* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' intentionally does this with Raiden. Maybe he would have been more liked if he hadn't, to make his inherent not-Snake-ness worse, also for being a distinctly {{Bishounen}} YouSuck character who spent a lot of time {{Narm}}ing at his girlfriend over the Codec. This is made even worse in that he remained practically hidden away by Kojima until the Prologue section of the game ended. The opening introduction even goes as far as to either show none of the Plant chapter, or when they had to, only show the villains, or to make sure Raiden isn't very visible. But then [[TookALevelInBadass gave the fans something to talk about]] in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Metal Gear Solid 4]]''.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon''
** Inverted. The substitute for [[spoiler:Lavitz]] is often considered to be just as good if not better. Part of the reason is that [[spoiler:Albert]] came into the game and had some time to get development in.
** Played straight with the substitute for Shana. Miranda ''does'' have a small fanbase who adamantly believe she deserves more love, but she also has a {{hatedom}} because she didn't make a good replacement for Shana. Miranda came in at a bad time and didn't have that much of a chance to be developed. She plays exactly the same as Shana, and is the only character who cannot use additions. Both are undoubtedly the best healers in the game (Can be almost ''permanently'' in dragoon mode) but she can be just as easily substituted by items (or even Meru) for almost everything outside of her ultimate dragon attack. On top of that, Miranda's personality is rather abrasive and while she ''does'' get a few scenes where she isn't (and is even called out on being annoying!) it's a little harder to appreciate them.
* ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorney Apollo Justice Ace Attorney]]'' attracted a lot of ire from fans of the old main character, Phoenix Wright; partly because Apollo simply wasn't Phoenix, and partly for necessitating Phoenix to become arguably [[NotAsYouKnowThem Not As He Was Known]] in order to allow him to shine. No one can quite seem to decide ''what'' the problem with him is, though; depending on who you ask, the complaint is that he's "almost a carbon copy of Phoenix" or "not enough like Phoenix".
** The [[ResetButton unexplained absence]] of well-liked support and secondary characters important to Phoenix's character (especially the Feys, Gumshoe and Miles Edgeworth) also upset many fans, which means poor Apollo gets even more dislike directed towards him. In the tutorial case, Phoenix solved the case himself (leaving players feeling cheated and making Apollo look like a bigger idiot).
** [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Alleviated]] by ''Dual Destinies'' where Apollo works together with Phoenix and TookALevelInBadass.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' and "I'm-not-Dante" Nero.
** Possibly made worse by the revelation that he's [[spoiler:actually supposed to be "Not-Vergil" rather than "Not-Dante."]]
** Dante from the new ''[[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry DmC]]'' is not having a good time either, especially since this Dante has black hair and looks like an emo poser. It certainly says a lot when the main feature that everyone's waiting on is the shifting environments as opposed to the story or even playing as Dante again. Pick any random review site or video game magazine; chances are the ''[=DmC=]'' article will showcase the "non-static" setting while taking only a minor note of everything else. The initial models of Dante's new look had an ''uncanny'' resemblance to Tameem Antoniades, Ninja Theory's Art Director and head of the project. The fact that he then spent subsequent interviews after the announcement bashing on the Dante's previous iconic look ''definitely'' didn't endear this new game to fans.
** There's also Lucia from ''Devil May Cry 2'', who many saw as a poor replacement for Trish (who was present in the game as a SecretCharacter; the irony of it all is that Lucia was most likely created ''because'' Trish wasn't playable in the original).
* The title character of ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man X}}7'' was demoted to OptionalPartyMember so the apparently 13-year old [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots reploid]] Axl could steal the lead role.
** For many, Axl was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap with his subsequent appearances in ''Command Mission'' and ''X8'' thanks to improved gameplay mechanics (with DivergentCharacterEvolution from the vastly superior X between ''X7'' and ''X8''). He even gets to [[spoiler:deliver a ShutUpHannibal to the BigBad of ''X8'' [[TalkToTheFist via gunshot]]]]! The only real problem for Axl in ''X8'' was that he was necessary for item collection (and thus, OneHundredPercentCompletion) alongside X, which required players to bench [[EnsembleDarkhorse Zero]] for a good portion of the game.
* Midori from ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III'', as noted by [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] in his review of the game. She was added to the series' third installment while Clive Winston, Eddie Knox, and Pandora were removed. While Midori is a perfectly fine (and downright cute) character and the player's choice of avatar has absolutely no effect on the actual gameplay, people are still bitter about the removal of their beloved Pandora.
