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* ''Comicbook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} has turned into this in just about all of his incarnations. In fact, he's ''so'' popular, he's often [[WolverinePublicity used as a marketing ploy for other series in which he doesn't appear at all]]. Ironically, one of the early plans was for [[ChromeChampion Colossus]] to be the BreakoutCharacter and Wolverine nearly killed off in his third issue with the team (and second as X-man), which more recent fans would no doubt find hard to believe. Instead they killed his teammate Thunderbird, who had a very similar personality, largely because his powers were more generic than Wolverine's (neither a HealingFactor nor claws were particularly common powers in comic books at the time; it's largely Wolverine's later hyper-popularity that changed that).
** Several of the background characters at the Xavier Institute developed fanbases despite having no or few lines, thanks to neat visuals or powers. Notable amongst these are Pixie, a girl with fairy wings and the ability to disperse a hallucinogenic powder (and who got a miniseries); and Anole, a lizard-like mutant with superhuman camouflage powers and a long tongue.
*** Both of these were introduced in ComicBook/NewMutants vol.2, which also has different case - the initial cast were Wind Dancer, Prodigy, Elixir and Wallflower, who were later joined by Surge. After book's relaunch as ''New X-Men: Academy X'', they got rival team in new Hellions. Once Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost took over the series, they decided to focus on the most popular characters. Which were Surge and two thirds of the Hellions.
** Under the hand of Creator/PeterDavid, Shatterstar has been the subject of extensive online debate, beaten up The Thing, kissed almost as many people as the rest of the cast put together, been featured prominently in at least three different covers, made himself a very likely candidate for a limited series, and just generally stolen the spotlight both in-universe and out; all this in, what, ten issues or so? Not bad for a character who the writer refused to allow anywhere near the book for quite some time.
** Peter David took a ''bunch'' of nobodies, and made them into a team in the much beloved ''X-Factor'' series, specifically the one centering around X-Factor Investigations. The biggest examples would be Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man, and Layla Miller, who went from TheScrappy of the ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'' event to one of the series' most popular characters.
** Blink also gained quite a fan following after a fairly brief existence in their mainstream storylines, due to her unique look and interesting variation on semi-common teleportation powers. She got an upgraded role in the Comicbook/AgeOfApocalypse storyline, which in turn upgraded her popularity. She was so popular that she survived the destruction of that universe and became a main character in the ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'' spinoff.
** Comicbook/{{Storm}} could certainly qualify. While she wasn't a side character when she started out, they probably didn't expect her to become a hit, much less become probably the most recognizable black superhero.
** Nate Grey a.k.a. Comicbook/XMan, from the Age of Apocalypse, qualifies, getting a solo series that lasted for over six years and 75 issues, being one of the key players in the Age of Apocalypse and Onslaught, the two big X-Events of the 90's and hanging out with Spider-Man, the X-Men and even - briefly - the Avengers, before stealing the show on his return in Dark X-Men, in which he proceeded to play the entire cast like a fiddle. [[spoiler: Pity the Green Goblin persona wasn't as self-destructive as he thought]]. After that, he had a solid role in the New Mutants until Marvel NOW. Not bad for an alternate reality version of Cable.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} started out as a sparsely appearing character in the Batman series, became a regular villain, then became an AntiHero with several series of comics bearing her name as the title.
** Similarly, Harley Quinn got [[ComicBook/HarleyQuinn her own series]].
** Poison Ivy became ''much'' more popular when [[HoYay/{{Batman}} paired with Harley]], and a one-off series, "Harley & Ivy", was made of them later.
** Then they all [[Comicbook/GothamCitySirens became best friends]].
** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker was originally supposed to be a one-shot villain, who apparently ''died'' at the end of his first appearance. It [[JokerImmunity wouldn't be the last time he cheated death]], though, since he makes just [[BreakoutVillain too perfect]] a {{foil}} for Batman.
** With the exception of Jason Todd (though ever since he became the Red Hood, even he's gotten a fanbase now), each of the ComicBook/{{Robin}}s tend to have a very devoted fanbase just to them. Dick Grayson is so popular he's this for the ''whole universe'', to the point Geoff Johns refused to kill him off as instructed on he basis that he was TheHeart of the DCU and his fanbase was too damn big.
