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: As the metagame evolves, people realize Jock is a Lethal Joke Character, whose comical style combined with surprising hidden power make him a lot more popular.
  • Double Subverted: But the as the metagame evolves further, people realize that his options aren't as powerful anymore and people start abandoning him, leaving Jock back in the low-tiers.
  • Parodied: Jock's attacks have names like "Weak Punch", "Lame Kick", "Flower Spin", "Useless Special", "Hated Weak Stupid Attack Thingy"...
  • Zig Zagged: Jock is hated for having an exceptional advantage against Harry, but is terribly weak against the rest of the high tiers. Players are annoyed of how many players use Jock just because of his matchup against Harry.
  • 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.

    Both tiers 
Basic Trope: A character is disliked for for having a disjointed match up.
  • Straight: In Generic Fighter, Mary is disliked for having an excellent match ups against characters on the high tier but is terrible against those of the lower tier.
  • Exaggerated: Mary is hated because it is always a one sided fight against her, either with her winning or losing.
  • Downplayed: Many people are confused as to what they feel about Mary because she is neither bad, good, or even in the middle.
  • Justified: The meta of Generic Fighter is of a specific gameplay and Mary is designed to counter that gameplay with many people upset that they only use Mary for that reason.
  • Inverted: Many people love Mary either because she is the most balanced character or they think her fighting style is very unique.
  • Subverted:
    • An update has been released to balance all the characters.
    • The meta has changed, allowing Mary to finally have a consistent rating on the tier list.
  • Double Subverted: Despite the change, Mary still has a disjointed match up in the new meta gameplay.
  • Parodied: Mary has two versions of her moves, a weak attack that does 1 hp and a One-Hit KO attack.
  • Zig Zagged: While there are people who hate Mary because she's just a counter on the meta, there are people who love her for showing that the current meta just doesn't work.
  • Averted: Tiers aren't significant enough to influence the players' opinion on the characters.
  • Enforced: "These Fragile Speedsters are too good, lets add a character that specifically counters them."
  • Lampshaded: "Mary, sometimes I can't even tell if you are a Badass or just pretending to be one."
  • Invoked: Someone in the game puts a curse on Mary, 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: Every time Mary faces a draw, she's shocked that this somehow happened even against herself.
  • Conversed: "Dude, are you one of the good or bad Mary players?"
  • Deconstructed: Mary was supposed to have an important role in the story, but the developers realize that most players despise her. Fearing that they won't be able to rescue her from the Scrappy Heap, they instead decide to write her out of the story.
  • Reconstructed: But the players then find out more about the plot and realize that they like her personality. The fans want her back and in the next game, The Bus Came Back.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The developers plan to kill off Mary and don't want that the players miss her.
  • Played For Laughs: The players make fun of Mary's strengths against certain characters and others being her Weaksauce Weakness.
  • Played For Drama: The players conclude that Mary just have bad luck, especially if she was the champion in one game but was eliminated on the first match in another game.


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