** Strangely enough, Eddie Knox and Lars Umlaut could both be seen as replacements for Clive Winston (who got shoved into being an unlockable character in the second game before being removed in the third), but neither got anywhere near that much heat.
** Rectified in ''Guitar Hero 4''.
** Due to the choice to remove nearly the entire line-up of original ''Guitar Hero'' characters in favor of unlockable real-life stars, ''Guitar Hero V'' has the interesting potential for the likes of Shirley Manson or '''''Kurt Freaking Cobain''''' to be Replacement Scrappies, if you liked any of the characters that were dropped.
* Happily averted in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' with Noble Six, who was basically as {{Badass}} as Master Chief and enjoyed customizable armor. His only flaw? He was unlucky.
** Part of this stems from the fact that Noble Six is YOU.
* Johnny from the third installment of the ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' series was a poor stand in for Yuri, the protagonist of the previous two entries.
** However, any fan of the series would realize Yuri is unavailable for the non-trivial reason that [[spoiler:he's dead, damnit. He's not coming back. No one found the body. He's got his StableTimeLoop and he's happy.]]
*** On the other hand, the fact that Halley is never even mentioned at all is a little harder to rationalise. Particularly since he moved to the USA after the events of the first game, and would seem a fairly reasonable choice for a cast member given his psychic powers and prior experience of fighting at least one CosmicHorror.
* Emil from ''[[VideoGame/TalesofSymphoniaDawnoftheNewWorld Tales Of Symphonia]]: [[ElectricBoogaloo Dawn of the New World]]''... is an unhappy subversion because Lloyd never had that much fans and the problem the fandom has with his is his {{wangst}}, not being unable of living up to Lloyd's non-particularly high standards.
** Emil's game came around the same time as [[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Yuri Lowell's]]. Yuri himself is so popular, he managed to knock EnsembleDarkHorse [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Leon Magnius's]] long-held #1 spot on the annual Tales of Popularity poll. ToughActToFollow, indeed.
* This gets leveled against all the SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute additions to ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' in some circles, although most of the removed characters were just duplicates of other characters who remained. Perhaps the one who gets the most heat is Lucario, though, as he's believed to have replaced Mewtwo, who didn't have any clone in the game. [[BrokenBase The fanbase still has arguments]] as to whether Mewtwo was a [[JokeCharacter hopeless character]] that got replaced by a superior character in every way, or replaced by someone meant to hype the at-the-time latest versions of the Franchise/{{Pokemon}} games and abandoned instead of retooled.
** On a side note, Lucas was thought to be a Replacement Scrappy for Ness until Ness was confirmed to return.
** Played straight with Toon Link though, since there are still a lot of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' haters out there, who went berserk when Young Link was replaced by him.
** In a non-character related examples. Many of Wario's [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere random moves]] in Brawl got a lot of ire directed towards them for replacing moves used in ''VideoGame/WarioLand''. In particular the "Corkscrew" move is disliked for having nothing to do with the "Corkscrew Conk" from ''VideoGame/WarioWorld''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', lots of people hated May Lee for replacing Jhun Hoon. And lots of people hate [[TheStoic K']] and [[ManipulativeBastard Ash Crimson]] for not being either Kyo or Iori. K', however is less Scrappy than Ash because he only links himself with Kyo's story once (in 1999, whereas actual Kyo clones appear, but even they don't play much to the story/main fighting) and doesn't bother with him much. Ash, on the other hand, had it worse due to his [[GorgeousGeorge extremely flamboyant style]], as well as him becoming a CreatorsPet by starting to actually UPSTAGE Kyo and his crews [[spoiler:by stealing Chizuru's powers, and, later, Iori's]], in ''EVERY'' game he's in.
** May Lee is an interesting case. She was reviled (at least in Japan) when it was revealed in ''The King of Fighters 2002'' that a newbie had "stolen" King's spot, and placed alongside the veterans of the Women Fighters team (Mai and Yuri). Other than that, [[EnsembleDarkhorse the fans seem to love her]].
** On the basis of K', his Scrappy status died out by the time of ''XIII'', when the fanbase collectively squeed [[TheBusCameBack for his return]]. Ash, on the other hand, may have been RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap by [[spoiler:revealing his true nature as a GuileHero [[FakeDefector fighting to counteract]] his {{evil|Twin}} [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical ancestor]] and then commiting a HeroicSacrifice that ''[[RetGone erased himself from existence]]''.]] Debating his status as a GodModeSue, however, is less negotiable by a country mile.
