Alpha and Omega has a few, but the most notable one is Lilly due to her cuteness and situation. She and Garth, another example in regards to his character development and terrible howl gag, are sometimes preferred over Kate and Humphrey, to the point of some fans becoming concerned that they'll disappear in the sequels.
After the three mains, Bonejangles can be said to be the most popular character in Corpse Bride, and is often the subject of an alternate ship with Emily. Apart from his big song "Remains of the Day," however, Bonejangles is pretty much just an amusing background character in the movie. He never even gets a name on-screen! Being voiced by Danny Elfman helps a lot.
The Minions from Despicable Me, to the point of overtaking the main characters (Gru and his adoptive daughters— Margo, Agnes, and Edith). Needless to say, fans of the "mad scientist adopts cute orphan girls and learns to love them and consider them his family" plot were more than slightly irritated.
Chernabog and his sequence, Night on Bald Mountain, from Fantasia. Everyone remembers the beautiful pieces of music from the whole thing, but this was the one that stuck to everyone's memory. Everyone that ever watched this was in fear and awe of Chernabog, the sequence is regarded as both so amazing and frightening that it caused the Slavic Satan to haunt many's memories to this day, and it should come as no surprise that, of all the things from Fantasia to put into Kingdom Hearts, they chose Chernabog.
Ask anyone who their favorite character is, and a fair chunk will tell you it's the uber wise, Totally Radical speaking, surfer turtle Crush. He manages to steal the show with what little time he gets on screen. Righteous.
The only characters who might contest him for that popularity are the Shark trio (avertingEverything's Even Worse With Sharks) and the seagulls. All three showed up when Walt Disney World's EPCOT park decided to add the Finding Nemo characters to its The Seas aquarium— the gulls appear in animatronic form outside, Bruce educates kids in a section dedicated just to sharks (despite not having the space for any actual sharks), and Crush hosts "Turtle Time With Crush".
Frozen: Even though he was originally thought to be The Scrappy before the film's release, Olaf the Snowman has been praised as the best Disney sidekick since Timon and Pumbaa.
Mambo from Happily N'Ever After. A cute, purple, awesome, wisecracking, sarcastic cat from a rather mediocre animated movie. Even people who hate the movie love him!
She appears for less than two minutes in the film and has only one line (apart from loudly inhaling), yet still manages to upstage Carol Burnett, Jim Carrey, andSteve Carell. Katie from the CGI Horton Hears a Who! is a perfect example of this trope. As well as The Mayor's son, JoJo.
Ruffnut from How to Train Your Dragon, despite having only a few lines and sharing all of her scenes with the other secondary characters. She's aroused by insanity, that's always hot! Being voiced by Kristen Wiig certainly helps.
The penguins from Madagascar, to the extent that they earned their own spin off The Penguins of Madagascar, and that spin off got a movie of its own! Be honest - did you see Madagascar as a film about friends moved from a zoo to the jungle with a few scenes based around penguins, or did you see it as a film about penguins that kept being hijacked by that idiot zebra and his friends? On a similar note, the zoosters get severely upstaged in the third film by the circus trio- or more specifically Vitaly.
Tinkerbell from Peter Pan became hugely iconic, overshadowing Peter himself. Captain Hook and Mr. Smee as well, mostly for being the funniest characters in the movie. Both Tink and Hook got their own spin-off series.
The Princess and the Frog has Charlotte who is utterly beloved despite her supporting role. Not only does she help Tiana achieve her dreams by paying her a lot of money to cater a party, but when an accident happens and Tiana ruins a plate of food, Charlotte accepts it as an accident, takes Tiana upstairs, and gives her some of her own clothes to wear since hers were ruined. She subvert everythingyou'dexpect from a beautiful rich girl.
The Secret Life of Pets: Snowball is really the show-stealer even though he is a supporting character. Though being voiced by Kevin Hart could have some effect on it.
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas has Eris who, despite being the villain, has very little screen time. Through Evil Is Sexy and her gorgeous character design, alongside her interesting personality and powers, she is very popular in fandom, to a point that many only watch this movie for her.
