->"''Do you guys know why nobody else at school likes hanging out with you? Because you're always doing stuff like this. You're always coming up with some stupid idea to do something, and then it backfires, and then you end up in some foreign country, or in outer space or something. That's why no one likes hanging out with you guys.''"
-->-- '''Craig''' to '''Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny''', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''

A character who is liked in the fandom is treated badly, overlooked, or simply hated in the show by other characters, often to the point of being the ButtMonkey. Occasionally this is intentional by the writers and becomes a RunningGag; the character isn't an extreme stereotype or even that annoying. It's just funny. As a special note, not every character in this category will necessarily be a lovable loser. Sometimes, characters like this can be extremely dangerous {{Jerkass}}es, villains or anti-heroes whom a lot of characters hate and fear but are sufficiently powerful enough or have enough PlotArmor that everybody else has little choice but to put up with them.

Part of it may be reflexive sympathy from the audience, but sometimes it's born out of the character being able to genuinely incite sympathy. On the other hand, some shows have such a large fandom that it's difficult to find common ground about who likes/dislikes any one character. Often it comes from the very large difference between what makes a character likable to impartial observers of a situation, and what makes him likable to the people he's interacting with. Being a jerk is a horrible way to make friends, but [[DracoInLeatherPants seems to do wonders for fans]].

Compare EnsembleDarkhorse, CoolLoser, ToughRoom and DesignatedMonkey; contrast AscendedExtra, CreatorsPet, TheScrappy.



* The Trix Rabbit. Who doesn't want him to get that cereal, kids watching the commercials included?
** The company has, at least once, run polls to see if he should get the cereal. When they do, [[PetTheDog the answer is inevitably "yes" in a]] ''[[PetTheDog landslide]]''. (Indeed, if the message the commercials is trying to get across is the benefits of being selfish and mean to someone, as they suggest, it hasn't rubbed off well.) And at least once, the rabbit has gotten his wish with no strings. (Oddly enough, that one time, where he won it in a bicycle race, the kids in-story had no say in the matter; the contest judges who gave it to him were adults.)
** One interesting example had him disguised as a human and hurriedly buying Trix (along with other cereals as decoys) before hurrying back to the house and pouring a bowl... before discovering he was out of milk (the entire thing being an admittingly clever Got Milk? ad).
** One time, the Trix rabbit was moping in front of a little girls' house, when she said she would be willing to give the rabbit Trix. The rabbit actually was able to eat a spoonful before the girl's big brother woke up and took it away. Oddly, this had two versions. Originally, the girl is whispering the whole time, and the brother discovered them. For whatever reason, it was re-shot with the girl yelling "Be very quiet! We don't want to wake my big brother!", as if she's warning her brother to get in there before the rabbit eats too much.
** The Trix Rabbit often loses things he gains legitimately when the kids take away his Trix as well, such as one where he entered an ice-skating competition and wowed the judges--when the kids took away his Trix, they took away his trophy too. (There was no indication he was not qualified to enter.)

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Manga/{{Berserk}}: Guts has had [[DarkAndTroubledPast this hard]] from the moment of his birth and throughout his life, considered a curse by his awful adoptive father Gambino and despised by nearly everybody he came across. This only changed when he met [[TrueCompanions the Band of the Hawk]] who apart from [[{{Tsundere}} Casca]] and [[{{Jerkass}} Corkus]] accepted him with open arms. This also served as a metaphorical and physical gut punch as they were [[DarkestHour savagely taken away from him]] in the bloodiest and cruelest way possible. Which sent Guts off alone again as the infamous ''[[DarkIsNotEvil Black Swordsman]]''.
** Naturally Guts's eternal pain and struggle, make the heart and soul of the series in the eyes of fans. Who detest the injustice of Guts being accused and hunted during his quest for [[BestServedCold righteous vengeance]] and especially against the alleged hero of the kingdom Griffith who is [[VillainWithGoodPublicity worshipped]] despite the colossal amount of shit he's pulled.
* ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'':
** Katsuki Bakugou is the biggest example. Among Class 1-A, the only ones to show signs of liking him are Kirishima, Uraraka and Midoriya, outside of that, he is either the ButtMonkey or TheFriendNobodyLikes, but he has ranked 1st place in two popularity polls in a row.
** The Villain's Alliance is hated by everyone and even by other villains who consider them childish, such as Stain, and a bunch of overhyped villains, such as Chisaki. They even dislike each other among themselves. Still, characters such as Shigaraki, Himiko and Dabi maintain a strong fanbase.
** Shinsou Hitoshi isn't exactly popular when he's first introduced because of his MindManipulation Quirk which causes people to mistrust him and repeatedly comment it would be a useful power for a villain, and he provokes Midoriya into responding to his question by insulting Ojiro - but then we see that he actually wanted to be in the Hero Course and strives to be one despite the discrimination he faces. The fandom ''loves'' Shinsou, to the point where he's consistently ranked in the top ten of every popularity poll since he's appeared, despite only showing up as a cameo since his debut and some fans even hope [[TheScrappy Mineta]] will be kicked out of the Hero Course and replaced with Shinsou.
* L from ''Manga/DeathNote'' isn't exactly well-liked in universe (having literally no friends and no social skills), but he is probably the most popular character with the fandom. Even those who don't like him do tend to have respect for his professional abilities.
** Ditto his EvilTwin, Beyond Birthday, mainly due to the DracoInLeatherPants phenomenon.
* Anime/DeltoraQuest: Doom the [[RebelLeader leader]] of the rebellion against the Shadow Lord is distrusted and outright hated by everyone from the Jasmine in main trio to members of his own revolution, but Doom beloved by the fans and especially those who read books. [[spoiler: Knowing full well that Doom is actually Jarred, loving father of Jasmine making her hatred of him beautifully ironic]].
** Barda in books an anime is an disgraced guard, turned begger and despite his troubled status is adored by readers and viewers alike. The anime especially makes very entertaining and gives him some legitimate kick fights towards the end of the series, complete with Ak-Baba decaptations sadly not present in the books.
** Thaegan the [[RapidAging haggard]]/[[HotWitch beatiful]] sorceress is loathed in the books but is given a more sympathetic portrayal in the anime making her a fan favourite helped by her attractiveness and wickedness.
** [[spoiler: Dain was popular before and after he turn out to be a evil back stabbing [[{{Shapeshifting}} Ol]] due to his fangirls, most people were happy when Lief "gave him the belt" however]].
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** Bastion (Daichi) Misawa on ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is fairly popular among the audience, but is continually mistreated in the series. A recurring joke is that the other characters interrupt him without ever bothering to apologize. At one point in the second season, he threw an important duel once promised that he would be treated better if he lost. (Ironically, it was the only time he dueled the entire season, and he was treated even ''worse'' afterwards.)
** (Ryou) Bakura gets even worse treatment in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''.
** Also in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' is Jaden Yuki, who just can't catch a break from Yami/Yugi or Yusei, and they also hate his rapping, though that is a well regarded part of Jaden's shtick by the fans.
* Due to the constant demands by producers to make the show more humorous, the dubbed version of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' had a lot of humor that poked fun at Davis' arrogant personality. [[MisBlamed Despite what you might think]], he was still a ButtMonkey in the original.
* In the anime/manga series ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'', poor Masataka, despite being one of the most powerful characters in the series spends several of the early volumes being walked all over and generally mistreated by people, even if he could have beaten them with both hands tied behind his back. Fortunately, he starts to gain the respect of other characters as the series progresses, to the point where it is being hinted that he may be the key to resolving the plot of the entire series.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Canada is ignored to the point of being invisible by pretty much all of the other nations. The fandom disagrees, and goes a long way to fix this "oversight," [[PossessionSue to the point where fanfic readers can barely recognize the original character]].
** In-verse, no one really likes Prussia because of his brash, [[LargeHam 'Awesome-Me' personality]], his childhood friend [[ChildhoodFriends Hungary]] can't stand him, and he spends one Christmas pretending to like being alone. In the fandom, [[EnsembleDarkhorse he's surprisingly popular]] for one of the more minor characters.
** England and Russia, which isn't what you'd expect from two of the main characters. In-universe, England's got a long-running [[SitcomArchnemesis rivalry]] with France, his former-adopted-brother-now-possible-crush America keeps [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage shooting him down,]] and even his former colonies don't [[DudeWheresMyRespect show him any respect.]] Russia, meanwhile, has it ''worse''; his subordinates are extremely terrified of him, his [[MoralityPet older sister]] has [[PerpetualPoverty too much issues]] to deal with to spend time with him, the one person who likes him not only happens to be his [[BrotherSisterIncest younger sister]], but is also a KnifeNut {{Yandere}} as well, and everyone else either [[TokenEvilTeammate don't want him around]], or [[TheFriendNobodyLikes hates him.]] Both of them only [[IJustWantToHaveFriends want to have friends]], but from the looks of it, they won't be getting any.
* No-one in ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' likes [[SmugSnake Jinnai]] save for the Bugrom he commands. But he's so entertainingly LaughablyEvil that he's one of the more popular characters outside of the show.
* Kururu/Kululu from ''Manga/SgtFrog'' is supposedly the most unpopular character in the anime when mentioned in-universe [[spoiler:excluding Dororo because no one remembers him]], and the narrator nags him occasionally for having a "bad personality". In reality, Kururu is often considered the most outstanding character in the whole show, and the negative in-universe attention has potential to bring in would-be fans/intensify preexisting fan-ism. They all seem to forget that his personality makes it rather just; would you hang out with a [[LoveableSexManiac perverted, near-sadistic FROG?]] However, he's only popular [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff outside Japan]], making this slightly more justified.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** [[PsychoForHire Ali al-Saachez]] of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' is loathed by every single character on the show who is not paying him for something at the time. The fans? They're the ones singing [[MemeticMutation "Prince Ali! Mighty is he!"]]
** Patrick Colasour from ''Anime/{{Gundam 00}}'', who underwent a very similar character arc (ButtMonkey antagonist, [[TheDeterminator hangs on by sheer persistence]], eventually gets his happy ending). Unlike Jeremiah, Colasour was never intended as anything but a joke, which makes his eventual fate more surprising.
** Among all the [[BrokenBase endless debates and disagreements]] over ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', one of the few things ''everyone'' agrees on is Rau Le Creuset being one of the best villains ''Gundam'' has ever produced. Obviously he's very much hated in-universe (such that only two characters in ''Destiny'' thought well of him), and for good reason since [[spoiler:he nearly succeeded in causing humanity to wipe itself out]], but as far as anyone in the real world is concerned Rau is a MagnificentBastard of epic proportions, being one of the few ''Gundam'' villains (and CharClone to boot) to be completely evil and nefarious, yet holding a distinctive style and level of badass from those around him. Even fans who hate ''SEED'' in general often claim Rau was one of its saving graces.
* Kanetsugu Naoe from ''LightNovel/HyakkaRyouranSamuraiGirls'' can't win the respect of anyone in the show, often being ignored, beaten up, or both. In a poll taken before the anime began, she was the winner, and when the show aired, she earned the love of the fanbase for her delusional persistence.
* An example of this working to the character's benefit is Jeremiah Gottwald, the EnsembleDarkHorse of ''Anime/CodeGeass''. While legitimately villainous in his first appearance, after getting defeated by Lelouch he gets treated like crap in the first season, both the fans ''and'' the show's makers adored him, which inspired the writers to change his story arc from an early death to [[TookALevelInBadass taking several levels in badass]] and undergoing a HeelFaceTurn to join forces with protagonist Lelouch before finally receiving one of the few unambiguously happy endings out of the entire cast.
