* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' Anime
** [[TheDitz Bianca]] qualifies. During the Club Battle, she became a Scrappy for her love for Zorua. But once the episode with her father aired and she underwent CharacterDevelopment, she is a Scrappy no more. It also help that she TookALevelInBadass and defeated Trip, who is a ReplacementScrappy himself.
** Ash, out of all people is also seems to be headed for this in XY, if the comments on the internet are to show. It helps that a) he actually TookALevelInBadass in the transition from BW to XY - [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome in coming head-on to a pseudo-legendary Pokémon, and successfully taming it.]]; and b) there seems to be less cases of blatantly embarrassing defeats than in BW - which was at least partially responsible for the hate on Ash (and possibly the anime itself). [[FridgeBrilliance Even said defeats in XY actually do make sense if you check past episodes of similar scenarios, or check Smogon and its banlist for the opponent's Pokémon.]]
* Speaking of Gundam, there's Saji Crossroad from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. He spends most of Season One [[TrappedByMountainLions trapped by extremely boring mountain lions]], with his only glimmer of relevance being that Setsuna is his neighbor. Most of the reaction that early-episode Saji gets is "why does this guy get so much screentime?". Towards the end of Season One, though, ''[[FromBadToWorse everything that could go wrong for him]] [[TheWoobie goes wrong]]'', and after the TimeSkip [[spoiler:he is MistakenForTerrorist and sent to an A-LAWS prison colony, where he is found by Setsuna. He then joins Celestial Being simply because they are the only ones who would take him in, and TakesALevelInBadass as the pilot of the 0-Raiser.]] [[CaptainObvious Somewhere along there the hate vanished.]]
** Also in ''00'', [[spoiler:Andrei Smirnov]] jumped full-on into the Scrappy Heap after [[spoiler:killing his father Sergei, the series' resident CoolOldGuy and one of the most {{reasonable authority figure}}s in the series, ''[[MurderByMistake because he jumped to a conclusion]]'']]. TheMovie gives him [[spoiler:a CrowningMomentOfAwesome HeroicSacrifice, which jumped him out of "despised" if not into "well-liked". Obviously doubles with AlasPoorScrappy]].
** Also, Nena Trinity once she killed an even ''bigger'' Scrappy than herself: [[spoiler: Wang Lu Mei.]] Unfortunately, Nena wasn't able to do much of anything ''after'' being rescued from the heap, as she [[spoiler: dies ''immediately'' afterwards.]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' had Asem Asuno, the second generation protagonist. His angsting about not being [[PsychicPowers an X-Rounder]] and his need to prove himself to his father did not do much to endear him to the fanbase. Then comes a DyingSpeech from [[spoiler:his mentor Woolf]] about walking his own path and becoming his own pilot, and Asem proceeds to [[spoiler:kill Desil Galette]], despite a total lack of PsychicPowers, a rarity for ''Gundam'' protagonists. To rephrase, he beat the series' Newtype-equivalent with NO special powers at all, just pure skill. Suddenly the fans are singing the praises of Asem Asuno, the [[MemeticMutation SUPER PILOT]]! [[spoiler:His becoming a SpacePirate with appropriately themed Gundam in the next season has only increased his BadAss, as far as the fans are concerned.]]
* You can only imagine how many fans Kanako Urashima of ''Manga/LoveHina'' gained when [[TakeThatScrappy she punched even bigger]] Scrappy [[{{Tsundere}} Naru Narusegawa]].
* This happened to Bart in ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' as a result of his ADayInTheLimelight episode. The CrowningMomentOfAwesome made him {{Badass}}, and the ImportantHaircut (or rather, the reason for it) made him [[CharacterDevelopment sympathetic]]. Though his [[LetsGetDangerous newfound competence]] helped, it was still primarily the CharacterDevelopment that did it in earlier episodes, culminating in a blurb before the new season where the older version boggles at the younger version and wonders if he used to be that silly.
* A rather odd example: ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s Sasuke has been considered a Scrappy for the longest time [[AmericansHateTingle in America]]. But once he'd been pitted against Danzo, American fans have actually started ''[[BlackAndGreyMorality rooting]]'' for him. Though this may be more because it's his CrowningMomentOfAwesome than him just being the lesser of two evils. Others root for Danzo instead, as they think he is making pretty good points and agree with his way to lead the village.
