Captain Janeway, but generally speaking only when writer Jeri Taylor is at the helm.
Babe Carey from All My Children. She is introduced as the new wife of JR Chandler, son of Adam Chandler, one of the richest men in Pine Valley and a common antagonist. Up to the day her character was killed off she was hailed by the residents of Pine Valley as a sweet, wonderful person. One character even described her as a “walking miracle”. Well, this walking miracle was exposed for being a slut, a gold-digger, a bigamist, but worst of all a kidnapper. Because when she realized the baby she’d thought was hers was in fact her best friend Bianca’s child, she decided to keep the child anyway and not tell Bianca her dead baby was still alive. She only gave the baby back to Bianca when she found out her own thought-to-be-dead child was still alive. By this point a whole year had passed with her keeping this secret. But then she proceeded to tell JR that their child was dead and then ran off with Jamie with her newfound child. Not only did several people in Pine Valley support Babe and Jamie with their crimes and deception, but the ENTIRE TOWN actually rallied around them against JR when he dared to try and fight for his son. INCLUDING BIANCA. What stands out most is when everyone had thought Babe had been the victim of a serial killer that had killed other more predominant characters. With the exception of Erica Kane, everyone grieved for her passing as though she was an important family member to every character. And everyone rejoiced when it was revealed that she was actually alive, to the point that Bianca actually begged for Babe’s forgiveness for not forgiving her.
Siding with Babe against JR is justified by the fact that he's a complete Jerkass.
YMMV on the above as up until Babe came into the picture JR was far from a Jerkass and the writing on the show tried to justify Babe's first actions that the audience sees: sleeping with a man she doesn't know within 15 minutes of meeting him. That she was married to a recently returned JR and the man was JR's baby brother just epically multiplied the ick factor. From that point on every bit of writing going forward was the writers trying make it seem as if Babe was some sort of saint and JR was a jerk when his hatred for her and her entire family was massively justified. The fact that he kept giving her chances says more about the quality of his character than hers.
In Chris Lilley's new series Angry Boys has African-American rapper S'mouse who was hated by all critics and fans, some said he was racist, some said he was 2 dimensional, others found it plain not funny. Unfortunately, there wasn't really anything that could be done to write the character out of the show.
Although it probably should be mentioned that the show's target demographic seem to love Elmo.
Also, for most of the 80s and 90s he could be Actually Pretty Funny; it was only after the success of the infamous "Tickle-Me Elmo" doll that he started to become overexposed and his character written to be much more childish and annoying.
Kate existed pretty much to create a Love Triangle between her, Jack, and Sawyer. She didn't contribute anything towards helping the Islanders, and frequently came off as needy and codependent. She would cause moral dilemmas that would leave everybody worse off. Her backstory wasn't any worse than anybody else's, but it made her look more edgy than she acted on the island. But worst of all, and this is what really made her the Creator's Pet and not merely The Scrappy, was that while other, more interesting female characters, even ones that existed as love interests, succumbed to Anyone Can Die, she hung around until the very end as a main character. And ended up being the one to kill the Man in Black, despite the significant amount of screen time devoted to the development of the conflict between him and Jack, and the significantly less (read: hardly any) devoted to any conflict between him and Kate outside of the general trying to kill everyone thing.
She was kept on way past her usefulness as obligatory love interest from the early seasons. No amount of retooling could save her in the public eye and some people marked her as the greatest reason the ratings were dropping. Nonetheless the writers seemed invested in her, inserting her into every storyline they could, if only so she could keep pulling in the teenage girl demographic, even if much of that demographic wanted to punch her in the throat. The writers' persistence could be chalked up to the fact that Lana is traditionally the girl in Clark's past... if Smallville hadn't made far bigger breaks with tradition, particularly by introducing Lois Lane.
What arguably made it even more annoying for fans was that the show constantly had other characters rave about how awesome Lana supposedly was. There were plenty of times when Lana did wrong to Chloe, only for us to see Chloe blindly praise Lana later in the same episode, and times she toyed with Clark's emotions only for him to willingly continue to be her doormat. Even Tess Mercer, a tough-as-nails corporate executive and occasional Dark Action Girl who is usually the Snark Knight, practically declared her undying love and hero-worship of Lana in Season 8. She even came back for three episodes in Season 8 with faux-Navy SEAL training and superpowers.
Billie from the final season. The often nicknamed "Maggot Neck", "Bimbo", and "Ultimate Retard" was loathed for many reasons - creating useless subplots that were often just rehashes of previous storylines, distracting focus from the titular Charmed ones, threatening the world with a spin-off, getting a character that had been around since season one (and Piper's husband) encased in a block of ice for over half the season due to budget cuts, and breaking canon by having the ability to alter reality with her mind making her and her lisping sister the Ultimate Power - but no reason garnered as much hatred as Kaley Cuoco's inability to express any semblance of humanity that resulted in her character being alienating and just downright unlikable. Being Brad Kern's pet means you can get away with anything.
