* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''
** One episode took a bunch of {{Captain Ethnic}}s (two of which were also Scrappies) from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' cartoon, retooled them, and made some of them legitimately badass. Yes, even [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway the one that used to turn into a bucket of water]] [[TookALevelInBadass went up a level]]: "Form of -- ''T Rex''!" "Form of -- tidal wave!" Downpour also showed how [[GreenLanternRing few limits]] his power had by becoming a legitimately deadly threat by simply turning into "Water." and surrounding a guy so that he ''could not breathe''. When the team was running berserk, Downpour tried to the same thing to ''[[ShootingSuperman Aquaman]]'', and [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh didn't get very far]].
-->'''Aquaman:''' King of the seas, remember?
** Arthur Curry/Aquaman was rescued from his own ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' stigma to become a blond haired viking-looking BadAss AntiHero who [[Awesome/JusticeLeague chopped off his own hand to save himself]] [[AndYourLittleDogToo and his infant son]] from his [[CainAndAbel evil brother's]] Deathtrap. He replaced it with a wicked-looking grappling hook, which only managed to make him look like even ''more'' of a badass. It also helps that he became quite the DeadpanSnarker, even lampshading his own ability to communicate with marine life.
*** This actually began with PeterDavid's work on Aquaman in the late nineties, though the JLU origin for the hook hand was far more cool.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' continues the Descrappification of Aquaman by depicting him as a LargeHam and a BoisterousBruiser. "Outrageous!!!"
** [[http://i44.tinypic.com/oshgfp.jpg HOW DO YA LIKE ME NOW!?]]
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' did this with the Aqualad mantle by replacing Garth, a character widely mocked for having the same "useless" powers as Aquaman and wearing ridiculous short-shorts, with Kaldur'ahm, an Atlantean child soldier and magician who can create weaponry from water and generate powerful electrical blasts.
** Their Garth isn't too bad either; he's actually more advanced in magic than Kaldur, due to the latter spending time on the surface world as a superhero sidekick. He also briefly demonstrated the "power of the Tempest", as an homage to his modern comic book identity.
** Even moreso for Sportsmaster, a Z-list supervillain from TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks [[AdaptationalBadass who gets reimagined]] as a BadassNormal mercenary.
*** The show in general has a habit of turning various villains into righteous [[AdaptationalBadass badasses]], even those who were pretty good before. Mister Twister was suddenly a huge threat, and Clayface (not an unpopular villain before) became downright terrifying.
** Their take on Apache Chief also adds a lot of CharacterDepth. It gives him a DisappearedDad, implies he [[AbusiveParents doesn't get along with]] his mother's boyfriend, and is one of Blue Beetle's best friends before they both got superpowers. [[spoiler:They also gave a more interesting twist to his powers: rather than simply [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever growing]], he surrounds his body with a huge human-shaped forcefield.]]
*** Apache Chief, Samurai, and El Dorado all get much more interesting characters and badass points here. The whole group turned into {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s post their first episode with lines, "The Runaways". Except for ComicBook/{{Static}}, who already had his own [[StaticShock TV show]] and fanbase.
* Speaking of Scrappy-Doo, they tried to change him during the "All-New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo" and the "New Scooby-Doo Mysteries": "Scrappy is now even more matured, and softened down from before, having a much bigger sense of danger. He will even back down if a monster growls loud enough, and can even be seen shivering in fear and crying for help; unthinkable in his earlier life. He is now the 'new Freddy', solving the mystery with Daphne, while Shaggy and Scooby return to their prior role as the comedy relief who only keep the ghosts busy while Scrappy and Daphne find the clues." ...sadly, hardly any of this showed up on the ''screen'', and he remains TheScrappy to this day.
** Scrappy from ''WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo'' was okay; no catchphrases or faux attitude, no scene stealing or undermining the premise. They had [[EthnicScrappy Flim Flam]] for that.
** Daphne herself went from a DamselScrappy to one of the coolest characters over the years. This probably started with Film/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland.