** Also happened to Karin when [[spoiler:Sasuke sacrificing her to kill Danzou turned her into TheWoobie. Although she survived, she made it clear she didn't care about Sasuke after what he did. Not only did this remove her from the shipping equation, but she also displayed, what some fans believe, more common sense than other characters in the series.]] Although that fell flat when she reunites with Team Taka after that [[spoiler: and easily forgives Sasuke after he just awkwardly mutters a "Sorry, Karin"]]. While some found that hilarious, a lot of readers didn't take that well and quickly called her the most pathetic female character in the manga (which is saying something).
** Sakura went through this at the start of ''Shippuden'' due to CharacterDevelopment and [[TookALevelInBadass becoming a lot stronger]]. Sadly, she quickly became TheScrappy again in the ''Kage Summit'' arc, after her fake love confession to Naruto, her inability to kill the [[spoiler:defected Sasuke]] and generally not doing anything besides crying and relying on Naruto again like in Part 1. However, her CoolBigSis role around both Naruto and Hinata during [[Naruto7TheLast The Last]] and overall supporting them does genuinely managed to regains some of her former glory that she once had at the start of ''Shippuden''
* Suzaku Kururugi from ''Anime/CodeGeass'', [[spoiler:after Lelouch Geass-es him to "Live!", which causes him to revert from his fake (and debatedly hypocritical) nice guy persona to his brash, rude, and brutally honest "true self".]]
** Then we have [[TykeBomb Rolo Lamperouge]], [[spoiler:performing a heartwrenching HeroicSacrifice in order to take Lelouch away from being shot by the Black Knights, killing himself in the process through Geass overuse.]]
* Sakuno Ryuzaki from the animated version of ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' is portrayed as a [[ShrinkingViolet "sweet and earnest, but klutzy and stuttering child"]], and thus, she's often reviled, hated and called "anti-feminist" and "stupid". But several Sakuno haters have come to like her better after reading the manga, which tones down her klutziness and makes her a pint-sized, more self-assured YamatoNadeshiko. Same goes to her Chinese drama self, where Sakuno is somewhat more outspoken and independent ''and'' a promising artist on top of that.
** Conversely, some fans (often of the HetIsEw type) dislike manga!Sakuno's portrayal as the ideal girlfriend for Ryoma (whom they see as a possible PuritySue), but prefer her anime counterpart as the clumsiness and insecurity are semi-realistic character flaws.
* The ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' manga portrays main character Makoto Itou as more sympathetic than his other versions (that of an idiotic {{jerkass}} who cares only about boning as many girls as possible). In the manga, he is portrayed as a well-intentioned idiot who actually ''cares'' for the girls, other than just schtupping them.
** Sadly, the process was reversed with Sekai Saionji. While she's portrayed in games and anime as being impulsive and idiotic yet having a good heart and showing remorse for her actions, Sekai in the manga is shown as quite the self-centered and manipulative bitch... and two of the PlayStation endings definitely go this route as well, ''without'' giving her the madness excuse that Kotonoha tends to have when she goes {{Yandere}}.
* Bat from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' went from annoying brat to capable warrior between the first and second series. He grew up pretty well.
* Shiho is considerably more tolerable in ''Manga/MaiOtome'' than her ''Manga/MaiHime'' counterpart was, since she doesn't spend her time [[ClingyJealousGirl watching over Yuuichi]] (a.k.a. [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor Sir-Not-Appearing-In-This-Series]]) like a hawk, and actually gets to be her own character for a change. At the very least, the complaints about her whininess don't seem to be as loud with the new series. Although some still prefer her ''Manga/MaiHime'' self since she had more dramatic weight instead of being a RunningGag character.
* Miaka Yuuki, main character of ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', appears to have gotten a little less flak from some of her haters thanks to ''Eikoden''; their reasoning was that no matter how bad they thought Miaka was, she at least had good intentions and cared a lot for other people than herself, whereas Mayo was a hundred times worse.