Phoebe herself, particularly since Season 5, even the fact she prevented Cole separating from the Source is never brought up. When you consider the fact Alyssa Milano had become a producer on the show at Season 5's beginning, it could be said Phoebe was made into an Author Avatar of Alyssa.
Kennedy - Some fans are bewildered why Willow hasn't put Kennedy out by the curb by now, what with snakebabe Saga in tow. The writers other than Joss Whedon knew how hated Kennedy was by the fans and often toyed with her almost getting killed. Joss, however, loved her, and so she stayed til the bitter end. At the end of the Season 8 comics, Willow has finally broken up with Kennedy.
Some, especially the members of Television Without Pity, would argue Izzie Stevens is this. No matter what Izzie does, be it cutting LVAD wires or stealing hearts or spending several self-absorbed episodes moping, she is the Shining Light and Most Human of the interns.
Dr. Allison Cameron was the original Creator's Pet. However, her storylines and character gradually grew less obnoxious, so of course she was then pushed aside in favor of a new Creator's Pet, Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley.
By the end of her run on the series, this less obnoxious version of Cameron seemingly existed solely for the purposes of a) causing Chase a lot of angst and b) pointing out how morally superior she was to everyone else. That should give you some idea of what she was like when she was still the Writers' Darling.
Ever since Thirteen appeared, she's getting more and more airtime (especially concerning her personal life and diagnosis), while much of the show's fanbase seems to despise her utterly. The problem is aggravated by her Huntington's allowing her to take more screentime as patient as well as doctor. Alas, Poor Scrappy doesn't really work on the installment plan, especially when the character looks completely healthy.
Martha Masters, Thirteen's temporary replacement while her actress was shooting Tron: Legacy, is widely disliked for being a Mary Sue. Many season 7 episodes focused heavily on her, and she came across as worse than Cameron-not just obnoxious, but obviously didn't know what she was saying or doing outside of differentials.
Jennifer Keller on Stargate Atlantis; since her inclusion in the fourth and fifth seasons, she has become the writers' favorite character. It has even been speculated that a few writers even use her to live out their fantasies. The writers are insanely defensive of this character, and it was even revealed by a producer that the more people complain the more she will be included in the episodes in an effort to make her appeal more to fans. With the exact opposite effect.
In addition to Ronon and Rodney competing for her affections, Captain Alicia Vega was supposed to be introduced as a recurring character who ALSO had a crush on Keller, but most of her scenes were cut and she was quickly killed off.
Lulu Spencer from the daytime drama used to be this, until the focus was shifted from her to Maxie Jones and she was written better. Now Maxie Jones, once an extremely popular character, has suffered from being extremely overexposed, along with Spinelli and the whole "Spixie" pairing in general, with both Maxie and Spinelli quickly become hated in the fandom.
The "Spixie" ship created another Creator's Pet in the form of Winifred, who was basically killed on arrival when the head writer proclaimed his enthusiasm for the chemistry between her and Spinelli...before a single episode featuring them aired. It doesn't help that she was given the same character traits as Spinelli, thus making half the fandom hate her on the spot, with the other half hating her because, well, she was breaking up their favorite ship.
Carly Corinthos Jax can meet this defintion, as she came into Port Charles with the mission or taking revenge on her mother for giving her up for adoption. She slept with her mom's husband (No, he wasn't her biological father, don't worry), and getting pregnant with a child whose paternity she didn't know. She is now one of the central characters of the show, and rarely pays for anything she has done, even when she was suspected of hitting and killing a child, the child's father ranted about her, two other characters defended her. She also has a tendency to cling to her her best friend and ex husband despite being married, and tends to blame everyone else for her mistakes
Brenda Barrett also qualifies. Even when she's not there characters are constantly singing her praises and she's referenced in almost a godlike manner. Most every heroine on the show is compared to her, and told how they will never even compete with her. Whenever she returns to Port Charles, characters are either falling at her feet or are reviled by her (and are immediately vilified for this reaction). Not to mention the show cannot ever decide who her true soulmate is—Sonny or Jax. It constantly changes whenever she comes back. But when she does come back, her presence ruins the relationship either Jax or Sonny is in so they can conveniently hook up with her. But since Vanessa Marcil never stays with the show long, something comes up to break up Brenda's relationship with either man, and it's always their fault, NOT BRENDA'S, that their relationship is over.
