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SkyCat32 The Draftsman of Doom from The Zenith Theater Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
The Draftsman of Doom
Sep 23rd 2019 at 1:55:53 AM

[up][up] The guy on the plane is a two scene wonder, and while he may not be one of the most well known character on the show, for a character who only appears in two scenes, he's pretty well liked.

Whoever did this is trying to control us, and it might be a game to him, but to us it's life or death!
SkyCat32 The Draftsman of Doom from The Zenith Theater Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
The Draftsman of Doom
Sep 23rd 2019 at 6:09:01 AM

How is this for an entry? I'll add it to the YMMV if it's sufficient.

I also found examples for this trope I was not sure about, but I did not cut them.

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    • Both Phoebe's love interests, Mike and David, are well liked, especially Mike, who became a semi-regular character towards the end of the show's run.
    • Jack Geller is popular too. His wife not so much...
    • Janice is this. Although, being hilarious and annoying at the same time, she's also a Base-Breaking Character.
    • Richard, for being one of the most decent and likable love interests. Like Janice though, he can fall into the Base-Breaking Character territory, since some people see him as The Scrappy.
    • Kathy was this, at least until the writers broke her and Chandler up. The cast actually liked Paget Brewster enough that they wanted her to stay.
    • Emily was actually very well liked before they decided to have her marry Ross in a hurry just for the sake of causing a conflict between Ross and Rachel. Fans actually wanted to see things work out between her and Ross. Then, of course, Emily made a complete turn around of character.

Edited by SkyCat32 on Sep 24th 2019 at 9:23:16 AM

Whoever did this is trying to control us, and it might be a game to him, but to us it's life or death!
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WarJay77 Simba is tired from Upstate New York Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
Simba is tired
Sep 24th 2019 at 6:00:43 PM

You rang?

Hmm...Well, anyone considered a base-breaking character is definitely not in. I think the plane passenger counts for sure, and any other example needs a ton more context. I love Friends, but I don't know how the fans feel about every character.

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Crossover-Enthusiast F E A R from somewhere doing something Relationship Status: Chocolate!
F E A R
Sep 24th 2019 at 6:07:28 PM

[up][up] The write up for plane guy looks great! [tup] Dunno about the others though, so I can't really help with that.

[up] Gotcha. What about Pilot Pearl? Major character in the pilot (if I remember right), but that incarnation of her was only in the pilot, and is separate from canon Pearl.

Edited by Crossover-Enthusiast on Sep 24th 2019 at 9:08:22 AM

I don't know what this thing is, and that terrifies me!
WarJay77 Simba is tired from Upstate New York Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
Simba is tired
Sep 24th 2019 at 6:11:55 PM

[up] Huh? Oh, SU, right. Well...I'm not sure. I think it could count if fans consider "Pilot Pearl" a character in her own right, separate from normal Pearl.

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SkyCat32 The Draftsman of Doom from The Zenith Theater Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
The Draftsman of Doom
Sep 24th 2019 at 7:04:47 PM

Also, I sort of question whether real life examples should even be allowed of this trope. I feel like, at the very least, due to the polarizing nature of politics, political examples DEFINITELY shouldn't be allowed.

Whoever did this is trying to control us, and it might be a game to him, but to us it's life or death!
SkyCat32 The Draftsman of Doom from The Zenith Theater Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
The Draftsman of Doom
Sep 25th 2019 at 7:14:55 PM

I mean, there are no real life examples allowed for The Scrappy. Why should they be allowed on this trope, especially when some of the figures listed are polarizing?

Whoever did this is trying to control us, and it might be a game to him, but to us it's life or death!
WarJay77 Simba is tired from Upstate New York Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
Simba is tired
Sep 25th 2019 at 7:15:42 PM

I agree.

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PrincessPandaTrope Gotta get those rings! from Crisis City with Silver the Hedgehog Relationship Status: Loves me...loves me not
Gotta get those rings!
Sep 29th 2019 at 8:50:15 PM

EnsembleDarkhorse.Sonic The Hedgehog is way shorter than the previous time I've seen it. It looks like 90% of all Sonic characters were meant to be popular after all.

Since there are only like few examples (read: four), shall we just cut it and move it to EnsembleDarkhorse.Video Games?

Oct 10th 2019 at 4:57:39 PM

So, I'm wondering if Hugh Laurie's unnamed British passenger from Friends would qualify. I have seen multiple clips of the footage in which he appears, and a good number of the comments were cheering on the character, partially due to calling Rachel out for ostensibly selfish behavior.

I mean, I am not sure how well known the character is, but I think for a little known character, he seems pretty popular.

I agree. My experience with the Friends fandom indicates he's extremely popular. She's on her way to tell Ross she's in love with him on the eve of him getting married to another woman. Her friends didn't want her to do this, Phoebe's entire (limited because of her pregnancy) storyline was about trying to stop Rachael from doing this, the audience is pretty much on the friends' side about this. And then Hugh Laurie essentially acts as an Audience Surrogate to tell Rachael just how wrong her decision is.

As a result, even though Hugh Laurie appears only in that scene (it's a scene that's split into two so is effectively two scenes) and is completely nameless, he is very popular. And he's also an example of a character who started off extremely popular for the above reasons, but who then gained an extra surge of popularity from House fans who only then realised who the actor in this scene was — as a result, he gained an 'early House says his thing!' popularity on top of the original support.

Edited by Wyldchyld on Oct 10th 2019 at 1:01:01 PM

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