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Playing With: Creator's Pet
Basic Trope: A major character who is popular with the writers and especially the executives, but is generally unpopular with the Fandom and even hated.
  • Straight: Charlie's an irritating know-it-all hated by fans of the show, but gets into every episode anyway because the writer adores him.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Charlie appears in almost every shot, literally crowding the rest of the cast out of frame whenever possible, while they gush about how great he is. Ratings plummet.
    • Charlie is idolized by the creators and especially the executives and see him as So Cool Its Awesome, whilst the fanbase sees him as So Bad, It's Horrible.
    • Charlie, whilst so loved by the writers and especially the executives, is so hated by the famdom to the point that they consider him as traumatizing or even physically injuring.
    • Charlie, whilst so loved by the writers and especially the executives, is so hated by the famdom that not only is he unable to attract Bile Fascination by them, but unable to be riffed on.
    • Charlie, whilst so loved by the writers and especially the executives, is hated by the fandom to the point that they consider him as a Brown Note.
  • Downplayed:
    • Charlie doesn't get a lot of Character Focus, but when he does, about half the fandom will complain.
    • The fans don't hate Charlie, they just wish he would give the other characters the spotlight.
    • Charlie isn't hated by the fandom but is frowned upon by them.
  • Justified:
    • The viewers may hate Charlie's guts, but the show feels somewhat empty without him there.
    • The writer is trying to help restore the character from derailment, but has not quite gone the way about it.
    • Charlie is the writer's idea of a good character, however he is constantly trying to shift it after his dislike from the crowd. The reason he always appears is because they keep trying to put the character in a light that works, but due to fan dislike of the character he's still considered annoying, even if his role for the episode was actually good.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • The show's creators get wise, but can't quite bring themselves to do anything more than drop the occasional Take That, Scrappy! on him.
    • The show's creators alter Charlie (who has been treated by the fandom as So Bad, It's Good) to the point that he becomes hated by the fans.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: The show's makers are constantly veering between rescuing him from the scrappy heap, then getting overconfident and causing him to fall back into it.
  • Averted:
    • The writers don't get too attached to any characters.
    • Or the writers have stated that a particular character is their favorite, but the character is well-liked by fans and/or doesn't get disproportionate focus.
  • Enforced: The Deconstructed example, but in Real Life, not a Show Within a Show.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: Deliberately treated like this for the purpose of killing them off merrily.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Oh, man, not this guy again..". "Who, Charlie?" "Yeah, him. He's taking over the show, and it's really hurting the quality".
  • Deconstructed: Charlie, a character in a Show Within a Show exists within the writer's blind spot because he's what the author always wanted to be: confident, outgoing, witty, with lots of friends... the writer put so much of himself into Charlie that he doesn't want to acknowledge the character's Hatedom, as it strikes a little too close to home. So when the fans are torturing and murdering Charlie in Flash animations on the in-universe equivalent of Newgrounds, the writer sinks into depression and takes his own life.
  • Reconstructed: Charlie from the Show Within a Show isn't the author's idealized self image, as much of a Marty Stu as he may be. Rather, he's what the writer thinks all of humanity should live up to, and thus doesn't sink into a depression when the fans hate Charlie but rather treats it as the fans being intimidated by how great he is. They crucified Jesus, you know.
  • Plotted A Good Waste:
    • Turns out the writer was just settling Charlie up for a major fall in a Wham Episode where all his faults come to the forefront and have disastrous consequences, causing him to lose his friends' respect and setting him up as The Atoner.
    • Charlie is deliberately written to be annoying...so the audience will root against him when he betrays the team.
  • Played For Laughs: Charlie is set up by the other characters as over-the-top perfect so that when he fails (Once an Episode or more), we laugh at the disconnect between his public acclaim and how he actually sucks.
  • Played For Drama: Charlie's awesome perfectness overshadows his little brother Daniel, who is the show's actual protaganist. Granted, Charlie gets more air time even when the fans want to see Daniel more often, but Daniel's conflicts are that much more poignant because Charlie is just that much better at everything.

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