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21st May '16 9:53:19 PM erforce
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* Slimer from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' didn't even have a name in the original film, yet he wound up the mascot of the cartoon series and franchise. The 3rd season of the cartoon series was even titled ''Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters''. His semi-official name during production of the first film was Onionhead, but the [[FanNickname fans nicknamed him Slimer]] and it stuck.
* [[AlphaBitch Sharpey Evans]] from the ''HighSchoolMusical'' films, despite being the DesignatedVillain, proved so popular that she ended up getting her own spin-off film in which she's the protagonist.

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* Slimer from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' didn't even have a name in the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} original film, film]], yet he wound up the mascot of the cartoon series and franchise. The 3rd third season of the cartoon series was even titled ''Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters''. His semi-official name during production of the first film was Onionhead, but the [[FanNickname fans nicknamed him Slimer]] and it stuck.
* [[AlphaBitch Sharpey Evans]] from the ''HighSchoolMusical'' ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' films, despite being the DesignatedVillain, proved so popular that she ended up getting her own spin-off film in which she's the protagonist.
21st May '16 12:29:27 PM BabClayton
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*** In fact, most of the World Changing events, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as [[spoiler: [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D]] or [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar the Avengers breaking apart]]]] happen in Captain's Films!



** Boba Fett became so popular that a decent chunk of the prequel trilogy's second film was dedicated to his origin story. His father became the sole genetic basis for the Grand Army of the Republic, one of the single most influential factions in the entire saga. He was even digitally added into a restored scene of ''A New Hope'' when Lucas released the Special Editions of the original trilogy. This in addition to his role as a supporting character and protagonist in the Expanded Universe stories. All of this is pretty crazy when you realize he has just two lines in Episode V and none in Episode VI.

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** Boba Fett became so popular that a decent chunk of the prequel trilogy's second film was dedicated to his origin story. His father became the sole genetic basis for the Grand Army of the Republic, one of the single most influential factions in the entire saga. He was even digitally added into a restored scene of ''A New Hope'' when Lucas released the Special Editions of the original trilogy. This in addition to his role as a supporting character and protagonist in the Expanded Universe stories.stories, as well as getting his own upcoming anthology film?. All of this is pretty crazy when you realize he has just two lines in Episode V and none in Episode VI.
11th May '16 1:00:37 PM Potman
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* The [[SpotlightStealingSquad scene-stealing]] Minions from ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' definitely qualify. They're little, cute, hilarious, and practically the only reason why anyone watches the films. They have starred in countless mini-films, dominate the soundtrack, have earned the position of official Mascot of ''Universal Pictures'', and got a feature film of their own in 2015 ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}''.

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* The [[SpotlightStealingSquad scene-stealing]] Minions from ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' definitely qualify. They're little, cute, hilarious, and practically the only reason why anyone watches the films. They have starred in countless mini-films, dominate the soundtrack, have earned the position of official Mascot of ''Universal Pictures'', and got a feature film of their own in 2015 ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}''.
10th May '16 9:06:41 AM btravern
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** So in the second novel Baccaret becomes the main hero of the story, and is given her own EvilCounterpart in FemmeFatale Torquise, while Rocambole becomes TheDragon. Andrea is still the BigBad but Armand is absent much of the story and seems useless when he is there.

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** So in the second novel Baccaret Baccarat becomes the main hero of the story, and is given her own EvilCounterpart in FemmeFatale Torquise, while Rocambole becomes TheDragon. Andrea is still the BigBad but Armand is absent much of the story and seems useless when he is there.
3rd May '16 11:36:23 PM Adept
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* ''InterviewWithTheVampire'' is Louis's story, with Lestat as a villain and supporting character (he's actually absent for a good chunk of the novel midway). But thanks to all the positive feedback he got in Interview, Rice saw fit to not only make the sequel from Lestat's POV, but to pretty much make him the protagonist of the whole damn ''TheVampireChronicles'' series.
* RamonaQuimby, star of Beverly Cleary's beloved book series started off as a minor character in the ''Henry Huggins'' series.

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* ''InterviewWithTheVampire'' ''Literature/InterviewWithTheVampire'' is Louis's story, with Lestat as a villain and supporting character (he's actually absent for a good chunk of the novel midway). But thanks to all the positive feedback he got in Interview, Rice saw fit to not only make the sequel from Lestat's POV, but to pretty much make him the protagonist of the whole damn ''TheVampireChronicles'' series.
* RamonaQuimby, Literature/RamonaQuimby, star of Beverly Cleary's beloved book series started off as a minor character in the ''Henry Huggins'' ''Literature/HenryHuggins'' series.
25th Apr '16 9:35:49 AM dieseldragons
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When the writers ''fail miserably'' to give a very popular-with-the-audiences background, minor, or extra character more deserved limelight or a bigger presence; if they cannot monetize or monopolize upon them at all, its a sad case of [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter They Wasted A Perfectly Good Character.]]
21st Apr '16 7:14:36 PM Fourze99
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* ''Machinama/RedVsBlue'' has Caboose. His [[TheDitz idiotic nature]] and [[CloudCuckooLander childish randomness]] caused many fans to get attached to him. It helps that Caboose has gotten a lot of scenes in later seasons, being one of the more frequently seen characters of the Blue team to appear.
11th Apr '16 8:45:14 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Creator/DouglasAdams originally intended Marvin the Paranoid Android to be a one-off character in the ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''; he supposed that there were only so many jokes you could get out of a robot with [[TheEeyore Eeyore-like depression]].
** He's right though; Marvin has the same limited set of jokes inevry appearance he makes. And yet he's the most popular and well-remembered character in the franchise to the point he's considered the SeriesMascot.

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* Creator/DouglasAdams originally intended Marvin the Paranoid Android to be a one-off character in the ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''; he supposed that there were only so many jokes you could get out of a robot with [[TheEeyore Eeyore-like depression]].
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depression]]. He's right though; Marvin has the same limited set of jokes inevry appearance he makes. And yet he's the most popular and well-remembered character in the franchise to the point he's considered the SeriesMascot.
7th Apr '16 9:01:08 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/StringTheory'': Marcus was first intended to be one-time-only, but fans liked him so much the artist decided to make him a recurring character.



* ''AnnoyingOrange'' sprung forth two adorable characters ''Marshmallow'' and ''Midget Apple'', who were both introduced as miniscule, supporting characters in their first videos (esp. Midget Apple who only got one line), but grew to become two of the most iconic, beloved characters of the series.

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* ''AnnoyingOrange'' sprung forth two adorable characters ''Marshmallow'' and ''Midget Apple'', who were both introduced as miniscule, minuscule, supporting characters in their first videos (esp. Midget Apple who only got one line), but grew to become two of the most iconic, beloved characters of the series.
28th Feb '16 7:20:37 PM rjd1922
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What's a writer to do when a minor character that they created for a show suddenly becomes much more popular than the other members of the cast? Why, re-write them as a main character of course!

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What's a writer to do when [[EnsembleDarkhorse a minor character that they created for a show suddenly becomes much more popular than the other members of the cast? cast?]] Why, re-write them as a main character of course!
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