Whether they're part of the main cast or only show up in a few episodes, these characters have a knack for making viewers want to reach for the remote and change the channel.
All My Children: Babe Carey Chandler. She started as the slutty gold digger playing two brothers, then the writers decided to make her a heroine, without actually changing her in any way. One of the worst things was when she knowingly kept Miranda, Bianca's daughter, away from her, letting everybody believe Miranda was dead. Oh, but she wasn't totally heartless, she let Bianca be Miranda's godmother! And she told Bianca at least once that Bianca was lucky to not be a mother because she had all this time for herself, while Bianca was grieving her daughter's death. And then, after Bianca got her daughter back, not thanks to Babe, and gave her a very deserving slap, the writers actual had Bianca say that everything Babe did was out of love, for others, with total sincerity... Yeah.
The Amazing Race: In-series example in season 20. At one point, there were 5 teams left. Three of the other four teams hate Brendon & Rachel, and the other one (Bopper & Mark) seems to be apathetic. It mostly seems to be directed at Rachel, who alternates between being snide and hostile towards the other teams and crying over every little inconvenience (and playing the victim if another team is involved), and manages to switch between the two modes more frequently than Super Princess Peach on PMS with manic depression. (Even Phil Keoghan himself tweeted "It just wouldnít feel right if Rachel didnít throw a fit".)
Sanjaya Malakar from season 6. He was regarded as the least talented singer from the top 12 and not even liked by the judges. His prolonged stay was widely suspected due to the Anti-Fandom site Votefortheworst and the fact that little girls seemed to like him.
Of course Sanjaya is still a better singer than Phillip Phillips of Season 11. He was criticized for having a very limited range and being a Suspiciously Similar Substitute to Dave Matthews. He already won based on being Mr. Fanservice
Connor, during the fourth season of Angel. Apart from actually behaving remarkably like Scrappy-Doo in battle, Connor was generally despised by fans for making Angel unhappy (moreso) and for kind of being the show's Chachi. Connor was not universally hated, though, his popularity has increased significantly since the much-welcomed attitude adjustment in his few season 5 appearances (where his backstory was changed), The publication of the Joss-blessed "Angel: After the Fall" comic, in which he straightens up a lot just builds off it.
Are You Being Served?: Any replacement for Mr. Grainger, fan opinions differ as to exactly when the replacement characters became intolerable. Few would argue that the wooden and taciturn Mr. Grossman was anything but horrible. There's no question over Old Mr. Grace, though.
Arrow: Laurel Lance. Most fans find her bland and uninteresting, due to most of her storylines being typical CW-Teen Drama fare instead of action-adventure Comic Book Adaptation that the show is meant to be.
Babylon 5: While there are probably several characters that are considered a Scrappy by some, the one who almost certainly falls into this trope is Byron. Introduced in the 5th season, which many fans consider to be inferior to the other four, Byron is a Fabio-haired rogue telepath and former Psi-Cop who dreams of founding a colony of telepaths. He's broody, introspective, a devout pacifist to the point of looking Christ-like, and managed to rub the fans in entirely the wrong way. He and his telepaths are just plain creepy, the way they dress like Anne Rice characters and never speak (one character Lampshades this by saying they look like a flock of crows). He also comes dangerously close at times to being a Marty Stu. Most fans prefer to pretend that his brief character arc never occurred. Fortunately, his messianic fiery death cheered up viewers immensely.
Barney & Friends: Even among kiddie show characters, Barney is one of the most hated characters in television. So much, that there is a website dedicated to making fun as him known as the Jihad To Destroy Barney. Many of the characters on his show are hated as well.
Leonard was briefly disliked in late season three through most of season four because he gained a rather bitter and selfish attitude towards life after breaking up with Penny. While realistic to a degree, it made him rather mean-spirited. This was largely reverted in the fifth and sixth seasons that saw him return to being the patient Straight Man and The Woobie where nothing really goes his way.
Howard Wolowitz is a Broken Base case - half of the fans find his Casanova Wannabe antics hilarious, while the other half never found it funny in the first place and wish he gets less screen time. His character development after meeting Bernadette seems to have saved him from the scrappy heap.
Amy used to be one, but see above, as she was rescued from this. However Leonard and Amy are still this, MOSTLYby Sheldon/Penny fans.
Natalie. Where people merely dislike her for playing the game a different style.note For example, there are people who think Dr. Will has a deplorable playstyle while others think he really knows the game. Natalie meanwhile is one of the few almost universally hated/disliked players simply because of her play style. Natalie was just bad on many levels...Not only did she lie like a rug throughout the entire game (She said she was 18 at the start, she was really 24!), but went off on personal tangents against Lydia note Not a good idea since she was in her alliance!, had Kevin and Jessie fight all her battles for her (An egregious head of household shows her not even trying to beat Michelle and Jordan!), backstabbed Kevin with Pandora's Box, acted incredibly entitled and egotistic when she finally won a Head of Household by herself, then threw even more responsibility on him at the end with Pandora's box, all the while insisting she was the master manipulator and had the most integrity in the house. Even her former allies in the Jury House deserted her and decided that Jordan and Kevin were the lesser evils and better players.
From the same season, we also have Ronnie, who is still a popular target of hatred on Jokers Updates.
Becky, Merton's younger sister, also gathers quite a bit of ire from the fandom mostly for being a bratty teenage girl who contributes little more to the plot than to insult her brother at every opportunity. It also doesn't help that she's a stuck-up Jerk Ass to everyone, even her own friends, and that she doesn't get much (if anything) in terms of Character Development.
Dr. Sweets. Which made it all the more infuriating when the spares were paired... Dr Sweets was disliked because he replaced Zach, but after some character development, specifically giving him the backstory of being a foster kid who's real father used to whip him, he is seen by some as more of a Woobie. Dr. Sweets is a bit hard to like when the writers use his spectacular lack of professional ethics (he's constantly manipulating his patients to achieve his desired outcome for their personal lives to fulfill his own emotional needs) as the main mechanism for keeping Booth and Brennan apart. Bizarrely, it just makes everybody love him more, and Dr. Gordon Gordon, himself an FBI psychiatrist, actually suggests to Booth and Brennan that Sweets' emotional instability is a reason for them to keep the kid around.
Given the explosion of outrage that happened when Sweets is killed off at beginning of Season 10, it's safe to say that Sweets was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
Hannah Burley, Booth's girlfriend that he brought back from Afghanistan. For obvious reasons, she's quite possibly the most hated character ever created on the show.
Earlier, Agent Sullivan. So much so that after he sailed off on his boat, fans kept coming up with cruel and painful deaths for him. In that case, it was totally a shipper thing; they were Booth/Brennan shippers who saw him as getting in the way.
Christopher Pelant, for being an overused Villain Sue capable of ludicrous feats of Hollywood Hacking. The Karma Houdini routine wore very, very thin with the fans. Even worse, he started to show Creator's Pet symptoms at one point. So when he was finally done in by Booth, there was much rejoicing, needless to say.
