fans just love Lucius Malfoy.
** Although Voldemort is the BigBad, many fans LoveToHate [[SadistTeacher Umbridge]] (and to a lesser extent, [[AxCrazy Bellatrix]]) even more than him.
** [[WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals Snape, Snape,]] [[MemeticMutation Severus Snape]]. It helps that he's played by Creator/AlanRickman in the films, but even before that, he was already hugely popular among the readership. The SadistTeacher and RedHerring suspect in the first book who seems to be trying to steal the [[MacGuffin Stone]] and kill Harry in the Quidditch game. When the truth turned out to be the opposite (he was trying to keep the real culprit from stealing the Stone and saved Harry's life in the Quidditch game) he became bizarrely fascinating. An outwardly nasty character who [[GoodIsNotNice is working with the good guys]], he introduced a shade of gray in what seemed at first glance to be a BlackAndWhiteMorality series. With his [[DeadpanSnarker devastatingly witty put-downs]] and his big black cloak, he became a DracoInLeatherPants to rival Draco, with the justification that he was seemingly a good guy. Then came the sixth book with the [[MemeticMutation shocking plot twist]] [[ItWasHisSled that everyone now knows.]] It says much of his popularity, that for the seventh book, Scholastic put much of it's publicity around him with its "Snape: Hero or Villain?" debates, despite his minimal appearances in that book. Those appearances didn't disappoint, revealing a tragic backstory that explains (but not justifies) some of his nastiness, making him probably the biggest LoveItOrHateIt character in the series.
** Both Remus Lupin and Sirius Black are very popular characters amongst the fans, placing 6th and 5th respectively on [[http://www.empireonline.com/features/greatest-harry-potter-characters/default.asp this]] list of the greatest Harry Potter characters, behind only the Golden Trio and Snape.
** Antonin Dolohov has his share of fans. Possibly due to being one of the more competent Death Eaters and almost always winning the duels he participates in.
** The fans are so crazy even characters who barely get mentioned at are, such as Daphne Greengrass, the Patil twins and Susan Bones, or not at all, are at times more popular then established characters over the time frame of several books, such as the Gryffindor Chasers, Cho Chang, or Justin Finch-Fletchey.
** Many characters who are deceased before the series even begins get this treatment. Some examples include Evan Rosier and Marlene McKinnon.
** Tonks. Ever since her debut in the fifth book, fans have absolutely loved her.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Luna Lovegood. Originally only to have importance in Order of the Phoenix, by the end of the series she is the sixth member of the Literature/HarryPotter TrueCompanions, and the only non-Gryffindor to be in it.
*** Luna's ''so'' popular, she managed to make her Quibbler critters a popular source of ArbitrarySkepticism jokes in the fandom, and many fans were disappointed that she never discovers a Crumple-Horned Snorkack during her time as a Magizoologist.
** Draco Malfoy, who of course is given DracoInLeatherPants treatment.
** Blaise Zabini is only a name until the sixth book when he's at least given a gender and a race, but he has many appearances in fanfiction as a main character.
** Theodore Nott also has plenty of fans despite his few appearances and lack of lines. Part of this may be due to the fact that he was supposed to have a larger role.
** Neville Longbottom. He's a MemeticBadass for a reason.
**
''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': The Giant Squid is popular Mad Hatter. Not in crack fics and WildMassGuessing and the like.
*** TGS was SO popular, [[WordOfGod JK herself]] had to put an end to mass rumour that it was actually Godric Gryffindor as a 1000-year-old animagus.
*** It should be noted that all this is despite the fact that it appears three or four times in the ''entire series,'' serves almost exclusively as a source for jokes, and ''never'' impacts the plot at all.
*** It eats one of Harry's unwanted pieces of toast in ''The Goblet of Fire''.
*** And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome saves]] [[PetTheDog Dennis Creevey!]]
** [[DeadGuyJunior Albus Severus Potter]]. Largely because of what his initials spell, and considering that the Slytherin House is associated with snakes...
** Professor [=McGonagall=] gets this as well. Originally introduced as a typical SternTeacher, her hilarious comments during Quidditch matches, loyalty to Dumbledore [[spoiler: and Harry, especially in the fifth and seventh books]], as well as a few stunning feats of magic during the Battle of Hogwarts, she's becoming synonymous with CoolOldLady.
** The Weasley Twins, Fred and George, mainly because they are the living example of [[Funny/HarryPotter Crowning Moment of Funny]] (which is also ''very'' necessary, as
the books get so much darker as the series progressed).
** Fans just love Lucius Malfoy.
** Although Voldemort is the BigBad, many fans LoveToHate [[SadistTeacher Umbridge]] (and to a lesser extent, [[AxCrazy Bellatrix]]) even more than him.
** [[WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals Snape, Snape,]] [[MemeticMutation Severus Snape]]. It helps that he's played by Creator/AlanRickman in the films, but even before that, he was already hugely popular among the readership. The SadistTeacher and RedHerring suspect in the first book who seems to be trying to steal the [[MacGuffin Stone]] and kill Harry in the Quidditch game. When the truth turned out to be the opposite (he was trying to keep the real culprit from stealing the Stone and saved Harry's life in the Quidditch game) he became bizarrely fascinating. An outwardly nasty character who [[GoodIsNotNice is working with the good guys]], he introduced a shade of gray in what seemed at first glance to be a BlackAndWhiteMorality series. With his [[DeadpanSnarker devastatingly witty put-downs]] and his big black cloak, he became a DracoInLeatherPants to rival Draco, with the justification that he was seemingly a good guy. Then came the sixth book with the [[MemeticMutation shocking plot twist]] [[ItWasHisSled that everyone now knows.]] It says much of his popularity, that for the seventh book, Scholastic put much of it's publicity around him with its "Snape: Hero
themselves, or Villain?" debates, despite his minimal appearances in that book. Those appearances didn't disappoint, revealing a tragic backstory that explains (but not justifies) some of his nastiness, making him probably the biggest LoveItOrHateIt character in the series.
** Both Remus Lupin and Sirius Black are very popular characters amongst the fans, placing 6th and 5th respectively on [[http://www.empireonline.com/features/greatest-harry-potter-characters/default.asp this]] list
any of the greatest Harry Potter characters, behind only the Golden Trio and Snape.
** Antonin Dolohov has his share of fans. Possibly due to being one of the
original movies. But in any more competent Death Eaters and almost always winning recent adaptation, the duels he participates in.
** The fans are so crazy even characters who barely
Mad Hatter is likely to get mentioned at are, such as Daphne Greengrass, the Patil twins and Susan Bones, or not at all, are at times more popular then established characters over the time frame a large amount of several books, such as the Gryffindor Chasers, Cho Chang, or Justin Finch-Fletchey.
** Many characters who are deceased before the series even begins get this treatment. Some examples include Evan Rosier and Marlene McKinnon.
** Tonks. Ever since her debut in the fifth book, fans have absolutely loved her.
screen time.



* Despite ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'' has two [[TheChosenOne chosen ones]] does the series mainly focus on Alk, who gets amazing titles, abilities, and stuff. Despite this is Ilke, his twin sister and the second chosen one, the most popular character in the series. Even in times where it was popular to hate female characters like [[Manga/InuYasha Kagome]], [[Literature/HarryPotter Harmoine]] etc., and more for no other reason that they are female..!