* Chiri of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' is an AxCrazy NeatFreak who doesn't receive a lot of in-series affection on account of those traits. Nearly everyone fears her, she's the only student that Nozomu seems to dislike, and in one instance, a public park is shown to have a sign prohibiting her from being there and disturbing the peace. However, she's one of the more popular characters in the series because of how crazy she is.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Wild Tiger/Kotetsu Kaburagi's [[ButtMonkey low popularity as a superhero]] is something of a RunningGag -- a stark contrast to the real world, where he's not only ''the'' most popular character of the show, but [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-06-13/biglobe-poll/favorite-character-in-spring-2011-anime also of the entire Spring 2011 anime season]].
* Kanda from ''Manga/DGrayMan''. Because of his attitude not many characters apear to like him at all including Allen. Minor characters, such as finders, hate him and even the characters that do like him have a bit of an issue with his attitude. Only Lavi normally doesn't seem to be bothered by that, but gets annoyed from time to time. Despite this he is quite [[{{Bishonen}} popular with fan girls...]]
* Akari Akaza from ''Manga/YuruYuri''. She's constantly fighting against the world to get people aware of her existence (and hopefully not get hurt in the process), with only a scant few supporters, such as Sakurako. As for the fans, she always makes her way into show discussion precisely because of her lack of focus.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Sanosuke Sagara is one of the most popular characters in the series(he's placed second in all the popularity polls after Kenshin himself). Within the story, he's often subjected to TheWorfEffect, and many characters don't quite respect him due to his IdiotHero tendencies, as well as being a moocher.
* Tomoko Kuroki from ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular''. A [[ShrinkingViolet shy]] {{Otaku}} girl with NoSocialSkills who gets into many [[CringeComedy humiliating situations]] because she, well, as the title may indicate, wants to be popular. Got quite the following on [[Website/FourChan /a/]], [[ThisLoserIsYou primarily for how close to home it hits]]. [[TheWoobie And how huggable the character is]].
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': Partly justified since he's a former villain, but Kumagawa generally aggravates a good chunk of the cast with his antics. However, he never "wins" in his eyes, and gets a fair amount of abuse. In the fandom, he's indisputably the most popular character of the series, having more than three times the votes of the titular character in one poll.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': Ladd Russo, who's understandably disliked by most characters by virtue of being a totally [[AxCrazy off-his-rocker]] PsychoForHire. To be fair to the viewers, how many characters are so LaughablyEvil that they make ''[[WouldHurtAChild shooting off a ten-year-old's head]]''[[labelnote: *]][[{{Gorn}} blood and headless corpse included]][[/labelnote]] utterly hilarious?
* ''Manga/SoulEater'''s Excalibur. Super powerful, ''downright annoying and loony'' as far as the other characters think, it says something that he singlehandedly created some sort of "DO NOT WANT" emoticon/meme (ﺧ益ﺨ). However, he's also considered very hilarious in his irritating-ness that even if he's TheScrappy in-universe, the fans and even the producers like him for his hilarity and loonydom.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Vegeta is very popular with fans despite most of the cast including his loved ones and Goku (And the [[Creator/AkiraToriyama author]] initially) either distrusting him or out right hating him for most of the series.
** Cell and Freeza have wide followings in the fandom, the former especially the [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff from the American fanbase]], but most everybody in universe hates them, being that they're pure evil.
* Akabane from ''Manga/GetBackers'', on the character charts, he's easily the most popular character followed by which of the duo gets the most development at the time of the polls, helped by being [[AffablyEvil easily the most genial character in the main cast]]. This is in spite of all of the cast fearing or hating him for being a killer [[ThouShallNotKill as they all have a no killing mindset]] and understandably [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder turning on them at certain points]].
* In ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'', the young mob boss Clair Leonelli is easily one of the most popular and well-known characters, but at least initially he's opposed both by the heroes (because he's a violent criminal they have to stop) and by the other members of his crime organization (because he's so young and mentally unstable), and generally surrounded by people who want to screw him over.
* In ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'', Yuzuki Seo is brash, selfish, aggressive and has a knack for saying exactly the right thing to piss people off without even meaning to do it. Apart from Sakura, just about everyone finds her annoying. Of course, the audience is watching from the sidelines where she is instead one of the funniest members of the cast by sheer virtue of how incredibly obnoxious she is.
* Second brother and [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkey]] Karamatsu of ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'' is most often ridiculed, physically abused or outright ignored (depending on which is funniest) by the rest of the cast, but especially the Western fandom, ironically or genuinely, adores him. This is even mentioned in an episode where Karamatsu himself says that the showrunners have been receiving letters from viewers that feel sorry for him.
* ''Anime/OnePunchMan'': Saitama, the protagonist, is very popular with fans of the series, but in-universe is widely seen as a fraud who takes the credit from other, more competent heroes and has done nothing to earn any of the achievements he's accomplished. This is mostly because his strength is simply so unbelievable that whenever he beats an [[OneHitKill opponent in one punch]], the people assume that other heroes must have weakened it first and he [[CherryTapping cherry-tapped]] it for the final blow. Saitama himself does little to dispel these rumors, since he doesn't want to take away the public's faith in the other heroes out there. There is a small group of people (notably Genos) who have witnessed enough of Saitama's strength to know he's the real deal, but they're definitely a minority, and not all of them like him for it.
* [[DeadpanSnarker Ishigami]] from ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' is considered to be creepy by most of his classmates due to an incident that happened back in middle school (pretty much the only person who would admit to liking him would be [[StudentCouncilPresident Shirogane]]), but is the single most popular character among the fanbase.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** Spidey himself, and arguably the TropeCodifier: one of the most beloved and popular of all super heroes in real life, in addition to being Marvel's flagship character and mascot (or he used to be, anyway, if you consider {{Wolverine}} or ComicBook/IronMan to be the current one); but widely feared and distrusted by the Marvel U. public with frustrating consistency. One of the key factors that made him such an effective {{Deconstruction}} of the SuperHero at the time of his creation, it's become an integral part of his character to the point that he has it worse than pretty much anyone else in the Marvel U. (where practically everyone who isn't ComicBook/CaptainAmerica or [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] has to deal with this, and even they have had their moments).
** Linked to Spider-Man is his recurring enemy Shocker. He's widely regarded as a loser and a coward by the rest of the supervillain community and isn't taken very seriously by any of the superheroes he's battled (''Ultimate Spider-Man'' went as far as to depict him as a pathetic ButtMonkey). And yet he's one of the most beloved villains in the Marvel Universe due to being a professional, GenreSavvy, and BadassNormal JerkWithAHeartOfGold who relies on his wits and skill to get him through the day. Even in-universe he points out that all the things he gets mocked for are the traits that keep him a.) out of jail, b.) alive, and c.) not bogged down in a pointless feud with Spider-Man.
* The ''ComicBook/XMen'' as a team are much the same, they are hated by most of citizenry of the Marvel Universe because they're mutants, in fact the comic largely revolves around this, but they are among Marvel's most popular superheroes. This made for an [[{{Irony}} ironic]] situation: InUniverse, the X-Men are feared and hated by those they protect while ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' are earth's mightiest heroes. In RealLife, X-Men was Marvel's most popular team book while Avengers was close to being a second-tier title [[Film/TheAvengers2012 until recently]].
* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', on his own comic book, is depicted as being the butt monkey of almost, if not all, of his friends, and his own girlfriend, Ramona, to the point that (being played for laughs), Stephen Stills told Knives Chau (Scott's previous short-term girlfriend, and stalker) that EVERYBODY hates Scott. To the reader, Scott is just a shy, cute, awkward, video gamer guy, who's trying to come out into the world. [[spoiler: Becomes PlayedWith as the story goes on and Scott is deconstructed due making the same mistakes and revealing to be not as good as initially thought. This created a backlash against the character. However, thanks to his CharacterDevelopment, he won back the audience.]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'' might be one of Marvel's most popular characters right now, but he's disliked by heroes and villains alike. He's one of the most talented mercenaries in the Marvel Universe (he beat ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}} with his hands cuffed behind his back) but he can barely get a job because of his bad reputation. That and his ChronicHeroSyndrome normally kicking in only when he's employed by the bad guy, and vice versa for when he's working with the heroes...
* ''{{Comics/Watchmen}}'': Rorschach. This is an unintentional example, as Moore didn't intend for Rorschach to be as popular as he was.
* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': Whirl, twice voted the most likely autobot to defect, and when a party is held to dress up as one's most hated person, most of the crew dresses as Whirl. Out of universe this is his first grand roll in fiction and is liked for being a hilariously CrazyAwesome badass.
* In ''ComicBook/OriginalSin'', it seems that ComicBook/BuckyBarnes wasn't very well-liked by anybody other than Steve and Natasha while he was a superhero. Even Nick Fury, who mentored Bucky after he came BackFromTheDead, said he never liked Bucky (though it was an LMD, they generally act how Nick acts). Bucky himself is a very big BreakoutCharacter, who averted being a ReplacementScrappy for Captain America, to the point that readers actually ''didn't want'' Steve Rogers returning to the role, and even got second billing in a critically acclaimed movie. May be a case of DependingOnTheWriter for Jason Aaron, since this isn't shown anywhere else.
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' doesn't exactly win popularity contests in the Marvel Universe. Villains hate him since he spends all his time slaughtering them, while other heroes hate him for how much of a ruthless, violent psycho he is, and the few times they do work with him it's going to be [[TeethClenchedTeamwork strained at best]]. But for readers he's a fan favorite, due to him [[KickTheSonOfABitch slaughtering creeps who have it coming]], his status as one of the most BadassNormal characters in Marvel history, and how even when he's written at his most sociopathic he isn't above [[PetTheDog some acts of compassion]].
* Marvel Universe villain ComicBook/{{Ultron}} is feared and hated by both hero and villain alike for his ruthlessness, sociopathy, and [[KillAllHumans genocidal ambitions]]. In the real world, [[EvilIsCool those traits are what's led to him being considered one of the best Marvel villains]].

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Loud Howard from ''Comicstrip/{{Dilbert}}'', a character defined by having NoIndoorVoice. Everyone in the strip ''hates'' him, as he seems to exist only to be annoying, [[http://dilbert.com/strip/2006-10-11 Dogbert going so far]] as to [[BreakingTheFourthWall express wonder]] as to why he has fans. But he certainly does, likely due to being an AdaptationalBadass on the cartoon.
%%* [[RobotmanAndMonty Monty]].
* Charlie Brown from ''Comicstrip/{{Peanuts}}''. He's a lonely kid who always fails, the other characters rarely respect him, he has very few friends - fans ''love'' him. When he gets only rocks at Halloween, bags of candy flood in from fans as gifts for him, and when he gets no Valentines from his class, fans send him them by the hundreds. Why? Mostly, it's because a lot of folks know exactly how he feels, because they've been there.
* In ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', we have Rat, an ego-driven JerkAss and Pig, TheDitz, as the main characters, along with the even stupider Crocs as [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ensemble Darkhorses]].
