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18th Sep '17 5:52:24 AM ClintEastwood
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* When Franchise/{{Batman}} had his back broken in the '90s, his temporary replacement was [[ComicBook/{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]]. This portrayal of Batman was an AxCrazy DarkerAndEdgier NinetiesAntiHero that sent most fans into a rage. His entire purpose was to show why the ''real'' Batman isn't an AxCrazy vigilante.

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* When Franchise/{{Batman}} had his back broken in the '90s, TheNineties, his temporary replacement was [[ComicBook/{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]]. This portrayal of Batman was an AxCrazy DarkerAndEdgier NinetiesAntiHero that sent most fans into a rage. His entire purpose was to show why the ''real'' Batman isn't an AxCrazy vigilante.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Adam Mitchell joins the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler at the end of 'Dalek.' He is promptly ejected from the TARDIS at the end of the next episode, 'The Long Game,' after using time travel for a get-rich-quick scheme, accidentally helping the villains, and then trying to blame the Doctor and cover up what he'd done. Russell T. Davies explained in an interview that he "always wanted to do a show with someone who was a rubbish companion."
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Wesley Windham Pryce was intended to be this trope (he was even named [[CreatorsPet Wesley]]) and killed off in the Graduation episode. However, he accidentally became popular, joined the cast of spin-off ''Series/{{Angel}}'', TookALevelInBadass, and stayed on the show until the final episode.
* Seems to the the purpose of Deangelo Vickers on ''TheOffice''. Introduced as the first replacement for Michael, he was consistently written to be a horrible person in general with apparently no experience in business. Many fans cried ReplacementScrappy, but he was only intended to last one episode past Michael's exit anyway.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Adam Mitchell joins the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler at the end of 'Dalek.' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek Dalek]]". He is promptly ejected from the TARDIS at the end of the next episode, 'The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame The Long Game,' Game]]". after using time travel for a get-rich-quick scheme, accidentally helping the villains, and then trying to blame the Doctor and cover up what he'd done. Russell T. Davies Creator/RussellTDavies explained in an interview that he "always wanted to do a show with someone who was a rubbish companion."
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Wesley Windham Pryce was intended to be this trope (he was even named [[CreatorsPet Wesley]]) and killed off in the Graduation "Graduation" episode. However, he accidentally became popular, joined the cast of spin-off ''Series/{{Angel}}'', TookALevelInBadass, and stayed on the show until the final episode.
* Seems to the the purpose of Deangelo Vickers on ''TheOffice''.''Series/TheOfficeUS''. Introduced as the first replacement for Michael, he was consistently written to be a horrible person in general with apparently no experience in business. Many fans cried ReplacementScrappy, but he was only intended to last one episode past Michael's exit anyway.



* When Lt. Fancy left on ''NYPDBlue'' his replacement, a former InternalAffairs officer, managed to irritate every single squad member as soon as she showed up. Fancy, wanting to help out his loyal former subordinates, used some pull with the higher-ups to get her replaced with Lt. Rodriguez.

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* When Lt. Fancy left on ''NYPDBlue'' ''Series/NYPDBlue'' his replacement, a former InternalAffairs officer, managed to irritate every single squad member as soon as she showed up. Fancy, wanting to help out his loyal former subordinates, used some pull with the higher-ups to get her replaced with Lt. Rodriguez.



* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', after Peter starts worrying about Brian getting old he goes out and gets the family another dog known only as "New Brian." Guess who feels jealous of him. Brian and Stewie both dislike New Brian, but all the other characters think he's great. Near the end of the episode, New Brian admits to Stewie that he violated Stewie's teddy bear (Rupert). The next scene has Stewie giving Peter, Lois, and the other characters a quite suspicious story about how New Brian [[NeverSuicide committed suicide]], [[BlatantLies then cut himself up, bagged the pieces, and put the bag in the trash outside]].

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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** In "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS7E5TheManWithTwoBrians The Man with Two Brians]]",
after Peter starts worrying about Brian getting old he goes out and gets the family another dog known only as "New Brian." Guess who feels jealous of him. Brian and Stewie both dislike New Brian, but all the other characters think he's great. Near the end of the episode, New Brian admits to Stewie that he violated Stewie's teddy bear (Rupert). The next scene has Stewie giving Peter, Lois, and the other characters a quite suspicious story about how New Brian [[NeverSuicide committed suicide]], [[BlatantLies then cut himself up, bagged the pieces, and put the bag in the trash outside]].



* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the ShowWithinAShow Itchy & Scratchy had a dog named Poochie, who was hated by the audience of characters on the show proper, leading to ShooOutTheNewGuy. There was also another character added to the episode who was a parody of Scrappys everywhere: a teenager named Roy who was inexplicably shown to be living with the Simpson family; however, all Roy did was [[LampshadeHanging hang lampshades]] on the concept of a Scrappy.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E14TheItchyAndScratchyAndPoochieShow The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show]]", the ShowWithinAShow Itchy & Scratchy had a dog named Poochie, who was hated by the audience of characters on the show proper, leading to ShooOutTheNewGuy. There was also another character added to the episode who was a parody of Scrappys everywhere: a teenager named Roy who was inexplicably shown to be living with the Simpson family; however, all Roy did was [[LampshadeHanging hang lampshades]] on the concept of a Scrappy.
1st Aug '17 5:09:36 PM WillKeaton
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** And then, there's Vinny, who [[spoiler:replaced Brian after he is killed]]. He's quickly accepted into the Griffin household and accepted by all, even Stewie despite the incident above. [[spoiler:Then, Stewie runs into one of his time traveling selves and uses the opportunity to save Brian. Vinny, seeing how Brian's loss was still affecting Stewie, helped out with the plan (even though doing so meant he would have never been adopted by the Griffins in the first place)]]

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** And then, there's Vinny, who [[spoiler:replaced Brian after he is killed]]. He's quickly accepted into the Griffin household and accepted by all, even Stewie despite the incident above. [[spoiler:Then, Stewie runs into one of his time traveling selves and uses the opportunity to save Brian. Vinny, seeing how Brian's loss was still affecting Stewie, helped out with the plan (even though doing so meant he would have never been adopted by the Griffins in the first place)]]place).]]
3rd Mar '17 11:40:51 AM AnotherDuck
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* Garnet briefly flirts with this trope in disk 3 of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' when certain events in the plot send her into a HeroicBSOD. This has the gameplay effect of giving all her spells a chance to simply ''not work'' about 50% of the time, though eventually she gets over it and the effect goes away. It doesn't help that during this time she's the only remaining healer because the other one got kidnapped.

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* Garnet briefly flirts with this trope in disk 3 of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' when certain events in the plot send her into a HeroicBSOD. This has the gameplay effect of giving all her spells a chance to simply ''not work'' about 50% of the time, though eventually she gets over it and the effect goes away. It doesn't help that during this time she's the only remaining healer because the other one got kidnapped.
7th Jan '17 10:17:05 PM DragonRanger
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* Speaking of that team, ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' had the ComicBook/RedHulk weasel his way onto the team in place of the [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk regular Hulk]]; partly because he was on his best behavior and claimed his prior villainous actions were the result of {{Brainwashing}}, and partly because "better teammate than the Hulk" isn't a high standard to reach, especially since the Hulk had been more out of control than usual recently. Since the Hulk was either rampaging or locked up for most of the episode, Captain America took the role of the one suspicious of the newcomer. Cap eventually broke the Hulk out of lockup and found that Red had rigged Hulk with an implant to trigger his rage - of course, finding out that someone manipulated him made the Hulk mad...

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* Speaking of that team, ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' had the ComicBook/RedHulk weasel his way onto the team in place of the [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk regular Hulk]]; partly because he was on his best behavior and claimed his prior villainous actions were the result of {{Brainwashing}}, and partly because "better teammate than the Hulk" isn't a high standard to reach, especially since the Hulk had been more out of control than usual recently. Since the Hulk was either rampaging or locked up for most of the episode, Captain America took the role of the one suspicious of the newcomer. Cap eventually broke the Hulk out of lockup and found that Red had rigged Hulk with an implant to trigger his rage - of course, finding out that someone manipulated him made the Hulk mad...
9th Dec '16 10:49:25 PM GhostHouse
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This trope is based on the idea that a Scrappy is recognizable enough that creating a [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] on purpose, for purposes of parody, is a trope in itself. The reason for calling it "temporary" is that unlike an inadvertent, true [[TheScrappy Scrappy]], the TemporaryScrappy is never intended to be a permanent addition to the cast, even though the existing main characters usually think that he will be.

The TemporaryScrappy is likely to be like the original Scrappy in being a [[AnimationTropes cartoon character]] who is too cool for his own good. He's usually a ReplacementScrappy, and his only detractor at first is the character he's a replacement for. Most of the main characters will greatly like the TemporaryScrappy, and he will have every appearance of being useful to these main characters. (The audience isn't supposed to, and doesn't, like the character, however.) The character who is worried about being replaced will tend to find that his fears are justified, and the other main characters will give much more attention to the ReplacementScrappy than they did to the replaced character.