*** ''Aloha, Scooby Doo'' is practically a manifesto on rescuing Daphne from the Scrappy Heap. She dons a [[BareYourMidriff midriff-baring]] version of her traditional outfit - when she isn't just wearing a bikini - and the plot hinges on the world-class [[http://www.southseascinema.org/Toon%20Images/Aloha%20Scooby%20Doo%20Daphne%20surfing%202%20crop.jpg surfing abilities]] you probably didn't know she had (it's not like it would have come up often).
*** And in ''Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword'', Daphne demonstrates some fine martial-arts skills, only losing a fight with ActionGirl Miyumi after [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty having her hairband pulled down over her eyes]].
*** And now in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', she gets to temporarily join the Hex Girls and sing an [[AwesomeMusic/WesternAnimation incredibly badass goth rock song]], "Trap of Love".
* Gwendolyn "Gwen" Tennyson of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' was [[BaseBreaker polarizing]], with opinions varying from "obnoxious MarySue who just annoys Ben" to "[[OnlySaneMan The only one with any sense or responsibility]]". However, after the TimeSkip for ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', she's much more soft-spoken and Ben isn't doing nearly enough crap for her to complain about, and is potentially the most powerful character. Which was enough to satisfy plenty of her haters, [[BrokenBase while the people who liked her beforehand now hate her.]]
** Similarly, Ben's canon love interest Julie Yamamoto was initially hated by fans for being considered as a SatelliteLoveInterest who had been created just for the sake of giving Ben a girlfriend, having no real personality or interesting power and being considered as a ReplacementScrappy for Ben's crush in the original series, Kai Green (despite Kai appearing in only one episode of the original show and not being that popular). As the series went on however, Julie TookALevelInBadass by gaining a Galvanic Mecamorph pet named Ship who could turn into a ship and later a PoweredArmor for her, and eventually learnt how to fight. Now she still has some haters, but also some fans, and most of her haters tend to be those shipping [[HoYay Bevin]] (Ben/Kevin) or [[KissingCousins Bwen]] (Ben/Gwen).
** Jury Rigg was originally written off for being too similar in use to the more popular Grey Matter. Omniverse gave him a complete redesign, including an aviator's outfit, more hyper personality, and increased emphasis on his ability to build. He's now considered one of the more unique aliens in Ben's arsenal.
* Dil and Kimi, despite being loathed Scrappies in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', were actually quite liked when they became preteens in ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp''. Although some argue that Kimi's personality took a [[LittleMissSnarker turn for the worse]].
* Enzo Matrix from ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' started off as an obnoxious, trouble-making BrattyHalfPint, then got caught in something simultaneously a TimeSkip and PlotRelevantAgeUp, and changed into a gun-wielding, renegade bad-ass [[TheLancer lancer]] type between one season and the next.
** On the flip side, some Bootniks, especially the older ones, found ''Matrix'' to be the undesirable one due to his unexpected one-eighty and excessive angst.
*** And then young Enzo was brought back, so you had both Enzo and Matrix. Everyone is happy! Or everyone is unhappy...?
* In ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'', human sidekick [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Spike_Witwicky Spike]] was considerably more tolerable (and [[MrFanservice attractive]]) after the TimeSkip in the movie (he even got to say 'shit!'). Of course, it helped that [[CousinOliver his son Daniel]] was introduced at the same time.
* [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Brian Griffin]] was TheScrappy from 2009 to 2012, until the writers decided to kill him off. Now he's the most popular character on the show.
** A really weird example with Meg. Early in the show, she was ''not'' a very well-liked character and was just an "average teenage girl" and didn't really do a lot of interesting things. The creators of the show took this and decided to make her a ButtMonkey, since people already disliked the character and it would give her more of a place and identity on the show. Ironically, the ButtMonkey status has really saved her with some of the fans: now people feel SORRY for her, and they cheer [[ThrowTheDogABone every time the creators give her some moments of happiness]], like getting a good boyfriend or getting revenge on someone who was mean to her.