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* Despite ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'' Pullings in the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series.
* ''Literature/BattleRoyale''
has two [[TheChosenOne chosen ones]] does Takako Chigusa. To those who have read, [[GroinAttack don't think too hard about that]]. In the series mainly focus on Alk, who gets amazing titles, abilities, live action movie, she was played by Chiaki Kuriyama. Creator/QuentinTarantino, a fan of the novel and stuff. Despite film, cast her as [[Film/KillBill Gogo Yubari]] for this is Ilke, exact reason.
* Tony Foster from Creator/TanyaHuff's ''Literature/BloodBooks''. Originally just an informant to the protagonist Vicki Nelson,
his twin sister role gradually grows until he becomes [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Henry's]] live-in boyfriend. Then he moves on to his [[Literature/SmokeAndShadows own series]] where Vicki is almost entirely absent and Henry assumes the second chosen one, role of sidekick (although he would never admit it).
* ''Creator/CharlesDickens'' just wouldn't be Charles Dickens without his dark horses:
** TheArtfulDodger in ''Literature/OliverTwist'' is probably the best remembered character of the novel in modern times, if not
the most popular celebrated character in Dickens' whole body of work.
** Another semi-minor but highly celebrated Dickens character is Tiny Tim from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', who became an AscendedExtra in most adaptations.
** In ''Literature/NicholasNickleby'', Mr Mantalini steals every scene he is in.
** ''Literature/ThePickwickPapers'': Samuel Weller was introduced in a minor supporting role as
the series. Even in times where it was popular to hate female characters like [[Manga/InuYasha Kagome]], [[Literature/HarryPotter Harmoine]] etc., and more for no other reason main character's cockney valet partway through the serial, but quickly developed a massive following that they are female..!almost single-handedly kick-started Creator/CharlesDickens' career.
** Mr. Micawber from ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'' with a lot of thanks to WC Fields' unforgettable 1935 film portrayal.



** Edmund's sister Susan. Part of this is down to the fact that, as a teenage girl, she is [[LauncherOfAThousandShips easily shipped with pretty much anything]], but there is another factor Lewis almost certainly couldn't have foreseen, and that was being embraced as a feminist symbol. This is due to, in the last book, being the only one of the protagonists to actually lose interest in Narnia due to discovering "lipstick and nylons," which is often seen as [[UnfortunateImplications uncomfortable]], as though Lewis is "punishing" her for becoming a sexual being. As such, female ''Narnia'' fans tend to embrace Susan ''because'' the author apparently rejected her!
* R.A. Salvatore originally meant for his popular dark elf character ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]]'' to be a side-character for Wulfgar, Drizzt's barbarian pupil, in the first novel they appeared in; he claims to have come up with him on the spot when his agent asked for a sidekick for Wulfgar. Naturally, at this point, they're collectively known as the Drizzt books. This is one of the unusual cases where transitioning the Darkhorse into the main hero's role actually worked.
** According to the introduction to one of the books, this conversion happened early in the writing process (basically, page one).
* Murtagh from ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]'', who is often seen as cooler than the eponymous hero, and a lot less whiny about it.
* ''Creator/CharlesDickens'' just wouldn't be Charles Dickens without his dark horses:
** TheArtfulDodger in ''Literature/OliverTwist'' is probably the best remembered character of the novel in modern times, if not the most celebrated character in Dickens' whole body of work.
** Another semi-minor but highly celebrated Dickens character is Tiny Tim from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', who became an AscendedExtra in most adaptations.
** In ''Literature/NicholasNickleby'', Mr Mantalini steals every scene he is in.
** ''Literature/ThePickwickPapers'': Samuel Weller was introduced in a minor supporting role as the main character's cockney valet partway through the serial, but quickly developed a massive following that almost single-handedly kick-started Creator/CharlesDickens' career.

