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25th Sep '16 4:10:41 PM BURGINABC
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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.
18th Sep '16 9:01:59 AM nombretomado
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* ''AnnoyingOrange'' sprung forth two adorable characters ''Marshmallow'' and ''Midget Apple'', who were both introduced as 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.

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* ''AnnoyingOrange'' ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange'' sprung forth two adorable characters ''Marshmallow'' and ''Midget Apple'', who were both introduced as 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.
4th Sep '16 11:04:54 PM erforce
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* ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' was originally meant to be about David Niven's jewel thief character, with Inspector Clouseau bumbling antagonist. Then a last-minute casting change put Creator/PeterSellers in the Clouseau role, and the rest is history. Let's face it, the whole thing ended up turned around. The thief, the antihero, the glamour romance interest and the plot all end up being forgotten in favour of Clouseau. The animated Pink Panther that appeared in the opening credits to the movies ended up as an independent character.

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* ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' ''Film/ThePinkPanther1963'' was originally meant to be about David Niven's jewel thief character, with Inspector Clouseau bumbling antagonist. Then a last-minute casting change put Creator/PeterSellers in the Clouseau role, and [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther the rest is history.history]]. Let's face it, the whole thing ended up turned around. The thief, the antihero, the glamour romance interest and the plot all end up being forgotten in favour of Clouseau. The animated Pink Panther that appeared in the opening credits to the movies ended up as [[WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther an independent character.character]].
4th Sep '16 1:29:10 PM nombretomado
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* Zexion in ''AnsemRetort'' became increasingly more popular in Ansem Retort, to the point that Season 3 revolved entirely around him. Nearly everything in the comic ends up focusing on him and/or Axel

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* Zexion in ''AnsemRetort'' ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'' became increasingly more popular in Ansem Retort, to the point that Season 3 revolved entirely around him. Nearly everything in the comic ends up focusing on him and/or Axel
29th Aug '16 12:41:59 AM PaulA
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* ''[[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man]]'' took off by means of this trope. Originally, there was ([[LongRunner and still is]]) a thread on the Website/SomethingAwful forums devoted to photoshopping normal photos with ghosts or monsters hidden somewhere in there, with one intent being to dupe real life paranormal organizations. Eventually, one member posted two photos of a tall, thin man [[TheBlank with no face]] who had tentacles instead of arms. [[FanNickname Slendy]] gradually took over the thread because he was, more than any of the other ghosts and monsters, genuinely terrifying, and thus, a legend was born.

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* ''[[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man]]'' took off by means of this trope. Originally, there was ([[LongRunner and (and still is]]) is) a thread on the Website/SomethingAwful forums devoted to photoshopping normal photos with ghosts or monsters hidden somewhere in there, with one intent being to dupe real life paranormal organizations. Eventually, one member posted two photos of a tall, thin man [[TheBlank with no face]] who had tentacles instead of arms. [[FanNickname Slendy]] gradually took over the thread because he was, more than any of the other ghosts and monsters, genuinely terrifying, and thus, a legend was born.
29th Aug '16 12:37:18 AM PaulA
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* In the late '80s, Duracell ran a commercial showing their battery outlasting several competitors at powering a toy. Competitor-brand Energizer realized that their battery wasn't included in the competition, and launched a TakeThat spoof-commercial against Duracell, showing their battery outlasting Duracell in a similar toy. The toy used in both commercials? A mechanical rabbit hitting a drum. Fast-forward to today, and the Energizer Bunny used in that initial spoof has become a valuable mascot that [[LongRunner keeps going and going and going]]....

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* In the late '80s, Duracell ran a commercial showing their battery outlasting several competitors at powering a toy. Competitor-brand Energizer realized that their battery wasn't included in the competition, and launched a TakeThat spoof-commercial against Duracell, showing their battery outlasting Duracell in a similar toy. The toy used in both commercials? A mechanical rabbit hitting a drum. Fast-forward to today, and the Energizer Bunny used in that initial spoof has become a valuable mascot that [[LongRunner keeps going and going and going]]....going...
13th Aug '16 4:48:13 AM darkknight109
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** The Hump Day Camel. Originally intended as a one-off, popular response to the ad he starred in saw him come back for several sequels, including one set in a zoo that heavily Lampshades the original ad's popularity.
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.
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