The TemporaryScrappy concept is based on the idea that a Scrappy is recognizable enough that creating a [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] on purpose, for purposes of parody, is a trope in itself. The reason for calling it "temporary" is that unlike an inadvertent, true [[TheScrappy Scrappy]], the TemporaryScrappy is never intended to be a permanent addition to the cast, even though the existing main characters usually think that he will be.

The TemporaryScrappy is likely to be like the original Scrappy in being a [[AnimationTropes cartoon character]] who is too cool for his own good. He's usually a ReplacementScrappy, and his only detractor at first is the character he's a replacement for. Most of the main characters will greatly like the TemporaryScrappy, and he will have every appearance of being useful to these main characters. (The audience isn't supposed to, and doesn't, like the character, however.) The character who is worried about being replaced will tend to find that his fears are justified, and the other main characters will give much more attention to the ReplacementScrappy than they did to the replaced character.

The replaced character is likely torn between sadness and resignation about the other characters finding someone better than himself, and resentment of the annoying new character who has replaced him. Fortunately, however, the ReplacementScrappy will always do [[KickTheDog something to show that he is actually bad]], and it will then be okay for the replaced character to do something to get rid of the ReplacementScrappy (perhaps by proving to the other characters that he really is as bad as the replaced character had believed all along).

Contrast ShooOutTheNewGuy, who is also TheScrappy and quickly removed, but that wasn't the original plan.