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** Edmund's sister Susan. Part of this is down to the fact that, as a teenage girl, she is [[LauncherOfAThousandShips easily shipped with pretty much anything]], but there is another factor Lewis almost certainly couldn't have foreseen, and that was being embraced as a feminist symbol. This is due to, in the last book, being the only one of the protagonists to actually lose interest in Narnia due to discovering "lipstick and nylons," which is often seen as [[UnfortunateImplications uncomfortable]], {{un|fortunateImplications}}comfortable, as though Lewis is "punishing" her for becoming a sexual being. As such, female ''Narnia'' fans tend to embrace Susan ''because'' the author apparently rejected her!
* R.A. Salvatore originally meant In Creator/HPLovecraft's [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Yogg-Sorothy]], Cthulhu only had one story about him written by Lovecraft himself. However, his disciple writing more stories led to Cthulhu becoming the [[EldritchAbomination poster-squid...thing]] for his popular dark elf the entire Chronology, with the fans dubbing it the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
* ''Literature/Department19'' has Valentin Rusmanov, a secondary
character ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]]'' to be a side-character whom enormous chunks of fans fell for Wulfgar, Drizzt's barbarian pupil, during the second book, after a few brief appearances in the first, because he's suave, sarcastic and generally a fun and likeable character who steals the spotlight of any scene he's in. The author has actually expressed some surprise over his fanbase, but sarky, handsome vampires [[spoiler:with sad bits of backstory and heroic roles]] are a recipe for this trope.
* Terry Pratchett, the author of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, claims that this is the greatest danger when you create a throwaway character. The best example is [[TheGrimReaper Death]], whom he only created as a one joke character, but liked so much that he gave him multiple additional appearances
in the first novel they two books. Samuel Vimes and Granny Weatherwax also started out as support characters.
** And then Death
appeared in; in ''every'' book, got three books of his own and a daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter. With that, it's hard to argue that he claims to have come up with him on isn't the spot when his agent asked Disc's main character now.
** Mention should also go to Lord Vetinari, a MagnificentBastard among {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, and the Librarian, since [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Everything's Better With Apes]] [[BerserkButton Who Are Most Definitely Not Monkeys]]. They were both invented
for one-shot gags, but morphed into characters that steal the show if given the slightest opportunity.
*** Also see the Death Of Rats.
*** And Detritus, who started as
a sidekick "[[{{Bouncer}} splatter]]" and became Sergeant and head of the Watch's training academy, married to Ruby, and "adopted" Brick.
** Pratchett began writing "Guards, Guards" intending
for Wulfgar. Naturally, at this point, they're collectively known as Carrot to be the Drizzt books. This main character. Then he slowly got more interested in a side character he'd only created to provide a point of view in Ankh-Morpork until Carrot showed up, and now Samuel Vimes is easily one of the unusual cases where transitioning the Darkhorse into the main hero's role actually worked.
** According
series' most popular characters. It's gotten to the introduction point where Pratchett has had difficulty writing books set in Ankh-Morpork without turning them into Vimes stories.
* ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'':
** Some fans seem
to like [[WeHardlyKnewYe Fernando]].
** Considering the reaction to his character being cut from the first movie, Uriah seems to be this.
* Raistlin in the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' books, which are very much a literal [[TabletopGames Tabletop RPG]] ensemble to begin with.
** Also from ''Dragonlance'', Kang, Slith and the Doom Brigade. Their unexpected popularity resulted in an unplanned short story and many cameo appearances in other books.
* Waldo Butters and Carlos Ramirez of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' [[note]]POLKA WILL NEVER DIE![[/note]] Also, [[FairyCompanion Toot-toot]], since ''every single scene'' involving him is a CrowningMomentOfFunny and he occasionally gets to be [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome really awesome]]. Demonreach is also becoming an example, because every scene with [[GeniusLoci him/it]] in it is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* Fitz Kreiner, from the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures''', doesn't seem to have been ever intended as a one-shot character, but looks like one for most of his first appearance, and was obviously initially conceived as the kind of character who could be PutOnABus at a moment's notice by making him settle down with the GirlOfTheWeek. Now he's either the second or third longest-running companion. He appeared in about fifty-five novels and one ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio play. Numerous fans have admitted to liking him better than the Doctor, and he's
one of the books, this conversion happened early in few companions who seem to be disliked by only two or three people of a mind to complain about it on the writing process (basically, page one).
Internet. Indeed, almost everyone thinks he's pretty groovy. It's probably got a lot to do with his HoYay with the Doctor, but there are tons of other reasons.
* Murtagh from ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]'', ''Literature/{{Eragon}}'', who is often seen as cooler than the eponymous hero, and a lot less whiny about it.
* ''Creator/CharlesDickens'' just wouldn't be Charles Dickens without his dark horses:
** TheArtfulDodger in ''Literature/OliverTwist'' is probably
In the best remembered character ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' series Major Rawne started out as a relatively minor, two dimensional character. He is now one of the novel in modern times, if not the most celebrated character in Dickens' whole body complex and well loved characters of work.
** Another semi-minor but highly celebrated Dickens character is Tiny Tim
the series, to the point where the author Creator/DanAbnett admitted that the grumpy Major was his favourite character, ahead of the titular Guant.
* Edilio and Drake Merwin
from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', who became an AscendedExtra in most adaptations.
** In ''Literature/NicholasNickleby'', Mr Mantalini steals every scene he is in.
** ''Literature/ThePickwickPapers'': Samuel Weller was introduced in a minor supporting role as
the main character's cockney valet partway through the serial, but quickly developed a massive following that almost single-handedly kick-started Creator/CharlesDickens' career.''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Luna Lovegood. Originally only to have importance in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', by the end of the series she is the sixth member of the Literature/HarryPotter TrueCompanions, and the only non-Gryffindor to be in it. Luna's ''so'' popular, she managed to make her Quibbler critters a popular source of ArbitrarySkepticism jokes in the fandom, and many fans were disappointed that she never discovers a Crumple-Horned Snorkack during her time as a Magizoologist.
** Draco Malfoy, who of course is given DracoInLeatherPants treatment.
** Blaise Zabini is only a name until the sixth book when he's at least given a gender and a race, but he has many appearances in fanfiction as a main character.
** Theodore Nott also has plenty of fans despite his few appearances and lack of lines. Part of this may be due to the fact that he was supposed to have a larger role.
** Neville Longbottom. He's a MemeticBadass for a reason.
** The Giant Squid is popular in crack fics and WildMassGuessing and the like.
*** TGS was SO popular, [[WordOfGod JK herself]] had to put an end to mass rumour that it was actually Godric Gryffindor as a 1000-year-old animagus.
*** It should be noted that all this is despite the fact that it appears three or four times in the ''entire series,'' serves almost exclusively as a source for jokes, and ''never'' impacts the plot at all.
*** It eats one of Harry's unwanted pieces of toast in ''The Goblet of Fire''.
*** And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome saves]] [[PetTheDog Dennis Creevey!]]
** [[DeadGuyJunior Albus Severus Potter]]. Largely because of what his initials spell, and considering that the Slytherin House is associated with snakes...
** Professor [=McGonagall=] gets this as well. Originally introduced as a typical SternTeacher, her hilarious comments during Quidditch matches, loyalty to Dumbledore [[spoiler: and Harry, especially in the fifth and seventh books]], as well as a few stunning feats of magic during the Battle of Hogwarts, she's becoming synonymous with CoolOldLady.
** The Weasley Twins, Fred and George, mainly because they are the living example of [[Funny/HarryPotter Crowning Moment of Funny]] (which is also ''very'' necessary, as the books get so much darker as the series progressed).
** Fans just love Lucius Malfoy.
** Although Voldemort is the BigBad, many fans LoveToHate [[SadistTeacher Umbridge]] (and to a lesser extent, [[AxCrazy Bellatrix]]) even more than him.
** [[WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals Snape, Snape,]] [[MemeticMutation Severus Snape]]. It helps that he's played by Creator/AlanRickman in the films, but even before that, he was already hugely popular among the readership. The SadistTeacher and RedHerring suspect in the first book who seems to be trying to steal the [[MacGuffin Stone]] and kill Harry in the Quidditch game. When the truth turned out to be the opposite (he was trying to keep the real culprit from stealing the Stone and saved Harry's life in the Quidditch game) he became bizarrely fascinating. An outwardly nasty character who [[GoodIsNotNice is working with the good guys]], he introduced a shade of gray in what seemed at first glance to be a BlackAndWhiteMorality series. With his [[DeadpanSnarker devastatingly witty put-downs]] and his big black cloak, he became a DracoInLeatherPants to rival Draco, with the justification that he was seemingly a good guy. Then came the sixth book with the [[MemeticMutation shocking plot twist]] [[ItWasHisSled that everyone now knows.]] It says much of his popularity, that for the seventh book, Scholastic put much of it's publicity around him with its "Snape: Hero or Villain?" debates, despite his minimal appearances in that book. Those appearances didn't disappoint, revealing a tragic backstory that explains (but not justifies) some of his nastiness, making him probably the biggest LoveItOrHateIt character in the series.
** Both Remus Lupin and Sirius Black are very popular characters amongst the fans, placing 6th and 5th respectively on [[http://www.empireonline.com/features/greatest-harry-potter-characters/default.asp this]] list of the greatest Harry Potter characters, behind only the Golden Trio and Snape.
** Antonin Dolohov has his share of fans. Possibly due to being one of the more competent Death Eaters and almost always winning the duels he participates in.
** The fans are so crazy even characters who barely get mentioned at are, such as Daphne Greengrass, the Patil twins and Susan Bones, or not at all, are at times more popular then established characters over the time frame of several books, such as the Gryffindor Chasers, Cho Chang, or Justin Finch-Fletchey.
** Many characters who are deceased before the series even begins get this treatment. Some examples include Evan Rosier and Marlene [=McKinnon=].
** Tonks. Ever since her debut in the fifth book, fans have absolutely loved her.
* Iorek Byrnison from ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' is probably the most iconic character in the trilogy, despite being a relatively minor character. But then, he's a {{Badass}} [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot armored polar bear warrior king]]. It's pure RuleOfCool in action. When he repairs a certain world-breaking weapon of the gods in ''The Amber Spyglass'', his badassness is taken UpToEleven.
* Marvin the Paranoid Android from ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' has a fanbase the size of a planet.
* Stevie Rae, Rephaim and Kramisha are quite popular with the ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'' Fandom.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy we have Finnick - he was only a minor character in ''Catching Fire'' and more minor in ''Mockingjay'' but he became extremely popular for his kindness, strength, sense of humor, and dedication.
** Katniss might be the protagonist of the story, but in the Games depicted in the first book the Tribute who won the fan's hearts the most was [[FlowerMotifs Rue]]. She had all of Katniss's sister Prim's finer qualities while lacking the ShrinkingViolet, being a PluckyGirl-in-training despite her age and small size, and her bond with Katniss was extremely sweet. There's also Cinna, who makes fashion designing and makeovers ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome awesome]]'', and quickly won both readers and Katniss herself over thanks to his approachability and compassionate nature.
** Foxface also gets a lot of love thanks to her cleverness, despite only appearing in one book, not having any speaking lines, and ''not having an actual name.''
*** Thanks to the OneSceneWonder nature of the film, Thresh and Clove have also become this.
** Johanna Mason also has quite the fan following.
* ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' has [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Dejah Thoris of Helium]]. While she is the {{Deuteragonist}} for the first book (which is named after her), she actually has less and less focus in the following books. This didn't stop her from becoming one of the most recognizable characters in the series, being subject to tons of pin-ups more than any other character and receiving expanded roles in other adaptations.
* The anonymous undead penguin from ''Langley's Ark'' has a disproportionately large fan following, which was solidified in [[http://langleyark.com/qa.php a Q&A session with the cast]]. Somewhere down the line, it became the SeriesMascot.
-->'''Langley:''' I would just like to add at this point that my name is even part of the title and the penguin has gotten more questions than me.
* Charlie Parker is the main character of a detective series that puts Irish thriller writer John Connolly on the literary map, but fans loved Parker's gay assassins sidekicks Angel and Louis so much that Connolly finally wrote a novel The Reapers in which the two has the starring role and Charlie Parker remains in the sidelines until right before the end of the novel.
* R.A. Salvatore originally meant for his popular dark elf character ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]]'' to be a side-character for Wulfgar, Drizzt's barbarian pupil, in the first novel they appeared in; he claims to have come up with him on the spot when his agent asked for a sidekick for Wulfgar. Naturally, at this point, they're collectively known as the Drizzt books. This is one of the unusual cases where transitioning the Darkhorse into the main hero's role actually worked.
** According to the introduction to one of the books, this conversion happened early in the writing process (basically, page one).
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'' has several. The most ubiquitous is probably Gavroche, who has become the novel's unofficial mascot of sorts. Eponine and every single member of LaResistance also have huge followings, as does QuirkyMinibossSquad member [[EvilIsSexy Montparnasse.]]
* SugarAndIcePersonality werewolf Dominil was a supporting character whose character arc was completed when she [[spoiler: knifed BigBad Sarapen in the guts]] in the first ''Literature/LonelyWerewolfGirl'' book, by the time the second came around she was promoted to main cast member with a new character arc.
** Glorfindel from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' was named after another Glorindel: one who faced a Balrog in single combat and even manages to defeat it by knocking it off a cliff. Gandalf, apparently, took notes.
*** Except Tolkien has stated that those two Glorfindels are one and the same. Elves, unlike Men, were bound to the world so when they "died" they would sometimes be allowed to leave the halls of Mandos(the Valar in charge of the dead Elves) and reincarnate. This was less true reincarnation, though, and more along the lines of picking up where he left off. That's right, the Glorfindel from the Third Age is the same one from the First. ''BattleForMiddleEarthII'' showed us just how badass Glorfindel is.
** Nerdanel and her son Maglor are disproportionately popular compared to the number of times they're actually mentioned.
** Elladan and Elrohir are also very popular among the fans despite the fact that they were rather minor characters. Rather ironically, they did not make it to the movie even though they actually appeared ''more'' than their younger sister, Arwen.
** The Variags of Khand as a race in general. Despite only being mentioned in a few sentences and never being described in any aspect, there's an immense amount of speculation regarding the Variags on Tolkien fan sites.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has Glorfindel and Prince Imrahil, neither of whom made it into the movies.
** The [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters sheer amount of characters]] in the whole Middle-Earth universe allows a fair share of this. Especially characters in ''The Silmarillion'' which wasn't originally supposed to be published. Special note goes to the other three Istari who are this even though two of them ''literally do not appear''. A lot of the Vala also qualify, given that they appear just in the beginning.
** Tom Bombadil's exclusion from the movies caused a long-lasting storm of fan rage. [[BaseBreakingCharacter On the other hand,]] many other fans consider him, and the two-and-a-half chapters devoted to him, to be utterly pointless, or at the very least, utterly unfilmable.
** Erestor, especially in {{slash|Fic}} {{fanfic}}s. In the books, he's just Elrond's chief counsellor, who appears at the Council of Elrond but does not make any significant contribution (he suggests the Ring be given to Tom Bombadil, and doesn't think trying to destroy the Ring is a good idea.) In fanfiction, however, he somehow tends to become [[MarySue the most beautiful, smart, witty Elf in Middle-earth]] and gets slashed with just about everyone.
* Torvald Nom from the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series was originally just someone [[BarbarianHero Karsa]] [[{{Deconstruction}} Orlong]] encounters and spends a chapter or two with in the fourth book, ''Literature/HouseOfChains'', but even before he got his own point of view storyline four books later, he proved to be immensely popular among readers.
* Cristobal Junta, DeadpanSnarker CoolOldGuy BadAssSpaniard from ''Literature/MondayBeginsOnSaturday'' by Creator/StrugatskyBrothers. Arguably most popular Strugatsky's character ever.
** Baron Pampa from ''Literature/HardToBeAGod''.
* In ''[[Literature/OrigamiYoda Darth Paper Strikes Back]]'', Kellen goes skateboarding, and gets made fun of by a bratty little kid. The kid only appeared in one chapter, but became very popular with the fandom.
* Nico di freaking Angelo from ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. He goes from this bratty little halfpint obsessed with a cardgame and always asking a million questions in Book 3, to something of an enemy in Book 4 because he blamed Percy for the death of his sister, to pulling the biggest BigDamnHeroes moment of the entire series in Book 5. [[spoiler: He was also revealed to be gay in House of Hades, to the everlasting credit to Rick Riordan. It added a lot more to his character while never taking any of his awesomeness away.]]
** Artemis and Apollo. Arguably the least featured Olympians, and they are the most popular on Fanfiction.net. Is it the fact that you have the 12 year old badass or the humor of Apollo's Haikus of terror?
** Mocking Octavian is rising to become Percy Jackson's mocking Umbridge style game.
** Leo, the wise-cracking sidekick with HiddenDepths in ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''. While Jason & Piper (the in-universe heroes) had a murky reception, Leo instantly became a fan-favourite and universally adored. This status only increased in Mark of Athena, with his tragic past which is more brutal than most of the other heroes put together, status as the 'Seventh Wheel' among the happy couples and that despite this, he never stops joking [[SadClown the whole time]].
* Despite ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'' has two [[TheChosenOne chosen ones]] does the series mainly focus on Alk, who gets amazing titles, abilities, and stuff. Despite this is Ilke, his twin sister and the second chosen one, the most popular character in the series. Even in times where it was popular to hate female characters like [[Manga/InuYasha Kagome]], [[Literature/HarryPotter Harmoine]] etc., and more for no other reason that they are female..!
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Even those that groan at reading the book, nay even some haters, love Mr. Bennet and his snark.
* The character Rupert Psmith from Wodehouse's Psmith series started out as a comedic sidekick to the titular character of the first book he appeared in, Mike Jackson. However Psmith's character became so popular that the roles have been reversed in every following publication which now all bore Psmith's name and even the original first book's title was changed from "Mike" to "Enter Psmith" and "Mike and Psmith".
* Babs, the hooker who appears in the first chapter of the first story of ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' was originally only supposed to appear once, and then disappear until much, much later in the series. However, fans loved her so much, the creators brought her back early, and she's appeared in several episodes she "wasn't supposed to".
* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' spans over thirty books. ''One'' of them - a novelisation of a video game set in the world, no less - features Gorath, a dark elf chieftain, who defects to the side of the humans to prevent another war his people are trying to start that he knows would be too costly for them. Gorath is easily one of the most complex and intriguing characters in the entire cycle, not even counting being cool as hell - unlike some other dark elf renegades *coughDrizztcough*, he is dignified and stoic, despite having a backstory that would justify anything from Wangst to a complete insanity breakdown. Even though he appears alongside such fan favourites and scene-stealing characters as Pug and Jimmy the Hand, fans and critics alike praise him and wish they could have seen more of him.
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'':
** Pick a character or kingdom. While there are mainly Wuists, Shuists, and Weiists, the three main kingdoms, every minor force gets a following as well. Minor characters as well.
** Special mention has to go to Mi Heng, who appears in ''one chapter'' but is still one of the most popular characters. Every single line he has is a vicious insult towards whoever he's talking to, with no thought toward his personal safety even as he's about to be executed.