* Spyke from ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' was changed from an underdeveloped TotallyRadical [[TokenMinority Token Black Guy]] with powers that were unintentionally similar to an existing X-Man to a maturing BadAss hero for the downtrodden Morlocks with cartilage armor and the ability to light his spikes on fire. Many Spyke detractors liked the change but unlike ComicBook/{{X 23}}, [[CanonForeigner it wasn't enough to get him in the comic]]. He did have a counterpart in the [[Film/XMenTheLastStand third movie]], but he was a villain.
** Spyke ''did'' appear in the comics as a member of the X-Force (which later became X-Statix)...although as {{canon immigrant}}s go, this wasn't a very good one; Comic Spike was a beefy, arrogant adult instead of a wiry, carefree teenager. They didn't even have the same real name...but the inspiration, at least, was clear.
** He sort of appeared in ''ComicBook/BlackPanther'' going by the name David Evan Munroe (Spyke's name was Evan Daniels). He's Storm's younger relative like in the show, but so far he's too young to display any mutant abilites. At the very least, like Spike, the inspiration is clear.
* Two words: American Godzilla. The [[WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries cartoon spin-off]] helped garner fans that originally hated the monster in the first place. It also helps that he [[TookALevelInBadAss started to ACT like his Japanese counterpart as well.]]
** His appearance in ''Final Wars'' also helped, where he acted like a true kaiju and decimated Sydney, Australia by himself.
*** It ''also'' counted as a TakeThatScrappy. Once the "real" Big G showed up in Sydney, Zilla came charging in like a maniac for what looked like would be a battle of a LightningBruiser vs. MightyGlacier. Nope; Godzilla smacks his CGI counterpart away with his tail - taking out the Opera House at the same time - and with one big Atomic Breath attack annihilates him. At least it was funny!
**** It has to be pointed out, the American Godzilla from the movies and the one from the cartoons are distinct, individual characters. Zilla remains a scrappy in the eyes of many fans, as his appearance in ''Final Wars'' demonstrates. But his son, Zilla Jr., is well accepted as a Kaiju on his own right.
** Zilla Sr. finally got some respect after his appearance in ''ComicBook/GodzillaRulersOfEarth'', where he managed to cause some trouble for the original Godzilla [[VillainousValour despite being outmatched in almost every respect]]. He even leaves the fight alive after realizing he had no chance against his tougher counterpart.
* A controversial example would be [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Lisa Simpson]]. Some have always loved her, while others think she became a Scrappy in the middle seasons (seasons 11-14), once she turned from TheSmartGuy into a SoapboxSadie. For the latter group, the show's last few seasons should seem like a good example of this trope. Starting from season 15, the show has had an unwritten ban on stories where Lisa gets involved in politics, in favor of returning her to her roots as a socially isolated smart girl.
** Some believe this transition occurred twice. In the earliest points of the show, Lisa existed as either a blander KarmaHoudini version of Bart or a RightlySelfRighteous OnlySaneMan, thus making her occasionally insufferable. After the first couple of seasons however, Lisa developed a more pompous buffoonish side, more frequently humbled after being treated as an annoyance or displaying NotSoDifferent tendencies regarding her family.
* Owen from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', possibly. Season 2, he became an out-and-out CreatorsPet, by losing challenges while his team still loved him, winning them based on his farting and obesity, and being even more of a {{Gasshole}}. Not only did every character (including Chris) love him, but [[spoiler: he got to return, to the joy of all the "good" characters, and make it to the final four.]] However, season 3 he's been toned down considerably: getting an actually funny sub-plot of being afraid of flying, and both negatively and positively contributing to his team. And his OddFriendship with [[EnsembleDarkhorse Noah]] and his breakup with Izzy.
** [[StalkerWithACrush Sierra]] has always been and remains a BaseBreaker, but even many detractors will admit that she's more tolerable in the last few episodes of season three, when some quick and long-needed CharacterDevelopment has her finally realize that she should treat {{Co|olLoser}}dy more like [[BetterAsFriends a friend]] than a prize to be won.