** [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]], due to being far more relatable than most Bat-characters, is also an example of this, even among Robins. Before him, the Robin mantle in general was widely derided for being a campy [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] throwback, with Dick firmly in the role of Nightwing and Jason being killed off. However, he managed to make Robin ''work'' by being competent enough to not need Batman holding his hand or coming to his rescue, working hard to earn his rank, and being a nerdy teen and thus able to identify with.
** Damian Wayne, Franchise/{{Batman}}'s son, was initially intended to die after his first storyline, and was widely disliked by fans for his bad attitude and violent behavior. He was then made into the new Robin, and became the co-headliner of the immensely popular ''[[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman and Robin]]'' series. He has since developed a sizable fanbase, and ''Batman and Robin'' continues to be a strong seller. He was even briefly added to the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' as part of a stunt to raise the title's sagging sales. [[spoiler:This still didn't stop his creator from going through with his original plans and finally killed him.]]
** Another, earlier example is Stephanie Brown, the fourth Robin and Batgirl respectfully, and was an EnsembleDarkhorse in the Robin book before ''War Games'' killed her off. After her death, however, her popularity with the readers caused not only for her death to be {{retcon}}ned - but also for her to be made [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl2009}} the newest Batgirl]] with her own (Batman Beyond-esque) series with Barbara Gordon. Unfortunately it was cancelled, and Stephanie [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome got sent]] to ComicbookLimbo, not re-surfacing until 2014 as the Spoiler. It's become clear that Stephanie is an {{inverted|Trope}} CreatorsPet - she has a vocal fanbase, but the [[ExecutiveMeddling higher-ups]] ''do not like'' the character. (Expect PopularityPolynomial to reverse this one day.)
** Similarly we have the third Batgirl, Cassandra Cain. Despite her origins as a ReplacementScrappy, she [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl2000}} had her own series]] and built up a sizable fanbase. Since the New 52 she hasn't been seen at all.
** Technically, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' star Terry [=McGinnis=] aka Batman II is this in Franchise/TheDCU. Like [[CanonImmigrant Harley Quinn and Renee Montoya]] he was taken from the Franchise/{{DCAU}} due to his massive popularity and moved into the main universe as a possible alternate Batman (presumably after Dick Grayson's and Damian Wayne's Batmen retire) - though whether or not he's still Bruce' son (and Damian's younger brother) in that future is uncertain (Waller's motivation would need adjusting). His popularity created several comic series, including the current ongoing series (and his show even got its own SpinOff, ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'').
* [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] example: The ComicBook/RedTornado was originally introduced as "Ma" Hunkel, a supporting character in "Scribbly the Boy Cartoonist," but was so outrageously silly that she completely overshadowed the title character. 60 years later, Ma is the curator of the ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' museum, and nobody remembers poor ol' Scribbly.
** Wildcat. A lot of modern fans don't realize that in the 40s, Wildcat was just barely a member of the JSA, participating in exactly '''two''' JSA stories of the time. He became more popular during the 70s JSA revival and ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'', and then really took off in the modern series. It helps that he's one of the few remaining living team members.
** This is similarly true of ''many'' JSA members of that era. {{Hourman}}, Dr. Mid-Nite and others were completely failed concepts that would likely have vanished forever if not for their JSA links- which allowed future writers to bring them back in future storylines. Both had further runs, and currently popular successors.
* This has happened to a few members of the ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' Corps. In the 80s, it was Kilowog, who's still a fun character and a foil to the four Earth Lanterns. Recently, it's Mogo the living planet, who was introduced in the 80s and then rarely used until ''Green Lantern: Rebirth''. He's had a lot to do since then, including being a key being in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' and the ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar storylines.
** And of the four Earth Lanterns, Guy Gardner is himself the darkhorse; originally a one-shot character who was brought back just so that he could be injured and John Stewart could take his place, writers just kept using him. He eventually became a sort of {{tragic|Hero}}-[[PluckyComicRelief comic]] AntiHero, and his popularity and thus notability increased dramatically. He even got his own solo series for a while in the 90s and another in 2010.
** In an odd example, the Sinestro Corps War storyline was originally meant as a [[BatFamilyCrossOver minor storyline]], the big stories of the DCU were supposed to be ''Comicbook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'' and ''ComicBook/AmazonsAttack''. However, Sinestro Corps War was a massive hit, and both ''Countdown'' and ''Amazons Attack'' were massive failures. In fact, Sinestro Corps War was such a great success, that its sequel, Comicbook/BlackestNight, became THE next major CrisisCrossover, and DC's way of [[AuthorsSavingThrow repairing the damage Countdown has done to their reputation]]. Fan outlook on the books is positive.
