->"''[[ARareSentence Jar-Jar, you're a genius!]]''"
-->-- '''Qui-Gon Jinn''', ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''

Sadly, the MarySue's aura of awesome does not extend out of the pages she's written on, and that "sympathetic" [[CreatorsPet teen genius Wesley]] and "adorable" [[TheScrappy feisty pup Scrappy]] aren't exceptions either. Even the "cool" plot twist can go awry. What's an author to do? There's always the option of [[PutOnABus Putting Them on a Bus]], or hoping to succeed with an AuthorsSavingThrow, but this character, for various reasons, just can't be done away with like that.

Well, there's only one thing left to do... get them [[TitleDrop Rescued From The]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Scrappy]] [[TitleDrop Heap]].

This is a reinterpretation of the character or idea, be it in the form of CharacterDevelopment, a {{Retool}}, a TimeSkip making the character mature a bit, or giving the actor acting lessons. In any event, they get fleshed out in a way that wins over bitter fans and breathes new life into the series.

A few series can even do this intentionally, and have an otherwise unlikable SmugSnake [[DynamicCharacter evolve into]] a more human, three-dimensional character.

Not to be confused with TookALevelInBadass, which, while capable of being a step in the right direction, is about a wimp becoming a badass. This is about a hated character [[DynamicCharacter becoming]] a much less hated character. To illustrate the difference:

* If Scrappy Doo were able to fight the monsters on a roughly equal footing, then he'd have [[TookALevelInBadass Taken A Level In Badass]]. It'd be a step in the right direction, but he'd still be a somewhat disliked character, however.
* If Scrappy Doo were to grow up a little, and stop trying to fight monsters all the time and doing all his other stuff that irritates fans (while keeping his lack of monster-fighting skill), that'd be this trope.

Naturally, the two can be combined, if the main reason a character is disliked is their cowardice and lack of skill.

In a way, this is the opposite of CanonDiscontinuity, which excludes the character from {{canon}} entirely. It is more directly the opposite trope to FromBreakoutToScrappy, where a popular character turns into TheScrappy over time. Compare EnsembleDarkHorse and BadassDecay. Also contrast AuthorsSavingThrow, which is an attempt to HandWave away the offending element, rather than fix it outright. See GrowingTheBeard in case you feel this way about the show itself. Might overlap with AlasPoorScrappy, ReimaginingTheArtifact, or especially ADayInTheLimelight.

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* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap/AnimeAndManga
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap/ComicBooks
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap/LiveActionTV
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap/ProfessionalWrestling
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap/VideoGames
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap/WesternAnimation
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has had a few mechanics that have become rescued over time.
** Green as a color. Its creatures have been powered up and cheapened over the years (compare [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=186321 Terra Stomper]] to [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=83977 Force of Nature]], for example). In Rise of the Eldrazi, it has an affinity-like ability where Khalni Hydra gets cheaper for each green creature you control.
** Defender, or not attacking. Rise of the Eldrazi gave a lot of creatures with defender that count creatures with defender.
** Big creatures. Normally they don't come out until you're dead. Shards of Alara made an exception, with Naya's "five-power matters" rule. Also, Rise of the Eldrazi again.
** Lands. [[LuckBasedMission You either don't have enough or have too many]]. Zendikar (and Worldwake and Rise of the Eldrazi) made them relevant with the landfall ability, which triggers whenever a land comes into play.
** Poison. The entire purpose of Scars of Mirrodin, Mirrodin Besieged, and New Phyrexia. Instead of "When CARDNAME damages a player, that player gets a poison counter.", infect creatures do damage equal to their power in poison counters, making it mutable, and more deadly. Although this has caused a bit of a BrokenBase in the Magic community, as there are plenty of people who absolutely ''hate'' the powerful Infect creatures running about Standard.
** Lifegain. Historically seen as weak, but [[LifeDrain lifelink]] creatures and equipment, and cards where lifegain is a side effect made it playable. Life payment made it useful.
* In the [[Tabletopgame/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh! card game]], the Elemental Heroes were hated for a long time for numerous reasons - in the [[Anime/YuGiOhGX anime]], because Judai's obsession with using the same monsters over and over. In the card game itself, due to the near-uselessness of the cards and the fact that they flooded ''every single set'' through almost two years. When the Yu-Gi-Oh GX manga kicked in, though, it introduced two new additions, which greatly boosted the popularity of the Archetype:
** The "[[FanNickname Omni-Heroes]]", six Elemental Heroes that work by fusing any Hero with any Attribute monster, which not only managed to make them much more powerful, but allowed clever deck-building by combining multiple Archetypes.
** The "Masked Heroes", which revived a long-favorite mechanic (Fusing with a single monster, introduced with the now-banned [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Metamorphosis Metamorphosis]]) and made it relevant again.