[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* When Franchise/{{Batman}} had his back broken in the 90s, his temporary replacement was [[{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]]. This portrayal of Batman was an AxCrazy DarkerAndEdgier NinetiesAntiHero that sent most fans into a rage. His entire purpose was to show why the ''real'' Batman isn't an AxCrazy vigilante.
** The whole storyline was a response to fans complaining that Batman wasn't "hardcore" enough for the {{grimdark}} 90s because he didn't kill or brutalize his enemies. So DC called the readers' bluff by [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor giving them exactly what they wanted]]. As the writers expected, fans hated it. The storyline ended with the real Batman beating down his replacement and taking back the mantle, which had been planned from the start... Please note though, that had Azbats proved lucrative, they totally would have stuck with him.
** Interestingly, Valley was still popular enough to have his own series, and the character ''still'' [[EnsembleDarkhorse has fans]]. He'd undergone some CharacterDevelopment, so he wasn't so ''obnoxiously'' hardcore by the time of his own series.
* This also happened when CaptainAmerica was replaced by his AntiHeroSubstitute, the former enemy Superpatriot. The new Cap was shown as a tool of the government first and an uncontrollable violent man later, while good ol' Steve Rogers took a black suit to remain playing hero.
** Note that the replacement Cap, John Walker, went on to become a somewhat successful character in his own right once they gave him his own costume and the name U.S. Agent. He's since appeared in a number of titles such as ''[[WestCoastTeam West Coast Avengers]]'' and ''DarkAvengers''.
* This is often done in ''TheBeano'', with the TemporaryScrappy being AlwaysSomeoneBetter for an attribute that defines one of the regular characters.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* An episode of ''Series/LostInSpace'' had The Robotoid, played by Robby the Robot, being better than the Robinsons' own Robot at nearly everything. It was, of course, evil, and The Robot had to save the day.
** Interestingly, Robby the Robot was used in a similar manner on ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', where he was doing the same thing to Lurch.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Adam Mitchell joins the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler at the end of 'Dalek.' He is promptly ejected from the TARDIS at the end of the next episode, 'The Long Game,' after trying to bring future technology to himself in the past (which is, y'know, really bad, according to the meddlesome, time-travelling alien whose sum total of instructions to you about time travel were "run around and do crazy, stupid stuff."). Russell T. Davies explained in an interview that he "always wanted to do a show with someone who was a rubbish companion."
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Wesley Windham Pryce was intended to be a TemporaryScrappy (he was even named [[CreatorsPet Wesley]]) and killed off in the Graduation episode. However, he accidentally became popular, joined the cast of spin-off ''Series/{{Angel}}'', TookALevelInBadass, and stayed on the show until the final episode.
* Seems to the the purpose of Deangelo Vickers on ''TheOffice''. Introduced as the first replacement for Michael, he was consistently written to be a horrible person in general with apparently no experience in business. Many fans cried ReplacementScrappy, but he was only intended to last one episode past Michael's exit anyway.
** According to his actor, movie star Creator/WillFerrell, the entire point of Angelo was to briefly bring in a big name actor as a bit of StuntCasting so that people wouldn't immediately abandon the show once Creator/SteveCarell (Michael) left.
* Lady Vivian on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' was introduced in one episode as a snotty SpoiledBrat who Arthur fell for whilst under the influence of a love spell, and then ushered out again once he snapped out of it.
* Dale Stuckey, from ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', was a crime scene unit tech who tried to make a name for himself among the other SVU members, only to get on everybody's nerves, especially Elliot Stabler. Eventually, after botching a trial due to a paperwork error causing crucial evidence to be ruled inadmissible, he goes off the deep end and tries to kill everyone he felt wronged him, including stabbing his coworker and torturing Stabler. He was featured in three episodes total, and is now presumably rotting in prison.
** ADA Sonya Paxton was featured for a few episodes, and managed to annoy every detective in the SVU: her relationship with Stabler was especially hostile. After a few episodes, she is PutOnABus, sent to rehab after blowing a case when she arrived to court drunk. She appeared in a couple more episodes in the proceeding seasons.
* When Lt. Fancy left on ''NYPDBlue'' his replacement, a former InternalAffairs officer, managed to irritate every single squad member as soon as she showed up. Fancy, wanting to help out his loyal former subordinates, used some pull with the higher-ups to get her replaced with Lt. Rodriguez.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' had Jeri Ryan's character Tara Cole, brought in for the second half of Season 2 to accommodate Gina Bellman's maternity leave, with the in-story explanation being that Bellman's character, a con-woman named Sophie Devereaux, had created so many false identities, she had lost herself in the process and in order to find herself, she had to go and kill off her other personas. Despite being clear from the start that Tara was only going to be around temporarily, that didn't stop her from grating with the characters and the audience in roughly equal measure, primarily for being much more cold and detached, and for being much more explicit about wanting her cut of whatever profits their cons brought in (she missed the team's first mission, which made the rest of the crew independently wealthy and left them helping others simply because it felt good, so her desire for her cut wasn't unreasonable.) However, furthering the problem was that she was introduced mid-con, already in-character, and generally spent very little time out of it, meaning it was hard for the characters and viewers to relate to the character behind the masks. She did do a good job of showing how well the original team fit together, though.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Joshua, from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', starts out with the survival skills of a brick, replaces fan-popular Shiki as Neku's partner, and is a complete and utter asshole. Neku has as low of an opinion of Joshua as the player but has to put up with him anyway - of course Joshua doesn't make it easy. (Their first Fusion attack has Neku shout "Follow my lead!"... to which Joshua answers ''"Screw that!"''). As the week goes on, however, it becomes clear that Joshua is ''supposed'' to be hated, even as his attitude lightens. From a gameplay perspective, once you get his Hover sticker, he becomes a killing machine. The revelation that [[spoiler:he's the actual villain]] turns this into full-out TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste, though the fact that [[spoiler:once he is outed as the real villain, you can do absolutely nothing but meekly let him do whatever he wants -- which, among other things, means shooting you in the head ''for the second time'' -- makes him a ''real'' CreatorsPet to some.]]