Hank was The Scrappy for the first season or so, for being obnoxious and one-dimensional. He has since fallen back into this as of the final season.
Marie is about as popular as Skyler with the fans. She never shuts up, and what she says is usually irrelevant and self-centered. Eventually Hank and Skyler (kind of) were rescued from the scrappy heap. Marie never was until the final season. In fact, one of Skyler's most popular moments was channeling the audience and yelling "SHUT UP, MARIE!"
Indeed, any female character, such as Jane, Lydia and Gretchen will often get this sort of treatment by the fandom. The exception might be Andrea, but she is largely Out of Focus.
By the end of the show, you'll likely either view Walt or everyone else as this.
Willow's new girlfriend Kennedy is this, and not just because of her replacing Tara. First off, introducing a new love interest for Willow so soon after Tara's death was questionable. She came across as bratty, egotistical and selfish: she lied to get Willow to date her, never behaved sensitively re: the Tara issue, talked about nothing other than herself and being gay, etc. She also indirectly helped cause the suicide of one of the Potentials with her Drill Sergeant Nasty act; it was the First Evil that actually caused it, but Kennedy at least scores an assist. In the Season 8 comics, the writers finally wised up and had Willow break up with her. She was actually voted the most annoying TV character of 2002-2003 in a couple polls and was included on the list of most annoying TV characters ever by EW.
The comics go even further, first having Kennedy Put on a Bus looking for another Scrappy, but the Scoobies would rather be bankrupt and on the street than have anything to do with her. To put this into perspective even Angelus, Spike, Faith and Wesley were able to get better in their eyes. Kennedy, not so much.
Riley receives a good deal of hate from Buffy fans, whether they belong to the Buffy/Angel or Buffy/Spike camps. It's not too surprising: Riley was introduced during a season considered to be one of the show's weakest, never had much of an identity established and was an integral part of the loathed Initiative. He also managed to enrage fans in season 5, when he cheats on Buffy for "not spending enough time with him" when Buffy had to look after her mother (who was suffering from a life threatening and ultimately fatal brain aneurysm). When she gets upset about it, not only is he unrepentant, but he also tries to blame Buffy for what he did, and we're supposed to side with Riley. That and the ridiculous ammount of Character Shilling he received from Xander helps cement him as one of the most annoying Buffyverse characters.
Though she is Rescued from the Scrappy Heap (at least partially) later on, Dawn Summers gets this a lot thanks to her constant whining and her ungrateful attitude, as well as how useless and even detrimental she is to the Scoobies. She grows up a lot on the show though, so that by the end of the series, while still disliked by many, she has gained a certain level of respect from the fandom.
Around about Season 5, Cole started getting this way, thanks to some serious Ending Fatigue regarding his arc. Though at least in his case, it's more a Base Breaker.
Inspector Sheridan rapidly became this. Aside from her endangering The Masquerade and the sisters both, thus showing the problems with bringing law enforcement into the supernatural realm, her Arbitrary Skepticism and fanatical pursuit of 'justice' because she believed the sisters were criminals and killers made less and less sense as the series went on. At least the FBI agent pursuing the sisters in the first season had a good excuse (he was a demon). Granted, Sheridan did get put in mortal danger (though it was her own fault) and get her memory wiped for a long time, but by the time she remembered everything and could be said to have a valid reason for disliking the sisters, she was so detestable it was bordering on Laser-Guided Karma when she walked in on Zankou and got herself vaporized. Self Disposing Scrappy?
The Cosby Show: Olivia was introduced in the 6th season, just so they could have a new "cute child". But she was very close to becoming a Creator's Pet, and she often acted as if she was much older than she was.
Cousin Pam, who was introduced in the 7th season, has a hatedom as well, as she too came in from nowhere to be a regular. But a few fans see her an Ensemble Darkhorse instead, which would make her a Base Breaker.
Elle Greenaway is fairly unpopular with most people, for varying reasons. David Rossi started out as an example of this (and probably is still counted as The Scrappy by some people) due to replacing Jason Gideon, and occasionally coming off as uptight ass. However, Elle wasn't universally disliked and Rossi was quickly Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
Ashley Seaver is now the most hated character in the entire show's history. She prompted a mixed reception in her debut episode (some liked her, some didn't, with a leaning toward the negative), but after her 3-episode arc was complete, the hatred solidified. When the news came out that Seaver would become a regular cast member, the fans were not happy. It didn't help matters that Seaver was brought in place of TWO fan favorite characters that were supposedly let go because the show couldn't afford their salaries anymore. And considering that this was really done to free up funds for a spinoff, it may end up with a whole Scrappy SERIES. How much did the fanbase hate Seaver? During "Lauren" when Prentiss was forced between choosing Rossi or Seaver for Doyle's sniper to kill, the fans watching the episode wanted Prentiss to choose Seaver (which didn't happen). When a fanbase calls for the death of a Scrappy like Seaver, you know something's wrong. Luckily, she's Put on a Bus now since season 7.
Alex Blake is starting to generate the same level of hatred. If Seaver's characterization- which wasn't defined much- was a result of the show not trying at all, Blake's characterization is a result of the show trying too hard, bordering on Mary Sue levels of characterization. She's intelligent, but also tough as nails, being the only one who can make Erin Strauss grovel. This was Lampshaded by Garcia, who called her "Mrs. Perfect Agent" in her opening episode. Her appearances on the show mostly have her in the periphery, only emerging when she had a solution, which worked *every time*. There are some fans who wish to see her as Season Eight's season-long UnSub, since it may be the only way her coldness would make sense.
Many fans felt this way about Reed; an annoying, Too Dumb to Live internet journalist who was the son of Mac's dead wife. And to play this character, they decided to hire an actor with one facial expression - that of bored petulance - and an acting range that went from A to not quite B. A collective cheer went up when he was kidnapped by the Cabbie Killer at the end of season 4. A collective groan went out when he was rescued the next episode.
Lindsay Monroe/Messer gets a lot of this treatment as well from a portion of the fandom. There's a big Base Breaker element, but she gets a lot of hate for pairing up with Danny, altering his character too much and restricting his development as his own character. Unfortunately, it often extends to the actress and her abilities as well.
Mac's girlfriends, almost certainly ship-related. Peyton was extremely disliked, Audrey didn't fare well, and now Christine is already starting to get disliked by a portion of the fans. Most likely, it's due to the three most popular Mac ships: Fans want him to hook up with Jo, go off to New Orleans and marry Stella, or stay forever alone because Claire was his soul mate and no one can be like her.