One poignant example of this is when Brenda returned in the early 2000s, believing that she had inherited her mother's fatal disease. Not only does she use her "illness" to interfere with Jax and Skye's marriage, but they have an affair. Guess who's made out to be the villain in this situation? SKYE! So she gets back together with Jax, but then turns around and shares a kiss with Sonny! Jax witnesses their kiss, and proceeds to rightfully expose her in front of everyone at the alter. But STILL, Brenda is not held accountable for it and Jax is vilified for humiliating Brenda and ruining her "big day", causing her to flee Port Charles in tears. At least with Carly people acknowledge that she's not a good person. Brenda however is ALWAYS portrayed as a godly heroine without any faults.
Ballard follows this trope to a 'T'. Her debut episode has Giardello and all the other detectives talking her up, telling Frank Pembleton and Tim Bayliss about how good she is. When they work a case together, fan favourite Frank Pembleton is made to look like a complete fool, ignoring a totally obvious lead in favour of one that was totally out there, just so that Ballard could look good. She spends almost her entire tenure on the show demanding that the male characters respect her, despite being nothing special as a detective, in stark contrast to fan favourite Kay Howard (who had left by this point) who worked hard to EARN to the respect of her male co-workers, or Megan Russert, who also EARNED the respect of her co-workers.
Falsone. Falsone was a fairly stereotypical Italian-American cop (played by an actor with a slight but nonetheless obvious Hispanic accent) who ate up all the screen time with his fairly stereotypical custody battle for his fairly stereotypical young son who he stereotypically loved unconditionally and was stereotypically denied access to him by a stereotypically conniving ex-wife. It got to the point where fans started a 'I hate Falsone' hate group on the Internet.
Most of the reasons why some fans and viewers hate CSI: Miami is because they believe that Horatio is one of these. He gets more spotlight than any of the characters, and all the promos focus on him.
Same with Ray Langston on the regular CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Now it's sometimes brought up with D.B. and Finn because they get so much screentime.
Irish drama The Clinic has this with Dr. Dan. He started off as a corrupt third-string cast member, then got found out and left. A year or so later he came back, began going out with the lead character. Then when she died he became the lead. Through all this he never reformed, constantly seemed to be lying for no good reason, trying to scam people, and generally being a total douche and never reforming, even after a bout of life-threatening illness. The character has no depth, they stop him being an outright hero by making him do bad things, stop him from being an outright villain by making him seem joyless. The end result is he's a boring would-be anti-hero who gets all the plot lumped at his feet.
West Rosen for several reasons, such as the fact that tremendous effort was placed into getting viewers to gush over his and Claire's extremely forced romantic relationship, probably to help fans forget about the unfortunate chemistry between Claire and Peter, her biological uncle. Plus he was the Replacement Scrappy for Season One's Zack, who despite his role as merely being Claire's best friend was Put on a Bus because of Thomas Dekker's agent and other commitments - even though Zack was possibly more likeable than half the main cast in the first place. That West shares many personality traits with Zack but - somehow - makes them all grating, only makes it worse. Fortunately, Tim Kring acknowledged West's failure as a character and he was promptly Put on a Bus. When West returned in the spin-off comics, it was discovered that he's much less irritating when he is 2-D and not being played by someone of questionable acting talent.
Wonder Twins. Someone high up must have loved them to let them stick around so long; Maya even came back the next season (without her accent) just to help derail Mohinder. It doesn't help that the power is cool in theory but their characters seem to be plucked right out of a Spanish soap opera.
There were also a number of fans who actually didn't like the focus on Sylar as the series went on, especially after he killed off Elle.
Then there's Arthur Petrelli, the show's reigning Villain Sue. He was introduced as a blatant replacement for the other fan favorite of season two, Adam Monroe, and was instrumental in the Great Season 2 Character Purge. Despite quickly establishing himself as the single most powerful villain the show had seen yet (or possibly, because of it) he quickly became a case of Orcus on His Throne and sat around drawing pretty paintings until the fandom made it clear how much he was hated and Sylar euthanized him.
It could be argued to have started with Drake & Josh, with Megan being massive Jerk Sue who made her brothers miserable for no reason yet got away with everything and infuriated the fandom to the point they legitimately wanted her killed off. For some reason, Dan was completely unaware of this.
He followed that on spiritual successor iCarly with Sam. She bullies people constantly, and especially Freddie on a regular basis, and no one calls her out. Carly doesn't bother stepping in with so much as a "Stop It" on the guy who has a canon crush on her, and who was the reason for them starting the webshow that made them famous. Every character enables her behaviour, even Freddie, who has said that it would be 'weird' if she didn't hurt him. Sam was the only person to really change towards the end of the show as well, only because Sam was going to end up on the Sam & Cat spin-off show and Dan and Jennette McCurdy didn't want people to dislike her behaviour as much as people did before.