** Scott has gotten this as of Season 5 to an amazing degree; he went from one of the most hated contestants to one of the most beloved. The reason for this is that he has stopped throwing challenges, started a sweet relationship with Courtney, and has had some [[ActuallyPrettyFunny funny]] moments. The fact that his ButtMonkey status has been [[UpToEleven upped considerably]] also gives him more sympathy from the fans.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''
** Ahsoka Tano. It's generally been accepted that she started to get better as a character in Season 2 once they pulled back from having her in nearly every episode. As of Season 3 and [[ADayInTheLimelight several episodes]] later, it's safe to say Ahsoka has become a good example of a character being rescued from the Scrappy Heap. The good blood Ashley Eckstein has built up in the fanbase thanks to Her Universe probably helped a little, too.
** Anakin from the ''Clone Wars'' (CGI) series is arguably his best characterization. He went from a character fans blame for ruining Darth Vader filled with endless {{Wangst}} to an actually likeable character.
** They made ''Jar Jar Binks'' tolerable (and also gave him [[TheBeastmaster a useful ability]])! One thing that helped here was they showed how [[TakeThatScrappy other characters were sometimes annoyed by him]], and how even his friends like Padme often are humoring him. Also, only one episode had him being ridiculously clumsy. And instead of inexplicably taking out tanks, like in Episode I, it just enabled him to dodge insanely well which, added to his cloak, made the TooDumbToLive mooks assume he was a Jedi. He then used the fact that they thought he was a Jedi to ''trick'' them. That's right. Jar-Jar pulled one over on the bad guys. [[Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids Summon Bigger Fish]] becoming an ascended meme during his first episode didn't hurt either.
* The LGM from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' went from annoying gag characters to [[spoiler:BigDamnHeroes when they rescued the gang from the incinerator in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''.]]
* Bucky Buenaventura spent the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' as an insufferable little borderline sociopath. He reappears in Season 2 with a flattering redesign, a new voice actor, a reasonable grasp of common sense and friendship, and a mild (and hilarious) crush on Ro, but keeps the mad hacking skills and snarky dialogue. The overall result takes him from horrendous brat to surprisingly likable [[TheLancer lancer]].
* Sandy Cheeks of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' began as a somewhat grating GodModeSue and near [[PuritySue incorruptible]] OnlySaneMan for the other far more flawed cast members. Following the second season however, the show began to {{lampshade|Hanging}} Sandy's somewhat excessive talents and also [[CharacterDevelopment develop]] [[CloudCuckooLander some]] [[SmallNameBigEgo valid]] [[LargeHam flaws]] for the character (episodes such as "Pressure" and "[=SpongeBob=], Sandy and the Worm" seemed to focus largely how Sandy ''wasn't'' good at everything). Ironically she is arguably the one main character in the newer episodes that hasn't had her [[{{Jerkass}} callous]] or [[TooDumbToLive idiotic]] habits heavily {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed.
* Nabu from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' wasn't a very popular character when he was first introduced in season 3. Understandable, seeing as he was introduced late into that season, didn't get much CharacterDevelopment and it was pretty obvious that he was [[SatelliteLoveInterest just there to give Layla a love interest]]. He didn't even appear in the first movie apart from a brief cameo appearance at the very end. Season 4 gave him some more CharacterDevelopment and some chances to show off his awesome magical fighting skills, which quickly helped make him a lot more popular. There's also Roxy, who was introduced in that season. At first the fans were a bit skeptical to her as they felt a seventh fairy wasn't necessary, but as the season progressed the fans seemed to warm up to her as she became more confident with being a fairy.
* Cubert from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' lost his oft-annoying skepticism at the end of his debut episode.
** Notably the creators had intended him as a ''parody'' of annoying characters (particularly [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Wesley Crusher]]), so even that episode had plenty of TakeThatScrappy moments.
* [[GreatGazoo Bat-Mite]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman'' was generally hated. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', he provides a lot of humor to make up for it.
* ComicBook/AntMan and to a lesser extent TheWasp [[NeverLiveItDown/ComicBooks haven't had the greatest reputation in comic books]] so, it seems likely that their rather different and much more sympathetic portrayals in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' is an intent to do this. Instead of a mentally unstable wife-beater, Ant-Man is one of the most moral team members, and rather than being a RichBitch, Wasp is a likable NonIdleRich GenkiGirl.
