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* Joey [=MacAdoo=] in the ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' series. Saying nothing other than corny jokes ("You gotta MACADOO it!") in his first appearance in ''Backyard Baseball 2007'', he was destined to become TheScrappy. The writers somehow thought he and Ernie Steele (who is also corny, but actually realizes he is making bad jokes) should be the poster boys for the series, evolving into a Creator's Pet. Even worse: In one of the few Backyard Books, Joey is the main character.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Within ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', we have Genesis. Essentially a Sephiroth knockoff, he acts like a loathsome spoiled child, commits numerous acts of murder and violence for no good reason (not even having the Sephiroth excuse of being AxCrazy) and is generally uninteresting. Yet, the major events of the game revolve around him and the events of ''Final Fantasy VII'' have been retconned to all revolve around having been kicked off by Genesis. Worst of all, [[spoiler:''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'' shows us he somehow survives with no ill effects, making him the ''FFVII'' series' KarmaHoudini]]. This might have to do with the fact that Genesis was based on popular J-Pop singer Music/{{Gackt}}. He only appears to be in ''Crisis Core'' to have a FinalBoss to fight, since Sephiroth's survival is a ForegoneConclusion.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has Absolute Virtue, a side boss that no one seems able to defeat. Every time someone does manage to find a way, Square Enix goes out of their way to squash those methods to render them useless. It's as if the developers enjoy using the boss character just to piss off their fanbase.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars Factions'':
** The character of Mhenlo at times felt more like the hero than the player characters. In the cutscenes, he seemed to do most of the thinking and talking, and he appeared to be..."acquainted"...with most of the female population of Cantha. In addition, that chapter was full of [[EscortMission Escort Missions]], usually with him as the person who you had to keep alive. (It helped that Mhenlo was actually a healer who was good at keeping himself alive, though.) Fortunately, [=ArenaNet=] dialed his importance FAR back in later campaigns and didn't make that mistake again.
** Although Lieutenant Thackeray is coming close to taking his place. It's [[ForegoneConclusion already been revealed]] that he's going to father an important character in the sequel with fan-favorite BrokenBird, Gwen. However, he was only introduced in the Christmas event, and since then his interactions with her have been seen as ham-handed at best, and [[StrangledByTheRedString outright forced]] at worst.
* ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2'' is largely laid out in a traditional Saturday morning cartoon fashion. Two very cartoony and decidedly fairly nonthreatening villains, Underling (her real name is Linda, but everybody calls her Underling) and Pirachu, hinder our protagonists at every turn as they attempt to accomplish their objectives. The game's creators have since acknowledged that the Saturday morning cartoon atmosphere and Underling were probably mistakes. But what about Pirachu, the less popular of the duo, considered to be obnoxious by many fans, and who scored lower than Underling on the official popularity poll? Oh, he's back for [[VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory the sequel]].
* GuestFighter [[Franchise/MortalKombat Scorpion]] in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' by virtue of being the mascot of studio Netherrealm. From the beginning. When he became available to play, Scorpion was (initially) [[GameBreaker hideously overpowered]] thanks to his TeleportSpam abilities that makes him more powerful than all of the characters, including DC's mascots Superman and Batman. Players who purchased the season pass were especially angry that they were misled into purchasing 3 DC fighters and a ''Mortal Kombat'' character instead of 4 DC fighters. Even after getting nerfed and getting featured less in the marketing campaign, many fans still hate his very appearance.
* For several years, the creative team of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' foisted the paradox that is Ash Crimson onto the world. AmbiguouslyGay, overpowered, [[DudeLooksLikeALady a strange, androgynous appearance]], and storywise is one of the strongest characters and is responsible for at least three characters [[BroughtDownToNormal losing their moves]]. The dev team absolutely loved him, but many fans wished he would he would step aside so that more orthodox characters could get a chance to shine. SNK acknowledged these complaints in ''KOF XIII'' by having him ''[[RetGone alter the past so he never existed]]''. And the truly ironic thing was, they did so in a way that, right at the last moment, ''[[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap managed to finally make him sympathetic.]]''
* ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'' has Thrymm Redbeard, an original character not from the books. He is a Rohirrim hero that came with the Wildermore expansion. All of the Rohirrim in the area shill him constantly, and when he apparently dies, they all go into a gloom about how no one else will be able to save them. The main antagonist, Nurzum, defeats Thrymm by grabbing him and throwing him about a mile away. You personally are not really allowed to fight Nurzum the multiple times he appears, because he's too much of a foe for you. Despite all of this, Thrymm's only real accomplishments in the story are somehow surviving being thrown for thousands of feet and defeating Nurzum at the end of the storyline. Yes, the character that you're considered subpar against killsteals the main antagonist of the entire expansion while you sit around debuffing him and playing second fiddle.