At first it was Emma, for being the creators' favorite character and always putting her opinions in everythingand nobody called her on it! In season 2, she was found as being not only harsh, but even quite selfish, practically begging for all her mother's attention when she was dating Mr. Simpson. In season 3, she meets another slight personality change, where she becomes less rude and more ridiculous, as though she looks for any reason there is to protest something. But her biggest, most hated change was in season 4. She not only dropped her protesting habit (thank god!), but completely lost touch of her moral gain, going against everything she originally disliked in previous seasons. She goes on a quest to become popular, which is against her actions in season 1. She bully's Rick, becomes his friend, then crashes his hopes of having a crush on her by telling him she only felt sorry for him, all of which completely goes against her character. She then gives Jay a blowjob, knowing he is going out with Alex, when just the previous season, she feuds with Manny for doing the same thing with Craig and Ashley. Later, she comes down with gonorrhea, and is so self-centered that she almost transmits it to another student, failing to do so only because the other student had learned of her STD.
As season 3 came around, Manny. She became an Attention Whore, wearing lowrider jeans and a thong to get attention from all the Degrassi guys. She then flirted with JT, only to decide on Sully, then date have sex with Craig even though she knew he was with Ashley, and pressure Emma to do the same with Chris. She later gets pregnant, and even though Emma tells her that Adoption is an option, she STILL decides to go through an abortion.
In season 5, Peter, whose motto appears to be Screw the Rules, I Have Money!. In the very first episode, a two-parter, he films drunk!Manny stripping (Yes, some said this was because she was a slut.) and when she won't date him because Emma wants to, he sends everyone this video. As season 6 rolls around, he gets Darcy to do this as well. And he puts pot in Sean's locker because Sean's interested in Emma.
Speaking of Darcy, Darcy! The fundamentalist Christian talk tended to turn people off and made people say "This isn't 7th Heaven!"; and the Christian motif made Spinner seem less Spinner and more self-righteous. Other fans saw her and Spinner as The Fundamentalist.
Sean, but only in season 6. Fanon is that this Sean is straight out of the Uncanny Valley, with the Detractor Name "Seanborg" or "Seandroid". Bad enough that the Double Standard is in full force: Manny's a slut, but Sean helps Emma cheat on Peter and is being subversive and heroic.
Just write that you think Jenna from is not so bad, or even goodness forbid that you like her and see what happens.
Leia was also despised by many for being useless. Thankfully the writers finally took the hint. Oddly enough, Blue was even more useless than Leia, but didn't garner such hate, thanks to being eye candy.
Imogen Moreno is shaping up to be this way for Season 11. Most of the hate coming from Eclare fan girls, the fact that she's been shoved down our throats before she was even introduced formally on the show, and just generally annoying.
KC, once he left Clare for Jenna the writers seemed to forget he was ever in the schoolís gifted program, then when Jenna gets pregnant he abandons her, then they get back together but after Tyson is born he leaves her at home with the full burden of raising the baby while he has at least an emotional affair with Marisol (coincidentally this made Jenna more sympatheticto some fans), then when Jenna realizes she canít handle being a teen mom KC nearly sabotages Tysonís adoption, not because he gives a crap about his son, but as a last ditch effort to stay with Jenna.
Joseph Quinn. His appearance in season three smacked of "NEW SEASON NEW CHARACTERS" if not Remember the New Guy, his purpose from the beginning seemed to be to provide sexual tension with Debra (not fulfilled till season five), and by season four he took hold of the Idiot Ball and refused to let go, between constantly leaking department information to his reporter girlfriend and constantly niceing up to Dex so he wouldn't rat on him for taking money from a crime scene. Quinn also catches some Replacement Scrappy for replacing the far more competent and Badass Sgt. Doakes as Deb's partner and the one cop suspicious of Dexter.
Some fans considered Rita this as she had some Mary Sue tendencies and before her season 5 death she became much more clingy and jealous towards Dexter.
Hannah, due to Dexter inexplicably falling in love with her and his love being so strong for her that he contemplates quitting killing. It's not so evident in season 7, during which she was fairly popular, however she suffers from Badass Decay when she returns in season 8 and her hints of Creator's Pet are intensified considerably, making her this in a large portion of the fanbase (some might argue even more than Quinn).
Lady Rose, in addition to being a rare adult Cousin Oliver, becomes a main character out of nowhere in Series 3. Rose is an upper crust flapper and often functions as a sexier and edgier Sybil, whom she replaced. Despite being given several storylines, she remains unpopular with fans and her romance with an African-American jazz musician had him wading into Ethnic Scrappy territory.
Megan is hated by many. She's a Villain Sue in a show without any heroes, so all her schemes target her two brothers, Drake and Josh. Megan never gets caught, never gets punished, and there are quite a few examples of her benefiting from her schemes, just plain coming out on top in an episode she's barely in. The writers tried to balance this out by giving Drake and Josh a few Kick the Dog moments towards her, making her schemes more Disproportionate Retribution than anything, but by then Drake and Josh's pranks were seen as justified revenge for everything she had done to them so far.
Ashley has only been in four episodes so far, and she's already this. Being crazy, creepy and annoying will do that to you.
The character of Dom, introduced in the third season of Entourage, was intended to become a main cast member. But he was so hated by fans of the show that his character was quickly written out.
Everybody Loves Raymond: Debra was so this trope. Aside from being a Jerkass (and a bit of a Mary Sue in episodes where she is shown to be hyper-competent, and a Possession Sue for her fans), Debra was mainly a Karma Houdini who began using Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male continuously throughout the series, physically beating Ray (shoving him into bookshelves, smashing Ray's crotch when he tried to warn Robert that she and Marie were lying to him, etc) and encourages his kids to make fun of him. She is arguably the character who jump-started the modern trend of Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male being used in sitcoms. Some have argued that she was better earlier in the show, but she eventually devolved into equal parts hen-pecker stereotype and sociopath. It doesn't help that she's shilled, particularly in one episode where she upsets Frank by saying she never expected to be able to have fun interacting with him and he replies that he always thought it was a case of him and her versus the rest of the "loonies". Never mind that he watches her routinely put Ray—his own son—through worse treatment than that which Marie puts him through (Marie's controlling, but Frank can shrug it off) and regularly watches as she verbally emasculates Ray at every opportunity.
Also, Lana's son Kirby was introduced as a young, everyman character and totally upset the show's character dynamic. He basically starts off as a Lazy Bum...and then for the most part just embodies the stereotypical "teen slob".
Also Janine, Joey's temporary roommate/girlfriend from season 6.
Susan, the lesbian love of Ross' ex-wife Carol, receives a lot of hate for her cruel and cold attitude towards Ross. The fact that Carol and Susan slept together while Carol was still married to Ross didn't help.
Many feel that Janice became this after breaking up with Chandler in Season Three.
Nicky, who was a complete annoying idiot, even for a kid.
Aunt Vivian, for being generally boring and unfunny compared to the other characters. This is especially true for the second Vivian played by Daphne Reid.
Michelle Tanner on Full House has gotten a lot of hate from people, who think she's a brat, who gets away with everything. Some people have even wished for her mother to have died even earlier than she did, only so Michelle never could have been born!
April is despised for being a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Rory, and essentially a brainy know-it-all. The only reason she existed was to get on the nerves of Luke and depict how bad he is with children.