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This trope is based on the idea that a Scrappy is recognizable enough that creating a [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] on purpose, for purposes of parody, is a trope in itself. The reason for calling it "temporary" is that unlike an inadvertent, true [[TheScrappy Scrappy]], the TemporaryScrappy this is never intended to be a permanent addition to the cast, even though the existing main characters usually think that he will be.

The TemporaryScrappy Such a character is likely to be like the original Scrappy in being a [[AnimationTropes cartoon character]] who is too cool for his own good. He's usually a ReplacementScrappy, and his only detractor at first is the character he's a replacement for. Most of the main characters will greatly like the TemporaryScrappy, him, and he will have every appearance of being useful to these main characters. (The audience isn't supposed to, and doesn't, like the character, however.) The character who is worried about being replaced will tend to find that his fears are justified, and the other main characters will give much more attention to the ReplacementScrappy than they did to the replaced character.



* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Wesley Windham Pryce was intended to be a TemporaryScrappy (he was even named [[CreatorsPet Wesley]]) and killed off in the Graduation episode. However, he accidentally became popular, joined the cast of spin-off ''Series/{{Angel}}'', TookALevelInBadass, and stayed on the show until the final episode.

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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Wesley Windham Pryce was intended to be a TemporaryScrappy this trope (he was even named [[CreatorsPet Wesley]]) and killed off in the Graduation episode. However, he accidentally became popular, joined the cast of spin-off ''Series/{{Angel}}'', TookALevelInBadass, and stayed on the show until the final episode.



* In one U.S. Acres segment in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', an overly-charismatic new rooster shows up and proves to be far more likable to the characters (especially the hens) than Roy. Orson starts to doubt him when he proves a little less effective at his job than Roy, but what takes the cake is when the weasel tries to capture the hens... and the rooster runs and hides. By the time Roy rescues the hens, the only character who will even give the TemporaryScrappy rooster the time of day is [[CowardlyLion Cowardly Duck]] Wade... and only because he enjoys having someone more cowardly than himself around.

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* In one U.S. Acres segment in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', an overly-charismatic new rooster shows up and proves to be far more likable to the characters (especially the hens) than Roy. Orson starts to doubt him when he proves a little less effective at his job than Roy, but what takes the cake is when the weasel tries to capture the hens... and the rooster runs and hides. By the time Roy rescues the hens, the only character who will even give the TemporaryScrappy rooster the time of day is [[CowardlyLion Cowardly Duck]] Wade... and only because he enjoys having someone more cowardly than himself around.
9th Dec '16 10:45:33 PM GhostHouse
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The TemporaryScrappy concept is based on the idea that a Scrappy is recognizable enough that creating a [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] on purpose, for purposes of parody, is a trope in itself. The reason for calling it "temporary" is that unlike an inadvertent, true [[TheScrappy Scrappy]], the TemporaryScrappy is never intended to be a permanent addition to the cast, even though the existing main characters usually think that he will be.

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The TemporaryScrappy concept This trope is based on the idea that a Scrappy is recognizable enough that creating a [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] on purpose, for purposes of parody, is a trope in itself. The reason for calling it "temporary" is that unlike an inadvertent, true [[TheScrappy Scrappy]], the TemporaryScrappy is never intended to be a permanent addition to the cast, even though the existing main characters usually think that he will be.
3rd Dec '16 1:00:05 PM GhostHouse
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* This is often done in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'', with the TemporaryScrappy being AlwaysSomeoneBetter for an attribute that defines one of the regular characters.

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* This is often done in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'', with the TemporaryScrappy being AlwaysSomeoneBetter for an attribute that defines one of the regular characters.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Edward Jellico, who replaces Picard as captain of the Enterprise during the two-part episode "Chain of Command", was ''supposed'' to be one, and certainly was in-universe, making changes, running a tougher ship than Picard did, and generally not getting along with anyone except Data. Fan reaction was more positive, however, as despite his blunt and unpersonable attitude, he proved to be an effective officer who magnificently OutGambitted the Cardassians and rescued Picard in a situation that, if handled wrong, could have easily spiraled into all-out war. Writer Ronald Moore admitted to being surprised by the character's popularity and even considered bringing him back for an alternate timeline episode where Picard never became captain, but it fell through.
** Part of why the fans loved him is that nothing he did was unreasonable or illogical. He and Riker clashed with command styles, but those differences were both perfectly valid. His "worst act" was denying Picard was sent on a comando raid on a Cardassian research base on Starfleet's orders. Riker pointed out that this could have spared Picard from being tortured as [[LawsAndCustomsOfWar he would have been protected from such actions as a Prisoner of War.]] Jellico rightfully points out that doing so would have given Cardassia cause to start the very war they are trying to prevent. He's still genuinely remorseful about the situation.