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': Jon Arbuckle. Up until he got into a relationship with Liz, his dog and his parents were the only ones who ever really liked him. He's constantly belittled by his cat, people tend to hate him within a few seconds of meeting him, and he drives women away in droves, and that's when he's just trying to get a date, not to mention ones he's actually dated, who frequently go to ridiculous extremes to avoid him, but he's pretty popular with fans. Both sides probably have to do with him alternating between incredibly boring and utterly (if harmlessly) insane.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Luann}}'' has Tiffany as an antagonist to the star lead, but a lot of readers wonder why her trying to advance a career as an actress is constantly treated with derision by the aimless Luann, and why this is supposed to be a good thing.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Misty's Psyduck is a great source of annoyance for his trainer, but also a great source of amusement for the readers. Also the Pokédexes with their quirky personalities; Ash's annoys him and his friends to no end, and Paul can't stand his, but the fans can't get enough of them.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' gives us the title character Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz, victims of severe FantasticRacism in the world of video games they live in. They were both shunned by their fellow inhabitants for being a PunchClockVillain and a glitch. Now...go ask the ''fans'' what they think of [[BigBeautifulMan Ralph]] and [[TheCutie Vanellope]] and prepare yourself for a very long session of [[{{Squee}} squealing]] and [[SugarWiki/GushingAboutCharactersYouLike gushing.]] This is brought up in-universe, when [[spoiler:King Candy argues that the the players will dislike a glitchy character like Vanellope being made playable, and will report the game as broken because of her. Ralph counters with the possibility that the players will love her. [[GoodBadBugs In the end, Ralph's right.]]]]
* After Elsa's [[AnIcePerson ice powers]] are revealed in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', the citizens of Arendelle and the dignitaries become wary of her, several characters even attempting to kill her throughout the movie until she becomes loved and accepted at the end. Outside of the movie? She's one of ''the'' most popular Disney characters in general, her SignatureSong "Let It Go" broke out in a huge way, and she topped the 2014 list of Magazine/TimeMagazine's [[http://time.com/3612615/influential-characters-2014/ most influential fictional characters]].
* ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'': Nuka, TheUnfavorite among Zira's sons, is constantly mistreated by his own mother, neglected by the rest of the pride and hardly considered as a threat by his foes. The only characters who are somewhat sympathetic to him are his siblings, and even them don't show him much sympathy [[spoiler: until he dies.]] However, he has gained a substantial amount of fans thanks to his TragicVillain status (he's not evil ''per se'', he just wants to gain his mother's love) and his unstable, yet funny, personality. His [[spoiler: tragic last moments]] surely helped too.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Donnie, from ''Film/TheBigLebowski''. Really, all three of the bowling team members, including The Dude, who is shown to be a hopeless loser in universe ("You don't draw shit in this town, Lebowski.") Or Walter, whose wife left him and whose bellicose nature seems to mean that most people in-universe barely tolerate him (or don't).
* Possibly Riley Poole of the ''Film/NationalTreasure'' films, whom the filmmakers seem content to treat as a standard {{Sidekick}}.
* James Norrington from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' is the epitome of this. He didn't get his girl, his entire ship and crew were destroyed, he was [[spoiler:[[RedemptionEqualsDeath killed]] in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]'' saving the hides of Elizabeth and her Chinese crew]], and he apparently didn't deserve a ''first name'' until the second movie. But ask your average (female) ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' fan; he is ''very'' popular. He's a decent role model, too. A man principled enough to stand against both piracy ''and'' the nefarious deeds of the East India Trading company, their mortal enemy. Even in the face of death, humiliation, and [[DidNotGetTheGirl non-girl-getting]]. He's almost TheWoobie because he didn't get the girl; while he said [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy that he was fine with her marrying Will]], every time he looks at her it's clear how agonized he is that he didn't get her, and it's acted so well it tugs the heartstrings.
* Both Bruce Wayne and Batman are often not well perceived by the people of Gotham in ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''. The viewers see him in a much more positive light.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** Similar to the aforementioned example in comics, ComicBook/BuckyBarnes is seen as a dangerous terrorist and assassin by the world, to the point where the plot of [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier two]] [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar films]] is about a manhunt against him. However, Bucky is one of the most popular characters in the MCU, largely because of his DarkAndTroubledPast.
** Up until ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' at least, [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] is hated by practically everyone in-universe, which is perfectly justified given [[GenocideFromTheInside his]] [[TakeOverTheWorld numerous]] [[SiblingMurder crimes]], [[ChronicBackStabbingDisorder frequent betrayals]], and [[ConsummateLiar apparent]] [[TheUnapologetic lack of remorse]] for most of his actions. But he's adored by the fanbase for his cleverness and charismatic snark, PrettyBoy looks, and generally [[WellDoneSonGuy sympathetic]] [[IJustWantToBeLoved motivations]] and [[FreudianExcuse backstory]] that put him firmly into JerkassWoobie territory. An online poll in March 2018 saw him voted [[https://ftw.usatoday.com/2018/03/loki-marvel-cinematic-universe-best-character-challenge-tom-hiddleston the most popular character in the MCU]], beating out Bucky Barnes with over 70% of the votes.
* Stifler from ''Film/AmericanPie'' is a loudmouth {{Jerkass}} [[TheFriendNobodyLikes barely tolerated by the core characters]], and stated to be outright loathed by everyone else in the DirectToVideo sequels. However, his popularity among the franchise's fans is one of the big reasons the movies were successful.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' Princess Trini gets hate by all her sisters for not wanting to marry again...after her late husband tortured and raped her. As [[ExoticExtendedMarriage all sisters in a family marry the same husband]], she gets in her sisters' way, but the reader, who likely has a different view on male-on-female rape,[[labelnote: *]]In the setting of the book, GenderRarityValue hits ''hard.'' There are roughly twelve women for every man -- it's considered wildly unlikely that a family with thirty-two children would count ''four'' boys amongst them. Jerin notes in the narration that he could do pretty much anything he wanted to his sister because she's a middle child and a girl, while he's a boy.[[/labelnote]] [[TheWoobie will likely sympathize with her]]. She is ''also'' implied to be the most kind-hearted of the princesses, as she [[spoiler: immediately changes her opinion on marrying Jerin when she is told that a family she thinks will mistreat him has also offered for him.]]
* Fitz Kreiner of the ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' basically constitutes a subversion. All but one of the recurring protagonists are genuinely fond of him, and the only one who isn't doesn't like anyone but tolerates him more willingly than she does most people. It's just that they also see him as TheDitz and a KavorkaMan. Even [[AllLovingHero the Doctor]], who really does [[HoYay like him quite a bit]], has been known to insult his intelligence to his face repeatedly over the course of a single conversation.[[note]]"'Yes, you know, you could be right. It is just possible,' he decided, tapping his chin with a long index finger, 'that your [[TheWatson knack of stating the obvious]] is a talent bordering on [[GeniusDitz genius]].[...] But more likely, [...] it's just [[TakeThat an annoying habit nurtured by your inability to grasp]] [[YouKeepUsingThatWord basic principles]].'"[[/note]] And it's not so much that he's an EnsembleDarkHorse; he gets good plotlines and is second in "screen" time only to the Doctor. He just is also accused of never taking an interest in anything he can't "drink, inhale, play, dance to or [[CurseCutShort --]]" even though ''he totally does''. He reads Sartre, for goodness's sake. And it's often said that he competes with the Doctor for popularity among the readers, who generally see him as TheWoobie. So, basically, he's well-liked by the audience and the other characters, but the other characters all ''treat'' him like the ButtMonkey.
* Mat Cauthon of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is one of the most badass and popular characters in the series, but he tends to be treated like dirt by many of the other characters, who still think of him as a lazy, HandsomeLech farmboy despite the fact that a few books in, he's a brilliant general, a [[BornLucky supernaturally lucky]] low-level RealityWarper, is fated to marry the most powerful woman in the world, defeated two trained swordsmen with a SimpleStaff, has an artifact that makes him immune to magic, invented cannons, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and has a]] NiceHat. This has a lot to do with the fact that most of his CharacterDevelopment took place [[FourLinesAllWaiting while everyone else was out doing their own thing]], but he still doesn't get the respect he deserves until people see his awesomeness with their own eyes.
** Pushed up to eleven by Mat's background and personality making him actually insecure-- he frequently thinks of himself as a lazy lech of barely-non-criminal origins always overshadowed by friends with greater abilities. He has several moments where he basically monologues to himself about how either of his friends would bring more to the table while simultaneously ruthlessly exploiting a fairly minor luck-power into a string of military victories that permanently reshape the continent's politics in ways Rand could only dream of.
* Edmund Pevensie gets this treatment in the first book of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', in his family, but this is probably due to his... [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk not-so-positive attitude]]. Still, this created his AntiHero status, which made him the most popular character in the series.
* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'':
** For much of the series [[{{SadClown}} Leo]] is the only lead without a love interest and is treated as an annoyance by all his friends. Listen to the fans and he's the best thing about the new series. He's also got a line of fangirls a mile long. Team Leo!
** Quick, find a page where Nico di Angelo is a) in the vicinity and b) not described as "creepy." Unless his sister is the [=POV=] character, it's easier to find rooster teeth. Meanwhile, he's a fangirl darling.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Name one character who likes the Hound. Only Sansa is even ''slightly'' [[BodyguardCrush fond of him]]; every single other character (and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters there are many]]) thinks he's frighteningly unpleasant at best. He doesn't get much luck from the author, either: a ridiculously awful childhood has led to a ridiculously brutal life and culminated in [[spoiler: being left for dead after unsuccessfully begging for a [[MercyKill clean death]] and crying over thoughts of Sansa]]. Now ask the ''fandom'' [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys how they feel about Sandor]].
** Tyrion does have a ''few'' friends and allies, but ultimately even they are either killed or abandon him, and everyone else... His father and sister despise him, the court finds him repulsive, and the common people call him things like "twisted little monkey" and very unjustly blame him for all the problems of the realm. Absolutely nothing works out well for Tyrion in the long run, even though he's very clever and is one of the few characters attempting to be heroic. Perhaps due both to his misfortune and his considerable wit, however, he's among the most popular POV character among fans and even the author himself.
** Brienne of Tarth, a lesser noble woman unfortunately born with an unattractive, manly appearance, who as only heir to her father took it upon herself to become knight. In-universe she is constantly made fun of for her ugliness and not taken seriously as knight. Among the fans she's popular for her prowess as well as taking her vows and oaths as knight seriously, one of the few to do so, but also for showing a gentler, more feminine side, and not being someone who just goes round killing people. Basically, the fandom has a soft spot for good characters who subvert the in-universe expectation that BeautyEqualsGoodness.
** Daenerys has elements of this as well. Even her own people don't really like her for much of her arc, she grew up with an abusive brother, something made only more pitiful by her moon-eyed narration. Later on, she had smother her husband to death after someone she thought she could trust rendered him catatonic. Add in the fact that her current political activities have amounted to sinking three nations into murderous anarchy and at least one campaign of mass-murder and the fact that she has pets she thinks of as her cute little children that eat people, and it's not hard to understand why the other characters find her less of the charming and strong young woman the audience usually sees and more of a crazy Bond villain who might strike unpredictably in any direction at any moment.
** Jaime Lannister is reviled behind his back and known as the [[TheOathbreaker Kingslayer]] for his BodyguardBetrayal of King Aerys II, among a few other horrible things he's done. For a while this was the attitude among fans, until he became a [[SympatheticPOV POV character]] in ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'', and we got the story behind his killing of Aerys. Afterwards he became one of the most beloved and sympathetic characters among the fans because of [[HeelFaceTurn his desire to]] [[TheAtoner redeem himself of other crimes he's committed]], .