An interesting case occurred during production; the three fairies were originally intended to be minor supporting characters, with no names and no differences between them other than the colors of their clothes. The filmmakers became such fans of the characters as they developed that they wound up taking over the film. They even go on to become supporting characters in Sofia the First.
Maleficent, the movie's Big Bad, is also popular and well-remembered. She even got her own live-action movie in 2014.
Merlin is also well remembered, to the point that he goes on to show up in the Kingdom Hearts series.
In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Toon Patrol fanbase makes up an astonishingly high amount of fans, right after Jessica Rabbit then Roger Rabbit. They don't even get named on screen. They don't even survive the movie and they STILL get the Draco in Leather Pants treatment in fairly equal quantities.
From Wreck-It Ralph, Sour Bill is very well liked, but even more impressively is Turbo, aka King Candy's original identity. Want to know how much the fandom loves him? He got his own t-shirt on ThinkGeek (which is unfortunately no longer available) before the site sold any other merchandise from the movie, even of the main characters. Something has to be said for that. Being voiced by a graduate of Joss Whedon productions Dollhouse and Firefly probably helped with the geek cred.
Gazelle's tiger dancers are becoming very popular simply because of how they generate fanservice for only wearing skimpy looking shorts and dancing in an alluring manner.
The snow leopard news anchor, simply because of her cuteness and Britishaccent.
Flash the sloth benefited from having one trailer based entirely around him, and the beautiful execution of making jokes about boredom without actually inducing that feeling in the audience. Not to mention the Brick Joke at the end.
Finnick only appears in three scenes, and has a minor role in the movie as Nick's partner in crime, but he's proven to be very popular with fans due to his adorable looks contrasted with his deceptively deep voice and in-your-face attitude. His short screentime has caused many fans to think that They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character.
Surprisingly enough, despite his short screen time, he seems to have become somewhat of a Breakout Character in China, as there was an increase in illegal sales of fennec foxes as pets there. Why? A lot of parents say it's because children wanted one after seeing this movie.
Also there is the black jaguar Manchas, who has to be one of the most adorable and harmless predators you'd ever meet. He only gets one scene, and only has a few lines before going "savage", but his accent, the trauma he went through with Otterton, how dapper he looked in his chauffeur's uniform, and his eventual fate all made him very popular with a lot of fans. Many have been saying they hope to see more of him in the sequels too.
Bobby Catmull is only seen during the school play hosted by young Judy about how predators and prey started becoming more peaceful. He never had any lines in the film, and is only seen playing musical instruments. Nevertheless, he has started gaining a following by fans, showing up in fanart about what he has accomplished as an adult.
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Vasquez, and Hudson or maybe the colonial marines in general from Aliens.
The original film has Jonesy the cat— partially because of Jonesy's Cute Kitten status, and partially because one of Ripley's main motivations is to save the station's cat. This got to the point where, when Ripley finally got her own action figure in 2015, it was even bigger news (to some) that she came with a Jonesy accessory.
Jennifer Coolidge in American Pie became an instant pop-culture icon—to the point where the word "MILF" is now in the Oxford English Dictionary—despite having less than five minutes of screen time!
Steve Stifler himself, going from being a frenemy to the main quartet in the original, to The Friend Nobody Likes in the sequel, and due to his Breakout Character status, the protagonist and deuteragonist in the third and fourth films, respectively.
It seems the only character everyone likes in Annie (2014) is Grace Farrell. The fact that she's played by Rose Byrne has something to do with it.
Colonel Miles Quaritch from Avatar was probably not intended to be nearly as popular as he was (after all, he wasn't a perfect blue-skinned space alien or someone who joined their side). But when he showed as much sheer badassery as he did, it became impossible not to admire the guy to some extent, whatever side you're on. To further illustrate, Quaritch is not the main character of this movie. He is, in fact, a villain. The villain. Yet until recently, his was the longest and first section on the character sheet. Not to mention the only character to get his own listing. All the other characters were grouped together. Even James Cameron acknowledges the power of this trope, as he has announced that Stephen Lang will be returning to play the good Colonel in all three sequels.