** [[Characters/GLOrangeLanternCorps Larfleeze]].
--> The fanbase is '''MINE'''!
** [[Characters/GLRedLanternCorps Red Lantern]] [[CatsAreMean Dex-Starr]] too.
** Hell, the Red Lantern Corps as a whole. They're getting their own series.
** Ganthet. The only non-LawfulStupid Guardian on all of Oa. Had the FridgeBrilliance moment of realizing that when a Lantern's hopeful, their will exponentially increases. Hence why he's the man.
* ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' started out as a one shot appearance in ''Superboy''. They caught on and eventually edged him out of his own comic. The Legion itself is not lacking in Darkhorses; in fact it's hard to find a character that doesn't have a solid fanbase, Chemical King and the Legion of Substitute Heroes most notably. The biggest example of an ensemble darkhorse for the Legion of Super-Heroes is Wildfire; originally a one-shot character who dies in his first appearance, [[FirstLawOfResurrection fan response to the character led to the writers bringing him back]] and make him team leader, after the fan-voted leadership election for the year he joined the team had him win. Though he's largely been absent from the book since the 1989 "Volume Four" reboot, he has a vocal fanbase that has kept the character at the forefront of the property. Like [[Franchise/StarWars that other faceless]] EnsembleDarkhorse, part of Wildfire's appeal is his unique design.
* ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'' author Brian Azzarello expresses dismay at the popularity of amoral sociopathic hitman Lono in [[http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=75284 this interview]]:
-->''He's the most despicable character; a real shitbag. He enjoys [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], and readers can't get enough," said Azzarello. "In one of Lono's earliest appearances, he had a woman tied to a bed and raping her! I figured that should solidify him as 'the bad guy'. But I guess not.''
* In ''ComicBook/{{Wildguard}}'' "Freezerburn" was originally going to die in #4, but the series site poll showed him to be one of the most popular characters. Crag Langley was dispatched instead.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' has a flock of these in the form of the Minutemen. Also a good deal of the villains that are mentioned offhandedly, most notably the Twilight Lady. Perhaps more notably, Rorschach is much, ''much'' more popular than Creator/AlanMoore intended.
* Bob, Agent of ComicBook/{{HYDRA}} became quite popular for no particular reason when he first appeared in ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool'' and has gone on to become a fan favorite. Fan reaction to his appearance in Deadpool's solo title can be summed up as, "OMG, IT'S BOB!" And of course, Deadpool being Deadpool, he knew this, even pointing out there might some day be a "Bob, Agent of HYDRA mini". Heck, SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} himself was only an {{Expy}} of DC's Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}}. His wacky nature and [[BreakingTheFourthWall complete lack of fourth wall]] have now earned him his own series. When ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' was announced, his appearance was probably one of the ones people were most excited about. [[spoiler: And after it came out? Probably the most annoyed about.]]
* Comicbook/SquirrelGirl became the most popular character from Comicbook/GreatLakesAvengers, despite being the newest and least important member of that group. You could argue it's because she's FunPersonified [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Personified]] in the otherwise [[DysfunctionJunction moopy Marvel Universe]], but it's mostly attributed to her [[GodModeSue beating the flock out]] [[MemeticBadass of villains such as]] SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom, SelfDemonstrating/{{Thanos}} and [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} the evil, evil man]] with no other powers than [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway The Power Of]] [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Talking To Squirrels]]. In one appearance, she needs to borrow Dr. Doom's [[spoiler: time machine to go back in time and rescue Speedball from becoming Penance.]] She walks into Doom's castle, politely asks to use it and Doom resignedly tells her that it's the door past the portrait of his mother without even asking why she's there in the first place.
* The [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] started out as a typical, albeit mysterious villain who was quickly considered Spidey's greatest foe even though Creator/StanLee almost decided not to use him as a Franchise/SpiderMan villain. He was killed off and turned into a LegacyCharacter, eventually getting brought back simply to resolve the highly disliked [[Comicbook/TheCloneSaga Clone Saga]]. After Film/SpiderMan brought him into the mainstream and he was moved to the Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}, he quickly became iconic and popular. He moved on from a Spidey foe to the star of [[Comicbook/DarkReign a major comic book event.]] Not only that but as a result, Norman Osborn, a VillainWithGoodPublicity, headlined THE [[Comicbook/DarkAvengers Top Selling Comic Book]] for a YEAR. The ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' series also has Mary Jane, who was originally simply meant to be TheRival of Gwen Stacy but eventually became Peter's true love, and [[DatingCatwoman Black Cat]] who transformed from a simple bank robber to a romantic love interest and even crime-fighting partner.