It's especially annoying when even episodes that have Sam clearly in the wrong, losing and deserving to lose any way you look at it - see "iWant To Date Freddie" and particularly "iHire An Idiot" in which Freddie (for once) teaches Sam and Carly a lesson - wind up by seeing to it that Sam still gets the last laugh on him.
Jade West on Victorious is a horrible, mean and manipulative bitch to everyone, she has a massive superiority complex but insane jealously when it comes to her boyfriend Beck. But she never suffers any consequences for her horrific behaviour, the main target of her rage and jealous is Tori. Instead of just ignoring Jade and avoiding her like any sane person would do, Tori treats Jade friendly despite receiving next to no respect in return.
The opposite of those three previously, many see title character Zoey from Zoey101 as a pet. A flawless Mary Sue for certain, always right and always facing a problem barely anyone else cared about. Characters like Chase and Michael had to suffer all the time, but whenever Zoey's in a similar situation...nothing, because she's never in a bad situation, so while all the guys had to take crap and humiliate themselves, Zoey's job was to look pretty and act like a bland blonde, making her quite an unlikable character.
Vanessa. Don't dare to visit any Gossip Girl website. EVERYBODY hates her. And yet during her time on the show she was a major character and was paired up with almost every guy of the show. It's telling that she came to be absent from a startling number of episodes (including season finales - and premieres, in the case of the first season where she was a regular), and was Put on a Bus for season five. And while she did come back for the final season, she was reduced to a brief cameo in the Series Finale as one of the people reacting to who Gossip Girl turned out to be (even Nelly Yuki had more to do).
Dan Humphrey is the ultimate example. He did have a fanbase but the majority of the fans hated him. Showrunner Josh Safran openly admitted that he loved Dan and saw himself in that character and that he wanted him to be popular (even going as far as saying that Dan was "the soul of the show"). This was attempted by shoehorning him into a lot of storylines, breaking up the Fan-Preferred Couple for the sole purpose of hooking the female party up with Dan (which Safran admitted to) and making Dan Gossip Girl... and have everybody just forgive him for all the hurtful, meanspirited things he/Gossip Girl had done over the years.
Russell Hantz applies, given that he was practically the sole focus of Samoa and Heroes vs. Villains.
In Tocantins, this was Coach, though the editors seemed to go out of their way to make him look like an idiot at every turn. However, he was redeemed in Heroes vs. Villains where he was actually a much better player - and this wasn't because he was alongside Russell; he was actually becoming good at challenges and thinking about the game. He was the Creator's Pet of Tocantins, but you at least wouldn't watch Tocantins and wonder who the winner was.
Richard Gutierrez, the temporary host of the Philippines' Celebrity Edition, after the original host Paolo Bediones left the network, also making the former a Replacement Scrappy. Fans of the show already warned the network since Gutierrez's Stage Mom uses her connections to put her son in the job, thus, fans made a Big "NO!" after the announcement. To make him look credible, the network made him host many programs and re-aired his past programs with promotions of his new hosting gig.
Rob Mariano. It's obvious every time he's on the producers just LOVE him. For Marquesas, we thought he was interesting. For All-Stars? Yeah he was the star - and the editors even made the season revolve around him and Amber. Heroes vs. Villains? We were bored of him and noticed that the producers were wanting to keep him and Russell on as much as possible, since they were trying very hard to fix the season so that Rob and Russell would be on as much as possible. Note that Rob is good at Puzzles...and watch the immunity challenges. Puzzles. Then after Rob is voted out? No more puzzles. But if you want a very good example of how the producers can slant a season at an almost 90-degree angle, look no further than Redemption Island. Things to take note of are the most imbalanced tribes ever, the dumbest cast ever (And after Samoa, that's saying a lot!), the editing team completely forgetting there are people other than Rob, Matt, and Phillip in the game until the final episode,note According to the cast, the plan to get rid of Russell was engineered by Sarita, Kristina had found the hidden immunity idol within the first three days with no clues, and Dave was very good at puzzles and competitions. Watching the season, you'd probably be surprised to figure out who these people even are. and most notably, the challenges. Note that again, Rob is good at puzzles, and note that this season's individual immunity challenges (read: Challenges that Rob had to compete in) consisted of only one endurance challenge and had four puzzle challenges in a row - even with the final endurance challenge being replaced with another puzzle.
Depending on what part of the season you're watching, the Pearl Islands Creator's Pet was either Rupert Boneham or Jonny Fairplay. Both men got over the top edits, had more confessionals than almost all the other players, and for years were generally the faces of Survivor. Before Russell came along, Rupert was unquestionably the most popular player ever, and Fairplay was unquestionably the biggest outright villain of the show (Richard Hatch from the first season being somewhat Vindicated by History). The attention these two got caused a backlash from some fans who preferred the older style of editing where the whole cast got approximately a decent amount of airtime.