Olivia and Lucy were Expys for the earlier Madeline and Louise and few understood why the latter weren't just brought back for characters that seemed to be shoehorned in by executives of The CW to catch in a few more teen viewers in the derided seventh season.
While many of the characters are pretty much love them or hate them, there are very few fans who like Will, and even most of those who do seem to agree with the general consensus that he is clueless, naive and generally a pretty bad teacher, yet the characters (and by extension, the writers) often treat him as if he can do no wrong.
Terri was this when she was on the show. Granted, she was intended by the writers as a jerk and villain, but more of the Love to Hate type. Instead, she was just hated all-around, and viewers seemed to like episodes more the less she was in them. Oddly after she left this reversed and she was quite well liked by the fandom. Possibly because Jessalyn Gilsig is actually a very good actress and it was sad to see her go.
Most of the characters who came out of The Glee Project are these or at leastBase Breakers, for having one-note personalities that seemed forced into the show. This was especially true with the deluge of new students - again, mostly culled from GP contestants - in Season 4, because they seemed like Flanderized versions of the original cast.
Good Luck Charlie: In this Disney show, Amy Duncan gets this from a lot of people because she acts very selfish and egotistical ("What's the matter? Don't you want to be on TV with me... er, us?"). While the other characters are somewhat relatable and draw humor for their quirks, Amy's 'quirk' is being 'crazy' and 'wanting to be famous', but there's a little TOO much emphasis on the "crazy" part (way too many examples to list, but replacing her entire family (except Charlie) with ringers in "The Singin' Dancin' Duncans" just so she can perform is one of the stronger ones).
Vanessa Abrams was/is thoroughly despised by a vast, and vocal, majority of the show's viewers. Although just as shallow, manipulative and self-serving as Blair Waldorf, she kept putting herself up on high horses, lecturing and mastering others, in addition to being the Distaff Counterpart to Dan and thus serving no real purpose on her own. The showrunners seemed to be quite aware of how unpopular she was - despite being credited as a main character Vanessa was missing from several episodes each season (including the season three finale), and hardly ever got any storylines of her own - and she was eventually Put on a Bus in the season four finale (called, ironically for Vanessa haters, "The Wrong Goodbye").
Dan Humphrey is slipping into Scrappy territory as well. It can't have helped that he basically got off scot-free for being Gossip Girl.
Greek: Lizzi. The attempt was to create a sorority consultant so markedly different from the sorority she's consulting. And it worked: the super-hyper, passive-aggressive, rule-enforcing, and overall annoying Lizzi went from zero to borderline X-Pac Heat-like in less than an episode.
Green Wing: Holly definitely has some Scrappy elements, mostly by deliberately splitting up Mac and Caroline by lying and saying her four-year-old son Mackenzie was the child she had previously told Mac she aborted - he wasn't - plus making subtley undermining remarks to Caroline and then being totally unapologetic about it when found out.
Grey's Anatomy: Meredith Grey's half-sister Lexie, whose first scene involved flirting with McDreamy and became a series regular right after (yet-another) Meredith/Derek breakup.
Another Scrappy on the show would not so much be a character but multiple characters played by the same actress. These would be the multitude of Ali Larter clone characters. Once the first character ran her course fans were happy to see her character's storyline come to a close and Ali Larter to be done on Heroes, but WAIT Heroes fans were introduced to a concept that no matter how many characters played by Ali Larter die, there could always be another one in hiding. In the promos for season 4 it is shown that Ali Larter's many characters have become a Creator's Pet as the next season centers around her. The only good thing about this Scrappy is you actually get to watch her die multiple times on the show and though each one is exciting for the fans, it is bittersweet because the fans know she'll always return as Gina, or Brenda, or Cookie, or Lanora, or any other name and random power you can put on her.
To a lesser degree, Mohinder fits this bill as well. While he's always been a relatively useless character - not because of his lack of powers but because of his amazing ability to consistently trust the wrong people - he truly became Too Dumb to Live in Season 2 when he joined The Company to act as a deep-cover operative and help bring it down from the inside and then turned traitor on Noah Bennet despite having seen countless examples - both in Season 1 and Season 2 - of The Company being hopelessly corrupt and self-serving. Worse, Season 3 has paired Mohinder and Maya, which almost everyone can agree is a match made in Hell. EVEN WORSE, Mohinder suddenly gains Spider-Man like abilities and an inexplicable compulsion to steal people and encase them in cocoons. Maya missed an opportunity to pull herself out of the Scrappy heap when she found out about Mohinder's new "habit." She almost killed him with her ability but Mohinder somehow talked her out of it. What an Idiot!
Monica Dawson who appeared in the show's second season. Micah's cousin who was a Katrina victim with the power to imitate any movement she saw. Her storylines were considered some of the worst in the show's history and people are also upset that she lived while more popular characters died. She was written out after the season. There were several fans who were very upset to see her go, and thought she was one of the best things about the season.
Claire's flying boyfriend West was also not well liked.
Basically Season 2 only introduced 2 well-liked characters: Adam and Elle who are both sympathetic characters who are both potential Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds characters. Of course both characters were killed but Heroes had a thing for killing well liked characters and keeping the Scrappys.
You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who likes Bob Bishop. What he did to Elle before the series alone is enough reason to hate him.
Highlander: Throughout almost all of Season One, Richie and Tessa were seen as intrusive and clashing with the style of the series. Richie was introduced trying to rob Duncan while wearing parachute pants and a jacket with shoulder pads, serving almost no purpose besides as an unashamed sidekick. Tessa was likewise an unashamed Designated Love Interest who had no real character traits of value besides being Duncan's girlfriend. Richie slowly but surely is Rescued from the Scrappy Heap after becoming immortal in the same incident where Tessa is Killed Off for Real, as Duncan trains him in swordplay and two have an on-again, off-again rivalry as Richie struggles with accepting The Game and his place within it. There is a reason why Richie's death is considered a heavy Jump the Shark moment for the series.
The same cannot be said about Michelle from Rite of Passage. The typical whiny, spoiled teenage girl gets immortality. You can picture what happens next.
Anne Lindsey, Duncan's season 3 love interest. Fans almost universally HATE her.
Detective Paul Falsone gets some of this treatment, with many finding him a bit smarmy and repellent. He wasn't helped by the fact that his character arc in the first season that he becomes a regular led to fan-favourite Detective Mike Kellerman's departure from the show. A 1998 essay on TeeVee.org effectively summed up why this character was so disliked.
Laura Ballard and Rene Sheppard also receive some of this treatment, both being seen as indicative of the production team's caving into Executive Meddling by putting two 'supermodels with guns' in the show, in contrast to the show's more down-to-earth depiction of women in the police force prior to their introductions.
Horatio Hornblower: Mariette, Horatio's shallow Satellite Love Interest from "The Frogs and the Lobsters" (aka "The Wrong War") is a universally disliked character among the show's fans. Both the writers who didn't bother to make her interesting enough (rare and strange because even minor characters like lower-deck sailors were well-defined) and the poor performance of her actress who couldn't match the rest of the excellent cast are blamed equally. The nicest thing fans would say about her is that she was really pretty and rare female eye candy, as there was a lack of women anyway, given that Hornblower is an example of Wooden Ships and Iron Men genre.