* Literature/SherlockHolmes has Irene Adler and BreakoutVillain Professor Moriarty. Irene Adler is in only one story and barely seen in person throughout, but she's the only person ever really seen to beat Holmes and is one of very few female characters in the canon, so she gets saddled with 'love interest' a lot. Moriarty appears in one story and gets mentioned in three, but him being anything but ''the'' enemy of Holmes has become unthinkable.
** And then there's Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's BrilliantButLazy older brother, who only appears properly in two stories, has a non-speaking role in another, and is mentioned only once in another story, but he has a surprisingly large fanbase.



** GeorgeRRMartin [[WordOfGod has stated]] that he is surprised by the popularity of Sandor Clegane. Apparently Martin didn't get the memo that {{Badass}} {{antihero}}es with [[GoodScarsEvilScars cool scars]] and [[FreudianExcuse tragic pasts]] are ''in''. Especially when his interaction with a pretty young POV character of a FallenPrincess just oozes BodyguardCrush and BeastAndBeauty vibes.

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** GeorgeRRMartin Creator/GeorgeRRMartin [[WordOfGod has stated]] that he is surprised by the popularity of Sandor Clegane. Apparently Martin didn't get the memo that {{Badass}} {{antihero}}es with [[GoodScarsEvilScars cool scars]] and [[FreudianExcuse tragic pasts]] are ''in''. Especially when his interaction with a pretty young POV character of a FallenPrincess just oozes BodyguardCrush and BeastAndBeauty vibes.



** [[ChildSoldiers Podrick Payne]], Tyrion's squire, is widely loved in the fandom for his {{Adorkable}} shyness and the [[TheStoic generally stoic way]] in which he bears the various indignities of being a minor character in [[CrapsackWorld this series.]] His CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass tendencies also help, with his two best moments in the series so far being [[spoiler: pushing Ser Mandon Moore into the Blackwater to save Tyrion's life]] and [[spoiler: distracting the Bloody Mummers so Brienne only has to fight one at the time.]]

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** [[ChildSoldiers Podrick Payne]], Tyrion's squire, is widely loved in the fandom for his {{Adorkable}} shyness and the [[TheStoic generally stoic way]] in which he bears the various indignities of being a minor character in [[CrapsackWorld this series.]] His CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass tendencies also help, with his two best moments in the series so far being [[spoiler: pushing Ser Mandon Moore into the Blackwater to save Tyrion's life]] and [[spoiler: distracting the Bloody Mummers so Brienne only has to fight one at the time.]]time]].