* In the ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul]]'' series, rabid Hwang fanboys (and [=HwangxMina=] fangirls) won't stop bashing Yun-seong for replacing Hwang in ''Soulcalibur II''.
** It's the same with Maxi, who is similar to Li Long, although it has to be said that Maxi's fighting style is more developed. Berserker and Assassin in ''Soulcalibur II'' have the same moves as Rock and Hwang (who are not in ''SCII'') did in ''Soulcalibur''. They aren't strictly Scrappies because they're not canon to the game's story.
** Natsu, one of the newcomers in ''Soulcalibur V'' is shaping up to be this, as she's going to replace series stalwart Taki. Fans are not pleased.
** Plenty of the new characters in ''V'' are getting this. Xiba for being a [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Sun Wukong]] {{Expy}} who only ever thinks about food, the above-mentioned Natsu for being arrogant and cocky rather than Taki's cold, get-the-job-done attitude, Patroklos for being a self-righteous {{Jerkass}} (even though he does get better later on in the story mode), along with Pyrrha for being a massive SpotlightStealingSquad to the rest of the characters... the list goes on.
** An in-universe example occurs between Tira and the new Nightmare. While Tira had UndyingLoyalty to the Nightmare of ''III'' and ''IV'', that Nightmare was destroyed by Siegfried. Tira has since refused to accept the new and more subtle Nightmare, considering him a coward; instead, she plans to bring the OLD Nightmare back by using Sophitia's daughter Pyrrha as Soul Edge's host.
* Von Bolt from ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars: Dual Strike]]'', the BigBad replacing Sturm. Being a crippled asthmatic old man in a hovering wheelchair, and a subpar CO that was ludicrously easy to defeat on top of it, rankled somewhat when compared to Sturm; Sturm being essentially Darth Vader with a paint job who dropped meteors on people and had a {{leitmotif}} with [[EvilIsCool an electric guitar solo]].
** Andy was bland, but his replacement Jake's JiveTurkey routine is grating and borderline insufferable.
** There are those that look upon the entire ''Days of Ruin'' cast in the same way.
* In the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' games so far, Tiny in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' (for replacing Dixie) and Kiddy Kong in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 3'' (for taking Diddy's place) have been seen as this. This changed the gameplay as well since Kiddy isn't as nimble and more specifically doesn't have Diddy's cartwheel.
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' was announced to much rejoicing. Then it was announced that the Kremlings were going to be replaced by the Tiki Tak tribe and the fandom went insane. Prior to that, this was the reaction towards a lot of the cast of Videogame/DonkeyKongJungleBeat for replacing the other Kongs, Kremlings and long time enemies. It was only one game, but ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' fans have not at all forgiven most of them for this (especially the animal buddy replacements).
* A lot of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fans hate the ''Clash of Ninja Revolution 2'' game, because the creators decided to give North America some exclusive characters like Kurenai, Asuma, Yugao, Baki, and Bando (the last one being an ExpandedUniverse character created solely for the game, the others (save for Asuma) have never been in the ''Clash of Ninja'' series, even in Japan). The thing is, in order to add these characters, they removed some old ones like Iruka, Kimimaro, and the Third Hokage.
* A lot of ''{{Drakengard}}'' fans regard Nowe, the hero of the sequel, as a Replacement Scrappy for Caim... and even most of Nowe's fans admit he just can't compare as a character.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2'' with the Exile. While fans of the game don't outright hate the character, the characters in the game certainly seem to! Just being ''present'' at the site of a major catastrophe will cause everyone to blame you for it and even doing good deeds (incidentally, one includes fixing the problem that you didn't cause but were still blamed for) still fails to earn more than a smidgen of respect. Instead every character in the game seems to want the protagonist from the original back. [[spoiler:And yet they can't help but be drawn to the Exile.]]
** Also inverted in that while most fans don't resent the character for replacing her predecessor, they DO loathe the (incoherent and just-outright-unfinished) game for how badly ''it'' fails to meet its legacy.
*** So in a sense, the Replacement Scrappy of the series is Obsidian, who replaced [=BioWare=] as the developer and ended up hated by fans for not being as good ([[MisBlamed ignoring that]] most of the problems with the game [[ExecutiveMeddling were LucasArts' fault]]).
** Many fans of the male Exile [[FanonDiscontinuity refuse to consider]] the female Exile canon. Not sure if it officially qualifies, except that until then, all the characters where the player picked the character's gender, from Rookie One to Revan, were all canonically male. This has led to people being banned from Wookieepedia for [[FanDumb editing the Jedi Exile's page to make her male]].