** Skull Servant was originally a useless normal monster and the butt of many jokes until Konami started releasing a series of cards that made the card into a semi-viable deck type.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* ''FanFic/TheHillOfSwords'', a LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima fanfic by Gabriel Blessing which does this ''in spades'' for [[{{Tsundere}} Louise]]. It has been observed by some that the vast majority of reasons for Louise's Scrappy-hood can be traced back to a combination of her low self-esteem and having an idiot of a love interest who can't stop pushing her {{Berserk Button}}s and damaging her self-image further still. Gabe's response was to replace Saito with someone who would dodge said {{Berserk Button}}s and help Louise [[IneptMage get her magic working]], namely [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Shirou Emiya]]. The result sees Louise getting massive amounts of CharacterDevelopment and turning into an admirable young lady with Shirou's help. The story worked so well that it [[FandomSpecificPlot sparked the creation of an onslaught of fanfics following similar variations on the "Replace Saito with (Insert Competent Character Here)" premise]].
* ''Anime/SailorMoon Millenials'' gives [[BrattyHalfPint Chibi-Usa]] this treatment by having her come back from the future ''as a [[SheIsAllGrownUp teenager]]''. She isn't quite FutureBadass levels, but the upgrade from Sailor Chibi Moon to Neo Sailor Moon has clearly [[TookALevelInBadass done some good things for her]].
* Deepest Descent by Succubus Yuri is a KingdomHearts story on Fanfiction.net. He (I'm sure the writer's a "he") made Kairi more than just a [[ActionGirl girlfriend to the main character]]. She actually uses her new Keyblade in real combat. Though she still lacks in personality, she isn't afraid to take hits from dangerous foes. There are other good stories where she does have a developed personality, but this story has managed to [[TookALevelInBadass turn her into a force to be reckoned with]].
* ''[[Fanfic/UltimateSleepwalker Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams]]'' and ''[[Fanfic/UltimateSpiderWoman Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light]]'' both deliberately emphasize this trope. Heroes and villains alike who are typically CListFodder in the official comics are given the spotlight, as the author very deliberately subverts the traditional pecking order of the Marvel Universe. In this universe, characters like Sleepwalker and Darkhawk take center stage away from the likes of Wolverine and the Punisher, while villains like 8-Ball, the Dreadknight, Jack O' Lantern and Firebrand are just as dangerous as the likes of the Green Goblin or Bullseye.
* ''Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40k''. When Shinji Ikari finds a [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}strange little box]] washed up on his shore, [[TookALevelInBadass things]] begin to [[PsychicPowers change.]] Oh yes.
* ''FanFic/HuntingTheUnicorn'' does this for [[Series/{{Glee}} Blaine Anderson]] due to the story's CerebusRetcon fleet. Klaine is a shallow FairyTale romance? The story's plot parallels '''''Literature/TheLastUnicorn.''''' Blaine is a RelationshipSue? With his [[LonelyRichKid nonexistent]] [[DysfunctionJunction family]] and [[BreakTheCutie incredibly damaged]] [[HeroicSelfDeprecation self-esteem]], it's no wonder [[LoveMartyr he'd latch onto Kurt so fast]]. They're [[ButNotTooGay too chaste?]] It turns out in Blaine's last relationship, [[spoiler: ''he tried to invoke '''SexEqualsLove'''.]] [[FromBadToWorse At sixteen.]]'' [[TearJerker And it didn't work.]] Essentially, Blaine is why an actual RelationshipSue would [[DeconstructionFic desperately need therapy]][[note]] which he's actually gotten[[/note]] [[TheWoobie and hugs]]. Most of the readers are already Klaine fans, but a few of them didn't like Blaine at all before reading the fic.
* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' does a combination of this and AlasPoorScrappy with [[spoiler:the ''entire G3 world''. The biggest complaint about G3 were the characters were bland and seemed to all have the same personality and stuck so close to the model it was hard to tell them apart.]] So how does the fic do this? [[spoiler:TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Their universe begins to ''die'' because the spell used to make their world "perfect" violates the laws of magic and the laws of the universe to the point it begins to ''break'', and threaten to take the timeline with it. The only way to stop this is with a CosmicRetcon by [[PhysicalGod the Alicorns and Draconequi]], essentially erasing the timeline, and its inhabitants, from existence so the timeline can be saved. As their world dies, the characters TakeALevelInBadass and undergrow character growth in response to what they're faced with, becoming complex and likable characters...which makes it that much of a TearJerker when they ultimately fail to save their world in the end, resulting in the creation of the G4 timeline.]]
* [[Manga/DeathNote Misa]] becomes a BadAss in ''FanFic/GodsOfThisNewWorld'' [[spoiler: in her DyingMomentOfAwesome]]- the BigBad [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stabbed her in the chest]] [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow with a sword]] [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend but when he threatens her Light]] [[TheDeterminator she gets up and keeps fighting him anyway]]!
