The Scrappy / Film

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The Transformers films by Michael Bay offer quite a few Scrappies:

The films in general:

  • Sam Witwicky himself is this to a fair number of people, largely for being as whiny as Daniel Witwicky at many points, and for taking time away from the Transformers, the whole point of the franchise. Being played by Shia Labeouf doesn't help.
  • Though a Badass Adorable extraordinaire and far from one of the worst offenders listed here, a lot of people seem to be agree that Bumblebee's radio talk gimmick is becoming tired, especially as the disability that require him to talk through the radio was rectified in the first film, meaning he does it... just because. He also gets flack for being a bit of a Spotlight-Stealing Squad and the staggering amount of merchandise he's engendered.
  • Sam's parents, Judy especially, are loathed by just about everyone for drawing even more attention away from the Transformers with their pointless escapades and serving to shoehorn in some of the most inane, lowbrow, and unfunny comedy in the series. Its says a lot when you trail behind Skids and Mudflap in heroic acts and overall likability.

Revenge of the Fallen:

  • The biggest examples are the twins, Skids and Mudflap. In addition to being accused of being ethnic stereotypes, they have absolutely hideous designs. To make matters worse, they had more screentime in ROTF than Optimus Prime, and were rather poor attempts at being the Kid-Appeal Character when the former Trope Namer, Bumblebee, was still around, making them completely redundant. Dark of the Moon was originally going to contain a scene where they were killed off by Sentinel Prime, but was cut for pacing (the scene appears in some of the licensed goods such as IDW's comic book adaptation, based on an earlier cut of the movie). Ironically, said scene was viewed by many as something that might have Rescued Them From the Scrappy Heap by virtue of being a massive Tear Jerker.
  • Almost certainly Invoked with Galloway. There is no way the writers could have made a less likable character... And yet we're forced to see him a) needlessly complicate the plot by attempting to comply with the Fallen's demands, b) pad the running time further with his whole "accompany the soldiers to Egypt" subplot, which c) becomes incredibly pointless when they trick him into parachuting off the plane, only for him to d) reappear later in a tired Brick Joke which has no bearing on the plot and only serves to divert attention away from the climax.
  • Wheelie earned the hatred of many in being what many perceived as a badly failed attempt at juggling Kid Appeal and shock humor. Fortunately, he got better in Dark of the Moon.
  • The Fallen falls under this, partly for demoting Megatron to The Dragon but also for his evil plan that over-the-top 60's villains often used, having a strange grab bag of unexplained powers, and having less personality than a flapjack. It doesn't help that the Fallen was taken down in a matter of seconds by Optimus. Oh, and he's never shown to have an altmode.
  • Sam's roommate Leo, who is incredibly obnoxious and irritating and serves absolutely NO purpose to the plot whatsoever. Several audiences cheered when Simmons tased him. Thankfully, he didn't appear in next movie

Dark of the Moon:

  • Soundwave is almost universally considered a step backward from the previous film, where he at least managed to be a serious and threatening presence as the Decepticons' ace in the hole. Here, his personality inexplicably does a 180 from a stoic badass into a gleeful sadist, and his actual fighting ability is shown to be terrible. In the end, Bumblebee takes him and several of his Mooks down in maybe 30 seconds.
  • Starscream, for his utterly pathetic death. When Sam Witwicky can take the second-in-command of the Decepticons out, something might, just might be wrong. It didn't help that Starscream's reaction throughout the ordeal is the epitome of Narm.
  • Shockwave was heavily hyped up as a force to be reckoned with before the film was released... and then he turns out the living embodiment of They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character. He does hardly anything. In most Transformers media, Shockwave is a cold, logical Mad Scientist who wouldn't hesitate to take control of the Decepticons if he thought it was the logical thing to do. The idea was that fans would draw their attention to him instead of Sentinel Prime, the real Big Bad. The final result is a Shockwave that lacks the intelligence that made him popular, and whose only major contribution to the film is the Driller, a creature that affects the story and has more screen presence than its owner.
  • Jerry Wang (hoo hoo). Hey, an Asian-American, so there's some diversity-oh wait, he's an Ethnic Scrappy that acts unappealing and helps set up a gay joke.

