History ReplacementScrappy / LiveActionTV

6th Jun '16 12:36:33 PM Green_lantern40
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* Walden Schmidt on ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' is seen by many as a poor replacement for Charlie, mainly because Creator/AshtonKutcher's comedy style just doesn't seem to fit in with the show, and his interaction with the other characters feels rather forced and unnatural.

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* Walden Schmidt on ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' is seen by many as a poor replacement for Charlie, mainly because he ''wasn't'' Charlie, but also because Creator/AshtonKutcher's comedy style just doesn't seem to fit in with the show, and his interaction with the other characters feels rather forced and unnatural.
26th Apr '16 1:42:47 PM AllenbysEyes88
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** Agent John Doggett, and later Agent Monica Reyes. Doggett has his share of fans, but Reyes... not so much. Doggett was written into the show for its eighth season as an agent who was put on a task force to look for missing Agent Mulder; his skepticism made a good foil to Scully, who was increasingly credulous to paranormal belief. Agent Reyes appeared a few times in Season 8, then became a regular in Season 9 to pair up with Doggett. They didn't have a chance to be loved as much as Mulder and Scully were.
** Among supporting characters, there was Marita Covarubbias, Mulder's third MysteriousInformant after Deep Throat and X. Many fans disliked her because, compared to her predecessors, she was a FlatCharacter (derisively nicknamed "Deep Blonde") and often superfluously shoehorned into episodes. Made worse when she was revealed to be [[TheMole working for the Syndicate]], and sleeping with Krycek to boot. She was PutOnABus after Season Five without being replaced.

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** Agent John Doggett, and later Agent Monica Reyes. Doggett has his share of fans, but Reyes... not so much. Doggett was written into the show for its eighth season as an agent who was put on a task force to look for missing Agent Mulder; his skepticism made a good foil to Scully, who was increasingly credulous to paranormal belief. Agent Reyes appeared a few times in Season 8, then became a regular in Season 9 to pair up with Doggett.Doggett, becoming the believer to his skeptic. They didn't have a chance to be loved as much as Mulder and Scully were.
** Among supporting characters, there was Marita Covarubbias, Mulder's third MysteriousInformant after Deep Throat and X. Many fans disliked her because, compared to her predecessors, she was a FlatCharacter (derisively nicknamed "Deep Blonde") and often superfluously shoehorned into episodes. Made worse when she was revealed to be [[TheMole working for the Syndicate]], and sleeping with Krycek to boot. She was PutOnABus after in Season Five without being replaced.and only made intermittent appearances afterwards.
24th Apr '16 11:02:14 AM randomtroper89
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** In season five the simpering [[SmugSnake Eve]] replaced the vastly superior [[MagnificentBastard Lilah]], to much dismay from the fans. She was quickly replaced by [[TheDragon Marcus Hamilton]], who made no attempt to act as an ersatz-Lilah. Cordelia lampshades this trope in "You're Welcome", referring to Eve as "Lilah Jr." Her role is also completely superfluous, as she's supposed to be the intermediary between the protagonists and the Senior Partners.....a role already taken by the Conduit.

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** In season five the simpering [[SmugSnake Eve]] replaced the vastly superior [[MagnificentBastard Lilah]], to much dismay from the fans. Her role is also completely superfluous, as she's supposed to be the intermediary between the protagonists and the Senior Partners.....a role already taken by the Conduit. She was quickly replaced by [[TheDragon Marcus Hamilton]], who made no attempt to act as an ersatz-Lilah. Cordelia lampshades this trope in "You're Welcome", referring to Eve as "Lilah Jr." Her role is also completely superfluous, as she's supposed to be the intermediary between the protagonists and the Senior Partners.....a role already taken by the Conduit.
15th Apr '16 2:17:46 AM IncredibleFulk1
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has a unique case where the ReplacementScrappy was introduced ''before'' the preferred character. Laurel was a major civilian character in Season 1, and her sister Sara appeared as a masked vigilante The Canary in Season 2. Come Season 3 [[spoiler: Sara is killed and Laurel is taking over her vigilante position as The Canary. However, since Sara was hugely popular as The Canary with a complex backstory while Laurel was criticized for her poor characterization and has virtually no training, the change....hadn't gone well at first]]. Essentially they've managed to upgrade TheScrappy to ReplacementScrappy. [[spoiler:Thankfully, Sara came back in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow.'']]
** However, fans eventually began to warm up to Laurel as Black Canary. Many fans began to see her character improve much more in Season 3, with many going far to say Laurel was one of the best things in an otherwise lukewarm season. Not only that, fans were also happy to see Laurel's Real Canary Cry. In Season 4, [[spoiler: Laurel is killed by Damien Darhk]]. Fans were completely outrage, especially since Felicity became a very hated character. Fans went from not liking Laurel to now begging her to be resurrected, since the show constantly brings back dead characters like Sarah. If that's not enough proof, there's was a trending twitter hashtag #nolaurelnoarrow.

