"I Liked That Character Better Before They Became A Fan Favorite"

Sometimes a character is so awesome, you can't help loving him or her. And then everybody else starts loving that character, too. Soon, your beloved character is anointed as a "fan favorite," and starts getting more exposure. Which character was better before he or she broke out and became a big deal?

Please include a picture, book cover or clip for the "fan favorite" character you liked better before they became a big deal. And please mention the name of the show, book, movie or comic they come from. Thanks!

Top image: Spike from Buffy. Probably the ultimate example of a character who was more awesome before he became known as the fans' most adored character.