** Wyman Manderly, the Lord of White Harbor, was essentially a background character whenever he appeared in the first four books. However, in the fifth book [[spoiler: He has three members of the treacherous House Frey baked into pies and served to their kinsmen at a wedding.]] This action undoubtedly elevated him to Darkhorse status.
* Raistlin in the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' books, which are very much a literal [[TabletopGames Tabletop RPG]] ensemble to begin with.
** Also from ''Dragonlance'', Kang, Slith and the Doom Brigade. Their unexpected popularity resulted in an unplanned short story and many cameo appearances in other books.
* Terry Pratchett, the author of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, claims that this is the greatest danger when you create a throwaway character. The best example is [[TheGrimReaper Death]], whom he only created as a one joke character, but liked so much that he gave him multiple additional appearances in the first two books. Samuel Vimes and Granny Weatherwax also started out as support characters.
** And then Death appeared in ''every'' book, got three books of his own and a daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter. With that, it's hard to argue that he isn't the Disc's main character now.
** Mention should also go to Lord Vetinari, a MagnificentBastard among {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, and the Librarian, since [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Everything's Better With Apes]] [[BerserkButton Who Are Most Definitely Not Monkeys]]. They were both invented for one-shot gags, but morphed into characters that steal the show if given the slightest opportunity.
*** Also see the Death Of Rats.
*** And Detritus, who started as a "[[{{Bouncer}} splatter]]" and became Sergeant and head of the Watch's training academy, married to Ruby, and "adopted" Brick.
** Pratchett began writing "Guards, Guards" intending for Carrot to be the main character. Then he slowly got more interested in a side character he'd only created to provide a point of view in Ankh-Morpork until Carrot showed up, and now Samuel Vimes is easily one of the series' most popular characters. It's gotten to the point where Pratchett has had difficulty writing books set in Ankh-Morpork without turning them into Vimes stories.
* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' spans over thirty books. ''One'' of them - a novelisation of a video game set in the world, no less - features Gorath, a dark elf chieftain, who defects to the side of the humans to prevent another war his people are trying to start that he knows would be too costly for them. Gorath is easily one of the most complex and intriguing characters in the entire cycle, not even counting being cool as hell - unlike some other dark elf renegades *coughDrizztcough*, he is dignified and stoic, despite having a backstory that would justify anything from Wangst to a complete insanity breakdown. Even though he appears alongside such fan favourites and scene-stealing characters as Pug and Jimmy the Hand, fans and critics alike praise him and wish they could have seen more of him.

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** Wyman Manderly, the Lord of White Harbor, was essentially a background character whenever he appeared in the first four books. However, in the fifth book [[spoiler: He has three members of the treacherous House Frey baked into pies and served to their kinsmen at a wedding.]] wedding]]. This action undoubtedly elevated him to Darkhorse status.
* Raistlin in the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' books, which are very much a literal [[TabletopGames Tabletop RPG]] ensemble to begin with.
** Also
Gaeadrelle Goldring from ''Dragonlance'', Kang, Slith and ''[[TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} The Cloakmaster Cycle]]''. She's a [[HalfHumanHybrid half]]-''[[Literature/{{Dragonlance}} kender]]'' who once "studied art of some kind" in "some place called [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Kozakura]]", with a crush on the Doom Brigade. Their unexpected popularity resulted protagonist, as CrazyAwesome as only half-kender could, later [[spoiler:PutOnABus toward high-end [[PsychicPowers psionic training]]]] on top of this, no less. The potential to make "MarySue Litmus Test" [[OverclockingAttack explode in an unplanned short story colored flames]] is obvious, yet she's fine -- and many cameo appearances in other books.
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* Terry Pratchett, ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''
** ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' introduced quite a few. Pellaeon is perhaps
the author of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, claims that this is the greatest danger when you create a throwaway character. The best example is [[TheGrimReaper Death]], whom he only created as a one joke character, but liked so much that he gave him multiple additional appearances in the first two books. Samuel Vimes and Granny Weatherwax also started out as support characters.
** And then Death appeared in ''every'' book, got three books of
most notable, with his own and a daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter. With that, it's hard to argue that he isn't the Disc's main excellent character now.
** Mention should also go to Lord Vetinari, a MagnificentBastard among {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, and the Librarian, since [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Everything's Better With Apes]] [[BerserkButton Who Are Most Definitely Not Monkeys]]. They were both invented for one-shot gags, but morphed into characters that steal the show if given the slightest opportunity.
*** Also see the Death Of Rats.
*** And Detritus, who started as a "[[{{Bouncer}} splatter]]" and became Sergeant and head of the Watch's training academy, married to Ruby, and "adopted" Brick.
** Pratchett began writing "Guards, Guards" intending for Carrot to be the main character. Then he slowly got more interested in a side character he'd only created to provide a point of view in Ankh-Morpork until Carrot showed up, and now Samuel Vimes is easily one of the series' most
growth making him immensely popular characters. It's gotten among fans, to the point where Pratchett has had difficulty writing books set in Ankh-Morpork without turning them into Vimes stories.
* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' spans over thirty books. ''One'' of them - a novelisation of a video game set in the world, no less - features Gorath, a dark elf chieftain, who defects to the side of the humans to prevent another war his people are trying to start
that he knows would be too costly for them. Gorath is easily one of eventually became the most complex and intriguing characters in person to end the entire cycle, not even counting being cool as hell - unlike some other dark elf renegades *coughDrizztcough*, he is dignified and stoic, Galactic Civil War. Thrawn himself, despite having only appearing in a backstory that would justify anything scant few books, is a borderline MemeticBadass, and regarded by many as the face of the ExpandedUniverse.
** [[TricksterMentor Vergere]]. Her unique take on the Force and the complexity of her character have won her a fairly sizable fanbase that's still alive even after the Literature/NewJediOrder ended.
* Within the Literature/{{Sweet Valley|High}} fandom, Lila Fowler (Jessica's primary snobbish friend) is wildly popular - often more so than the Wakefield twins themselves (each of who have more than their fair share of detractors, for different reasons).
* [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Prince]] [[TallDarkAndHandsome Garrid]]
from Wangst to a complete insanity breakdown. Even though he appears alongside such fan favourites and scene-stealing characters as Pug and Jimmy ''Tales of the Hand, fans and critics alike praise him and wish they could have seen more of him.Frog Princess''. The audiobooks helped a lot. Must be the Romanian accent.



** James was simply a member of the WackyWaysideTribe of nomadic vampires introduced in the first book whose only purpose in life was to hunt, kill and drink good blood, namely Bella's. He's described as being unremarkable in appearance, average even by human standards. But he became inexplicably popular with the fans when he was revealed to have a connection with Alice, and his lack of an established past made him a point of interest for theorists. It also did not help matters that Cam Gigandet, the actor who played him in TheFilmOfTheBook, was [[HollywoodHomely very admittedly attractive]], and when asked to come up with his own [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interpretation of the character]], said that James was really a broken hollow shell of a person on the inside, coming damn close to making James TheWoobie as well.

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** James was simply a member of the WackyWaysideTribe of nomadic vampires introduced in the first book whose only purpose in life was to hunt, kill and drink good blood, namely Bella's. He's described as being unremarkable in appearance, average even by human standards. But he became inexplicably popular with the fans when he was revealed to have a connection with Alice, and his lack of an established past made him a point of interest for theorists. It also did not help matters that Cam Gigandet, the actor who played him in TheFilmOfTheBook, was [[HollywoodHomely very admittedly attractive]], and when asked to come up with his own [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation interpretation of the character]], said that James was really a broken hollow shell of a person on the inside, coming damn close to making James TheWoobie as well.