* Comicbook/ThePunisher. Originally he was supposed to appear only in one issue of ''The Amazing Spider-Man''. Fans liked him, so he reappeared. And then he became an enemy of Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, because of their different views. He also featured in Comicbook/CaptainAmerica comics and some others. And when in the 80s the world was ready for a cold blooded killer to become the main character of a series, he got his [[ComicBook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood first own comic book]]. And he was all over the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, not teaming up or fighting against maybe only guys really out of his league like ComicBook/SilverSurfer.
* Moonstone was just another villain until ''Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' reinvented her as a MagnificentBastard {{Jerkass}}. Then she had her own comic, was a part of the Comicbook/DarkAvengers team and sat at the right hand of Norman Osborn. Same with Songbird (helps that her hair tastes like starberries).
* While the short-lived comic ''ComicBook/TheNewGuardians'' has been largely forgotten, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] [[http://atopfourthwall.blogspot.com/2008/05/new-guardians-2.html review]] of the second issue gave special attention to one character: Snowflame, a CrazyAwesome one-shot villain who derives superhuman strength from snorting massive amounts of cocaine, which he verbosely revels in and ''hails as his god''. Two crack-addled rants and a beatdown later, he becomes Linkara's favorite character, and now commands a significantly larger fanbase than any of the heroes.
* Scrooge [=McDuck=] was originally intended to be a one shot character in Creator/CarlBarks's comic ''Christmas on Bear Mountain''. But due to the unexpected popularity of the character he became a recurring character in the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck comics, eventually getting his own comic book series, and eventually making animated appearances.
* ComicBook/{{Ares}}, Greek god of war, had been since UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks nothing more than a lesser enemy of [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] and [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]] who nobody cared about. Then he got a mini-series in 2004 that strongly revamped his character, and later joined the Avengers. Since then multiple writers in multiple titles were working hard to make him win the fans' love. They succeeded so much that [[spoiler: his death caused an InternetBackdraft much stronger than the death of Wasp, founding Avenger.]]
* Many of the characters who came to be reintroduced in mid-90s revival series also experienced this sort of status. Chief among them Comicbook/AnimalMan and the Comicbook/DoomPatrol (both reimagined by Creator/GrantMorrison), ComicBook/TheSandman (to the point where most people outside of comics don't even realize how deeply ingrained DC continuity is in this character's history), Kid Eternity and of course Comicbook/{{Starman}}.
* Death from ''Comicbook/TheSandman''. She was originally meant to be a minor recurring character who might appear a handful of times, but her instant popularity with the audience - helped no doubt by her {{perky|Goth}}, upbeat, kindhearted nature, a [[DontFearTheReaper sharp contrast]] to [[TheGrimReaper most personifications of Death]] - was so strong that Gaiman made sure she'd get at least one appearance in all ten volumes. These appearances vary in size but always feel substantial, and their sparsity helps prevent the story from ever focusing on her too much. Not to mention she's become canon in the actual DC universe. She has a long debate about mortality with Lex Luthor in ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' #894 (part of the "[[ComicBook/TheBlackRing Black Ring]]" story arc).
* Franchise/GIJoe's Snake-Eyes. The character created only so that the company could sell another figure without having to pay to paint it ended up becoming the posterboy for the franchise as a whole.
* In the '80s Will Payton version of Comicbook/{{Starman}}, his sister Jayne and mother Jo Marie were more popular with fans than Starman himself or any of the villains.
* Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Comicbook/MsMarvel, was originally created as a DistaffCounterpart to Comicbook/CaptainMarVell, and even worse, 'the woman whose power got stolen by [[ComicBook/XMen Rogue]]' (who is actually more popular). However, she has actually made quite a name for herself and has a reasonably sized fan following. Which is seriously impressive, because usually female clones of popular male superheroes tend to be lame, pointless {{Flat Character}}s, but Ms. Marvel has turned out to be really awesome and even outshone her original. She was included in both ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'' games as a playable character, and many players agreed that she was one of the best characters. She also appears in several other shows such as ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'' and ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', and comic-wise, she shapes up to be one of the more important heroines of the Marvel Universe (even going so far as becoming the AlternateCompanyEquivalent of DC's iconic Franchise/WonderWoman). In July 2012, she became the [[LegacyCharacter new Captain Marvel]].
