Describe Video Game characters who [[EnsembleDarkhorse really caught on with the fans, despite not being a main character]] here.

Some games have spawned so many that they have their own subpages:
[[index]]
* ''EnsembleDarkhorse/FinalFantasy''
* ''EnsembleDarkhorse/{{Kirby}}''
* ''EnsembleDarkhorse/MegaMan''
* ''EnsembleDarkhorse/MortalKombat''
* ''EnsembleDarkhorse/{{Pokemon}}''
* ''EnsembleDarkhorse/SonicTheHedgehog''
* ''EnsembleDarkhorse/SuperMarioBros''
[[/index]]
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!!Examples:
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has a variety of {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s, including:
** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDIGames CDI game-]]exclusive characters, such as:
*** Gwonam, a.k.a. [[FanNickname Squadalah Man.]]
*** Morshu: Mmmmm, richer. He only has two cutscenes in the entire game, yet he's often used as a regular character in WebAnimation/YouTubePoop involving the CDI games.
*** Mayor Kravindish: This is illegal you know.
** Tingle was popular enough to get his own GaidenGame, although AmericansHateTingle.
** Malon has never played a prominent role in the series, and discounting the remake of ''Ocarina of Time'' she hasn't made an appearance in years. She's still one of the most famous females of the series aside from Zelda, and a popular target for shipping.
** There's Linebeck from Phantom Hourglass, thanks to a combination of his {{Lovable Coward}}ness and his character development throughout the game.
** And there's Dark Link, who only showed up in a couple of games as a minor character and is only known for being Link's doppelganger, but is fairly popular among the fans.
** [[BestBossEver Koloktos]].
** And [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Groose]].
** Ghirahim, lots of people wanted him to appear as a playable character in the upcoming ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.''
** Veran and Onox are also pretty popular characters too despite being HijackedByGanon.
* Magus of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' fame is probably the most popular character, despite the fact he's the only optional character in the game.
** She may not be at the same level as Magus, but Lucca is still a tad more popular than the rest of her party members.
** Guile of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is also a fair bit more popular than most of the optional characters in the game if only for the fan theory that he's Magus in disguise.
** Then there's Schala, an NPC from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. [[spoiler: It must run in the family, since she's Magus' sister.]]
* ''VideoGame/DrawnToLife'' has Crazy Barks, whose defining trait is that he likes to [[MemeticMutation TALKINALLCAPSWITHNOSPACESBETWEENWORDS!]]. There is a lot of fan art of this character, especially on Website/DeviantArt.
* [[SpearCarrier Jiub]] the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Dunmer]] prisoner and [[LovableSexManiac Crassius]] [[NarmCharm Curio]] the Haalu councillor from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' are unusually popular in the fandom. Also, the latter's self-made play, entitled: ''[[StylisticSuck The Lusty Argonian Maid]]'' counts. Despite not being an ''actual'' character, the Lusty Maid has spawned much... [[{{Rule34}} Fanart]].
** Presumably Jiub has fans dues to being a nice person & Crassius owes at least part of his fame to being one of the few Morrowind [=NPCs=] with a personality.
** Vivec is also quite popular, considering he was only in a relatively small part of the game.
*** Probably has a lot to do with the ''36 Lessons of Vivec'', which detail some of his more wild and bizarre escapades. And all the innuendo surrounding [[ICallHimMisterHappy MUATRA]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the player's superior in the Dark Brotherhood, Lucien Lachance, is ''extremely'' popular, both with [[MrFanservice fangirls]] and otherwise. Somehow, the fact that he is a CardCarryingVillain [[DracoInLeatherPants doesn't hurt his popularity in the slightest]]. That said, if they've been working for Lachance long enough, the ''player'' also qualifies as a CardCarryingVillain.
*** And if he weren't already enough of a Darkhorse, [[spoiler: you can gain the power to summon his ghost in Skyrim.]]
** Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness is incredibly popular, due to the fact that being CrazyAwesome is his entire job.
*** On a similar note (speaking of CrazyAwesome), there's a portion of the fanbase that really likes Pelinal Whitestrake for the same reason.
** Lydia from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' quickly gained this status in the first few days of launch. One of the many companion characters who can be gained early in the campaign, she stands out for many reasons, among them the facts that she's [[{{BFS}} well-armed]], attractive, and [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]]--as well as given to you as a housecarl as part of the main quest.
** Serana from the ''Dawnguard'' expansion, due to the depth and dimensions given to her character, as well as the subtle ShipTease between her and the Dragonborn. Indeed, the Dragonborn takes the role of SupportingProtagonist in ''Dawnguard'', which is ultimately her tale.
** Jarl Balgruuf is very probably the most popular of the Jarls due to the fact that [[spoiler:when you have to capture a live dragon, he decides to grab an axe and get stuck in personally]].
* One of the generic resistance fighter character models from ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' received a lot of [[MemeticMutation memetic fame]] as [[Webcomic/{{Concerned}} Gordon Frohman]] and the animation of [[FanFic/HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences John Freeman]].
** [[RobotBuddy Dog]] was so beloved by the fans that Creator/{{Valve|Software}} ensured he would be the first thing the player sees at the beginning of ''Episode One'', and was reintroduced in ''Episode Two'' by fighting a Strider and ''tearing out its goddamn brain''.
** [[BadassPreacher Father]] [[OneSceneWonder Grigori]], who appeared in one level and was never even mentioned again, yet is still remembered as one of the best parts of the game.
** A large amount of fans of the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen original storyline of Half-Life 2]] like Animal, who would be a rebellious footsoldier and he is noted for being frantic and nervous. He would only be seen briefly before getting killed by a sniper.
** Adrian Shephard, player character of the ''Opposing Force'' expansion, had no affect on the overall storyline and isn't mentioned anywhere else in the series, but many years after his appearance fans still clamour for him to return to the series in some way.
* One of the most bizarre Darkhorse characters ever is the Weighted CompanionCube from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''. It's literally just an inanimate box. This is arguably intentional, as it was a trick by the developer's to make sure you kept that Cube with you as your friend; when people ''didn't'' care about it, they'd leave it behind and not realize they needed it to complete puzzles.
** The Space Core from the end of ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' joins the Companion Cube amongst the darkhorses of the series.
* Murray, the Mighty Demonic Skull from ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland''. Originally a one-shot character scheduled to appear only during the opening sequence, feedback on the demo -- which featured the full conversation with a maniacal, animated, CardCarryingVillain ''skull'' with an over-the-top EvilLaugh and plans for world domination -- convinced the creators to turn him into a RecurringCharacter who even got a spot in the follow-up, ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland''. And naturally, he shows up in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' (in Episode 3, "Lair of the Leviathan").
* Tachibana Ukyo from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'', a {{badass}} swordsman afflicted with [[IncurableCoughOfDeath tuberculosis]], was intended for death early on in the series. However, due to popularity among fans, he was ''not'' killed off and has appeared throughout the series. Or rather, the latter ''Samurai Shodown'' game stories is always set in a timeline where they can always include Ukyo (that one game that didn't have him turned out to be a flop). Also further addressing to the trope, come the second game, Ukyo takes a huge step down from story relevance thanks to being ousted as the true rival of Haohmaru by Genjuro, and each game diminishes his importance. He's still a fan favorite either way.
** Iroha seems to be another case; despite a single appearance in the series (in ''VI''), she is popular enough to gain a spin-off game starring her.
*** This seems to partially stem from the fact that she's an utterly stacked NinjaMaid whose lines are [[BreakingTheFourthWall directly addressed at the players]], [[WordOfGod specifically, the male ones]].
** Cham Cham is also quite popular for someone who only appears in three games (''II'', ''IV'', and ''VI''; and in ''IV'', she was a PlayStation-exclusive character). She even has her own pachinko game.
** Shiki from the Hyper Neo Geo 64 titles is quite popular as well. Even though she never made it to the main series, she was among the first characters from her subseries to make it into other {{SNK}} crossovers, such as ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos'' and ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum''.
** And then there's Nakoruru, who's a full-on BreakoutCharacter.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter''
** Originally the only other "[[TheSmurfettePrinciple chick]]" in the roster aside from Chun-Li, Cammy became popular enough to appear in several of the game's crossovers. Sakura, who debuted in ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Street Fighter Alpha 2]]'', also became popular enough to have her own comic book, which spawned the CanonImmigrant character Karin, who appeared as her rival in ''Alpha 3''.
** Dan Hibiki, the quintessential JokeCharacter who first appeared in ''Alpha'', has also become unusually popular ''because'' of his status as such.
** There's also Guy, the Bushin {{ninja}} who crossed over from ''VideoGame/FinalFight'', and Fei Long, one of the original {{Bruce Lee Clone}}s in video games (indeed, Fei Long is the only "New Challenger" from ''Super VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' other than Cammy to return in the original version of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''). Charlie/Nash is also pretty popular, despite the fact that in his first chronological appearance, ''he dies''.
*** And then he dies again. Both in ''Street Fighter Alpha 2'', which, to be fair, was actually [[CanonDiscontinuity superseding the first game's canon]], but then, more absurdly, resurrected and killed once more in ''Alpha 3''. He might have even been brought back as "Shadow" after that, but Capcom's never really come to a conclusion on that point.
** ''Alpha 3'' had two in Karin (the aforementioned rival to Sakura) and busty masked wrestler Rainbow Mika. [[http://www.eventhubs.com/news/2013/mar/29/results-capcoms-street-fighter-favorite-characters-popularity-poll/ In an official 2013 character poll by Capcom]], Karin was the surprising fan favorite among Japanese ''SF'' fans, outranking ''Ryu'', of all characters.
** Dudley of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' fame is easily the most popular original character from his series, to the point where he was ranked 1st in an online poll held by Capcom to determine which characters should show up in ''Super Street Fighter IV''.
** Also from ''III'' is HighlyVisibleNinja Ibuki, who was originally the only member of that game's cast to appear in another game (''VideoGame/SuperGemFighter''). At least until ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom''.
** Another ''Final Fight'' example comes from ColonelBadass Rolento, whose last appearances were in ''Street Fighter Alpha 3'', ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]'', ''Namco x Capcom'', and ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken''. He remains a popular choice in polls, and everyone wanted to see him in ''SSFIV''.
** Also from ''III'' is GenkiGirl [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] Elena. She just ''barely'' missed being included in ''SSFIV''. And then we have the [[BashBrothers Lee Bros.]], Yun and Yang, who actually ''did'' make it to the arcade version of ''SSFIV''. Yun also has the distinction of making the most crossover appearances out of the entire ''SFIII'' cast.
** From ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'', there is one name that stands above all: '''SKULLOMANIA'''. Perhaps the [[LargeHam campiest]] {{homage}} to all things {{Toku}}, he is a walking [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment of Funny]]. In the poll for ''Street Fighter IV'' (the same one that Cammy won), he came in ''second place''. Clearly, [[FanNickname Skullo]] is ''the'' darkhorse among darkhorses. And that's not getting into the likes of Garuda (who's second in regards to Skullo), Pullum, Doctrine Dark, Hokuto, Kairi, Cracker Jack (who was probably the original Dudley), Darun, Blair, Allen...
** And speaking of ''IV'', the two female additions, no-nonsense CIA agent (and mother of one) Crimson Viper (vanilla ''SFIV'') and the [[EvilIsSexy deliciously insane and evil]] Taekwondoka Juri (''Super''), have pretty much overshadowed the other newcomers, to the point that Viper is the fourth ''SF'' rep in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' (alongside Ryu, Chun-Li, and Akuma). Would you believe it that Abel was supposed to be the focal point of ''IV''? Didn't think so.
* Officially, the main protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' is the vampire Demetri Maximoff. His spotlight, however, is regularly taken by other members of the cast, chief amongst them his rival [[HornyDevils Morrigan Aensland]], who has appeared in every VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever crossover game since the original ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfTheSuperheroes Marvel vs. Capcom]]''. While nowhere near Morrigan's level of popularity, other characters such as [[CatGirl Felicia]], Hsien-Ko, Lord Raptor, and ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff especially in America]]) Jon Talbain have strong fan followings.
* Jack Krauser from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' was such a popular villain that he reappears in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles'', where he receives a more detailed backstory, and reappeared in ''The Mercenaries 3D''. Not only that, but he's even a favorite among the creators themselves.
** Then there's the Merchant from ''[=RE4=]''.
*** Who could forget [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUtynY6dJLU MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIKE!]]
** The MemeticMutation of the first game's legendarily bad voice acting led to throwaway character Barry Burton becoming a playable character in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' and its "Mercenaries: Reunion" mode. Note that the rest of the Reunion cast consists of the main characters, TheDragon, and the helicopter pilot from ''[=RE5=]'' itself, as well as long-time recurring character Rebecca Chambers; Barry's completely-out-of-the-blue appearance is the [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]] for many fans who enjoyed mocking his [[NarmCharm deadpan delivery of his lines]]. Capcom understands this to the point where his Narm-tastic "I have THIS!" line about his revolver has carried over to ''[=RE5=]''.
** HUNK appeared in a flashback cutscene in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' in which his entire team is thrashed. However, he wears a gas mask and had a [=minigame=], making him popular with many fans.
** Manuela from ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles The Darkside Chronicles]]'' seems to be heading in this direction despite canon suggesting that she'll only be a one-shot character ([[spoiler:she survives the events of the game and is taken into the custody of the U.S. government]]). That lovely singing voice of hers is probably why. She gets bonus points for [[spoiler:actually becoming one with the [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica T-Veronica virus]] to no ill-effect (something Alexia Ashford ''couldn't'' do) and then ''using [[BloodyMurder said]] [[PlayingWithFire powers]]'' to help out Leon and Krauser during the final battle.]]
** Out of all the freaks and mutants in the ''Resident Evil'' series [[BreakoutVillain the one who stands out the most]] is the Nemesis from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis''. His appearance in ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]'' pretty much cements this.
** Albert Wesker became this when he returned in ''Code: Veronica'', [[TookALevelInBadass taking MANY levels in badass]] (also leading to rectons that he was BadassNormal before [[EmpoweredBadassNormal enhancing himself]]) and becoming a ManipulativeBastard behind much of the series events.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''
** Nina Williams. A staple character in the series, and the first one to get a {{spinoff}} game (which unfortunately bombed).