** There is a grand total of two people in-universe who like Stannis Baratheon, one of whom is his daughter; although almost everyone respects him as both a masterful commander and a truly just man who will see the guilty punished and the virtuous rewarded while his troops will follow him to the bitter end. Out of story, he's by far the most popular character who doesn't a point of view, tends to rank in the top ten even with them, and his fanbase of self-proclaimed King's Men are fiercely loyal to him. In large part this is because of his very modern sensibilities; he promotes by virtue of merit rather than birth, favors a centralized society over decentralized feudalism, and is uncomfortable at best with religion if not a downright atheist-but it also helps that he came riding to the rescue of the Night's Watch while everyone else was busy slaughtering each other for the throne, is the only person in any position of power who takes the Others seriously as a threat, swore to avenge the Starks despite his dislike of them, and has a hilariously dry sense of humor. His brother Renly is quite the opposite, a charismatic charmer who easily rallied a massive army to his cause; but is universally despised by the fans due to his total lack of substance, his antiquated view on society, his mocking of both Brienne and Shireen's appearance, and his attempt to usurp his brother's rightful position. Even Stannis' detractors don't tend to hold killing Renly against him, especially as Renly was clearly intending to have Stannis killed and shows no remorse about it, and Stannis is clearly upset at having to resort to killing his brother, and there is a very good argument that he isn't aware of his role in his brother's death, yet still feels responsible.
** Stannis' [[TheLancer loyal Knight]] Ser Davos Seaworth also gets this. He is looked down upon by many of the lords and nobility for being new nobility, as Davos was a smuggler who grew up poor but was knighted for Stannis when he smuggled food to him during a siege. However, Davos throughout the books shows himself to be one of the most decent and kind characters, always trying to do the most moral thing while at the same time showing UndyingLoyalty to Stannis despite Stannis' orders sometimes conflicting with Davos' morality. Also Davos acts as a useful contrast to other [[SocialClimber social climbers]] like the arrogant and corrupt Janos Slynt and the manipulative and treacherous Petyr Baelish, always trying to be humble and feeling unworthy of the honors Stannis gives him, such as when he is made a Lord and Hand of the King by Stannis.
** Edmure Tully is not treated well in-universe by his uncle Brynden Tully and nephew Robb Stark for messing up their military plan by holding back Tywin Lannister at the Fords. His sister Catelyn sees him as young and foolish, and doesn't like the way he lets smallfolk into Riverrun for protection. However he is very well-liked among the fandom, many people thinking it was unfair to blame him for the strategic failures as he hadn't been informed of the plan and understandably misunderstood the order hold Riverrun. He also seems to be one of the few Lords who actually takes his duty of protecting his people seriously and would make a great ruler in peacetime. [[spoiler:And despite marrying Roslin Frey at the infamous [[NastyParty Red Wedding]], where his sister and nephew were murdered along with a large part of his army by his treacherous father-in-law Lord Walder Frey, and he was made a prisoner of the Lannisters, he doesn't hold it against his wife and genuinely loves her, saying she was forced into it by her family.]]
** The crannogmen in general and the Reeds (Howland, Jojen and Meera) particular are victim of FantasticRacism in-universe due to being one of the poorest lands in Westeros and living in [[SwampsAreEvil mysterious swamps]] [[HillbillyHorrors away from civilization]]. They are actually MemeticBadass people who are not only [[UndyingLoyalty very loyal]] to the Starks (Lord Howland is one of Ned Stark's closest friends, the Reed kids are Bran Stark constant companions), but also their swamps make a terribly strategic territory, where EverythingTryingToKillYou and thus virtually impregnable and very good to use for sneaky guerrilla warfare. Not to mention that crannogmen are famous for being [[MasterPoisoner experts in poisoning]] and probably [[{{Seer}} seer]]. Sounds cool enough now?
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Luna Lovegood is a quiet, unpopular, bullied CloudCuckoolander, and even the few who like her seem to find her more than a bit strange. Among the fandom, she's probably the only character just about everyone likes. Of course, she becomes quite popular in-story during [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Book 7]], where she ends up one of the BigDamnHeroes alongside the likes of Neville Longbottom and Ginny Weasley.
** Severus Snape is really unpopular in the books among his peers and students, but he's easily one of the most popular characters in the fandom. So popular, in fact, that in a poll that ran after the seventh book came out he was voted the best character in the entire ''series''.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'':
** Leah, the only female werewolf. Everybody in-story seems to hate her, but some people especially will argue that she's the most badass and well- developed character in the series.
** Bella Swan is an inversion. She is loved by so many other characters in the story and yet many fans completely and utterly despise her.
* In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', Simon is constantly mocked and belittled by the Shadowhunters for being a "mundane", no matter what he does. Even Clary, his childhood friend and love interest can hardly be bothered to remember him most of the time. A number of fans, especially those not overly fond of the Shadowhunters, love him for his snark, {{adorkable}} geeky personality, and willingness to do nice things for Clary. It helps that he's one of few not afraid to call out Jace on being a jerk.
* Caine Soren from ''Literature/{{GONE}}'' had this in spades. Justified seeing as he's kinda the BigBad of the entire series.
* Literature/{{Animorphs}}: Tobias is a shy, poorly treated boy and a fan favorite.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Daleks from [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Who]] are an AlwaysChaoticEvil race that across a Universe full of ScaryDogmaticAliens are regarded as TheDreaded. However they are very popular among the fandom.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** Mycroft Holmes is usually treated with cold civility at best by his brother (although this seems to be a bit of a Holmesian trait), [[TheWatson John]] isn't terribly enamored of him after their first encounter [[spoiler: in the warehouse in "A Study in Pink"]], and [[InspectorLestrade Lestrade]] seems to resent him a bit if his attitude in "The Hounds of Baskerville" is anything to go by. He's never shown in any sort of social circle either, and the probability that he has actual friends is quite low. But he's well-liked by fans, to the point where's he's become an {{Ensemble Darkhorse}} (the fact that he's played by [[spoiler: Creator/MarkGatiss]] helps out a lot).
** Sherlock treats everyone around him shabbily; if at any point he takes your sensibilities into consideration, say by ''apologizing'', consider yourself deep in his inner circle. But he's a jerk with such panache that audiences can't help but love it.
* Although a fan favorite, Seamus Harper of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' was treated increasingly worse in each subsequent season, becoming the butt of stupid jokes and the target of the other characters' unwarranted hostility, even [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong raped by Magog]].
* All of the Bluths in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' count technically, but special mention has to go to [[EnsembleDarkhorse Gob]], as even his own family don't really care for him.
* Sheldon from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is seen as the weirdest nerd out of the whole group by far, which is really saying something, but he is also very popular with the fans, much more so than the creators intended.
* Xander Harris, ButtMonkey (and trope namer at that!) of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''
** Jerry Grgich, although mostly rule of funny. Also played with, since this status only seems to apply to him when he's at work; outside work or in his home life, he's apparently TheAce.
** Jean-Ralphio Saperstein is very obviously an obnoxious ass, but Ben Schwartz plays him so marvelously that the fandom likes him anyway.
* Almost identical to Jerry's case is Britta Perry from ''Series/{{Community}}'', a PhraseCatcher for "Ugh, you're the worst."
** Britta's borderline ButtMonkey status is actually {{Lampshaded}} in "Critical Film Studies", where Annie even says "''Everyone'' hates Britta".
** ''Community'' pretty much relies on the audience sympathizing with the characters for being so pathetic and hopelessly out of touch.
** But they all pale in comparison to Ben Chang. Although he came in for a fair amount of fandom backlash after the creators responded to his popularity by exaggerating his character to the point of {{Flanderization}} and building long, elaborate plot arcs around him.
** Pierce Hawthorne is the only character hated more in-show (and in the case of his actor, in RealLife) than both Britta and Chang, and yet is loved by the fans for his CrossesTheLineTwice humor.
** Perhaps subverted with Abed, however, who is perhaps the most popular of the main characters in the show, while ''also'' apparently being much better liked among the Greendale student body than his other friends.
* Topher in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''. In universe, he's a bit of an InsufferableGenius, but the fangirls don't mind.
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'':
** Steve has ended up being a [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagged]] case. He played it straight at first, when the fans loved him and most of the other characters on the show ([[ParentalNeglect which included his own parents]]) did ''not'' like him. But as the years went by and Steve went through a plenty of {{Flanderization}}, more and more viewers started to look at him in a less sympathetic light.
** Waldo. Like Steve, although to a lesser extent, he's likely to annoy nearly everyone on the show, even Steve, but he still is loved by fans.
** Myra. Lots of people like her more than Laura, despite the fact that the writers of the show did their best to portray her as the AbhorrentAdmirer.
* Carlton of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' was often the StrawLoser to Will and often an embarrasing ButtMonkey. Yet fans often find him much more hilarious than the protagonist. Jazz is constantly kicked out of the Banks' house but fans liked him not just because of the RunningGag but because of him being good pals with Will.
* Lucy of ''Series/ILoveLucy'' by way of ValuesDissonance. The viewers at home know that Lucy is immensely talented, and certainly worthy of being in Ricky's show... but is usually humiliated at the end of every ZanyScheme and is told to StayInTheKitchen.
* Benjamin Linus on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is a manipulative liar - he admits this quite cheerfully whenever the subject comes up - who sacrifices his own adopted daughter in a misguided attempt to hold on to his power (he thinks she can't be killed), is at least partly responsible for the deaths of many Dharma Initiative people, as well as personally responsible for his own father's death (an abusive drunk, but still...) and that of John Locke. Yet Ben became a fan favorite very quickly, and maintained that status right through the series finale, to the point that the showrunners gave him a major role in the DVD Boxed Set 'extra' epilogue.
* The central family from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. In one episode, they discover that their entire neighborhood has a block party whenever they go on vacation.
* Sam from ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' is disliked and feared by many in-universe, but is by far the most popular character in the fandom, though her {{Flanderization}} in later series led her to becoming BaseBreakingCharacter among some fans.
* Dwight Schrute from the U.S. version of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' is a fan favorite but in-universe is generally considered annoying by the other characters.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' has Arnold Judas Rimmer. The fact that the other characters regularly go out of their way to tell us how unlikable Rimmer is probably just makes the fans more defiant.
* Radek Zelenka, from ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', is a gifted scientist, but never got much respect from Rodney [=McKay=], and by the fourth season, is not getting respect from ''anyone''. Fans, however, like his capacity for comedy... and his ability to curse violently in Czech. It also helps that he showed a little ''wonder'' at getting to do what some of us would give our left arm to do, as evidenced by his [[TheyShouldHaveSentAPoet poetic description]] of Atlantis' rising.
* KarmicThief Omar Little on ''Series/TheWire'' is an interesting case. The drug dealers hate him because he robs them and makes them look foolish and the cops hate him because he kills people and gets away with it. But the random people on the street practically worship him because he's such a badass, and audiences love him and regularly name him as the best and most liked character.
* ''Series/TheNanny'': C.C. Babcock is usually disliked by everyone in the main cast but Maxwell, however her [[SnarkToSnarkCombat verbal]] [[VolleyingInsults sparring]] against Niles is among the funniest aspects of the show.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Al Bundy is despised by pretty much every person in his neighborhood, and barely tolerated by his greedy (Peggy), perverted (Bud) and brainless (Kelly) family. But ask any minimum wage worker in the real world what they think of him, and he's venerated as a man among men.
* Tyrion from ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is mentioned in the Literature section as well, but it's worth repeating him here, because the TV version is possibly ''even more'' popular with fans, being played masterfully by Peter Dinklage.
* [[TheCasanova Barney]] of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. He's TheFriendNobodyLikes to an extent, with the other characters disliking him for being [[TheCasanova a womanizer]], but he is adored by the fans.
* On ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Rumplestiltskin is a very magically powerful MagnificentBastard, ManipulativeBastard, and master of XanatosSpeedChess. He's treated in-universe as TheDreaded. The fact that he is also a PapaWolf, [[TheWoobie woobie]] who turns {{Adorkable}} and sometimes incapable of more than monosyllabic greetings when the woman he loves enters a room has made him a fan favorite.