** By the same token, the show continues the trend in spin-off media of distancing Iron Man from his "Nazi" ComicBook/CivilWar persona by toning down his {{Jerkass}} tendencies and making him an [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight anti-authoritarian]] [[ChaoticGood rebel]] who tells Nick Fury where to get off and refuses to trust or cooperate with SHIELD.
** Ignoring the comics, Maria Hill gained some haters for acting like a {{Jerkass}} after becoming director of SHIELD. In particular, even though she constantly needed the Avengers' help in saving the day, and needed rescuing by Iron Man at least once, she refused to thank them, because they fight crime as vigilantes. However, she gained some fans during the climax of the show's ''SecretInvasion'' adaptation, when she [[spoiler: outsmarted the Skrulls invading the Helicarrier]], then [[spoiler: saved Nick Fury and Iron Man from the Skrull queen]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' made Snarf bearable by making him a RidiculouslyCuteCritter who ''can't talk''. The Thunderkittens have also received this treatment; it helps that they're voiced by actual children this time.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' goes UpToEleven with this, by rescuing the ''human species'' from the scrappy heap. Unlike most Transformers shows, the humans don't suck this time. Agent Fowler is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, the kids stay out of the way (as a group, individually is another story), and human villain Silas is just as threatening as any Decepticon. Only Miko is the typical Scrappy human, though she gets better in the second season when she becomes less prone to [[TheMillstone rushing into situations that put everyone in peril]] and starts to contribute more to the team.
** A pattern started by ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', which had a larger but still well-liked cast of humans. Several human villains appeared in the earlier episodes, but their presence was mitigated by the fact that they were [[WordOfGod explicitly intended]] to create a sort-of SortingAlgorithmOfEvil with the Decepticons at the top; and when the Autobot/Decepticon conflict took the fore as the series progressed, the human villains faded quietly away. Ironically, though, the character who was probably the best-received human sidekick yet, Sari Sumdac, [[spoiler:turned out to [[TomatoInTheMirror not be a human at all]]!]]
*** Human villain [[PlayingWithSyringes Meltdown]] was generally well-received by the fanbase, however, and got to appear the most during the first two seasons. Probably helped by him being [[KnightOfCerebus a credible threat]] and all-around nasty piece of work compared to the others who - barring maybe [[BunnyEarsLawyer the Headmaster]] - were usually an enormous joke.
**** The Headmaster probably got a huge boost to popularity because he [[spoiler:took off Sentinel Prime's head in one episode which allowed Optimus to get some hillarious catharsis over on him]]
* Lola Bunny first appeared in ''Film/SpaceJam'' as a [[MarySue seemingly flawless]] tomboy clearly added simply to fulfill TheSmurfettePrinciple. She later appeared in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' as a neurotic StalkerWithACrush. A number of people find her funnier this way. The fact that she's dressing more modestly for a change and having her voluptuous figure toned down to make her seem like more of an [[TheIngenue Ingenue]] rather than a MsFanservice helps.
** On the other hand, anybody who actually liked Lola for her personality and not just her curves [[BaseBreaker can't stand the new Lola]].
* Irving from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', though never technically an official Scrappy, was definitely a BaseBreaker: Half the fans hated him, the other half related to him and liked him. After his first appearance, though, he was given more CharacterDevelopment beyond just being the LoonyFan that follows the boys around, and fans are now much more agreeing and accepting of him.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' did this to the ''entire franchise'', at least after the rather {{un|cannyValley}}settling appearance of the G3.5 videos that surfaced beforehand. This also applies to several in-universe characters:
** More specifically, Angel Bunny is starting to receive this treatment. He'd always been a bit of a jerkass, but the way he took it UpToEleven in 'Putting Your Hoof Down" made many members of the fanbase despise him. A couple of episodes since then have portrayed him in a much more likable light. His heroic role in the 23rd issue of [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW the comics]] (and the fact that he'll never get any recognition for it) seemed to have completely rescued him.
** The episode "Baby Cakes" even managed to do this to baby ponies for some people. For a long time, they were a popular target due to their oddly anthropomorphic shapes arguably ruining the appeal of ponies. Then this episode used their similarities to real human babies to advance a meaningful plot.