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008''. Some fans dislike the new Prince's cocky, Han Solo-esque, one-liner spewing personality compared to the charismatic yet somewhat naive Prince from ''[[VideoGame/PrinceOfPErsiaTheSandsOfTime Sands of Time]]''.
** It has more to do with the Prince's new companion being capable of exactly the same acrobatics as the Prince, as well as having access to powerful magic, which is the mechanism you are rescued with when you screw up, along with the plot critical powers needed to undo the corruption. Also, that magic is how all boss fights are best dealt with. In short, the new Prince is more or less extraneous and serves as little more than a meatshield, and is probably closer to being a damsel in distress what with him constantly having to be rescued from fatally stupid acrobatics.
* One [=GameSpy=] Daily Victim character complained about the disappointment he felt when, as a child, Clyde was replaced by Sue in ''Ms. {{Pac-Man}}''.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** A character aversion is Wrex's replacement, Grunt. Wrex was a BloodKnight, DeadpanSnarker, and a fan favorite. At first, the trailers for ''Mass Effect 2'' show Grunt as a simple BloodKnight, the krogan [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. However, Grunt was [[DesignerBabies grown in a tank]] to be the ultimate krogan, leading to some [[CloningBlues existentialist angst]] (not {{Wangst}}) that helps flesh him out, and goes away as part of his loyalty mission. Additional CharacterDevelopment led to fans accepting him as a good character in his own right. Ironically, the reveal that James Vega is a Soldier who's skillset focuses on defense at first led to him becoming a proper replacement scrappy for Grunt. Like Grunt, however, he has since become an aversion once the game was released.
** Another aversion comes in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': if Mordin dies in the second game, he is replaced by Padok Wiks. [[GenreSavvy BioWare was clearly aware of this trope]], and many comparisons are made in-universe [[LampshadeHanging (Joker even calls him "Not-Mordin")]], but talking to Wiks shows that he is a well-developed character in his own right, who, [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute despite many similarities]], [[SubvertedTrope acts as a foil to Mordin in some areas]]. Following the [[spoiler: curing (or not) of the [[SterilityPlague Genophage]], which requires the real or faked death of Padok]], Bioware shows how confident they are in Padok as a character by having Joker and Shepard retract the "Not-Mordin" moniker and use his real name. Most players will agree with them.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has the option to have a reporter on the Normandy. Many were hoping for the popular [[EnsembleDarkhorse Emily]] [[IntrepidReporter Wong]], but instead we got [[MsFanservice Diana Allers]], while [[DroppedABridgeOnHer Wong got killed offscreen]] [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse and never even mentioned in-game]]. In addition, Allers is voiced by Jessica Chobot of IGN, which prompted accusations of [=BioWare=] pandering to the media, and is a very underdeveloped character with a weak romance.
** Another example from ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is [[spoiler:the Catalyst]], who takes over the role of [[spoiler:Reaper leader from Harbinger, their previously presumed boss. Despite being the BigBad of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' and taking a personal interest in Shepard, [[LargeHam Harbinger]] is DemotedToExtra and becomes TheVoiceless, while the Catalyst becomes the game's primary antagonist.]] Though there are [[FanDislikedExplanation other reasons]] that make this character a [[TheScrappy regular scrappy]].
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. Roxas starts with a lot of these traits (he's the first person you play as, he plays like [[TheHero Sora]] did in ''[=KH1=]'', and Sora is nowhere to be seen), but the creator probably realized he had a potential reverse-Raiden on his hands (playable at the start but not for the main game, which was the opposite for Raiden) and [[spoiler: promptly DroppedABridgeOnHim at the end of the ProlongedPrologue]]. Some players played this trope straight with their reaction to Roxas, while others actually would rather have spent most of the game as Roxas instead of Sora. Thankfully, it looks like Roxas will be getting [[GaidenGame his own game soon]], so fans of his can rejoice.
** [[BaseBreaker People who aren't fans of his]], on the other hand, have their feelings toward him increased. [[http://g4tv.com/games/ds/48273/kingdom-hearts-3582-days/review/ This review]] outright describes Roxas and his game as "Scrappy Doo getting his own show."
** Similarly, Namine of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' fame was either hated by Kairi fans for replacing Kairi, or loved by Kairi haters for replacing Kairi. Once more, the fact that [[spoiler: the two are the same being]] is ignored.
