While much usually depends on execution, certain kinds of characters have a much higher probability of being hated:
- The Abusive Parents.
- The Ace, when used for the wrong situation.
- A character with too much Angst Dissonance.
- An Annoying Younger Sibling, a Bratty Half-Pint, a Bratty Teenage Daughter/Son, a Spoiled Brat, a Rich Bitch, or a Royal Brat, especially if they don't grow out of it.
- Any character who is the primary lead in displaying an unhealthy case of Belligerent Sexual Tension. Especially when they have lashed out at that person one time too many for there to be a peaceful and stable romance.
- A Big Brother Bully and/or Big Sister Bully, especially if he/she doesnt get punished.
- A bullying Alpha Bitch/Jerk Jock whose only purpose on the show is to pick on the protagonist, especially if he/she gets no comeuppance for it.
- A Bumbling Dad who is too much of an idiot and a jerkass, especially when he treats his family like crap.
- A Complete Monster, a character that is generally meant to be hated, especially when committed heinous acts and downright unpleasant, mainly involving characters loved by the audience. Particularly if they are not sexy or cool.
- A Cousin Oliver is very likely to irritate the fans by upsetting the standard character dynamic.
- A Deadpan Snarker that's too abrasive and insufficiently charismatic.
- A character who only shows up to ruin everything that goes right for the main character.
- A Dirty Coward and especially if it makes them an Action Survivor.
- An Entitled Bastard that causes harm to the heroes but expects to be rescued by them.
- An Exposition Fairy that tries to be helpful but winds up being annoying.
- The Elimination Houdini in Reality Shows, especially those who stayed over strong, superior and deserving contestants.
- Someone who performed a Face-Heel Turn may earn ire to the fans who really dislike the term 'traitor', unless they are forced into it or are not very happy about it.
- A Faux Action Girl, especially if there are genuine Action Girls in the cast and the story focuses mostly on her.
- A particularly blatant Flat Character / Static Character, even more so if s/he is part of a cast that has many fully fleshed-out characters.
- The Generic Guy/Girl in a cast of unique characters.
- A Hypocritical character or a character who suffers from Moral Myopia.
- An Idiot Hero who is too much of an idiot.
- An Insufferable Genius.
- Someone who abuses another character through Kafka Komedy or No Sympathy, particularly if the audience sympathizes with what the often good-natured character has suffered, which is frequently no fault of their own.
- A Karma Houdini or Idiot Houdini, depending on how horrible they were.
- The Load, who needs the heroes to take care of them without contributing anything useful in return. Including a personality.
- A Lethally Stupid character who is so dangerously stupid it eventually becomes annoying. Especially when they feel no remorse for what they do.
- A Lonely Rich Kid who complains much more than the audience feels they have a right to.
- A Love Interest or potential love interest who has no other defined personality traits outside of being a someone's love interest.
- A Manipulative Bastard but not a Magnificent Bastard.
- A Mary Sue, including common official varieties such as Invincible Hero and Spotlight-Stealing Squad. Note that a Marty Stu has a tendency to get away scot-free.
- An overly recurring villain.
- A character who doesn't take any responsibility for their own actions and blames others.
- A Nice Guy/Nice Girl when not given any interesting personality traits other than being nice to everyone.
- A poorly-written Only Sane Man or Straight Man, especially in situations that don't call for them.
- The Overprotective Parents who try to keep the protagonists from doing their thing.
- A poorly-written Plucky Comic Relief, when is more annoying that funny.
- A Pointy-Haired Boss who isn't sufficiently funny.
- Any character that reeks of Positive Discrimination.
- A Psycho Lesbian or Depraved Homosexual, especially if they're the only LGBT characters.
- A Reckless Sidekick risks becoming this if he or she contributes nothing to the action except acting stupid and getting captured all the time, especially if he or she never learns from his or her mistakes.
- Someone who likes another character who is either a disliked character or just shows that he/she doesn't care for the former, will often be lauded with ridicules and dislikes, with some camp calling the first character stupid, or even consider them as another Scrappy.
- A Soapbox Sadie.
- A Small Annoying Creature who annoys and/or causes all the bad things to happen to the protagonists.
- A Smug Snake, especially if he/she does something so heinous they stop being "cool", though most are made this way on purpose.
- A Straw Loser, especially if the person they're the straw loser to isn't much better.
- The Suspiciously Similar Substitute will undoubtedly be hated by fans of the beloved character they replace.
- The Team Mom/Team Dad who is too abrasive; who becomes exceeding bossy or butts into dispute that do not concern them and doesn't give their team members the freedom to settle their own hash.
- In video games, That One Boss when it's especially frustrating.
- This Loser Is You. Sometimes an attempt to make an incompetent main character that the audience can relate to ends up in a character that the audience wishes was anyone but the main character.
- A poorly-written Tsundere or Yandere.
- A character who doesn't apologize for their actions.
- An Ungrateful Bastard.
- Any character that is rife with Unfortunate Implications.
- The Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist who treats the Token Girl/Guy like crap.
- An Unwitting Instigator of Doom. You can practically touch the markedly-better alternate universe that could have been, if they hadn't been doing that thing in that place at that exact moment.
- A Villain Protagonist when is extremely heinous and doesn't have any positive and/or sympathetic trait, as well as that most are Karma Houdinis.
- A character with too much Wangst who whines over things that are not worth whining over, especially if he or she doesn't grow out of it.
- Someone who torments The Woobie willingly.
- An authority/military figure who pulls rank over the protagonist or someone of pure intentions.
In addition, if the writers begin relying too heavily on an already-present character with some potentially annoying quirks (like The Unintelligible
or the Non-Human Sidekick
), the viewers may begin to find him/her very annoying indeed. Sometimes even a very popular character is at risk of becoming a Scrappy when he or she wears out his or her welcome by being overexposed
Occasionally, a character intended as a Butt Monkey
will backfire and become a Scrappy, too. This usually happens when a writer attempts to make his mishaps even funnier by making him an unlikeable person to whom it's very satisfying to see horrible things befall. A great idea, but sometimes it backfires when the Butt Monkey
becomes so annoying that whatever happens to him in the story, audiences are haunted by the feeling that it will never be enough. An especial risk when the Butt Monkey
gags are prolonged, after which even a character who's not inherently unlikeable can stop being funny and become a Damsel Scrappy
. It also comes full-circle in a way; note also that many Scrappies can easily become Butt Monkeys
when touched upon in fan discussions and literary parodies. In any given Hate Fic
, and even in the occasional straight-up Fan Fic
, the author may very likely go a step further than making The Scrappy
into the Butt Monkey
, killing him or her off (often brutally), or giving a "hero" Scrappy a Face-Heel Turn so he becomes the villain
- after which he again will likely be killed off.
Strangely, at the other end of the spectrum lies another common scrappy, the Author Avatar
. Unlike a Butt Monkey
, they lack any sort of shame on principle; instead serving as the voice of reason, or whatever contrived argument the writer thinks
is reason. If bad things happen to this character, it will be to prove that everyone else is allegedly stupider.
Scrappies also often fall under a Double Standard
, when popular characters are more likely to be whitewashed and get away with actions that fans would slander an unpopular character for doing.