* Kurtis Stryker looked incredibly out of place in the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' universe, as he was a plainclothes cop in a video game world filled with demons, cyborgs and {{palette swap}} "{{ninja}}s." From his initial appearance in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', [[ExecutiveMeddling the developers]] figured that he would become one of the series' new favorite characters and tried to elevate his power to near-GameBreaker status, but only made him a TierInducedScrappy. Thanks to his new design in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Mortal Kombat: Armageddon]]'', he's been RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap. The backwards baseball cap is gone, at least... And then, when ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' came by, he was given a much better personality and a simpler, yet cooler outfit, making the fanbase warm up to him a lot more. As in ''[=MK3=]'', his character still comes a bit out of the blue in the storyline and no explanation for him being there is ever given other than "Raiden has chosen you to defend Earthrealm" (that is the actual word for word quote as said by Nightwolf, by the way), which was actually true of several of [[TheChosenMany Raiden's chosen]] originally, but the vastly improved characterization, writing, and badassery did wonders for what was one of the series' most widely-hated characters.
** Quan Chi, while [[CreatorsFavorite one of the creators' favorite characters]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse an overall fan-fave in general]], doubles as [[TropesAreTools a bad example]] of what happens when you let a CanonImmigrant {{ascend|edExtra}} ''too'' far. The groundwork for this was laid in his debut as Shinnok's [[TheDragon Dragon]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' and ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero Mythologies]]'', where Quan Chi proved so cunning he was able to dupe both ''Raiden and Shinnok'' with a duplicate of Shinnok's amulet, allowing him to successfully backstab his boss, ''an immortal fallen Elder God'', in his non-canon ending. Then, he manages to escape getting some long overdue retribution at Scorpion's hands and forms the eponymous duo of ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly Alliance]]'' with Shang Tsung, which leads to the death of several characters ([[TheHeroDies including Liu Kang]]) and Raiden's defeat. As the intro to ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Deception]]'' shows, Quan Chi was poised to win it all had [[EvilerThanThou Onaga not shown up]]. These cases, while eye-rolling, weren't ''too'' bad on their own, but then Quan Chi started to appear in games where, due to the timeline, he ''shouldn't'' have even been present (''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Shaolin Monks]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse vs. DCU]]'', ''[=MK9=]''), was able to effortlessly manipulate both sides of the conflict to his advantage (''vs. DCU'', ''[=MK9=]''), and began to usurp the importance of other, more established villains like Shang Tsung (''vs. DCU'', ''[=MK9=]''). ''9'', in particular, gave reason for many to slap the VillainSue label on him, and while TheStinger establishes [[spoiler:his messing with the timeline (which disastrously derailed Raiden's efforts) was due to Shinnok's crafty plans and not his own]], fans are already expecting [[spoiler:Quan Chi to somehow overtake the plot from Shinnok ''again'' in the next game. He actually received [[HumiliationConga a set of humiliations]] in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatX X]]'', losing control of Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Jax, getting a GroinAttack by Sonya, getting beaten up by Jax, and finally getting killed off by Scorpion, allowing Shinnok to retain his true position as the BigBad, but there has been rumors that he might have been manipulating people from beyond the dead..]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'': Some older members of the fandom absolutely deplore the VideoGame/RavingRabbids. There can be little debate about their forcibly changing the ''Rayman'' series from adventure platformers to collections of short, bizarre mini-games, pushing all of Rayman's previous supporting cast out of the spotlight, and carrying on their franchise hijack for a large number of games in a short amount of time. Their Creator's Pet status only became more apparent when two or three of them got a playable role in, of all places, a ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' [[VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesSmashUp game]]. Thankfully, the Rabbids eventually split completely from their parent franchise and Rayman's [[VideoGame/RaymanOrigins started going on adventures]] [[VideoGame/RaymanLegends without them again.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** Aya Shameimaru has long flirted with Creator's Pet status. She made her first appearance in ''Phantasmagoria of Flower View'' as a tengu reporter who was investigating the incidents going on at the time. Oh, and she also "accidentally" beat up everyone along the way because she was "holding back" and "not actually trying to fight." This would have been one thing, but she would, in some form, go on to appear in the next ''four'' ''Touhou'' games, including a GaidenGame with her as the main character. Her appearance in ''Mountain of Faith'' was particularly infuriating because most of the old cast, Reimu Hakurei and Marisa Kirisame notwithstanding, made no appearance in this game... except for Aya, who not only ended up being the level four boss, but was explicitly stated by ''Touhou'' creator ZUN himself to have lost to the heroine ''on purpose''.
