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26th Sep '17 5:46:03 PM Sammettik
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
** Mr. Freeze was a completely forgettable villain on par with Killer Moth before the show's reintroduction of him. Turning Freeze into a truly tragic and sympathetic character, causing his popularity to skyrocket. Not only lifting him out of the heap and obscurity, but led to him becoming a memorable and iconic member of Batman's rogues gallery.
** Dick Grayson becoming Nightwing.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
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Prior to ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Mr. Freeze was a completely forgettable villain on par with Killer Moth before the show's reintroduction of him. Turning Freeze into a truly tragic and sympathetic character, causing his popularity to skyrocket. Not only lifting him out of the heap and obscurity, but led to him becoming a memorable and iconic member of Batman's rogues gallery.
** Dick Grayson becoming Nightwing.
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19th Aug '17 1:42:18 PM patriciovalencia117
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18th Aug '17 2:42:21 PM PlasmaTalon
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'':

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'':''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
** Mr. Freeze was a completely forgettable villain on par with Killer Moth before the show's reintroduction of him. Turning Freeze into a truly tragic and sympathetic character, causing his popularity to skyrocket. Not only lifting him out of the heap and obscurity, but led to him becoming a memorable and iconic member of Batman's rogues gallery.
** Dick Grayson becoming Nightwing.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
13th Aug '17 8:12:25 PM patriciovalencia117
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Resident ButtMonkey Cyril won over some fans after becoming a field agent in season 3. In the seasons 1 and 2, fans consider him to be a bland StrawLoser accountant who caused many WhatAnIdiot moments and acted as TheLoad. However, after becoming a field agent, [[TookALevelInBadass he actually grew a spine]] and used his smarts to achieve more badass moments like outgambitting a Colombian drug lord ("El Contador") and dethroning a dictator ("Filibuster").

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Resident ButtMonkey Cyril won over some fans after becoming a field agent in season 3. In the seasons 1 and 2, fans consider him to be a bland StrawLoser accountant who caused many WhatAnIdiot moments [[WhatAnIdiot dumb moments]] and acted as TheLoad.[[TheLoad worthless deadweight]]. However, after becoming a field agent, [[TookALevelInBadass he actually grew a spine]] and used his smarts to achieve more badass moments like outgambitting a Colombian drug lord ("El Contador") and dethroning a dictator ("Filibuster").
13th Aug '17 8:10:28 PM patriciovalencia117
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** Lola was initially loathed by the fans, who despised her [[BrattyHalfPint bratty attitude]] and compared her to the likes of other cartoon brats like DW Read and Princess Morbucks. Fan opinion of her generally improved after the episode "Undie Pressure" and "A Tattler's Tale" in which she willingly sacrificed her own pride and happiness for her family. While she still maintained her bratty attitude, she was now given more [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic motivation behind her actions]], [[PetTheDog showed more kindhearted moments]] towards her twin sister Lana and older brother Lincoln, and openly showed remorse when she went too far.
** Lori, under similar stipulations as Lola. She was initially hated for being a BigSisterBully who would abuse her status as the eldest Loud sibling for her own benefit. Even fans willing to overlook her abrasive personality consider her to be a rather bland character who lacked a distinct trait or personality that would make her stand out. However, many fans warmed up to her after she TookALevelInKindness in the episodes "The Waiting Game" and "A Fair To Remember". Later episodes also added to her personality by making her a teen who learns that she shouldn't try too hard to grow up so quickly.

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** Lola was initially loathed by the fans, who despised her [[BrattyHalfPint bratty attitude]] and compared her to the likes of other cartoon brats like DW Read and Princess Morbucks. Fan opinion of her generally improved after the episode "Undie Pressure" and "A Tattler's Tale" Tale"; in which the latter episode, she willingly sacrificed realized that she went too far in blackmailing her own pride siblings with their secrets and happiness earns back their trust by taking the blame and punishment for her family. their misdeeds. While she still maintained her bratty attitude, she was now given more [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic motivation behind her actions]], [[PetTheDog showed more kindhearted moments]] towards her twin sister Lana and older brother Lincoln, family, and openly showed remorse when she went too far.
** Lori, under similar stipulations as Lola. She was initially hated for being a BigSisterBully who would abuse her status as the eldest Loud sibling for her own benefit. Even fans willing to overlook her abrasive personality consider her to be a rather bland character who lacked a distinct trait or personality that would make her stand out. However, many fans warmed up to her after she TookALevelInKindness in the episodes "The Waiting Game" and "A Fair To Remember". Later episodes also added to gave her personality by making her a teen who learns that she shouldn't try too hard the personal struggle of wanting to grow up so quickly.and be taken seriously as an adult while still wanting to live life as a kid.
11th Aug '17 5:42:19 PM patriciovalencia117
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** Lori, under similar stipulations as Lola. She was initially hated for being a BigSisterBully who would abuse her status as the eldest Loud sibling and openly . Many fans warmed up to her after she TookALevelInKindness in the episodes "The Waiting Game" and "A Fair To Remember."