Zane. The writers have labored diligently to make this character likable, yet audience dislike continues, probably largely because Zane replaced fan favorite Taggart as Deputy Jo Lupo's romantic foil. Despite this pairing (or perhaps because of it) being the focal point of viewer discontent, the writers placed even more emphasis on Zane's relationship with Lupo in Season 4, rather than pursuing the slightly more successful tactic used in some Season 3 episodes of developing Zane's interactions with other characters, thus elevating Zane from a Scrappy to a Creator's Pet.
Except sadly he's falling right back that way now the Lupo and Zane relationship is becoming increasingly prominent and with the addition that Zoe is falling for him, it seems the writers are trying far too hard to make him likeable.
Coming back even more. After the Matrix arc at the beginning, he's been acting like a spoiled brat because a virtual version of his girlfriend was with a virtual version of Carter. This is apparently enough reason to treat both the two like crap. The other characters treat this as appropriate.
Sheriff Carter's horrible sister, Lexi also counts. She's the worst kind of Granola Girl stereotype and displays open contempt for Eureka and the town's modus operandi, deliberately undermines Carter's authority (especially with his own daughter!), is woefully irresponsible and stupid, yet — for some unfathomable reason — everyone in town is enamored with her. She was, thankfully, Put on a Bus, but that was after a season of being ham-fistedly jammed into episodes by the writers.
On Everybody Loves Raymond, Debra is this to a good portion of the fandom. Many fans have observed that the character is a rather misandrist Karma Houdini, who gets away with smacking her husband, encouraging his own children to think lesser of him and make fun of him behind his back, declaring herself in one episode to be intrinsically superior to the rest of the characters, and generally acting like a hypocrite. Despite her behaving like this, the show still attempts to convince viewers that she is some sort of saintly heroine and continually tries to shill her as being a poor unfortunate victim, despite the fact that she generally walks around acting like a bully.
Cook from Skins could be considered this, as he was rather unpopular in his first series, but Jamie Brittain, co-showrunner of Skins, still more or less admitted he worshipped the ground the character walked on and he was injected into just about every storyline. This became less of an issue in Series 4, though, when he was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap (only to be thrown straight back onto it two episodes later) and his role overall decreased in prominence. Fans are much less split, though, on their opinions of Tony from the American version of Skins, who didn't seem believable as the most popular guy in school and overall just came off as a whiny little twit, especially with James Newman's terrible acting. Yet, the writers kept shoving him in the viewers' faces, with him even getting it on with the show's resident lesbian.
Series 7 of Skins will consist of three episodes. Cook's getting one of them. (Cassie, the arguable deconstruction of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl from Gen 1, and Effy, Gen 2's other black hole, are taking the others.)
Judie Byrd receives this from many Family Net viewers due to the channel's insistence on considering her show 'Judie Byrd's Kitchen' to be one of their most popular shows. It has gotten to the point that the only 'special' programming that they air on Thanksgiving is a 14-hour marathon of Judie Byrd's Kitchen on Turkey Day. That being said, many Family Net viewers are SICK of Judie Byrd!
Likewise, they will air cut segments of her show as Filler when there is time left over from the channel's movie showings!
Gretchen. Judging by the uproar over her winning the whole show, it seems like the only people who actually liked Gretchen (her clothes or her personality) were Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. Yes, even Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn hated her.
Irina was this in Season 6 as well.
Anya Ayoung-Chee of Season 9 is this. She won every single challenge that involved a monetary prize. Ignoring the "win" itself, every time a challenge had money involved (and we're talking tens of thousands each), she either won or was on the team that did; even if she had lost the final, she still would've walked away with more than half of what the winner did.
Daniel Vosovic - while he didn't win his season (2nd), he was clearly the judges favorite to win, with the editing playing him up. He failed to bring a show that even they could justify giving the win, and were crushed when they had to settle for "best of the moment" Chloe. However, they were able to redeem themselves (not really) for this "mistake" in the two-hour special, All-Star Challenge (basically season nine in... two hours), where they wasted no time giving him the win (and a fairly big prize package for such a small show).
Matt joins the cast of Primeval in its fourth season to fill the hero role left by Danny (and previously, by Cutter). Within half an hour, he's shown outclassing and humiliating everyone else, all while making smug remarks.
Danny Quinn himself was accepted by the team far too easily and could basically do no wrong. It didn't help that he was an action hero type who seemed to be from a completely different genre than Primeval previously had been.