* Garnet briefly flirts with this trope in disk 3 of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' when certain events in the plot send her into a HeroicBSOD. This has the gameplay effect of giving all her spells a chance to simply ''not work'' about 50% of the time, though eventually she gets over it and the effect goes away. It doesn't help that during this time she's the only remaining healer because the other one got kidnapped.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''TheAnnoyingOrange'' episode ''[[ More Annoying Orange]]'' has the titular More Annoying Orange who's so nerve-grating that [[UpToEleven he annoys]] [[LampShadeHanging the original Annoying Orange]]. At the end of the episode, the more annoying orange gets cut up and is made into orange juice.[[spoiler:..but then six more annoying oranges are brought in.]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* On ''FamilyGuy'', after Peter starts worrying about Brian getting old he goes out and gets the family another dog known only as "New Brian." Guess who feels jealous of him. Brian and Stewie both dislike New Brian, but all the other characters think he's great. Near the end of the episode, New Brian admits to Stewie that he violated Stewie's teddy bear (Rupert). The next scene has Stewie giving Peter, Lois, and the other characters a quite suspicious story about how New Brian [[NeverSuicide committed suicide]], [[BlatantLies then cut himself up, bagged the pieces, and put the bag in the trash outside]].
** And then, there's Vinny, who [[spoiler:replaced Brian after he is killed]]. He's quickly accepted into the Griffin household and accepted by all, even Stewie despite the incident above. [[spoiler:Then, Stewie runs into one of his time traveling selves and uses the opportunity to save Brian. Vinny, seeing how Brian's loss was still affecting Stewie, helped out with the plan (even though doing so meant he would have never been adopted by the Griffins in the first place)]]
* On ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'', Jake's normal NonHumanSidekick is a dog named Fu. And in one episode, he's replaced by a [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkey]] named Bananas. Bananas acts excessively cool and has many useful skills, thus making Jake and most of the other characters like him. However, in the fight against a MonsterOfTheWeek evil dragon, Bananas [[FaceHeelTurn surrenders and goes over to her side]]. Jake appreciates his more loyal friend Fu once more, and Bananas' only other appearance is when his new dragon mistress reappears in a later episode.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Starfire's sister, Blackfire, appears to visit, and all of the other Titans, including the usually skeptical Raven, take an immediate liking to her, even eventually offering to make her a part of the team. Starfire spends most of the episode feeling rejected, and even tries to leave the Titans until Robin convinces her not to. [[TheUntwist And then Blackfire turns out to have been]] EvilAllAlong...
* On ''TheSimpsons'', the ShowWithinAShow Itchy & Scratchy had a dog named Poochie, who was hated by the audience of characters on the show proper, leading to ShooOutTheNewGuy. There was also another character added to the episode who was a parody of Scrappys everywhere: a teenager named Roy who was inexplicably shown to be living with the Simpson family; however, all Roy did was [[LampshadeHanging hang lampshades]] on the concept of a Scrappy.
* In one U.S. Acres segment in ''GarfieldAndFriends'', an overly-charismatic new rooster shows up and proves to be far more likable to the characters (especially the hens) than Roy. Orson starts to doubt him when he proves a little less effective at his job than Roy, but what takes the cake is when the weasel tries to capture the hens... and the rooster runs and hides. By the time Roy rescues the hens, the only character who will even give the TemporaryScrappy rooster the time of day is [[CowardlyLion Cowardly Duck]] Wade... and only because he enjoys having someone more cowardly than himself around.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'', ComicBook/CaptainAmerica himself follows the trope for ComicBook/AntMan's leadership role. However, Cap is still written way more sympathetically than most examples of the trope, and at the end Cap and Hank shake hands. (Well, he's Captain America.)
* Speaking of that team, ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' had the ComicBook/RedHulk weasel his way onto the team in place of the [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk regular Hulk]]; partly because he was on his best behavior and claimed his prior villainous actions were the result of {{Brainwashing}}, and partly because "better teammate than the Hulk" isn't a high standard to reach, especially since the Hulk had been more out of control than usual recently. Since the Hulk was either rampaging or locked up for most of the episode, Captain America took the role of the one suspicious of the newcomer. Cap eventually broke the Hulk out of lockup and found that Red had rigged Hulk with an implant to trigger his rage - of course, finding out that someone manipulated him made the Hulk mad...


[[folder: Multiple media ]]

* ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'''s [[spoiler:Erika]], from [=EP5=] and 6. Said character [[BitchInSheepsClothing seems like a nice person]], until TheReveal. [[spoiler:As Bern's gamepiece, she [[ReplacementScrappy supplants Battler]], frames [[TheWoobie Natsuhi]], makes a blatantly impossible plan, denies the use of Red Text just so she can win, and comes close to breaking Battler's brain. She describes herself as [[MindRape an intellectual rapist]].]] You really can't get much worse; since she's effectively [[spoiler:Bernkastel]]'s SelfInsert, she may be the darkest ParodySue in history.