** Rivaling (and perhaps even ''surpassing'') Nina is none other than the CrazyAwesome, [[JustLikeRobinHood Robin Hood-esque]] [[RecycledINSPACE Space]] {{Ninja}} Yoshimitsu, who quickly became an iconic member of the cast to the point that ''[[LegacyCharacter his ancestor]]'' popped up in ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur]]'' and has remained a staple member of the cast ever since. [[ButWaitTheresMore Even better]]; in the Japanese version of ''Soulcalibur'', he's voiced by Creator/NobuyukiHiyama [[TheOtherDarrin and then]] NorioWakamoto in ''IV'', making him ''even more'' of a darkhorse.
** There is also Kunimitsu (backstabbing former member of Yoshi's Manji Party) and Jun Kazama (one-time partner of Kazuya and Jin's MissingMom). When the TimeSkip occurred to set up the plot of ''3'', these two ladies were the only members of the ''2'' cast to not reappear by the time of ''5: Dark Resurrection'' (not counting the KilledOffForReal King I and Armor King [[spoiler:I]]), causing an ''inordinate'' amount of ruckus from the fans trying to get them back on the roster in subsequent games. This seems to have worked in their favor, as Jun is a playable character in ''[[DreamMatchGame Tekken Tag Tournament 2]]''. Kuni joined the fray as a DLC character for the console port.
** Aside of that there's [[{{Ojou}} Emilie de "Lili" Rochefort]]. She's introduced in the expansion of ''Tekken 5'' (''Dark Resurrection'') and seems to have no importance storywise so far, but she proved ''really'' popular due to her rich girl design, young age and easy-to-use character without being much of a button masher, enough that she appeared in the trailer of ''Tekken 6'' (as the only character shown besides Jin and Hwoarang), and then appears in the crossover game ''[[Anime/QueensBlade Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos]]'' as the only ''Tekken'' representative. Oh, and a magazine also put her on the cover [[{{Fanservice}} while wearing a bikini]]. Remember, folks. This is after she is introduced in just two games.
** There is also Eddy Gordo, a character that was formerly widely hated for being formerly a character that was easy to button mash with. However, the fact that Christie initially replaced him, along with button mashing turning into a much less effective method helped boost up his popularity to the point where he is a heavily wanted character in the official ''Tekken X Street Fighter'' poll. Other Ensemble Darkhorses includes [[TheRival Hwoarang]] and [[GenkiGirl Ling Xiaoyu]].
* All of the characters of ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' have fan followings, but special mention goes to Painwheel: even though she is not the most visually attractive character, her [[TheWoobie backstory]] and deadly moveset, along with stellar voice work by Danielle [=McRae=], helped her become a firm fan favorite.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' has a hefty amount, much of it thanks to multiple instances of MemeticMutation.
** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Sanger Zonvolt]], "[[InTheNameOfTheMoon The Sword That Smites/Cleaves Evil]]". Originally TheDragon in ''[[GaidenGame Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden]]'', his LargeHam tendencies and rampant {{Badass}}ery ascended him to be a selectable protagonist in ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Super Robot Wars Alpha 2]]'', with significant plot events in the ''Alpha 3'' finale, all of which carries over into ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'', as well as [[EndlessFrontier several other incarnations]]. Then he appears in ''ProjectXZone'', the SpiritualSuccessor to ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'', representing [=SRW=] singlehandedly by smiting evil ''on foot'' with a ''human-sized'' [[{{BFS}} Type-3 Colossal Blade]].
** Sanger's {{Heterosexual Life Partner|s}}, [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Elzam von Branstein]]. Like Sanger, Elzam started as TheDragon who joins the protagonists towards the end of ''Original Generation'', but due to a case of [[GoodBadBugs an accidental bug]] that causes his {{Leitmotif}} to override boss themes, including being a CharClone of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam the titular character]], this caused him to become a MemeticBadass. When he [[CanonImmigrant immigrates to]] ''Alpha 2'', he dons the "Ratsel Feinschmeker" persona via PaperThinDisguise, then re-immigrates back into ''Original Generation 2'' with this persona, only now he gains access to a new {{Super Robot|Genre}} that can [[TransformingMecha turn into a stallion]] named "Aussenseiter" (literally, "dark horse", though most translators' first response would be "outsider"; Creator/{{Atlus}} thankfully picked up on it). This, in turn, created the "[[MemeticMutation Real Men Ride Each Other]]" stint, as Sanger's own HumongousMecha mounts the Aussenseiter in their CombinationAttack. One doesn't get more darkhorse than this.
** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Russel Bagman]] is TheGenericGuy for ''Original Generation'': no special traits, looks or personal {{Leitmotif}} and close enough to being a FlatCharacter, yet is designed for TakingTheBullet by having [[StoneWall one of the best defensive stats and skills]] in the games. Russel manages to stand out ''because'' he's the most normal character in a cast chalk full of [[BunnyEarsLawyer quirky individuals]].
** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Kai Kitamura]] seemed like a new character simply there to fill in the party until more were available in ''Original Generation'', but once it set into players that he can stop a rampaging {{Super Robot|Genre}} with little more than a {{Mook|s}}-level Gespenst ''using '''manual''' controls, '''WITHOUT''' preset commands'', {{Memetic Badass}}ery ensued. These days, it's hard to see Kai as anything ''but'' the epitome of BadassNormal, who turn a simple MechaMook into a weapon of mass destruction.
** You wouldn't expect a character loosely mentioned in a [[AudioAdaptation drama CD]] for a GaidenGame then making his debut in the ''Second Original Generation'' to become this, but [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Michiru Hanaten]] does exactly that. This [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent average high school]] foul-mouthed JapaneseDelinquent is as generic as the archetype demands, [[spoiler:until he gets his own Super Robot "G-Bankaran" and semi-vocal {{Leitmotif}}]], utterly decimating fan expectations of who he is. Think of him as the CaptainErsatz of [[Anime/MazingerZ Boss]], only ''far'' more competent, [[spoiler:with a MightyGlacier mecha that's no JokeCharacter, but a GameBreaker]].
** [[Characters/MasouKishin Shu Shirakawa]] is also this for fans thanks to his ominous {{Leitmotif}} "Dark Prison", the [[ThatOneBoss (Neo)]] [[GameBreaker Granzon's firepower]], and the way he trolls villains cemented him as this that fans actually got disappointed that he was just an AntiClimaxBoss in ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Original Generation Gaiden]]''. Fortunately, he made up for it big time in ''2nd Original Generation'' and [[HeroOfAnotherStory his very own route]], ''[[AnotherSideAnotherStory Dark Prison]]''.
* Also in the department of [[LargeHam hamming]] their way to darkhorse popularity is ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''[='=]s ''' Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth!''' In a game with 14 "episodes", he's not even introduced until the preview for episode 9 (which is one of only two episode previews that's actually accurate), and doesn't join the party until [[DefeatMeansFriendship you beat him as the boss of that chapter.]] He then proceeds to utterly dominate the storyline for the next four episodes before finally taking a backseat to Laharl and Flonne for the final episode... except even then, he manages to dominate, because that's when [[spoiler:Kurtis returns from the dead]]. And then there's the alternative "human world" ending... normally, when a character hijacks the plot like that, [[CreatorsPet they'd be hated]], yet '''Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth''' is easily among the most popular characters in the game. Again--only playable for the final five episodes, or about 35.7% of the story.
** However, this seems to be more of a case of [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Americans Love]] '''Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth''', considering he is a parody of their nation's hero archetype. In various image sites (like Danbooru), mostly dominated with Japanese artists, '''Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth''' has very minimum amount of fanarts.
** Another example is [[strike:the Dark Adonis, Vyers]] Mid-Boss, the recurring enemy that is eventually battled five times. Also shows up a couple of times without fighting you. Granted, he ''does'' turn out to have a lot more plot significance than his apparent comic relief role would imply, but I'm pretty sure it's the comic relief bits that make him so popular. [[{{Bishonen}} Well, that and the face]] [[WalkingShirtlessScene and the perpetually bare]] [[ShirtlessScene well-defined chest.]]
** Asagi and female archers are quite popular as well. The former was 5th in a Japanese NIS character popularity poll and the latter was 11th. Most of Asagi's popularity comes from the fact that [[TheWoobie she's been largely unsuccessful]] in her quest for main character status (only appearing as a SecretCharacter in several ''Disgaea''-related games; NIS has seemed to turn this into a RunningGag for her).
** [[VerbalTic Dood]], no mention of [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins the Prinnies]]? They even got their own SpinOff and everything!
** Possibly the biggest Dark Horse in all of the Disgaea franchise would be [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Axel, The Dark Hero]]. Starts out as the usual GoldfishPoopGang of the second game, but his over the top personality and [[ThrowTheDogABone happy ending]] endeared him enough to the fan base to get an appearance in both subsequent titles (Including a storyline in the fourth game!) as well as his own story in the PSP remake of the second game. Add to this fact that Axel has THREE separate themes ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLhtOt3LbxQ White Tiger]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HncbIPegZM&feature=related Let's Dance at the Last Battle]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRIcNxPs_VQ Pandora Ignition]]) over the course of these games. [[CrowningMusicofAwesome They are all awesome.]]
** ...so there's a discussion about Franchise/{{Disgaea}} {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s without mentioning Pleinar? Well, Pleinar is '''[[AmericansHateTingle A LOT]]''' more popular in Japan than in America...though she does get points for being a GameBreaker MemeticBadass in the states. She may actually qualify as a MemeticBystander in Japan.
** Adell is very popular amongst the female players, because of his [[{{Bishonen}} sexy appearance]], and because he's a total badass.
** Valvatorez from ''Disgaea 4'', especially since he's a vampire.
* Protests arose in some circles that [[DarkActionGirl Thana]], a temporary rival character on Taris for Empire players in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', was merely a minor NPC and not a full-fledged party member.
* ''Franchise/TalesSeries'':
** Leon Magnus of ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' consistently tops the ''Tales'' character popularity lists ([[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Kratos Aurion]] did top him out during the ''Symphonia'' boom, but once the ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' remake came out, Leon got back to the top). He was a DracoInLeatherPants in the original game, [[spoiler:was brought back as Judas in the sequel]], and got his own game mode in the [[ReCut Director's Cut]] remake where he was also made into a sympathetic JerkassWoobie. He also made appears in ''Namco X Capcom'' [[spoiler:as Judas]].
** And if there's another boom (such as ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Vesperia]]''), he may step aside from the first place (as Yuri Lowell beat him), but WILL always tail behind as second place, as if ready to take over the spot again when the boom died out.
*** But even Vesperia has a good number of Ensemble Dark Horses like Judith, Raven, Rita, and Flynn.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'':
*** Kratos, the cool and experienced swordsman.
*** Zelos, the resident DeadpanSnarker who endlessly teases Sheena.
*** Sheena, the {{tsundere}} ninja.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'':
*** Nanaly Fletch is never seen in popularity polls, her story involvement in-game is rather minimal, but maintains quite a substantial fanbase, nobody complains about her... and when there's a Tales crossover spinoff (''Radiant Mythology'', ''Versus'') she's usually the first character from ''Destiny 2'' to be announced, ''before'' TheHero Kyle is ever announced. She's also the only ''Destiny 2'' representative in the BonusBoss battle in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''.
** And amongst Tales villains, Barbatos Goetia takes the top spot for villainous Dark Horse. He's also one MemeticBadass, provides a challenging fight and is voiced by Creator/NorioWakamoto... guess that explains. His popularity is acknowledged by his numerous cameo appearances in future games, and having the privilege of being the only villain to get multiple roles in the various Tales Of comedy [=CDs=].
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' has quirky whimsical scientist Pascal. She provides a lot of the humour in the game, and just lightens the mood, especially when interacting with someone grumpy like Hubert.
*** Also, Malik for the same reasons as well as his shipper on deck antics.
** Jade from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' There is a reason that [[{{Troll}} he]] and [[TheCasanova Zelos]] lead the "Viva! Tales of" Segments.
** From ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia" there is also the CuteWitch Arche Klein...a certain infamous fan translation probably had something to do with that (at least for the English speaking fandom).
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'' has Ayra the sword mistress, probably due to the fact that she's one of the most powerful units early in the game due to her Meteor Sword skill. Her looks and attitude ([[ActionGirl cold, tough, ass-kicking]] on the outside, but [[{{Tsundere}} quite a sweety on the inside]]) also help out. In fact, you can be assured if there's some fans wishing that ''Genealogy of the Holy War'' gets represented in other games, if it's not [[TheHero Sigurd]], or Seliph, it's ''her''. Finn, also from genealogy qualifies as well. Since he is the only character playable in all parts of the Jugdral saga.
** Nino from ''Fire Emblem'' also qualifies, taking first place in a Nintendo of Japan popularity poll (''ahead'' of the main characters); many people assume this is for [[strike:unwholesome]] [[{{Lolicon}} reasons]], the same poll also show Matthew might be an example, placing ahead of Lyn.
** Although he is an optional character who can only be recruited in a sidequest, Canas from Blazing Sword received 7th place in the above popularity poll and is often considered as a must have character. This is likely due to his well balanced stats, being the only dark magic (arguably the best magic in the game) user until the last chapter, his usefulness as a healer due to his magic stat, and being capable of dealing more damage than even Athos with Luna. People also seem to like his curious, passionate personality which contrasts with the typical brooding or evil stereotype of dark magicians.
** On the subject of ''Fire Emblem'', Denning, a character who only appears as an optional boss (killing him is not required to complete the mission) near the very end of the game fits this trope. He is found in almost every ROM Hack of ''Fire Emblem'' and was popular amongst the ''Fire Emblem'' fans, and his one-line vocabulary was found in a lot of people's signatures.
--->[[BrokenRecord "This is a message from Lord Nergal: I await you on the Dread Isle. This is a message from Lord Nergal..."]]
*** A Denning was actually reported trolling ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' for two years.
** In the same vein as Ayra, [[GenkiGirl Mia (Wayu)]] from ''Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn'' has an equal fandom without actual importance. The Myrmidon/Swordmaster/Trueblade classes always have some amount of fandom especially when said character is a GenkiGirl with a CoolSword.
