Kill it! Kill it with fire!
Slowly and painfully!
"The more astute readers among you may have noticed that I haven't yet gone so far as to give anything an actual "F." That's not out of any kind-heartedness on my part, it's just that every time I got ready to give one out, I would ask myself, 'Is it really that bad, compared to the verminous, soul-tainting badness of Scrappy-Doo?'"
Popular characters have fandoms
. But sometimes, there is a character who has a hatedom
. We'll call this guy The Scrappy
Scrappies come in many different forms. Some of the most commonly hated characters are those that are viewed as very flat, are Karma Houdinis
, or are seen as overly annoying, arrogant, or abrasive. Characters who change a liked status quo will also often fall under this, as can characters who are seen as getting too much screen time, even if they were previously liked.
Note that this is not the same as a Hate Sink
, a character intentionally designed to be disliked, but who is not necessarily perceived to detract from the work itself — the audience just wants him to suffer.
Not all Scrappies are doomed to their status. If the writers notice what's happening, they may change the character in order to make sure they are no longer hated
, give them a tragic death scene
, simply send them away
, turn them into a villain in a reboot or adaptation and have the more popular characters beat them up
, or at the very least show that the other characters are as annoyed by them as the fans are
On the other hand, if the writers take a shine to The Scrappy and add some elements of Mary Sue
, or otherwise put more focus on them over more popular/liked characters, this will add gasoline to the flames—they've just turned The Scrappy into the dreaded Creator's Pet
Of course, writers may also make a Scrappy character intentionally
in order to spoof the concept. A Temporary Scrappy
exists to get on the viewers' nerves and then get thrown out at the end of the episode.
This trope is named after Scrappy-Doo from the Scooby-Doo
cartoon. The hatred of Scrappy was so prevalent that the 2002 Scooby Doo
movie (which is not considered canon
with respect to any other Scooby-Doo
series) had Scrappy unceremoniously thrown out of the Mystery Inc. van along with Scrappy being revealed to be the villain of the film
. While popular in the 1970s, the character came to become the face of this trope as the Scooby Doo franchise fell into decline in the 1980s, with fans pointing to the decline occurring as the franchise began to focus more and more upon Scrappy Doo.
This is an Audience Reaction
, more based on the fandom than the character itself. The visceral response to The Scrappy can baffle other fans who don't take the character as seriously
, or even sympathize with him or her. Please only post examples of the fandom hating a character; posting Personal Scrappies could get messy, especially if the Scrappy is in at the center of a Fandom Rivalry
. Die for Our Ship
entries should also be placed on that trope page only, though someone could be a Scrappy because of that reason.