Tritter. While House was his normal assy self in the clinic, tripping up a crippled man wasn't exactly the best way to get sympathy or likeability points with the audience. And let's not even get into his behaviour after the thermometer incident... Being a villain, he was intended to be a case of "you should hate the villain" except that audiences were ecstatic just to see him gone and his arc was widely reviled. Attempts to make him into a mirror of "House as a cop" fell incredibly short.
Thirteen certainly fit later. She started out as a Mary Sue already but her involvement in season five's Romantic Plot Tumor pushed her right into Scrappy territory.
Cameron. She was supposed to be a sort of Morality Pet for House, but instead she comes across merely as a whiny, stuck up, holier than thou hypocrite.
Martha Masters, for the same reasons as Cameron, plus almost no real-world experience and creepy naivete.
Foreman was never the most popular character on the show, but the "Foreman is House" arc and his involvement in Season 5's Romantic Plot Tumor made him The Scrappy.
Lucas Douglas, for never shutting the hell up and displacing fan-favorite Wilson as House's sidekick.
Vogler, who was forced onto the show as a villain by the network. He was taken off the show when he became unpopular with the audience and caused ratings to drop.
Stacy Warner, House's ex, was meant to be his ex-girlfriend who was still madly in love with him, but their relationship was dysfunctional and she came across as extremely self-righteous, especially when it came to crippling his leg.
Rachel Taub's entire reason for existing as a character was the single least engaging Romantic Plot Tumor in the series.
House of Anubis: It seems like the writers simply decided to make one of the characters hated by the fandom each season just to rescue them at the end of the season. Of course, these characters are also usually base breakers depending on your point of view.
Joy Mercer got this status during season 2 for loving one half of the a very popular Official Couple, to the point where she is somehow blamed for a break up she had nothing to do with. She was hated even before she had done anything wrong. When she started playing dirty tricks for both Fabian's heart and to win the spotlight, and refusing to take the hint that Fabian was not interested in her romantically, even the fans she had were starting to lose sympathy for her, and the characters themselves were not pleased. Thankfully, in season 3 she had dropped many of her Jerk Ass traits, and reinvented herself as a person- and got involved in one of the most popular pairings of the season, effectively making her Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
Mara seemed to be hated for a little while until the ending of Season 3 for her treatment of both Jerome and Joy. However, then she moved on to Fabian and ends up with her in Touchstone of Ra, essentially killing all hopes for an reunion for the Official Couple barring Nathalia returning for Season 4—-if there is one. This has led to many criticizing Mabian for being a textbook example of Pair the Spares and Strangled by the Red String and throwing more hate at her character. However there are also some who believe that Fabian should have moved on from Nina and support the new pairing. It doesn't help that Fabian and Mara almost never interacted in the series up till then.
Adding to this is that a portion of the fanbase view her as a Karma Houdini, thanks to never once being called out on anything she did to Joy or Jerome during the third season, and how she was redeemed way too quickly, which caused the bad taste to stay.
As for villains, there's Vera. She was despised for almost everything she did, including kidnapping Trudy, and she had barely any redeeming qualities. It also comes in part from her childish clothing style, and for flirting with Victor. It doesn't help that she, too, is considered a Karma Houdini. Miss Denby in Season 3 earned similar hate for the things she did, such as cruelly messing with Patricia's emotions just to turn her into a sinner, but at least she had a few redeeming qualities and was likable at first, and did earn karma at the end, making her less of a scrappy than Vera.
Zoey who manipulated Ted, lied to him, tried to ruin his career and when he said "no" to saving the Arcadian, she revealed she kept the recording of Ted praising the Arcadian despite promising to erase it.
Don, though he fortunately ended up a Scrapped Scrappy. A sleazy idiot with a cavalry's worth of informed ability. The fact he was the product of incredibly sloppy writing (in one episode's time, he's supposed to go from a sleazy jerk to the single most perfect man in the world, and said episode begins with Marshall shilling him after an offscreen hangout).
Stella became this after "Shelter Island". And just when "As Fast As She Can" allowed to some to forgive, "The Wedding Bride" threw her right back to Scrappy. Whilst it was her husband who wrote the film, many details could have only come from Stella. So she dumped him at the alter and then helped her husband slander him as the villain in a hit movie. That's stone cold.
Quinn, naturally became this to Barney/Robin shippers and Barney/Nora supporters.
Jeanette. In-Universe, she is utterly despised by everyone in the gang except Ted.
Human Target: Ames. Basically, she's supposed to be a thief that can steal anything. Or at least that's what they introduced her as, oh, and she has no concept of fighting or weapons while working for a team that has two assassins and a retired cop. The most useful thing she did in season 2 was translate for Guerrero. The dumbest thing she's done was sneak a kid out to a party whose house was just attacked a few hours previous. And while that's stupid enough on its own, she can't even protect him when he's nearly kidnapped. Had she been used sparingly, then it might've been okay. However, the writer's attempts to shoehorn her into most episodes without serving a real purpose only served to highlight how useless she really was.
iCarly: There's Guppy, when he got added to the show along with his brother Gibby. That whole upgrade has been horribly done, with boring sub-plots, and a complete lack of funny. How is saying "Happy Birthday" at random events funny?
"Clue Crew", first introduced in 2001, has been this trope and a Creator's Pet to many fans, criticized for being a completely unnecessary addition to the show, slowing down the actual game and distracting people from it.
Since 1997, any clue read by a celebrity, as well as entire categories of clues read by a celebrity. Almost all of them tend to involve very long clues read very slowly (Oprah Winfrey being a particular offender).
Kamen Rider Hibiki: Kyosuke Kiriya. He was part of an unpopular Re Tool of the show and seemed to exist primarily to pursue a tiresome and one-sided rivalry with the likable Asumu. His fate in fandom was sealed forever when, in the show's finale, Kiriya becomes an Oni and Asumu does not - the production team later confirmed that they were both supposed to have become Oni, but it was ultimately decided that Asumu would not, and his suit was scrapped for parts to enhance Kiriya's. His actor, Yuichi Nakamura, later redeemed himself by going on to play the more popular Yuto in Kamen Rider Den-O.
Kamen Rider Fourze: Has three in the form of minor characters Yukina Takamura, Ran Kuroki and Misa Toriizaki. Yukina is disliked for being a Clingy Jealous Girl who tries to stop Gentaro being a Kamen Rider and is not his previous love interest, the well-liked Nadeshiko from Movie Wars Megamax (with Yukina going as far as to steal the Fourze Driver and not give it back when Libra Zodiarts was about to kill her), Ran is unpopular because she was hostile and violent to almost everyone (including Ohsugi-sensei, and even he didn't even deserve being flipped into the air), and so pushy towards her supposed best friend that he was driven to become a Zodiarts, to the point that some consider her Catch Phrase being, "I'll protect you Haru!". Lastly, Misa was pretty much hated for being a complete bitch to another character Norio Eguchi (who was also Cygnus Zodiarts, aka the reason Rumi created her special Ugly Ducklings Cult) and went as far as to force poor Norio to activate his switch while the other members of the Ugly Ducklings trap him down. Made even worse because Norio created a Split Personality when he activated the switch for the first time but Misa didn't care at all; once Cygnus was revealed, she got on her knees and acted like Cygnus's high priestess.
