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  • Vasquez, and Hudson or maybe the colonial marines in general from Aliens.
    • The original film has Jonesy the cat— partially because of Jonesy's Cute Kitten status, and partially because one of Ripley's main motivations is to save the station's cat. This got to the point where, when Ripley finally got her own action figure in 2015, it was even bigger news (to some) that she came with a Jonesy accessory.
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  • Jennifer Coolidge in American Pie became an instant pop-culture icon—to the point where the word "MILF" is now in the Oxford English Dictionary—despite having less than five minutes of screen time!
  • It seems the only character everyone likes in Annie (2014) is Grace Farrell. The fact that she's played by Rose Byrne has something to do with it.
  • "Bob the Goon" from Tim Burton's Batman (1989), aided in no small part by his hilarious death scene. Toy Biz may have predicted this with the toyline: the only characters to get figures were Batman, The Joker and Bob.
  • "CIA" from The Dark Knight Rises, due to the scene he appears in being considerably memetic. Barsad "The Masketta Man"/"The Mosquito Man" and "Brother" (the man who stays behind on the plane when it crashes after Bane tells him to) also have attracted popularity for similar reasons, but none quite as much as CIA.
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  • Jesus "The Jesus" Quintana from The Big Lebowski. Despite the fact that he's only in the movie for about five minutes, he's nearly as popular as the main characters themselves. "Nobody fucks with The Jesus!"
  • Megan in Bridesmaids. Depicted in the trailers as being just The Lad-ette, she ends up being the most well-developed character in the film and her actress, Melissa McCarthy would get an Oscar nomination for the role.
  • Missy Pantone from the original Bring It On, thanks to her memorable audition scene and for acting as the film's Audience Surrogate to the world of cheerleading. Being played by Eliza Dushku also helps.
  • Yvette, the French girl who cries during the singing of "La Marseillaise" in Casablanca.
  • The Djinn from the 2010 Clash of the Titans. They save Perseus & Co. from the giant scorpions, not by defeating them, but by taming them. One of them (credited as "Sheikh Suleiman") joins the quest to slay Medusa. As it turns out, since he is not a being of flesh, he is immune to her stare. Wrapped in her coils, he uses his magic to self-destruct, providing Perseus the opening needed to decapitate her.
    • While we're on the subject, Hephaestus from the sequel Wrath of the Titans also qualifies. He's the only remotely funny character in the movie, he's quite hammy, he's Crazy Awesome, and he spends most of his time getting into arguments with an owl figurine. Unfortunately, like Sheikh Suleiman, he doesn't last very long and he sacrifices his life to help Perseus. Did we mention he's portrayed by Bill Nighy?
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    • Bobo from the original film; while the fanbase is divided about whether he is a good character or not, there is no denying he is one of the most talked about characters of the film.
  • DeeJay & Zangief of Street Fighter both have a lot of fans. QUICK! CHANGE THE CHANNEL!
  • Jean Reno's Victor 'The Cleaner' managed to become the most memorable character of the French (original) version of Nikita with just a few minutes of screen time. His popularity led Luc Besson to make him the main character of his next movie, Leon (The Professional).
  • LL Cool J's character in Deep Blue Sea spends most of the movie alone, separated from the main cast, who never even seem to remember he's there. This makes one wonder if he was even originally intended to be in the movie, but eventually he turns out to be a lot more intelligent and probably more likable than the other characters. Apparently he was popular enough that the movie was rewritten to have him survive at the end.
  • The most popular character in Doomsday is undoubtedly the Dark Action Girl Viper, who has about maybe seven minutes of screentime and just one line. Trailers made it look like this sexy tattooed badass was going to be a major character, causing some disappointment when she's rather casually dispatched early in the film.
  • Hermann Fegelein from Downfall, as while he's not really any more personally likeable than his Nazi comrades, he consistently shows more situational awareness and is clearly only in it for the sake of his career, rather than fanaticism. He's so popular among fans that he's rountinely a major character in all the Hitler parodies the film spawned.
