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  • Ace Attorney:
  • It is practically a given that in Fate/stay night fandom, Archer has more fans than Shirou. This is hilarious because Archer is Shirou.
    • The release of Unlimited Blade Works, however, may also put Lancer in this position. After the release, a lot of message boards (those who played UBW) were saying "Lancer is more GAR than Archer!" And yes, he's never alive by the end of any scenarios like Archer.
    • Rider as well. It's too bad she gets so little screen time even in the route focusing on her and Sakura as the heroines.
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    • Playable Caster of Fate/EXTRA likely qualifies. She's barely promoted at all, but she's only a little behind Saber in terms of popularity in Japan, and probably surpasses her by a large margin in the west.
    • To a more minor degree, Assassin. Many people find his calmness and his katana and the way he was able to stand up to Saber despite his limitations far more awesome than any of the above. And then, of course, there's the music that plays during his fight with Saber in the Fate route.
  • Happiness: Jun.
  • Princess Lover!: Sylvie.
  • Katawa Shoujo: The Paranoid, Misogynistic, Conspiracy Theorist, Kenji Setou.
    • Hanako Ikezawa is this due to the sheer amount of fan art featuring her.
  • School Days:
    • Yuki for numerous reasons. The main reason is that he's the nice guy to Makoto's jerkass personality and probably the only sane man that is genre savvy enough to realize what's going on. He can call Sekai out on everything she's done to Kotohana and punch Makoto for being a dick. Finally he's the cross dresser that many guys have deemed more attractive than the girls of this series.
  • SHUFFLE!!: Asa's mom Ama can be viewed as one.
  • Utawarerumono:
    • Touka, her cuteness and fighting style have her beat everyone else in polls. Karura might count, though she actually gets her own arc in the story.
  • When They Cry series:
  • For the fans of Tsukihime, Nrvnqsr "Nero" Chaos and Satsuki "Sacchin" Yumizuka seem to be well liked, with the former due to his badassness and the later for her cuteness and unfortunate fate both in-game and metawise.
  • Sola seems pretty popular with the Sunrider fanbase, despite not having appeared in the game proper.
  • Date A Live: Rinne Utopia has the title character Rinne Sonogami, an Original Generation character made for the game. Mostly thanks to her being the Harem Nanny, the fact that she wants Shido to be happy to whichever girl he chooses, and the fact that she's a Nice Girl made fans want more of her. Which makes it all the more heartbreaking to see her disappear and Shido pulling off a Skyward Scream and that she won't get remembered by Shido. This is because the events of the game happen just after the anime/fourth volume and before volume 5 in which she wasn't present..
  • Ikemen Sengoku:
    • It's clear that the creators didn't expect Kenshin Uesugi to become one of the game's most popular characters — his route wasn't slated to be released until after six other guys' (out of eleven) and he rarely ever gets focus in early events. From the start, however, a lot of fans immediately became interested in the battle-happy Pretty Boy with a hinted-at tragic past and possessive streak and started clamoring for his route. When his route was finally released, the game's next popularity poll in Japan had him be ranked in first place ahead of Nobunaga and Masamune who used to be virtual locks for first and second place in popularity polls. Even in the English fandom where his yandereness is somewhat more divisive, he still easily ranks in the top 3 of popularity polls.
    • Mitsuhide Akechi, especially in the English fandom. You'd be hard-pressed to find a player who doesn't love the silver-haired trickster who gets many of the game's funniest lines in his constant teasing and trolling of others but has a true heart of gold underneath all of his snark, especially after Hideyoshi's route depicted him as secretly falling in love with the player character but staying quiet about it so that she could be happy with Hideyoshi. And all of this love is for a character who took an extremely long time to get an actual route!

Alternative Title(s): Visual Novel


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