The Filipino Christian drama "May Bukas Pa" (There's Still A Tomorrow) had the rare case of the main character being the Creator's Pet. Santino is a good kid with healing powers and Incorruptible Pure Pureness who changes the lives of everyone around him. But later story arcs showed him getting involved in increasingly improbable situations. He averted a civil war by getting himself shot (Don't ask how how that happened), saved the town from the 10 plagues of Egypt, gotten kidnapped by Communist rebels and testified in a Congressional hearing involving corruption in government. When he dies, all the people who met him (a veritable All-Star Cast) mourn him but he comes Back from the Dead because the Virgin Mary (played by the show's producer!!!) said it wasn't his time yet. And at six years old, he's racked up a rogues gallery with a size that rivals Batman, one of whom is the town mayor who is also his father. And everyone there always asks "Where is Santino?"
Gilly from Saturday Night Live. A ridiculous waste of Kristen Wiig's talent and widely believed to be her least funny character and one of the least funny sketches the show continues to do. And they keep doing it over and over again! Gilly even got a freaking holiday special!
Kristen Wiig herself was this for many SNL fans during the 2008-2010 seasons. She was guaranteed to be in the majority of the skits every show, almost always playing the female lead. It didn't help that most of her recurring characters, like the previously mentioned Gilly and her awful Kathy Lee impression, were incredibly grating and time-consuming. Even worse, the other female cast members were shoved into background roles to make more, unneeded room for Wiig. With Wiig out of the cast, however, the rest of the female cast have now been finally given enough screentime to show their talents.
Olivia in The Cosby Show was dangerously close to being this. Lampshaded in the episode "Nightmare on Stigwood Avenue."
Emma was arguably the first, though Craig shared time with her in this. The difference being that while Craig was always angsty and whiny, but the writers gave him a plurality of episodes in seasons 2, 3, and 4. Then there's Emma, who was always angsty and whiny and a place to inject the writers' political views, in addition to being self-righteous and bitchy, and she was much more tsun than dere. Also, her issues tended to be things you had to be a moron to do, like go down on a guy who's already sleeping with Over Nine Thousand girls, leading to the fanon that she just does it for attention. And she got a plurality of episodes in seasons 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. She's also a black hole who sucks the win out of every character she's around.
More recently there's been Mia. She's a teen mom, a classic trait for all non-virgin Sues. You're wondering how she can afford to juggle her time between school, a baby, and cheerleading? She's also a model. She also gets close to J.T., and cements the split between him and Liberty. She's from another school, and J.T.'s love for her ultimately gets him killed. And from season 6 until she leaves, she has a huge role. To make matters worse, during her final season, she was paired up with the ever-icky Peter (arguably the male Mia) and the duo were portrayed as Degrassi's power couple despite the fact that Peter was a creep who mistreated every women he's ever encountered...yet the writers insisted on focusing way too much screen time on him as if he were a good guy all along.
Will Schuester, from Glee, gets this big time. He takes screentime away from the kids, blatantly plays favorites, refuses to address the kids' bullying problem (even when the bullying takes place right in front of him between members of his own Glee Club), and is, by all accounts, a terrible teacher and role model. Yet the characters (and the writers) treat him as if he can do no wrong. In the New York episode, he leaves the kids alone and unsupervised to come up with their Nationals performance, only to go off and sing a Matthew Morrison song (available now on iTunes!) and contemplate leaving the kids to go on Broadway. When he ultimately decides not to, the kids all give him a big group hug and act overjoyed, despite the fact that he has literally not helped them at all through the entire episode and, indeed, much of the season. There's a reason his nickname is Mary Schue.
You know it got bad too when the writers created a Romantic False Lead to keep him and Emma apart, and much of the fandom was actively rooting for the False Lead to actually keep Emma in the end.
For some fans at least, the ridiculous amount of time and attention lavished on Rachel Berry's angst, misery, ridiculously stalkery bad behaviour and obsession with getting a 'do-over' after she choked on her drama school audition in the final arc of Glee Season 3 - combined with a completely meaningless Prom Queen win gifted to her by Quinn and Santana who actually campaigned for the crown, several episodes worth of characters from perennial quiet girl Tina Cohen-Chang to rival show choir coach Jesse St James going out of their way to talk up Rachel's talent to the drama school Dean, and New Directions' entire Nationals setlist being framed as 'Rachel's second chance' even by Will Schuester - dumped Rachel firmly into Creator's Pet territory. They tried to save it with Dean Tibideaux's cool, cuttingly accurate assessment of Rachel's sense of entitlement and appallingly unprofessional behaviour, but the need to shoehorn Rachel into a victory moment and a place at NYADA no matter what caused more problems than a little Lampshade Hanging could solve.
Not to mention the fact that they completely shafted the show's original Ensemble Dark Horse, Kurt (who aced his audition), in order to give Rachel a happy ending that most feel she did not deserve.
In the American Big Brother, the editors tend to pick their favourites out of the cast and show them off to us. The problem is; they think we'll like them to and if we don't, we'll Love to Hate them. But we'll often just hate them instead. Most often, it's a Showmance couple who get the lion's share of screentime on the highlights just kissing and hugging each other.
