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The Scrappy
aka: Scrappy
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?'"
Lore Fitzgerald Sjoberg, The Book of Ratings

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, are unhelpful to the protagonists, Invincible Heroes, 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. When this is taken to the point where the goal is to make you hate this character with every fibre of your being, such a character would be called a Hate Sink. 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. 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. When the franchise was later retooled in the 1990s and the character had become particularly notorious, he was entirely dropped from every iteration of the franchise in animated form and the character had become so toxic that even attempts to market older material with Scrappy in it tried to reduce mention of his role. The 2002 Scooby-Doo movie (which is not considered canon with respect to any other Scooby-Doo series) was the last time the character appeared in the franchise, and this appearance was entirely intended to disparage the character and his perceived role in ruining the show.

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.

The opposite of the Ensemble Darkhorse, an unexpectedly popular character. If the scrappy dies or suffers in some painful way where the audience actually starts to sympathize with the character, then it becomes Alas, Poor Scrappy.


Examples:


Replacement ScrappyAnnoyance TropesScrappy Mechanic
Nightmare FuelJustForFun/Tropes of LegendSelf-Demonstrating Article
Running the AsylumUnexpected Reactions to This IndexScrappy Mechanic
Saved by the FansAudience ReactionsScapegoat Creator
Sasami SyndromeYMMV RedirectsScrappy Level
Science Is BadAdministrivia/No Real Life Examples, Please!Screaming Plane Baby
There Is no Such Thing as NotabilityPt/Índice de TraduçãoEnsemble Darkhorse
Satellite Love InterestScrappy IndexDamsel Scrappy
The Scourge of GodThis Index Is Not An ExampleShock and Awe
Sarcasm FailureIndex FailureTotally Radical
Creator's PetSliding Scale of Character AppreciationDamsel Scrappy
Fate Worse than DeathOverdosed TropesHypocritical Humor
Blind Without 'EmImageSource/Western AnimationSliding Scale of Anthropomorphism

alternative title(s): Scrappy; Alien Scrappy; Fan Unfavourite; Fan Unfavorite; Unintended Hate Sink
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