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has a unique case where the ReplacementScrappy was introduced ''before'' the preferred character. Laurel was a major civilian character in Season 1, and her sister Sara appeared as a masked vigilante The Canary in Season 2. Come Season 3 [[spoiler: Sara is killed and Laurel is taking over her vigilante position as The Canary. However, since Sara was hugely popular as The Canary with a complex backstory while Laurel was criticized for her poor characterization and has virtually no training, the change....hadn't gone well at first]]. Essentially they've managed to upgrade TheScrappy to ReplacementScrappy.ReplacementScrappy, but now fans feel she was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap with meaningful CharacterDevelopment. [[spoiler:Thankfully, Sara came back in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow.'']]
** However, fans Fans eventually began to warm up to Laurel as Black Canary. Many fans began to see her character improve much more in Season 3, with many going far to say Laurel Laurel's growth was one of the best things in an otherwise lukewarm season. Not only that, fans were also happy to see Laurel's Real Canary Cry.Cry which . In Season 4, [[spoiler: Laurel is killed by Damien Darhk]]. Fans were completely outrage, especially since Felicity became a very hated character.TheScrappy of Season 4. Fans went from not liking Laurel to now begging her to be resurrected, since the show constantly brings back dead characters like Sarah. If that's not enough proof, there's was a trending twitter hashtag #nolaurelnoarrow.
15th Apr '16 2:10:13 AM IncredibleFulk1
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has a unique case where the ReplacementScrappy was introduced ''before'' the preferred character. Laurel was a major civilian character in Season 1, and her sister Sara appeared as a masked vigilante The Canary in Season 2. Come Season 3 [[spoiler: Sara is killed and Laurel is taking over her vigilante position as The Canary. However, since Sara was hugely popular as The Canary with a complex backstory while Laurel is endlessly criticized for her poor characterization and has virtually no training, the change....hasn't gone well]]. Essentially they've managed to upgrade TheScrappy to ReplacementScrappy. [[spoiler:Thankfully, Sara will come back in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow.'']]

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has a unique case where the ReplacementScrappy was introduced ''before'' the preferred character. Laurel was a major civilian character in Season 1, and her sister Sara appeared as a masked vigilante The Canary in Season 2. Come Season 3 [[spoiler: Sara is killed and Laurel is taking over her vigilante position as The Canary. However, since Sara was hugely popular as The Canary with a complex backstory while Laurel is endlessly was criticized for her poor characterization and has virtually no training, the change....hasn't hadn't gone well]].well at first]]. Essentially they've managed to upgrade TheScrappy to ReplacementScrappy. [[spoiler:Thankfully, Sara will come came back in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow.'']]'']]
** However, fans eventually began to warm up to Laurel as Black Canary. Many fans began to see her character improve much more in Season 3, with many going far to say Laurel was one of the best things in an otherwise lukewarm season. Not only that, fans were also happy to see Laurel's Real Canary Cry. In Season 4, [[spoiler: Laurel is killed by Damien Darhk]]. Fans were completely outrage, especially since Felicity became a very hated character. Fans went from not liking Laurel to now begging her to be resurrected, since the show constantly brings back dead characters like Sarah. If that's not enough proof, there's was a trending twitter hashtag #nolaurelnoarrow.
10th Apr '16 9:35:29 PM Twentington
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* Oddly enough, many considered Alex Trebek this when initially tapped to host the revived ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' in 1984. Many viewers found him cold and condescending compared to the original series' host, Art Fleming, who declined the chance to host the new version. This criticism faded over time though, as Trebek [[GrowingTheBeard grew into the role]] and [[ThePeteBest fan memories of Fleming faded]].
18th Mar '16 2:39:03 PM merotoker
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* ''{{Arrow}}'' has a unique case where the ReplacementScrappy was introduced ''before'' the preferred character. Laurel was a major civilian character in Season 1, and her sister Sara appeared as a masked vigilante The Canary in Season 2. Come Season 3 [[spoiler: Sara is killed and Laurel is taking over her vigilante position as The Canary. However, since Sara was hugely popular as The Canary with a complex backstory while Laurel is endlessly criticized for her poor characterization and has virtually no training, the change....hasn't gone well]]. Essentially they've managed to upgrade TheScrappy to ReplacementScrappy. [[spoiler:Thankfully, Sara will come back in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'']].

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* ''{{Arrow}}'' ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has a unique case where the ReplacementScrappy was introduced ''before'' the preferred character. Laurel was a major civilian character in Season 1, and her sister Sara appeared as a masked vigilante The Canary in Season 2. Come Season 3 [[spoiler: Sara is killed and Laurel is taking over her vigilante position as The Canary. However, since Sara was hugely popular as The Canary with a complex backstory while Laurel is endlessly criticized for her poor characterization and has virtually no training, the change....hasn't gone well]]. Essentially they've managed to upgrade TheScrappy to ReplacementScrappy. [[spoiler:Thankfully, Sara will come back in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'']].''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow.'']]