* ''FanFic/ThanksKyubey'' does this for Kyubey, the JackassGenie[[spoiler:/BigBad]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' by playing the MentorMascot trope [[spoiler: ''straight'' instead of subverting it]] and giving Kyubey emotions [[spoiler: as an experiment by the Incubators in response to complaints for using humans.]] Kyubey returns the favor [[spoiler: by hitting the ResetButton, reviving Gertrud and Charlotte and [[BroughtDownToNormal bringing the Puella Magi down to normal]] and is rewarded by turning into a white haired girl. Much to Sayaka and Mami's ire.]]
* The ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' fanfic ''FanFic/GameTheory'' does this for first-season villain [[AbusiveParents Precia Testarossa]] by giving her [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy a small but significant competence boost]]. And that competence boost is realizing [[PragmaticVillainy that there are better ways to control your]] DarkMagicalGirl than by [[WhipItGood whipping her]]. The end result is that while this Precia is [[ManipulativeBastard still kind of a bitch]], she is also a sympathetic AntiVillain and an extremely competent [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] - a portrayal the reader can empathize with [[RootingForTheEmpire and even support]].
* [[SleazyPolitician Cornelius Fudge]] in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8569469/1/Raised-by-Darkness Raised By Darkness]]'' after seeing how badly Dumbledore screwed up placing the Boy-Who-Lived in an abusive home [[TookALevelInBadass he spontaneously grows a backbone, becoming competent]] and [[TheChessmaster calculating]]. He no longer runs to Dumbledore for advice and begins making his own decisions starting with allying himself with the Boy-Who-Lived and his Dementor guardians. He also begins to put aside his FantasticRacism [[EnemyMine for the sake of other alliances]] with so-called "Creatures" such as the Goblins.
* Much to the joy of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' fans, annoying OppositeSexClone Danielle gets a chance at CharacterDevelopment in post-GrandFinale fics such as the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries''.
* [[SpannerInTheWorks Suzaku]] and to a lesser extent [[PsychoLesbian Nina]] both get this in ''Fanfic/{{Dauntless}}''
* Surprisingly, the normally universally hated Umbridge has this in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8914586/1/Harry-Potter-Junior-Inquisitor Harry Potter Junior Inquisitor]], largely because not only is she not against Harry but he's actually [[EnemyMine helping]] her discredit Dumbledore without alienating the entire student body.
** Likewise, Minister Fudge comes across as far more likable once it's shown that is plot to reform Hogwarts education is because the educations standards ''have'' fallen and Hogwarts has gone from one of the best schools in the world to well on its way to being a laughingstock. Granted his reasons are selfish ([[GlorySeeker wanting to be remembered for something after he leaves office]]) but it's nonetheless a noble cause.
* Do you hate [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Prince Blueblood]]? Then read ''Fanfic/TheBestNightEver'', where he gets trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop and ends up getting immense amounts of CharacterDevelopment before managing to break the loop. Self-entitled jerk goes in; decent, friendly, and likable prince goes out.

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[[folder:Film]]
* Also about ''Franchise/StarWars'', Abel G. Pena's {{retcon}}s in [[UniverseCompendium reference books]], making even such "gems" as ''[[Literature/TheGloveOfDarthVader Kadann and the Prophets of the Dark Side]]'' seem plausible.
** The [[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame Lego Starwars]] video games of the prequel trilogy achieved the seemingly impossible feat of redeeming Jar-Jar Binks... he was suddenly a worthwhile member of the team, with useful skills, actual combat ability and perhaps most importantly, zero lines of dialogue.
* A rather complicated (and completely intentional) version occurred in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' with Edmund Pevensie. In the beginning of the series he was...[[BrattyHalfPint well]]...[[JerkAss kinda]] [[TurnCoat detestable]], but by the end of [[Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe the first book]] he made a [[CharacterDevelopment complete turn around]] and showed in later books that he had definitely changed for the better. A lot of people never ''read'' any further than the first book and so by the time ''[[TheFilmOfTheBook Prince Caspian]]'' came out their hatred for Edmund was pretty deep seated. Needless to say, many people were completely blown away by seeing "bratty" Edmund behaving so maturely. The many [[Awesome/TheChroniclesOfNarnia crowning moments of awesome]] he got probably didn't hurt, either.
* ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'': PeterDavid made Captain Harriman, a.k.a. the indecisive idiot who got Kirk killed, a lot more tolerable in his tie-in novel "The Captain's Daughter".
** A one shot comic did the same thing: after a talk from [=McCoy=] telling him to get his act together, Harriman, when the ship was caught in a Klingon ambush and had no chance of winning, pulls off the same con Kirk did in Star Trek III. Only [[ISurrenderSuckers his surrender]] involved beaming his ship's [[EarthShatteringKaboom entire load of torpedo warheads on to the Klingon ship]]. He gains a great deal of self-confidence and the respect of his crew.
