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Playing With: Take That, Scrappy!
Basic Trope: A character who is especially hated by the audience is mocked or degraded by another character in his/her series.
  • Straight:
    • Alan is an comic relief character who annoys people. Barbara, the lead, says to his face that she's surprised that anyone puts up with him.
    • Barbara kicks Alan in the nuts
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alan is an comic relief character who is hated by everybody who's ever watched the show. Barbara, all of her friends and enemies react with extreme disgust whenever Alan comes into the scene.
    • Alan has an entire episode that consists of the other characters torturing him in various gruesome ways, and dropping a nuke on him at the end.
  • Downplayed: Alan is a comic relief character that annoys people. Barbara eventually tells him his jokes aren't funny and commands him to stop making them.
  • Justified: Alan did something really, really bad earlier in the series, and Barbara and the others have no intention of making him forget about it.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Barbara and her friends look like they are going to insult Alan. But instead compliment Alan on all of his "hard work"...
    • Alas, Poor Scrappy
  • Double Subverted: ...but the compliment is disguised as an insult that goes way over Alan's head.
  • Parodied: Alice and Bob are watching the Show Within a Show, starring Alan and Barbara. Alice mentions that she finds Alan really obnoxious. On the television they're watching, Barbara says "Hey! Alice is right! You are really obnoxious, Alan!"
  • Zig Zagged: Barbara's friends Cassie and Deborah talk about how annoying Alan is, but Barbara catches them and disagrees... until Deborah reminds her of something particularly annoying that he did. She then joins in the gossip. Alan finds them and interrupts, only to get nastily rebuked by Barbara and Deborah. After he slinks off, however, Cassie points out that maybe that was a little too harsh. Debora disagrees, while Barbara waffles, unsure whether they went too far or not.
  • Averted: The Creator's Pet is never called out.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded:
    • "God, I've been waiting to say that to you for years!"
    • "We could be on a TV show, watched by millions of people, and there still wouldn't be anyone who thinks you're funny."
  • Invoked: Barbara's Jerkass rival Eva goads Alan into doing something incredibly stupid as part of a plot to embarrass her.
  • Exploited: Alan is suspiciously quiet and keeping to himself. When Barbara asks why he's acting so strange, he tells her that he's found out the fans hate him, and he's worried that the creators will fire him.
  • Defied: Barbara is clearly about to rip Alan a new one...but closes her mouth, and refuses to say a word, considering herself above such petty grievances.
  • Discussed:
    • "You know what the mark of a good director is? The nerve to make fun of their own annoying dead-weight character."
    • Alan gets in the way again, and Barbara yells at him. He yells back, "Don't blame me! Blame the idiot writers who make me act stupid in every episode!"
  • Conversed: "Finally, that annoying jerk got called out! The authors do listen to our complaints!"
  • Deconstructed:
    • After years of being able to do anything without being called out, the Creator's Pet has a mental breakdown when someone does.
    • We're shown that Alan is just trying to be helpful, even though he's totally incompetent. When the other characters insult him for his failures, some of which are direct quotes from fans, we're shown in great detail how much this hurts Alan.
  • Reconstructed: They recover, and they get better.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Alan was deliberately made irritating so that the audience would root for Barbara to call him out, and to set up his Face-Heel Turn after she gives him what-for.
  • Played for Laughs: Barbara pulls out a list and recites each and every complaint that fans have about him.
  • Played for Drama: It's revealed to the audience that Alan considers Barbara to be his only real friend, and that he's just trying to help her... right before he inadvertently pushes her Berserk Button and gets screamed at.

Back to Take That, Scrappy! (No, not you! You get out of here, you annoying little runt!)

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