It is especially notable that Mr. Lang was the first member of the original cast to be officially signed on for the sequels. Yes, even before Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, the main protagonists.
"Bob the Goon" from Tim Burton's Batman, aided in no small part by his hilarious death scene. Toy Biz may have predicted this with the toyline: the only characters to get figures were Batman, The Joker and Bob.
"CIA" from The Dark Knight Rises, due to the scene he appears in being considerably memetic. Barsad "The Masketta Man"/"The Mosquito Man" and "Brother" (the man who stays behind on the plane when it crashes after Bane tells him to) also have attracted popularity for similar reasons, but none quite as much as CIA.
Jesus "The Jesus" Quintana from The Big Lebowski. Despite the fact that he's only in the movie for about five minutes, he's nearly as popular as the main characters themselves. "Nobody fucks with The Jesus!"
Megan in Bridesmaids. Depicted in the trailers as being just The Lad-ette, she ends up being the most well-developed character in the film and her actress, Melissa McCarthy would get an Oscar nomination for the role.
Loki from Thor has been hugely popular since the movie was released despite the fact that he is the villain and only has roughly twenty minutes of screen time. His popularity seems to rival that of Thor, the hero and older brother's popularity, especially the female fanbase, no doubt because of his actor. And he does a repeat performance in The Avengers, in many places beating characters who are popular enough to carry their own movies (and sequels): Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and Thor (again). Advertising for the Thor sequel quickly became almost entirely "Here's more Loki". And several months after filming ended, they went back and shot some additional scenes just of him.
Idris Elba's performance as Heimdall in Thor gets this. A classic case of Ability over Appearance, all but the most rabid of detractors enjoyed his performance and the hints that he's even more powerful than he lets on.
Agent Coulson from Iron ManThor, Iron Man 2, and The Avengers has quite a few fans. Remember the guy who kept trying to get Tony to get Iron Man to join SHIELD, was mostly ignored, and there's a Running Gag of him saying SHIELD's full name and being told it was too long? That's him. This gag's pretty much all he gets as well as being in a few crowd scenes. By now, he's one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe just due to being his lovable Woobieish self, the face of SHIELD to everybody who doesn't like organizations like SHIELD. Watch "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer". You'll see why. Powers That Be have definitely taken note and the actor has really gotten into the role, so he wound up in Thor and had a much bigger role in The Avengers. There are twoshort films with him (the other being The Consultant) and now he has appeared in first a non-canon side story in the comics, and then an appearance that definitely counts. Also, he's a major character in Ultimate Spider-Man, being the SHIELD agent who is under cover as the principal at Peter's high school, keeping an eye on them. His design is basically the exact likeness of his actor, Clark Gregg, and he also has the same voice - Gregg has so much fun with the role and is somewhat protective of it by now. There's just one Agent Coulson! He's also got a cameo in Iron Man: Armored Adventures. Coulson's gone from a bit part to a phenomenon. For a middle-aged human in a world of superheroes, he really impressed.
Antoine Triplett gets a lot of love for being a really nice guy and for having nice chemistry with Simmons. Many fans were ecstatic when he joined the team near the end of Season One and essentially replaced Ward.
Before she had even appeared yet (or even being cast yet), Mockingbird had gained a lot of hype after she was revealed to be joining Agents of SHIELD. CBR's SDCC announcement poll has her announcement as the highest rated announcement of the second day, even beating Sam Raimi's Evil Dead TV series announcement, The Walking Dead season 5 trailer reveal, and Guardians of the Galaxy sequel announcements. She also dominated a later poll concerning new characters people are hyped for in the second season, with 46% of the votes going to her. When she does appear, this does not change. Going from Tumblr, in less than twenty minutes of the episode finishing people were posting their love for her character, even ones who never heard about her or what was such a big deal about her.
To a lesser extent than Bobbi, Mack, who joined the supporting cast in the second season, is also beloved for his friendship with Fitz, as well as being a genuinely friendly and charming character.
Skye's father. Thanks to him being a complex, Creepy Awesome character and Kyle Maclachlan's magnificent performance, everytime he appeared on screen, you can bet the review and comments will be gushing about him and place him as the best thing in the episode.