* After Nintendo's contract with Mike Tyson expired (which, contrary to popular belief, was unrelated to Tyson's legal troubles), they replaced him in the game formerly known as ''[[VideoGame/PunchOut Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!]]'' with Mr. Dream, a fictional boxer, while retaining the boxing style. To say the least, fans were unhappy with the perceived generic character.
* The cast of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2''.Rochelle, whom almost everyone hates because her personality comes off as dry to most...or because she's not like Zoey.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' has the BadassGrandpa Galuf [[spoiler:die and]] be replaced (at his insistence) by his TokenMiniMoe granddaughter Krile. Many players felt the switch to be a downgrade since this makes the player party three-fourths princesses (being that princesses have a negative stigma of their own), or because they simply preferred Galuf over Krile. She does, however, get all of his skills, jobs and stats, so it doesn't affect gameplay much (Krile's base stats are SLIGHTLY different than Galuf's, but it's just a few points here and there).
* When ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' Generation II remakes ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold/SoulSilver]]'' was announced, everyone assumed Kris from, well, ''Pokémon Crystal'' would return as the female protagonist. Instead, another character named Lyra was introduced as the new character. Quite a bit of backlash ensued, with debates ongoing as to which character had the better design, despite the fact that Kris was technically never a part of the original ''Gold/Silver'' games in the first place, though she was the first female player avatar.
** Kris not being part of ''Gold/Silver'' is often used as an argument as to why she was replaced, but then you have to wonder why Eusine, also not in ''Gold/Silver'', was included.
** Applies to some of the Pokémon themselves, albeit mostly in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' due to its reboot-ish nature. Examples include the hideous Timburr/Conkeldurr line for the Machop/Machamp line, and the fairly weak Pidove/Unfezant line for the much more versatile Starly/Staraptor line. [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in many cases, however; many fans were happy to see the [[GoddamnBats Zubat and Geodude lines]] replaced with the Woobat and Roggenrola lines, respectively (with the latter also getting an unusually {{Badass}}-looking final evolution, Gigalith).
** It was later revealed that ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' would have new protagonists instead of bringing back [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Hilbert and Hilda]]. The new male protagonist has become a major case of LoveItOrHateIt. He mostly receives hate for appearing to be more immature than [[TheHero Hilbert]]. The female has been received a bit more warmly, but that doesn't stop some from disliking her for being more girly in appearance than [[TheLadette Hilda]]. However, a trailer done in the style of a movie trailer has [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap won over many fans for the male protagonist]], who is portrayed as much cooler than his official art let on.
** For some, the next ''generation'' of Pokemon (IE: whenever the newest games with new Pokemon are released) are seen as replacement scrappies for the previous generation. This is especially the case for [[FanNickname "Genwunners"]], fans who hate the newer generations of Pokemon simply because they're not Pikachu, Bulbasaur, or Eevee.
** If there is a new Legendary Pokemon, or even just a next-gen Pokemon being featured to promote the newest games, you'll be sure they'll be seen as replacement scrappies for older generations.
*** Zoroark, in particular, was seen for the longest time by some people as being little more than a "Lucario Clone". It doesn't help that both are bipedal canine-like Pokemon (Lucario being a jackal and Zoroark being a fox) and that both of their pre-evolved forms are obtained via event (You're given an egg containing a Riolu in Diamond/Pearl/Platinum and a Zorua offers to join your team if you have a Celebi on hand in Black/White (Or a former Team Plasma member will give you N's Zorua as a gift in ''Black 2 and White 2''). Not to mention that ''both'' Pokemon were used as EarlyBirdCameo for their respective generations in the films (Lucario for Gen IV and Zoroark for Gen V).
** Perhaps the most infamous of these is the Spiky-Eared (or Notched-Eared in the original Japanese) Pichu. She essentially replaces Celebi in an in-game event, is unable to evolve, has poor stats and a poor moveset, and cannot even be transferred to the Gen V games.
* In the ''BackyardSports'' series, Samantha Pearce. This was probably because some other girls had the natural athlete personality, but didn't look the part, and was removed in favor of a new character. Soon after Samantha's debut, she became the most annoying character in the ''entire series'' (besides [[CreatorsPet Joey]], of course).