  • The Elder Vampire has quite the fan following despite only appearing in a few scenes in Dracula Untold, courtesy of Charles Dance's charismatic performance.
  • Kit in Failure to Launch. She's the roommate of one of the leads, but is often considered the funniest and most likable character in the film. Being played by Zooey Deschanel certainly doesn't hurt any.
  • Han of the The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, who proved to be such a popular character they basically rearranged the entire timeline of the franchise so he could appear in three more movies afterward.
  • The documentary Fyre has Andy King, the PR guy who earnestly believed in the festival and is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. He's been memed and will get his own reality show.
  • Full Metal Jacket.
  • Just as in the comics, Snake-Eyes was the Ensemble Dark Horse for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. During test screenings, audiences were given cards to fill out, answering various questions about the film, including their favorite character. Despite the fact that he wasn't even listed as a choice (because he didn't have a speaking role), Snake consistently won as a write-in. All of the film's ads even featured him over the film's actual stars. G.I. Joe: Retaliation keeps Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and Zartan, but also adds Firefly as well.
  • Both Sinestro and Tomar-Re from Green Lantern are considered to be this by a good deal of people. It doesn't hurt that Sinestro already has an established fanbase carrying over from the comics, though Tomar-Re has developed a small following in other places.
  • Given that the series is often referred to as the "Hannibal Lecter series" and the latter two books are named after him, it's easy to forget that Lecter was a supporting character in Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs. Anthony Hopkins' 16 minutes of screen time in The Film of the Book for Silence is the least of any Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar winner.
  • Ryan Evans of the High School Musical series. In the first film, he seems to just be Sharpay's dumber, less bitchy, and Ambiguously Gay twin. In the second film, however, he steps out of Sharpay's shadow, gets some much-needed Character Development, and is revealed to have mad baseball skillz in a hoyay-tastic duet with the lead's best friend. By the third film, he's the Wildcats' mascot and well-liked by everyone. When he's charged with the choreography of the "Senior Year" musical, he turns out to be so good at it that the scouts sent from Julliard offer him a scholarship on opening night. Please ignore how unlikely this would be in real life. Debates rage over among the fans whether Troy and Gabriella's relationship is genuinely sweet or sickening, whether Kelsi is adorable or annoying, whether Sharpay is grating or utterly fabulous - but no-one disagrees that Ryan is awesome.
  • Hook: Rufio, leader of the Lost Boys. Ru-fi-OOOO!!!
  • Hostage, from the book of the same name, has Marshall "Mars" Krupcheck.
  • The Hunger Games:
  • Inglourious Basterds
    • Sgt. Werner Rachtman has only one scene, in which his brains get bashed out with a baseball bat by Sgt. Donny Donowitz. Despite being a Nazi German soldier, his refusal to sell out his countrymen, even to save his own life, definitely made him a One-Scene Wonder. This is probably because he falls into My Country, Right or Wrong.
    • Donowitz himself, even though he doesn't survive to the end of the movie. Aside from his superb nickname ("The Bear Jew") and his muscles on top of muscles, Donny is just darkly comic enough to make the film bizarrely whimsical when it could have been an outright horror show. His in-universe performance as "Antonio Margheritti" also helps.
    • Though he has a larger role, Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz falls into this trope as well. He does little in the film's actual present timeframe, but he won people over by murdering thirteen Nazis officers in a flashback.
  • Q, in the James Bond series. Not only because he provides the gadgets that save his life, but also his lab with all the other cool and deadly spy equipment and his grumpiness towards 007. So much so that his final scene in The World Is Not Enough is really moving knowing that you will never see him again
    "I've always tried to teach you two things. One, never let them see you bleed; second, always have an escape plan."
  • Jupiter Ascending:
    • The two bounty hunters who go after Jupiter; there were probably many watching who wished the film could have been about them instead.
    • Kalique has proven to be quite the darling on Tumblr, having gained a small but vocal fanbase.
    • Diomika Tsing, the no-nonsense Ageis ship captain who is also a reasonable authority figure.