Raina has got a lot of attention from fans to her Affably Evil, Anti-Villain and Monster Fan Girl status, with many prasing Ruth Negga's awesome performance. It's the point that in the 5th episode was renamed to 'Girl in the Flower Dress' from 'Scorch' because even the creators like her.
Dummy, from Iron Man. Sure, it's an artificially living thing but it has its fans.
Yondu is gaining some popularity due to his badassery and fun lines.
Korath is quite well-liked, despite his lack of screentime compared to Ronan or Nebula.
Howard the Duck due to his hilarious cameo at the end at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel predicted this would happen and took full advantage of by digitally re-releasing his original comic series the same week as the movie's launch. He's also getting a new series which likely wouldn't have happened without the film.
Heartwarmingly, Laura Barton and her children from Avengers: Age of Ultron, who have been embraced by the fandom for adding more depth to Clint and not dying at the end.
Spider-Man stole the show in Captain America: Civil War, with his part in the big fight between the allies of Captain America and Iron Man being one of the most memorable parts of the film.
Yvette, the French girl who cries during the singing of "La Marseillaise" in Casablanca.
Jean Reno's Victor 'The Cleaner' managed to become the most memorable character of the French (original) version of Nikita with just a few minutes of screen time. His popularity led Luc Besson to make him the main character of his next movie, Leon (The Professional).
LL Cool J's character in Deep Blue Sea spends most of the movie alone, separated from the main cast, who never even seem to remember he's there. This makes one wonder if he was even originally intended to be in the movie, but eventually he turns out to be a lot more intelligent and probably more likable than the other characters. Apparently he was popular enough that the movie was rewritten to have him survive at the end.
The most popular character in Doomsday is undoubtedly the Dark Action Girl Viper, who has about maybe seven minutes of screentime and just one line. Trailers made it look like this sexy tattooed badass was going to be a major character, causing some disappointment when she's rather casually dispatched early in the film.
The Elder Vampire has quite the fan following despite only appearing in a few scenes in Dracula Untold, courtesy of Charles Dance's charismatic performance.
Kit in Failure to Launch. She's the roommate of one of the leads, but is often considered the funniest and most likable character in the film. Being played by Zooey Deschanel certainly doesn't hurt any.
Han of the The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, who proved to be such a popular character they basically rearranged the entire timeline of the franchise so he could appear in three more movies afterward.
Just as in the comics, Snake-Eyes was the Ensemble Darkhorse for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. During test screenings, audiences were given cards to fill out, answering various questions about the film, including their favorite character. Despite the fact that he wasn't even listed as a choice (because he didn't have a speaking role), Snake consistently won as a write-in. All of the film's ads even featured him over the film's actual stars. G.I. Joe: Retaliation keeps Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and Zartan, but also adds Firefly as well.
Poor Anguirus - he crawls around on the ground, he's got no flashy beam-weapons, and whenever he appears you know it's just so Godzilla or the new Monster of the Week can beat him up to show how tough they are. For this reason, a lot of fans who feel sorry for him name Anguirus as their favorite kaiju.
Just a punching bag? Anguirus nearly took down Gigan all on his own - which is no small feat, considering that Gigan is one of the few kaiju that is truly on-par with Godzilla himself.
In the Mark Cerasi Godzilla novel series, Anguirus fights and defeats Gigan by himself, after the cyborg monster totally obliterates several Russian cities and new cosmodrome, and pulls him into the Baltic Sea to his death. Later on Anguirus twice battles the Russian-built super-robot MOGUERA and nearly wins both times (he is defeated, but merely sedated so he can be kept in an enclosure).
BAGAN. The one Monster in the series that to this day is still no where to be seen except on one video game, but is one of the most powerful monsters in the series. Also being the only monster to force Godzilla to transform into a Superpowered state, ONLY for Bagan to not only SURVIVE the fight, but just be beamed away by the retreating aliens.