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** Lori, under similar stipulations as Lola. She was initially hated for being a BigSisterBully who would abuse her status as the eldest Loud sibling and openly . Many for her own benefit. Even fans willing to overlook her abrasive personality consider her to be a rather bland character who lacked a distinct trait or personality that would make her stand out. However, many fans warmed up to her after she TookALevelInKindness in the episodes "The Waiting Game" and "A Fair To Remember."Remember". Later episodes also added to her personality by making her a teen who learns that she shouldn't try too hard to grow up so quickly.
10th Aug '17 10:44:45 PM JoeMerl
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** Not nearly as bad as most of these examples, but early on some fans found Steven himself to just be a TagalongKid to a team of interesting {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s. This has pretty much completely disappeared since the main plot took off and his CharacterDevelopment took center stage, with him growing into his role as TheHeart of the group.
1st Aug '17 2:11:02 PM grammy
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
** Lars has been in the show from the beginning, but spent most of his time being a side-character and only had a few focus-episodes, most of which were poorly received by fans, who couldn't stand Lars' cowardice, egocentrism, and {{Jerkass}} behavior, especially towards Steven and Sadie. He gets some MAJOR new CharacterDevelopment in the Wanted-arc, in which [[spoiler: he confronts his problems, TakesALevelInBadass, makes new friends, ''[[BreadEggsMilkSquick dies]]'', comes BackFromTheDead, and gains new powers. He's left behind in the end, but he will undoubtably serve a bigger role in the future]].
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''
** One episode took a bunch of {{Captain Ethnic}}s (two of which were also Scrappies) from the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' cartoon, retooled them, and made some of them legitimately badass. Yes, even [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway the one that used to turn into a bucket of water]] [[TookALevelInBadass went up a level]]: "Form of -- ''T Rex''!" "Form of -- tidal wave!" Downpour also showed how [[GreenLanternRing few limits]] his power had by becoming a legitimately deadly threat by simply turning into "Water." and surrounding a guy so that he ''could not breathe''. When the team was running berserk, Downpour tried to the same thing to ''[[ShootingSuperman Aquaman]]'', and [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh didn't get very far]].
-->'''Aquaman:''' King of the seas, remember?
** Arthur Curry/Aquaman was rescued from his own ''Super Friends'' stigma to become a blond haired viking-looking badass AntiHero who [[Awesome/JusticeLeague chopped off his own hand to save himself]] [[AndYourLittleDogToo and his infant son]] from his [[CainAndAbel evil brother's]] DeathTrap. He replaced it with a wicked-looking grappling hook, which only managed to make him look like even ''more'' of a badass. It also helps that he became quite the DeadpanSnarker, even lampshading his own ability to communicate with marine life.
*** This actually began with Creator/PeterDavid's work on Aquaman in the late nineties, though the JLU origin for the hook hand was far more cool.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' continues the Descrappification of Aquaman by depicting him as one of the [[LargeHam Largest Hams]] in a WorldOfHam and a BoisterousBruiser, to the point that it's common to refer him not as Aquaman, but as AQUAMAN. "Outrageous!!!"
** [[http://i44.tinypic.com/oshgfp.jpg HOW DO YA LIKE ME NOW!?]]
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' did this with the Aqualad mantle by replacing Garth, a character widely mocked for having the same "useless" powers as Aquaman and wearing ridiculous short-shorts, with Kaldur'ahm, an Atlantean child soldier and magician who can create weaponry from water and generate powerful electrical blasts.
** Their Garth isn't too bad either; he's actually more advanced in magic than Kaldur, due to the latter spending time on the surface world as a superhero sidekick. He also briefly demonstrated the "power of the Tempest", as an homage to his modern comic book identity.
** Even moreso for Sportsmaster, a Z-list supervillain from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks [[AdaptationalBadass who gets reimagined]] as a BadassNormal mercenary.
*** The show in general has a habit of turning various villains into righteous [[AdaptationalBadass badasses]], even those who were pretty good before. Mister Twister was suddenly a huge threat, and Clayface (not an unpopular villain before) became downright terrifying.
** Their take on Apache Chief also adds a lot of CharacterDepth. It gives him a DisappearedDad, implies he [[AbusiveParents doesn't get along with]] his mother's boyfriend, and is one of Blue Beetle's best friends before they both got superpowers. [[spoiler:They also gave a more interesting twist to his powers: rather than simply [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever growing]], he surrounds his body with a huge human-shaped forcefield.]]
