VSCode - Character Count
The Character Count extension for Visual Studio Code counts and displays the number of characters in a Markdown file in the status bar and updates as you type. This was specifically developed because I needed to use character count vice word count in a piece I was developing.
The code in this extension was loosely based on Microsoft's WordCount extension.
Open a Markdown file and the status bar will display the number of characters (including newlines) present in the file. It will be updated as you type.
Initial release of Character Count extension.