In many ways, Zone Fighter. Despite being a ripoff of Ultraman, He is the only Tokusatsu superhero to have teamed up with Godzilla (and vice versa). Thanks to the internet, many fans still hope to see him return alongside Godzilla to this day.
Joe Brody is considered to be the best human character in the movie, and to some, the franchise as a whole. Being played by Bryan Cranston probably has something to do with that. The real reason he's listed as part of the ensemble is because he dies in the first half of the movie, but gives a memorable performance in that time.
The nameless Badass Driver bus driver who not only passes through a military/police barricade, he drives like hell when Godzilla has an explosive skirmish with the military.
Sergeant Morales has only three scenes but he is liked for being amicable and polite even in the face of danger.
Both Sinestro and Tomar-Re from Green Lantern are considered to be this by a good deal of people. It doesn't hurt that Sinestro already has an established fanbase carrying over from the comics, though Tomar-Re has developed a small following in other places.
It might surprise you to realize that Pinhead is actually the Ensemble Darkhorse of the Hellraiser series. In the first film he was only known as the 'Lead Cenobite', had very little actual screen time and wasn't even the main antagonist. He wasn't the villain in Hellbound: Hellraiser II either (he was actually killed by that film's Big Bad) and it wasn't until the third film where he took center stage. Clive Barker himself said of Pinhead that "It quickly became clear to all of us that he had made a mark on the consciousness of the audience out of all proportion to his screen time."
Not only that, his actor is arguably the best singer, second best dancer and definitely the best with acting. In an interview, all the cast agreed Lucas was the most serious one of them and actually thought of character motivation, which is more then the writers seem to do, giving Ryan little quirks and realistic reactions to the insanity around him.
Hook: Rufio, leader of the Lost Boys. Ru-fi-OOOO!!!
Tom Hardy's con-man-type character Eames is a definite case of this. He received a lot of buzz around the role, which, for an actor who was supposed to have gotten his big Hollywood break from Band of Brothers nearly a decade ago, is probably a relief at this point.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Point Man Arthur is another case. A high percentage of fanworks made are focused on either character (whether paired with each other or not).
Sgt. Werner Rachtman has only one scene, in which his brains get bashed out with a baseball bat by Sgt. Donny Donowitz. Despite being a Nazi German soldier, his refusal to sell out his countrymen, even to save his own life, definitely made him a One-Scene Wonder. This is probably because he falls into My Country, Right or Wrong.
Donowitz himself, even though he doesn't survive to the end of the movie. Aside from his superb nickname ("The Bear Jew") and his muscles on top of muscles, Donny is just darkly comic enough to make the film bizarrely whimsical when it could have been an outright horror show. His in-universe performance as "Antonio Margheritti" also helps.
Though he has a larger role, Sgt.HugoStiglitz falls into this trope as well. He does little in the film's actual present timeframe, but he won people over by murdering thirteen Nazis officers in a flashback.
Q, in the James Bond series. Not only because he provides the gadgets that save his life, but also his lab with all the other cool and deadly spy equipment and his grumpiness towards 007. So much so that his final scene in The World Is Not Enough is really moving knowing that you will never see him again
"I've always tried to teach you two things. One, never let them see you bleed; second, always have an escape plan."
Before the film, no one really knew what a Velociraptor was. After the film, however, they became THE go-to dinosaur, rivaling Tyrannosaurus rex in popularity.
Dilophosaurus, too. It only fully appears on-screen in the first movie and the original novel ( unless you count a hologram from Jurassic World), but you'd never know that looking at the larger franchise: it's in every toyline and almost every video game. Being able to spit poison and having that freaky-cool frill certainly helps cement it's reputation as one of the most unique dinosaurs in the franchise.
Jurassic World gives us a load of examples, mainly dinosaur ones. To no one's surprise, audiences fell in love with Owen's raptorpack, but the standout is the Mosasaurus — it's speculated that this film will do what the original 1993 movie did for the Velociraptor and really put the species firmly in the public interest. On the human side, Zara, played by the beautiful Katie McGrath, has garnered a surprising amount of viewer love and sympathy for being the film's Butt Monkey and for her truly horrific death at the hands of the Pteranadon. Also of note is the so-called "Margarita Man◊", an unnamed park visitor who is seen briefly running for cover during the flying dinosaur rampagewith a margarita cocktail in each hand. To top it off, he's played by Jimmy Buffett.
