Created By: BibsDibs on June 12, 2013 Last Edited By: BibsDibs on June 12, 2013
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Sent to The Scrappy Heap

A character, once popular amongst fans, becomes The Scrappy.

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This trope is about when you have a character who was well-liked amongst fans only to become The Scrappy later on.

Possible reasons for this include but are not limited to:

If this ruins the series for fans or is caused by the series' writing getting worse, then it is Seasonal Rot or Jumped the Shark. Contrast with Rescued from the Scrappy Heap which is when The Scrappy becomes popular as opposed to the other way around.

No Examples, Please! Those go on a work's YMMV subpage.

Feel free to edit the description if you dislike the current one.

Indexes: Scrappy Index, Audience Reactions

Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • June 12, 2013
    MissKitten
    I don't see good things for this tropes future.
  • June 12, 2013
    BibsDibs
    @Miss Kitten Thanks for your opinion and feedback.
  • June 12, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Yeah I agree. Since The Scrappy is a hated character it can cause a lot of flame bait. It might be best for this to only be used on a work's YMMV page, and for the main page to go without examples.
  • June 12, 2013
    XFllo
    I can see this happening in the fandom, but do you have any examples? Just to see if it's tropeable in an audience reacty way.
  • June 12, 2013
    BibsDibs
    @X Fllo
  • On that token, we could also add Kel from Kenan And Kel; like Fez, Kel suffered from Flanderization and became such a complete and total moron that fans became so frustrated with him to the point some actually have wondered why Kenan would even willingly put up with him, childhood friend or not.
  • June 12, 2013
    MissKitten
    Yeah, let's just leave this example-less for now. I think it could have a better name though. Fan Favorite Turned Scrappy or something?
  • June 12, 2013
    xanderiskander
  • June 12, 2013
    XFllo
    Exampleless pages do not thrive at all. If it gets launched, it might be a good idea, but we should encourage people to post examples here. Otherwise it won't have wicks.
  • June 12, 2013
    BibsDibs
    @X Fllo I guess I could use some examples based on popular opinion among the fans.
  • June 12, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    Usually this is one conclusion to Flanderization or Seasonal Rot. Or an action (possibly more than one) that the character can never live down.

    Please explain how this is not Flanderization, but more specific.
  • June 12, 2013
    BibsDibs
    @Dennis Dunjinman The focus with this trope is more about audience reactions on based characterization than story-telling and characterization in-and-itself. Now a character can become a scrappy because of flanderization. But it isn't a requirement for this trope nor is it the only possible explanation for it.

    For example, Character A is seen as amusing and fun by fans. But then Character A gets in a relationship with Character B. While the Fan Preferred Couple is B and C and the majority of fans see shipping as Serious Business, resulting in the majority of them wanting A to Die For Our Ship and viewing A as The Scrappy.

    Or perhaps Character A just isn't funny anymore and fans see no reason to keep her/him/it on the show.

    Both of those are examples of this YMMV trope because a lot of fans are in agreement that a character that used to be popular sucks now. It doesn't really matter why they feel this way as long they feel it.

    As for Seasonal Rot, it can be a sign of seasonal rot or even the cause of it. But it doesn't have to be, people can still like a show even if it has one more crappy character.
  • June 12, 2013
    Psi001
    Possibly call it "Sent To The Scrappy Heap".

  • June 12, 2013
    MissKitten
    Some of these characters mentioned are Base Breakers not Scrappies. Sent To The Scrappy Heap is a trope, well audience reaction, no doubt but I can see this trope suffering from the same problems as The Scrappy. Shoehorning. It's already undergoing a clean up thread, because people are misusing it.
  • June 12, 2013
    KJMackley
    Ultimate problem with the idea is that only a handful of characters are hated the instant they are seen. Most become hated over time because of certain, specific reasons.

    In comparison Rescued From The Scrappy Heap is about a character becoming less hated or Ethnic Scrappy actually gives a reason why the character is hated (embodies ethnic stereotypes). This trope is simply "A character becomes disliked after their initial introduction" and when compared to The Scrappy that is generally the rule rather than the exception.
  • June 12, 2013
    BibsDibs
    @KJ Mackley That's a good point. Thanks for pointing that out.
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