*** [[ShesGotLegs Among]] [[ZettaiRyouiki other]] [[ActionGirl reasons]].
** ''The Sacred Stones'' has Joshua, the game's first Myrmidon. There was a lot of NiceHat involved, with a side of HandsomeLech.
** ''Path of Radiance'' has Oliver, a fat and ugly slave trader with an incredibly ironic love for beauty (which he sees himself as the paragon of), who as a boss dies so easily that the only challenge is getting to him before the allied [=NPCs=] kill him. He is loved for two reasons: his characterization being ridiculously over the top to the point of hilarity, and his {{Leitmotif}}, the famous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiUC4aXtC3Y Power-Hungry Fool]]. [[spoiler:He returns in ''Radiant Dawn'', where he was revealed to be NotQuiteDead, and becomes recruitable.]]
** Nephenee in ''Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn'' is a major one, mainly for her [[ActionGirl asskicking abilities.]]
** In ''Path of Radiance'', Sothe was a small (teenager-ish), weak thief with limited use. In ''Radiant Dawn'', Sothe is a strong, developed LoveableRogue. He appears as one of the main characters.
** If we're going by ''Radiance'' and ''Dawn'', you can't forget about the silent assassin Volke then. He's pretty damn good at what he does, too.
** ''Radiant Dawn'' has the 3-13 archer. He's a non-playable AI-controlled character that manages to actually help you out a lot in a difficult chapter of the game.
** ''Fire Emblem'' in general is chock-full of Ensemble Darkhorses, mainly due to having LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. A lot of them, such as Gheb, Glass and Batta the Beast (minor boss characters in both regards, or so the game's creators would have you think), have been elevated to the status of MemeticBadass.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Owain, who is an incredibly popular character based on how eccentric he is. His catch phrase "down, sword hand!" also helped make him one of the most popular characters.
* Admiral ZEX from ''VideoGame/StarControl II'' has a surprising amount of appeal outside the [[http://www.starcontrol.classicgaming.gamespy.com main fan site]], but he's no DracoInLeatherPants; female fans simply tend to find him attractive for his '''canon personality'''. Of course, the HoYay with the main character do have everything to do with it... additionally, the first Spathi that the player meets - Captain Fwiffo - is a fan favourite, even though the player basically only has one conversation with him, after which Fwiffo's commanded ship becomes one of your fleet. It is not uncommon for players to keep his ship in active duty and alive for the rest of the game. Why? Just because Fwiffo rocks.
* Sasha Nein, the [[TheSpock almost-emotionless]] German secret agent from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}},'' has an almost absurdly huge fanbase. This is probably because he has an [[TrueArtIsAngsty angsty backstory]], and we all know how much [[MrFanservice fangirls love that]]. Alternatively, it could be that they just find his deep, smooth, German accent [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench sexy]].
** The angsty backstory might not necessarily be it, considering that everyone whose mind you enter has an angsty backstory that provides the basis for their particular neurosis or outright insanity.
** He's not emotionless. He only advocates keeping emotions controlled as a means of turning them into firepower to destroy tacky lamps. And that is ''awesome''.
** ''Psychonauts'' also has D'Artagnan, the original protagonist, who was cut for being hard to render. Nonetheless, he does get a quick cameo reference in the end, and fans seem to have latched on to him as well.
** Dart's popularity may have something to do with the fact that the reason he was cut was that his hat was "too awesome" to render.
* The Captain, a wannabe-character who only serves as someone Arthas can talk to in the human campaign of ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'' has attained many fans among the community. In the retelling of the ''Warcraft III'' events in the book ''Arthas: Rise of the Lich King'', he finally gained a name -- or actually two, split into two separate characters, Falric and Luc Valonforth.
* Speaking of ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'', TheHorde in general became immensely popular despite being the main antagonist in the first two games for their hilarious StopPokingMe quotes actually making playing the bad guy more fun, which eventually lead to the Horde's (or at the very least, the Orcs') ultimate redemption in ''Warcraft III''. Since then they've gotten more and more attention from both fans and Blizzard themselves, and are by far the most iconic group in the entire series, almost overshadowing their rival faction, TheAlliance ([[FanWank much to their chargin]]). Creator/BlizzardEntertainment has made numerous art, novels, and other media centered around them, as well as their fanmade equivalent, and Blizzard even has an official ''rock band'', the Tauren Chieftains, with songs like their well known [[AutobotsRockOut "Power of the Horde"]] dedicated to them. Not bad for a faction that was originally your typical stock [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orc villains]].
** Saurfang, Bolvar, and Darius Crowley were all minor characters introduced in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. They have all become hugely popular since their introduction ([[MemeticBadass Saurfang]] moreso than Bolvar and Darius ''combined''), with the first two gaining more prominent roles in later expansions.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}''
** The Rabbids have overshadowed the title character. They're usually [[CreatorsPet Creator's Pets]] to anyone who was a fan of the original games, [[SpotlightStealingSquad though.]]
** From the original, Bad/Dark Rayman, popular enough to later appear as an unlockable character in Rayman M.
** Globox, the Teensies, and the Nymphs from ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins''.
* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series has Psycho Mantis, ever-popular for his NoFourthWall MindScrew boss fight, Sniper Wolf, who still succeeds in [[TearJerker making gamers cry]], the [[spoiler:AI simulation]] Colonel and his [[MemeticMutation memetically-delicious]] "I need scissors! 61!", and the perplexing example of Raikov, who exists solely to mock [[ReplacementScrappy Raiden]], be knocked unconscious and impersonated (and provide some HoYay with the game's BigBad, but [[BlatantLies surely that's irrelevant]]). The best example, however, has to be [[CompanionCube The Cardboard Box]] (tm).
** This may have led to Raikov's re-appearance in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps Portable Ops]]'', this time as a playable character, who despite having limited relevance to the main story, ended up having more lines than in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}''.
** The [[spoiler:Colonel AI]] from ''Metal Gear Solid 2'' is so popular that he's basically entirely eclipsed the [[spoiler:actual Colonel]] in terms of personality and memorability. Even in ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'' and ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'', there were references to the [[spoiler:Colonel AI]] (in ''4'', this meant an EasterEgg flashback of something Snake couldn't possibly have known about), and the [[spoiler:real Colonel]]'s personality was changed to be a little more {{Cloudcuckoolander}} to bring it in line with [[spoiler:the Colonel AI]]. [[spoiler:The Colonel AI]] is probably the only thing about ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'' that even its detractors liked.
** Revolver Ocelot, a consummate MagnificentBastard turned BreakoutVillain, and ButtMonkey Johnny Sasaki (who gets a major role in ''[=MGS4=]'').
** While still a very polarizing character, Raiden got himself an injection of badass as the new Cyborg Ninja in ''MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' that helped him win over many a fan, including people who despised him in the past. Then he [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance got his own game]], and he became even more well liked...
* Although they only appeared in two games, the Dynamic Duo of ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'', "Blue Lightning" Flik and BoisterousBruiser Viktor, remain as fan favorites and fans have been wishing that if the chronological setting is correct, they would reappear again. Too bad Konami never thought of that since their last appearance (though, they did get some mention in the third game).
** BlackKnight Pesmerga also. He is easily accused as a PaletteSwap of Yuber, always joins late and never contributes to the main plot other than 'looking {{Badass}}', and his customization option is limited, and he's only in two games. He's still well loved anyway thanks to his links with Yuber which unfortunately never got resolved.
** In ''VideoGame/VideoGame/SuikodenV'', [[GenkiGirl Miakis]] quickly became a favorite.
* Sergeant Major Avery Johnson from the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series of videogames started out as an expendable, randomly spawned Marine. In ''Halo 2'', he is promoted three pay grades at once, from Staff Sergeant to Sergeant Major, hailed as the only survivor besides the Master Chief of the events of the first ''Halo'' (despite the presence throughout the game of Gunnery Sergeant Stacker and PFC Chips Dubbo, two other Marine survivors). In ''Halo 3'', Johnson [[HeroicSacrifice heroically sacrifices]] himself so Chief can destroy the Flood. There were many ManlyTears during that scene.
** Notable about Stacker and Dubbo is that, like [[Franchise/StarWars Wedge]], they both live through the whole trilogy.
** The [=ODSTs=] deserve some respect. It's even noted that the employees at Bungie consider these guys to be their favorites. With a name like "Orbital Drop Shock Troopers", what's not to like? They even got their own GaidenGame.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has Sho Minamimoto, by virtue of being the [[CrazyAwesome quirkiest]] of the game's QuirkyMinibossSquad... and possessing a [[NiceHat freakin' sweet hat]], which you can equip yourself for a [[InfinityPlusOneSword big ability boost]] before the FinalBoss battle.
** Kariya's almost as popular as Minamimoto, and his role is even more minor.
* Organization XIII from the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, especially BreakoutCharacter Axel. See also DracoInLeatherPants.
** An even bigger Ensemble Darkhorse is ''Demyx''. While Axel does play a prominent role in ''Chain of Memories'', Demyx plays an extremely minor role in the story compared to Axel. (He basically exists to [[spoiler:steal the Olympus Stone, and to put an actual boss battle before [[TheWarSequence the 1000 Heartless Fight]].)]] Despite [[spoiler:dying]] relatively early in the game, he has one of the largest fan followings in the game.
*** This may be partly because Demyx, during the second fight against him, is a [[spoiler:[[ThatOneBoss Boss among Bosses]].]] Especially surprising since right up until that [[spoiler:fight he seemed like such a wuss]].
*** Demyx got a good deal of help in the characterization department when they let Creator/KenichiSuzumura voice him in the Japanese version. Originally, his role was ''even smaller'' but Suzumura was allowed to ad-lib and [[ThrowItIn helped expand the character]], and even came up with his distinctive [[spoiler:death]] cry.
** Another example is Zexion. Despite only appearing in a few scenes for Riku's story in ''Chain of Memories'', being [[spoiler:killed off by Axel (off-screen in the original, too)]] before the end of the story and all in all being unimportant, he has several fanlistings, dozens of fanfics devoted to him and quite a large amount of fanart. The reason behind this is [[{{Bishonen}} pretty obvious]].
*** Doesn't hurt that Zexion was given an [[NeverFoundTheBody ambiguous death]] without ever having his weapon or element revealed in the first ''Chain of Memories'' game, while apparently being one of the higher-ranked and more important characters in the mysterious Organization. Even ''Kingdom Hearts II'' obscured that same information about him. Oh, and, of course, his hair color made him a possible link to both the series duetoragonist ''and'' the series' BigBad. ''And'' ''Birth By Sleep'' has him as a mute orphan child, with a seeming interest in [[TheHeartless the Unversed]], taken in by [[spoiler:[[ScienceHero Ansem the Wise]] - who's also]] a king. Basically, in most of the games he's been in, he's deliberately presented as a guy with a MysteriousPast, in a manner that ''usually'' means that an NPC will [[BackFromTheDead return later]] with even more importance...which, as of ''Dream Drop Distance'', has finally happened.
* It could be considered a ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' tradition for ''at least'' one Ensemble Darkhorse to arise per game:
** ''The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil'' has Hong Meiling, who for a long while was the most popular minor character that was never playable. After several debates about what to call her (which ended with everyone calling her "{{Chin|eseGirl}}a") she garnered enough popularity that, at one point, she took the top spot in the game's equivalent of Saimoe. Her popularity led to her being included as a playable character in the first fighting GaidenGame of the series, but due to her ButtMonkey status she became a JokeCharacter with no role in the storyline, and with ''Hisoutensoku'' returned to playable status as well as finally getting her own story route (she still didn't escape being a ButtMonkey, though).
*** Cirno is ''the'' Ensemble Darkhorse of ''Touhou'', MemeticMutation (she's [[SmallNameBigEgo the strongest]] ''and'' a genius!) propelling her into perpetual stardom amongst the fans. This led not only to her being playable in ''Hisoutensoku'' but also one of only three with a story route (along with Meiling and [[CreatorsPet Sanae]]), and with ''Great Fairy Wars'' managed to get [[ADayInTheLimelight her very own game]].
*** [[CheerfulChild Cute]], [[PersonOfMassDestruction destructive]] Flandre Scarlet is featured just as much, if not more, in fan works than the other members of the Koumakan CastHerd, despite appearing in a grand total of one game (and one GaidenGame that no-one liked).
*** And then there's that "little devil" that appeared as a midboss in Patchouli's stage. No dialogue. No name. No profile. '''Immensely''' popular. Not ''quite'' as popular is the similarly unnamed fairy that appears as the Stage 2 midboss, though that's due almost entirely to her portrayal as being a friend of Cirno (see above).
*** It could be argued that the bosses in this game are this to the ''entire series'' considering that their most featured in Gaiden Games and supplementary material, and by extension, giving them more characterization. Not to mention that any fanwork that features more then a couple specific characters usually have at least one of them. There's also the fact that out of most bosses, the bosses of this game seems to be the most associated with the main characters, with Sakuya herself being a main character until ''Mountain of Faith'' and again in ''Double Dealing Character''.
** ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' has [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Prismriver Sisters]]. They would later return in ''Phantasmagoria of a Flower View'' and frequently appear in various fanworks.
*** Lily White, a midboss of ''PCB'', also a special {{Mook|s}} in ''Phantasmagoria of Flower View'', is exceptional enough to have received her own profile in ''Perfect Memento in a Strict Sense'' (read: official material)! Ran and Chen are debatable depending whether you view Yukari's shikigami as side characters or not. Alice would be considered an AscendedExtra.
** ''Imperishable Night'' has Tewi Inaba, and Fujiwara no Mokou. Also Reisen, which depends on whether you view her as a main character or a side character.
** ''Phantasmagoria of Flower View'' has Yuuka Kazami, who is a debatable example as while most of her fans are only familiar with her brief appearance in one game she was also the final boss of ''Lotus Land Story'' and playable in ''Mystic Square'' (though even ''that'' is debatable, as ZUN hasn't confirmed if they're the same character or just him being nostalgic).
*** Also from ''[=PoFV=]'', "sunflower fairy". While being just a GiantMook, she does have some popularity and fanart.
** ''Mountain of Faith'' has Nitori Kawashiro to a limited degree, especially after her appearance as a supporting character in the following game. Momiji Inubashiri as well, another nameless, dialogueless, official-artless midboss who has as much fanart as most of the main playable characters.