Jet Li in Lethal Weapon 4 was just so cool that he stole the movie. It ended up becoming his breakout role to American audiences.
"He took your gun apart with just ONE DEFT MOVEMENT... how did he DO THAT?"
In Maleficent there was this one guy who was captain of the watch. Or the soldiers. He tries to talk some sense into the crazy king, who then yells at him. The favourable contrast to the crazy king earned him some fans. Who ship him with Diaval.
Bret Mackenzie's character from The Lord of the Rings gained a very, very devoted following of fans. He first appeared as a silent background extra in The Fellowship of the Ring at the Council of Elrond scene, where fans noted his expression and named him Figwit, which stands for "Frodo is great... who is that?" Peter Jackson himself became aware of the "Figwit" phenomena, so he asked McKenzie back for The Return of the King, where he got a little more prominent scene, with two lines and even a close-up. He even got some official merchandise as "Figwit" at that point. Then, when filming The Hobbit ten years later, they asked him to come back again, and even gave his character an on-screen name by retconning him as Lindir, a minor Elf in the Book of The Fellowship of the Ring. This time around, he appeared in four different scenes, had several lines and plenty of screentime.
Arwen — the film slightly expands on her role, combining it with the most badass elements of Glorfindel, and bringing in most elements of the love story which Tolkien left to the appendices.
Then there's Legolas, thanks to Orlando Bloom's portrayal of him.
Gollum in the first film, for being creepy and hilarious.
Radagast the Brown, mostly thanks to his Crazy Awesome badassery, dealing with the giant spiders, the Nazgûl and the orcs with ease. (And among older fans, for being the Seventh Doctor in addition to the above.)
Within the group of Dwarves, there is Bofur, in part because of his greater character development, and his Crowning Moment of Heartwarming with Bilbo. It may also have something to do with him being played by the always charming James Nesbitt. He also has some of the best facial hair in the film, which is saying something in a film full of bearded men.
While showing movies that would have faded into obscurity on their own, the hosts of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will sometimes find a favorite character in a generally-subpar film. Often, the fans agree.
Dablone, the boisterous, laughing resistance leader from Escape 2000. Mike and the 'bots nickname him "Toblerone" and seriously begin to miss him when he is absent from a large chunk of the movie.
Some would argue that Reggie is right up there with Inspector Clouseau and Pinhead as far as defining this trope goes. He's the balding ice cream salesman sidekick in the first film — and the protagonist of the next three!
The original The Pink Panther (1963) was designed as a star vehicle for David Niven as a charming gentleman thief. Unluckily for Niven, Peter Sellers was cast as the thief's nemesis, the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, and ended up completely stealing the film. Several other movies were made featuring Clouseau, and when the thief character returned, he was played by Christopher Plummer.
Mac from Predator is arguably the third most memorable character in the movie after Ahnold and the Predator himself.
Blaine makes a fair case for himself as well. That portable minigun certainly helps.
The nameless chubby guy always sipping from a hip flask in Troma's Redneck Zombies is popular with fans of the film, despite never doing anything really relevant or even speaking. Even his actor ("Bill Johnson" according to the DVD commentary) went uncredited. And yet fans love the "Always Drinking Guy."
Both Dewey (all four films) and Randy (the first two and a cameo in the third) are really popular too. Dewey because of his awkward characteristics, and Randy for being the lovable Genre SavvyMeta Guy.
Promotion for Sin City showcased major actors like Bruce Willis and Jessica Alba. Marv, one of the more popular characters from the comics got a few seconds in the trailers, likely because he was hideous and played by a lesser-known actor, Mickey Rourke (he hadn't made his comeback yet). Just look at the page image and find Marv on the movie poster. Fans of the film and critics focused most of their attention on Marv's character anyway. Comic fans and the filmmakers weren't surprised, though.
