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Playing With: Alas, Poor Scrappy
Basic Trope: Everyone hates The Scrappy, but their departure leads to tears.
  • Straight: Eddy is hated by a lot of fans, but when he abruptly dies, everyone finds it sad and touching.
  • Exaggerated: Eddy irritates everyone to the point that he's regularly killed in countless revenge fics, but when he breaks his neck, he becomes an Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • Downplayed: Eddy's death is kind of sad-making, but not to the point of tears.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: No one cares about Eddy's tragic death, and most of them even think they're better off without him.
  • Double Subverted: ...Until the ending, when Alice breaks down in tears, and her grief affects the others (and the audience).
  • Parodied:
    • A dummy that looks exactly like Eddy is "killed", and everyone starts weeping, then real Eddy comes on screen and everyone reverts to their previous emotions.
    • "Well, I'm sure we'll miss him very much." "I'm not dead!" "Yup, he couldn't have survived that." "Yes, I did!" "Let's go and have a drink in his memory." "Come back!"
  • Zig Zagged: The party mourns Eddy, then goes to pointing out his flaws, then some feel guilty about it, which causes an argument over when is it's okay to speak ill of the dead, then another scrappy dies...
  • Averted: Everybody still hates Eddy, and his death doesn't alter anyone's opinion of him.
  • Enforced:
    • "We need to show how close the True Companions are, and how they care about every team member! No matter how widely hated!"
    • "If The Scrappy makes a Heroic Sacrifice it will trigger an emotional response, so the audience will feel bad for hating him before that."
  • Lampshaded: "I thought we didn't like Eddy." "Yeah, but that was before... you know..."
  • Invoked:
    • Eddy fakes his death so that people will like him.
    • Eddy becomes a Martyr Without a Cause, desperate to give his life for anything that seems noble, just so he'll be remembered well.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "Look, Eddy lived an asshole and died an asshole. I'm not going to shed any tears for him."
  • Discussed:
    • "Have you ever noticed how everyone is always sad when someone dies, even if he was an jerk nobody liked?"
    • Bob: "If they capture us, they will kill us in such a way that I would not wish it on anyone. Not even you Eddy."
  • Conversed: "It's like in those TV shows, where the asshole dies and suddenly everyone loves him."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Eddy is actually extremely insecure and has deep-seated issues that he hides with his outward persona. After learning that all his friends find him irritating, he tries to change his ways, but is rebuffed and rebuked. Finally, he is Driven to Suicide, and when Bob discovers his Suicide Note and realizes their role in it, he can't help but mourn.
    • Eddy is automatically mourned by everyone, except Bob. Try as he might, Bob cannot remind anyone of how annoying Eddy was when he was alive. Fed up with the valorization of Eddy, Bob revives Eddy from the dead, just to prove that Eddy was annoying.
    • The heroes mourn for the loss of Eddy as well as the citizens who were killed by a masked man, but when the masked man revealed himself to the heroes and they were all shocked to see that it was Eddy all along. Because of his plan to make the heroes look bad in hating him, the heroes tell Eddy that he's totally beyond redemption for his heinous actions and will give him exactly what he deserves.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Then, cut to Eddy's funeral. Everyone talks about how little they appreciated him, and how he deserved better.
    • Upon Eddy's revival, Jim finds Eddy to be so annoying that Jim shoots Eddy. Even Bob feels he didn't deserve that.
    • Only to learn, that the Eddy who masterminded this plan is actually a Shapeshifter doppelganger and had taken his form, using it to commit such an atrocity.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • While everyone is sitting around weeping and saying how much they miss Eddy, flashbacks showing him while he was still alive and hated are interspersed. The memories undercut the sentiment and make it seem absurd.
    • "Eddy was always there for us! Well...except the time he left us with that man-eating tiger to go and get ice cream. (sniffle) He just loved that ice cream!"
  • Played For Drama: Eddy was so annoying to the others, that they all gave him a speech on how their lives would be better if he were dead. Their words became prophetic, and now the friends took back what they've said and wished they were the ones who were dead and not Eddy. And it didn't help that Eddy had killed himself due to their callous speech.

Back to Alas, Poor Scrappy, how we knew him.

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