* Series/AlanPartridge is, in his universe, a dismal failure of a man who is incredibly narcissistic and unlikeable, has very few friends, a television show which hardly anyone watched and which bombed terribly, and an increasingly failed career in local radio. Outside of his universe, he's one of Britain's most-loved comedy characters.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* This trope has been a staple of pro wrestling at least since the 1990s, especially insofar as the heels are concerned. During the "Wrestling/AttitudeEra", Wrestling/{{WWE}} began to increasingly give its heels gimmicks that were more frightening or politically incorrect than they had had before - but, surprisingly, many fans found these gimmicks entertaining rather than repellent, and cheered on the heels, forcing WWE to convert these characters into faces in-universe as well. That's how Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin became a huge fan favorite, (and to a lesser extent [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]) not to mention Wrestling/RandyOrton in our own era.
* Wrestling/ZackRyder, who as a result not only enjoyed a HeelFaceTurn but [[BreakoutCharacter jumped more than a few rungs on the WWE card seemingly overnight]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Princesses of Mirrors in ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' are disliked in-universe for being insufferable immature brats who won't shut up about how they are better and prettier than everybody, coupled with a strong tendency for megalomania. For fans, however, this makes them all the more hilarious to roleplay as, and their powers ''are'' [[AwesomeEgo impressive enough that they can potentially back-up their ego]], making them a surprisingly popular Court.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Alistair from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is, while not ''hated'', at least viewed as rather annoying and childish by many of the other companions, with even the most positive opinions of him being condescending. Many of the [[EstrogenBrigade fans]], on the other hand, find him hilarious, adorable, or some combination of both.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Luigi tends to be neglected by the citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom and Bowser and his men, apparently the entire population of the Beanbean Kingdom, [[Franchise/MetalGear Colonel Campbell]]... his fanbase is fairly large due to this, especially since his own game debut ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' gave him his own personality to stand out from Mario, and it's pretty hard to find someone who doesn't like him nowadays, to the point where most Nintendo fans are likely to tell you they prefer the green-clad plumber to his more iconic brother.
** In fact, a lot of Luigi's problems in universe, especially in the VideoGame/PaperMario games, is that he ''can'' be as good as Mario, but nobody gives him a chance.
** This has gotten to the point that Nintendo declared 2013 to be "the Year of Luigi" to celebrate [[VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon three games]] [[VideoGame/NewSuperLuigiU Luigi]] [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam stars in]].
** Then you have Waluigi. He isn't very well liked In-Universe due to being a {{Jerkass}} and his [[CloudCuckoolander crazed]] and [[EvilIsPetty petty]] nature. Yet the fanbase (or at least a good portion of it) seems to find him hilarious, and many want to see him star in a title of his own like Luigi has.
* Similarly, Tails from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' franchise is often a "victim" of this, especially in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic''.
** Knuckles seems to be leaning into this area as well due to recent Flanderization. He's bitterly jealous of Sonic and his [[DumbMuscle dopiness]] and [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong lack of "team ethics"]] has even [[{{Moe}} Cream the Rabbit]] making snide remarks at him at times, neverless he has a fanbase nearly as big as the hedgehog himself (granted however, Knuckles was an EnsembleDarkHorse even before his transition into a ButtMonkey).
** Same for Dr. Eggman, especially in ''Anime/SonicX'', where the poor guy's really just an AttentionWhore at heart.
* Yosuke from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is liked enough amongst most fans. It's not uncommon for him to end up as the butt of a joke. It's a different story when [[TheWoobie the laughter stops]]: See any scene involving Saki.
* Raven from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. At best, everyone tolerates him. Usually, the party members are disgusted by his antics, mostly because he's a DirtyOldMan and refuses to act his age. Most of the time they don't even call him Raven; they just call him, "old man". He's still one of the group until the end.
* Lots of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fan works (and some canon) show their love for characters like Hong Meiling, Cirno, and Reisen Udongein Inaba by making them into all-round {{Butt Monkey}}s abused by their superiors.
** Tenshi Hinanai too, despite the amount of damage she caused all because she got bored of FluffyCloudHeaven.
** More recently, Kogasa Tatara has become an ''epic'' example of this. She is pathetically weak, doomed to failure at every turn and every other character either ignores or mocks her. The fandom, however, has declared her to be [[MemeticMutation the new youkai moe~]] and love her intensely.
* [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Dan Hibiki]] from ''Franchise/StreetFighter''. The essential JokeCharacter, treated like a fool by everyone, and he's still one of the more popular characters. YAHOOEY!
** A good example of Dan's popularity power born from failure can be seen in the trailer for ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken''. Dan gets blasted through a door following an unfortunate encounter with [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Kazuya Mishima]] on his way to a face-to-face with [[StreetFighter Ryu]]. He's the only other character seen in the trailer besides the two flagship fighting game characters, which lends credence to his status as the ButtMonkey with a following. In ''[=SFxT=]'', [[http://www.gametrailers.com/video/e3-2011-x-rush-system-interview/715452 according to]] [[WordOfGod Yoshinori Ono]], Kazuya's NoHoldsBarredBeatdown ''[[DeathByCameo killed]]'' Dan (this is because the dev team [[ShooOutTheClowns didn't want Dan in the game]]). No, '''really.'''
*** It's later revealed that [[spoiler:he didn't actually die; the ending of DLC characters Sakura and Blanka show him [[AuthorsSavingThrow trapped within Pandora]].]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': If there's any character in this game that deserves to be in this trope, it would be Ryder. Sure Ryder's an asshole [[spoiler: who betrays the Grove Street Families later in the story]], but he has the charisma and cohesive attitude that makes him a fan favorite to many fans of the game.
* Bang Shishigami from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. Everyone in-universe (except Hakumen for some reason, and later eventually Litchi) just thinks this HotBlooded {{Boisterous|Bruiser}} LargeHam {{Ninja}} is senile. But amongst the fandom, he's an [[RatedMForManly M-Rated]] MemeticBadass.
** How badly is Bang Shishigami treated in canon? Arakune, an insect-infested BlobMonster who lives in a sewer and routinely eats {{Catgirl}} kittens refuses to eat Bang because it thinks Bang is too smelly and disgusting.
** Also, Hazama/Yuuki Terumi. He is the #1 most hated character in the ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' universe, and for very good reasons, but amongst the fandom he's a FauxAffablyEvil [[ManipulativeBastard Bastard]], and that's [[EvilIsCool in the best meaning of those words imaginable]].
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'': [[MemeticMutation Isn't it sad, Sacchin?]] But we love you.
* Serra from the ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]''. ''No-one'' likes her at all unless you engage Supports, yet she's very well-liked by fans.
* Lemina from ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'' is loud, pushy, money-grubbing, has her fair share of blonde moments, and is somewhat lacking in integrity from time to time (despite her respectable long term goals). She's sometimes viewed as a slight annoyance by the rest of the group, and certainly by people outside of it.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'''s Yuffie, certainly not without justification seeing as how she's a thief that attacked the party and tried to trick them after the fight. [[spoiler: If you head to her home town, it'll turn out that the party was right to be suspicious. She steals your materia and you have to get it back from her. She joins you on the straight and narrow from then on and by the end some of the group have grown attached to her, such as Red XIII (the only one to point out she's missing when the group re-unites before the final dungeon) and Cloud (who welcomes her back when she comes.)]]
* Creator/NipponIchi: Asagi. Her entire story is that she [[TheCameo cameos in other games]] (or tries to [[HostileShowTakeover take them over completely]]) because [[BreakingTheFourthWall her own game got cancelled]]. Yet she was ''number two'' on an official popularity poll. She's practically a mascot at this point.
** Another Creator/NipponIchi example would be Laharl of ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness''. On the same popularity poll as Asagi, he took the top spot. Yet, in-universe, just ask the VideoGame/PhantomBrave and ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' casts what they think of him. Hell, even his own vassals will take potshots at him given the chance.
** ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'': '''Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth!''' He's one of the most popular characters, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff especially in the west.]] In-universe, however, people disregard him as a total moron who's slow to catch on.
-->Laharl: Aren't you happy, Flonne? [[DeadpanSnarker There's someone even dumber than you]].
** Gig from ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' is outright hated by most of the cast and it takes most of the game for them to be able to even stand him. The fans however, love him for his how outright how LaughablyEvil he is.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Magikarp: since it has horrible stats and can learn only four moves outside of events, it is systematically perceived by in-game trainers as useless, and even its Pokédex profile describes it as "virtually useless". In RealLife, on the other hand, everyone knows it evolves into the much more badass and useful Gyarados, so it ended up being [[MemeticBadass the opposite of this trope]] for fans and the {{Trope Namer|s}} for MagikarpPower. This had the side effect of giving the impression that nearly any Pokemon based on a fish is bound to be awful, even when it isn't the case (most of the time anyway).
** Absol is despised in-universe for a widespread but mistaken belief that it starts natural disasters, but has quite a hefty fanbase because of a very [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Absol_%28Pokémon%29 beautiful design.]]
** This applies to many of the Dark and Ghost types, as well as a few Poison, being widely feared or at least regarded with suspicion in-universe but loved by the fandom for their good designs, usefulness in battle, or just because EvilIsCool.
** Mimikyu is probably one of the franchise's biggest examples yet. It's a tiny ghost who wears a crudely made Pikachu costume made from old Pikachu merchandise in the hopes that it will be noticed and loved more thanks to its resemblance to the widely popular SeriesMascot. Considering its ''massive'' EnsembleDarkhorse status among the Pokémon introduced in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', it seems to have achieved this out-of universe at least, thanks to its [[TheWoobie Woobie-ish backstory]] and endearing design.
** In terms of human characters, Team Skull is treated as a group of nuisances and losers InUniverse, but out of universe their comedic qualities, strong personalities, and [[spoiler: surprisingly sad backstory]] resulted in the group being one of the most popular villain teams in the franchise.
* Fukushima Masanori is one of the better known historical Japanese generals, leader of the ''Seven Spears of Shizugatake'', and one of UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi's finest (and wasn't reported to be as brutal as his fellow general Katou Kiyomasa, who takes anti-Christianiy UpToEleven). However, whenever he makes appearance in KOEI games (''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'', Franchise/AceAttorney-like game ''Saihai no Yukue''), he is usually portrayed as a bumbling fool nearing TheScrappy level to possibly make Ishida Mitsunari (main protagonist of the latter game) look good. Koei truly hates Masanori.
* Norman Jayden from ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' ''definitely'' qualifies. The poor guy is abused by every police officer in the game, [[spoiler: constantly getting the crap beaten out of him, and doesn't have a ''single'' happy ending]] But he's easily the most popular character outside of the game.
* Tingle is one, but [[AmericansHateTingle only in Japan]]. Even his own father hates him.
** In ''Majora's Mask'', Tingle's father is certainly embarassed by his son's obsession with fairies, but it doesn't go as far as hate. Notably, if you bring him a pictograph of Tingle, [[spoiler: he'll reward you with a heart piece.]] The Tingle of ''The Wind Waker'', on the other hand, is clearly viewed as bizarre at best and outright disliked by the laborers on his island - two of whom are his brothers!
* From the ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' series:
** Glass Joe. He may be the ultimate {{Jobber}} with more defeats than most champions have victories, but he'll always be the champion in players' hearts.
** Aran Ryan (at least in the Wii version) is a complete psycho who breaks all the rules and is greeted with a chorus of boos from the in-game audience. He also happens to be one of the most popular characters.
* Erik from ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryFrontier''. Despite his sheer awesomeness, he has to bribe people in game to appear impressed by him.
* ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'': Oswald the Lucky Rabbit leans a bit into this trope. In the game, he's portrayed as a vengeful and jealous antihero regarding Mickey's popularity. Though he improves, he's constantly pained with the knowledge that Mickey received his fame. In RealLife, Oswald's inclusion was one of the key aspects which drew people into the game, and he has a solid fanbase in Japan.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' series has Claptrap, who's reasonably popular with the fanbase, but in the game itself is treated horribly by just about everyone. Justified, as he's kind of a jerk, and his antics are far more entertaining when you don't actually have to deal with them.