Though minor, Bruce Campbell's cameos were always memorable in each film. It's also worth noting that Campbell loves to credit himself for naming Spider-Man in the first film.
Ursula, Peter's cute Russian neighbor with a fairly transparent crush on him. Despite being a character original to the films and never formally dating Peter, some fans actually prefer her as a love interest to Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane, who is something of an Adaptational Wimp in these films.
Some supporting players in The Three Stooges shorts have sizable fan bases, especially Vernon Dent, Christine McIntyre, and Emil Sitka.
Transformers: Maggie and Glen, the systems analyst and the hacker who end uncovering the secrets behind the Transformers. Some fans felt they deserved their own movie.
No one watching later entries in the Tremors franchise, whether film sequels or TV series, would suspect that Burt Gummer was originally a supporting character.
Ram. A laid-back Badass Unintentional, Badass Bookworm, and overall Nice Guy who just happened to fall in with the system's biggest badass and a displaced User. He was darkhorse enough to give his User (who was merely credited as "popcorn guy") a name and substantial role in the Flynn Lives ARG.
Castor in TRON: Legacy. How can you not love a guy who plays air guitar on his cane in the middle of a Bar Brawl?
Gaga, the gangster who is Boyka's patron, also is quite adept at stealing the scenes he's in. Also, quite a few people think Andriago Silva, a Capoeira fighter played by Lateef Crowder in Undisputed III: Redemption, should have had a much more prominent role than he did.
Nightcrawler is exceedingly popular amongst many, mostly due to the opening of the second film and the truly memorable scene he had. Its almost a tradition for him to be the most surprisingly popular character in every adaptation, but it's usually because he's Fun Personified. In the film, they played up his religious side, and downplayed his funny charmer side. While many would see this as a worsening, the simple fact he's so damn badass in that one scene makes up for it, and the fact that his scenes after that play up the The Woobie factor to full effect.
Similarly, his father Azazel, who appears in the prequel X-Men: First Class, is also a rather popular character, due to being, basically, Nightcrawler with red skin. Sure beats his really lame comic version.
Surprisingly, Cyclops has attracted a large group of fans. Due to being repeatedly screwed over by the directors and writers, many have taken to preferring him over Wolverine, a large flip from the comics. Many are wishing for his death in 3 to be ignored or retconned, and with rumors that it's now in Canon Discontinuity, many are happy. Considering this is the guy many hate for being 'boring', this is quite a feat. It helps that James Marsden, who plays Cyclops, is possibly the biggest X-Men fan in the main cast and ever enthusiastic about his role.
Colossus shows up for a grand total of three minutes in X2: X-Men United, during which he saves Siryn from being kidnapped, armors up on-screen, beats the crap out of several soldiers and offers to help Wolverine. The character proved to be so popular with moviegoers and fans that he returned as one of the six team members (although several of his scenes were cut) who take part in the final battle in X-Men: The Last Stand, and gets a few badass action scenes in X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, his appearance in Deadpool, where he has a larger role than all his previous films combined, may be his most popular yet, thanks to how hilariously Adorkable he is.
Kitty Pryde a.k.a. Shadowcat became one in between the second and third movies - thanks to the character's appearance in the X-Men: Evolution cartoon. So her role is greatly expanded and she's widely thought as one of the better parts of Last Stand. Being played by a pre-Juno Ellen Page helps too.
Blink is one of the highlights of the movie because of her unique look and creative uses of her power in the action scenes. Most fans predicted this, since the character's comic counterpart is already a pretty big fan-favorite, and for the exact same reasons, no less.
Well, first the Earth cooled, and then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, and died and turned into oil, and then the Arabs came, and they all bought Mercedes Benzes, and then Prince Charles started wearing all of Lady Di's clothes. I couldn't believe it...
In Jumper, most audiences believe that Griffin played by Jamie Bell was the true hero of the film and should have been the protagonist, wanting wangsty David to quietly teleport out of his own movie.