* Erickson in ''Film/{{Saw}} VI''. In the standard year-long wait between Saw films, Erickson had become something of an in-joke with the fanbase for his ever-present bluetooth headset, as well as what was seen as his "unfortunate status" of being the last good guy still standing (and seeming to blindly play his role in TheChessmaster's latest plan, at that). VI... changed that, and to say how without spoilers is impossible. [[spoiler:The first scene Erickson appears in in Saw VI's present timeline has him revealing that he had helped fake a fellow FBI agent's demise for the sake of effectively putting her out of harm's way, so the two of them would have the time and evidence necessary to convict Jigsaw's living apprentice. Granted, he kills both of them, but he has to TakeALevelInBadass to do so, and they make him sweat heavily in the process.]]
* Mark Ruffalo's portrayal of [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] in ''Film/TheAvengers'' made the character the film's EnsembleDarkHorse. Shortly before the film's release it was flatly stated there were no plans for any more Hulk movies; shortly after it was announced a Hulk movie may be in development for 2015 and the actor had signed on for six more films.
* The version of Franchise/{{Godzilla}} seen in ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' was so disliked that fans took to calling him GINO (Godzilla InNameOnly). Creator/{{Toho}} even had him officially renamed "Zilla" for taking the "God" out of "Godzilla." But after ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'' and subsequent ''Godzilla'' comics made him a ''canonically'' separate {{kaiju}} who fought the ''real'' King of the Monsters, fans have warmed up to him on these grounds. Creator/GarethEdwards, in an interview where he talks about making ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' more faithful to the spirit and aesthetic of the series, admitted that he finds Zilla to be pretty cool looking on its own.
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
** This movie pretty much saved the X-Men movie franchise in the eyes of many fans after two [[Film/XMenTheLastStand underwhelming]] [[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine movies]], and [[Film/XMenFirstClass two]] [[Film/TheWolverine more]] that were better-received but overshadowed by the success of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse (and [[FandomRivalry resented by some for not being part of it]]).
** Before the movie's release Evan Peters' portrayal Quicksilver was already being highly criticized for a) not being the same as Aaron Taylor-Johnson in ''Avengers: The Age of Ultron'' and b) his costume, which many called ridiculous. When the people got to see him in the actual film though, the public's opinion of him changed radically after the [[OneSceneWonder Kitchen Scene]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* It seems that most readers of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' start out hating Sansa Stark. But thanks to her CharacterDevelopment over the last three books, a lot of people have started to warm up to her, and she also has plenty of die-hard converted fans - an unusual instance of a character being rescued from the Scrappy heap via BreakTheCutie. It might be a case of her initial unlikable status being intentional, since the Stark kids seem to exist to give numerous different perspectives on the path to maturity. [[ComingOfAgeStory Sansa starts as idealistic, naive, and, frankly, rather foolish, but is forcibly disabused of her innocence.]]
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse book ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'' had an exceedingly two-dimensional, generic froth-at-the-mouth-when-things-go-wrong bad [[VillainOfTheWeek villain-of-the-book]]. Warlord Zsinj was also [[FatBastard visibly overweight]], petty, and [[FatIdiot rather stupid]]. Early books in the ''Comicbook/XWingSeries'', set before ''Courtship'', don't show him directly, he's said to be cautious and opportunistic. A character believes he's more dangerous than the notes on his file indicate. In the Creator/AaronAllston books he's a major character, a very smart and clever warlord who uses ObfuscatingStupidity despite knowing that plenty of the people he worked with can see through the act. He's still evil, but entertainingly and memorably so.
** In fact Zjins was stated as being perhaps the most powerful third party in the galaxy, after the Empire and the New Republic. This means he was considered more powerful than the Hutts (massive criminal empire), The Hapes Consortium (high tech amazon royalty), and Kuat (a group of planets that's essentially a MASSIVE shipyard). His biggest problem was his inability to properly administer his sector, he was a military officer not a good politician.
*** For clarity, this was more in terms of threat assessment. The Hutts and Kuat have no real military forces. The Hapes Consortium has a significant military force, but is militant over their neutrality. Zjinj was clever, has enough forces to be a valid threat, and had a goal that could make his an actual threat.
*** It also helps that several more clever and dangerous Imperial officers turned Warlords were wiped out by the Imperials or Rebels prior to Zjinj's appearance.
* According to WordOfGod, Lily Bart of ''House Of Mirth'' was intentionally made to be as unlikeable as possible specifically so that she could be redeemed in the latter part of the novel. Readers vary as to whether or not this was successful.
* Getting [[Literature/WarriorCats your warrior name]] is apparently a pretty good way to be rescued--Cloudtail and Squirrelflight are both significantly less annoying than they were as apprentices. Berrynose shows that this doesn't always work, though.
** But come ''WarriorCatsOmenOfTheStars'' Berrynose goes through CharacterDevelopment and became much more popular.
** Millie gets this treatment in the fifth book of ''[[WarriorCatsOmenOfTheStars Omen of the Stars]]'' due to sticking up for Hollyleaf and Cinderheart as well as not obsessing over Briarlight.