** ''Subterranean Animism'' has both Parsee Mizuhashi and Yuugi Hoshiguma. May have something to do with the incredible amount of people [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight that pair them together]]. Satori Komeiji is also extremely popular; she's been in the top 10 in the annual Touhou Popularity Contest ever since she's been eligible.
** ''Undefined Fantastic Object'' has Kogasa Tatara. Partly due to the fanbase quickly latching onto her when the demo was first released, partly due to being the only character not connected to the game's plot at all, mostly due to being ''immensely'' [[{{Moe}} cute]] and [[TheWoobie pitiable]].
** And now ''Ten Desires'' has Yoshika Miyako, the [[ChineseVampire Chinese zombie]] with an [[MemeticMutation invisible steering wheel]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkjMOBCu9rQ the latest]] ''Touhou'' EarWorm as her theme. ''Ten Desires'' also has TheDragon Mononobe no Futo, notably much more popular than [[FinalBoss her boss]] Toyosatomimi no Miko.
** There are some PC98 darkhorses as well. They were not necessarily such when they were released, but once ''Touhou'' gained its [[FountainOfMemes memetic popularity]] people decided to look at the earlier games and decided these characters need to come back. Mima is persistently on [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the top of the charts of PC-98 character that needs to come back]], being [[DemotedToExtra formerly playable]], connected to secondary protagonist Marisa, and having [[EpilepticTrees mysteries about her backstory and nature]]. Next in line is Shinki, mostly because she may be popular character Alice's mother. Finally Elly get this because of the [[MemeticMutation "Bad Apple" meme]] - it's based off her stage theme from ''Lotus Land Story''.
* ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial'' had Miharu Tatebayashi, a sweet ShrinkingViolet who often [[CrashIntoHello crashes into the main guy]] as a hidden character, but she became extremely popular with gamers. Similarly, assistant [[TeamMom Saki Nijino]] also became very well-loved within fandom, often scoring 1st place in character polls and as such became the heroine of the 1st Drama Series game ; and add to the list [[GratuitousEnglish Ayako]] [[BilingualDialogue Katagiri]], who was popular enough to be the heroine of the 2nd Drama Series game.
** ''Tokimeki Memorial 2'' has [[BrokenBird Kaori]] [[DefrostingIceQueen Yae]] as the ultimate EnsembleDarkhorse of this game. [[TwinSwitch Maho]] [[GenkiGirl Shirayuki]] is also an extremely loved character.
** ''Tokimeki Memorial 4'' had Miyako Okura, who may well have been an intentional example of this trope, initially being the supporting character who [[TheMatchmaker gives you the information on all the girls]], but [[HiddenInPlainSight if you try hard enough]], you can [[SecretCharacter start]] [[FirstGirlWins dating]] [[ChildhoodFriendRomance her]], whereupon she [[AscendedExtra completely]] [[BreakTheCutie takes]] [[{{Yandere}} over]] [[EpiphanyTherapy the]] [[LoveRedeems game]], and the fanbase loves her for it.
** In the ''Girl's Side'' branch, Reiichi Himuro of ''Girl's Side 1'' is pretty popular among fans.
* [[MegaNekko Chihiro]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. She's the only character who returns OlderAndWiser in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', and while she is a Social Link, she's not even a party member! It's probably the glasses... or her ShrinkingViolet with slight dashes of {{Yandere}} streak.
** Elizabeth as well. In the original release, she was mostly a [[SideQuest side-quest hub character]], but she gathered enough popularity to receive a fully voice acted personal side-quest in the UpdatedRerelease [[spoiler:which ends with her and the main character sleeping together!]]. She also obtained additional quests and dialogue, and was another of the few characters from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' to receive a ShoutOut in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' through [[spoiler:her sister, Margaret.]]
** Both of them pale in comparison to BadassLongcoat Shinjiro Aragaki, who stands as a fan-favorite party member despite only being available for a small fraction of the game. Unsurprisingly, when the PSP update of the game added the option of playing as a female protagonist, Shinji was not only made a possible love interest, but maxing out his Social Link provides an additional bonus: [[spoiler:it saves him from his PlotlineDeath]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has Naoto Shirogane, who doesn't show up until midway through the game and only becomes a party member much later, who is popular for [[spoiler:her]] status as a badass ace detective, [[spoiler:her]] quiet intellect, [[spoiler:her]] slight social ineptitude, and [[spoiler:her androgyny]].
** Kanji, for being a huge, intimidating badass, as well as [[spoiler: one of the rare video game examples of an excellently written gay character ([[AmbiguouslyGay maybe.]])]]
** Nanako, the protagonist's utterly adorable cousin, to the point that [[spoiler: her kidnapping and (temporary) death are considered the game's biggest PlayerPunch.]]
** Adachi is surprisingly popular [[spoiler: considering that he orchestrated the kidnapping and attempted (though sometimes successful) murder of several people (mostly teenagers) ''and'' Nanako, on top of being a disturbingly huge misogynist and attempted rapist.]]
* Several of the main demons in the main ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' have received this treatment. Notably, Mara, Matador and Alice. Mara, for being a CrazyAwesome HurricaneOfPuns Giant GagPenis, Matador for becoming THE representative of the series' [[ThatOneBoss trademark bosses]], and {{Alice|Allusion}} is a LittleMissBadass who just wants you... [[SignatureMove to]] [[CastingAShadow Die]] [[OneHitKO for]] [[CreepyAwesome Her]]!
* Anthony [[MeaningfulName Carmine]] in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', a RedShirt killed early in the campaign. He was playable in multiplayer, and was so popular that it was very common to fight [=COG=] teams filled entirely with Anthony Carmines. In the sequel, Carmine was brought back - or more specifically, his brother, Ben Carmine who has a similar personality [[spoiler:He dies as well although he was given more screen time and a dramatic, emotive, death unlike Anthony]]. Then in the third game, Carmine is resurrected yet again with Clay Carmine, with a running gag about his family's expendability with Clay narrowly avoiding death multiple times. [[spoiler: However, Clay does survive in the end]].
** From the Locust side we have [[TheDragon General RAAM]]. Despite appearing only about three times in the first game and having a much smaller role than Skorge and Myrrah. He is so popular that an entire DLC for the third game is a single-player prequel story where RAAM returns, and is playable.
** Among the weapon selection, the Gnasher Shotgun seemingly acquired EnsembleDarkhorse status. It's fairly obvious that the Lancer and its [[ChainsawGood Chainsaw Bayonet]], the signature weapons of the series, were intended to be the weapon people relied on most. However, the shotgun was so strong that 90% of the community used it exclusively, and foamed at the mouth when Epic [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks tweaked it in the sequel]].
*** And then continued to use it.
* Apparently, ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' fans seem to love Letz Shake. His status as Ensemble Darkhorse is especially noteworthy in that [[spoiler:[[BaitAndSwitchBoss you don't even get to fight him]] despite his seemingly very powerful Dr. Shake weapon; Henry [[TheWorfEffect kills him]] [[CurbstompBattle in one blow]], and doesn't even give you the courtesy of a replacement boss to fight]].
** [[spoiler: This has been rectified in the sequel. Letz Shake and Dr. Shake have combined to form Dr. Letz Shake. Now with awesome new VerbalTic. Exclamation mark.]]
** There's also Bad Girl, one of the most recognizable characters from the first game, probably for being the most psychotic (and having an awesome theme song.) Also, [[FetishFuel being hot]].
** ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' has [[ElegantGothicLolita Margaret]]. [[EarWorm Reaper, reaper that's what people call me...]]
** From the first game, we also have [[FanNickname Mister Sir Henry Motherfucker]] ([[spoiler:Travis' twin brother and the TrueFinalBoss]]) and Scarlet Jacobs aka [[LittleMissBadass Shinobu]] (the Rank 8 assassin). Their popularity pays off, as [[spoiler:they're both briefly playable in ''Desperate Struggle''.]]
*** It helps that Henry is a self-aware parody of the kind of cooler-than-thou {{Foil}} to the protagonist that tends to become the EnsembleDarkhorse of their respective series.
** If the staggering amount of fanart and cosplays are anything to go by, [[HotScientist Dr. Naomi]] is quite loved by the fanbase. Half the reason due to [[{{Gainaxing}} her]] [[GagBoobs knockers]] and all the cool stuff that she provides Travis, including [[spoiler: a giant mecha.]]
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' is prone to this, since ''[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters every single grunt character]]'' has their own [[CastOfSnowflakes appearance, animations, voice sets]], personality, and personal biography. This can lead to some players [[VideoGameCaringPotential becoming attached to some of the grunts]] even more than the main characters themselves! The best example would be Edy Nelson, an UnknownRival to main character Rosie who dreams of becoming a GlamorousWartimeSinger. She has more fanart than any other character, with the exception of [[DarkActionGirl Selvaria]] (a Darkhorse in her own right), and she and Selvaria have entire side chapters dedicated to them as downloadable content!
** On the other hand, Selvaria would go down as the only 1st ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' character to appear in crossover ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'', albeit as an enemy.
** To a lesser extent, Marina Wulfstan and Isara are rather popular characters.
** [[VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia Vyse Inglebard]] [[TheCameo and]] [[VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia Aika Thompson]].
** From ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'', there are Marion Siegbahn, a prim and proper {{ojou}} with a secret gun fetish, and Alexis Hilden, a white-haired {{bifauxnen}}.
** [[LargeHam ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?!?!]] Seriously, Vario Kraatz gets quite a bit of love from the fanbase as well, probably due to basically being an {{Expy}} of freaking ELVIS.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'''s Alucard, who wasn't that much noticed in [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse his debut]], but when he appeared in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]'' as a heroic, conflicted {{Badass}} white-haired {{Bishonen}}, his popularity skyrocketed so much that he is the only being to ever rival (or surpass) [[BadassFamily the Belmont clan]] in terms of popularity.
** He's also the only protagonist who's appeared in games of different time periods, so he has a greater chance of being brought back (as he was for the ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Sorrow]]'' series).
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment'' has one in Golem, who was largely a non-entity in the game, players considered him inconsequential, but they grew a fondness for him in this game, and has what's considered the ''best'' story mode in the game. His IronWoobie status may also have gotten some fandom, too.
** As a whole, characters ''not'' related to the Belmonts seem to be more popular. More notable cases include [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse Grant DaNasty]] (the first ally to be encountered in ''III'' and the one fans valued the most due to his [[GameBreaker game-breaking]] [[WallCrawl wall-climbing abilities]]), [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Maria]] [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Renard]] ([[BadassAdorable both as]] [[TokenMiniMoe a]] [[CuteWitch child]] [[KungFuWizard and]] [[SheIsAllGrownUp an]] [[HotWitch adult]]), and [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Hammer]] (a [[RetiredBadass retired army grunt]] who functions as a weapons and items supplier to Soma; fans desperately want to see him playable despite being DummiedOut of ''Dawn'''s Julius Mode and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair Harmony of Despair]]'').
*** There's also the leads of some of the [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon side games]]. [[MagicKnight Nathan Graves]] from ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon Circle of the Moon]]'' and Cornell, [[RedBaron the Blue Crescent Moon]] from ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLegacyOfDarkness Legacy of Darkness]]'' both have ''very'' devoted fanbases despite their games being largely inconsequential to the overall timeline (this is probably thanks in part to their games being more experimental than the standard ''Castlevania'' mold). Cue Cornell making [[UnexpectedCharacter a pleasantly surprising reappearance]] as one of the [[FirstInstallmentWins few modern characters]] in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment'' (alongside the then newcomer [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia Shanoa]]), second in terms of darkhorse status to the aforementioned Golem, one of the few characters to ''not'' have their characterization change from what was previously established, and probably the ''only'' [[Manga/DeathNote Takeshi]] [[Manga/HikaruNoGo Obata]] [[ArtShift redesign]] to be ''praised'' by the fans instead of detested (face it; going from a WolfMan to a ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot wolf knight]]'' can hardly be considered a downgrade).
** In terms of villains, we have Death (due to being Dracula's AffablyEvil [[TheDragon Dragon]] and a more challenging boss than Drac himself), Carmilla (for EvilIsSexy and MsFanservice reasons), Slogra (a member of Death's PraetorianGuard alongside Gaibon and the only MemeticBadass of the series ''not'' named [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaI Simon]], [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Richter]], or [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Julius]]), and [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence Joachim Armster]] (partially overlapping with DracoInLeatherPants, but the appeal of a SecretCharacter who uses psychokinesis to wield ''[[DualWielding five]]'' swords is most certainly there). Galamoth also has shades of this, but that's moreso thanks to his ThatOneBoss status in ''[=SotN=]'' than any actual characterization (he's implied to be TheStarscream, but is the BigBad of the [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]] ''VideoGame/KidDracula'' and TheGhost in ''Judgment'', where he sends [[TheDragon The Time Reaper]] in his place).
** As far as Belmonts go, the most popular one is the one that DIDN'T get his own game. Julius Belmont is a canonical Badass, a trait especially elevated in ''Dawn Of Sorrow'' where, when asked how he took down the more powerful regenerating monsters despite being unable to draw magic seals to stop the regeneration, he responds by stating he just kills them too fast for them to regenerate. His popularity probably has to do with being canonically the strongest Belmont and indeed possibly the strongest character in the series, having permanently killed Dracula, teaming up with Alucard, having the more well received playable post game quests, being totally manly with a BadassLongcoat and, in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Aria of Sorrow]]'', being a combination of ThatOneBoss and BestBossEver, along with his [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome theme music.]] Added to this is the fact that at the time of the ''Sorrow'' games, he was in his mid-'''fifties'''. Even with the reboot, many fans are still clamoring for a game based on the war of 1999, where he permanently killed Dracula but [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot it was never elaborated how.]]
* Looking back at the ''VideoGame/{{Shining}}'' series, if there is one character who receives considerable popularity, it's none other than ''Shining Tears''' token [[AnIcePerson ice witch]] Blanc Neige. She is often hailed as one of the best [=NPCs=] to have around (despite being {{squishy|Wizard}}) and possesses a skill that is extremely useful, and many fawn over seeing how she [[DefrostingIceQueen starts out super aloof and bitchy, then warms up]] and [[spoiler:lets out a very cute smile if paired at the ending]]. Maybe she's not the true main character, but she stands out as the character who received the most fanarts, and also escaped the 'cut', appearing in the crossover with ''VideoGame/ShiningWind''. And if there's one more factor to her popularity, it's her voice in the game, in the Japanese version. She's voiced by none other than Music/MegumiHayashibara herself.