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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Edward Jellico, who replaces Picard as captain of the Enterprise during the two-part episode "Chain of Command", was ''supposed'' to be one, and certainly was in-universe, making changes, running a tougher ship than Picard did, and generally not getting along with anyone except Data. Fan reaction was more positive, however, as despite his blunt and unpersonable attitude, he proved to be an effective officer who magnificently OutGambitted the Cardassians and rescued Picard in a situation that, if handled wrong, could have easily spiraled into all-out war. Writer Ronald Moore admitted to being surprised by the character's popularity and even considered bringing him back for an alternate timeline episode where Picard never became captain, but it fell through.
** Part of why the fans loved him is that nothing he did was unreasonable or illogical. He and Riker clashed with command styles, but those differences were both perfectly valid. His "worst act" was denying Picard was sent on a comando raid on a Cardassian research base on Starfleet's orders. Riker pointed out that this could have spared Picard from being tortured as [[LawsAndCustomsOfWar he would have been protected from such actions as a Prisoner of War.]] Jellico rightfully points out that doing so would have given Cardassia cause to start the very war they are trying to prevent. He's still genuinely remorseful about the situation.





* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'', ComicBook/CaptainAmerica himself follows the trope for ComicBook/AntMan's leadership role. However, Cap is still written way more sympathetically than most examples of the trope, and at the end Cap and Hank shake hands. (Well, he's Captain America.)



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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'''s [[spoiler:Erika]], from [=EP5=] and 6. Said character [[BitchInSheepsClothing seems like a nice person]], until TheReveal. [[spoiler:As Bern's gamepiece, she [[ReplacementScrappy supplants Battler]], frames [[TheWoobie Natsuhi]], makes a blatantly impossible plan, denies the use of Red Text just so she can win, and comes close to breaking Battler's brain. She describes herself as [[MindRape an intellectual rapist]].]] You really can't get much worse; since she's effectively [[spoiler:Bernkastel]]'s SelfInsert, she may be the darkest ParodySue in history.
1st Nov '16 12:23:58 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Starfire's sister, Blackfire, appears to visit, and all of the other Titans, including the usually skeptical Raven, take an immediate liking to her, even eventually offering to make her a part of the team. Starfire spends most of the episode feeling rejected, and even tries to leave the Titans until Robin convinces her not to. [[TheUntwist And then Blackfire turns out to have been]] EvilAllAlong...
29th Sep '16 11:12:19 PM hszmv1
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** Part of why the fans loved him is that nothing he did was unreasonable or illogical. He and Riker clashed with command styles, but those differences were both perfectly valid. His "worst act" was denying Picard was sent on a comando raid on a Cardassian research base on Starfleet's orders. Riker pointed out that this could have spared Picard from being tortured as [[LawsAndCustomsOfWarfare he would have been protected from such actions as a Prisoner of War.]] Jellico rightfully points out that doing so would have given Cardassia cause to start the very war they are trying to prevent. He's still genuinely remorseful about the situation.


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** Part of why the fans loved him is that nothing he did was unreasonable or illogical. He and Riker clashed with command styles, but those differences were both perfectly valid. His "worst act" was denying Picard was sent on a comando raid on a Cardassian research base on Starfleet's orders. Riker pointed out that this could have spared Picard from being tortured as [[LawsAndCustomsOfWarfare [[LawsAndCustomsOfWar he would have been protected from such actions as a Prisoner of War.]] Jellico rightfully points out that doing so would have given Cardassia cause to start the very war they are trying to prevent. He's still genuinely remorseful about the situation.

29th Sep '16 11:11:16 PM hszmv1
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\n**Part of why the fans loved him is that nothing he did was unreasonable or illogical. He and Riker clashed with command styles, but those differences were both perfectly valid. His "worst act" was denying Picard was sent on a comando raid on a Cardassian research base on Starfleet's orders. Riker pointed out that this could have spared Picard from being tortured as [[LawsAndCustomsOfWarfare he would have been protected from such actions as a Prisoner of War.]] Jellico rightfully points out that doing so would have given Cardassia cause to start the very war they are trying to prevent. He's still genuinely remorseful about the situation.

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