** Short after this, Gus begins to see Walt as a ReplacementScrappy for ''Gale'', since Gale was humble, loyal, easily controlled, and had no plans for rising in rank beyond Gus's cook; all qualities Walt lacked. [[spoiler: After realizing Walt was too much of a wild card, Gus took this trope in as dark a direction as he could by waiting until Gale could replicate Walt's cooking technique... then he could safely have Walt put to death]].

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** Short after this, Gus begins to see Walt as a ReplacementScrappy for ''Gale'', since Gale was humble, loyal, easily controlled, and had no plans for rising in rank beyond Gus's cook; all qualities Walt lacked. [[spoiler: After realizing Walt was too much of a wild card, Gus took this trope in as dark a direction as he could by waiting until Gale could replicate Walt's cooking technique... then he could safely have Walt put to death]].death.]]



** Willow's season seven girlfriend Kennedy was not well-received by fans, and not just because of her replacing [[EnsembleDarkhorse Tara]]. First off, introducing a new love interest for Willow so soon after [[spoiler:Tara's death]] was questionable; secondly, She came across as bratty, egotistical and selfish: she lied to get Willow to date her, never behaved sensitively re: the Tara issue, [[SatelliteLoveInterest talked about nothing other than herself and being gay]], etc. She also indirectly helped cause the suicide of one of the Potentials with her DrillSergeantNasty act; it was the [[BigBad First Evil]] that actually caused it, but Kennedy at least scores an assist. In the Season 8 comics, the writers finally wised up and had Willow break up with her. She was actually voted the most annoying TV character of 2002-2003 in a couple polls and was included on the list of most annoying TV characters ever by EW.
** Riley, Buffy's new beau after ''Series/{{Angel}}'' was PutOnABus for his own SpinOff.

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** Willow's season seven girlfriend Kennedy was not well-received by fans, and not just because of her replacing [[EnsembleDarkhorse Tara]]. First off, introducing a new love interest for Willow so soon after [[spoiler:Tara's death]] was questionable; secondly, She she came across as bratty, egotistical and selfish: she lied to get Willow to date her, never behaved sensitively re: the Tara issue, [[SatelliteLoveInterest talked about nothing other than herself and being gay]], etc. She also indirectly helped cause the suicide of one of the Potentials with her DrillSergeantNasty act; it was the [[BigBad First Evil]] that actually caused it, but Kennedy at least scores an assist. In the Season 8 comics, the writers finally wised up and had Willow break up with her. She was actually voted the most annoying TV character of 2002-2003 in a couple polls and was included on the list of most annoying TV characters ever by EW.
** Riley, Buffy's new beau after ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Series/{{Angel}} was PutOnABus for his own SpinOff.



** Also on ''Angel'', in season five the simpering [[SmugSnake Eve]] replaced the vastly superior [[MagnificentBastard Lilah]], to much dismay from the fans. She was quickly replaced by [[TheDragon Marcus Hamilton]], who made no attempt to act as an ersatz-Lilah. Cordelia lampshades this trope in "You're Welcome", referring to Eve as "Lilah Jr."
*** Her role is also completely superfluous, as she's supposed to be the intermediary between the protagonists and the Senior Partners.....a role already taken by the Conduit.

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** Also on ''Angel'', in In season five the simpering [[SmugSnake Eve]] replaced the vastly superior [[MagnificentBastard Lilah]], to much dismay from the fans. She was quickly replaced by [[TheDragon Marcus Hamilton]], who made no attempt to act as an ersatz-Lilah. Cordelia lampshades this trope in "You're Welcome", referring to Eve as "Lilah Jr."
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" Her role is also completely superfluous, as she's supposed to be the intermediary between the protagonists and the Senior Partners.....a role already taken by the Conduit.



* When a bitter Kate Jackson left after the third season of the popular female detectives show ''Series/CharliesAngels'', the producers scrambled for a replacement for everybody's favorite "Smart Angel." Enter Shelley Hack, who for many ''Angels'' viewers practically defines the trope in every sense of the word. Hack portrayed the glamorous Tiffany Welles, a cop from Boston who spoke Latin, and was always fashionable. Unfortunately, Hack wasn't given much to do during her tenure on the fourth season of Charlie's Angels, simply because the writers could not seem to come up with anything for her to do, and as such, she was scarcely seen doing anything of note during the season. Because of this, Cheryl Ladd's character Kris Munroe was given the brunt of most of the storylines, with the occasional Kelly Garrett (Jaclyn Smith) story thrown in, particularly in the season finale. Viewership sank as a result, and Hack was widely blamed for the ratings drop, even though she herself had nothing to do with it, it was in actuality the writers whom were to blame. Hack was immediately fired from the show, and the character of Tiffany Welles was sent back to Boston. Hack's replacement for the fifth and final season was Tanya Roberts as street smart model Julie Rodgers. Though Roberts was received well by critics, she wasn't enough to save the show from cancellation.
* Paige from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' is a notable aversion. True she was brought onto the show to replace Prue but she was fleshed out into a completely different character than Prue and is quite popular among fans. Most people who say they prefer the episodes with Prue and dislike the later seasons don't have a problem with Paige herself but rather the difference in tone.