** From the sequel to Tears, ''VideoGame/ShiningWind'', we have Creator/TetsuInada's own beast king Rouen. He's a {{Badass}} who is also a pirate and a king of a Chinese based kingdom.
** An older example back from the Genesis days would be the [[TeamPet Kiwi]], an optional character from ''Shining Force 2''. His stats aside from physical defense is poor, and Magic will inevitably one hit kill him every time. He is a bit of a MagikarpPower type, if you level him to his promotion level, he gains the ability of flight and breathing fire!...But even with this he's still likely to be instant killed by magic due to his horrible HP. Despite this, many players will use him through the whole game, giving him nearly all of the stat boosting items to keep him on par with the rest of the force.
* Don't ask us how, but the pre-packaged Frances Worthington III, a student from ''[[VideoGame/TheSims The Sims 2: University]]'' somehow developed a small cult that's absolutely obsessed with him. Per the strangeness that is ''[=TS2=]'' fandom, you can't quite tell how serious they really are about it.
** Most simmers have a strange fascination with Goopy Gilscarbo, a funny-looking [[RummageSaleReject plainclothes]] townie with allegedly great genes.
*** Goopy's genes are considered great by the fandom because he produces kids that aren't [[OnlySixFaces Face 1 or Face 2]], but [[HollywoodHomely aren't so bizarre as to be considered outright ugly]].
* A number of ''Pop'n Music'' 's [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many, many, MANY characters]] have more fans than mascots Nyami and Mimi; Milk, MZD, and Minit's, just to name a few.
* ''Franchise/SilentHill'' has the one and only Pyramid Head. Most likely due to being an utterly terrifying ImplacableMan (and MemeticMolester, though surely that's irrelevant) and frequent threat in the most popular and acclaimed of the games, he/it/whatever is iconic to the series. ''Origins'' and ''Homecoming'' both feature {{Expy}}s of him, and despite being unrelated to the plot his appearance in TheMovie was almost as well-publicized as the film itself.
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' brings us the NewAgeRetroHippie, a minor enemy.
** The ''Mother'' series has {{Loads and Loads of|Characters}} [[EccentricTownsfolk Quirky NPCs]], so it's got a few darkhorses. Compare Tony's prominence in fanart to his actual role, for example.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2''
** Ruby Heart and Amingo, who are [[OriginalGeneration original characters]]. They managed to appear in the ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom: Card Fighters Clash'' series, though.
** And [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hiryu]], who's one of the most requested characters for ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', thanks to his previous appearances. To give you an idea, he ended in third place in one of Capcom's poll for favorite ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom''[=/=]''Franchise/StreetFighter'' characters, with VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}} and [[VideoGame/FinalFight Poison]] before him. That doesn't sound all that good, until you realize that the poll featured exactly '''111''' characters. This actually seems to have paid off in Hiryu's favor. While he didn't make the cut (due to licensing issues) for ''[=MvC3=]'', fan demand almost singlehandedly ensured that he'd be joining the roster of ''[[UpdatedRerelease Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]''.
* In the ''SSX'' games, Psymon Stark. Not only is he one of the more popular characters due to his out-there personality, he's the only one of the new characters introduced in ''SSX Tricky'' to return in any of the later games.
* Uzuki from ''AkaiIto''. In an official poll asking which [[YuriGenre couple]] was the most popular, Uzuki and the main character Kei ended up as number one.
* Minsc (and Boo!) from the ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' series. Practically the series' mascot character(s).
** The main reason for this is because his legendary {{Cloudcuckoolander}} tendencies (mostly by relying on Boo to do any thinking beyond "hitting bad guy with {{BFS}}") backed up by being a [[LargeHam living wall of ham]].
** They even got a shout out in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' with Tali (ironically another BioWare EnsembleDarkhorse herself) having a combat line referencing one of Minsc's and a purchasable space hamster for your quarters.
** To some, the paladin Keldorn attains this status for the simple virtue of being one of the few D&D paladins ''ever'' who manages to avert all their [[HolierThanThou most]] [[KnightTemplar common]] [[LawfulStupid flaws]].
** Imoen started out as a childhood friend [[spoiler: and half-sister]] of the main character thrown in at the last minute (she doesn't even get any banter lines with the party) as a recruitable party member due to playtesting finding the beginning of the game too hard without recruiting the two evil-aligned AxCrazy characters you run into soon after. She was even slated to die once the sequel came around, but her surprising popularity kept her alive, and she went on to become the series' GenkiGirl and [[TheWoobie Woobie]] extraordinaire (not to mention one of the best mages in the second game.)
** [[TokenEvilTeammate Viconia]] is also popular because... well, [[EvilIsSexy you know]].
* May Greenfield, from ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore For Answer''. Practically no characterization, is an entirely optional wigman, and is ''never seen outside of her mech,'' but AC fandom in general and 4chan's /m/ in particular have fallen in love with the cheerful teenage girl in the bright green [[MightyGlacier Engine of Destruction]].
** Whose logo is a smiley face. Unsurprisingly, (fan) depiction of her is with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair green hair]]. And busty.
** From the same franchise is [[BestBossEver Nineball]]. No player may consider themselves true AC fans if they don't know Nineball, owing to the fact that ''everyone'' [[ThatOneBoss has had their asses handed to them once by this guy]] and he won't hesitate to do it again.
** Stinger, while not as popular, has his fans as well.
** Colonel Radec in ''Killzone 2'' is achieving similar status due to his {{badass}}ery and awesome-looking uniform, despite the fact that a) [[DracoInLeatherPants he's a villain]] and b) is a soulless monster who will ''[[BadBoss execute his own men if they don't wear their uniform right]]'' and would probably drop punt a baby into a minefield if it led to achieving his mission.
*** Both Hakha and Radec are voiced by Sean Pertwee, who played a [[Film/DogSoldiers certain gruff and snarky sargeant]] made of pure NarmCharm who had to be punched in the face, ''twice, at his insistence,'' so that his subordinate could superglue his abdomen closed.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'', Cynder is regarded as this by over half the fandom. The other half... [[BaseBreaker errrrm...]]
** In the original trilogy Bianca counts.
** Elora from the same era is an interesting example. She was a major character, and mild {{Love Interest|s}}, for the second game but was [[PutOnABus completely absent]] from the third except for a cameo. She was meant to pop up in games afterwards but was always cut from the final product. Despite this Elora is a very popular character in the franchise.
** Greta, Bentley, and Sgt. Byrd in the second and third games. Trigger Happy, Terrafin, and Gill Grunt from Skylanders
** Agent 9 was enough of a Darkhorse that he was going to be a BreakoutCharacter. Alas, his games never saw the light of day.
* ''VideoGame/PunchOut''
** WarmUpBoss Glass Joe, who is almost literally the series' [[TheChewToy punching bag]], having a career record of 1-99. Perhaps it's his [[TheWoobie Woobieness]] that's garnered him such a fanbase; perhaps it's due to the [[NotSoHarmlessVillain surprisingly difficult battle against him in the Wii game's Title Defense mode]]. Either way, Joe is perhaps the most popular character in the series, and many fans want him to have his own game.
** Also Aran Ryan.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''
** Ironically, Charon, a ''ghoul'', is one of the most fangirled characters in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.
** On the same note, [[TheGovernment the Enclave]] (the antagonists of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' and ''3'') has a ''huge'' fanbase.
** Don't forget to mention Dogmeat.
** Who can forget about Argyle? [[spoiler:Poor guy...]]
*** You fool. [[WildMassGuessing Charon IS Argyle!]]
** '''LIBERTY PRIME''' (caps and bold a must) Nothing this guy does cannot be considered awesome.
** Vault Boy, the amazing retro mascot who appears in Pip-Boy images and Vault advertising.
** Harold, who has been in Fallout, 2, and 3, and gone from human to ghoul to undead un-living tree thing.
** Boone, from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is somewhere between this and MemeticBadass. On a more general note, the First Recon Snipers are pretty popular.
** YesMan-it helps that he's voiced by Dave Foley.
** Veronica has also become quite popular.
** Joshua Graham only shows up in the game's shortest DLC, and his bigger, active role is only by the end. And yet the amount of attention he gets is huge. Helped by the fact he's among the game's biggest badasses, what with getting thrown into the Grand Canyon while on fire and ''walking it off''.
* Bang Shishigami is one of the more unexpectedly popular characters in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. At first it appeared as though he was going to be a ripoff of [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Chipp Zanuff]]. By the time the Arcade game came out, he was highly-praised for his [[LargeHam hammily]] [[HotBlooded over]]-[[NoIndoorVoice the]]-top {{hilari|tyEnsues}}ousness. He's practically a living ShoutOut to every [[RatedMForManly manly]] Shonen character designed in the past two decades of Anime history. This is quite surprising that he's usually seen as [[ButtMonkey a clown in-universe]] ([[TheChewToy who likes bitching on him]]) as well as not even considered "important" by ASW themselves (he's considered weaker than Carl, of all people, as a vigilante), although that may change in the future due to story progression. He also enjoys a lot of fanworks.
** Also, [[CatGirl Taokaka]]. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that there isn't a single person who hates her, due to her established reputation for being a walking [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment of Funny]]. She even lampshades her status in Relius' Gag Reel.
---> "Tao would never say that because Tao's adorable and friendly and a fan favorite."
** Makoto Nanaya used to be this back in ''Calamity Trigger''. She was an NPC who only appeared in flashback sequences, an old friend of Noel's from the academy days. Despite her very limited screen-time and nominal importance to the overarching plot, she got a surprisingly warm reception from the fandom, mostly due to similarities with the above Taokaka [[note]]they're both [[CuteMonsterGirl cute animal girls]] with [[TheDitz ditzy]], food-loving personalities who play the role of the plucky comic relief[[/note]]. However, her introduction into the main story by ''Continuum Shift Extend'' has been criticised as clumsily handled and has made her into a BaseBreaker. She has even drawn CanonSue accusations, although [[ComicBook/SquirrelGirl given who the inspiration for her character is]], [[StealthParody that may be somewhat the point]].
** Amongst NPC's, Kokonoe and Jubei are darkhorses too. Kokonoe is well loved for her utter snarkiness and the hilarity she brought in "Help me! Professor Kokonoe!", although her darker, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Slippery Slope Jumping]] actual story has also earned her haters. Jubei is universally liked simply because he's probably the only Six Heroes with the least mental problems or emotional baggage and the closest they can get for a BigGood.
*** The prayers for Kokonoe's fans are answered as she becomes a DLC for ''Chronophantasma''.
** [[MadScientist Relius]] is shaping up to be this, gaining a huge amount of popularity just after becoming a playable character. Oh, and this is ''despite'' being an AffablyEvil villain who performs MindRape ForScience This is probably because despite his status as an important BigBadDuumvirate, he wasn't as oversaturated in attention as compared to [[{{Troll}} Hazama]] (who has slowly lost his favor over time and is facing VillainSue accusations), nor was he the main concern of the main hero (Ragna), thus fulfilling the Dark Horse qualifications. Having one of the two big gag reels from ''Extend'' helps, too.
** Perhaps the strangest EnsembleDarkhorse of them all is the [[http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=21410840 fluffy white dog (commonly known as Hype Dog)]] in the background of one of the stages, notable for [[MostAnnoyingSound barking its head off]] and being '''absolutely adorable'''.
** As for the third game, ''Chronophantasma'', [[RatedMForManly Az]][[BloodKnight ra]][[TokenEvilTeammate el]] of Sector Seven has proven to be by far the most well-received of the three new characters in America and Europe. Interestingly, [[WholesomeCrossdresser Amane]] [[AgentPeacock Nishiki]] is the most popular in Japan. [[ValuesDissonance This is mainly due to cultural differences in views towards "manly" characters]].
** As of a recent popularity poll, Azrael has officially overcome his fellow newcomers (including Kokonoe!) to be included in the top ten most popular characters in both Blazblue AND Guilty Gear combined. DAYUM!
** Litchi's gag reel for the third game features [[http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/nKr7fWFS_Js/maxresdefault.jpg Bullet in a Ragna-inspired outfit]]. It's truly surprising how much fanart this rendition of Bullet gets.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' has a couple:
** Sindri Myr, TheStarscream of the first campaign. A suave MagnificentBastard who plays everyone else like puppets and voiced by Creator/ScottMcNeil at his finest, he still remains the most popular and beloved villain of the series despite not appearing since.
** Ork Warboss Gorgutz Headhunta, who debuted in ''Winter Assault'' as the leader of the Orks and as a textbook example of LaughablyEvil got all of the funniest lines. He subsequently returned for ''Dark Crusade'', where his popularity only grew after he ''still'' got all of the best lines, and ''Soulstorm'', which... [[FanonDiscontinuity most people pretend never happened]]. Fans kept hoping he would return for ''Dawn of War II'', even after it became increasingly unlikely.
** ''Winter Assault'' also has [[FourStarBadass General Sturnn]], who, being the only Imperial Guard officer who actually looks like he's been through a few decades of hell, is widely considered the hardest bastard in the galaxy, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKIAMAqGNIY his speech]] at the end of the Guard campaign is well-regarded for its [[RatedMForManly manliness rating]].
** Eliphas the Inheritor of the Word Bearers Legion, a suave and witty evil overlord (and the only Chaos Lord with the slightest modicum of sense) who graced ''Dark Crusade'' but seemed doom to death in canon. Then the trailer for ''Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising'' was released, fans assumed the Chaos Lord shown was Eliphas and rejoiced, and Relic scrambled to put him in the campaign anyway as a treat for the fans. Even despite [[DeathIsCheap dying again]] he returned as a playable character for ''Retribution''.
** [[MemeticBadass Vance]] [[FanNickname Motherfucking]] [[MemeticBadass Stubbs]] is pretty much the only commander in ''Soulstorm'' that's popular for the right reasons as opposed to [[GeneralFailure Indrick]] [[LargeHam Boreale]] who is popular, [[NarmCharm but for all the wrong reasons.]]