*** Apache Chief, Samurai, and El Dorado all get much more interesting characters and badass points here. The whole group turned into {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s post their first episode with lines, "The Runaways". Except for ComicBook/{{Static}}, who already had his own [[WesternAnimation/StaticShock TV show]] and fanbase.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
** Lars has been in the show from the beginning, but spent most of his time being a side-character and only had a few focus-episodes, most of which were poorly received by fans, who couldn't stand Lars' cowardice, egocentrism, and {{Jerkass}} behavior, especially towards Steven and Sadie. He gets some MAJOR new CharacterDevelopment in the Wanted-arc, in which [[spoiler: he confronts his problems, TakesALevelInBadass, makes new friends, ''[[BreadEggsMilkSquick dies]]'', comes BackFromTheDead, and gains new powers. He's left behind in the end, but he will undoubtably serve a bigger role in the future]].
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''
** One episode took a bunch of {{Captain Ethnic}}s (two of which were also Scrappies) from the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' cartoon, retooled them, and made some of them legitimately badass. Yes, even [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway the one that used to turn into a bucket of water]] [[TookALevelInBadass went up a level]]: "Form of -- ''T Rex''!" "Form of -- tidal wave!" Downpour also showed how [[GreenLanternRing few limits]] his power had by becoming a legitimately deadly threat by simply turning into "Water." and surrounding a guy so that he ''could not breathe''. When the team was running berserk, Downpour tried to the same thing to ''[[ShootingSuperman Aquaman]]'', and [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh didn't get very far]].
-->'''Aquaman:''' King of the seas, remember?
** Arthur Curry/Aquaman was rescued from his own ''Super Friends'' stigma to become a blond haired viking-looking badass AntiHero who [[Awesome/JusticeLeague chopped off his own hand to save himself]] [[AndYourLittleDogToo and his infant son]] from his [[CainAndAbel evil brother's]] DeathTrap. He replaced it with a wicked-looking grappling hook, which only managed to make him look like even ''more'' of a badass. It also helps that he became quite the DeadpanSnarker, even lampshading his own ability to communicate with marine life.
*** This actually began with Creator/PeterDavid's work on Aquaman in the late nineties, though the JLU origin for the hook hand was far more cool.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' continues the Descrappification of Aquaman by depicting him as one of the [[LargeHam Largest Hams]] in a WorldOfHam and a BoisterousBruiser, to the point that it's common to refer him not as Aquaman, but as AQUAMAN. "Outrageous!!!"
** [[http://i44.tinypic.com/oshgfp.jpg HOW DO YA LIKE ME NOW!?]]
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' did this with the Aqualad mantle by replacing Garth, a character widely mocked for having the same "useless" powers as Aquaman and wearing ridiculous short-shorts, with Kaldur'ahm, an Atlantean child soldier and magician who can create weaponry from water and generate powerful electrical blasts.
** Their Garth isn't too bad either; he's actually more advanced in magic than Kaldur, due to the latter spending time on the surface world as a superhero sidekick. He also briefly demonstrated the "power of the Tempest", as an homage to his modern comic book identity.
** Even moreso for Sportsmaster, a Z-list supervillain from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks [[AdaptationalBadass who gets reimagined]] as a BadassNormal mercenary.
*** The show in general has a habit of turning various villains into righteous [[AdaptationalBadass badasses]], even those who were pretty good before. Mister Twister was suddenly a huge threat, and Clayface (not an unpopular villain before) became downright terrifying.
** Their take on Apache Chief also adds a lot of CharacterDepth. It gives him a DisappearedDad, implies he [[AbusiveParents doesn't get along with]] his mother's boyfriend, and is one of Blue Beetle's best friends before they both got superpowers. [[spoiler:They also gave a more interesting twist to his powers: rather than simply [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever growing]], he surrounds his body with a huge human-shaped forcefield.]]
*** Apache Chief, Samurai, and El Dorado all get much more interesting characters and badass points here. The whole group turned into {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s post their first episode with lines, "The Runaways". Except for ComicBook/{{Static}}, who already had his own [[WesternAnimation/StaticShock TV show]] and fanbase.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Resident ButtMonkey Cyril won over some fans after becoming a field agent in season 3. In the seasons 1 and 2, fans consider him to be a bland StrawLoser accountant who caused many WhatAnIdiot moments and acted as TheLoad. However, after becoming a field agent, [[TookALevelInBadass he actually grew a spine]] and used his smarts to achieve more badass moments like outgambitting a Colombian drug lord ("El Contador") and dethroning a dictator ("Filibuster").