* Papyrus from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has three people in the Underground who give him the time of day, and one of them's his brother. The others are Undyne, [[spoiler:[[BigBad and a soulless flower who's repeatedly killed him before you show up.]]]] Naturally, the main reason he wants to be a Royal Guardsman [[IJustWantToHaveFriends is because people might actually want to be his friend afterwards.]] The fandom, meanwhile, pretty much [[{{Adorkable}} universally loves him,]] [[IncorruptiblePurePureness the cinnamon roll that he is.]]
* Arguably Altair of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed''. Altair has status as a MemeticBadass among fans and the distinction as the first playable character in the series, but many of the other Assassins in-game don't think very highly of him because of his arrogance, to the point that he violates all three tenants of the [[TitleDrop Assassin's Creed]] and is demoted to novice by [[TheMentor Al Mualim]]. In particular, Malik--who loses his arm and his brother because of Altair--is pretty unforgiving of him for what he did previously. However, Altair's actions are appreciated by many NPC civilians, who call him a hero, and most of the Assassins warm up to him over time. It zigzags a bit in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' where the Assassins are divided between supporting either Altair or another Assassin named Abbas.
** And by the end of the first game Malik turned from strongest hater to closest confident and frieTnd so Altair does more than just zigzag this trope.
* The Maple Heights district of ''VideoGame/CriminalCase'' introduces Adam Bentley, a forerunning socialite whom the Grimsborough PD dislike for being a pretentious creep who frequently hangs around rich and powerful people -- most of whom ended up dying -- while the rest of the districts looks down on him for not having an affluent background. He seems to be quite well-liked by the audience, and his murder gathered more than a few mourners among fans.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' has a few particularly successful cases of this:
** [[EvilSorcerer Edwin Odesseiron]]: In-universe an arrogant and entitled SmugSnake who fellow party members will mock and refuse to take serious at best, and attempt to violently murder at worst, Edwin is TheFriendNobodyLikes taken to its logical conclusion; i.e. he has no friends at all and not even the dialogue choices with him for the player generally offer a friendly response. Among the fandom Edwin is not only widely considered an IneffectualSympatheticVillain for [[EpicFail his humorous failures]], but also has a respectable amount of {{Fangirl}}s (enough to star in his own romance mods!), and an infamous reputation among game-players as a GameBreaker to such an extent that he can effortlessly outperform player-made mages.
** [[DarkActionGirl Viconia de Vir]]: In-universe a frequent victim of FantasticRacism and almost universally disliked as a result (but also [[{{Jerkass}} for other]] [[ReligionOfEvil reasons]]), among the fandom easily considered one of the best-written characters in the game and the [[EvilIsSexy hottest]] female in the series, with her RomanceSidequest without a doubt being the most popular one in the second game.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'':
** Kung Lao, at least in more recent games, has often been portrayed as the more jealous second fiddle to [[TheHero Liu Kang]]. Characters often compare him unfavorably to Liu Kang in terms of skill but he has been a consistent fan-favorite since his debut for his unique abilities. Liu Kang, on the other hand tends to be a BaseBreakingCharacter among fans.
** [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Johnny Cage]] qualifies as well. He was the resident ButtMonkey of the original timeline([[RealLifeWritesThePlot as revenge by the writers due to the actor who played him doing work for a Mortal Kombat knock off]]) and is something of a NoRespectGuy and TheFriendNobodyLikes even in the new timeline. His popularity with fans however skyrocketed with [=MK9=] due to the many [[Funny/MortalKombat9 CMOFs]] he contributes to the game and for being a DeadpanSnarker [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a Heart of Gold]]. Although this appears to be an IntendedAudienceReaction since the new timeline also makes him an AscendedExtra with improved and sympathetic characterization, makes him TheHeart for the good guys ''and'' subverts his FakeUltimateHero status.
* ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'':
** Yoshiki Kishinuma. Somewhat of a delinquent and loner, who's implied to have had a FriendlessBackground prior to meeting the main cast members. He suffers from some of the more gruesome Wrong Ends the game has to offer because the BigBad favours him as a [[TheChewToy chew toy]], and being paired with [[DamselInDistress Ayumi]] means he has to go through a lot of effort to keep her alive with little gratitude in return. He's also easily one of the most popular characters in the series, for being very level-headed in a crisis, surprisingly kind-hearted, and because fans just sympathize with the poor guy.
** Sakutarou Morishige, to a lesser extent. He suffers from LonersAreFreaks in-universe due to being so anti-social, but fans like him either because they can relate to that aspect of him [[spoiler: or because his [[NightmareFetishist creepy hobby]] later in the game is equal parts entertaining and tragic.]]
* [[spoiler: Nagito]], Kokichi, and Miu from the ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' franchise are treated as TheFriendNobodyLikes within their respective stories. However, while some fans view them as [[BaseBreakingCharacter divisive characters]], they have very loyal fanbases. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/danganronpa/comments/5gvti9/rdanganronpa_character_ranking_poll_results_top/ A Reddit poll]] ended up placing [[spoiler: Nagito]] at the top ten and [[http://news.mynavi.jp/ad/2017/entertainment/danganronpa/sp_r/ the official NDRV3 popularity poll]] had Kokichi and Miu at #2 and #4 respectively.
** The games also have [[NoSocialSkills Kiyotaka]] from the first game and [[FragileFlower Mikan]] from the second, which is ironic considering that despite being somewhat uptight, Kiyotaka is a NiceGuy and Mikan is TheWoobie, but the other characters mostly treat them as an annoyance. The fanbase love them, however, particularly as both have fairly tragic backstories.
* Generally speaking, with the Phantom Thieves from ''VideoGame/Persona5'' receiving AllOfTheOtherReindeer treatment, a few of these are bound to happen. However, these people deserve special mention-
** The other students at Kosei High treat Yusuke differently due to both his association with Madarame and because of his behavior in general, and after Madarame is arrested, he's actively shunned. However, he manages to be one of the most popular characters in the game due to him being a ComicallySerious {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
** Upon her introduction it is clear that Makoto is not very well-liked among her classmates. In fact, it's implied that she didn't have any friends before joining the Phantom Thieves. While some do see her as a BaseBreakingCharacter, she has still gained numerous amounts of attention. She ranked number 3 on a popularity poll in Japan and after the game's international release got even more popularity with increased amounts of fanart and being one of the most popular shipping options with Joker.
** Prior to Futaba being a shut-in, she was almost completely friendless at school with her OnlyFriend having to be a girl named Kana in which their friendship ended up falling apart. On the other hand, fans really like her due to her {{Moe}} personality, having huge amounts of CharacterDevelopment, and her lacking the AnnoyingVideoGameHelper tendencies that past MissionControl characters have.
* InUniverse, Alice Angel from ''VideoGame/BendyAndTheInkMachine'' got a less—than-stellar reception upon her release. Out of universe, she’s arguably the most popular character in the game.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Strong Sad in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. The King of Town became this, but didn't start out that way (he was more TheScrappy when he was only focusing on food, and [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap became funnier]] when he started to also focus on fixing his own unpopularity.)
* Also, What's Her Face from ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad''.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** [[ManChild Caboose]]. One of the most disrespected characters on the show. ''The'' most popular character among the fandom.
** There's also [[NiceGuy Doc]], the {{Butt Monkey}} among a cast of {{Cosmic Plaything}}s. While he's not exactly ''hated'' In-Universe, the Reds and Blues (along with various other characters) just find him to be completely [[ForgettableCharacter forgettable]]/[[TheMillstone useless]]. He's also been one of the series' biggest {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s since the very beginning.
** Another example is [[AntiHero Agent]] [[BadassNormal Washington]], introduced in ''[[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection Recovery One]]''. The Reds and Blues dislike and mistrust him; not only because he's a [[HiredGun Freelancer]], but also because of how clear he makes it that he's only interested in what they can do for him, not in their well-being. Even among the Freelancers, where he's more well-liked, [[NoRespectGuy he still doesn't get much respect]], as he's got [[NormalFishInATinyPond one of the lowest combat ratings of the group]]. Yet he's a very popular character among the fans.
** ''[[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheChorusTrilogy The Chorus Trilogy]]'' gives us [[GenkiGirl Dr. Emily Grey]], an [[AxCrazy Ax-Crazy]] [[MadScientist Mad Scientist]] who the fans love for her [[DissonantSerenity cheeriness]], [[DitzyGenius quirkiness]], [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and utterly]] [[MadDoctor psychotic nature]]. In-Universe, the Reds and Blues alternate between finding her creepy/annoying or terrifying.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[HeroicComedicSociopath Belkar]] in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a casually murderous jerk with no real loyalty to his companions, and the feeling is definitely mutual, as they only keep him around because he's useful/can be "aimed" at the villains. Readers on the other hand love his antics, some so much that they gave him the DracoInLeatherPants treatment (such as insisting he's ChaoticNeutral even though he's canonically identified as ChaoticEvil on multiple occasions).
* Black Mage of ''[[WebComic/EightBitTheater 8-bit Theater]]'' is an ugly, smelly, rude, wanted OmnicidalManiac who sacrifices orphans for fun and the only person who likes him is too stupid to know any better. [[CosmicPlaything Even the universe hates him]]. Yet he's the comic's most popular character.
** King Steve also applies, having approval ratings so low the majority of people would rather die than have him rule.
* Rebecca Sue [=McKay=] of ''Webcomic/{{Shadowgirls}}'' is treated like dirt by just about everyone at school because of the circumstances surrounding her birth. Fans of the book, however, want to give her a hug whenever she's feeling down.
* Kali of ''Webcomic/{{Enjuhneer}}'' was created as a literalization of the "[[{{Invisibility}} invisible roommate]]," but the author has mined her abilities for so many jokes that at times she practically feels like a second main character.
* [[Webcomic/CucumberQuest Let's talk about]] [[BreakoutCharacter Bacon]]
* Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}:
** Eridan Ampora falls under this. He already had very few friends before his breakup with Feferi, after which he becomes intolerable. After crossing the MoralEventHorizon, ''nobody'' likes him, nobody mourns his death, and even the person who killed him doesn't feel any regret. Despite all this, he has a very large fanbase, mostly due to him being seen as TheWoobie.
** Vriska Serket has a similar effect - at the start of Hivebent, most of her friends have stopped liking her due to her abusive, sociopathic personality, and the only troll willing to give her the time of day as a friend is [[TeamMom Kanaya]], with her association with Equius being due to their mutual desire to manipulate each other, her fling with Eridan being antagonistic and her friendship with Tavros being blatantly abusive. She treats everyone unpleasantly, even her eventual best friend John, who puts up with it out of inherent kindness. While she's a controversial character, she's definitely one of the most popular in the fandom.
*** As of the Omegapause (summer 2015), this is turning around; she's undergone some character development (due to John's ability to retcon history allowing Terezi to TakeAThirdOption on whether to kill Vriska or let her go off to confront Jack Noir) and, while still somewhat abrasive and egotistical, she's now recognized in-universe as a competent planner and effective leader.
** Gamzee Makara has been all over the map on this. He was initially a one-joke character (a stoner slacker juggalo; okay, maybe that's ''three'' jokes) who was regarded both in-universe and out as, at worst, irrelevant. Then [[FaceHeelTurn some stuff happened]] and the most common in-universe quote about him became "Because seriously, fuck that guy" while his popularity with fans skyrocketed.