** At her peak, Aya had become so bad that a minor [[MemeticMutation meme]] had spawned explaining that she had gotten into so many games in exchange for giving ZUN sexual favors (a highly disrespectful meme now that ZUN has [[DudeNotFunny a wife and a son]]). However, fanon often portrays Aya as a [[SoBadItsGood humorously over-the-top, so-obnoxious-she's-funny]] tabloid reporter with a penchant for taking embarrassing photos of the other girls. This interpretation of Aya is not nearly as bad as the one that ZUN has saddled her with, and it not only [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rescued her from the Scrappy Heap]], but it gave her almost as many ''fans'' as she has haters, making her one of the most polarizing characters in the series.
** Sanae as of late is on the verge of coming off as this as she's been getting many starring roles and generally being shown as the same level as the other two heroines. She has also been getting some polarizing character development as some like the new quirky zealous Sanae while others prefer her earlier personality. A sign this may be wearing on the Japanese is that she's started to slip in popularity in Japan. Her absence between ''Ten Desires'' and ''Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom'' alleviated this, though, with some people accusing one of the older semi-heroines with actually more appearances than Sanae -- [[NinjaMaid Sakuya]] -- of being this in turn.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** The player base is split about the leaders of their respective factions being this.
*** On the Horde side, Thrall has generally been accepted as Chris Metzen's pet. To his credit, he was made popular by the fans for being the in-universe reason for Blizzard Orcs, reigning in the bloodthirsty Horde and bringing them back to their shaman roots. Then under him however, the Forsaken (a BaseBreaker in their own right) has pretty much been able to get away with practically anything they wanted. Most of the faction skirmishes that occurred during the first three expansions were not done with his blessing, but he himself did very little to stop them, yet continued to advocate peace, and was seen as the more leveled headed of the faction leaders during the ''Wrath of the Lich King'' expansion. Then he gave up the title of Warchief, and he stood on the forefront of the entire ''Cataclysm'' expansion. Cries were the loudest that the Horde leader (former or no) was shoehorned into the Alliance story when other, more acceptable characters would have worked, for example Malfurion Stormrage, who until this expansion was not in game, was only relevant for one major patch. Thrall has continued to hold one of the most important roles in every expansion since, including being the one to [[spoiler:score the killing blow on both Deathwing and Garrosh Hellscream]] in ''Cataclysm'' and ''Warlords of Draenor'', there being many characters present with greater connections to them both times (especially the former). He even had a love interest created specifically for him in ''Cataclysm'', solely to sink a popular ship that some of the creators happened to hate.
*** For the Alliance, in response to the Alliance not actually having a leader, Blizzard brought back Varian Wrynn. However, to fit him in the game, they stuffed him in just before ''Wrath of the Lich King'', through the use of a comic, with very little in game explanation. In the comic, it was he who took down Onyxia and revealed her conspiracy, negating all the work the actual Alliance players had in the event. Things went downhill from there because, again in response to the Alliance also feeling like they were the ButtMonkey to the Horde, made Varian a {{Jerkass}} king opposed to any type of peace with the Horde, making him the HotBlooded jerk next to Thrall's levelheadedness. Despite this, Varian has personally been in the middle of almost every successful Alliance campaign throughout the expansion and subsequent books, even leading a joint army in a dream world against the Emerald Nightmare. His character calmed down considerably during the ''Mists of Pandaria'' expansion, but he was still noticeably at the forefront, gaining the title "High King of the Alliance" and making more and more decisions without (noticeable) input from the other members. For added fun, quite a few characters had their actions and personalities tweaked in an effort to make Varian look good. A strange example being Tyrande, who had herself been criticized for being nothing like she was in Warcraft III, was about to rush into combat and get all of her soldiers killed until Varian told her about patience and saved the day. Tyrande, for the record, is well over 10,000 years old and has about as much military experience, compared to Varian's roughly 40 years of age.
*** Going back to the Horde, in order to justify Varian's jerkassness, the Horde needed a jerkass just as big, and they received Garrosh Hellscream. Originally a minor character whose whole story was a Call Back to ''Warcraft III'', Garrosh came into ''Wrath of the Lich King'' as a top dog within the Horde, with a personality every bit like the father who had originally been ashamed of. He gained an irrational hatred for the Alliance and began to think little of Thrall for being open to peace, howling that a "true Warchief" would destroy the Alliance if they stood in Horde's way. While he spent the entirety of ''Wrath of the Lich King'' being verbally smacked down by everybody, the fact that the fanbase hated him didn't stop him from appearing in almost every Horde storyline in some way, ending with him being given the title of Warchief in ''Cataclysm''. Unlike Varian however, who mellowed out as a character, Blizzard saw the hate Garrosh had and ran with it, ending with him being the BigBad in the ''Mists of Pandaria'' expansion and subsequently being ousted as leader of the Horde. Yet they did a about-face and got him to stand trial instead of killing him off (an option more sympathetic villains, such as [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Malygos]], were never given), then had him escape and become the villain of Warlords of Draenor, decided they went too far in making him villainous in ''[=MoP=]'' and want to portray him in a more positive light.