** [[BadassNormal Sergeant-Major Merrick]] is VERY popular, despite being only a supporting character in ''Dawn of War II'' and ''Chaos Rising''. He [[AscendedExtra becomes a playable character]] in ''Retribution'', much to the fandom's pleasure.
** Araghast, despite getting screwed over in the ''Chaos Rising'' campaign due to Eliphas replacing the role he would have filled (indeed, in the final product he has few lines and serves no purpose in the story), still has a significant group of dedicated fans who love his [[LargeHam endless ham]].
** ''Retribution'' has the '''entire''' Ork campaign. All four of the characters have many fans (especially Bludflagg, due in part to much resemblance to Gorgutz) and nearly every mission has at least one hilarious line that solidifies the claim that Orks really are da best.
* ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'' has Uboa, TheGrimReaper-like mask thing. And that's not all. Given that the only real "character" is the protagonist herself, the fandom has latched on to a lot of random [=NPCs=] and made them its favorites. The usual suspects are: Uboa, Poniko (Uboa's "normal" form as a blonde girl), Masada (a tall figure dressed all in black, sitting in front of a keyboard in a spaceship, with googly eyes), Monoko (a sweet {{Joshikousei}} who turns into BodyHorror incarnate in the presence of the "Stoplight" effect), and Kyunkyun-kun (a happy rainbow-colored blob who loves to rub poles, and [[NotWhatItLooksLike that is not a euphemism]]).
* Basso The Boxman from the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' games has exactly two canonical appearances: In ''VideoGame/ThiefTheDarkProject'' he's in Cragscleft Prison, and Garrett- who [[IWasJustPassingThrough had to break into the prison for unrelated reasons]]- rescues him in exchange for a valuable nonmonetary reward from Basso's sister. In a mission from ''VideoGame/ThiefIITheMetalAge'', Garrett, somewhat against his better judgement, assists Basso in rescuing a indentured servant that Basso's fallen in love with from her cruel mistress. For some reason, [[GameMod Fan Mission]] community liked Basso and he gets used as a plot device of creators. Eventually, {{Fanon}} evolved that established him as a hapless, bumbling individual who was nevertheless Garrett's only true friend in a CrapsackWorld of treacherous allies and manipulative organizations.
** From the same game series, there's Benny, the incompetent and usually-drunk guardsman. Though he's more of a RunningGag...
* The ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, especially [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the second episode]], gives us a ''slew'' of {{One Scene Wonder}}s like [[CoolOldLady Aethyta the bartender (and asari matriarch)]], [[InternalAffairs Gianna Parasini]], the crime boss Aria T'Loak, Charr the krogan who attempts to woo his Asari girlfriend with ([[SoBadItsGood bad]]) poetry, the Tupari Sports Drink vending machine on the Citadel, "Refund Guy" in both games (he still hasn't gotten his refund, after two years!), [[HeroicWannabe Conrad Verner]] (who is also TheScrappy to a part of the fanbase, though), the [[JustFriends Friend Zoned Turian]] and ValleyGirl Quarian on Illium, the [[AGodAmI "Biotic God"]] volus Niftu Cal, [[Creator/AdamBaldwin Kal'Reegar]] (who has [[http://twitter.com/KalReegar his own twitter page now]]!), [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Shiala]], Urz the varren, and '''especially''' [[AscendedMeme Blasto the Hanar Spectre]].
** Also Techno-Turian and the Turian Gardener on the Citadel. [[WildMassGuessing Who might be the same person]]
** Ken and Gabby, the engineers on the ''Normandy'' and [[spoiler:the main reason you should go into the Omega 4 relay ''right away'' after they are kidnapped]].
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' doesn't have a FinalBoss in the traditional sense, so the final enemy ends up being a [[{{Mooks}} Marauder]], not really different than any of the other ones that you fight throughout the game. He's become very popular, and has been [[FanNickname given the nickname]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=467pmIX-oZo Marauder]] [[http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o4/Vulpix1000/motivator48cfb4eb2d9b0e12556e3209267450038685b648.jpg Shields]].
*** Due to the ending causing [[BrokenBase the base to be blown wide open]], the fandom insist that he is trying to ''save'' Shepard from it.
--> [[MemeticMutation "We must honour his sacrifice".]]
** Refund Guy comes back in ''3''. [[spoiler:He finally gets his refund of fifteen credits. The clerk says he's never seen someone so dedicated over a toaster.]]
*** A few other darkhorses return for [=ME3=], or at least receive some recognition: Aethyta is around the Citadel, and is revealed to be [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather Liara's Father]]]]. Charr and Kal'Reegar both come back [[spoiler: for massive TearJerker. Charr dies fighting the indoctrinated rachni, and leaves behind a poem to be sent to his asari wife/ex-girlfriend; Kal'Reegar sacrifices himself fighting the Reapers.]] Lastly, Aria comes back to offer you some sidequests. (She also acts as a temporary party member during the Omega DLC, of which she is the central character.)
** [[TheCaptain Captain]] (later {{Major|lyAwesome}}) [[BadassBystander Kirrahe]], loved for his HoldTheLine and DareToBeBadass speeches by the fandom. Many wished that he was a party member, making his [[spoiler:potential TakingTheBullet moment from Mass Effect 3 a huge tear jerker.]]
** [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Javik]], the Prothean [[ShadowArchetype equivalent]] of Shepard and oldest {{Troll}} in the galaxy.
** Garrus and Tali are probably the largest example for the entire series, being PromotedToLoveInterest after the first game due to the sheer scale of their popularity with the fanbase.
* Jackle from ''VideoGame/NightsIntoDreams''. This card-throwing maniac has become so popular that even newer fans of the ''[=NiGHTS=]'' series who never played the original game love him to pieces.
** Speaking of [=NiGHTS=], there's also Reala, who is the Shadow the Hedgehog of the series.
* ''VideoGame/BattleGaregga'' has Black Heart, the boss of Stage 5 and the second-to-last boss, and it's even more popular than [[FinalBoss Glow Squid]]; in fact, on the Japanese version of [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} That Other Wiki]], the ''Battle Garegga'' page has ''[[http://tinyurl.com/bg-blackheart a whole section for Black Heart]]''. Its owes its popularity to [[ThatOneBoss how much harder it is compared to the past four bosses]] when you first encounter it, and a very major scoring trick you can exploit when you encounter it a second time. It was popular enough that in the SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/ArmedPoliceBatrider'', it appears as a BonusBoss ''twice''.
** Also, the Stage 2 flamingoes. Part of a high-scoring secret, the flamingoes have become very popular amongst ''Garegga'' fans, despite being little sprites that have no relevance to the protagonists or antagonists.
* One of the most popular and interesting characters in ''VideoGame/AtelierIrisEternalMana'' is not a playable character, but rather a shopkeeper of all things. Veola, the owner of the magic shop in the first town you visit becomes the most captivating and fleshed out character in the game as the plot progresses. The character in question is also the subject of some fan fiction.
* Achmed Khan from ''VideoGame/BackyardSports''. Originally, he was just a regular playable character who was not on ''any'' of the artwork of the first few games. But he got a massive fanbase, mostly due to his guitar-player wannabe personality. This probably led to his inclusion as a playable character in ''Backyard Skateboarding'', and (unfortunately) his {{Flanderization}}.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' is a series rife with {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s for fans. However, there is one figure that stands to be very popular amongst the boys, and that is... Oichi. Her charm is just how tragic she ends up in her life, with her whole story being a huge TearJerker. She also has the voice of Creator/MamikoNoto, and with some other things, she became the series' dear girl and even when ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara 3'' is announced to have some characters, especially those close to Nobunaga, to be cut... when asked about Oichi's eventual fate, the producers always say "I'm not telling" to tease the fans. Oh, and she's also the sole playable female in the fighting game spinoff. And now she is confirmed to be playable in [=SB3=], despite being historically LONG DEAD before Sekigahara even begins (but then again, this game really doesn't care about historical accuracy, so she's there by popular demand). And then, it gets even better in English when she gets a popular voice actress to voice her: Creator/LauraBailey.
** No mention of Oichi's light saber wielding, shield boomerang throwing, justice maniac husband Nagamasa Azai? Along side Oichi, Nagamasa wasn't initially playable in his first appearance in Sengoku Basara 2. His popularity sky rockets him into Playable Character status in the expansion SB2: Heroes. Even after his canonical death, fans were clamoring for his return. After taking a leave of absence in Sengoku Basara 3, with the story being rebooted, Nagamasa, announced along side Oichi, and his newly NPC sister Kyougoku Maria, are returning in Sengoku Basara 4.
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank''.
** Captain Qwark was only meant to feature in the [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank first game]], but fan reaction was so good that Qwark was made the villain for the second game and became a recurring ButtMonkey thereafter. Others think Captain Qwark ''was'' a darkhorse but is now just a [[ItsAllAboutMe narcissistic]], [[DirtyCoward sometimes cowardly]] CreatorsPet.
** LargeHam CardCarryingVillain Dr. Nefarious and his ServileSnarker Lawrence from ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal Up Your Arsenal]]'' also generated quite a following. Enough so that they returned for ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime A Crack In Time]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankAll4One One 4 All]]'', the latter featuring Nefarious as a ''playable character''.
** The Galactic Rangers from ''Up Your Arsenal''. Not only among the only characters that give Ratchet proper appreciation for his work, they promise to pay him back for all his help. During the final boss fight, they make good on that promise. Gets better. They have been [[AndTheFandomRejoiced/RatchetAndClank confirmed]] to appear in the ''[[Film/RatchetAndClank film]]''!
** [[MemeticBadass Mr. Zurkon requires no nanotech to survive. Mr. Zurkon lives on fear.]]
* The two sets of ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//]]'' games have each had at least one Darkhorse: CheerfulChild Mistral for the first four (popular enough that she got to appear in the [[Anime/DotHackSign Sign epilogue]], the only not-plot-important character to do so), and {{Proud Warrior|RaceGuy}} Alkaid for ''[[VideoGame/DotHackGU G.U.]]''.
** Azure Kite of ''G.U.'' is also extremely popular, what with the [[IncendiaryExponent fire]] and the ImpossiblyCoolWeapon and the BadAss and...
** Skeith. Mainly due to CreepyAwesome.
* ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' has The Murray and Bentley, Sly's sidekicks in [[VideoGane/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus the first game]], who get a major promotion into playable characters in [[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves the second]] and [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves third game]].
** Being the protagonist's sidekicks, however, it's understandable that they would have a pretty good fanbase. Dimitri, on the other hand...
*** What about him? [[MemeticMutation His suit is greasy sweet!]] His ridiculous mannerisms and oddball use for the Clockwerk tailfeathers (plates in a counterfeit money machine?) made him so popular that he managed to worm his way into [[spoiler:the Cooper Gang in]] the third game.
*** He also appeared in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1bb_JRkAOk official E3 trailer]] for the fourth game, no doubt leading to massive amounts of {{Squee}}ing in the fandom.
** Also Muggshot and Panda King, to the point where they would later reappear in [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]].
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has quite a few. There's [[DracoInLeatherPants Ghost Widow]], an [[EvilIsSexy attractive]] [[OurGhostsAreDifferent undead]] [[TheDragon right-hand woman]] to [[BigBad Lord Recluse]] (mainly popular for being the ''only'' character in the game with animated hair), the MemeticBadass [[SuperCop Blue Steel]], and new character Desdemonda, made to showcase the [[HeelFaceTurn Going Rogue]] expansion. Desdemonda's case was helped by her portrayal at [=HeroCon=] by a [[StatuesqueStunner tall and attractive model]].
** While the Korean version of the game failed, the characters created for it proved surprisingly popular, especially MrFanservice Foreshadow and SwordAndGun user Spark Blade. Good aversions of CaptainEthnic.
* The ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' series has a few, but the most surprisingly popular character has to be Jinx. He only appeared in three missions in the '''ENTIRE''' series.
** The [[PowerupMount Leaper Lizards]]?
* Of the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in the ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' metaseries, two characters are apparent standouts among the fandom: [[{{Gainaxing}} bouncy]] ''VideoGame/FatalFury 2'' starlet Mai Shiranui; and [[EvilIsSexy Shermie]], the lone female member of the Orochi Saga's "New Faces" team. Mai has been a regular member of the roster in every game except for ''XII'', and Shermie is the only character from her team to appear in a crossover game (''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum''). That both characters are [[MsFanservice fanservice on two legs]] in addition to being decent fighters may have played a part in their popularity.