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* When a bitter Kate Jackson left after the third season of the popular female detectives show ''Series/CharliesAngels'', the producers scrambled for a replacement for everybody's favorite "Smart Angel." Enter Shelley Hack, who for many ''Angels'' viewers practically defines the trope in every sense of the word. Hack portrayed the glamorous Tiffany Welles, a cop from Boston who spoke Latin, and was always fashionable. Unfortunately, Hack wasn't given much to do during her tenure on the fourth season of Charlie's Angels, season, simply because the writers could not seem to come up with anything for her to do, and as such, she was scarcely seen doing anything of note during the season. Because of this, Cheryl Ladd's character Kris Munroe was given the brunt of most of the storylines, with the occasional Kelly Garrett (Jaclyn Smith) story thrown in, particularly in the season finale. Viewership sank as a result, and Hack was widely blamed for the ratings drop, even though she herself had nothing to do with it, it was in actuality the writers whom were to blame. Hack was immediately fired from the show, and the character of Tiffany Welles [[PutOnABus was sent back to Boston.Boston]]. Hack's replacement for the fifth and final season was Tanya Roberts as street smart model Julie Rodgers. Though Roberts was received well by critics, she wasn't enough to save the show from cancellation.
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Paige from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' is a notable aversion. True she was brought onto the show to replace Prue but she was fleshed out into a completely different character than Prue and is quite popular among fans. Most people who say they prefer the episodes with Prue and dislike the later seasons don't have a problem with Paige herself but rather the difference in tone.



** Plenty of people have commented on the disappointment and sense of loss felt around a regeneration from one Doctor to another; even though it's basically the same character, the changing actors makes it easy to feel that 'your' Doctor is gone and has been replaced by some interloper instead. Fortunately for the show, for the most part each Doctor has managed to put his own stamp on the show and maintain the fans of the previous Doctor (or at least pick up some new ones). Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Matt Smith in particular all suffered from powerful groups in fandom that hated them for not being Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker and David Tennant respectively. There are letters pages in newspapers from the 1960s in which members of the public express outrage at Patrick Troughton for taking over as the Doctor from the beloved William Hartnell, [[RuinedForever ruining the show forever]]; the public outcry over Hartnell's leaving got so extreme that Michael Craze and Anneke Wills (who played the First/Second Doctor's companions Ben and Polly), as a PracticalJoke, came to work wearing printed tshirts that read "BRING BACK BILL HARTNELL." Apparently, Patrick Troughton didn't see the funny side and was just hurt by it, making Anneke feel awful.

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** Plenty of people have commented on the disappointment and sense of loss felt around a regeneration from one Doctor to another; even though it's basically the same character, the changing actors makes it easy to feel that 'your' Doctor is gone and has been replaced by some interloper instead. Fortunately for the show, for the most part each Doctor has managed to put his own stamp on the show and maintain the fans of the previous Doctor (or at least pick up some new ones). Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Matt Smith in particular all suffered from powerful groups in fandom that hated them for not being Jon Pertwee, Creator/JonPertwee, Tom Baker and David Tennant respectively. There are letters pages in newspapers from the 1960s in which members of the public express outrage at Patrick Troughton for taking over as the Doctor from the beloved William Hartnell, [[RuinedForever [[DarthWiki/RuinedForever ruining the show forever]]; the public outcry over Hartnell's leaving got so extreme that Michael Craze and Anneke Wills (who played the First/Second Doctor's companions Ben and Polly), as a PracticalJoke, came to work wearing printed tshirts that read "BRING BACK BILL HARTNELL." Apparently, Patrick Troughton didn't see the funny side and was just hurt by it, making Anneke feel awful.



*** In the "Hidden Hinchcliffe" segment on the "Planet of Evil" DVD, Philip Hinchcliffe (who produced an era often considered to be the highest point of the Classic series) complains that every single time he got an audience report, while Tom Baker's performance was generally praised or criticised for sensible reasons, there would always be a tiny minority who would bash everything he did because 'JonPertwee was better'.

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*** In the "Hidden Hinchcliffe" segment on the "Planet of Evil" DVD, Philip Hinchcliffe (who produced an era often considered to be the highest point of the Classic series) complains that every single time he got an audience report, while Tom Baker's performance was generally praised or criticised for sensible reasons, there would always be a tiny minority who would bash everything he did because 'JonPertwee 'Creator/JonPertwee was better'.