Brendon and Rachel in Season 12 and 13, but especially 13. The eight new houseguests have had virtually no screentime whatsoever unless they were Dominic or Kalia, and Kalia only because she was aligned with Daniele who turned traitor to the "Veterans Alliance". 50% of the screentime is dedicated to Brendon and Rachel, while 40% is dedicated to Jeff and Jordan, 5% is dedicated to Daniele and Dominic but later Kalia (only because she won a Head of Household competition and aligned with Daniele). The remaining 5% is split between the rest of the cast, with Porsche and Lawon hit the hardest. (Don't know who they are? Well, you're not alone - The editors seem to have forgotten they were cast too.)
Some see Jeff and Jordan as the Creator's Pet because BB's producers want to make a good show, which means putting in a bunch of safeguards and slanting the show so that Jeff and Jordan will be on as long as possible, at the expense of the other extras on the show.
Mike "Boogie" Malin. It's obvious the producers love him, but they like Dr. Will more and the only reason he got on in the first place was because Dr. Will wouldn't come on unless they could ask Mike to come on as well.
Stacey Slater from EastEnders. Seriously, she is Walford's answer to Lana Lang. She even got her own Psycho Lesbianstalker for a while who was actually much hotter than Stacey but the plotline ended undramatically. First introduced as an expy for Kat Slater, Stacey quickly became the creator's favourite character. Despite being a shrill, perpetually WangstyJerkass who didn't know how to smile and just SHOUTED ALL THE TIME, everyone in Walford adored her and usually ended up sleeping with her. She was such a spoilt brat that she turned up to her boyfriend's work party which was crucial to his career and because she was annoyed over not being invited, got completely drunk and made a complete fool of herself before being forced to leave. Outside, Bradley laid a savage Reason You Suck Speech on her. In revenge, Stacey then seduced Bradley's dad. Even after their affair was exposed on Christmas Day and everyone's lives were ruined, Bradley still got back together with her and after she killed Archie Mitchell for raping her (okay, that she can be applauded for), Bradley took the rap and a nose dive off the Queen Vic to his death. When Stacey nearly did the same thing, you could practically hear the audience chanting "Do it you bitch!" But she didn't. Even after everything she'd done, the writer's still loved her too much to either kill her off or send her to prison which in Walford, left only one way of leaving open to her: going to Spain. And there she remains but the writer's still sent her off with the touching jingle that they only play at the end of a really sad or moving episode.
Summer Hoyland from Neighbours. That's The Other Darrin Summer Hoyland, who's so different from the charming and sweet-natured original it's hard to believe they were meant to be the same character. She dumps her likeable boyfriend for spurious reasons (the fact that he was competing with Andrew for her), champions the rights of her next boyfriend to be gay despite the fact she's causing most of his problems, then sleeps with her sometimes-best friend's boyfriend who she's suddenly decided is the love of her life. (It doesn't last, despite the show trying to turn them into the Official Couple when they're actually something of a Crack Pairing.) And still has the nerve to be self-righteous about everything and everyone. She gets the school radio station closed down by wrongly accusing the local council of being corrupt without any evidence, for which she receives no punishment. She attempts to cheat at an exam (albeit in a desperate, poorly planned fashion that wouldn't have been very effective even if the exam hadn't been postpined due to her teacher collapsing) and instead of redoing Year 12 after being caught out, she convinces the local newspaper editor (her boyfriend's dad) to give her a job. As a result, at the age of eighteen, she's a full-time professional journalist despite having no qualification and next editor Susan (basically an older version of Summer) effectively makes her her right hand woman. Even after she sleeps with the deputy editor and tries to run off to his next paper with him, Susan still wants her to stay on but instead she leaves to do charity work. In Paris.
Inverted on Peep Show. The fanbase loves Matt King's character Super Hans and actually want more of him but the writers are resistant to do so. It helps that They have a high degree of awareness that Super Hans is similar to Jeremy (He's basically Jez with no positive traits) and are wary of him becoming unfunny too quickly. He has been appearing a bit more often recently though.
Averted in Father Ted with John and Mary. They appear in almost every episode of season one and are quite popular with fans but Graham Linehan used them far less as the series progressed, feeling they were a bit of an Overly-Long Gag (they absolutely loathe each other and are constantly inflicting emotional and physical abuse on one another).