** Also from ''Fatal Fury'', there is of course [[{{Badass}} Geese Howard]]. And [[JusticeWillPrevail Kim Kaphwan]].
** And that's ''still'' not all of them. There's Rugal Bernstein (''[[TropeCodifier the]]'' SNKBoss), Shingo Yabuki (the LethalJokeCharacter AscendedFanboy of [[TheProtagonist series' lead Kyo Kusanagi]]), Kula Diamond (a GenkiGirl with [[AnIcePerson ice powers]] used to [[RedOniBlueOni compliment]] [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff American darkhorse]] [[AntiHeroSubstitute K']]), Blue Mary (Terry Bogard's ActionGirlfriend [[ShipTease of sorts]] who debutted in ''Fatal Fury 3''), Eiji Kisaragi (the {{ninja}} [[TheRival rival]] of the Kyokugen dojo from ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting 2''), Duck King (the CrazyAwesome DanceBattler from ''Fatal Fury''), Heidern (ColonelBadass par excellence and the adopted father of Leona), Ron (one of [[SNKBoss Original Zero's]] [[AssistCharacter strikers]] in ''2001'', known for his {{badass}}ery, EvilLaugh, and the ability to ''[[MegatonPunch break your guard with a single punch]]''), Yashiro Nanakase and Chris (Shermie's teammates, darkhorses in their own right), May Lee (the CuteBruiser disciple of the aforementioned Kim, [[ReplacementScrappy who oddly enough once got a lot of heat for replacing Jhun Hoon and King]] in ''2001'' and ''2002''), Kasumi Todoh (the only new character from ''Art of Fighting 3'' to crossover to ''KOF''), Vanessa (ActionMom boxer who cribbed off of the moves of Rick Strowd, ''the'' EnsembleDarkhorse of ''Real Bout Fatal Fury 2''), Billy Kane (TheDragon to Geese), Oswald (the enigmatic cohort of [[CreatorsPet Ash Crimson]] [[DeathDealer who used cards to kill you]]), and at least half the cast of ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'' (most notably, Rock Howard, [[PirateGirl Bonne Jenet]], [[LargeHam Tizoc]], [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Gato]], and [[MartialPacifist Hotaru Futaba]]; the former showed up in the ''[[AlternateContinuity Maximum Impact]]'' series and cameos as a kid in the main series; Tizoc and Gato joined in ''2003'' and the other two followed suit in ''XI''). Given their MemeticBadass status in the {{fandom}}, [[BadassNormal Shen Woo]], [[BoisterousBruiser Ralf Jones]], [[{{Mascot}} Terry]], [[PsychoForHire Ryuji Yamazaki]], and [[GoodOldFisticuffs Gai Tendo]] (from ''Buriki One'') themselves have also earned this status. Even the American Sports Team, whose RunningGag involves being invited to a tournament and then [[CurbStompBattle being destroyed in a fight and having their invites stolen]], have a surprisingly large fanbase. If any of the above characters are included in a new game, the fans will go nuts. In fact, there was a great deal of InternetBackdraft when Mai was excluded from the arcade version of ''XI'' and ''XII'' altogether, leading to '''[[MemeticMutation "NO MAI = NO BUY!"]]'''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' franchise has [[ArchEnemy Ridley]], the iconic Space Dragon. Although he's generally regarded as the BigBad of the series today, he didn't start off that way; he was originally just a mere dungeon boss in the [[VideoGame/{{Metroid1}} original game]], serving the ''actual'' main villain of the game Mother Brain. But in his next appearance, ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', he more or less steals the show when he comes in and captures the baby Metroid from Samus, prompting her to go back to planet Zebes and rescue it, resulting in one hell of a vicious battle between the two near the end. His role in the story effectively led to him displacing Mother Brain as the true leader of the Space Pirates, and even made out to be ''responsible'' for the deaths of Samus's birth parents and her adoptive family, the Chozo. [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic The fact that he also has an incredible awesome theme song also helps.]]
** The Metroid franchise might be this in general. It's considered by many to be one of Nintendo's most iconic franchises, an important landmark in the history of 1980s video gaming, and helped [[{{Metroidvania}} revolutionize a popular genre]]. Its two lead characters, Samus and Ridley, are both widely popular characters and are often put together with Nintendo's heroes and villains, respectively. But the franchise itself isn't very well-regarded in its native country Japan, and is generally treated with indifference by both the fans there and NCL itself. In crossovers, it's usually only given middling representation with the NES game given the most spotlight.
** Kraid may also qualify, despite the fact that the games have given little to no background on who he is. Heck, in the official manga he just appears out of nowhere on Zebes unlike Ridley and Mother Brain, who were given full introductions beforehand.
** Upon revelation of ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM,'' fans quickly fell in with love Anthony Higgs, who earned the nickname MBD (Mysterious Black Dude). When the game became a notorious BaseBreaker, even those who didn't like the game overall tended to regard Anthony as the best part of it. He's portrayed as Samus' best friend... and unlike the highly contested portrayal of Adam, Anthony actually ''acts like her best friend,'' being a kind, supportive person, with a good sense of humor and respect for Samus as a person. It doesn't hurt that he's also a BadAss who wields a {{BFG}}.
** Rundas, the ice-based alien bounty hunter of ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime Metroid Prime 3: Corruption]]'' certainly has a large following. Most likely because 1) [[JustForPun cool powers]]; 2) his [[Creator/ChristopherSabat voice]] and personality; 3) twice he rescues Samus, once from several Pirate shuttles and the other from falling to her death after battling Meta Ridley; 4) out of the three hunters, he seemed to be able to control his corruption the best, well enough in fact that Dark Samus had to take control of him herself to fight Samus; 5) his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nMFLquJeCc hauntingly sad and beautiful boss theme.]]
*** All of the other bounty hunters to some extent; Ghor, being basically a cyborg version of Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, and Gandraya the shapeshifter who [[LesYay seems to like teasing Samus]].
** Of all the bounty hunters that appeared in ''Metroid Prime: Hunters'', Sylux, only referred to as an 'it' seem to be the most popular. And the ship that appears to follow Samus in the ''Metroid Prime 3'' ending looks very similar to Sylux'.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', the EnsembleDarkhorse is probably Oki, who is very much of a BadAss, take into account he has one of the best fights in the ''game'', is probably one of the characters with the most personality, and he can ''turn into a wolf'', yeah, he's ''that'' awesome. Waka probably counts too.
** Tobi is also very popular, despite showing up for only one dungeon and in essence being ''A piece of paper''. So popular that the HD port of Okami gave him a trophy, despite normally being set aside for slightly more major events. Most bosses get insults. Tobi gets "Rest In Peace".
* ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria 2}}'' has Trevor, the [[StraightGay gay guy]] who was the only person [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] didn't want to see [[spoiler:die horribly.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}'' might have not won the [[Creator/HPLovecraft Commonplace Book]] competition at the TigSource Forums, but became more popular than ''Verge'' (the winner) and ''From Primordial Egg'' (2nd place; Eversion was the third). Apparently, it all began when the game got posted at the ''Webcomic/VGCats'' homepage...
* ''[[VideoGame/FZero F-Zero GX/AX]]'' gave us the AX racers. Each are unique in every way possible from the already [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters massive]] set of 30 unique racers.
** But of that group, it's usually [[TimePolice Phoenix]], [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princia]], and [[ActionGirl Lily]] who get the most attention.
** To a lesser extent, Samurai Goroh is one. Despite being a ButtMonkey in ''GX'', the anime revamped him as a much better-looking long hair LoveableRogue mentor to [[SupportingProtagonist Ryu Suzaku/Rick Wheeler]] whose penchant for enacting a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]] was second only to Captain Falcon himself. They also gave him one ''fox'' of a wife in the form of [[FemmeFatale Lisa Brilliant]]. Come ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Brawl'', he's the ''only'' character in the series besides Falcon to get non-trophy representation as an Assist Trophy.
** More or less, the series could be summed up as "[[SpotlightStealingSquad Captain]] [[SeriesMascot Falcon]] + Everyone Else". There's a favorite out there for everyone.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' gave the gaming public Malik, Jerusalem quest giver. He has established himself as a fan favourite, mainly for being bitter, sarcastic, and delightfully mean to Altair.
** Even more extreme is his brother Kadar, who exists only to get fridged fifteen minutes into the game. He still gets into a lot of fanart.
** Cesare Borgia garnered this, mostly for being a male example of EvilIsSexy it seems. Deviantart has lots of fanarts showing him molesting Ezio or the poor, scared shitless Leonardo Da Vinci.
** Damascus' Rafiq (who apparently has no name). He's a...talkative, odd sort of guy.
--> '''Rafiq D:''' Whose life do you come to collect today?
--> '''Alta´r:''' His name is Abu'l Nuqoud.
--> '''Rafiq D:''' Oh, the Merchant King of Damascus! Richest man in the city! Quite exciting, quite dangerous! I envy you, Alta´r--well, not the bit where you were beaten and stripped of your rank--but I envy everything else! Oh, except for the terrible things the other assassins say about you; but yes, aside from the failure and the hatred, yes, aside from those things, I envy you very much!
--> '''Alta´r:''' If you're finished...
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil''
** Meii is one of the more popular characters in the fandom, following only behind the main characters. She's liked far more than her fellow [=NPCs=] in the game's MissionControl. However, she's also a voluptuous, [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife blue-furred]] CatGirl, which explains a lot.
** There's also Yoa, one of the {{Heartwarming Orphan}}s from the lighthouse. Among the six orphans, she's easily the most popular--probably because she, too, is blue, with unusual facial markings, speaks a mysterious language, and seems to be either an excellent snoop or have psychic powers. Her cool design and air of mystery make her very popular with the fans, despite her being just another NPC otherwise.
* Several in the ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' series, especially with (optional-encounter) characters who have much more backstory and impact than meets the eye:
** The Morpheus AI in the original game is an optional encounter that is "rewarded" by picking a few locks (that you may have spent as much as or more time doing, depending on how you did it and your skills) and an insignificant number of skill points. The conversation he has with the protagonist is considered one of the game's most interesting conversations, raising some interesting philosophical ideas. One of the games most quoted lines is the AI's idea that "God was a dream of good government".
** The NSF soldier you find locked up in the UNATCO secure holding facility when JC is imprisoned a third of the way through the game. Despite the fact that nothing in the game indicates you should go out of your way to save him, he's a OneHitPointWonder, and you don't get any reward for helping him get to the Liberty Island helipad besides his thanks and a mention that he can "make it from here", many players choose to save him rather than leave him behind (and spent the whole time escorting him) because the character is ridiculously charismatic and innocent.
** Aimee, the homeless woman you meet when you first go to Paris, who asks you to kill the greasels who murdered several of her cats. The character has received a MemeticMutation for her victory cry (when you complete the missions) of "You saved mah kittehs!" in a heavily-accented French voice.
** The Omar in ''[[VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar Invisible War]]'', TheSocialDarwinist Cyborg HiveMind that maintains the game's BlackMarket. This is most likely due to their interesting appearance and the Omar Trader's awesome voice.
** Malik in ''[[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution Human Revolution]]'', who mostly exists as your comm support, but proved to be so popular that players would go back and replay the Hong Kong crash mission to save her life (and prevent her from being killed and harvested for augs).
* ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'' has [[CuteMonsterGirl Draco Centauros]]. She was just a random {{mook|s}} and actually the first (normal) enemy, but was so liked she got upgraded to [[EliteMooks one of the hardest enemies]] in the sequel and then to outright a playable character with her own story mode along [[TheDragon Schezo]]. Then the franchise reboot came and all old characters were gone (immediately qualifying for this trope). Then they made ''15th anniversary'', which brought up the old main cast and a few others... but not her. Fan reaction managed to bring her back up for the ''next game''... And even have other two other fan-favorite characters make a cameo!
** There's also [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Witch]], who was so popular back in the old Puyo-days that [[http://puyonexus.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=183 she was given her own PC game provided by Compile Discstation Magazine.]] This game's claimed as the most best Discstation games out there.
** Well, what isn't awesome about witches who can summon stars and meteors at their opponent?
*** Both will return for the 20nth Anniversary game of Puyo Puyo for DS!!!
* The third season of the ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' games introduces Sal, a six foot tall cockroach. Sounds disgustingly unappealing, right? Yet his kind, simple personality makes him such a likeable GentleGiant that no one can help but love him, even Sam and [[KillerRabbit Max]] themselves. People can't help but feel guilty when they have to [[ButtMonkey beat]] [[TheChewToy the]] [[TheWoobie crap]] out of him later. [[spoiler:Or when he dies in a HeroicSacrifice, RedemptionEqualsDeath moment, but it's you who persuade him into it.]]
* In ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki'' for the protagonists of the five generations, Thoma himself is the most well-liked of the 5 protagonists followed by Leo. For the other party members, we've got Fyuria, Valeria (enough to be brought back to Agarest 2), Silvi, and Murmina.
* Kanpachi from ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' is merely a fishing Mimiga who isn't much important[[spoiler:, until he manages to catch a key for you]]. Mirai Gamer fandom seems to [[http://www.cavestory.org/forums/showthread.php?t=3573 raise him]] to MemeticBadass levels.
** How can we mention ''Cave Story'' without bringing up Balrog? [[CatchPhrase OH YEAAAAAH!!!]]
* [[http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=184868976041 Tropers, I present to you the Toripo Appreciation Society.]]
* Raven/Toona from ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3''. She's so popular that she beats out all the other female love interests in the series. Following her in a close second is Pia/Persia.
** Raven's one of the four heroines in the first OP (alongside Marian, Karina, and Kuruna), she's the second heroine introduced, and she seems to be brought up in conversations a little more often than most of the other heroines. ("Isn't Raven adorable?") I don't think that her popularity came as a surprise to the creators. Pia and Sofia fit the "ensemble darkhorse" bill a little better.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' has a few characters regarded this way, the best-known of whom is probably [[CoolOldGuy Kraden]]. Interesting because the series [[FlatCharacter doesn't exactly focus on character development]].
** [[MagnificentBastard Saturos]] also has a great deal of popularity, despite dying in the first game and, you know, being a bad guy whose motivations weren't even clear until long after he was dead. Saturos was so popular that it caused fan hate for Agatio in ''The Lost Age'', just because he wasn't Saturos.
** In [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]], [[CuteMonsterGirl Sveta]] is actually the main focal point of the central plot. Kind of odd considering you don't recruit her until roughly half way through the game.
*** Sveta gets this from the fandom ''despite'' being the SpotlightStealingSquad of ''Dark Dawn''. Because in stealing the show, she ended up with more CharacterDevelopment than anybody else in the series thus far, and is a genuinely likeable character.
** One of the series' most popular characters is its BigBad, [[spoiler:Alex[=/=]Arcanus]]. Mainly due to being a MagnificentBastard who puts Saturos to shame, and being DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough that he has managed to remain, after ''three whole games'', [[spoiler:TheUnfought.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates'' The Indian War Canoe. This is the tiniest, puniest ship in the game, used only by Indians to make raids against ports. However, in the hands of the player, it is a war machine - forgoing cannon-play entirely to go for a quick boarding, dodging between cannonballs. Players skilled with Fencing can pretty much defeat any ship this way, no matter how large, and very quickly the ship became a cult favourite, especially for playing at the highest difficulty levels.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge''
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''
*** ''Origins'' has a list of quirky party members, but it's Duncan who's the character that all the fans of the series love. [[spoiler: A big reason because he was TooCoolToLive.]]
*** Finn and Ariane, the two companions from the ''Witch Hunt'' DLC, were incredibly well liked by players.
*** Cullen, despite only having a few lines of dialogue in the original game, remains one of the most popular characters from it--mostly for the crush he has on the female mage PlayerCharacter. His popularity was so great that he returns in a major [=NPC=] role in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' and is confirmed to return in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''.
*** Bann Teagan has many admirers in the fandom, as he's one of the few unambiguously heroic characters, never steps on the player's toes, and even flirts with the female Warden.