** Inverted with Onestar. In the [[WarriorCatsTheOriginalSeries first arc]] when he was Onewhisker, he was an EnsembleDarkHorse. However, in ''WarriorCatsTheNewProphecy'' he [[TookALevelInJerkass takes a level in jerkass]] after becoming Onestar and by the [[Literature/WarriorCatsPowerOfThree third arc]] he became a full on scrappy.
** Also inverted with Poppyfrost who became a scrappy in the fifth book of ''Omen of the Stars'' due to obsessing over her kits.
* Apparently this was the original idea behind Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/{{Emma}}''. She wrote ''Emma'' as someone who was originally unlikable and slowly redeemed her through the book. Risky literary experiment, I'll tell you that.
** Risky, but very well-done. Mr Darcy and Miss Bennet from ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' are two [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerks with hearts of gold]] redeeming themselves because of guilt and love, and guilt, gratitude and then love, respectively, after one half of the book spent misbehaving a bit. Emma is a shallow and entirely clueless and impulsive, but a very well-meaning heroine who slowly matures out of guilt alone. You can be very impressed by her journey from SpoiledSweet PoisonousFriend to ReasonableAuthorityFigure [[TheAtoner trying to atone]].
* Edmund and Eustace in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' both had this effect built into their CharacterDevelopment, starting off obnoxious and unlikeable but turning around thanks to their experiences in Narnia, and filling much more sympathetic roles in later books.
** Lampshaded in ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' as Eustace confides in Jill Pole that he really regrets having been a jerk in school (he was taken into Narnia during vacation) and Jill first listens to his self-hating rant, then says "well, you ''were'' a jerk, you know."
** Also inverted with Eustace at the end of ''Literature/VoyageOfTheDawnTreader''; after he returns to Earth, it's mentioned that his parents are upset with how he's changed.
* Mat in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' spends most of the first two books either being possessed or recovering from being possessed and is generally TheLoad and many peoples' least favorite character. Starting with the third book, where the lingering effects of the possesion are cured and he promptly [[TookALevelInBadass Takes a Level in Badass]], setting himself on the way to becoming a BadassNormal LoveableRogue and GuileHero, he morphed into a substantial portion of the fanbase's ''favorite'' character.
** Egwene seemed to be rescued from alternating between scrappy heap and being not too bad in the third to last book, but is not only tossed on the scrappy heap but buried under it in the last two books.
*** The characters of the Wheel of Time have a tendency for this trope and the reverse. Examples for turning points besides the ones above are: Rand growing more ruthless, Rand changing dramatically by a DeusExMachina, Rand turning from adventuring to court and cosmology, Rand turning back to adventuring for a book, Rand turning away from adventuring again (this repeats itself a couple of times), Perrin going back to the two rivers, Perrin getting mind controlled by his wife, Perrin trying to rescue his wife, Nynaeve alternating between being a bratty and ignorant youth and a merely impulsive (and quite awesome) young woman, and so on.
* Balthamos from ''HisDarkMaterials''. You'd expect the death of his lover to win him ''some'' sympathy points, but the fact that his portrayal of grief is to moan and wail extremely loudly until the twelve year old that he's travelling with is forced to tell him: "dude, calm down, you're going to attract the attention of the people who are trying to kill us" and that he abandons said twelve year old as soon as their enemies turn up throws him firmly on TheScrappy pile. However, by the end of the book he returns as a ChekhovsGunman and kills the fanatical Father Gomez, thereby preventing him from killing the children about to save all the worlds in existence.
* In "Literature/TheRailwaySeries": Toby, Trevor, Stepney, Oliver, Gordon (who was almost dumped into the sea by Bill and Ben), Duke, and several other minor characters were all literally saved from scrap.
* In ''TheHeroesOfOlympus'', Jason was seen by many as a bland and uninteresting character, especially compared to the rest of the Seven. In ''The House of Hades'' he finally gets some CharacterDevelopment, and his [[BigBrotherInstinct treatment of Nico]] [[spoiler:after Jason finds out about his crush on Percy]] in particular endeared him to readers.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* Kiina from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon Many fans]] disliked her brash, impatient GenkiGirl personality and her tendency to shout "WOOHOO!!!" at the top of her lungs as per her portrayal in ''The Legend Reborn''. However, in more recent ''Bionicle'' media, she seems to have undergone some CharacterDevelopment, being more sensible and thinking before she acts, as well as displaying a more gentle side -- but without being any less BadAss in battle. The novelization of said movie also retroactively justified her personality therein, explaining that she actively forced herself to appear joyful, fearing that otherwise TheHero (who she hoped would save her people) would have bailed.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/{{Metallica}}, after their WereStillRelevantDammit [[JumpingTheShark shark jumpage]] between the albums ''Load'' and the [[TheScrappy critically despised]] ''St. Anger'', were RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap when they released the album "Death Magnetic," despite its production issues, to the point where fans begged for a better remix and pirated ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' DLC versions of the songs.
** And then promptly dropped back in hard with the release of [=LuLu=].
** They then proceeded to launch themselves right back OUT of the Scrappy Heap with their [[ContinuityPorn 30th anniversary shows.]]
