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  • From Channel Awesome:
    • That Dude in the Suede: The curtains, every time fanmail appears, there is always one on the end dedicated to the curtains. Unfortunately, Suede didn't take then with him after he moved (they were his parents', but still...).
    • The Spoony Experiment: Doctor Insano.
    • The Nostalgia Chick: Nella! It really says something that all videos she's in get dozens of comments about on how awesome she is and how she should have her own show. And the Chick seems to be listening - Nella now shows up in almost every episode.
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    • Atop the Fourth Wall: Linkara. One of many contributors who joined the site in late 2008, and plucked from almost complete obscurity, he quickly rose to become one of the site's biggest draws in only a few short months. Part of this was his unique niche (he is one of two Comic Book reviewers on the site), part of it was his consistent schedule (and at first, he posted more than one video a week, because he had a backlog of video reviews from before he joined the site), and part of it was his Colbert Bump from Spoony, who became a frequent collaborator. As early as January/February 2009, there was talk of him headlining a "comics and animation" section of the site called "Four Color Fantasy" (later renamed "Inked Reality"), but in fact he's so popular he's still listed separately, as an individual, on the site, a distinction shared only by Doug, Lindsay, Brad and Noah.
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    • The Nostalgia Critic:
      • Devil Boner got immense popularity just from appearing for a few minutes in one review. After Mad Max: Fury Road, A Day in the Limelight episode where he ends up ripping into meninists, he's getting called "best original character in the reboot".
      • Benny, Hyper's stoic Real Men Wear Pink assassin. Doug has teased Malcolm that, like Devil Boner got popularity from the Estrogen Brigade, people love the character because he looks good in a suit.
    • Awesome Video Games:
      • Dad is very big with the show's fandom, to the point where they requested he get an episode all to himself. He eventually did get one with a larger focus on him, where he transformed the show into "Computer Entertainment Related Programming" to review Jack Nicklaus' Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf (misspelled as Jack Nicholson Golf in the episode title and the episode itself) on the NES.
      • Similarly, Deacon (Dad's actor) has become inordinately popular for a guy who sits in the background and says relatively little, probably thanks in part to some residual Dad-ness.
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    • Their only pop music reviewer, Todd in the Shadows, to a small degree.
  • Obscurus Lupa often does impressions of characters from the films she reviews. However, while reviewing the Subspecies movies, her Radu impression took on a life of its own, and fans fell in love with her portrayal of him as a dopey, down-on-his-luck guy who's obsessed with boobs. He now has his own Spin-Off, Radu Reviews, and has been upgraded from just being a voice to having Lupa dress up as him, complete with giant Orlok hands.
  • There is a fine literal example of this in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: Bad Horse, who gets only a couple of songs and a brief cameo at the end. Nonetheless, he's become quite popular in the fandom. "Bad Horse, Bad Horse! He rides across the nation, the Thoroughbred of Sin!" Bad Horse's iron hoofs are made from Tony Stark's skin.
  • LoadingReadyRun:
    • In the fandom, Andrew Cownden is extremely popular despite not being a member of the core Loading Ready Run crew. The reasons for this are most likely his acting ability, the infrequency with which he appears, and his awesome accent.
    • During Desert Bus for Hope, Roscoe the duck takes the dark horse title. It just wouldn't be the same without him.
  • The Irate Gamer has one in the form of the Wise Sage, even some of the fans who snark and insult the show say he's a redeeming quality, in part probably because he acts slightly better than Bores, another reason why fans probably like him is the fact the person who acts as the Sage doesn't defend Bores as much these days. Interestingly enough, the Sage doesn't appear after the Aladdin review, possibly implying that Bores is either not using him again, or the Sage was grabbing too much attention that he thinks is his. He finally reappeared for a brief cameo in his Cool Spot review, but he didn't get any lines. Chris has seemed to figure out his Darkhorse status and now he's shoehorning in Wise Sage appearances hoping it will make his videos "look better".
  • Con, from Kilplix N Friends, to the point where he has his very own video.
  • The Happy Video Game Nerd's basic shtick is showcasing retro gaming's ensemble darkhorses.
  • Stuart Ashen:
    • The Godmonster of Indian Flats is more well known from these videos than the movie where he's the titular character.
    • And of course, we have the Excellent Darkhorse himself, Chef Excellence.
  • Cal Chuchesta of The Needle Drop.
  • Papa Burch, from Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?, constantly puts his kids down (especially his son, Anthony), walked out on family therapy in favor of Fuddruckers, killed a zombified man for disrupting his reading, drove off the possessive spirit of his daughter at gunpoint, and vaguely resembles Big Boss.
  • Grant Kirkhope on Game Grumps. He appeared as a special guest for a grand total of one episode (though said episode was roughly equivalent in length to about six to seven regular episodes), yet he's often considered an honorary Grump by the fans and often appears in fan art. It helps that he seemed to have an innate sense of the show's sense of humor and meshed incredibly well with Arin and Jon.
  • Tom in The Cartoon Show. Aside from the Just There For Godzilla aspect of him being played by Doug Walker, he also has a lot more scenes than the other side characters, mostly because Doug is the only good actor and the others aren't so bothered.
  • Matt Santoro's clones Big Shine and Lorrenzo have few appearances, to the point when Matt outright stopped using them as characters, but are popular with the fandom.
  • Radiant_Oblivion is, by far, the most popular contestant in Kawaii Vinnys Minecraft Survivor with other favourites including Stripytails 777, Timon 93 and Papius.
  • Ryan Haywood had been with Achievement Hunter for several years before very rapidly gaining popularity with the fanbase. Some attribute the sudden rise to the development of his "Mad King" persona, which both the other Hunters and the fans seem to relish encouraging.

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