* Comicbook/{{Blade}} of the Creator/{{Marvel comic|s}} ''Comicbook/TheTombOfDracula''. He was the token minority character in that 1970s comic and appeared periodically to assist Quincy Harker, Frank Drake, and Rachel Van Helsing. Blade notably teamed up with vampire detective Hannibal King to defeat their archfoe Deacon Frost. He, Frank Drake, and King would continue years later in various 90s comics such as Nightstalkers and Midnight Suns. Drake would vanish as a result of ChuckCunninghamSyndrome and even Dracula himself has no reason to show up unless it's for another melee with Blade. King would show up periodically but all vampire-centric Marvel stories of the 90s and 2000s seem to acknowledge Blade as their central main character.
* People really seem to love Comicbook/{{Ultimate|SpiderMan}} Jessica Drew, Peter's OppositeSexClone. She's appeared relatively only a few times in the Ultimate Marvel universe. Yet fans tend to go 'oh no!' whenever something bad happens to her or squeal whenever something good happens.
* Terra from ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''. She's [[BaseBreaker as]] [[TheScrappy hated]] as she is loved. She lasted little more then a year in the comic, but is one of the most well-recalled characters in the series. A "different version" of her (who might or might not have been the original with amnesia) was brought in a few years later [[spoiler:only to eventually be killed off and replaced by a THIRD one, who has become the best friend/sidekick to ComicBook/PowerGirl]].
* Raul the Cat, from ''Comicbook/AmericanFlagg''. He even won the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for "Favorite Supporting Character" in 1984.
* Broo, a mutant member of the Brood Alien race that causes problems for the X-Men. After a small appearance, he vanished until ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' [[ComicBook/WolverineAndTheXMen came onto the comic book scene]], where he ended up being one of the series most popular characters, and one of their most popular students. Kid Gladiator, another alien, also gets a lot of love.
* The ComicBook/{{Runaways}}, while kind of a group of {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s, have three big ones. Molly Hayes, being BadassAdorable incarnate, is pretty popular. Gert is also extremely popular, with the majority of fans wanting her back on the team. The biggest would be Nico Minoru - she started as the {{Love Interest|s}} of [[TheLeader Alex]], but quickly caught fans' interest. Since [[spoiler: Alex's death at the end of first series]], she took over the leadership of the team, was the first member of the team (and second teenage superhero after ComicBook/{{X 23}}) to appear in ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' and her death in ''Avengers Arena'' caused so much InternetBackdraft that Marvel was forced to release a preview from the issue with her resurrection a week after, to calm fans down, skipping over the preview of an entire issue in the process.
* ComicBook/YoungAvengers
** Kate Bishop (Hawkeye). She's the only character without some sort of legacy attached to the Avengers themselves, and took the name of a character that was unceremoniously killed off, so you think she'd be hated. But no, she is by far the most popular member of the team, to the point where, even after Clint came back, she got to keep the Hawkeye name. She was so popular that she even became deuteragonist of Matt Fraction's ''Hawkeye'' ongoing, where her popular increased even further.
** Miss America Chavez. Despite rather minor role, her new CivvieSpandex outfit became popular with cosplayers before the series even started and towards the end of the series even Creator/KieronGillen admitted that from fandom output and the way she somehow worked her way into center of later covers, he feels like she is the character his run will be remembered for the most.
* Comicbook/{{Static}} maintains a lot of fans, despite his comic being one of the first Comicbook/{{New 52}} titles to be removed and his long absence from television. In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', he is one of the most hailed characters in the trailers. Strong fan love for fellow Creator/MilestoneComics characters Rocket, Comicbook/{{Icon}}, Comicbook/{{Xombi}} and Comicbook/{{Hardware}} is also this.
* Speaking of New 52, ComicBook/JonahHex of ''All Star Western''. His book is one of the highest rated books, and the lowest selling, of the New 52.
* The New 52 revival of ''ComicBook/{{Dial H|ForHero}}'' saw two major popular characters. First was Boy Chimney, the first hero Nelson dialed in the first issue. An eccentric, lanky figure with a hide as tough as bricks and the ability to create and manipulate smoke. He would later be joined by Open Window Man, a superhero in his own right and one of the only members of the Dial Bunch to get any significant panel time (including an entire issue devoted to him). And that was at the point where the series was being cancelled. Two things helped Open Window Man: 1) he was the crime fighting partner of Boy Chimney [[spoiler:back when he was alive]], and 2) because his origin reveals that he's basically Batman but with a window theme.