* The character Rupert Psmith from Wodehouse's Psmith series started out as a comedic sidekick to the titular character of the first book he appeared in, Mike Jackson. However Psmith's character became so popular that the roles have been reversed in every following publication which now all bore Psmith's name and even the original first book's title was changed from "Mike" to "Enter Psmith" and "Mike and Psmith".
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'' has several. The most ubiquitous is probably Gavroche, who has become the novel's unofficial mascot of sorts. Eponine and every single member of LaResistance also have huge followings, as does QuirkyMinibossSquad member [[EvilIsSexy Montparnasse.]]
* Pullings in the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series.
* Waldo Butters and Carlos Ramirez of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' [[note]]POLKA WILL NEVER DIE![[/note]] Also, [[FairyCompanion Toot-toot]], since ''every single scene'' involving him is a CrowningMomentOfFunny and he occasionally gets to be [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome really awesome]]. Demonreach is also becoming an example, because every scene with [[GeniusLoci him/it]] in it is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* The anonymous undead penguin from ''Langley's Ark'' has a disproportionately large fan following, which was solidified in [[http://langleyark.com/qa.php a Q&A session with the cast]]. Somewhere down the line, it became the SeriesMascot.
-->'''Langley:''' I would just like to add at this point that my name is even part of the title and the penguin has gotten more questions than me.
* In the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' series Major Rawne started out as a relatively minor, two dimensional character. He is now one of the most complex and well loved characters of the series, to the point where the author Dan Abnett admitted that the grumpy Major was his favourite character, ahead of the titular Guant.
* Charlie Parker is the main character of a detective series that puts Irish thriller writer John Connolly on the literary map, but fans loved Parker's gay assassins sidekicks Angel and Louis so much that Connolly finally wrote a novel The Reapers in which the two has the starring role and Charlie Parker remains in the sidelines until right before the end of the novel.
* Mr. Micawber from ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'' with a lot of thanks to WC Fields' unforgettable 1935 film portrayal.
* Within the Literature/{{Sweet Valley|High}} fandom, Lila Fowler (Jessica's primary snobbish friend) is wildly popular - often more so than the Wakefield twins themselves (each of who have more than their fair share of detractors, for different reasons).
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has Glorfindel and Prince Imrahil, neither of whom made it into the movies.
** The [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters sheer amount of characters]] in the whole Middle-Earth universe allows a fair share of this. Especially characters in ''The Silmarillion'' which wasn't originally supposed to be published. Special note goes to the other three Istari who are this even though two of them ''literally do not appear''. A lot of the Vala also qualify, given that they appear just in the beginning.
** Tom Bombadil's exclusion from the movies caused a long-lasting storm of fan rage. [[BaseBreakingCharacter On the other hand,]] many other fans consider him, and the two-and-a-half chapters devoted to him, to be utterly pointless, or at the very least, utterly unfilmable.
** Erestor, especially in {{slash|Fic}} {{fanfic}}s. In the books, he's just Elrond's chief counsellor, who appears at the Council of Elrond but does not make any significant contribution (he suggests the Ring be given to Tom Bombadil, and doesn't think trying to destroy the Ring is a good idea.) In fanfiction, however, he somehow tends to become [[MarySue the most beautiful, smart, witty Elf in Middle-earth]] and gets slashed with just about everyone.
** Glorfindel from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' was named after another Glorindel: one who faced a Balrog in single combat and even manages to defeat it by knocking it off a cliff. Gandalf, apparently, took notes.
*** Except Tolkien has stated that those two Glorfindels are one and the same. Elves, unlike Men, were bound to the world so when they "died" they would sometimes be allowed to leave the halls of Mandos(the Valar in charge of the dead Elves) and reincarnate. This was less true reincarnation, though, and more along the lines of picking up where he left off. That's right, the Glorfindel from the Third Age is the same one from the First. ''BattleForMiddleEarthII'' showed us just how badass Glorfindel is.
** Nerdanel and her son Maglor are disproportionately popular compared to the number of times they're actually mentioned.
** Elladan and Elrohir are also very popular among the fans despite the fact that they were rather minor characters. Rather ironically, they did not make it to the movie even though they actually appeared ''more'' than their younger sister, Arwen.
** The Variags of Khand as a race in general. Despite only being mentioned in a few sentences and never being described in any aspect, there's an immense amount of speculation regarding the Variags on Tolkien fan sites.
* Cristobal Junta, DeadpanSnarker CoolOldGuy BadAssSpaniard from ''Literature/MondayBeginsOnSaturday'' by Creator/StrugatskyBrothers. Arguably most popular Strugatsky's character ever.
** Baron Pampa from ''Literature/HardToBeAGod''.
* SugarAndIcePersonality werewolf Dominil was a supporting character whose character arc was completed when she [[spoiler: knifed BigBad Sarapen in the guts]] in the first ''LonelyWerewolfGirl'' book, by the time the second came around she was promoted to main cast member with a new character arc.
* ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' introduced quite a few. Pellaeon is perhaps the most notable, with his excellent character growth making him immensely popular among fans, to the point that he eventually became the person to end the Galactic Civil War. Thrawn himself, despite only appearing in a scant few books, is a borderline MemeticBadass, and regarded by many as the face of the ExpandedUniverse.
* Also from the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, [[TricksterMentor Vergere]]. Her unique take on the Force and the complexity of her character have won her a fairly sizable fanbase that's still alive even after the Literature/NewJediOrder ended.
* Literature/SherlockHolmes has Irene Adler and BreakoutVillain Professor Moriarty. Irene Adler is in only one story and barely seen in person throughout, but she's the only person ever really seen to beat Holmes and is one of very few female characters in the canon, so she gets saddled with 'love interest' a lot. Moriarty appears in one story and gets mentioned in three, but him being anything but ''the'' enemy of Holmes has become unthinkable.
** And then there's Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's BrilliantButLazy older brother, who only appears properly in two stories, has a non-speaking role in another, and is mentioned only once in another story, but he has a surprisingly large fanbase.
* Irial and Niall from ''WickedLovely'' are hands down the most popular, beloved and lusted over characters in the series. EvenTheGuysWantHim.
* In Creator/HPLovecraft's [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Yogg-Sorothy]], Cthulhu only had one story about him written by Lovecraft himself. However, his disciple writing more stories led to Cthulhu becoming the [[EldritchAbomination poster-squid...thing]] for the entire Chronology, with the fans dubbing it the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
* Gaeadrelle Goldring from ''[[TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} The Cloakmaster Cycle]]''. She's a [[HalfHumanHybrid half]]-''[[Literature/{{Dragonlance}} kender]]'' who once "studied art of some kind" in "some place called [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Kozakura]]", with a crush on the protagonist, as CrazyAwesome as only half-kender could, later [[spoiler:PutOnABus toward high-end [[PsychicPowers psionic training]]]] on top of this, no less. The potential to make "MarySue Litmus Test" [[OverclockingAttack explode in colored flames]] is obvious, yet she's fine -- and many readers [[http://sjml.spelljammer.org/archive/oracle/200609/06-204721.html liked]] her [[http://sjml.spelljammer.org/archive/oracle/200812/23-041708.html a lot]].
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy we have Finnick - he was only a minor character in ''Catching Fire'' and more minor in ''Mockingjay'' but he became extremely popular for his kindness, strength, sense of humor, and dedication.
** Katniss might be the protagonist of the story, but in the Games depicted in the first book the Tribute who won the fan's hearts the most was [[FlowerMotifs Rue]]. She had all of Katniss's sister Prim's finer qualities while lacking the ShrinkingViolet, being a PluckyGirl-in-training despite her age and small size, and her bond with Katniss was extremely sweet. There's also Cinna, who makes fashion designing and makeovers ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome awesome]]'', and quickly won both readers and Katniss herself over thanks to his approachability and compassionate nature.
** Foxface also gets a lot of love thanks to her cleverness, despite only appearing in one book, not having any speaking lines, and ''not having an actual name.''
*** Thanks to the OneSceneWonder nature of the film, Thresh and Clove have also become this.
** Johanna Mason also has quite the fan follwing.
* Nico di freaking Angelo from ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. He goes from this bratty little halfpint obsessed with a cardgame and always asking a million questions in Book 3, to something of an enemy in Book 4 because he blamed Percy for the death of his sister, to pulling the biggest BigDamnHeroes moment of the entire series in Book 5. [[spoiler: He was also revealed to be gay in House of Hades, to the everlasting credit to Rick Riordan. It added a lot more to his character while never taking any of his awesomeness away.]]
** Artemis and Apollo. Arguably the least featured Olympians, and they are the most popular on Fanfiction.net. Is it the fact that you have the 12 year old badass or the humor of Apollo's Haikus of terror?
** Mocking Octavian is rising to become Percy Jackson's mocking Umbridge style game
** Leo, the wise-cracking sidekick with HiddenDepths in ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''. While Jason & Piper (the in-universe heroes) had a murky reception, Leo instantly became a fan-favourite and universally adored. This status only increased in Mark of Athena, with his tragic past which is more brutal than most of the other heroes put together, status as the 'Seventh Wheel' among the happy couples and that despite this, he never stops joking [[SadClown the whole time]].
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'':
** Pick a character or kingdom. While there are mainly Wuists, Shuists, and Weiists, the three main kingdoms, every minor force gets a following as well. Minor characters as well.
** Special mention has to go to Mi Heng, who appears in ''one chapter'' but is still one of the most popular characters. Every single line he has is a vicious insult towards whoever he's talking to, with no thought toward his personal safety even as he's about to be executed.
* Fitz Kreiner, from the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures''', doesn't seem to have been ever intended as a one-shot character, but looks like one for most of his first appearance, and was obviously initially conceived as the kind of character who could be PutOnABus at a moment's notice by making him settle down with the GirlOfTheWeek. Now he's either the second or third longest-running companion. He appeared in about fifty-five novels and one ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio play. Numerous fans have admitted to liking him better than the Doctor, and he's one of the few companions who seem to be disliked by only two or three people of a mind to complain about it on the Internet. Indeed, almost everyone thinks he's pretty groovy. It's probably got a lot to do with his HoYay with the Doctor, but there are tons of other reasons.