    • Jupiter's mother Aleksa, particularly for fans of Maria Doyle Kennedy. Bonus points that she's the most tolerable of Jupiter's family and actually has a backstory.
  • Jurassic Park
    • Robert Muldoon and Roland Tembo are usually quite popular among the JP fandom. Justified, as both are the Only Sane Man and Great White Hunter in their respective novel/movie. Not to mention that both are the ones in charge of the security of a lot of people.
    • Before the first movie, no one really knew what a Velociraptor was. After the film, however, they became THE go-to dinosaur, rivaling Tyrannosaurus rex in popularity.
    • Dilophosaurus, too. It only fully appears on-screen in the first movie and the original novel ( unless you count a hologram from Jurassic World), but you'd never know that looking at the larger franchise: it's in every toyline and almost every video game. Being able to spit poison and having that freaky-cool frill certainly helps cement it's reputation as one of the most unique dinosaurs in the franchise.
    • Jurassic World gives us a load of examples, mainly dinosaur ones. To no one's surprise, audiences fell in love with Owen's raptor pack, but the standout is the Mosasaurus — it's speculated that this film will do what the original 1993 movie did for the Velociraptor and really put the species firmly in the public interest. On the human side, Zara, played by the beautiful Katie McGrath, has garnered a surprising amount of viewer love and sympathy for being the film's Butt-Monkey and for her truly horrific death at the hands of the Pteranadon. Also of note is the so-called "Margarita Man", an unnamed park visitor who is seen briefly running for cover during the flying dinosaur rampage with a margarita cocktail in each hand. To top it off, he's played by Jimmy Buffett.
  • M. Night Shyamalan put a film critic in Lady in the Water mainly so he could bash film critics for not liking The Village. A great many viewers felt this critic was the only likeable character in the film.
  • Jet Li in Lethal Weapon 4 was just so cool that he stole the movie. It ended up becoming his breakout role to American audiences.
    "He took your gun apart with just ONE DEFT MOVEMENT... how did he DO THAT?"
  • In Maleficent there was this one guy who was captain of the watch (or the soldiers). He tries to talk some sense into the crazy king, who then yells at him. The favourable contrast to the crazy king earned him some fans, who ship him with Diaval.
  • Bret Mackenzie's character from The Lord of the Rings gained a very, very devoted following of fans. He first appeared as a silent background extra in The Fellowship of the Ring at the Council of Elrond scene, where fans noted his expression and named him Figwit, which stands for "Frodo is great... who is that?" Peter Jackson himself became aware of the "Figwit" phenomena, so he asked McKenzie back for The Return of the King, where he got a little more prominent scene, with two lines and even a close-up. He even got some official merchandise as "Figwit" at that point. Then, when filming The Hobbit ten years later, they asked him to come back again, and even gave his character an on-screen name by retconning him as Lindir, a minor Elf in the Book of The Fellowship of the Ring. This time around, he appeared in four different scenes, had several lines and plenty of screentime.
    • Arwen — the film slightly expands on her role, combining it with the most badass elements of Glorfindel, and bringing in most elements of the love story which Tolkien left to the appendices.
  • In The Hobbit Trilogy...
    • Radagast the Brown, mostly thanks to his Crazy Awesome badassery, dealing with the giant spiders, the Nazgûl and the orcs with ease. (And among older fans, for being the Seventh Doctor in addition to the above.)
    • Within the group of Dwarves, there is Bofur, in part because of his greater character development, and his Heartwarming Moment with Bilbo. It may also have something to do with him being played by the always charming James Nesbitt. He also has some of the best facial hair in the film, which is saying something in a film full of bearded men.
    • Kíli and Fíli as well, enjoying a case of Adaptational Attractiveness and a lot of screentime.
    • Ori, for those that don't despise him. He's just adorable.
    • Bifur, despite having a smaller role than any of the above characters, is quite popular on Tumblr (mainly because of his head injury).
    • Thranduil. Good grief, Thranduil. He even has a Fan Nickname: "Dwarf Racist Party Dad".