* Music/{{Megadeth}} released ''Risk'' which garnered a similar hatred as Metallica's ''St. Anger'', though for different reasons; ''St Anger'' was hated for it's ghastly production quality and for the drums that made it sound like Lars Ulrich was banging on trash cans, while Risk had decent production but represented a drastic change in style. ''Risk'' was however saved by hardcore Megadeth fans who argue that if you judge the album as just an album and not as a "thrash metal" album that the songs are quite well written, evoke genuine heartfelt emotion, and are actually quite catchy.
* Swedish DeathMetal band Hypocrisy has gone through several stylistic changes throughout the career and experimented with a number of different sounds. Generally, they were very well received...except for the [[NuMetal Nu-metalish]] album ''Catch 22" which was almost universally panned by their fans. As an apology of sorts to the fans, the band re-recorded the album with much better vocals, more powerful drumming, and remastered production. The re-recording was much better received by fans.
* Blaze Bayley was the ReplacementScrappy in Music/IronMaiden, but that doesn't stop his solo career from being arguably the best received of the three singers (the guy he replace also had some success, but unlike Blaze people didn't hate his guts).
** The guy he replaced being Music/BruceDickinson, who had a couple of false starts but has made three albums widely regarded as classics in a row since ''Accident of Birth'', Blaze's solo career being more successful is very debatable.
* In 2005, electronic musicians Music/DaftPunk released ''Human After All'', which was a great disappointment to critics and fans alike; the songs were criticized as being boring and tedious, particularly when compared to the vibrancy of the duo's two previous albums. Three years later, most of those same songs were performed on their live tour, ''and they are awesome.''
* After their first return in 1985, cult PostPunk group Music/{{Wire}} drew much ire from much of their fanbase by releasing a string of poppy, overproduced records, culminating in the critical disaster that was 1991's ''Manscape''. Live, however, the songs often took on a ''very'' different character, though Wire, being the contrarians that they were, never released a proper live album from this period... Until 2010, with the inception of their "Legal Download Bootleg Series", one of the first of which was [[http://pinkflag.greedbag.com/buy/21-july-1988-astoria-london-0/ an 1988 performance from the Astoria in London]]. To summarise the average fan reaction: ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Hot]] '''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome damn]]'''''.
** Or, somewhat earlier, their revival of various '80s numbers on their 2000 comeback tour.
* Music/{{Deftones}} and Music/{{Slipknot}} are the most respected bands associated with NuMetal, to the point where their fans argue that they are ''not really'' NuMetal at all.
** Arguably Music/{{System of a Down}} as well; although despite their rise to popularity around the same time as the majority of the other nu metal acts, people have always been divided between whether or not they actually count as a nu metal band or if they've always been too political to properly fit that category.
* James Blunt when he appeared on ''TopGear''.
--> '''James Blunt:''' Come on you little [[PrecisionFStrike ****]]!
* To an extent, Roger Waters of Music/PinkFloyd. His last album with the Floyd, ''The Final Cut'', was an {{Anvilicious}}, dark, LoveItOrHateIt album and a slow seller, and he carried the {{Wangst}} and ControlFreak tendencies well into his solo albums. He gained a certain amount of bad press over the lawsuits and public arguments over the rights to the name "Music/PinkFloyd", as David Gilmour's LighterAndSofter Floyd gained success in the late 1980's and early 1990's. By the end of TheNineties, his feelings over Music/PinkFloyd and the media cooled and he started performing Floyd-like arena shows with heavy emphasis over his former band's works, to the delight of many, with full performances of Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon and later, Music/TheWall, and slowly patched things up with his old bandmates. This culminated in the Floyd's reunion show for Live 8 in 2005, and since then he has had great success and better press lately, and his full-scale performance of Music/TheWall is a massive success.
* Whenever Music/KanyeWest releases an album it almost makes you forget that he's a douche. Almost...
* Music/ChristinaAguilera rescued herself by appearing on ''Series/TheVoice''.
* Whenever a OneHitWonder releases a new single that becomes a hit, this happens. Examples include Billy Ray Cyrus with "Ready, Set, Don't Go" (16 years after "Achy Breaky Heart"[[note]]although he did have a few Top 10 hits on country radio in between, these are pretty much the only two songs anyone knows him for[[/note]]) and Music/JasonMraz with "I'm Yours" .
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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' book ''Misfit Monsters Redeemed'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin attempts to do this]] for [[{{Reconstruction}} ten of the corniest monsters]] in [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] history. (Including the infamous [[OurMonstersAreWeird flumph]], no less.)