Kamen Rider Kiva has Ryo Itoya, the Spider Fangire - partly for being a creep who stalks and sexually harasses Yuri (then comes back 22 years later to do the same to her daughter) but mostly for being so campy, zany and over the top that it's impossible to take anything seriously when he is on the screen.
Kindred: The Embraced: This show is a rare example of a lead scrappy. The poor writing for main character Frank Kohanek, combined with C. Thomas Howell's less than stellar acting, resulted in him being intensely disliked by both fans and critics, the latter describing him as "something out of a bad cop show". His character was due to be written out in season 2, and the lead role given to supporting character Julian Luna... but Mark Frankel's untimely death resulted in the show being cancelled after 1 season.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Dale Stuckey was written to be one in-universe, which made him obnoxious to the viewer, too. Unusually for the trope, the rest of the squad and CSU were just as annoyed by him as anyone would be, leading to his psychotic breakdown.
Nikki & Paulo were introduced in the third season because the producers of the show were often asked what some of the other survivors of the crash were doing. Viewers and TV critics wasted no time flaming them to hell and back.
Some other LOST fans hated Ana-Lucia when she was introduced to the cast, but she had shown a slightly more likeable side right before Michael (yet another disliked character) killed her.
Widmore's henchman, Zoe, in season 6, is widely hated for being a pointless, annoying character, eating up valuable screen time... and also for the actress claiming that she's the key to all the show's themes and is on "every page" of the series finale. In the penultimate episode, Flocke kills her by slitting her throat quite violently, pleasing everyone who hated her.
Kate could also qualify. Her constant swapping between Jack and Sawyer did her no favours whatsoever. Not to mention she got captured so often and was rather useless in any situation, that it made Princess Peach look competent.
The L Word: Jenny Schecter. Oh, Jenny. She was introduced as what was meant to be a sympathetic, if flawed character, struggling with being blindsided by her latent sexual orientation. This troper took her in the spirit it was intended, but damn, the audience hated her. Everything the writers did to rescue her from the Scrappy Heap just made them hate her more, until finally they threw their hands up and went with it.
Betty Draper, especially in Season 4 onward (after her divorce with Don). In 2011-2012 she made it onto several lists of most hated TV characters, with a few even suggesting she be killed off.
Pete Campbell, depending on the viewer, falls into either this or Love to Hate. But just about nobody genuinely likes the character, even during his more sympathetic moments. It says a lot that many fans' favorite moment of Season 5 was when Pete got punched in the face.
Joan's husband Greg, though how much of this is intentional is up for debate.
Married... with Children: Seven became one of these quickly, just like good old Cousin Oliver. What made it especially galling was how Peg actually tried to be a responsible mother to the little snot by giving him food, instead of the lazy, self-centered Jerkass the fans all knew and loved.
Agravaine ended up being this, especially as he was already something of a Replacement Scrappy to King Uther and a Suspiciously Similar Substitute to Morgana (being the smirky new Mole within Camelot's walls). It didn't start out that way; he was initially presented as a cunning, enigmatic villain, and the audience took it on faith that the writers would eventually explain his motivation and his long-term plans for Morgana and Arthur (his quasi-niece and nephew, respectively). Except... they didn't. Although a hugeamount of screen-time was spent on this character, there was never any clear understanding of who he was or why he allied himself with Morgananote A deleted scene suggested that he was in love with Morgana, though this was never clarified in the actual show, and the fact that there was no background on how they met or why he was so devoted to a woman that treated him like dirt (over his own nephew who accorded him respect and a powerful position in Camelot) only opened up more questions concerning what the heck he was trying to achieve and he was unceremoniously killed off without really achieving anything or affecting the long-term Story Arc in any way.
Furthermore, his presence turned Arthur into an idiot who took his advice despite his obvious role as a villain, basing his trust on the fact that Agravaine was his uncle that he had known all his life, even though he'd never been seen or mentioned before series four. It was grating to see Arthur take consistently bad advice from an obvious creep over that of Merlin and Guinevere, his best friend and future wife.
Tristan and Isolde weren't very popular either, on account of the former being a Jerk Ass, the latter being a Faux Action Girl, and the both of them being fairly pointless. They had nothing whatsoever to do with the legendary Tristan and Iseult and took up valuable screentime in the series four finale that could have been better spent on characters the audience actually knew. However, since they were only around for two episodes, they were gone before they could rile the audience into anything beyond mild apathy.
Morgana became a Scrappy for many fans when she returned in Season 3. She had undergone a Face-Heel Turn that was at complete odds with her previous characterisation. Many people resented that the writers neglected to put effort into her turn to the dark side and just had all that happen between seasons. As such she is a little more than a pantomime villain when she returns and she smirks to herself so frequently it can result in Narm.
The Muppets: Bean Bunny was an interesting case. He first appeared as the protagonist in The Tale of the Bunny Picnic and began showing up in various muppet projects through the late 80's/early 90's (most prominently, Muppet Babies). What was interesting was that the cast and crew didn't seem to like him either, finding him obnoxiously cute. He was eventually Demoted to Extra when his puppeteer, Steve Whitmire took over duties as Kermit after Jim Henson's passing.
Animal is quickly becoming this with many of the hardcore fans of the Muppets. He has been pushed up to the front to the point in which Fozzie and Gonzo had to take a backseat. Usually when merchandise is produced, there's Kermit and Miss Piggy, and then Animal. Many are also displeased at the fact that practically the entire Electric Mayhem has been forgotten throughout the years, most likely due to the deaths of both Jim Henson and Richard Hunt, as Dr. Teeth and Janice were silenced. Since then, they've been recast, but are not even used an eighth of the time as Animal is.
Nashville: Rayna's husband Teddy has this status among fans; NaÔve Newcomer Scarlett also gets her share. Neither, however, are as hated as Dante (Jolene's therapist), due to his apparent belief that Juliette basically has to apologise for her mother being a drug-addicted unfit mess of a parent... although you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who likes Peggy right up to when she was shot and killed. And considering Dante turned out to be a fraud, stole 450 grand from Juliette and tried to extort more cash via a sex tape to boot before Jolene killed him - and herself - this may have been the response the writers were going for all along. In his case, anyway.
The New Adventures of Old Christine: Marley And Lindsay. They're Rich Bitches who seemingly have no purpose other then to make jokes about how ignorant and "poor" Christine is, they're not the least bit funny, they're just incredibly irritating.