* Jaime Reyes, the Comicbook/BlueBeetle, having an immensely fan loved series Pre New 52 and post New 52 still retaining this, lasting a while despite low sales due to strong fan love. Pretty impressive given that as an AffirmativeActionLegacy character whose predecessor Ted Kord was killed off specifically to make room for him, he ran the ''strong'' risk of ending up as a ReplacementScrappy.
* The ''Comicbook/NightOfTheOwls'' storyline introduced several Talons, assassins of the Court of Owls who attacked many members of the Bat Family. Most haven't been seen since and are in cold storage, but the one who attacked Batgirl, a victim of Japanese air balloon bombing in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, returned for the Batgirl Annual and has joined the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey as Strix.
* Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}, the first high profile Lesbian superhero.
* Obidiah Stane/Iron Monger from Comicbook/IronMan. Between his debut in issue 163 and death in issue 200, he stands as one of the villains that managed to mentally screw up Tony Stark. You'd have to be a Darkhorse if you're the BigBad of the [[Film/IronMan1 first movie]], despite your rather short time in the series.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''
** [[Characters/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog NICOLE]]. Originally just a handheld computer of Princess Sally's hailing from the future, she was nothing more than a prop from the old days of ''WesternAnimation/SonicTheHedgehog'''s Saturday Morning cartoon. Then, a story came out where an accident allowed NICOLE to experience life in Sally's body. Drawing from that, she constructs a HardLight lynx form for herself, sharing it with Sally privately. A few issues later, she aids Sonic and Shadow, showing her form to the others. Come the post-''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'' storyline, she's now one of the Freedom Fighters and a massively popular character in her own right.
** There's also Scourge the Hedgehog and, by extension, the Suppression Squad. When they first appeared, Scourge was just "Anti-Sonic", the Suppression Squad the "Anti-Freedom Fighters" and their homeworld of "Moebius" was just "Anti-Mobius". Even their looks were bland - they were just "Freedom Fighters in leather". Anti-Sonic was so ineffectual, his lowest point was being dropped by [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys Antoine]] ''completely by accident''. Under the pen of Ian Flynn, however, he shed all of those traits, getting a new look and taking a [[BreakThemByTalking breaking speech]] to heart, [[TookALevelInBadass becoming a massive threat.]]
* Kid Loki from ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' is pretty popular. Even after it's revealed that his entire life was essentially a ShaggyDogStory, and his older self takes control of his body, he remained a very popular character. This lead to Loki gaining a role in ''Young Avengers'', where the Kid Loki persona haunts Loki's subconscious. This, combined with MCU Loki's popularity, led to Loki getting his own ongoing series, Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard.
* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable:''
** [[MisplacedKindergartenTeacher Patty]] (and by extension, her gaming group, Patty's Perps) is ''very'' popular with the fans. It seems that almost every issue includes at least one request from fans for "More Patty!"
** Crutch (who is, incidentally, a member of Patty's group) has amassed a respectable fanbase of his own. Readers responded well to the sympathetic portrayal of his criminal past, and his determination to keep his nose clean. The awesome ''Crime Nation the RPG'' campaign he started running helped matters.
** [[CampStraight Gordo]] has his fans, mostly for his [[NiceGuy unshakable niceness]], even in the face of [[{{Jerkass}} Stevil's]] constant bullying. And he has one kickass home gaming setup, complete with special lighting, aromatherapy machines, and a sno-cone maker.
* Bug from the ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'' was originally just the PluckyComicRelief on the team but as time went on, he became a more sympathetic three dimensional character. Along with his own one shot comic, he also got to appear in non-Micronaut titles such as ''Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' and according to WordOfGod, he came very close to being in the [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy movie]].
* The Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman showing up in the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' storyline ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse''. Fans were already clamoring for more of her ''just by the cover to her first official story''. It got worse when previews started coming out. It was so bad that there were already people cosplaying as her ''long before'' she officially appeared in a comic!
** And less than a month after she finally appeared in a comic, Marvel [[http://comicsalliance.com/back-by-popular-demand-spider-gwen-gets-ongoing-series-in-february-nycc/ announced]] an ongoing series for her.
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