** Half-Elfs and Half-Orcs in 3.5 were some of the worst race options a player could pick (outside of Diplomacy maximizing for Half-Elfs), with only some minor boosts to skills and immunity to sleep effects that high level characters are immune to anyways (Half Elfs) or the only race feature to make up for their unbalanced racial modifers[[note]]a net -2 with the norm +0[[/note]] being Darkvision, which other races have anyways (Half-Orc) compared to a Human's bonus feat and extra skill points. In Pathfinder both races get to pick +2 to any attribute with no penalties. Half-Elfs can pick any Skill Focus or Weapon Proficiency feat for free[[note]]neither all that great on their own, but common requirements for worthwhile things[[/note]], can pick two favored classes and have the best Bard and Summoner favored class alternatives. Half-Orcs have actual racial features and a decent range of alternate features to customize themself with.
** Goblins received this right off the bat, going from generic cannon fodder for low-level adventurers, to something the creators describe as a cross between [[{{Lilo and Stitch}} Stitch]] and the {{Gremlins}}, as well as making them a race of insane [[{{ImprobableWeaponUser}} Improbable Weapon Users]]. They've become so popular now that they are the game's unofficial mascot and even have their own comic book.
* The Necrons in ''[[Warhammer40K Warhammer 40,000]]'' were criticized for the StoryBreakerPower technology, boring play style, and lack of unique characterization. After the newest Necron codex, their technology was tweaked and they were given a distinctly different motivations along with a variety of different viable strategies.
** [[BaseBreaker Not everyone would]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks agree with that]]. Yes, the Necrons did have a reputation as a bit of a VillainSue, but many people did like the scary CosmicHorror and EnigmaticMinion aspects of their lore, and flipped out when these were removed. The general consensus of the [[FanNickname Oldcrons vs. Newcrons]] debate seems to be "Newcron game mechanics and units are better, but Oldcron lore and their general theme is better". The Forgeworld Imperial Armour release: Fall of Orpheus helped as well, by demonstrating that it was quite possible to keep many of the enigmatic horror elements that made the Oldcron fans loved, while still keeping with the new fluff.
** The Dark Eldar were also unpopular because of their ugly models and lack of good story material. The new Dark Eldar line of models fixed most of the problems, leading to a surge in popularity.
** The Chaos Spawn which is often seen as ''the worst'' unit in the whole game recently got a nice buff.
** Mention of the Chaos Spawn and no mention of many of the 6th edition updates? Abaddon is shown to not only have the 13 Black Crusades perfectly under control, Possessed are now more reliable (or unreliable in an awesome way), Belial gained himself a perfectionist character, and some could argue that Ethereals are now a must have in a Tau list, thanks to how much Vettock improved them.
** Writer Matt Ward is generally not very popular at all within the fandom, for his [[CreatorsPet favouritism of the Ultramarines and the Grey Knights]] and for being the guy who changed the Necrons into what they are now. However, he has earned a surprising amount of respect from [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]] players, because despite all his failings and bad writing, he's the only current writer who treats [[TheWoobie the poor pointy-ears]] as a credible force in the galaxy, rather than [[ButtMonkey the universe's piss-stained punching bag]].
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* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' turns Jar Jar Binks into a likable character...by making him the imaginative product (and character) of a nine-year-old girl playing an RPG. Sadly, by their own admission, they may be throwing R2-D2 onto TheScrappy heap in his stead (making him the character of an annoying {{Munchkin}}).
** A [=FanEdit=] of Episode I titled ''Balance of the Force'' vastly improves Jar Jar by redubbing his dialogue in an alien language and subtitled to make him into a DeadpanSnarker JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' is hard at work with this, upplaying his slapstick ButtMonkey nature, beastmastery and acrobatics while downplaying everything else.
* An in-story example of this can be found in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', where one of the marks of Roy's CharacterDevelopment is how his feelings change about the SpoonyBard Elan: originally, he thinks of him as an annoying, worthless member of the party, but eventually, he considers him a true friend (at least to the "will rescue him from a gang of bandits" level). It helps that Elan himself learns to make himself more useful.
** In the Empire of Blood storyline, Elan has become the main character, with everyone else taking a backseat. (True to the strip's usual meta attitude, the arc villain strives to make Elan the main character, myth arc be damned.)
* Chris Hazelton, author of ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', lampshades fan reaction to the comic's resident Scrappy, Missi's, rescue from the heap in [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1016 this strip]].
** She's still getting in the way of Ash and Emily's relationship, so [[DieForOurShip she's not out of the woods yet]].
** [[http://www.misfile.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/4_Concrete_Dreamscape_2_0.pdf This]] [[http://www.misfile.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/5_Electric_Dreams_2_0.pdf fanfiction]] does the same for Jenny the Second.
* Mike from ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive''. While still quite prone to forays into dumbass territory, he has become a much wiser, more mature, and more decent person than he was in his first appearance. He has handled the pressures of being a family man with amazingly few missteps, and he was depicted as dealing with a stint working fast food with surprising grace. When you consider that most of the strip's antagonistic characters either stay antagonistic or [[FromBadToWorse sink to new lows]], his evolution as a character is remarkable.