  • Malak from Conan the Destroyer, whiny, cowardly and, except for one scene, The Load.
  • Snails, the thief from the first Dungeons & Dragons movie, was hated for being an incredibly aggravating Ethnic Scrappy, so much so that Ridley's Big "NO!" following his death at the hands of evil head minion Damodar was considered the height of Narm.
  • An adaptation of The Dunwich Horror from The '70s gives Wilbur Whateley a love interest. Most Lovecraft fans consider her everything wrong with Hollywood.
  • Ruby Rhod from The Fifth Element. He's supposed to be the comic relief, but the only thing he does is scream like a little girl and complain about everything in a grating, high-pitched voice. Not only that, he is completely useless and does nothing to help the plot or the other characters. This seems to be the point of the character, as protagonist Korben Dallas is frequently grimacing around Ruby and clearly dislikes him.
  • Godzilla
  • Indiana Jones:
  • Many characters from James Bond including a few Bonds themselves:
    • Roger Moore's Bond was hated by a good portion of the fans for being the Bond that saw the series get campier and more comedic, as well as starring in some of the worst Bond films of the series (The Man with the Golden Gun, Moonraker and A View to a Kill, anyone?) That being said, his films note  and his performance have received a better response in the years since, even if nowadays it may be for an unfortunate reason.
    • Sheriff J.W. Pepper, the obnoxious redneck sheriff comic relief from Live and Let Die. They also managed to shoehorn him in to The Man with the Golden Gun by having him touring Bangkok AND he's around for the infamous scene where the awesome car jump is ruined by a slide-whistle sound effect and him rolling around in the back of the car yelling. How irritating is Sheriff Pepper? On Topless Robot's countdown of obnoxious comedic sidekicks he beat out Jar-Jar.
    • George Lazenby's Bond tends to get a lot of hate from fans due to being Bond only once (albeit it's considered to be one of franchise's best films), for being a model with no acting experience prior to being hired, for having the uneviable job of replacing Sean Connery, who many regard to this day as the best Bond, the ambiguous circumstances behind him leaving the position note  and for crying after Bond's wife was shot dead by his rival on their wedding day. note 
    • Dr. Christmas Jones from The World Is Not Enough, is hated for generally existing only so that Bond has a backup girl when the infinitely-more-interesting primary love interest, Elektra King, turns out to be evil. Not to mention the casting of Denise Richards as a brilliant nuclear physicist.
      • As bad as Christmas Jones is, at least she actually managed to do something useful. Stacey Sutton, from A View to a Kill, does not, preferring to:
    1. Scream at the slightest provocation,
    2. Get captured at the most inconvenient times, forcing Bond to rescue her sorry hide,
    3. Hold onto the Idiot Ball for dear life (seriously woman, Christopher Walken sneaked up on you in a freaking ZEPPELIN for crying out loud), and
    4. Survive over the much cooler (and hotter) Grace Jones.
    • If Christmas Jones is the most scrappy woman, Mr. Bullion from the same film is for henchmen. He is hated for being an obnoxious "gangsta" stereotype and a Dirty Coward; thankfully, he gets gunned down by Valentin Zukovsky.
  • Jurassic Park:
    • Lex and Tim from the first film and Kelly Curtis from the second film are this because of their shared status as completely useless Tagalong Kids.
    • Sarah Harding from the second film. Despite apparently having years of experience with dangerous predators, she does extremely stupid things such as approaching a baby Stegosaurus standing right next to its family, taking a baby Tyrannosaurus back to their base camp (despite her predicting that T. rex likely cared for its young), and walking through the jungle covered in T. rex blood despite knowing that Tyrannosaurus has a very good sense of smell. She's basically a complete load, and her completely idiotic actions end up costing people lives.
    • The Spinosaurus in the third film is this because of its status as a Villain Sue.
    • Then there's Amanda Kirby from the third film, who easily earns the title of the most hated character in the series. Starting when they land on the island, she spends way too much of her screen time either screaming hysterically whenever she has even the slightest reason to, or simply being Too Dumb to Live. Because of her boneheaded nature, she continuously makes Dr. Grant's attempts to keep everyone safe harder than ever, and it really doesn't help that on top of all that, she has other less-than-admirable traits such as occasional moments of stubborness and selfishness. To be fair though, she does get a little better and smarter by the end, but at that point, it really isn't enough to make much difference or make up for all of her incredible moments of stupidity that nearly got herself and the others killed.
  • The Legend of Zorro dumped the young Joaquin into the mix, adding a needless (and quite annoying) child element when all people were wanting was to see Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones kick any asses they might have missed from the first movie.
  • The Lord of the Rings
    • Denethor, the Jerkass Steward of Gondor, from The Return of the King, gets a lot of hate, and to top that, thanks to Flanderization, he's viewed only in the film as a dislikable, crazy jerk, instead of a sympathetic, complex, Shakespearean Anti-Villain.
    • Alfrid in The Hobbit prequel trilogy. While he was tolerable in the second film, he's almost unbearable in the third, due in large part to him and his Aesop Amnesia comedy stick stealing valuable screentime away from the dwarves, who are the main characters and other more important roles as well as him being a one-dimensional jerkass. Both critics, fans and even detractors almost universally despise the character and in reviews the words "not funny" are almost always used to describe him, made worse by the fact that he essentially fills the role of the Master who was frankly played by a better actor. In fact he's so hated, that when his death scene arrived during the extended edition screenings of the third film, the audience applauded.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The earth supporting cast from Thor: The Dark World, namely Darcy and her intern boyfriend, Eric Selvic and Jane Foster for stealing screen time away from the much more entertaining and compelling Asgardian characters. Jane is especially disliked for her underdeveloped relationship with the titular character that ultimately brought down the plot. The fact that a lot of much more interesting characters and plot point from the source material were short changed in exchange for her did not help. It's a shame since they were liked or tolerated well enough in the first movie, but this one seems like it just has no idea what it's doing with them.