* The little duck billed bratty demon, Kanchome, of ''Manga/ZatchBell'', was generally useful for little more than a random flawed disguise on the spot to help his TrueCompanions, and his attitude had TheScrappy written all over it. The anime gave him a CrowningMomentOfAwesome by having him nearly defeat a stronger foe with a new spell that made replications of himself, but he would go on to be much more badass in the manga - he saved the Earth from destruction by Clear Note (the BigBad) by ''transforming into the Earth'' and hypnotizing Clear to think it was the real thing.
* Many a fan of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' profoundly hates Seiya for only winning his fights due to support from others. His author, Masami Kurumada, seemed to get the message when he made ''Anime/BtX'', which features many {{exp|y}}ies from his previous works, as was his style. Seiya's expy Teppei, while still very brash and headstrong, has a strong resolve to stand on his own two feet and delivers. To make sure he didn't veer off too much in the opposite direction, however, he ''does'' see what happens when he ignores his B't [[spoiler: when he nearly dies against the 5th Point Soldier]], and a balance is struck. More than a few fans agree Teppei is much more likable.
** Also, the fans seem a lot fonder to Seiya ever since his appearance in ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega''.
* Chris Thorndyke from ''Anime/SonicX'', in the final two series, after being given a PlotRelevantAgeUp and some actual ''abilities'', plus being portrayed as being significantly less clingy and self absorbed.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' During the TrainingFromHell segment of the [[{{Filler}} Bount arc]], Lirin's smug demeanor and grating laugh (in addition to the grating length of that segment itself) made her almost insufferable. After she officially joined the team, she becomes much more tolerable.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Usopp was heavily criticized by the fanbase for dueling Luffy and leaving the crew over Luffy's decision to replace the irreparable Going Merry, causing some of his detractors to bring up his relative weakness compared to the rest of the crew. Later in the arc, he adopted the persona of Sogeking to avoid getting a large bounty for attacking Enies Lobby as well as to prevent his former crewmates from noticing who he was, although only Luffy and Chopper didn't notice, and demonstrated a powerful new weapon with new techniques and far greater accuracy. Then he later apologized for his actions and rejoined the crew. Considering how Oda seems to work, he had probably planned the story that way all along.
** It also helped that the duel itself was fantastic, as it showed that Usopp was more than a LethalJokeCharacter, to the point where he could actually go toe-to-toe with [[BoringInvincibleHero Luffy]].
** [[spoiler:Bellamy. Prior to the TimeSkip, he was just an [[SmallNameBigEgo arrogant]] dick that none of the fans liked, not helped by the fact he was a poor fighter who Luffy beat with one punch and without his devil fruit powers. Post-TimeSkip, he reappears in the Dressrosa arc, matured, respectful, and his fighting abilities significantly improved, along with some depth in his devotion to Doflamingo. Thanks to this CharacterDevelopment, he's started getting a bit of a following and is certainly no longer TheScrappy anymore.]]
* Koizumi Kyoko from ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' is first presented as an overtly comedic ButtMonkey akin to Heckel from ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', and just as out of place. However, once she gets sent to Friend Land and becomes more involved in the central story, she becomes quite sympathetic and one of the characters the audience can most identify with, as a regular person thrown into the center of an epic battle against an evil conspiracy.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'''s [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]], the sometimes annoying crybaby [[BrattyHalfPint Satoko]], gained a fanbase after standing up to Shion while being ''stabbed to death''. In some fan's eyes, [[spoiler:Takano Miyo]]'s flashback arc did a great job at making [[spoiler:her]] sympathetic and cheer-worthy in the eyes of a lot of fans, even though [[spoiler:she]]'s the BigBad.
** ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' seems to be trying to do the same thing for [[CreepyChild Maria]] as of the fourth arc.
* Raki from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', post time-skip. From a whiny little "protect her" obsessed powerless crybaby to... THAT. There should be a limit to these things. He manages to talk down a medieval angry mob, smiling all the way, and (to put it in perspective,) he's holding himself off from [[SuperpoweredEvilSide awakening]] due to the death pikes harder than one of the female hybrid Claymores, which actually managed to turn the ''second strongest Claymore'' into a cat-monster-thing with no resemblance to a mind. Think about that. Although it's been implied that it's not due to him, but to...something...on his back.