*** Sandal, the simple enchanter son of the camp merchant, is fun and energetic and memetic enough that the fandom very fondly looks on him. There's also the air of mystery that surrounds him and his apparently being a supreme badass when no one's looking [[spoiler:considering he's able to wipe out hordes of darkspawn, Templars and abominations]].
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''
*** The (very) minor character Lilley from the "Inside Job" sidequest (who has about 10 lines of dialogue and [[spoiler:gets killed off halfway through the quest]]) has somehow endeared herself to a lot of fans, some of whom go as far as to suggest she should have been made a permanent party member. This is probably all thanks to a surprisingly powerful performance from Alix Wilton Regan, though her being a good-looking ActionGirl likely helped a lot, too. There's a possibility that Lilley was supposed to have played a much bigger role in the [[http://dgaider.tumblr.com/post/73010278975/on-plots-returning-as-dlc cut]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Coterie questline]].
*** Athenril seems to have attracted a similar following, probably for much the same reasons, and the fact that she's one of the elves people will hold up as a sign that the new elf design is good.
*** Ketojan. He really gave the feeling that he was going to be a party member, which meant [[DrivenToSuicide his fate]] left a lot of players very disappointed.
* [[LawfulGood Herschel Biggs]], [[NobleBigotWithABadge Rusty Galloway]] and [[TheCoroner Malcolm Carruthers]] seem to be the most popular characters in the VideoGame/LANoire fandom.
* [[BigBad Ogura]] from the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy Starfy]]'' series. This made his [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]] in the third game even more depressing.
* ''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger''
** Fluffy, to the point where she got a bigger role in ''2'' & ''3''. Sadly, [[spoiler: she died in the ending of ''Ty 3'']].
** Also [[EvilTwin Sly]].
** Rex, Ranger Ken, Maurice, and even JULIUS probably count.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'', [[PlayStation3 Noire]] is consistently high in the polls polls. Appropriate, seeing as the game was released on the PlayStation3 only. Falcom is also pretty popular amongst the cast. For the villains, Brave The Hard is the highest ranked among all of them, and for [=NPCs=], it's Histoire.
* [[LoveableRogue Gilder]] and [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Ramirez]] from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' both get this treatment at times.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Soul|Series}}'' series has Li Long (from ''Soul Edge/Soul Blade'') due to his flashy moves, Hwang for being better than his replacement to the point where fans are [[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Petition-for-Hwang-in-Soul-Calibur-V/223960684300729 petitioning him to be included in]] ''Soulcalibur V'', and Talim due to her kind personality. Shura (from ''IV'') is also very popular despite being a bonus character to the point where many fans were disappointed when she was confirmed not to be in ''V''. Among the {{Guest Fighter}}s, [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] was the most well received by fans. Many even hope future installments of the series hit a Nintendo platform just so he can be included in it. He also singlehandedly ensured that the [=GameCube=] version of ''Soulcalibur II'' sold more than either the {{P|layStation2}}S2 or Xbox versions.\\
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[[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Ezio Auditore]], the GuestFighter in ''V'', seems to have dethroned Link, believe it or not. In a series where guests (barring the aforementioned Link) are ''massive'' {{Base Breaker}}s, not only is Ezio noted to be the first guest who ''completely fits the atmosphere of the series'', but he is generating ''so much hype'' that he is creating a JustHereForGodzilla effect from both ''Soulcalibur'' and ''Assassin's Creed'' fans. To put this into perspective, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeuecG4xNnI his reveal trailer]] shows the return of series BigBad [[EvilIsCool Nightmare]]. ''Ezio completely steals the spotlight'', to the point that Nightmare appears to just be an afterthought.
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos Origins'' gives us Guillo, [[TheHero Sagi's]] magical puppet sidekick. Aside from having several GameBreaker specials and items, Guillo is widely considered the best character in the game, being a hilarious DeadpanSnarker foil to Sagi, having a compelling backstory, and just generally being a total badass.
* ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot''
** Crunch Bandicoot, a super buff bandicoot originally introduced as a BadAss rival to the main character in ''VideoGame/CrashBandicootTheWrathOfCortex''. WordOfGod claims Crunch's cameo in ''VideoGame/CrashTwinsanity'' was solely to appease his huge fanbase.
** [[FetishFuelStationAttendant Tawna]] garnered a rather large fanbase, but appeared prominently in only two games and made very minor cameos in others (due to the CreatorBacklash concerning ExecutiveMeddling bowdlerizing her original character design).
** Fake Crash, a random version of Crash that was meant to be an in-game joke turns into a total fame by the Japanese that makes him now a tag-along guy.
* Three Words: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXfqtq_Yk0Y Non-Specific Action Figure.]] Forget the nerd, forget his "Friends", just focus on that Action Figure.
* [[BloodKnight Augus]] from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' is easily one of the more liked characters in the game, as his boisterous personality and relatively manly and badass traits make him quite a popular character even [[spoiler: after Asura defeats and kills him]]. Many fans clamour for him to be playable in extra scenarios or DLC.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters being what is it]], has a lot of characters that fit this description.
** Mordekaiser is considered to be low-tier and nigh useless in competitive gameplay. Now go ask the players about him.
** Draven has become this VERY QUICKLY, because that's so Draven. He then went on to obliterate all comers in the GameFAQs 2013 Character Battle, making a strong statement early on by defeating Link, the highest ranked member of the Character Battle's "Noble Nine" (nine characters who used to only ever lose to eachother in 1-on-1 matches).
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''
** The series has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, many of them being incidentals or one-offs worth only a single Jiggy. Nonetheless, some of them get to be quite popular. Prime among them are Chilly Willy and Chili Billy, the twin bosses of Hailfire Peaks in ''Tooie.'' In a world of goofy and cartoonish creatures, they stand out because they're ''[[OurDragonsAreDifferent enormous, screen-filling DRAGONS]],'' with massive glowing spikes (visually impressive by Nintendo64 standards), [[BossRemix epic music,]] and dialogue that's pretty funny by the standards of an already comedy-centric game.
** Mr. Patch, another boss from ''Tooie,'' is almost as popular. Once again, his epic boss fight may have something to do with this, as he's easily [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever the largest character]] in the entire ''series'', and has to be fought while flying. He also manages to be quite funny (how many other characters' {{Boss Subtitle|s}} calls them a "Strange Wobbly Inflatable Thing?).
** Sexy Grunty. During the game over sequence of the first game, VainSorceress Gruntilda gets her wish to become beautiful. [[MsFanservice And boy, does she ever!]] Naturally, she became popular due to her sheer, overwhelming sexiness... and perhaps for the large amounts of [[NightmareFuel/BanjoKazooie Nightmare Fuel]] said game-over was capable of inducing, particularly "Ugly Tooty."
** Clanker, the giant mechanical shark/whale thing from Clanker's Cavern in the first game. Despite his scary appearance, Clanker is one of the [[TheWoobie more pitiable characters in the series]]--he's forced to serve as Grunty's trash compactor in a tiny, confined cavern full of grimy water, when all he wants to do is breathe fresh air and swim free.
* Minor ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' characters such as Miss Pauling, Archimedies, Merasmus, and [[MemeticBadass SAXTON HAAAAAAALE!!!]]
* Varla Guns from ''VideoGame/TheHouseOfTheDeadOverkill''. The {{P|layStation3}}S3 version even has two exclusive chapters where you play as her, because people loved her so much on the Wii version.
* Yoyo from ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' became this when he was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap in ''Future''. Although he is kidnapped for 1/3rd of the game, he's the most popular character amongst the female gamers, and you'll be surprised by how much fan art and fanfiction he has. Cube, the goth girl, is this for the male gamers.
* Carley from ''Videogame/TheWalkingDead'', largely for being an attractive ActionGirl whose impressive proficiency with a gun yields her several [[Awesome/TheWalkingDead Crowning Moments of Awesome]]. She also gets a lot of love for treating Lee with respect and [[OnlySaneMan being enough of an adult]] to support neutral options when the player tries to keep the peace between Lilly and Kenny.
** Chuck also is liked by the fandom despite [[spoiler:appearing only half-way through Episode Three and being killed off relatively early in Episode 4]]. Most of the love stems for being a CoolOldGuy and [[BadassGrandpa badass, shovel-wielding grandpa]] with really good and pragmatic advice towards raising Clementine.
* Bain from ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' grew into this trope, being well known for having planned each heist carefully and how he can get your crew out of custody/jail no matter how many cops and civilians you killed.
* Every edition of the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' series (with the possible exception of the {{Gameboy}} editions) contains at least one, usually a popular non-marriage candidate. Some of the more prominent examples include Pastor Carter (from the Mineral Town games), Flora and Carter the Archeologist (the Wonderful Life versions), Marian (Grand Bazaar), Alisa (Island of Happiness/Sunshine Island) and Eileen (The Tale of Two Towns).
** Marriageable darkhorses (usually male) include Cliff (Mineral Town), Vaughn (Island of Happiness), Chase (Tree of Tranquility), Dirk (Grand Bazaar) and Cam (The Tale of Two Towns).
* Clive Handforth from ''[[VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet Little Big Planet 2]].'' He's a nigh-impossible-to-hate combination of adorable character design (he's made of office supplies!), varying degrees of cynicism, and tendency to utter the best lines in the game. Perhaps if he'd cheer up if he knew he had so many fans! [[TheEeyore Or not.]]
* Out of the many Puchirus monsters in the obscure DS game ''Puchi Puchi Virus''. A Sea Bee, a goldfish/bee hybrid Puchirus monster, inspired more fanart than other characters.
* Sweet Tooth from ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' and, to a lesser extent, Grimm and Dollface. Sweet Tooth was just another character in the original game among an already colorful cast. Now he is the ''face'' of ''Twisted Metal''. Grimm has been a recurring character in the series, and Dollface has quite a following. All three are the main characters in the 2012 Reboot, and Dollface was an unlockable mascot in ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale''[[note]]Grimm was added later as DLC[[/note]].
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' has a few, given its large cast with fairly expansive backstories; of the "visible" cast, most notable is probably Carol. She's one of the few people in the seemingly sweet Greenvale who's as [[DeadpanSnarker as acerbic as the protagonist,]] not to mention her stylish choice of dress, the fact that she's a lounge singer, and her [[spoiler: very, very strong {{Yandere}} tendencies]].
** Even moreso in certain ways is Punk York. During one small conversation, York offhandedly mentions that he used to [[FormerTeenRebel dress like a punk rocker in high school]]. The idea completely captivated fans' imaginations, producing many pieces of fanart of a teenaged, punk-dressed York, and "punk York" was among the more requested alternate costumes for the UpdatedRerelease.
* The dinaurians from ''VideoGame/FossilFighters.'' A little more than halfway through the first game, it concludes its ToBeAMaster plot with the main character actually becoming a master, and shifts focus to a group of [[LizardFolk dinosaur-like aliens]] who want to take over the Earth. Their plot wraps up, and they don't appear at all in the sequel (save for in some DownloadableContent). However, almost the ''entire fandom'' for the two games revolves around them, especially the [[SuperMode more saurian Battle Forms]] they can take, composed of HardLight.
* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'''s Kadeshi are a Darkhorse species [[spoiler:or rather [[LongLostRelative culture]]]]. Whether or not the Kushan eradicated them is a subject of [[FlameWar debate]].
* ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'':
** [[ActionGirl Second]] [[ActionSurvivor Lieutenant]] [[BadassNormal Mira]], although she is [[Characters/Warhammer40000ImperialGuard Imperial Guard]] and they're usually very well-liked by the fandom anyway.
** Warboss Grimskull has quite a following, mostly for his VillainousValour and general Orky {{Crazy Awesome}}ness.
* Duke Crabtree from Creator/ZapDramatic's ''Ambition''.
* Victor Sullivan from the ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' series has gained quite a bit of popularity, being the favorite character of many, even over the holy Nathan Drake himself. He was mainly taken out of the second game, much to the fan's dismay. No worries, he returns as a main character in the third game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'':
** The Puffstool and their Mushroom Pikmin (AKA [[FanNickname Toadmin, Puffmin, etc, etc, etc]]). Three appearances in the entire series, all in only the first game and two of them being in the game's challenge mode. Despite that, they serve as FanFicFuel and the mushroom-itized Pikmin have a lot of fan art. Some fan art of group shots of Pikmin even include the mushroom variety as sort-of [[SixthRanger eighth ranger]] to the established red, yellow, blue, purple, white, rock, and winged varieties.
** The Waterwraith is probably one of the most memorable bosses in the second game, due to being [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent so different]] from everything else. For starters, it is considered one of the biggest sources of Nightmare Fuel in its game, as in any of the first sublevels of its dungeon, it will crash down and start chasing you after an invisible timer reaches its limit. Then there's the actual fight with it, where after getting Purple Pikmin its rollers will eventually get broken and it's revealed that the thing is actually a DirtyCoward. This probably got a nod in the third game, where [[spoiler:the final boss seems to be related to it. How, though, is even more FanFicFuel on its own.]]
* The [[BigEater Hungry Pum(p)kin]] from "Pumkin World" [sic] is a character who only appears in one of the game's [[MinigameGame minigames]], yet has a pretty decent {{meme|ticMutation}} [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/pumkin based around it.]] Especially in WebAnimation/YouTubePoop. I'm very hungry!
* The prosecutors in the Franchise/AceAttorney franchise (sans [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Payne]]) tend to always be incredibly popular. Edgeworth and Godot in particular. This is probably one of the main reasons why Edgeworth is the protagonist of the ''Investigations'' games.
** The detectives in the games tend to be popular as well. Gumshoe for his funny personality, Ema Skye for her {{Adorkable}} personality, and Fullbright for his hammy and ForGreatJustice personality [[spoiler: as well as being the BigBad of ''[[Visualnovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' in disguise]].
* Out of the four animatronic animals present in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'', the one who seems to get the most love from the fans is Foxy the Fox Pirate, whose unique behavior pattern and design have made him a definite fan favorite for many. Most of the fanart for the game that isn't of more than one of the animals is of him; he gets more attention than Freddy himself! All of this, despite the fact that he was entirely absent from the game's trailer, and the player isn't officially informed of his existence until the second night.
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