    • Of all the MCU villains, Malekith the Accursed, also from The Dark World probably has the least fans. He doesn't have any real motivation for trying to destroy the world, and is just a Generic Doomsday Villain, especially compared to the villain of the first Thor.
    • The Iron Man films have their version of the Mandarin, as he is just a Cloud Cuckoolander actor. Many fans of the original comic version weren't amused. Thankfully, the one-shot film "Hail to the King", revealed that there was a real Mandarin.
  • Zeppo Marx quickly became audiences' least favorite member of The Marx Brothers, due to his failure to adopt a strongly identifiable screen personality like Groucho, Harpo, and Chico. This eventually caused him to go behind the scenes and manage the other three, though they continued having straight romantic hero parts in their films that Zeppo clearly would have played if they'd still been together. Ironically, several of their contemporaries stated that in real life Zeppo was the funniest of the brothers. This includes the Marx Brothers themselves, as not only was he a capable straight man, he could subtly suggest further improvisations without breaking character or drawing undue attention. In contrast, most of the non-sibling cast had difficulty dealing with the brothers without laughing or storming off angrily. Played with by Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when they named Xander "The Zeppo".
  • From The Night of the Hunter, we have Icey Spoon, an old woman who is, without a doubt, the personification of The Nag. She's constantly belittling her husband to the point that he's completely ineffectual in helping anyone (she even admits to a crowd that she thinks about canning when she's having sex), she pushes Willa Harper into getting remarried to Harry Powell, and is utterly won over by his charms. Half the problems in the movie John and Pearl have to deal with are because of Icey's "helping hand". When Powell is finally arrested, Icey appears at his trial, drunk out of her mind and leading a lynch mob to hang Powell.
  • Philip the clergyman from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Many people thought he was an out-of-place character (missionary on a pirate ship) and that his subplot was pointless; that whole interspecies romance thing doesn't fit at all with the main plot except for the three seconds or so that Blackbeard exploits it.
  • Ludlow from Pixels. He has No Indoor Voice, screams constantly and acts like a complete Loony Fan towards Lady Lisa, complete with Stalker Shrine and everything.
  • Costa from Project X. He's an arrogant, promiscuous, sociopathic bastard who bullies his friends, is casually misogynistic, racist, and homophobic, and is responsible for most of the problems that occur in the film, including stealing from a drug dealer he knows. He also brings a pair of psychopathic kids as "security" who assault a man whose only crime is being upset about the titular party.
    • It certainly doesn't help that while many of the other characters, such as the slightly sympathetic Thomas, receive prison time for the reckless party that Costa started, Not only does Costa get off scott free, but he's treated like a saint! The writers really tried to make him like Cartman, but forgot that even he had some sympathy.
  • Many fans of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire strongly dislike Harriet Hoctor in Shall We Dance?.
  • Lola Bunny from Space Jam is this for a certain number Looney Tunes fans. Positive Discrimination is a big factor. Since she was female, she could never participate in slapstick or display any flaws, making her seem like an unfunny Mary Sue. The whole "furry" thing certainly doesn't help, either. There's also the fact that they then shoehorned her into every series since. The only possible love she gets is from the Furry Fandom, and even they aren't too thrilled. The Looney Tunes Show lampshades this fact by making her immensely hated by the main cast, and in a hilarious bit of irony, Bugs seems to be the most annoyed by her. Although, oddly enough, her new characterization in said show has actually made her far more liked amongst quite a few fans.
    • Ironically, her new version from The Looney Tunes Show is seen as a scrappy by many fans of the original Space Jam incarnation, which are quite likely to be tween girls who initially idolized the original incarnation that have now grown up to around college age. The most common criticism said fans use is accusing Warner Bros. of turning a "strong female character" into The Ditz. Seems poor Lola just can't catch a break from being called a scrappy.
  • Eric Sacks from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). When it comes down to it, he's just an unneeded new character who steals the spotlight not only from Shredder, but from Karai and Baxter Stockman as well.
  • Rusty Griswold's younger son, Kevin, from Vacation. He is an obnoxious, disrespectful, foul mouthed sociopath with no redeeming qualities and is outright nasty and rude to everyone, especially his older brother, James, whom he constantly bullies and even attempts to murder at one point. Not to mention, he frequently gets his father into trouble, even after he lessens up on his bullying. Even after James finally stands up to him, it is clear he hasn't changed at all. In the finale, he is the most violent in the fight with the rival family.
  • War of the Worlds (2005):
    • Rachel is hated for being The Load who does absolutely nothing but scream and, even though she's 10, get carried around for the entire movie.
    • Her brother Robbie gets a bit of it too for his Hair-Trigger Temper and his surviving a gigantic explosion with no explanation.
  • Heathcliff, the dismally unfunny comic relief in The Wild World of Batwoman. He's a major reason why the movie is painful to watch, even with Mike, Tom and Crow.
  • Viper from The Wolverine, with any semblance of being a Magnificent Bitch taken by Yashida himself, leaving her an enormously bitchy Smug Snake with Fetish Retardant. Didn't help her case when Viper's characterization here gives her snake powers note  and her actress was terrible in the part. As a final punch to the gut, she has absolutely nothing to do with her comic book counterpart.