In the early seasons of Holby City the character of Victoria Merrick was often seen by fans as the creator's pet. She was imcompetent in the extreme, supercilious to the nurses, became addicted to drugs and generally whined every single week about how hard it was to be a junior doctor, yet still they kept her on. Even the perfectionist Anton Meyer kept forgiving her. Yet another character, who played a quite competent young female cardiologist was immediately 'sacked' by boss Anton Meyer for a much lesser crime. Fans often wondered if Merrick was his love child and this was lampshaded in the first episode of the third series when Merrick was sent off to another department, and one character said "There goes the theory that she's Meyer's secret love child." Ironically, the actress who played her, Lisa Faulkner, went on to star in Spooks as an equally incompetent young spy, but in her (and the series') second episode was dipped head first into a vat of hot oil and shot. Holby City fans, who had often written stories killing off Victoria Merrick in increasingly bizarre ways, cheered (and wished they'd thought of it).
Megan Calvet Draper is one of these, especially in season 5. She was added in season 4 as a secretary, and she quickly became the second Mrs. Draper. Even though a number of fans accused her of having a vapid character and transforming Don Draper from a likeable manwhore into a boring newlywed with no fire in his belly for his career, Matthew Weiner insists on giving her more and more screen time. It also doesn't help that the hogging of screen time by Megan is at the expense of developing the storylines involving the rest of the cast. (Still, plenty of fans defend Megan, if for no other reason than because her existence spotlights Don's relationship issues.)
Creepy Child Glen keeps showing up long after he stopped serving any clear purpose, just because he's played by Weiner's son. It really doesn't help that according to some interviews with Weiner, he's actually not supposed to be a creepy child; the kid just can't act, and Weiner can't accept that.
Don in season 5 is this to a tee. He comes on to the show just on the heels of Barney and Robin's breakup and becomes the latter's new love interest for the rest of the season. It dosen't help that just a few episode's in, the entire cast is gushing about how awesome he is, even though all his preceding appearances portray him as a Jerkass. Despite the fact that he was universally hated by the fanbase, a great deal of time was spent on their relationship, and it is just about the only big story arc on the show for most of the season. Thankfully by the end of the season, the writers have realized their mistake, and have since written him out.
Ted's season 6 love interest Zoey. While not quite as bad a case as Don, it still annoyed fans that she became such a big part of Ted's story arc that season.
Nellie in season 8 of The Office (US). While she had definite signs of The Scrappy initially (hated by fans), the writers have been publicly praising Catherine Tate (adored by creators), brought back and put in as the boss and attempted to be given a sympathetic backstory (put into large scenes), and finally talked up by other characters (with Jim and Pam taking to defend her at one point).
In recent years, the producers of Jeopardy! really enjoy making video clues, which include those done by the "Clue Crew" (first introduced in 2001), as well as any clue read by a celebrity, even whole categories of such clues. Almost all of them tend to involve very long clues read very slowly (Oprah Winfrey being a particular offender among celebrities), and add little-to-nothing to the game, as many fans may attest.
Oddly enough, Bates is also an Ensemble Darkhorse for many of the same reasons (with the exception of boring plots). So, Base Breaker right? Actually, things appear to be fairly civil. Huh.
Wade Wells in Sliders. Everyone male in every dimension falls in love with her. Not obnoxious, but nothing special either.
Considering the extremely limited recurring cast in early seasons, this is more of an effect of The Smurfette Principle than anything else. Though it would have been interesting for the odd male guest star to fall in love with Quinn or Rembrandt.
Not even necessarily that, but for example they could have male team members romance female natives more frequently, or not always romance anyone at all to have an adventure. No need to have every romance involve Wade, let alone have Quinn and Rembrandt both pine for her.
On a network level, Fred (played by Lucas Cruikshank) counts as this. He is a YouTube star who started out getting Special Guest roles on iCarly and Hannah Montana. His role on iCarly treated him as if he was a world famous star, and one character was ostracized for not liking him. Nickelodeon then gave him not one, but three movies and two different television series. The movies received poor reviews from critics and the public alike, with the first one having a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 2.1 rating on IMDb; both series, meanwhile, were cancelled after one season (Cruikshank and Nickelodeon have now come to a parting of the ways).
On Smash, according to people who worked on the show, Julia was an example of this. She was reportedly not allowed to have any genuine struggles to work through, because according to showrunner Theresa Rebeck, "She's the hero! She saves everything!"
Mason from Wizards of Waverly Place, due to getting away with everything. He once ate someone out of jealousy, and everyone else seems only mildly bothered by this.
Flynn from Shake It Up. At only 10 years old he is portrayed as a Spoiled Brat far more intelligent than all the characters older than him, except Henri. They even said he set up Wi-Fi in the apartment when he was three. Also, he is given all the good stuff no matter what he does. He's been given the spotlight dance despite not doing anything the entire episode, he tricked Rocky into getting him a toy by pretending to be a needy child, becoming an internet sensation, and even impressing a girl twice his age. No matter what he does he almost always gets away with his actions despite being selfish, greedy, and obnoxious.