Due to his popularity even the author of the original novel ended up writing a spin-off based around him. This troper wouldn't say 'due to his popularity', given that said spin-off novel was written and published almost six months before the film came out! So, unless someone has a time machine.... (The real story is that the film company wanted a new book for a tie-in for the movie, but the author didn't want to write one featuring David, since the film made major changes from the original book. Thus, he decided to pick the secondary teleporter from the film, since that would center the tie-in book around a character who didn't exist in the previous Jumper books, making it clear to fans of the books that this was set in the 'movie universe' rather than that of the books.)
Jules Winnfield of Pulp Fiction has emerged as the movie's most popular character. Being played by Samuel L. Jackson will do that.
Doc Holiday, from Tombstone. A man dying of TB, he decides to gamble and get into gunfights, since he won't be living for much longer anyway.
Pacific Rim: Cherno Alpha, the Russian Jaeger, despite it and its pilots not getting a lot of focus in the film and getting killed off, has become a fan favorite across the fandom. Could be its unique head and that it apparently has Tesla-infused fists. Or because the Russian-designed Jaegers operate under the simple rule that either the Kaiju goes down or they do, preferably whilst taking the Kaiju down with them. As such, they don't come equipped with escape hatches. Cherno's pilots Aleksis andSashaKaidanovsky have been the subject of much fanart. And it seems like del Toro himself agrees with the Cherno love.
Faora has received a surprisingly large amount of positive fan attention considering her status as a tertiary character who has few lines or screen time. However, she offers one of the best fight scenes in the movie and is arguably more of a badass than either Superman or Zod, leaving everyone raving over her. Which is a great stroke of luck for her actress, considering she was considering quitting acting.
Colonel Hardy for having the biggest balls to start a knife fight with Faora despite being severely outmatched. He even quips a Pre-Mortem One-Linerbefore doing a suicide run into Zod's ship, sending her and himself into the Phantom Zone.
Spider from Elysium, whose fast talking antics and his determination as a badass make him very charismatic.
Ed DuBois, the only heroic character in the movie and is much more likable in the movie than Lugo himself.
Paul Doyle, for being a tragic Anti-Villain that didn't want any part and gets redeemed by the end after all his troubles.Dwayne Johnson portrays that quite well in the movie.
The Wizard in the Leaky Cauldron from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban only has roughly ten seconds of screen time. During those ten seconds, he's seen reading Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" (which covers things like the beginning of the universe, black holes, and thermodynamics) while stirring his tea with wandless magic. So not only is he a complete genius, he'd have to be one of the most skilled magic users in the world.
Both Justin Long and Fred Willard's characters in Youth in Revolt as well as just about any of the reputable character actors with smaller supporting roles.
Despite Neighbors (2014) being pitched as Rogen vs. Efron, most critical reviews — even the negative ones — heaped the most praise on Rose Byrne's Kelly, who doesn't get stuck with a Women Are Wiser role and gets a lot of laughs going from button-downed house-wife to scheming partner-in-crime with Mac. Plus, she does a hilarious Keet impression of Anne Hathaway.
Bernard in the first two movies in The Santa Clause trilogy, for being a funny sarcastic elf. His disappearance in the third movie certainly didn't help its reception.
An almost absurd case in Scrooge (1951). At the end of the film Scrooge goes to dinner at his nephew's house. The maid that takes his coat and sweetly urges him to go inside to the party. She has no lines and that's her only scene - and yet has a huge amount of fans. There was even a lengthy discussion on IMDB about the identity of the actress (even with theories that it was a young Audrey Hepburn). She was eventually identified as Teresa Derrington.
Both "Doggie" - the pug that is lovingly referred to as such by Johnny at the flower shop, The Football and Chris-R seem to be considered the only good actors in the film, but that is not really saying much.
In The Thing (2011), Lars became a fan-favorite character for his badassery, being one of the more memorable characters in the otherwise underutilized Thule Station team, his no-nonsense approach to fighting the Thing, and his status as a walking reference to the original film - at the end, he's revealed to be the Norwegian who the American team encounters trying to kill the Dog-Thing. When the fan site Outpost 31 ran a poll on favorite characters from the movie, Lars received more than half the votes, beating out the actual main characters by a considerable margin. Even some people who disliked the movie cited him as one of its bright spots.