      • The moose Thranduil rides unexpectedly became popular with the Russian fandom straight away... despite about 6 seconds of screen time in the first movie. They gave him an affectionate nickname, too.
    • Bard's children are generally well-liked as well for being adorable, helping expand Bard's character and mostly because they surprisingly avert being The Load.
    • From The Battle of the Five Armies comes Dáin Ironfoot, for being Crazy Awesome and the way he devours the scenery. Not to mention riding a huge boar to battle, headbutting everyone to death, and his magnificent Screw You, Elves! speech. Oh, and he's played by Billy Connolly.
  • Mean Girls had a couple:
    • Karen Smith, the Dumb Blonde of the Plastics. She doesn't have much to offer for the movie besides being there for comic relief. However, she is greatly well-liked by a lot of fans because of her delivery of humor, and for surprisingly being the kindest of the aforementioned Plastics, as her acts for the group weren't done out of her own malicious intention, but rather her own naivety.
    • Damien Leigh, Janis and Cady's best friend. He's mostly there in the movie being with Janis, and like Karen, provide some comic relief. Nonetheless, he has a huge following among fans for being charming, and for delivering some of the most memorable quotes from the movie itself, such as the heavily quotable "You go, Glen Coco!" line.
    • Speaking of Glen Coco, that guy is BARELY in the movie. However, thanks to Damien's mention of him, he surprisingly became a fan favorite.
  • The Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of the most memorable characters in the entire movie, despite being a One-Scene Wonder. Ditto for the Knights Who Say Ni and the French Taunter.
  • While showing movies that would have faded into obscurity on their own, the hosts of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will sometimes find a favorite character in a generally-subpar film. Often, the fans agree.
  • The Naked Gun: The unflappable driving instructor, played by John Houseman in his last film role.
  • Phantasm: Tim and Rocky from Phantasm III are well liked amongst Phantasm fans despite only appearing in one movie. It helps in that Rocky is a badass Action Girl who successfully rejects Reggie’s advances towards her and for being the only female character in the whole series that doesn’t die at the hands of the Tall Man and reappear during the post credit sequence in Ravager, and Tim is often liked for being an aversion of the standard kids in horror films cliché in that he’s resourceful and helpful in the situations he’s in.
  • Mac from Predator is arguably the third most memorable character in the movie after Ahnold and the Predator himself.
    • Blaine makes a fair case for himself as well. That portable minigun certainly helps.
  • Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride. This statement says it all:
  • The nameless chubby guy always sipping from a hip flask in Troma's Redneck Zombies is popular with fans of the film, despite never doing anything really relevant or even speaking. Even his actor ("Bill Johnson" according to the DVD commentary) went uncredited. And yet fans love the "Always Drinking Guy."
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera
    • Grave-Robber's actually a fairly minor character, but fans adore him. Him being played by the incredible Terrance Zdunich doesn't exactly hurt matters.
    • Pavi Largo could also be considered an example of this; he should be funny-but-creepy-as-hell, but he's played by Ogre, who makes the whole thing just too cute for words.
  • The Tarman zombie from The Return of the Living Dead seems to be rather popular amongst zombie movie fans. He has had a figurine made and people also like to make Tarman costumes.
  • Wallace Wells in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
  • Scream 4 was the least successful film of the series by far, but just about everyone who's seen it declared Hayden Panettiere as Kirby the real Final Girl.
    • Both Dewey (all four films) and Randy (the first two and a cameo in the third) are really popular too. Dewey because of his awkward characteristics, and Randy for being the lovable Genre Savvy Meta Guy.
  • Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love. Eight minutes of screen time for Dame Judi Dench, and it wins her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar!
  • Agent Stone from Sonic the Hedgehog has proven quite popular for how completely unphased he is by Dr. Robotnik's complete and utter batshit insanity, his loyalty and genuine concern for the doctor, and for just how hilariously normal he is when put up against the Mad Scientist's scenery chewing.
