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21st Jul '16 10:54:13 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** [[VillainBall My]][[DangerouslyGenreSavvy nd]], [[PersonofMassDestruction Chad]][[IdiotHero ling]] and [[GratuitousNinja Mike]]. They were originally just villains that a fan requested. However, [[ItWasHisSled Chadling betrayed Mynd]] and after the storyline, all three became [[WolverinePublicity so popular]] that Mike became the narrator of the Second Party. Later he was resurrected by Mega Man and Bass. Then he got an EvilCounterpart from EvilOverlord Mike AKA Ninja Ned. Mynd himself became [[spoiler: one of Bob's three evil minions]].

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** [[VillainBall My]][[DangerouslyGenreSavvy nd]], [[PersonofMassDestruction Chad]][[IdiotHero ling]] Mynd, Chadling and [[GratuitousNinja Mike]]. They were originally just villains that a fan requested. However, [[ItWasHisSled Chadling betrayed Mynd]] and after the storyline, all three became [[WolverinePublicity so popular]] that Mike became the narrator of the Second Party. Later he was resurrected by Mega Man and Bass. Then he got an EvilCounterpart from EvilOverlord Mike AKA Ninja Ned. Mynd himself became [[spoiler: one of Bob's three evil minions]].
11th Jul '16 12:42:25 PM LaptopGuy
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** Disney initially expected that Anna would be the breakout character of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' due to her princess status (as Rapunzel had three years earlier), and focused most of their initial marketing push around her. While Anna did become popular, it was her older sister Elsa the Snow Queen who ended up breaking out.

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** Disney initially expected that Anna would be the breakout character of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' due to her princess status (as Rapunzel had three years earlier), and focused most of their initial marketing push around her. While Anna did become popular, it was her older sister Elsa the Snow Queen and snowman sidekick Olaf who ended up breaking out.
23rd Jun '16 6:18:57 AM Doug86
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* ''{{Popeye}}'' - Popeye the Sailor started out as a minor character in ''Thimble Theatre'', which had been running for ''ten full years'' before he was introduced. The strip was originally about the adventures of a money-hungry slacker named Harold Hamgravy, who traveled the world in search of riches. Popeye originally showed up as a generic sailor who was hired by Hamgravy for a treasure hunting voyage. He wasn't supposed to show up again after the end of that story arc. Instead, he ended up becoming so popular that the strip was eventually renamed after him. Poor Hamgravy was demoted to minor supporting character status, and to add insult to injury, Popeye even stole his girlfriend, Olive Oyl!

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* ''{{Popeye}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' - Popeye the Sailor started out as a minor character in ''Thimble Theatre'', which had been running for ''ten full years'' before he was introduced. The strip was originally about the adventures of a money-hungry slacker named Harold Hamgravy, who traveled the world in search of riches. Popeye originally showed up as a generic sailor who was hired by Hamgravy for a treasure hunting voyage. He wasn't supposed to show up again after the end of that story arc. Instead, he ended up becoming so popular that the strip was eventually renamed after him. Poor Hamgravy was demoted to minor supporting character status, and to add insult to injury, Popeye even stole his girlfriend, Olive Oyl!



* In the early ''{{Peanuts}}'' strips, Snoopy acted like an ordinary dog, and wasn't a key character.

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* In the early ''{{Peanuts}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strips, Snoopy acted like an ordinary dog, and wasn't a key character.
9th Jun '16 11:46:04 AM mimitchi33
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* Bing Bong, Riley's [[ImaginaryFriend imaginary friend]] from ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' became this because of the crucial role he plays in the film's plot and for being adorable and hilarious. It got to the point where his image was placed on Inside Out merchandise packaging, even if the product was not related to him at all.
3rd Jun '16 7:19:15 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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.]]

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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.]]
TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter.
3rd Jun '16 7:15:00 PM syndromekad345
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** ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'': Cruella de Vil, Cruella de Vil... What does it say that the 1961 animated version treated her simply as the villain, but the '90s live-action films were essentially a VillainBasedFranchise focused on Cruella? In fact, Cruella was the only human character to return in the live-action sequel. Of course, this was compounded by the dogs not talking in the live-action versions, although they still had AmplifiedAnimalAptitude. Ironically, the [[Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians original book]] had a sequel in which Cruella only had a small role.



* Tai Lung and Lord Shen, the villains of the WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda movies, are some of the most popular characters, often overshadowing the titular panda in fanwork.
3rd Jun '16 12:36:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin started out as part of a tag-team in Wrestling/{{WCW}} with the late Wrestling/BrianPillman called "[[BlondGuysAreEvil The Hollywood Blonds]]". They eventually part ways and Austin became a singles competitor both in WCW and eventually Wrestling/{{ECW}}. When he joined the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] however, his meteoric rise began after the epic "Austin 3:16" speech he made after winning the King of the Ring tournament in 1996. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin started out as part of a tag-team in Wrestling/{{WCW}} with the late Wrestling/BrianPillman called "[[BlondGuysAreEvil The "The Hollywood Blonds]]".Blonds". They eventually part ways and Austin became a singles competitor both in WCW and eventually Wrestling/{{ECW}}. When he joined the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] however, his meteoric rise began after the epic "Austin 3:16" speech he made after winning the King of the Ring tournament in 1996. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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}}''.
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