** The show going on as long as it has and the occasional trial-and-error nature of its writing, this is inverted a few times too. Vicki, SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Susan (so much so that Sydney Newman had even wanted Maureen O'Brien to cut her hair and dye it black to look like Carol Ann Ford) is generally seen as an improvement on Susan due to the writers having a [[DependingOnTheWriter more consistent]] idea of what they [[NightmareFetishist wanted to do]] [[PluckyGirl with her]], William Hartnell's obvious fondness for the actress, and the fact that making her a ''friend'' of the Doctor rather than a ''relative'' goes a long way towards making the same basic character archetype work. Romana II was and is way more popular than Romana I - partly due to the shift from a TallDarkAndSnarky MetaGuy who got constantly upstaged by the Doctor to a [[TookALevelInIdealism character embracing the Doctor's weird world]] who often upstaged the Doctor, and partly because of the added frisson of her [[{{UST}} sexier chemistry with the Doctor]].

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** The show going on as long as it has and the occasional trial-and-error nature of its writing, this is inverted a few times too. Vicki, SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Susan (so much so that Sydney Newman had even wanted Maureen O'Brien to cut her hair and dye it black to look like Carol Ann Ford) is generally seen as an improvement on Susan due to the writers having a [[DependingOnTheWriter more consistent]] idea of what they [[NightmareFetishist wanted to do]] [[PluckyGirl with her]], William Hartnell's obvious fondness for the actress, and the fact that making her a ''friend'' of the Doctor rather than a ''relative'' goes a long way towards making the same basic character archetype work. Romana II was and is way more popular than Romana I - partly due to the shift from a TallDarkAndSnarky MetaGuy who got constantly upstaged by the Doctor to a [[TookALevelInIdealism character embracing the Doctor's weird world]] who often upstaged the Doctor, and partly because of the added frisson of her [[{{UST}} [[UnresolvedSexualTension sexier chemistry with the Doctor]].



* Happened in the fourth season of ''Series/{{Glee}}'' with "New" New Directions. After half of the original kids graduated at the end of Season 3, five new students were introduced. However, none of them caught on with viewers as much as the originals, mostly because they filled the same roles as the kids who left: [[TheIngenue Marley]] was literally declared "The New Rachel", [[LoveableRogue Jake]] was Puck's younger brother, [[DoggedNiceGuy Ryder]] was Finn in all but name, [[AlphaBitch Kitty]] idolized Quinn, and [[{{Transsexual}} Unique]] even described herself as the lovechild of [[CampGay Kurt]] and [[SassyBlackWoman Mercedes]] (it didn't help that the new kids even looked like the ones they were copying). Some argue that due to ''Glee'' having LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters by this point, the new kids never had a chance to shine. Others were simply more interested in the grads who moved to New York City. Eventually the show dropped the Lima-based characters altogether to move the story to New York full time.

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* Happened in the fourth season of ''Series/{{Glee}}'' with "New" New Directions. After half of the original kids graduated at the end of Season 3, five new students were introduced. However, none of them caught on with viewers as much as the originals, mostly because they filled the same roles as the kids who left: [[TheIngenue Marley]] was literally declared "The New Rachel", [[LoveableRogue [[LovableRogue Jake]] was Puck's younger brother, [[DoggedNiceGuy Ryder]] was Finn in all but name, [[AlphaBitch Kitty]] idolized Quinn, and [[{{Transsexual}} Unique]] even described herself as the lovechild of [[CampGay Kurt]] and [[SassyBlackWoman Mercedes]] (it didn't help that the new kids even looked like the ones they were copying). Some argue that due to ''Glee'' having LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters by this point, the new kids never had a chance to shine. Others were simply more interested in the grads who moved to New York City. Eventually the show dropped the Lima-based characters altogether to move the story to New York full time.



* Arthur Petrelli from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has a rather nasty backstory behind him. Originally a PosthumousCharacter, he was very suddenly brought in during Volume Three, revealed to have by far the most [[GameBreaker broken power]] in the series yet and personal designs on world domination. Further, the very first episodes introducing him were explicitly devoted to his killing off basically every non-Sylar villain the series had cultivated up to that point. Maury Parkamn, the "Nightmare Man" sold in Season 2 as being [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil worse than Sylar]], met his end by Arthur, as did the immensely popular Adam Monroe, widely regarded as ''the'' MagnificentBastard to beat. The thing was, though, Maury and Adam were products of Season 2, which was plagued by a writer's strike. While the writers were on strike, replacements were brought in who built up Maury and Adam. The original writers, upon returning, immediately set out to dismantle the work of their replacements, who they [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=19125 had a major grudge with]]. Thus, Arthur Petrelli was retooled as a Voldemort-esque BiggerBad. This didn't quite work the way the Volume 3 writers planned, due to Arthur being a [[InvincibleVillain Boring Invincible Villain]] who regularly slipped into VillainSue territory.