  • Spider-Man Trilogy
    • J. K. Simmons absolutely stole every scene he was in as J. Jonah Jameson while hamming it up like no other. He became the very first character to reprise his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • Though minor, Bruce Campbell's cameos were always memorable in each film. It's also worth noting that Campbell loves to credit himself for naming Spider-Man in the first film.
    • Ursula, Peter's cute Russian neighbor with a fairly transparent crush on him. Despite being a character original to the films and never formally dating Peter, some fans actually prefer her as a love interest to Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane, mainly due to Spider-Man 2 where Mary Jane showed Peter No Sympathy to his plights whereas Ursula did.
  • Some supporting players in The Three Stooges shorts have sizable fan bases, especially Vernon Dent, Christine McIntyre, and Emil Sitka.
  • Titanic (1997): Charles Joughin, the drunk baker who survives the sinking by drinking so much alcohol, that he barely felt the freezing water. This is Truth in Television, as Charles Joughin really existed and did exactly what he did in the movie in real life.
  • Transformers: Maggie and Glen, the systems analyst and the hacker who end uncovering the secrets behind the Transformers. Some fans felt they deserved their own movie.
  • TRON
  • Yuri Boyka from Undisputed II: Last Man Standing
    • Gaga, the gangster who is Boyka's patron, also is quite adept at stealing the scenes he's in. Also, quite a few people think Andriago Silva, a Capoeira fighter played by Lateef Crowder in Undisputed III: Redemption, should have had a much more prominent role than he did.
  • Bruno Ganz as Jurgen in Unknown (2011) steals the movie and swallows it whole for breakfast. With tea.
  • Given his tendency to show up as a One-Scene Wonder Christopher Walken ends up in this role frequently, and many of his longer performances qualify as well.
  • Johnny from Airplane! and its sequel.
    Well, first the Earth cooled, and then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, and died and turned into oil, and then the Arabs came, and they all bought Mercedes Benzes, and then Prince Charles started wearing all of Lady Di's clothes. I couldn't believe it...
  • In Jumper, most audiences believe that Griffin played by Jamie Bell was the true hero of the film and should have been the protagonist, wanting wangsty David to quietly teleport out of his own movie.
    • Due to his popularity even the author of the original novel ended up writing a spin-off based around him. This troper wouldn't say 'due to his popularity', given that said spin-off novel was written and published almost six months before the film came out! So, unless someone has a time machine.... (The real story is that the film company wanted a new book for a tie-in for the movie, but the author didn't want to write one featuring David, since the film made major changes from the original book. Thus, he decided to pick the secondary teleporter from the film, since that would center the tie-in book around a character who didn't exist in the previous Jumper books, making it clear to fans of the books that this was set in the 'movie universe' rather than that of the books.)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show has Columbia, the Big Bad's groupie. Fans usually see her as the most sympathetic character in the film, much moreso than nominal heroes Brad ("ASSHOLE!") and Janet ("SLUT!").
  • Doc Holiday, from Tombstone. A man dying of TB, he decides to gamble and get into gunfights, since he won't be living for much longer anyway.
  • Pacific Rim:
  • Red from The Lone Ranger, mainly for her ivory leg with a gun in it.
  • Spider from Elysium, whose fast talking antics and his determination as a badass make him very charismatic.
  • Pain and Gain:
    • Ed DuBois, the only heroic character in the movie and is much more likable in the movie than Lugo himself.
    • Paul Doyle, for being a tragic Anti-Villain that didn't want any part and gets redeemed by the end after all his troubles. Dwayne Johnson portrays that quite well in the movie.
  • The Wizard in the Leaky Cauldron from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban only has roughly ten seconds of screen time. During those ten seconds, he's seen reading Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" (which covers things like the beginning of the universe, black holes, and thermodynamics) while stirring his tea with wandless magic. So not only is he a complete genius, he'd have to be one of the most skilled magic users in the world.
  • Both Justin Long and Fred Willard's characters in Youth in Revolt as well as just about any of the reputable character actors with smaller supporting roles.