* ''Contra: Legacy of War'', the first of the much maligned 3D installments in the ''{{Contra}}'' series by Appaloosa, recycled the plot of ''Hard Corps'' while substituting all of its characters with new ones, with the sole exception of Ray Poward ([[YouDontLookLikeYou who didn't look anything like the original character from the Genesis game]]). Sheena was replaced by Tasha, Brad was replaced by Bubba, and Browny was replaced by CD-288. Even the antagonist, Colonel Bassad, is just a ripoff of Colonel Bahamut.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'':
** The fifth arc introduces Erika, a little girl who floats to Rokkenjima practically out of nowhere, and proceeds to [[spoiler:solve the epitaph and possibly figure out the murderer for the arc she was introduced]], attracting some visceral reactions from fans who have been puzzling over this stuff for a bunch of arcs and have [[MindScrew scrambled brains]] to show for it. She then proceeds to [[spoiler:kill the previous antagonist and attempt to be the new protagonist of the story by turning Battler into a DecoyProtagonist]]. Fandom was... not happy. Played with, though, because [[spoiler:Battler is still the protagonist, just under an AndThenJohnWasAZombie situation. Erika is being set up as an ''an''tagonist,]] and so it's likely that the author was actually trying to get that reaction.
** In the seventh arc, [[GreatDetective Willard H. Wright]] replaces Battler and Erika as the main character. Subverted in that most readers in fact liked him more than they liked Battler. It helps that Will had a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome or two every scene he was in.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft:
** The ''Cataclysm'' expansion features Garrosh Hellscream becoming this for Thrall. To clarify, Garrosh was already a {{Scrappy}} and a CreatorsPet; making him replace Thrall as the Warchief just made things worse.
** [[spoiler:Cairne doesn't get killed solely by Garrosh. They duel, but Cairne dies from being poisoned by the Grimtotems.]] There's no word yet on how popular his son and successor Baine will be. Though going by ''[[WarcraftExpandedUniverse The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm]]'', he seems to be making a good start of it.
** Ironically, the announcement that the last patch of ''Mists of Pandaria'' would feature a raid in Orgrimmar in which Horde players would seek to oust Garrosh Hellscream and restore Thrall as Warchief was also met with disdain. This was not because Garrosh had been RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap, but rather because Thrall has become something of a Scrappy himself (mostly due to his [[SpotlightStealingSquad spotlight stealing]] plots that bordered dangerously close to BlackHoleSue territory in ''Cataclysm''). Instead, players have been asking that Garrosh be replaced by [[OnlySaneMan Vol'jin]], [[EnsembleDarkhorse Saurfang]], or even [[DracoInLeatherPants Sylvanas]]. Blizzard actually delivered, once everything's done, Thrall relinquished his Warchief status to Vol'jin.
** On the Alliance side, Varian Wrynn is a borderline case. He replaced Bolvar Fordragon (probably the most popular of the Alliance faction leaders) as the leader of the Alliance, but he existed for as long as Bolvar, who ruled Stormwind in his absence. His formal introduction into the game was one of the events leading into the ''Wrath of the Lich King'' expansion, and he has been as destructive towards the fragile peace between the two factions as Garrosh since. Funnily enough, Wrynn has never gone to direct conflict with the Horde (though he has ample reason to) out of some respect for Thrall, Jaina, and Saurfang. He still despises them (ditto above) and is unlikely to back down in the face of Garrosh's inevitable aggression against Gilneas and Ashenvale. With the most reasonable Horde leaders being shoved aside, it seems that Varian is getting new respect from the playerbase.
** The entire thing can be largely summed up by Blizzard becoming aware that all the huge threats facing Azeroth that force the Alliance and Horde to [[EnemyMine work together]] and respective faction leaders who try to forge a delicate peace seemed to decrease the impetus for the player-versus-player, Alliance-versus-Horde conflict. Seeing as [[TrueArtIsAngsty they could not have that happen]], the replacement faction leaders were needed to be HotBlooded enough to get the ConflictBall rolling again, even if that meant pushing more level-headed and well-loved faction leaders to the side.
* Half the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' fandom will declare any main character that is not Laharl to be a Replacement Scrappy. Adell from ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' got flak for being a HotBlooded HeManWomanHater, while Mao from ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' got flak for being ''too much'' like Laharl (he isn't, but makes a similar first impression). So far averted with Valvatorez from ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten''. According to WordOfGod, they tried to make Laharl and his cohorts the central characters again, but ran into a wall, eventually deciding that they'd already come up with everything they could with them. In turn, in order to attract more people, they had to come up with new faces, new locations, new everything. Luckily for those fans Laharl, Etna, and Flonne will reappear as main characters in the upcoming ''VideoGame/DisgaeaDimension2: A Brighter Darkness''
* Though the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series isn't typically seen as character-driven, it nonetheless has a few of these.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', the lovely, mysterious, and compelling Rosalina was replaced by Lubba, an obese purple Luma who won't stop telling bad jokes except when he gives you generic words of encouragement. The same words of encouragement. Even after you've already heard them. Right after completing a [[NintendoHard Prankster Comet stage]], which will ''not'' leave you in the mood for his rambling. [[spoiler:At least Rosalina makes TheCameo in the ending.]]