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* Arthur Petrelli from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has a rather nasty backstory behind him. Originally a PosthumousCharacter, he was very suddenly brought in during Volume Three, revealed to have by far the most [[GameBreaker broken power]] in the series yet and personal designs on world domination. Further, the very first episodes introducing him were explicitly devoted to his killing off basically every non-Sylar villain the series had cultivated up to that point. Maury Parkamn, the "Nightmare Man" sold in Season 2 as being [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil worse than Sylar]], met his end by Arthur, as did the immensely popular Adam Monroe, widely regarded as ''the'' MagnificentBastard to beat. The thing was, though, Maury and Adam were products of Season 2, which was plagued by a writer's strike. While the writers were on strike, replacements were brought in who built up Maury and Adam. The original writers, upon returning, immediately set out to dismantle the work of their replacements, who they [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=19125 had a major grudge with]]. Thus, Arthur Petrelli was retooled as a Voldemort-esque BiggerBad.GreaterScopeVillain. This didn't quite work the way the Volume 3 writers planned, due to Arthur being a [[InvincibleVillain Boring Invincible Villain]] who regularly slipped into VillainSue territory.



* Inverted with Series/HowItsMade host and pro swimmer Mark Tewskbury. He was the show's first host, and also the most hated, mainly because he did absolutely nothing to fight the common stereotype that all athletes have very dull personalities and voices. Predictably, many people skip the parts where he introduces the show, and hate the fact that they're forced to listen to him drone on during the narration.

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* Inverted with Series/HowItsMade ''Series/HowItsMade'' host and pro swimmer Mark Tewskbury. He was the show's first host, and also the most hated, mainly because he did absolutely nothing to fight the common stereotype that all athletes have very dull personalities and voices. Predictably, many people skip the parts where he introduces the show, and hate the fact that they're forced to listen to him drone on during the narration.



* At about the same time Anthony Head as King Uther left ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', Nathaniel Parker was introduced as Arthur's uncle Agravaine (there was only a three episode overlap between the two characters). Though different in many ways, he was essentially a male family member who provided guidance and advice to Arthur (albeit [[TreacherousAdvisor treacherous advice]]). For a number of reasons, he didn't go down well with fans, one of them certainly because he was unfavourably compared to Uther, having not nearly as much development or complexity as his predecessor.

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* At about the same time Anthony Head Creator/AnthonyHead as King Uther left ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', Nathaniel Parker was introduced as Arthur's uncle Agravaine (there was only a three episode overlap between the two characters). Though different in many ways, he was essentially a male family member who provided guidance and advice to Arthur (albeit [[TreacherousAdvisor treacherous advice]]). For a number of reasons, he didn't go down well with fans, one of them certainly because he was unfavourably compared to Uther, having not nearly as much development or complexity as his predecessor.



* ''Series/RobinHood'' introduced the character of Kate in the third series, to replace the departed Marian and Djaq. Before ''a single episode'' featuring her had aired, she was being criticised in the fandom as a poor replacement and a CanonSue; pre-publicity material frequently described her as "feisty" and hinted that she would become Robin's new love interest. The first episode she appears in was duly broadcast, and the same fans said "See, we were right."
** Technically, those fans ''were'' right. Kate's character ''was'' a blatant CanonSue, as well as a FauxActionGirl, TheLoad, a SatelliteLoveInterest, and the centrepiece of several TrappedByMountainLions plots. Half the outlaws fell in love with her for no reason, she was constantly getting kidnapped and then [[UnwantedRescue inexplicably cross when people rescued her]], and had no useful skills or personality to speak of that went beyond "[[strike: grumpy]] feisty village girl." Much of the fandom were willing to give her a chance (as well as being sympathetic to the actress playing her) but she never got any better.
** And let's face it, any original female character who is brought in for the [[SatelliteLoveInterest sole purpose]] of replacing the legendary Maid Marian as Robin Hood's love interest is '''doomed''' to be despised for the crime of not being Marian. Why did the writers even ''try''? It may well be the only case in which hating a character for being a replacement is totally justified.

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* ''Series/RobinHood'' introduced the character of Kate in the third series, to replace the departed Marian and Djaq. Before ''a single episode'' featuring her had aired, she was being criticised in the fandom as a poor replacement and a CanonSue; pre-publicity material frequently described her as "feisty" and hinted that she would become Robin's new love interest. The first episode she appears in was duly broadcast, and the same fans said "See, we were right."
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" Technically, those fans ''were'' right. Kate's character ''was'' a blatant CanonSue, as well as a FauxActionGirl, TheLoad, a SatelliteLoveInterest, and the centrepiece of several TrappedByMountainLions plots. Half the outlaws fell in love with her for no reason, she was constantly getting kidnapped and then [[UnwantedRescue inexplicably cross when people rescued her]], and had no useful skills or personality to speak of that went beyond "[[strike: grumpy]] feisty village girl." Much of the fandom were willing to give her a chance (as well as being sympathetic to the actress playing her) but she never got any better.
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better. And let's face it, any original female character who is brought in for the [[SatelliteLoveInterest sole purpose]] of replacing the legendary Maid Marian as Robin Hood's love interest is '''doomed''' to be despised for the crime of not being Marian. Why did the writers even ''try''? It may well be the only case in which hating a character for being a replacement is totally justified.



* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' went through [[RevolvingDoorCasting quite a few cast changes]], the most infamous of which was the replacement of Jerry O'Connell with Robert Floyd. This was sort of a hybrid between TheOtherDarrin and an outright replacement: Floyd's character was ostensibly an alternate-dimension double of O'Connell's character, Quinn Mallory. (Why he looked, acted and sounded absolutely nothing like his "double" is HandWaved with a TechnoBabble explanation in his first episode.)
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Tess Mercer isn't that bad, but it is hard to be favoured over [[spoiler:ComicBook/LexLuthor]].
** She's generally considered to be RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap once the show quit making her Lex's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute and gave her her own [[BrokenAce very]] [[StepfordSnarker complex]] characterization. Ironically, two and a half years after her introduction the show revealed just how much of Lex's replacement she actually was, as the entire time she was [[spoiler: Lex's paternal half-sister, making her the show's ''actual replacement Luthor'' even if no one ([[LongLostRelative including her]]) knew it at the time]].

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* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' went through [[RevolvingDoorCasting quite a few cast changes]], the most infamous of which was the replacement of Jerry O'Connell with Robert Floyd. This was sort of a hybrid between TheOtherDarrin and an outright replacement: Floyd's character was ostensibly an alternate-dimension double of O'Connell's character, Quinn Mallory. (Why he looked, acted and sounded absolutely nothing like his "double" is HandWaved {{handwave}}d with a TechnoBabble explanation in his first episode.)
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Tess Mercer isn't that bad, but it is hard to be favoured over [[spoiler:ComicBook/LexLuthor]].
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ComicBook/LexLuthor. She's generally considered to be RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap once the show quit making her Lex's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute and gave her her own [[BrokenAce very]] [[StepfordSnarker complex]] characterization. Ironically, two and a half years after her introduction the show revealed just how much of Lex's replacement she actually was, as the entire time she was [[spoiler: Lex's paternal half-sister, making her the show's ''actual replacement Luthor'' even if no one ([[LongLostRelative including her]]) knew it at the time]].



** [[MsFanservice Seven of Nine]]. Fans accused the writers of replacing Kes, a likable character with a lot of untapped potential, with a Space Barbie. Some acrimony over how Kes [[FaceHeelTurn inexplicably turned evil]] and tried to kill everyone didn't help. Seven was originally supposed to replace Harry Kim, who was basically an AdvertisedExtra at that point (notice how Kim is grievously injured in the episode we first meet Seven). However, this was [[MeddlingExecutives vetoed by the executives]] after Kim's actor was named one of the sexiest men on television. And so Kim got better, and Kes was PutOnABus several episodes later.

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** [[MsFanservice Seven of Nine]]. Fans accused the writers of replacing Kes, a likable character with a lot of untapped potential, with a Space Barbie. Some acrimony over how Kes [[FaceHeelTurn inexplicably turned evil]] and tried to kill everyone didn't help. Seven was originally supposed to replace Harry Kim, who was basically an AdvertisedExtra at that point (notice how Kim is grievously injured in the episode we first meet Seven). However, this was [[MeddlingExecutives [[ExecutiveMeddling vetoed by the executives]] after Kim's actor was named one of the sexiest men on television. And so Kim got better, and Kes was PutOnABus several episodes later.



* The sci-fi teens show ''Series/TheTribe'' had tribeleader and main character Amber replaced by Danni [[spoiler: after Amber's death at the end of season 1]]. While Amber already had MarySue tendencies, what with being the Leader and uncountable guys attracted to her and all, but Danni was just downright unbearable. She got Amber's boyfriend and went from total stranger to tribeleader in half a season, which made not only Amber-Fans hate her guts. Luckily, [[spoiler: after we find out Amber was never dead at all, she is quickly re-replaced, never to be seen again. None of the other characters seem to mind much.]]

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* The sci-fi teens show ''Series/TheTribe'' had tribeleader and main character Amber replaced by Danni [[spoiler: after Amber's death at the end of season 1]]. While Amber already had MarySue tendencies, what with being the Leader and uncountable guys attracted to her and all, but Danni was just downright unbearable. She got Amber's boyfriend and went from total stranger to tribeleader in half a season, which made not only Amber-Fans hate her guts. Luckily, [[spoiler: after we find out Amber was never dead at all, she is quickly re-replaced, never to be seen again. None of the other characters seem to mind much.]]much]].



* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Agent John Doggett, and later Agent Monica Reyes. Doggett has his share of fans, but Reyes... not so much. Doggett was written into the show for its eighth season as an agent who was put on a task force to look for missing Agent Mulder; his skepticism made a good foil to Scully, who was increasingly credulous to paranormal belief. Agent Reyes appeared a few times in Season 8, then became a regular in Season 9 to pair up with Doggett. They didn't have a chance to be loved as much as Mulder and Scully were.