** [[CoolOldGuy Purdy]], who has become a huge MemeticBadass and well loved, even ending up [[spoiler: [[BreakoutCharacter joining [=ThunderClan=].]]]]

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** [[CoolOldGuy Purdy]], who has become a huge MemeticBadass and well loved, even ending up [[spoiler: [[BreakoutCharacter joining [=ThunderClan=].]]]]ThunderClan]]]].



** Antpelt has become a very popular character, despite only appearing in three books and [[spoiler: having his return be impossible]]. His fanbase is so large that it even managed to (The Forgotten Warrior spoilers) [[spoiler: make the incredibly popular Ivypool become a Scrappy temporarily when she killed him.]]
** Happykit. How minor is this character? Their sole appearance is in ''The Last Hope'' as [[spoiler:a dead [=ShadowClan=] kit that Pinenose is crying over.]] Even the name is fanon! Despite this, Happykit has received quite a few fanfics, and is legendary among the fandom.

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** Antpelt has become a very popular character, despite only appearing in three books and [[spoiler: having his return be impossible]]. His fanbase is so large that it even managed to (The Forgotten Warrior spoilers) [[spoiler: make the incredibly popular Ivypool become a Scrappy temporarily when she killed him.]]
him]].
** Happykit. How minor is this character? Their sole appearance is in ''The Last Hope'' as [[spoiler:a dead [=ShadowClan=] kit that Pinenose is crying over.]] over]]. Even the name is fanon! Despite this, Happykit has received quite a few fanfics, and is legendary among the fandom.



* In ''Literature/YoungWizards'', Kit's sister Carmela doesn't even show up until the fifth book, and then it's only as a slightly dippy ''otaku'' big sister. Now she's a pretty major supporting character and kind of a GeniusDitz with languages to boot.
** Dairine Callahan, the Nita's little sister, is seen by some as this and by others as [[CreatorsPet The Wesley]].



* ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' has Takako Chigusa. To those who have read, [[GroinAttack don't think too hard about that]]. In the live action movie, she was played by Chiaki Kuriyama. Creator/QuentinTarantino, a fan of the novel and film, casted her as [[Film/KillBill Gogo Yubari]] for this exact reason.
* [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Prince]] [[TallDarkAndHandsome Garrid]] from ''Tales of the Frog Princess''. The audiobooks helped a lot. Must be the Romanian accent.
* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': The Mad Hatter. Not in the books themselves, or any of the original movies. But in any more recent adaptation, the Mad Hatter is likely to get a large amount of screen time.
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Even those that groan at reading the book, nay even some haters, love Mr. Bennet and his snark.
* Tony Foster from Creator/TanyaHuff's ''Literature/BloodBooks''. Originally just an informant to the protagonist Vicki Nelson, his role gradually grows until he becomes [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Henry's]] live-in boyfriend. Then he moves on to his [[Literature/SmokeAndShadows own series]] where Vicki is almost entirely absent and Henry assumes the role of sidekick (although he would never admit it).
* Iorek Byrnison from ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' is probably the most iconic character in the trilogy, despite being a relatively minor character. But then, he's a {{Badass}} [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot armored polar bear warrior king]]. It's pure RuleOfCool in action. When he repairs a certain world-breaking weapon of the gods in ''TheAmberSpyglass'', his badassness is taken UpToEleven.
* Edilio and Drake Merwin from the Gone series.
* Stevie Rae, Rephaim and Kramisha are quite popular with the ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'' Fandom.
* Marvin the Paranoid Android from ''Literature/HitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' has a fanbase the size of a planet.
* Babs, the hooker who appears in the first chapter of the first story of ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' was originally only supposed to appear once, and then disappear until much, much later in the series. However, fans loved her so much, the creators brought her back early, and she's appeared in several episodes she "wasn't supposed to".
* In ''[[Literature/OrigamiYoda Darth Paper Strikes Back]]'', Kellen goes skateboarding, and gets made fun of by a bratty little kid. The kid only appeared in one chapter, but became very popular with the fandom.
* Torvald Nom from the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series was originally just someone [[BarbarianHero Karsa]] [[{{Deconstruction}} Orlong]] encounters and spends a chapter or two with in the fourth book, ''Literature/HouseOfChains'', but even before he got his own point of view storyline four books later, he proved to be immensely popular among readers.
* ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'':
** Some fans seem to like [[WeHardlyKnewYe Fernando]].
** Considering the reaction to his character being cut from the first movie, Uriah seems to be this.
* Molly Millions from the works of Creator/WilliamGibson. She is a secondary protagonist in Literature/{{Neuromancer}} and the short story "Johnny Mneumonic," and has a supporting role in Literature/MonaLisaOverdrive. She quickly became the iconic character of "Neuromancer" and Gibson in general, being featured heavily in book covers and being the subject of the song "Mirrorshades" by the Information Society. She's by far the most popular fan-art subject for Gibson fans, to the point that someone unfamiliar with the authors' work might think there's an entire series dedicated to the character.
* ''Literature/Department19'' has Valentin Rusmanov, a secondary character whom enormous chunks of fans fell for during the second book, after a few brief appearances in the first, because he's suave, sarcastic and generally a fun and likeable character who steals the spotlight of any scene he's in. The author has actually expressed some surprise over his fanbase, but sarky, handsome vampires [[spoiler:with sad bits of backstory and heroic roles]] are a recipe for this trope.
* ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' has [[EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Dejah Thoris of Helium]]. While she is the {{Deuteragonist}} for the first book (which is named after her), she actually has less and less focus in the following books. This didn't stop her from becoming one of the most recognizable characters in the series, being subject to tons of pin-ups more than any other character and receiving expanded roles in other adaptations.