** The case of Bowser Jr. has zig-zagged over time. The character was seen as the replacement for for the original seven Koopalings, with their distinctive appearances and (slight) personalities; at least for a while. Once he appeared alongside them in ''New Super Mario Bros Wii'', it tended to dissipate. But when WordOfGod confirmed the Koopalings aren't Bowser's children anymore, the hatred towards Junior returned ''with a vengeance''. The situation was reversed once again when Bowser Jr. was cut out of the ''Mario Kart 8'' roster while the Koopalings got in, amplified even further when the Koopalings were included as all seven of Bowser Jr.'s alt skins. ''Bowser Jr fans'' started baying for the ''Koopalings'' blood.
** For many fans, generic series enemies (or drones, as they call them), such as Koopa Troopas and Boos, become this when they are playable in Mario games of the GoKartingWithBowser variety. The reason is that they're there instead of the large amount of actual ''characters'' the series has built up, particularly in its RPG entries; many of whom have massive cult followings, but were effectively [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome left to rot after just one game]]. It's not hard to see why multiplayer games would be a fine place to bring them back, yet they haven't returned.
** In ''3D World'', Plessie is one to some Yoshi fans, although others think he's a worthy {{Expy}}.
** Blue Toad and Yellow Toad (otherwise known as Ala-Gold and Bucken-Berry, or Wolley and Yvan) in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' and ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU'' were this for [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 Peach and Toad]] as well as [[VideoGame/SuperMario64DS Wario and Yoshi]]. This was because Nintendo didn't want CompetitiveBalance, but they listened for ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' and brought back the former pair.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', some fangirls see Linebeck III as a poor replacement for his Grandfather, Captain Linebeck from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass''. It doesn't really help that his clothes look an embarrassingly lot like a SailorFuku.
** The post-''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' antagonists are also one to Ganon fans, although many are happy HijackedByGanon hasn't happened since that game.
* ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' successfully averts this with Adeleine; although she made [[EnsembleDarkhorse Meta Knight]] suffer ChuckCunninghamSyndrome, she's become a popular character in her own right.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' suffers from this, and quite intensely. Fans are not hesitant in vocalizing their vehement hatred of the end of the game, wherein [[spoiler: the player gains control of Jack after his father, protagonist John Marston's, death.]] Fan either hate [[spoiler: Jack]] for not being John, or for being too ''much'' like John. Either way, finding fans who don't outright swear off the game after the twist is a difficult feat indeed.
* In ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune II'', Taylor is assigned to replace the late Hawk from the first game. However, she is obviously a poor substitute, never seen in combat, and is [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bumped off]] halfway through the game.
* Possibly intentional in ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max]]'': Season 3 Episode 3, where Sam is forced to animate Max's body with the brain of a boy pharaoh, thus replacing him. Sam likes the pharaoh enough (he refers to him in dialogue as a 'nice kid'), but the player is supposed to hate him because of [[FaceHeelTurn what he spends the third act doing]].
* Some were annoyed by Anders apparent attempt in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' to take over Alistair's 'adorkable' role. But the most hate was leveled at Velanna for replacing Morrigan's DarkMagicalGirl, mixing in OurElvesAreBetter and a half-hearted attempt at WellIntentionedExtremist, only lacking the good intent. Or any redeeming qualities at all. Also lacking what makes a successful subversion of TheChick; attractiveness.
* The first ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' reboot, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'', only included three characters from the original series. No revised versions of Bianca, Professor, Elora, Gnasty Gnorc, or Ripto. It has its own cast of characters, which hasn't settled well with old fans.
* Some fans of the original ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' are very vocal about how little they like James Heller, the [[VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} sequel's]] protagonist replacing the original's Alex Mercer. The fact that Mercer appears in the game as the villain makes it worse. Heller doesn't really have much of a personality outside of being a stereotypical angry black man.
* In ''VideoGame/The3rdBirthday'', [[spoiler:Eve Brea may have the looks of Aya Brea, but she can never have her fire]].