* In ''Webcomic/EnsignSueMustDie'', the eponymous Sue is about as popular InUniverse as your average MarySue is in fandom. However, the fans of the webcomic find her difficult to hate because she's comedic and cute. It's like trying to hate a 5-year-old playing make-believe. [[spoiler:And that's before she stops being a MarySue and CharacterDevelopment happens to make her genuinely sympathetic.]]
* ''WebComic/VampireCheerleaders'': Leonard is the series' poster boy for the trope, which can by seen in the comments [[http://www.pixietrixcomix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=72&t=11802 of this thread]] about [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/the_fate_of_leonard this particular strip]] on the comic's official site. Due to [[BrokenBase the split]] that resulted from the ''"Vampire Cheerleaders Must Die!"'' arc, the comic lost a significant portion of its fanbase. Which is the reason Adam (the writer) starred Leonard in the final volume:
-->'''Adam:''' "As for which characters would lead the series... I split the difference. [[http://www.pixietrixcomix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=524072#p524072 Readers liked Leonard]], so I paired him with one character from ''Vampire Cheerleaders'' and one from ''WebComic/ParanormalMysterySquad'' and just shifted ahead to the next school year."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'', Earth and Pluto are both quite unpopular with the other characters, with Earth being seen as annoying and Pluto being seen as creepy. Fans, on the other hand, find it very easy to emphasize with how both of them [[IJustWantToHaveFriends just want to have friends]] (and know thanks to a SympatheticPOV that Pluto is just a shy MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold and that Earth is a GenkiGirl who comes on too strong when trying to make friends), and find the two of them to be adorable.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses:
** [[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers Ma-Ti]], in-'verse, is ranked somewhere between "object of pity" and "TheScrappy" by his compatriots [[spoiler:unless he's packing heat]]. In fandom, he's a [[TheWoobie woobie]] of epic proportions and is usually paired off with at least one hot chick by the end of the fic. They seem to be aware of this though, since in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', while Ma-Ti was only in it for one scene (partially because the actor did not want to be typecast), he gets to call WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic out on his douchbaggery, cementing his place as an EnsembleDarkhorse. [[spoiler:As of ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'', Ma-Ti finally got his due. Sure, he died, but he died being AWESOME.]]
** Nella gets paid to be treated like dirt in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's show. When she turned into Dark Nella and got some modicum of payback, the fandom cheered like they were at a football match.
** Arguably most of the reviewers and characters from Channel Awesome are this. The actors have a fondness for SelfDeprecation and writing themselves as hating each other, and each one has a fanbase of some size.
* ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange''. Marshmallow seems to like him and Passion Fruit has a romantic subplot with him, but he's barely tolerated by the rest of the group. Even more so with Grapefruit.
* WebVideo/MatthewSantoro:
** Eugene is disliked by Matt and the other clones for being too [[{{Nerd}} nerdy]] and annoying, but is loved by the fans.
** [[TheDitz Hugo]] is disliked by [[TheLeader Matt]] and [[{{Nerd}} Eugene]] for doing crazy things like eating the cat, but is adored by the fandom.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Prince Zuko counted as this for a time, having to endure the hatred and neglect of his cruel father Ozai throughout his youth and of his sociopathic younger sister Azula, with only his beloved and kindhearted Uncle Iroh to support him through life even after his father deemed him "lucky to have been born". After he is banished from his homeland for speaking out of turn before his father, he is scorned and loathed by the Fire Nation elite as well as his former enemies in the world abroad, ultimately hoping to capture the Avatar in the hopes of regaining his father's love and admiration. In-universe this eventually all changes as Zuko realizes his nation's corrupt ways and devotes himself to helping Aang defeat his father, going on to serve a very successful and prosperous reign as Fire Lord after the war; Out-universe, he has been one of the most beloved and respected characters since the very beginning, with his constant struggle between good and evil and his original status as a TragicVillain serving as a key appeal of the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** The Ice King. Despised by nearly everyone in Ooo, but loved by the fans.
** Lemongrab is a BaseBreakingCharacter version of the trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''
** In an interesting subversion, Hayley is portrayed as a cool rebel, but is not actually very well liked by any of the characters apart from Jeff. Steve, despite being a stereotypical nerd, is more well liked than her, because he has a solid group of friends (despite being comparatively unpopular at school).
* Wakko Warner from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' was intended to be this, as a joke about "MiddleChildSyndrome," and it was explicitly mentioned a few times in regards to Dot's [[InformedAbility cuteness making her]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall so much more popular with the fans]]. The truth of the matter was the exact opposite.
* Regarding ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Incredible Hulk]] has so many fans, the second intro makes him one of only four members referred to by name.[[note]]The other three include ComicBook/IronMan, ComicBook/TheMightyThor, and ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, with Hulk getting higher billing than Cap.[[/note]] Unfortunately, the second season of the show sees ComicBook/RedHulk frame him of terrorizing SHIELD, torture him in prison offscreen for several episodes, and provoke him into performing a rampage that causes even his best friends to lose their respect for him. Worse, during the Hulk's imprisonment, none of the other Avengers acknowledged his absence.
* Beavis qualifies as this during the ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' when during both the Film/ItsAWonderfulLife parody where [[UnPerson Butt-Head]] learns he's now Stewart's sidekick and even protected from Butt-Head by helpful homeless people. During the "Letters to Santa Butt-Head" segments, Beavis gets increasingly more and better fan mail, much to Butt-head's annoyance.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': As of the time of writing, he's at the bottom of this list, so once again he must ask, why universe hate Waspinator?
* [[LovableRogue Argit]] from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''. The guy's a ConMan who'd sell his grandma for money. He seems to have everywhere in the galaxy people who want him dead. And even the protagonists despise him, allowing him to go around only because he isn't that much of a threat. The only reason someone as obnoxious as him could survive so far is because he has the ability to stop his pulse to [[PlayingPossum play dead]]. Yet, fans adore him because they find him hilarious.
* Creator/{{Disney}}'s DonaldDuck fared similarly, although this probably had more to do with his general bad luck; heck, it's right there in his theme song.
* Xandir of ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' is largely the show's ButtMonkey, being on the receiving end of all kinds of abuse by the other characters, particularly Captain Hero. However, in the fandom, he's far and away the most popular character on the show; just go to any ''Drawn Together'' message board or fan community and check out how much Xandir traffic there is compared with the other characters.
** This only follows: He and Foxxy Love, [[PositiveDiscrimination both the only minority characters on the show, are the only ones who aren't complete and total moronic jackasses]]. Their negative traits are his naivete and romanticism and her raging Electra complex and many illegitimate children, respectively - which is a huge step up from most of the other characters.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** All three of the Eds are this.
*** While Ed's [[LethallyStupid near-lethal idiocy]] annoys nearly everybody in-universe and it's implied that [[TheUnfavourite not even his own family likes him that much]] (at least in the case of his mom and sister), he's loved for being so [[KindheartedSimpleton stupid and kindhearted]] as well as providing a lot of memes and comedy.
*** It's kind of [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagged]] in Double D's case -- he gets in trouble just as often as his companions [[GuiltByAssociationGag (even when he had minimal involvement in the scam of the day)]] but the other cul-de-sac kids like him more than the other two Eds, and really only seem to dislike Double D due to his friendship with Ed and Eddy (mainly Eddy). Double D's also the biggest ChickMagnet on the show (in the NerdsAreSexy-way) and, of course, has plenty of fangirls in RealLife.
*** Eddy is the most straight-up example of the three. With the exception of his friends, nearly everyone on the show hates Eddy, but lots of fans do actually like Eddy, or at least sympathize with him.
** Marie Kanker is this as well. While everybody but her sisters fears and[=/=]or loathes her, she's considered to be the most popular female character on the show. And despite her AbhorrentAdmirer status, many male fans find her more attractive than [[DudeMagnet resident hottie]], Nazz. To a lesser extent, the same applies to Marie's sister, May.
** Jonny, to a certain extent--although he's generally more liked by the other cul-de-sac kids than the Eds, he's still kind of a loner and considered to be a bit of a weirdo by the others ([[EveryoneHasStandards even the Eds and the Kankers]]). [[spoiler: He eventually becomes the most despised kid on the show after the movie.]]
** Inverted with [[JerkJock Kevin]]. InUniverse, Kevin's very popular with the other characters aside from the Eds and the Kankers, but he's also [[TheScrappy one of the most hated characters in the series]], along with Jimmy and Sarah.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** Tootie is extremely popular with the fanbase, despite her position on the show. A decade into the show's life the creators seemed to have finally picked up on this, and elected to make her one of the main characters of the live action ''[[Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner Fairly Odd Movie]]''.
** Timmy Turner is subject to this as well (mostly in the early seasons).
** Crocker, although he has become more a BaseBreakingCharacter (and even a borderline scrappy) case due to his overexposure and {{Flanderization}} in later seasons, especially in Seasons 9 and 10.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Early on Meg Griffin wasn't a fan favorite due to being a rather bland, typical teenage girl character. She becomes popular with fans only when the writers turned her character into an exaggerate ButtMonkey and the rest of the cast started treating her like crap for no apparent reason. Due to her TheWoobie status, she has lots of fans, many pictures of her on Website/DeviantArt and lots of stories of her in fanfiction.net.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Zoidberg is often literally told that he is hated by the cast. However, he has more than quite a few fans.
--> '''Fry''': They sure hate Dr. Zoidberg.
--> '''Bender''': [[{{Hipster}} Pft. Posers! I was hating Zoidberg before it was cool.]]
** [[GeneralFailure Zapp Brannigan]] is hated by everybody in the main cast. Outside of the show, almost everything he says is a meme and he's a very big EnsembleDarkHorse for his [[TheDitz sheer idiocy]].
** {{Averted|Trope}} with Bender, he's a thief who wants to kill all humans and the fans seem to like him because of his immoral corrupt [[TheHedonist hedonistic]] behavior. But most of the main characters like him too, all while knowing how evil and rude he is. [[LoveableRogue In fact, that's why they love him.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
** Eugene's peers (bar Arnold) ostracize him for being a jinx and being all around unlucky. However, he has a lot of fans for his charming personality.
** Helga is widely disliked by the same peers for being a bully, but due to her character development she's arguably the most popular character in the show as well as the BreakoutCharacter. Being a complex JerkassWoobie really helps.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'':
** Dib is [[TheWoobie the most unloved and abused character in the show]]. Everyone hates him... and yet, he's the second or third most popular character.
** Zim himself. Ostracized by his classmates (although they do sometimes stick up for him when he's being picked on by Dib, who they hate more), banished to Foodcourtia by his superiors, then double-banished to an obscure planet beyond the edge of known space when he escapes from his original banishment, and tends to be the target of revenge plots whenever he comes into contact with other members of his own race. But his LargeHam tendencies and IneffectualSympatheticVillain nature make him a hit with fans.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'': Johnny can't get a girl on his home show, but there are plenty of chicks that would like to handle his bod in RealLife.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Hawkgirl is ''hated'' in-universe, where neither the Thangarians nor most Earth residents are willing to cut her a break. The other members of the League are pretty much her only holdouts, and it took many of them a long time to accept that she had atoned. Among fans, she has far more support.
* On ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', Henry is pretty much the planet's punching bag. But of course, most of the fans wanna pick him up and hug him.
* Among ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' fans, Stumpy is the most popular character, yet he is a ''literal'' CosmicPlaything and [[WithFriendsLikeThese his friends make fun of him and bully him.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': One long-running example is Daffy Duck, whose [[EscalatingWar escalating rivalry over the years]] with Bugs Bunny was balanced by the audience knowledge that Daffy ''was'' very funny. Interestingly, Daffy has been used more and more by Creator/WarnerBros
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Princess Luna. Within the show's universe, she comes to be accepted back after her exile, but many ponies are still suspicious of her, as seen in her spotlight episode "Luna Eclipsed". Outside of the show, she's one of the most popular characters, even beyond the [[TrueCompanions Mane Cast]].