** Princess Cadance was a BaseBreaker after her introduction in the season two finale, "A Canterlot Wedding," with some fans feeling she was a step backwards to the franchise's previous, more stereotypically girly generations due to being a [[PrincessesPreferPink literally pink princess]] whose [[ThePowerOfLove special power was love]]. Being introduced [[AssPull entirely out of the blue]] with a minor helping of RememberTheNewGuy in a two-part episode revolving entirely around her wedding, and [[spoiler:having been replaced by an evil shapeshifter until the last 10 minutes of the second episode]] didn't help matters. This dissenting faction quickly changed their tune after the season three two-part opener, "The Crystal Empire," when she helped thwart the villain by [[spoiler:having her husband pick her up and throw her off a tower at him because she was too sick to fly under her own power]].
** Upon her introduction Babs Seed was ''not'' a liked character in the least. She came off as something of [[TheSociopath a sociopath]] with the way she bullied the Cutie Mark Crusaders far beyond what the other two bullies ever did which her FreudianExcuse hardly came close to justifying, and many fans thought at the very least she could have careened off that cliff and ended up in the mud before her HeelFaceTurn. However, fast-forward only [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E9AppleFamilyReunion four episodes]] and she was portrayed in a far more likeable light as a very lovable character, gaining her a ''ton'' of popularity. Helping further is her reappearance in an issue of the [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic comics]] where she is able to bond with fellow reformed antagonist Trixie and helps her catch a jewel thief who framed her.
** Way back when the first season of the show had just started, Rarity was one of the least popular cast members due to being the most stereotypically girly-girl in a show that generally managed to avoid it. Then later season episodes that demonstrated her HiddenDepths, like "Suited for Success", "A Dog and Pony Show", and "Green Isn't Your Color", aired and she she quickly caught up with the rest of the cast in terms of popularity.
* The BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', Sunset Shimmer, was a massive BaseBreaker once the film was released as she was considered by many to be a very shallow AlphaBitch. While she pulled a HeelFaceTurn at the end of the movie, many felt that Sunset hadn't earned it, or that she was just faking to get out of trouble. The sequel, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'', showed that this HeelFaceTurn was legit, but she isn't so readily accepted by those she once tormented and has to deal with the ramifications of it. Couple that with a few moments that paint her as TheWoobie yet earnestly trying to help everyone and [[EleventhHourRanger being instrumental in saving the day]], and Sunset won herself a lot of fans.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Flame Princess was often criticized as being a MarySue {{Tsundere}} that [[DieForOurShip "stole" Finn's Princess Bubblegum relationships]]. But then came "Burning Low" and "Ignition Point", which reveals she isn't really evil and her backstory is rather [[TearJerker heartwrenching]] though less of a scrappy and more for the Hardcore Shippers.
** Lemongrab 2 was at first as hated as his brother. However, he too was rescued from the scrappy heap after the events of the episode ''Too Old''. When the original Lemongrab became a cruel dictator, Lemongrab 2 became nicer and outright defied his brother (an example was when Lemongrab stated that something was unacceptable and he countered saying it was acceptable). When Finn and PB were escaping with Lemongrab's son Lemonhope, Lemongrab 2 gets out of the original Lemongrab's stomach and helps his son to escape. Because of his treachery, he was killed but not before giving Lemonhope encouraging words.
* [[Creator/{{Toonami}} TOM 4]]. When [[TheNthDoctor the fourth version]] of longtime RobotBuddy TOM first appeared in 2007, he was generally hated by the fans for {{replac|ementScrappy}}ing the generally better-liked third version [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome with no explanation]] of where TOM 3, [[SpaceshipGirl SARA]], or [[CoolStarship the Absolution]] had gotten to. Adding to that, the whole thing just ''reeked'' of ExecutiveMeddling in the wake of the [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Mooninite]] [[ViralMarketing bomb]] [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom scare]], and came with the decay of Toonami into nothing but ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' {{filler}} and reruns. Then in 2008, Toonami [[ScrewedByTheNetwork was]] {{cancel|lation}}ed, and the people mourned TOM 4 as the last symbol of the block they'd loved, but this particular iteration of the Toonami Operations Module wouldn't be truly RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap until years later, when a [[UnCanceled revived]] Toonami headed by a high-definition upgrade of TOM 3 checked in on him during the Daylight Savings Time hour, being the first proof in the revival that yes, TOM 4 hadn't just been [[CanonDiscontinuity erased from the continuity]], and also being the first time that everyone was happy to see TOM 4.