* Example mostly occurring because of gameplay reasons in ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'', where in the 2nd game the dragon, considered to be amongst the best creatures in the original, is replaced with a much less useful creature called the salamander. Fans weren't pleased.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' fans expected Saturos and Menardi, the villains of the first game, to return after their obvious DisneyVillainDeath for the second. But instead, ''The Lost Age'' introduced two new members of the same clan, Agatio and Karst, to be the antagonists. Karst [[InvertedTrope ended up even more popular than Menardi]] had been due to her stronger storyline, CharacterDevelopment, and [[MsFanservice attractive character design]]... while [[TheBrute Agatio]] got all sorts of vitriol from the fandom for years because he was considered not to be as cool as [[MagnificentBastard Saturos]] was.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'' shows an example of a single character - [[MsFanservice Krystal]] - being a Replacement Scrappy for not one, but ''two'' others: [[BadassGrandpa Peppy Hare]], whose role she took from ''[[VideoGame/StarFoxAssault Assault]]'' onwards and Fara Phoenix [[note]]from the Magazine/NintendoPower comics from ''over ten years earlier''[[/note]], who [[MisBlamed coincidentally]] was first to play the role as [[TheHero Fox McCloud's]] LoveInterest. Krystal mostly gets [[DieForOurShip hate]] from fans of the latter, as they maintain she ''stole'' Fox from Fara.
** A somewhat more justified example exists in the form of the Great Fox II from ''VideoGame/StarFoxCommand''. The original Great Fox, sacrificed in ''[[VideoGame/StarFoxAssault Assault]]'', was elegant and somewhat foxlike in appearance as well as the mightiest warship in the Lylat system; alongside its 4 Arwings it was a match for entire fleets. The second, however, is a stripped-down carrier with minimal armament and armor, and looks nothing like its predecessor.
* The first non-expansion sequel to ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War]]'' gave us the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Force Commander]], a fresh-faced and newly appointed superior officer whose characterization hinges almost entirely on being [[TheAce incredibly skilled despite his relative youth]] and thus in charge of the grizzled veterans. He was less than well received after the charismatic Captains Gabriel Angelos and Davian Thule of the initial DoW series, and Chaos Rising really didn't help much. Then came ''Dawn of War II: Retribution'', where the Space Marine campaign was headed by Apollo Diomodes, the [[TheDragon captain of Chapter Master Kyras' honor guard]], who unknowingly served as an antagonist during the prior expansion throughout Kyras' secret descent into Chaos worship. [[FanNickname Force Commander Vanilla Ice]] and about half of the less-popular members of the support cast are on the run, declared "renegades" by Kyras, and the fans [[InvertedTrope seemed much happier]] with Diomedes and his positive CharacterDevelopment than his predecessor.
* This is often seen in racing games, with Porsche being replaced by the similar models produced by RUF in games such as ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'', ''VideoGame/TestDrive Unlimited'', and initially in the fourth iteration of ''VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport'' due to EA's exclusive contract to feature Porsche vehicles in their ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'' series. EA do sometimes give a sub-licence to other developers so that Porsche cars can be seen in the game, such as with ''Forza Motorsport''. (Except for on the initial release of ''Forza Motorsport 4'', with Porsche only turning up later in a DLC pack.)
* {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' with Joshua. Replacing Shiki from the first week, his attacks are much harder to use, weaker, and don't do damage until the end of a combo (where Shiki's lay hits every step of the way), and he can't jump or block. Even though he [[MagikarpPower gets much, much more powerful later on]], to the extent that he becomes easily the strongest partner in the game, by that time the damage is done and the player is probably very annoyed with him-- perfectly mirroring [[TheHero Neku]]'s feelings about this smug, condescending, secretive, JerkAss little ''prick'' who took the place of his friend.
* Hoxton in ''PAYDAY 2'' is not the same character that appeared in ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist''. With the exception of Wolf and Bain, all of the crew in the sequel have been changed to different characters to reflect the ones seen in the web series. New Hoxton is disliked because he's American and lacks charisma and charm compared to the old version of the character that was British.
** This is adressed in the "Hoxton Breakout" DLC, where Old Hoxton has as much contempt for New Hoxton (Now Houston) as the fans did.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'': [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII Connor]] from the 3rd installment gets heaped with ''tons'' of this by virtue of not being [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Ezio]] what with being a near polar opposite character and 3 full games worth of character development behind him. He's got his fans of course, but finding them takes a ''lot'' more work than finding his detractors. His successor character - who's also his grandfather - [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag Edward]] doesn't seem to be getting hit quite as hard, helps to be JerkWithAHeartOfGold pirate one can assume, instead of a [[TheStoic Stoic]] Native American warrior. This even gets something of a lampshade thrown on it in the latter game.
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