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* ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' has Takako Chigusa. To those who have read, [[GroinAttack don't think too hard about that]]. In the live action movie, she was played by Chiaki Kuriyama. Creator/QuentinTarantino, a fan of the novel Irial and film, casted her as [[Film/KillBill Gogo Yubari]] for this exact reason.
* [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Prince]] [[TallDarkAndHandsome Garrid]]
Niall from ''Tales of the Frog Princess''. The audiobooks helped a lot. Must be the Romanian accent.
* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': The Mad Hatter. Not in the books themselves, or any of the original movies. But in any more recent adaptation, the Mad Hatter is likely to get a large amount of screen time.
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Even those that groan at reading the book, nay even some haters, love Mr. Bennet and his snark.
* Tony Foster from Creator/TanyaHuff's ''Literature/BloodBooks''. Originally just an informant to the protagonist Vicki Nelson, his role gradually grows until he becomes [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Henry's]] live-in boyfriend. Then he moves on to his [[Literature/SmokeAndShadows own series]] where Vicki is almost entirely absent and Henry assumes the role of sidekick (although he would never admit it).
* Iorek Byrnison from ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' is probably
''Literature/WickedLovely'' are hands down the most iconic character in the trilogy, despite being a relatively minor character. But then, he's a {{Badass}} [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot armored polar bear warrior king]]. It's pure RuleOfCool in action. When he repairs a certain world-breaking weapon of the gods in ''TheAmberSpyglass'', his badassness is taken UpToEleven.
* Edilio
popular, beloved and Drake Merwin from the Gone series.
* Stevie Rae, Rephaim and Kramisha are quite popular with the ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'' Fandom.
* Marvin the Paranoid Android from ''Literature/HitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' has a fanbase the size of a planet.
* Babs, the hooker who appears in the first chapter of the first story of ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' was originally only supposed to appear once, and then disappear until much, much later
lusted over characters in the series. However, fans loved her so much, the creators brought her back early, and she's appeared in several episodes she "wasn't supposed to".
* In ''[[Literature/OrigamiYoda Darth Paper Strikes Back]]'', Kellen goes skateboarding, and gets made fun of by a bratty little kid. The kid only appeared in one chapter, but became very popular with the fandom.
* Torvald Nom from the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series was originally just someone [[BarbarianHero Karsa]] [[{{Deconstruction}} Orlong]] encounters and spends a chapter or two with in the fourth book, ''Literature/HouseOfChains'', but even before he got his own point of view storyline four books later, he proved to be immensely popular among readers.
* ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'':
** Some fans seem to like [[WeHardlyKnewYe Fernando]].
** Considering the reaction to his character being cut from the first movie, Uriah seems to be this.
EvenTheGuysWantHim.
* Molly Millions from the works of Creator/WilliamGibson. She is a secondary protagonist in Literature/{{Neuromancer}} ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' and the short story "Johnny Mneumonic," and has a supporting role in Literature/MonaLisaOverdrive.''Literature/MonaLisaOverdrive''. She quickly became the iconic character of "Neuromancer" and Gibson in general, being featured heavily in book covers and being the subject of the song "Mirrorshades" by the Information Society. She's by far the most popular fan-art subject for Gibson fans, to the point that someone unfamiliar with the authors' work might think there's an entire series dedicated to the character.
* ''Literature/Department19'' has Valentin Rusmanov, a secondary character whom enormous chunks of fans fell for during In ''Literature/YoungWizards'', Kit's sister Carmela doesn't even show up until the second fifth book, after a few brief appearances in the first, because he's suave, sarcastic and generally then it's only as a fun and likeable character who steals the spotlight of any scene he's in. The author has actually expressed some surprise over his fanbase, but sarky, handsome vampires [[spoiler:with sad bits of backstory and heroic roles]] are slightly dippy ''otaku'' big sister. Now she's a recipe for this trope.
* ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' has [[EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Dejah Thoris of Helium]]. While she is the {{Deuteragonist}} for the first book (which is named after her), she actually has less and less focus in the following books. This didn't stop her from becoming one of the most recognizable characters in the series, being subject to tons of pin-ups more than any other
pretty major supporting character and receiving expanded roles in other adaptations.kind of a GeniusDitz with languages to boot.
** Dairine Callahan, the Nita's little sister, is seen by some as this and by others as [[CreatorsPet The Wesley]].
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** Luna Lovegood, pictured to the right. Originally only to have importance in Order of the Phoenix, by the end of the series she is the sixth member of the Literature/HarryPotter TrueCompanions, and the only non-Gryffindor to be in it.

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** Luna Lovegood, pictured to the right.Lovegood. Originally only to have importance in Order of the Phoenix, by the end of the series she is the sixth member of the Literature/HarryPotter TrueCompanions, and the only non-Gryffindor to be in it.
22nd Jul '16 4:52:46 AM Anddrix
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** Tom Bombadil's exclusion from the movies caused a long-lasting storm of fan rage. [[BaseBreaker On the other hand,]] many other fans consider him, and the two-and-a-half chapters devoted to him, to be utterly pointless, or at the very least, utterly unfilmable.

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** Tom Bombadil's exclusion from the movies caused a long-lasting storm of fan rage. [[BaseBreaker [[BaseBreakingCharacter On the other hand,]] many other fans consider him, and the two-and-a-half chapters devoted to him, to be utterly pointless, or at the very least, utterly unfilmable.



** Ashfur is an odd case. He's the BaseBreaker to end all BaseBreaker[=s=]. You either [[LoveItOrHateIt love him or you hate him]]. He was only directly featured in about three books or so, but he's wildly popular ''and'' unpopular.

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** Ashfur is an odd case. He's the BaseBreaker BaseBreakingCharacter to end all BaseBreaker[=s=].BaseBreakingCharacter[=s=]. You either [[LoveItOrHateIt love him or you hate him]]. He was only directly featured in about three books or so, but he's wildly popular ''and'' unpopular.
17th Jul '16 10:57:22 AM nombretomado
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** When people started comparing Mousewhisker, the least important character in [=ThunderClan=], to ChuckNorris on the [[Creator/ErinHunter author's]] Facebook, both his MemeticBadass[=ery=] and his [[EnsembleDarkHorse darkhorse status]] were assured.

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** When people started comparing Mousewhisker, the least important character in [=ThunderClan=], to ChuckNorris Creator/ChuckNorris on the [[Creator/ErinHunter author's]] Facebook, both his MemeticBadass[=ery=] and his [[EnsembleDarkHorse darkhorse status]] were assured.
1st Jul '16 11:59:14 PM TheNerevarine
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* ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' has [[EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Dejah Thoris of Helium]]. While she is the {{Deuteragonist}} for the first book (which is named after her), she actually has less and less focus in the following books. This didn't stop her from becoming one of the most recognizable characters in the series, being subject to tons of pin-ups more than any other character and receiving expanded roles in other adaptations.
19th Jun '16 2:33:26 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheThrawnTrilogy'' introduced quite a few. Pellaeon is perhaps the most notable, with his excellent character growth making him immensely popular among fans, to the point that he eventually became the person to end the Galactic Civil War. Thrawn himself, despite only appearing in a scant few books, is a borderline MemeticBadass, and regarded by many as the face of the ExpandedUniverse.

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* ''TheThrawnTrilogy'' ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' introduced quite a few. Pellaeon is perhaps the most notable, with his excellent character growth making him immensely popular among fans, to the point that he eventually became the person to end the Galactic Civil War. Thrawn himself, despite only appearing in a scant few books, is a borderline MemeticBadass, and regarded by many as the face of the ExpandedUniverse.
11th Jun '16 6:36:09 PM nombretomado
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* Tony Foster from TanyaHuff's ''Literature/BloodBooks''. Originally just an informant to the protagonist Vicki Nelson, his role gradually grows until he becomes [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Henry's]] live-in boyfriend. Then he moves on to his [[Literature/SmokeAndShadows own series]] where Vicki is almost entirely absent and Henry assumes the role of sidekick (although he would never admit it).

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* Tony Foster from TanyaHuff's Creator/TanyaHuff's ''Literature/BloodBooks''. Originally just an informant to the protagonist Vicki Nelson, his role gradually grows until he becomes [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Henry's]] live-in boyfriend. Then he moves on to his [[Literature/SmokeAndShadows own series]] where Vicki is almost entirely absent and Henry assumes the role of sidekick (although he would never admit it).
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* ''Literature/Department19'' has Valentin Rusmanov, a secondary character whom enormous chunks of fans fell for during the second book, after a few brief appearances in the first, because he's suave, sarcastic and generally a fun and likeable character who steals the spotlight of any scene he's in. The author has actually expressed some surprise over his fanbase, but sarky, handsome vampires [[spoiler:with sad bits of backstory and heroic roles]] are a recipe for this trope.
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* Molly Millions from the works of Creator/WilliamGibson. She is a secondary protagonist in Literature/{{Neuromancer}} and the short story "Johnny Mneumonic," and has a supporting role in Literature/MonaLisaOverdrive. She quickly became the iconic character of "Neuromancer" and Gibson in general, being featured heavily in book covers and being the subject of the song "Mirrorshades" by the Information Society. She's by far the most popular fan-art subject for Gibson fans, to the point that someone unfamiliar with the authors' work might think there's an entire series dedicated to the character.
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