Created By: Euan2000June 17, 2013 Last Edited By: Euan2000January 13, 2016

Scrappy Heel Turn

Make the scrappy a villain so it\'s ok to beat them up

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So there's this one ally of the heroes that's really annoying and everyone, fans and writers alike, hates. How can you get the heroes to take out your rage on them without making the heroes into jerks or making people feel sorry for them? Make the Scrappy into a villain!

An in-universe variant of Ron The Death Eater. May be a symptom of Running The Asylum.


Examples

Film - Animated
  • The Incredibles: Buddy was so obsessive and clingy with Mister Incredible that his idol had to use the Ejector Seat on him. After the Bomb Voyage fiasco, Buddy underwent a Face Heel Turn to become the murderously vengeful villain Syndrome.

Film - Live-Action
  • The Trope Namer Scrappy Doo got this in the first Live Action Scooby Doo movie. After being kicked out of Mystery Inc Scrappy took control of Monster Island and used the eponymous creatures to get his revenge on them.
  • In Captain America The Winter Soldier it turns out that jerkass Senator Sterns from Iron Man 2 is an agent of Hydra. He is arrested at the end of the movie.

Live-Action Television
  • One season of Law And Order SVU introduced an annoying lab tech who may well have been designed to invoke this trope when he snapped and started murdering people after being chewed out for a mistake.

Professional Wrestling
  • Michael Cole was, at times, so despised by the fans that the WWE turned him heel in late 2010 and had several major opportunities to see people like Jerry "the King" Lawler and John Cena beat the crap out of him, much to the audience's delight.

Video Games
  • The finale of Sam & Max: Beyond Space and Time revealed that the eminently annoying Soda Poppers had been behind the events of the last three games, accidentally responsible for the one before that, and had taken over hell, to boot.
  • Moneybags in Spyro 2 Riptos Rage was a rich jerk on the hero's side who made you pay through the nose to make any progress. In Spyro Year Of The Dragon he joins the villains while still keeping the same role.
  • Mass Effect 3: Human ambassador Udina began as an annoying political hindrance to Shepard trying to save the galaxy. By this game, he's involved in a Cerberus attempt at a hostile takeover of the Citadel and murder of the rest of the Council.
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • June 17, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
  • June 19, 2013
    Generality
  • June 25, 2013
    Euan2000
    I'm sure there's more examples. Need some help please.
  • July 5, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Pinkster Pig knows Danger Duck from their orphanage days, and uses this connection to join the Loonatics Unleashed in the episode "In The Pinkster". Pinkster means well, but is hopelessly incompetent. However, when a meteor chunk that can drain the Loonatics of their powers is transferred to a new vault, Pinkster reveals himself as The Mole, using his Eye Can to keep his henchmen apprised of the Loonatics deployment.
  • August 1, 2013
    DAN004
    Add to the Spyro example that, near the end of Spyro 3, you can chase Moneybags akin to chasing egg thieves and he'll give you your diamonds back, several times, until he stops and gives you an egg.
  • August 2, 2013
    Snicka
    Jar Jar Binks... sort of. He doesn't become evil, but he helps the Big Bad rise to power.
  • January 8, 2014
    Bisected8
    • One season of Law And Order SVU introduced an annoying lab tech who may well have been designed to invoke this trope when he snapped and started murdering people after being chewed out for a mistake.
  • January 8, 2014
    DAN004
    Compare Hate Sink.
  • January 8, 2014
    JDogindy
    I'm not sure about this trope concept, but I do have an example:

    Professional Wrestling
    • Michael Cole was, at times, so despised by the fans that the WWE turned him heel in late 2010 and had several major opportunities to see people like Jerry "the King" Lawler and John Cena beat the crap out of him, much to the audience's delight.
  • January 8, 2014
    arbiter099
    • Mass Effect 3: Human ambassador Udina began as an annoying political hindrance to Shepard trying to save the galaxy. By this game, he's involved in a Cerberus attempt at a hostile takeover of the Citadel and murder of the rest of the Council.
  • January 21, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    Sorted the examples by media + did some other formatting.
  • January 22, 2014
    Chabal2
    A variation where's it's not the actual (in-universe) scrappy, but a villain who looks just like him: in Order Of The Stick, Nale revealing himself to be Elan's Evil Twin turns out to be a tactical error.
  • January 22, 2014
    Tomodachi
    I don't think Jar Jar Binks counts. Seriously, everyone helped the emperor and the clones rise to power, how he counts if everyone else is guilty of that?
  • January 22, 2014
    Snicka
    ^ I suggested Jar Jar Binks because it is specifically his Rousing Speech that convinces the Senate to give Palpatine emergency powers.
  • January 22, 2014
    DRCEQ
    I don't buy that. There has to be some kind of acknowledgement of both scrappydom and turning into a villain because of it. Jar Jar had good intentions, but even he didn't know or intentionally plan that the Emperor would abuse the power he suggested.
  • January 22, 2014
    Bakazuki
    Agreed. This trope, in essence, is a combination of The Scrappy and Face Heel Turn, so examples must fulfill both to even be put up. And if Jar Jar's case were in anyway valid as a changing of sides, then he would have been put up in Face Heel Turn long ago.

    In any case, Jar Jar's specific scenario is already covered by Unwitting Instigator Of Doom.
  • April 4, 2014
    DAN004
    Can this be distinct from Take That Scrappy?
  • August 12, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Is Syndrome really a Scrappy?

  • August 12, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ he's really annoying to both the audience and Bob.
  • January 11, 2016
    StrixObscuro
    Comic Books
    • Back in the days of the original team, the New Warriors included Hindsight Lad, an annoying little shit who blackmailed his way onto the team despite having no useful talents. During Civil War, he was revealed to be the one behind "Destroy All New Warriors", a website that outed the surviving Warriors so that they could be attacked by people who blamed them for the Stamford Incident.
  • January 12, 2016
    Koveras
    All Scrappy-related tropes are YMMV, so you might want to add that to the description.
  • January 13, 2016
    ChrisX
    Video Games
    • Garrosh Hellscream in World Of Warcraft began as a rather mopey chieftain due to being ashamed at his father's legacy. Once Thrall enlightened him that his father saved the Orc race, Garrosh felt better... but come in the next expansion where he's now side by side with Thrall, he Took A Level In Jerkass and became a raging, obnoxious, warmongering general, flipping off fans further. Then in the next expansion, Garrosh was chosen to succeed Thrall as the Horde's Warchief, but at this point, it was like he has some positive Character Development that in spite of his short comings, he tried to become a good leader. However, fan hatred remained so damn loud that eventually Blizzard caved in and in the very next expansion, Garrosh became a full blown villain, getting rid of his positive traits, crossing some Moral Event Horizon and making everyone go against him.
  • January 13, 2016
    DAN004
    Again, compare Hate Sink

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