  • Despite Neighbors (2014) being pitched as Rogen vs. Efron, most critical reviews — even the negative ones — heaped the most praise on Rose Byrne's Kelly, who doesn't get stuck with a Women Are Wiser role and gets a lot of laughs going from button-downed house-wife to scheming partner-in-crime with Mac. Plus, she does a hilarious Keet impression of Anne Hathaway.
  • Bernard in the first two movies in The Santa Clause trilogy, for being a funny sarcastic elf. His disappearance in the third movie certainly didn't help its reception.
  • An almost absurd case in Scrooge (1951). At the end of the film Scrooge goes to dinner at his nephew's house. The maid that takes his coat and sweetly urges him to go inside to the party. She has no lines and that's her only scene - and yet has a huge amount of fans. There was even a lengthy discussion on IMDB about the identity of the actress (even with theories that it was a young Audrey Hepburn). She was eventually identified as Teresa Derrington.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
    • Nux. Mostly for Nicholas Hoult giving us a funny and hamtastic - "OH WHAT A DAY! WHAT A LOVELY DAY!" - performance, his driving skills, his lack of a shirt and his Heel–Face Turn and Heroic Sacrifice.
    • The Coma Doof Warrior. Battle rages around him, cars blow sky high, adrenaline-pumped warriors fight to the death on his stage, and what does he do? He keeps on a-shreddin' his kick-ass flamethrower-guitar, that's what he does!
    • That one polecat assassin known only as "Black Mask". He is totally silent, wears a creepy baby doll head on the back of his mask, and shows unusual toughness and deadliness for a mook. He manages to shoot Max with an arrow which only fails to pierce his skull due to a lucky hallucination that made him raise his hand; when Furiosa stabs him and he gets thrown off the rig by the Vuvalini, he clings to the vehicle, climbs back and near fatally stabs Furiosa with the blade she drove into his shoulder.
  • The Room
    • "Doggie" - the pug that is lovingly referred to as such by Johnny at the flower shop.
    • The Football and Chris-R seem to be considered the only good actors in the film, but that is not really saying much. Chris-R is notable mostly for his No Indoor Voice style of acting.
    • Peter, the psychologist, is this in several circles, giving some solid (and sadly ignored) advice partway through the film, and then disappearing during the finale because of his actor leaving the film after the filming of the "football in tuxes" scene. His character's last line? "That's it, I'm done." Some people even make him into a bit of an Audience Surrogate.
  • In The Thing (2011), Lars became a fan-favorite character for his badassery, being one of the more memorable characters in the otherwise underutilized Thule Station team, his no-nonsense approach to fighting the Thing, and his status as a walking reference to the original film - at the end, he's revealed to be the Norwegian who the American team encounters trying to kill the Dog-Thing. When the fan site Outpost 31 ran a poll on favorite characters from the movie, Lars received more than half the votes, beating out the actual main characters by a considerable margin. Even some people who disliked the movie cited him as one of its bright spots.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: Everyone. No really. Almost every character from the first movie was brought back in the sequels with expanded roles. Marty, Cotton, Anamaria, Pintel and Ragetti and their good counterparts Murtogg and Mullroy, Gillette, Groves, even the two women who slap Jack became surprisingly popular that they were brought back for two sequels.
  • Gleahan and the Knaves of Industry: Invoked. Slim was deliberately written so audiences would glom onto him and make their own fan theories.
  • The Mummy Trilogy:
    • Beni Gabor, despite his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, still has many of the first film's best lines.
    • Oded Fehr, as Ardeth Bay, steals every single scene he's in. According to many fangirls/guys, this is no small part due to his stunning looks.
  • In The Book Of Masters, Yangul only has about a dozen lines and ten minutes of screentime in a hundred-minute movie. He is the character everyone remembers. The fans adore his tentative attempts to express his love for Katya (as a Living Statue, he isn't used to having feelings) and his character development for her sake, going from "You will be mine" to I Want My Beloved to Be Happy. Many have stated Katya has better chemistry with him than with her official Love Interest.

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