*** Lead quest designer Dave "Fargo" Kosak's pet seems to be Sylvanas Windrunner. From ''Cataclysm'' on, she takes an active role in her quest for world domination, which by itself wasn't the issue. The problem fans saw was that no matter what she did, she always won. The revamped quest lines involved the Forsaken basically destroying every and all Alliance forces in Lordaeron, they won the Battle of Andorhol, after losing most of it, at the last minute because Sylvanas brought in Val'kyr. They killed the Prince of Stromgarde and now have a strong foothold in the Arathi Highlands (while the Alliance remain in unaltered hole). The real [[BrokenBase point of contention]] is that the Forsaken had the end of the Worgen storyline (in Silverpine) instead of the actual Worgen players (who were merged with the night elves). Her methods of victory is always "Throw plague at it, raise the remains," [[EvenEvilHasStandards an action many, including Garrosh, call her out on]]. And she has suffered literally no consequences, the only one really being that Lor'themar distancing the blood elves from the Forsaken, and even that doesn't count for much because by this point nothing has been seen to actually work on Sylvanas so it's unlikely she even needs the blood elves (who need her support to keep the plaguelands away from Silvermoon).
*** Thrall excluded, the above points could be summed up as Blizzard's attempts to give the playerbase the ''War'' in "''War''craft." The creators passed the ConflictBall to whomever they needed (Varian in ''Lich King'', Garrosh in ''Cataclysm'' and ''Mists'') to justify having a war when almost all the current faction leaders would have very logical reasons for advocating peace. This trope comes into play because of how shoehorned said conflict was, and that whenever the chance presented themselves, the players were bombarded with how awesome their leaders was and that they should be ecstatic about it.
*** [[MostWritersAreHuman Humans]], especially [[SpotlightStealingSquad Stormwind]], have become this increasingly. Apart from the aforementioned shilling of Varian, most of the Alliance's efforts centre around Stormwind or its forces in some way. Humans also have the most different factions out of all the races, including the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Worgen]], making two playable human races in the game[[labelnote:*]]Actually three if you include the [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Forsaken]], as all Forsaken players were canonically humans in life, and the Forsaken [=NPCs=] that are not either former humans or [[FrankensteinsMonster Abominations]] could probably be counted on two hands.[[/labelnote]] (though there are two playable elf races, the Night Elves and Blood Elves, these are on opposite sides of the war and there are still far more human factions). [[WordOfGod The dev team at Blizzard have even admitted]] that the ''Warlords of Draenor'' expansion was inspired partly by their desire to return to the 'humans vs orcs' roots of Warcraft.
*** And, because it's Orcs and Humans, Orcs have also more or less dominated the gameplay and lore, with most of ''Warlords of Draenor'' centering around them, and the general over-abundance of Orcs, especially compared to the one or two token tauren generally in any area.
** Some of Richard Knaak's characters for the tie-in novels.
*** Rhonin becomes leader of the Kirin Tor, marries the [[SatelliteLoveInterest youngest Windrunner sister]] and gets to go back in time and altering history in the War of the Ancients. He has recently been killed off. The reasons for this were a combination of soothing over the fan backlash and to try and make the next expansion come across as having AnyoneCanDie. Krasus, Knaak's other favorite character, previously died in another recent book.
*** Jarod Shadowsong. In the novel introducing him to setting he's shown to be Maiev's brother, Shandris' (Tyrande's adopted daughter) love interest, and otherwise good friends with most major Night Elf characters. At his wife's funeral ([[ContrivedCoincidence making him available for Shandris]]), the Night Elf goddess Elune blesses him with a vision that even Tyrande, THE HIGH PRIESTESS OF ELUNE'S RELIGION, is denied. He's naturally a good commander, without having to work at it, and such a brilliant tactician that even demigods such as Cenarius place themselves under his command. During the course of his debut, he saves Furion's life when Maiev betrays him. In summary, this character reads like a checklist of Mary Sue traits from fanfiction.
** And then there's Lead Systems Designer, Greg "Ghostcrawler" Stret, and [[TierInducedScrappy Frost Mages]], which, throughout his entire reign, were either God-tier and flat-out the best DPS, end of discussion, or high tier. Tellingly, the first expansion where he's laid off and replaced with the more even-handed Brian Holinka, Frost mages imediately fell out of favor.
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked'', Ace Hardlight serves as the Creator's Pet for Gleeman Vox, being over-promoted and having tons of merchandise based on him, even though it's very clear that the audience hates him. After his defeat near the end of the game by Ratchet, [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing the audience celebrated]], despite Vox trying to make the defeat look like a tragedy.