* H.E.R.B.I.E., Reed Richards' robot who stood in for not-legally-available Human Torch in ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'', is probably the trope codifier for the ReplacementScrappy. In ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'', however, he's a lovable DeadpanSnarker [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] who blames "the lawyers" for the whole mess.
* [[CreepyTwins The Twins]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' started as the most hated characters in the show and were often cited as one of its flaws by fans and critics alike. The reasons given for hating them amounted to their voices being obnoxious, them ruining Warden's plans and seemingly only existing to do so, and them being a little ''too'' flamboyant for some fans' comfort. By the time of Season 2, they had gained their own following of fans and their focus episodes served to flesh them out slightly more. These days, the two are more of a BaseBreaker as some still consider them to ruin the show, yet they have a lot more fans due to the revelation that they're [[TheUnfavourite the lesser-desired and bullied]] sons in their family.
** The Mistress received Scrappy treatment from a periphery demographic of fans who felt she was getting in the way of Warden's [[FoeYay relationship with Stingray]], as well as those that hated her aggressive personality and considered her to not have as much interesting qualities as her male counterpart. By season 3, this died down a little bit, as she was revealed [[IJustWantToBeLoved to be longing for one good man]], and [[spoiler: wound up sleeping with Alice]], which seems to have (momentarily) killed the assumed threat of her getting in the way of shipping.
* Wendy Testaburger had long taken heat from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fans for various reasons, whether it was her [[MurderTheHypotenuse jealousy-filled murder of a teacher she assumed would take Stan away from her]], her being annoying and a SoapboxSadie, or the general shallow and on-and-off type of relationship she and Stan had (of course, they are kids). In "Breast Cancer Episode Ever", she became largely relieved of her Scrappy status when she managed to beat up Cartman. However, she does continue to be a base-breaking character as some felt her victory was undeserved and that she only exists to "be mean" to Cartman.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''
** While people still have problem with Spidey, he starts to get a bit more sympathy due to being the ButtMonkey for his team and actually acting like the OnlySaneMan in some episodes.
** Power Man was criticized as a FlatCharacter [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]], but his nightmare in "Strange" caused some to warm up to him, and his appearance in the next episode, "Awesome", further helped him out.
** White Tiger, big time. Most fans saw her as the most obnoxious character after Nova for most of the show, but "Kraven the Hunter" gives her a ''very'' large CharacterDevelopment, revealing her origin, and shows her actually expressing affection for Peter.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' had Asami in Book 1. Many disliked her due to DieForOurShip. However, as Mako became more of a BastardBoyfriend along with [[spoiler: her father being an Equalist and tried to kill her]], she became one of the more beloved characters.
** Mako recovers some of his old popularity in books 3 and 4. The show plays up his {{Socially Awkward Hero}} and {{Big Brother Instinct}} moments rather than being part of the messy {{Love Triangle}}s of season 1 and 2 where he came across as a [[YourCheatingHeart two timing]] jerk to most of the fandom. His near {{Heroic Sacrifice}} in the {{Grand Finale}} helped to really rescue him from Scrappy status.
** Surprisingly Korra herself suffers a case of this in Book 2. At the onset of the season she gained a lot of criticism for seemingly regressing in her CharacterDevelopment from the previous season and actually becoming more hot headed and unreasonable then she was previously (to the point that many fans were happy she disappeared for an episode [[spoiler: after being eaten by a dark spirt]]. After [[spoiler: hearing Avatar Wan's story and regaining her memory]] in the [[WhamEpisode Beginnings Two partner]] she became considerably more [[TookALevelInKindness wiser and humble]], apologising to Tenzin for her {{Jerkass}} treatment of him at the start of the season and thinking her decisions through much more carefully (it also probably helped that this coincided with Mako becoming the shows {{Scrappy}} again after [[spoiler: restarting the LoveTriangle subplot]]).
