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Playing With: Tier-Induced Scrappy
Basic Trope: A character is disliked for gameplay reasons.

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    High tier 
Basic Trope: A character is disliked for being stronger than most other characters.
  • Straight: In Generic Fighter, Harry is significantly stronger than the other characters. As a result, most players dislike him.
  • Exaggerated: Harry is slightly stronger than everyone else. As a result, he's hated by pretty much all players.
  • Downplayed:
    • Harry is a Game Breaker. As a result, most serious players despise him, but others are more neutral.
    • Harry is slightly stronger than the other characters. He is the most frequently used character, and some players get tired of him.
  • Justified: Almost everyone uses Harry. As a result, players get sick of seeing him all the time.
  • Inverted: Most people find Harry funny because he's overpowered.
  • Subverted: Harry is a Skill Gate Character
  • Double Subverted: Harry appears to be a Skill Gate Character, until someone finds a Difficult but Awesome tactic that also beats experts
  • Parodied: Harry's attacks are called things like "Overpowered Punch", "Xtremely Mighty Kick", etc.
  • Zig Zagged: Some people hate Harry, but "Stop Having Fun" Guys who only like to win think he's awesome.
  • Averted: Tiers aren't significant enough to influence the players' opinion on the characters.
  • Enforced: "Harry is strong in the story. Can we really have Gameplay and Story Segregation by making Harry as weak as the average character?"
  • Lampshaded: "Harry, you win so easily. That's why the players get annoyed."
  • Invoked: Someone in the game greatly powers Harry up, hoping for this effect.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The developers put a lot of effort into balancing the game properly, giving each character equal chances of winning.
  • Discussed: When Harry wins a lot, he remarks that he hopes the players won't start hating him for it.
  • Conversed: "Why can't I ever win against Harry? Even if my opponent is a complete beginner, as long as he plays as Harry, he wins. It's making me angry."
  • Deconstructed: Harry was supposed to have an important role in the story, but the developers realize that most players despise him. Fearing that they won't be able to rescue him from the Scrappy Heap, they instead decide to write him out of the story.
  • Reconstructed: But the players then find out more about the plot and realize that they like his personality. The fans want him back and in the next game, The Bus Came Back.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The developers plan to kill off Harry and don't want that the players miss him.
  • Played For Laughs: The players make fun of Harry's strengh.
  • Played For Drama: The players portray Harry as being depressed because of his power. He just wants to be normal.

    Low tier 
Basic Trope: A character is disliked for being weaker than most other characters.
  • Straight: In Generic Fighter, the weakest character Jock is the most disliked character.
  • Exaggerated: Jock is slightly weaker than everyone else. As a result, he's universally hated.
  • Downplayed: Some players don't like that matches played with Jock are nearly Unwinnable.
  • Justified: The players think having a Joke Character is a waste of space in the roster.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: ???
  • Double Subverted: ???
  • Parodied: Jock's attacks have names like "Weak Punch", "Lame Kick", "Flower Spin", "Useless Special", "Hated Weak Stupid Attack Thingy"...
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Tiers aren't significant enough to influence the players' opinion on the characters.
  • Enforced: "Hey, we need 20 characters because 20 is much cooler than 19. Why not make a laughably weak character just for fun?"
  • Lampshaded: "Jock, the players don't choose you because you're weak. Because of that, they don't like you. You'd better start training."
  • Invoked: Someone in the game weakens Jock, hoping for this effect.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The developers put a lot of effort into balancing the game properly, giving each character equal chances of winning.
  • Discussed: When Jock loses a lot, he remarks that he hopes the players won't start hating him for it.
  • Conversed: "I hate playing as Jock. I can never win when I play as him."
  • Deconstructed: Jock was supposed to have an important role in the story, but the developers realize that most players despise him. Fearing that they won't be able to rescue him from the Scrappy Heap, they instead decide to write him out of the story.
  • Reconstructed: But the players then find out more about the plot and realize that they like his personality. The fans want him back and in the next game, The Bus Came Back.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The developers plan to kill off Jock and don't want that the players miss him.
  • Played For Laughs: The players make fun of Jock's weakness.
  • Played For Drama: The players remark that Jock has a Tragic Dream of becoming a great fighter.


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