Newhart: Kirk DeVane was a painfully unfunny Jerk Ass for the show's first 2 seasons. Midway through the second season, the writers desperately tried to save him by giving him a sweet, likeable girlfriiend. It only worked part way. She herself was quite likeable and appealing, but it was impossible to understand what the Hell she saw in Kirk. Fortunately, around the same time, a new, hilarious Jerk Ass, Michael Harris, made his debut on the show. At the start of the third season, Kirk and his new wife were Put on a Bus, Michael took his place on the show, and Newhartgrew the beard.
Nick Studio 10: The entire cast are a curious case. The "show" itself wasn't well-liked to begin with, but most of the hate comes from interrupting other shows with "Important Public Service Announcements" that run on the sort of "randumb ecksdee" humor you would expect to see on a thirteen-year-old's deviantART page, though the PSA's never actually featured the cast, but stock and viral video. However the hate spread to the cast and after social media harassment and derision of the sketches by the show's Periphery Hatedom, it ended up canceled.
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation: Had one. Venus, the female turtle trained in the art of Shinobi who was deliberately not related to any of the boys so that a relationship wasn't out of the question. It didn't stop her being so hated that her entire existence has now been denied. Reasons include: The power of magic - shinobi - so she never really got into any fights, making her The Chick, and using said power to single-handedly save the day or appear amazing solely for knowing about magic, way too often. Her creation for the apparent sole purpose of Ship Tease, by pointedly making the other turtles Not Blood Siblings, and then aiming her at Leonardo and Raphael, which would surely have had them fighting over her. Her convoluted introduction with the obvious and yet unanswered question of 'why didn't anybody say something about this sooner?' On the part of the original creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird... Peter Laird took the stance that Venus never existed in the first place to such a degree that nobody could even make jokes about her around him, while Kevin Eastman is quite willing to discuss the character. The detail that the creators hated her so much that there has never been a recurring female mutant since. Apparently the only reason writers can think of to have a female mutant would be to get romantic with the turtles, rather than say, adding a new personality or a new skill to the team.
Nip/Tuck: Gina Russo. She started as a minor foil for Christian Troy when he began attending SA Meetings, but she quickly became a semi-regular, showing up at the most inopportune times to cause Christian and Sean grief, such as forcing Christian to wait on her hand and foot as she prepared to give birth to a baby she thought was his (It wasn't). She was annoying, verbally abusive ("asshole" being her favorite insult,) mildly psychotic, and manipulative, and thanks to Ryan Murphy's inability to let plots die, she kept coming back.
NUMB3RS: Nikki. She's got a 4 year degree from the streets of Compton, yo!
A Vocal Minority of fans loathed Marissa Cooper passionately, mostly because she tended to be a self-destructive drama magnet (and on a soap opera, that's saying something) who became the center of attention of any scene she was in and tended to treat people like crap...but everyone around her continued to like her and put up with it. The third season ends with her finally getting Killed Off for Real.
On the flipside, Malex fans hate her mother and Ryan for getting in the way of the two girls relationship.
Play School: Even a mere children's toy can be a scrappy. Play School featured five toys: Big Ted and Little Ted (two classic-style cuddly teddy bears), Humpty (a lovable big furry green egg), Jemima (a soft rag doll with a friendly face) and Hamble (a hideous cheap-looking plastic doll with a very unfriendly face). Hamble was, for many Britons of a certain age, their first-ever hate figure. Even the cast hated her because of her inability to sit without falling over, which was resolved by the painful-sounding insertion of a knitting needle. She even got used as a football between takes. Small wonder she was eventually dropped in favour of the only slightly less unpopular Poppy.
It had even less popular Rangers (save for Mack, Ronny, and Tyzonn, who are well-liked by fans). Of all the rangers, Dax seems to sit on top of the list.
They tried to give him quirks like Bridge from Power Rangers S.P.D. but he came across more annoying than funny. That being said, he's far from being one of the most hated rangers ever, but he isn't very popular among Blue Rangers.
Will has become a Scrappy these days, mostly due to his actor being seen as an egotisticaljerkass in the eyes of a significant portion of the fandom. And for stealing a banner in the first Power Morphicon — which was supposed to be auctioned off for charity!
Before the banner incident with his actor, however, Will was actually relatively popular. But after that, he started getting bashed repeatedly.
Norg is also seen as a Scrappy by the majority of the fanbase, but for a different reason.
Power Rangers S.P.D.: Sam. Specifically Future-Sam a.k.a The Omega Ranger, mainly because we don't know a damn thing about him. That he does appear in the finale, for all of three seconds, without his costume, was seen as an insult by the fanbase, and he rivals Cole and Justin for Most Hated Ranger Ever — those two win because they have personality quirks and flaws that make them unlikeable — Sam is hated because he lacks any of this, due to the writers bypassing him as often as possible. Bruce Kalish has acknowledged that Sam could have been handled better.
Justin, who had shades of the Creator's Pet. But a lot of it comes mostly from concept rather than execution. He was a young kid compared to the older Rangers and no matter how hard Blake Foster tried he always stuck out among the group. But as a character he was fairly well rounded: skilled and observant but with moments of jealousy, pride and short-sightedness.
Alpha 6, also of Turbo, could qualify. While Alpha 5 was dorky-but-lovable, Alpha 6 was an attempt to make Alpha cool by using forced-hip slang ("Yo, Rangers!"). It's no coincidence that as Turbo ended, he was damaged, and his voice chip needed to be replaced with one of Alpha 5's.
Elgar, mainly for being obnoxious and not remotely threatening.
Divatox is this due to the fact she replaced The Machine Empire and whining all the time when she loses. She also likes to set explosions all over the place and ALWAYS setting them for an hour, enough time for the Rangers to get rid of them! She is also seen as Rita-lite most of the time!
Tommy Oliver has a bit of a hatedom. This appears to be in hindsight, though, since if you ask anybody who grew up in The Nineties their favorite Power Ranger, only those who still watch the show will most likely not say Tommy. Those who insist he is The Scrappy say so for all the usual reasons: Spotlight-Stealing Squad, Mary Sue, Creator's Pet...
There are many fans who dislike Ashley simply because of her actress, Tracy Lynn Cruz. She had dated Johnny Yong Bosch and in an interview years later he said once she got on Turbo she dumped him, stole his money and his car. Johnny (and Adam) was already The Woobie to fans and some people paint Tracy as evil, saying that she "eats the skulls of babies to survive". To be fair to Tracy some fans even asked her if she did eat them during a Power Morphicon, Fan Dumb at its worst. Johnny appears to regret letting out that information, due to how bad the backlash got.
Cole, the Rookie Red Ranger who stole the team from Taylor, and became instantly the leader for no reason. He would constantly talk about how he could read a being's "heart," which didn't help the fact that many fans think Wild Force was too preachy.
Also, Princess Shayla, who is basically a really useless Princess who sings. She also tends to be kidnapped a lot.
Doesn't help that he was Animus (which makes him a scrappy by proxy), who because of his hatred for humanity who even after revealing that him taking the Zords and the rangers' powers away, and him putting Shayla in a coma was a Secret Test of Character, still didn't take back any of the things he said about humanity.