** The Great And Powerful Trixie is an egotistical showoff attention horse who spends most of her stage performance bragging about her accomplishments (including her defeat of an Ursa Major, which is a shameless lie) and humiliating Rarity, Applejack, and Rainbow Dash with cheap tricks rather than performing, and earns the scorn of most of Ponyville before the episode is over. Yet she has a dedicated fanbase, regularly appears in fanworks, and the owner of Equestria Daily (the world's largest [=FiM=] fansite) is an open and unabashed Trixie fan to the point that people have him appear in fanworks just to praise her. The showrunners ''clearly'' picked up on her popularity, as her second appearance portrayed her in a more sympathetic (if still antagonistic) role, her third focused on her budding friendship with another character, and her appearance in the Season 6 finale had her fully embrace the role as a supporting protagonist who's still a bit rough around the edges.
** Gilda the Griffon also receives plenty of love from the fanbase despite her being almost literally run out of Ponyville by the main cast.
** Silver Spoon is often characterized by the fanbase as being emotionally-conflicted and not actually enjoying taking part in Diamond Tiara's bullying of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, but doing so simply out of loyalty to her only friend (Diamond Tiara herself is considered to be a HateSink by the fandom [[spoiler:— or was, prior to her redemption in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark"]]).
** Much of Fluttershy's childhood consisted of [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer other pegasi bullying her for her substandard flying skills]], to the point that she left her hometown behind and never looked back. But even when she got older, she continues to be berated or taken advantage of by other characters. However, Fluttershy was voted the most popular member of the [[FanNickname Mane Six]] by an [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2013/09/fluttershy-wins-fan-favorite-poll.html official poll]].
** Discord, even after making a HeelFaceTurn, is still distrusted by the show's cast due to his antics in the past. Said antics are hilarious and made him among the most popular characters in the show despite his few appearances.
** Maud Pie, Pinkie's older sister. Pinkie adores her to bits, but the other members of the mane cast are put off by her extremely [[TheStoic Stoic]] mannerisms, [[CreepyMonotone monotone voice]], apparent dullness, and her obsession with rocks. They fail in bonding with her and even express that they don't really consider her a friend since they have virtually nothing in common with her. The fanbase however finds her quite intriguing and even [[TheComicallySerious hilarious]].[[note]]In Maud's subsequent appearances, however, some of the other ponies seem to be warming up to her.[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': [[TheWoobie Doofenshmirtz]] is pretty much this, Oh so much. He's victim to a HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood and his best and evidently only friend is also his ArchEnemy. And earlier in the series, his own daughter didn't appreciate him either, but CharacterizationMarchesOn. But put short, he only has [[FriendlyEnemy Perry]], [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Vanessa]], and [[RobotBuddy Norm]], and that's it. His ballon story doesn't even ''begin'' to cover it. He was forced to wear dresses, after his mother believed they were having a girl, but it was a boy. He also had to become a garden gnome, moved to NYC after he was kidnapped, etc. One has to believe whenever or not he is really a [[JerkassWoobie misunderstood guy]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': Mojo Jojo. He would always be the butt of jokes, and he never wins. But in real life, fans love him due to how funny he is. And let's not forget of how he speaks.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': In the episode "Stimpy's Fan Club", Stimpy gets tons of adoring fan mail, while Ren gets none. Stimpy tries to cheer Ren up by making him the president of Stimpy's Fan Club, but this just drives Ren to new levels of psychosis (and for Ren, that's really saying something). The next week, Nickelodeon got a truckload of letters from children telling Ren they loved him too.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': While the audience finds them lovable, it's made clear that most of the populace finds the Simpsons troublesome and/or dangerous. In the episode "Simpson Safari", this subtle exchange occurs:
-->'''Homer''': The Simpsons are going to Africa!\\
'''Family''': Yay!\\
''(In Africa, two tribesmen dance around a fire. Suddenly, one of them stops)''\\
'''Tribesman''': What is it, N'gungo?\\
'''N'gungo''': [[VaguenessIsComing Evil is coming.]]\\
'''Tribesman''': What shall we do, N'gungo?\\
'''N'gungo''' ''(puts his mask on the other tribesman's head)'': [[YouAreInCommandNow You are N'gungo now!]] ''(runs away screaming)''
** Milhouse fits this trope fairly well. He's one of the least popular kids a his school and a hopeless {{Buttmonkey}} in the show, but in the fanbase, he's one of the most popularly quoted characters.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** The Crystal Gems can't stand Peridot because, a) She's a member of [[spoiler: The Homeworld Gems that they've been fighting for centuries]] and b) Because she is obnoxious and annoying. It's even implied that her own allies [[TeethClenchedTeamwork tolerate her at best]]. Meanwhile, the fans ''love'' her and she quickly became [[EnsembleDarkhorse a popular character]] thanks to her Adorkable antics and complete [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain inability to be threatening]].
** Lapis Lazuli is mistreated and manipulated by everyone other than [[AllLovingHero Steven himself]]. Out-of-universe she is quite possibly the most popular non Crystal Gem character in the franchise thanks to her cute design and [[TheWoobie tragic story]].
** InUniverse, nobody has shown a very high opinion of Jasper - even the character she was assigned to guard seems to tolerated her at best. She has quite the fandom, though, mostly from people who want to see her backstory and justifications for her attitude, as well as the significant portion that finds her [[EvilIsSexy hot]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Kenny is killed off on a regular basis for five seasons, bullied and insulted by all of his friends, and generally treated [[ButtMonkey like dirt]]. Of course, as soon as he was KilledOffForReal, the fans were in uproar, and he was back for good by the end of the season.
** Subsequently, the character of Butters has taken Kenny's place as the fan-loved, but terribly treated character.
** According to Craig in "Pandemic," ''the entire main cast'' qualifies as this. Cartman, being a sociopath, comes as no surprise, but Stan and Kyle are disliked because of [[WeirdnessMagnet their propensity towards getting involved in]] ZanyScheme after ZanyScheme that end up with them getting shot into space or stranded in Peru, which: A) only happens to them, out of all the children in South Park, and B) is their fault, according to -- well, everyone in South Park.
** Pip, who nobody in the show seems to like (including [[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone the creators]]) but has lots of [[SelfFanservice fanart]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** Squidward Tentacles is often berated, loathed, and disrespected by most of the rest of the characters, but many fans sympathize with his misfortunes and appreciate his DeadpanSnarker moments.
** [=SpongeBob=] himself seems to be despised by nearly everyone in Bikini Bottom, to the point where they actually have a holiday dedicated to getting away from him.
*** Followed immediately by the holiday to get away from Patrick, which even [=SpongeBob=] himself observes.
* Furrball from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' is an unwanted stray cat who is often abused and unable to find a home with anyone but [[AndCallHimGeorge Elmyra]] (who's the most frequent source of said abuse). His status as the show's resident ButtMonkey is epitomized in the lyrics to the opening theme, "Furrball's unlucky," complimented by a piano falling on him as he's happily sniffing a flower. Yet he's quite popular for a relatively minor character, with numerous fanart and fanfiction devoted to him. Being both a RidiculouslyCuteCritter and TheWoobie probably helps a lot, as quite a few Website/YouTube commenters on his shorts express their desire to see him get a home. To say nothing of the [[FanPreferredCouple fans who want to see him "get lucky" in the form of a certain purple skunkette from the same show...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''
** Heather is a perfect example, she was the most hated character in-universe (until Alejandro showed up), but is a fan favorite and has one of the largest fan bases out of every character in the show.
** Cody during ''Island'', who was disliked by most of the girls in-universe, but was an EnsembleDarkhorse in the fanbase. In ''World Tour'' this gets reversed where he's a favorite in-universe, but becomes a BaseBreakingCharacter out-universe.
** Harold is fairly popular in the fan base, but was deemed a loser and ButtMonkey in the series. Though much like Cody he becomes more liked in-universe as the series progresses.
** Courtney, in a sense. She's very unpopular with most of the other contestants because of her bossiness and "win at all costs"-attitude. However in real life, while she's currently a BaseBreakingCharacter, she has one of the largest and most vocal fanbases.
** Noah is not very liked in the show, due to his condescending, sarcastic know-it-all, slacker nature. But in the fan base he's an EnsembleDarkhorse, and unlike Cody his support has not waned.
** [[StrawMisogynist Ezekiel]] was hated by the female campers before his transformation and [[FromNobodyToNightmare utterly feared by everyone afterwards]], but he's built up quite a fanbase that thinks of him as TheWoobie [[UnintentionallySympathetic and want him to get another chance]], and are hoping for him to be reverted back to his human self.
** Scott in ''All-Stars'' arguably qualifies. He still carries his hatred from ''Revenge of the Island'' in the show, but his IronButtMonkey and [[TookALevelInDumbass increased stupidity]] has [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap earned him a lot of fans from his very large hate base]].
** Scarlett is probably universally disliked in the show after the events of "Scarlett Fever", but she gained a lot of fans both before and after that incident in real life.
** Max is another perfect example, as he's arguably the most hated character since Heather, yet has quite a sizable fan base (despite being a BaseBreakingCharacter).
** The Ice Dancers from ''The Ridonculous Race'' were the villains of that show, and became hated by every other team for their cheating and backstabbing throughout the series. These traits also made them the [[LoveToHate most entertaining to watch]].
** The Goths regularly freaked out the other teams with their dour personalities, but they were [[DarkIsNotEvil decent people]], and the weird situations they got into made them a [[FreakyIsCool lot of fans]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': Blitzwing alternates between an aloof {{Jerkass}}, a HairTriggerTemper {{Jerkass}}, and a [[AxCrazy psycho]] {{Jerkass}}, and even his [[ThoseTwoBadGuys partner Lugnut]] can't stand him all the time. He's also one of the most popular characters in the show.
* If there was ever a poster boy for this trope, it'd be ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' own Dick Dastardly. Not only is he universally despised by all (even his own sidekick), but he never wins a single race despite having the fastest vehicle in the tournament ([[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat mostly due to a compulsive desire to cheat]], [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption and every attempt always backfiring on him spectacularly]]). And the one time he actually won a race by legitimate means (and by legitimate, we mean by the typical standards of this race), the judges called foul play and disqualified him, despite the same tactic being used by another racer who won. Regardless of these failures, Dick Dastardly is easily the most popular character in the fandom.
** To the extent that [[WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines he]] (and fellow contestant [[WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop Penelope Pitstop]]) got {{spinoff}}s!
* Jack Spicer from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''. An IneffectualSympatheticVillain[=/=]ButtMonkey, described by many as being the funniest character on the show, and even having the largest number of fan girls. Following him is Raimundo, who has either a larger or equal number of fans, and is the butt of a lot of jokes within the show (not as much as Jack).
* Eric the Cavalier in ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' was intended to be a case of TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong, but his ButtMonkey luck, copious sarcasm, and the fact he was the ''only'' [[OnlySaneMan one of the party]] willing to call [[TricksterMentor Dungeon Master]] out on his his dirty tricks made him a fan favorite, ''especially'' among tabletop players who have said things like that to their own dungeon masters.
* Jenny from ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' gets no respect from her hometown in spite of her saving it every other day, only has three real friends(one of whom has a bit of a [[StalkerWithaCrush infatuation]] problem with her), and is the school freak. With the fans, she remains one of popular and iconic Nicktoon characters to this day, with many people hoping for a reboot of the show.