** In season 1 all three of Tezin's children were hated for being seen as useless comedic relief and KidAppealCharacter's, along with helping fuel the romance plot. While Ikki and Meelo are BaseBreaker's, Jinora got rescued in season 2 and 3 after she [[AscendedExtra received]] a bigger role in the plot and TookALevelInBadass.
** [[CasanovaWannabe Prince Wu]] at the start of season 4 was initially despised due to being seen as an [[ReplacementScrappy obnoxious, less funny comic relief sidekick to Mako]] in comparison to Bolin (who at the time [[spoiler: was hanging out with [[BigBad Kuvira]])]]. However as the season progressed his CharacterDevelopment turned him from a Jerkass RoyalBrat to a JerkassWoobie with a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] and HiddenDepths that [[HeterosexualLifePartners genuinely cares for Mako]] (best shown in the episode Reunion [[spoiler: wherein he's genuinely grateful for Mako rescuing him from Kuvira's men [[UngratefulBastard instead of complaining about Mako not protecting him properly]]]]. His TakeThatScrappy moment at Mako in the following episode (calling him out for the mess he made of the LoveTriangle in the first two books) his CrazyAwesome tendencies and [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass surprisingly clever thinking]] [[spoiler: during Kuvira's invasion of Rebublic City]] helped earn him quite a few fans.
** [[spoiler: Hiroshi Sato]] had this happen for him thanks to the brief yet memorable reappearance he makes in Book 4. Initially introduced as seemingly [[spoiler: Asami's kind and loving father]] he was quickly revealed to be one of Amon's CoDragons [[spoiler: and the Equalists weapon supplier]]. He became hated by the fandom for [[spoiler: [[OffingTheOffspring attempting to murder Asami]] after [[CallingTheOldManOut she called him out for his villainous actions]] and then destroyed his weapons bunker]] in the Book 1 finale. Come Book 4 he returns as a shell of his former self, [[TheAtoner genuinely repented for his villainous actions]] and wanting to reconnect with [[spoiler: Asami]]. While these events helped soften him up slightly with the Fandom (especially since the show Averted [[KarmaHoudini forgiving him for his actions in Book 1]]) it was his [[spoiler: [[TearJerker Tear Jerking]] HeroicSacrifice]] in the GrandFinale that fully cemented this trope. [[spoiler: He is brought back in the finale to help rebuilt, and then Co-pilot with Asami, one of the Hummingbird suits needed to take down Kuvira's Colossus. Relising that the Colossus was about to crush them [[DyingMomentOfAwesome he willingly stays behind in the suit]] ([[SoProudOfYou telling Asami that he loved her]] [[TearJerker right before ejecting her to safety]]) [[HeroicSacrifice allowing him to successfully finish cutting open the hole needed for Team Avatar to destroy the Colossus and defeat Kuvira]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath at the cost of his own life]]]].
** If an entire ''episode'' can apply, [[BreatherEpisode “The Spirit Of Competition”]] was initially loathed for being [[TrollingCreator Bryke’s]] [[TakeThatAudience Take That, Shippers,]] but in light of the GrandFinale [[spoiler: canonizing Korrasami,]] it’s now arguably ''the'' funniest episode in the entire series as a RewatchBonus.
* Wendy from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' was derided in season one for being a generic "cool teen" character who didn't fit well with the rest of the main characters. Season two fixed it by leaps and bounds, first by having her join Dipper and Mabel's adventures and prove a very effective part of the team, and then having her admit the cool teen thing is [[StepfordSmiler just a facade]] and she's actually constantly stressed out.
** [[AlphaBitch Pacifica]] was hated by the fanbase for being a one-dimensional snob to serve as a foil for Mabel. Season two gave her some CharacterDevelopment and a tragic FreudianExcuse for her behavior, and now the fans [[JerkassWoobie just want go give her a hug]].
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