* [[GreatGazoo Bat-Mite]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman'' was generally hated. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', he provides a lot of humor to make up for it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'':
** The show continues the Descrappification of Aquaman by depicting him as one of the [[LargeHam Largest Hams]] in a WorldOfHam and a BoisterousBruiser, to the point that it's common to refer him not as Aquaman, but as AQUAMAN. "Outrageous!!!"
*** [[http://i44.tinypic.com/oshgfp.jpg HOW DO YA LIKE ME NOW!?]]
**
[[GreatGazoo Bat-Mite]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman'' was generally hated. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', he provides a lot of humor to make up for it.



* Some viewers who didn't like Chloe from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' in her first appearance found her more tolerable from her second appearance and on, where her ParodySue traits are heavily downplayed, making her a regular NiceGirl instead of a "little miss perfect".



* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''
** One episode took a bunch of {{Captain Ethnic}}s (two of which were also Scrappies) from the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' cartoon, retooled them, and made some of them legitimately badass. Yes, even [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway the one that used to turn into a bucket of water]] [[TookALevelInBadass went up a level]]: "Form of -- ''T Rex''!" "Form of -- tidal wave!" Downpour also showed how [[GreenLanternRing few limits]] his power had by becoming a legitimately deadly threat by simply turning into "Water." and surrounding a guy so that he ''could not breathe''. When the team was running berserk, Downpour tried to the same thing to ''[[ShootingSuperman Aquaman]]'', and [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh didn't get very far]].
-->'''Aquaman:''' King of the seas, remember?
** Arthur Curry/Aquaman was rescued from his own ''Super Friends'' stigma to become a blond haired viking-looking badass AntiHero who [[Awesome/JusticeLeague chopped off his own hand to save himself]] [[AndYourLittleDogToo and his infant son]] from his [[CainAndAbel evil brother's]] DeathTrap. He replaced it with a wicked-looking grappling hook, which only managed to make him look like even ''more'' of a badass. It also helps that he became quite the DeadpanSnarker, even lampshading his own ability to communicate with marine life.
*** This actually began with Creator/PeterDavid's work on Aquaman in the late nineties, though the JLU origin for the hook hand was far more cool.



* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Lars has been in the show from the beginning, but spent most of his time being a side-character and only had a few focus-episodes, most of which were poorly received by fans, who couldn't stand Lars' cowardice, egocentrism, and {{Jerkass}} behavior, especially towards Steven and Sadie. He gets some MAJOR new CharacterDevelopment in the Wanted-arc, in which [[spoiler: he confronts his problems, TakesALevelInBadass, makes new friends, ''[[BreadEggsMilkSquick dies]]'', comes BackFromTheDead, and gains new powers. He's left behind in the end, but he will undoubtably serve a bigger role in the future]].



* The LGM from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' went from annoying gag characters to [[spoiler:BigDamnHeroes when they rescued the gang from the incinerator in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''.]]



** For a portion of the fanbase Heather was not very likable in ''Island'', but that all changed in ''World Tour'' where she easily became one of the [[VindicatedByHistory most beloved]] due to her actively going against [[EvilerThanThou Alejandro]] and proving that her skills as a villain have not [[VillainDecay decayed]] in the slightest by [[spoiler:defeating him in the most vicious and unexpected way possible]] while still managing to PetTheDog by doing things like giving Sierra a hat to hide her bald head with in "Planes, Trains, and Hot Air Mobiles" and comforting a heartbroken Courtney after Duncan's [[YourCheatingHeart infidelity]] came to light in "Greece's Pieces".