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Agent John Doggett, and later Agent Monica Reyes. Doggett has his share of fans, but Reyes... not so much. Doggett was written into the show for its eighth season as an agent who was put on a task force to look for missing Agent Mulder; his skepticism made a good foil to Scully, who was increasingly credulous to paranormal belief. Agent Reyes appeared a few times in Season 8, then became a regular in Season 9 to pair up with Doggett. They didn't have a chance to be loved as much as Mulder and Scully were.
28th Feb '16 8:26:53 AM VoxAquila
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** Kennedy was...how can this be put? A bitch, no two ways about it, who seemingly only liked Willow and simply because she was gay, confrontational to the other characters, most of her attempts at humor or softness fell flat and her actions directly caused Chloe's suicide. That alone would be bad enough for even her supporters to be hard pressed defending her, but she was introduced not long after the beloved Tara was killed, an event that resulted in ''death threats.'' The revulsion fans had to the character are strong enough that we could rename this TheKennedy and everyone would immediately cringe from how bad the memories of her were.

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** Willow's season seven girlfriend Kennedy was...how can this be put? A bitch, no two ways about it, who seemingly only liked Willow was not well-received by fans, and simply not just because she was gay, confrontational to the other characters, most of her attempts at humor or softness fell flat replacing [[EnsembleDarkhorse Tara]]. First off, introducing a new love interest for Willow so soon after [[spoiler:Tara's death]] was questionable; secondly, She came across as bratty, egotistical and selfish: she lied to get Willow to date her, never behaved sensitively re: the Tara issue, [[SatelliteLoveInterest talked about nothing other than herself and being gay]], etc. She also indirectly helped cause the suicide of one of the Potentials with her actions directly DrillSergeantNasty act; it was the [[BigBad First Evil]] that actually caused Chloe's suicide. That alone would be bad enough for even her supporters to be hard pressed defending her, it, but she Kennedy at least scores an assist. In the Season 8 comics, the writers finally wised up and had Willow break up with her. She was introduced not long after actually voted the beloved Tara was killed, an event that resulted in ''death threats.'' The revulsion fans had to the most annoying TV character are strong enough that we could rename this TheKennedy of 2002-2003 in a couple polls and everyone would immediately cringe from how bad was included on the memories list of her were.most annoying TV characters ever by EW.
25th Feb '16 11:43:27 AM MisterCPC
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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' introduced quite a few within season seven. For the first, CTU was decommissioned in between seasons six and seven with the FBI office taking the agency's place as the main government group that Jack worked with to stop the threat of the Day. Only problem? The FBI did really little to actually establish itself as being that different from CTU and outside Renee Walker the agents themselves weren't particularly memorable, leading fan reaction to be pretty poor. CTU was then brought back into the picture for the final season. For the second, the entire season prior had been building up Jonas Hodges as the main villain, and introduced him halfway through it. Thanks in particular to Jon Voight's incredibly hammy yet charismatic performance, Hodges quickly became well received, but only six episodes later his plot was foiled and he was removed from action while the ''[[TheManBehindTheMan real]]'' season 7 villain Alan Wilson revealed himself. As opposed to Hodges, Wilson had little-to-no personality, the fact that he was introduced so late into the season didn't help matters and the attempt to make him more of a credible threat [[spoiler: by revealing he was also the real mastermind behind all of the fifth season's events near the end]] was more controversial than anything else.

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' introduced quite a few within season seven. seven.
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For the first, CTU was decommissioned in between seasons six and seven with the FBI office taking the agency's place as the main government group that Jack worked with to stop the threat of the Day. Only problem? The FBI did really little to actually establish itself as being that different from CTU and outside Renee Walker the agents themselves weren't particularly memorable, leading fan reaction to be pretty poor. CTU was then brought back into the picture for the final season. season.
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For the second, the entire season prior had been building up Jonas Hodges as the main villain, and introduced him halfway through it. Thanks in particular to Jon Voight's incredibly hammy yet charismatic performance, Hodges quickly became well received, but only six episodes later his plot was foiled and he was removed from action while the ''[[TheManBehindTheMan real]]'' season 7 villain Alan Wilson revealed himself. As opposed to Hodges, Wilson had little-to-no personality, the fact that he was introduced so late into the season didn't help matters and the attempt to make him more of a credible threat by [[spoiler: by revealing he was also the real mastermind behind all of the fifth season's events near the end]] was more controversial than anything else.
3rd Feb '16 2:12:36 AM LondonKdS
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* The earlier ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' did something even more controversial by killing Robin himself at the end of the second season and replacing him with Robert of Huntingdon (due to the actor leaving). Pretty much the whole audience for the show at the time still hate him. However, later generations of fans who go into the show [[ItWasHisSled knowing about the changeover]] tend to have a much more positive response to him.
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