* Shinji from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is often given a back-bone and made much more socially capable when he's ported over to things like the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series of games or [[ContinuityReboot re-imaging]]/AdaptationDistillation of the main series such as the manga adaptation, the ''Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionAngelicDays'' or the ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' film series.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': This, apparently, was the effect for some of Mosquito's BishonenLine during the Baba Yaga arc. He was dead within two chapters - interrupted transformations sequences FTW.
** This good-looking younger version of Mosquito is the one he uses to slice Death the Kid's arm off. This is an EvilIsSexy thing, isn't it? Had he done it in his massive gorilla-insect-ish forms, people wouldn't have 'Rescued' him.
* Crow Hogan, from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', may be on his way to this. His [[spoiler: being a signer is slowly being justified, starting with the acquisition of his Dragon,]] and in later episodes, he actually has been sidelined in favor of other major characters.
* [[TheNapoleon Emerald]] is generally the least-liked Dex Holder in ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', but his BackStory gave him [[TheWoobie Woobie]] status. His new appearance in the ORAS chapter has also been better received, as he now has his hair down and ditched his fake limbs.
** White was initially bashed for [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses not being an]] ActionGirl, but she's getting ''major'' sympathy points as [[spoiler:she fell out of the Nimbasa Ferris Wheel due to the shock of her Tepig, Gigi, abandoning her for N]]. It helps that she's also [[spoiler: resolved to ''become'' an ActionGirl after the incident, steadily becoming stronger as a character now that she's recovered from her HeroicBSOD.]]
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'': Sealand became a more liked character after his role in the ''Manga/HetaliaBloodbath2010'' strips. Additionally, Korea and Japan appear to have become less hated with the passage of time: the ugly incident regarding real-life Korean MoralGuardians is hardly ever brought up against Korea now due to it having faded away into the past, and Japan having a minor role at best in the most recent webcomic strips have put a damper on accusations of him being a SpotlightStealingSquad or RelationshipSue.
* Elizabeth Middleford of ''Manga/BlackButler'' in chapter 57. [[spoiler: This sweet, adorable and harmless DamselInDistress reveals herself as a BadassAdorable in Chapter 57 and confesses that she desperately wanted for her fiancé Ciel to not see her "uncute" side, and deliberately hid her badass side up until then. Even nearly at the cost of her own life. Shortly after Ciel berates her for such behavior (Prioritizing lady-manners over survival), when she is about to die while Ciel, who despite his best efforts ends up injured and unable to save her, is in danger, Elizabeth spontaneously leaps into action and stabs down the zombies using swords in both hands. While tearfully declaring that she'll protect him, even.]]
** [[CharacterDevelopment It's more than that, really.]] [[spoiler: She lives in Victorian England, where a lady must be prim and proper; her mother Frances taught her swordsmanship since she was quite the ChildProdigy at it... which young Ciel had no idea at the time, [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon only wishing to marry sweet Elizabeth and not a savage warrior like Frances.]] Then we see [[DeconstructedTrope the poor little girl's train of thoughts]] as [[HiddenDepths she has to sacrifice so much for Ciel's safety]], vowing that [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend she would become a powerful wife so she could protect him]].]] Such stuff goes beyond mere [[spoiler: badass taking levels]]; it's actually HUGE {{woobie}} and {{Character Depth}}s material.
* During her first arc in ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', Kanon Nakagawa drew a lot of hate for being a {{Yandere}} AttentionWhore. Her later role in the story shows her softer, much more likable side, and the fandom has mostly warmed up to her.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Chisame was fairly unpopular early in the series for her excessively abrasive personality. Then Mahorafest rolled around and [[CharacterDevelopment developed her]] into an OnlySaneMan / MetaGuy / AudienceSurrogate, at which point she was much more well received.
* Ishigaki, of ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'', started out as an annoying and mostly ignored assistant for Detective Sasazuka and was at the bottom of most popularity polls. He ultimately seemed useless and even the series said so. However, after an arc where he tries proving himself when a rival enters the case and his bizarre hobbies end up helping solve the crime while showing his amazing creativity and hilarious dark side, he shot all the way to number two on the next popularity poll, nearly beating Neuro himself!