** Most of the second generation cast (except for Staci). With Dakota, this is arguably the entire purpose of her character arc, the first two episodes presenting her as little more than a bother, while she spends the entire rest of the season after becoming an intern [[MiseryBuildsCharacter fleshing out her personality]].



* The LGM from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' went from annoying gag characters to [[spoiler:BigDamnHeroes when they rescued the gang from the incinerator in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' did this with the Aqualad mantle by replacing Garth, a character widely mocked for having the same "useless" powers as Aquaman and wearing ridiculous short-shorts, with Kaldur'ahm, an Atlantean child soldier and magician who can create weaponry from water and generate powerful electrical blasts.
** Their Garth isn't too bad either; he's actually more advanced in magic than Kaldur, due to the latter spending time on the surface world as a superhero sidekick. He also briefly demonstrated the "power of the Tempest", as an homage to his modern comic book identity.
** Even moreso for Sportsmaster, a Z-list supervillain from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks [[AdaptationalBadass who gets reimagined]] as a BadassNormal mercenary.
*** The show in general has a habit of turning various villains into righteous [[AdaptationalBadass badasses]], even those who were pretty good before. Mister Twister was suddenly a huge threat, and Clayface (not an unpopular villain before) became downright terrifying.
** Their take on Apache Chief also adds a lot of CharacterDepth. It gives him a DisappearedDad, implies he [[AbusiveParents doesn't get along with]] his mother's boyfriend, and is one of Blue Beetle's best friends before they both got superpowers. [[spoiler:They also gave a more interesting twist to his powers: rather than simply [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever growing]], he surrounds his body with a huge human-shaped forcefield.]]
*** Apache Chief, Samurai, and El Dorado all get much more interesting characters and badass points here. The whole group turned into {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s post their first episode with lines, "The Runaways". Except for ComicBook/{{Static}}, who already had his own [[WesternAnimation/StaticShock TV show]] and fanbase.



* Some viewers who didn't like Chloe from "WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents" in her first appearance found her more tolerable from her second appearance and on, where her ParodySue traits are heavily downplayed, making her a regular NiceGirl instead of a "little miss perfect".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Resident ButtMonkey Cyril won over some fans after becoming a field agent in season 3. In the seasons 1 and 2, fans consider him to be a bland StrawLoser accountant who caused many WhatAnIdiot moments and acted as TheLoad. However, after becoming a field agent, [[TookALevelInBadass he actually grew a spine]] and used his smarts to achieve more badass moments like outgambitting a Colombian drug lord ("El Contador") and dethroning a dictator ("Filibuster").
16th Jul '17 7:29:38 AM TommyTiger
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* A really weird example with Meg in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Early in the show, she was ''not'' a very well-liked character and was just an "average teenage girl" and didn't really do a lot of interesting things. The creators of the show took this and decided to make her a ButtMonkey, since people already disliked the character and it would give her more of a place and identity on the show. Ironically, the ButtMonkey status has really saved her with some of the fans: now people feel SORRY for her, and they cheer [[ThrowTheDogABone every time the creators give her some moments of happiness]], like getting a good boyfriend or getting revenge on someone who was mean to her.

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* A really weird example with Meg in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Early in the show, she was ''not'' a very well-liked character and was just an "average teenage girl" and didn't really do a lot of interesting things. The creators of the show took this and decided to make her a ButtMonkey, since people already disliked the character and it would give her more of a place and identity on the show. Ironically, the ButtMonkey status has really saved her with some of the fans: now people feel SORRY sorry for her, and they cheer [[ThrowTheDogABone every time the creators give her some moments of happiness]], like getting a good boyfriend or getting revenge on someone who was mean to her.
13th Jul '17 9:41:27 PM rjd1922
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* H.E.R.B.I.E., Reed Richards' robot who stood in for the [[ExiledFromContinuity not-legally-available]] Human Torch in ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'', is probably the trope codifier for the ReplacementScrappy. In ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'', however, he's a lovable DeadpanSnarker [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] who blames "the lawyers" for the whole mess.

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* H.E.R.B.I.E., Reed Richards' robot who stood in for the [[ExiledFromContinuity not-legally-available]] Human Torch in ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'', is probably the trope codifier TropeCodifier for the ReplacementScrappy. In ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'', however, he's a lovable DeadpanSnarker [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] who blames "the lawyers" for the whole mess.
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