** Similarly, Kharisma, whose self-absorption, vanity, and contempt for others had her squarely in the scrappy zone from her first appearance. She's [[BreakTheHaughty suffered quite a bit since then]], but in the process she's gained quite a lot of sympathy from the readers. As [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/swst06142011.shtml the author put it:]] "I have to say I'm surprised by how many people actually look forward to Kharisma strips and more stunned it's not to see her suffer."
* Marigold from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' . During her first appearances she was [[AcceptableTargets your stereotypical otaku/ gamer nerd]]: far less attractive than any other character, a virgin, ridiculously slobby, a stereotypical YaoiFanGirl with bad skin and NoSocialSkills. The first story arc she was used in involved her lusting after a guy who wanted another girl (one of the main characters) instead, and was written in such a clumsy way that implied [[UnfortunateImplications otaku/geek-girls are untouchable]]. Lately, she's become a lot more likable (and less offensive), with her appearance being updated ( [[ArtEvolution or to be more accurate, "completely changed"]]), quickly getting over her crush after she learns it wasn't viable and being less mopey and self-obsessed than most of other main characters.
* Lyonel from ''Webcomic/SamuraiPrincess'' was introduced in such a way ([[spoiler: Giving a well liked character a TraumaticHaircut]]) that he was doomed from the start. He is now becoming a more likable and enjoyable character.
* Melissa from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' was introduced as a ClingyJealousGirl and StalkerWithACrush who betrayed Justin's trust by [[ComingOutStory publicly outing him]], insisted his homosexuality was "just a phase," and constantly hounded him for dates, refusing to take no for an answer. The ''New and Old Flames'' story arc toned down her psychotic tendencies and revealed a surprisingly compelling backstory, even giving her a few genuinely badass moments.
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': When Faith's character was first introduced, she was perceived as a [[SmugSuper smug]] {{antagonist}} to Mel, who most readers felt [[SuperpowerLottery was too powerful.]] But her development following the [[spoiler: [[WebComic/EerieCuties Layla]]]] [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/regain_your_energy incident]] and [[spoiler: Hecate]]'s attack revealed she was well-meaning (albeit [[GreyAndGreyMorality morally grey]]), causing a significant portion of the readership to change their opinion of her - with some becoming [[EnsembleDarkhorse fans of her character.]]
** There was also speculation that Faith was somehow mind controlling the student body, in order to seduce them; causing some readers to question whether any of her trysts could be considered consensual. The truth regarding whether her powers were at work was revealed to have occurred without her being aware of it. Faith was [[ThisCannotBe sufficiently horrified]] [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/even_her_enemies when faced with the realization.]]
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* Happens from time to time in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', usually because of CharacterDevelopment and/or CharacterizationMarchesOn. The most classic example would be v1's Nanami Nishida who was universally considered annoying by most handlers when she was alive. Sometime after her death, though, handlers started to realize [[TheWoobie just how much her life sucked]]. Likewise, in v4 Liz Polanski and Raidon Naoko had many handlers skeptical when their profiles first came up (the former being a BrokenBird drug dealer, the latter being a Japanese immigrant whose father was a member of the {{Yakuza}}). Once they ''officially'' made their first appearances on the island and turned out to be a CrazyAwesome [[TheTrickster Trickster Archetype]] and AntiVillain [[ThePhilosopher Philosopher]] respectively, however, many handlers changed their minds and adored them. There are countless other examples that it's impossible to name them all.
* In Sim Brother Network's "Sim Big Brother USA", Maya. Week 2, she gets in a huge physical fight with Shantel and becomes disliked. Only reason people voted to evict Shantel over her? Because Maya would make drama. However, Alex and Nicola became the new antagonists as they broke Duncan's Heart and rubbed it in his face after a night of drinking. When Duncan was near the DespairEventHorizon, Maya said that what [[EvenEvilHasStandards Alex and Nicola did was despicable]] and was there for Duncan, especially after Big Brother asked her to. She then proceeded to become a "hero" for the rest of the season with Duncan as TheWoobie and finished in second.
** Nicola likewise didn't exactly realize what she did to Duncan until she was evicted, and upon seeing the footage of Duncan near the DespairEventHorizon, said MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* In ''[[DNAKpts4tv Death Note The Abridged Series (Kpts4tv)]]'' Takada and Near are far more likeable and/or interesting than their canon counterparts. Takada is a reasonable and likeable [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]] and Near is LaughablyEvil.
* Cortana in some ways in ''ArbyNTheChief''. In her first appearances in Season 2, all she did was [[LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone flirt with]] [[TheScrappy Todd]] while [[{{Wangst}} complaining about how awful her life is with Arbiter and Chief]] and ultimately wound up disappearing along with Todd and Travis. However come Season 7, she returns and is more outgoing and voluntarily helpful to Arbiter and Chief. This however is [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath sadly short-lived]].
* ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries'' did this with Lydia; many people who found her unbearable in [[Literature/PrideAndPrejudice the original book]] grew to love her more likeable personality in the webseries and consequently hate Wickham even more for his emotional manipulation of her.
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