* Onpu from ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' was very much disliked during the first season. She used magic to solve all of her problems and even used forbidden magic for trivial purposes such as getting her mother to take her out for dinner in order to avoid having to eat green peppers. Although she isn't entirely to blame for her misuse of magic when you consider who [[EvilMentor her teacher]] is. However, even without magic, she was still kind of a prick and speculated that the reason Tamaki never gets punished by her father is that he doesn't love her and '''says it out loud in Tamaki's face'''. She does get better near the end of the first season though as the last two times she used forbidden magic was to help another girl with her audition and to save the other girls from being turned into witch frogs. In season 2, she whole heartedly joined the other Ojamajos, and her popularity made a significant jump to the point where she was the only other ''Ojamajo Doremi'' character who made it very far in the fan-driven 2002 Anime Saimoe Tournament.
** Reika Tamaki herself was disliked due to her being the AlphaBitch and designated [[TheBully bully]]. However, CharacterDevelopment set in and she showed her HiddenDepths and became much more sympathetic
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', while Maho was not necessarily an unpopular character to begin with, some viewers had a negative first impression of her after her [[AloofBigSister cold treatment of her younger sister Miho]], but changed their mind after her PetTheDog moments, and when Little Army revealed that [[spoiler:her greatest desire and the reason why she serves as Nishizumi heiress is for Miho to be able to live her own way, which is why she adopts a JerkassFacade]].
** Similarly, the Student Council received a negative first impression for essentially blackmailing Miho into doing tankery again. Then it's revealed that [[spoiler:they have to win the tournament or else the school will shut down]], and shortly after this revelation, Anzu takes a more active role in her tank, which becomes much more effective as a result.
** Anzio wasn't as well liked as the other schools at first, since their battle happened offscreen in the anime, and while Anchovy appeared in the manga, not everyone liked her looking down on Miho for [[spoiler:sacrificing victory to save the flag tank]]. In the Anzio OVA, Anchovy's quite competitive, but significantly nicer, [[spoiler:holding a meal for her team, Miho's team and the support staff after the battle]].
* Pollun from ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' was a RidiculouslyCuteCritter, but he was also a BrattyHalfPint with a whiny and annoying personality. His only purpose of the show was to give the Pretty Cures their MidSeasonUpgrade FinishingMove again and again. In ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureMaxHeart'', he's promoted as [[SixthRanger Shiny Luminous's]] partner, becomes more mature and responsible than in the previous season, cries less often, and gets more sympathy with his own AnnoyingYoungerSibling Lullun, [[TheScrappy the new scrappy]].
** Iona Hikara/Cure Fortune of ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' was an unrelenting JerkAss towards Hime Shirayuki/Cure Princess due to Hime's DarkSecret of [[spoiler:opening [[SealedEvilInACan the Axia Box]] and releasing the Phantom Empire]]. When she revealed this point, she was ''still'' a JerkAss, but now it was JerkassHasAPoint. Two episodes after she revealed that to the rest of the cast, she suffers a BreakTheBadass moment as [[HeroKiller Precure Hunter]] Phantom beats her down and destroys her original powers before revealing that her real reason for revenge against him, her sister being captured, was all ''her'' fault. A few moments later, it's ''Hime'' leading a BigDamnHeroes moment to save Iona and give her the means to restore her powers. She mellows out considerably, especially after the next episode she learns that Hime was tricked into opening the box.
** Ayumi Sakagami/Cure Echo of the ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars New Stage'' trilogy was a massive BaseBreaker due to the fact that she essentially [[SpotlightStealingSquad stole the first New Stage movie]], with many fans feeling that her time should have been devoted to the past Cures instead (though many point out it wouldn't of saved the movie any more). This is made worse by the fact that, when she does become Cure Echo, she doesn't fight at all, only confronting Fu-chan before reverting back to normal. After being PutOnABus for ''New Stage 2'', she comes back for ''New Stage 3'', becoming a more proper Pretty Cure, being able to actually ''help'' the other Cures and getting fairy partners of her own with ''New Stage 2'''s Gurell and Eren.
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