It also doesn't help the fact Animus is surprisingly weak in combat and that if the Rangers die the nature is doomed.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a fan of Pretty Little Liars who likes Nathan. Even before the reveal that he was Maya's psycho Ax-Crazy killer, he was still hated because he was teased to be a love interest for resident Lipstick Lesbian Emily, and he did try a move on her, even after she explains that she's not into guys. The fanbase was not pleased.
Byron Montgomery and Pam Fields were both never liked by the fanbase; Byron for being a hypocrite and possibly involved in Alison's murder, and Pam because of how she freaks out when Emily comes out as a lesbian. Pam, however, does redeem herself in the eyes of the fans when she stands up for her daughter to Paige's father and defends her, finally embracing her sexuality. She later tells Emily that she accepts her how she is and is accepting of Emily/Maya and later Emily/Paige.
Prison Break: Brad Bellick was this in season one, but then he gotmuchbetter later on. However, pick any of the new characters introduced in season 3 (except maybeWhistler) and you've got this trope taken. Particularly Lechero. No one cried when T-Bag kills him in the finale.
Red Dwarf: Alternate Kochanski from Series VII is one of these. For starters, she replaced Rimmer, second, she was played by a different actress than the original Kochanski, and third, while the original Kochanski seemed to be a fun, down-to-earth gal who was perfect for Lister (if still sufficiently out of his league to make his initially unrequited pining for her realistic), the new Kochanski was a cold, stuck-up snob whom it was difficult to see an easy-going slob like Lister being attracted to.
Luckily for Joanna Frogett who played Kate, her very next role after Robin Hood was on the hit period drama Downton Abbey where she played Anna the maid, a far more beloved character, which proved it wasn't the actress' fault for Kate's low popularity but poor writing.
Tuck wasn't that popular either. Though he had least had the advantage over Kate of actually being in the legends upon which the show was based, it was abundantly clear that the writers introduced him without really knowing what they planned to do with him. After the first episode of the third series (in which he convinces Robin to return to the fight against injustice) he really doesn't do anything substantial. It might not have been so bad except that the writers would often focus on Kate and Tuck at the expense of the other outlaws (Much, Allan, John) who had been around since the beginning of the show and were now being shoved aside in order to accommodate the newcomers. Thus Kate and Tuck not only got two character-centric episodes revolving around them, but were made out to be the two most important and trusted members of Robin's gang (Tuck taking John's place as The Lancer, and Kate nudging out Much as Robin's Sidekick, as well as his new Love Interest) with no justification whatsoever.
AlbertoVermicelli from this Belgian kiddie show, a very popular show in Belgium (and the Netherlands partially). The blame is on the creators themselves for actually Flanderizing the character. In the very first seasons (1990-1993), Alberto was simply a Ted Baxter-looking barber-opera singer who only liked to eat very much, yet he never hurt anyone with it. In fact, he even helped the others many times. But then came the Flanderization in 1994, which ran all the way until the series' end in 2005. He became an very dumb (if not retarded) Man Child Eric Cartman-like Jerk Ass with almost no respect for his friends, or other civilians from the same fictional town. His Small Name, Big Ego became over the top and now he thinks he is God, demanding everything he wants, and then rants like a child if the others refuse to do it. His Big Eating also became exaggerating, he constantly talks about food, even during a discussion to help one of the characters who has problems (a typical plot in the show). Many episodes shows him plotting jerkish schemes to snatch food from others. Some episodes even portrays him as a complete Jerkass who delights in causing mischief and madness and bullying people; and on top of that he gets away with most of it, mostly because the others just stupidly let him go. It's very hard to think of why the titular characters and the other friends are still friends of him while he's abusing them, or the creators/writers didn't put him on a bus yet, or at least have the main cast break up with him and demote him to a recurring villain, so he still would be in the show.
The Minister'sAssistant/Delegate (in original Dutch he's called "de afgevaardigde van de minister"), a government inspector checking out status in the fictional town. He used to be a normal, neutral recurring character, but after too many actors left the show, the writers (rather than creating new characters or hiring other Darrins) Flanderized into a main character for the last five seasons. He also became the Creator's Pet, since many of these season's episodes went directly about him. And the man has almost never contact with the other characters, or screen-time. His only appearance is to snarl at the main cast for not doing his job properly. And keep in mind that only two of the cast (excluding the Minister's Assistant) are government workers (The Mayor and his assistant Eugene), so this guy comes off as a dictator to his people.
Unlike the two above example (who got to stick around), Frieda, a character so despised, the writers had to write her out after only three seasons.
The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Riley attained this status in almost record time. The fandom does not like her, especially the perception that she gets in the way of the popular John/Cameron ship. Was rescued somewhat by the revelation she was from the future and there explicitly to turn John and Cameron against each other.
Saved by the Bell: Tori Scott is widely despised for jumping into the series, replacing Kelly and Jessie out of nowhere, and being a general Mary Sue by besting everything anybody does, and ends up with the rather popular Lisa begging to be her friend. It should be noted that the only reason for the introduction of Tori is that at the last minute NBC ordered more episodes to be filmed for the final season, just as the series was wrapping up and all the cast's contracts had expired. Cast members Elizabeth Berkley and Tiffani Amber-Thiessen (Who played Jessie Spano and Kelly Kapowski, respectively) simply wanted to move on and refused to re-sign. As a result, the character of Tori was hastily created to fill in the roles left by the absence of the two aforementioned characters, and especially in the case of Kaposwki's absence, serve as a love interest for Zack Morris. The Tori episodes were filmed after the series finale and the made-for-TV movie that were supposed to wrap up the plot of the series, but were inserted into the middle of the season, as their storylines take place at the high school, in the usual canon of the series. This has lead to a series of gigantic plot holes that fans call the "Tori Paradox": Out of nowhere, Jessie and Kelly unexplainably disappear; Tori starts as a new student at the school and instantly befriends the main cast, who are carrying on as if Jessie and Kelly never existed; She is established as some kind of hybrid of Jessie and Kelly, thus she is beautiful and athletic while being smart, snarky and feminist; Zack begins a romantic relationship with her with absolutely no mention of his relationship with Kelly and showing no remorse for the fact that he is potentially cheating on her with Tori; Zack and Tori break up and all of a sudden, she is gone with no explanation of her fate; Jessie and Kelly reappear and everything reverts back to how it was before Tori appeared, Zack and Kelly get engaged and everyone graduates with no mention of Tori whatsoever, as if she was never there in the first place. It has been noted that Tori Scott both resembles and shares personality traits (most notably her strong feminist attitude) with singer/pianist Tori Amos, who had come to fame around the time the "Tori" episodes were filmed and aired. However, no evidence exists that the character is based off the singer, and thus any similarities between the two are simply a hilarious coincidence.
Elmo. Some parents only show their children old pre-Elmo episodes and movies and DVD. It's often cited as a combination of pushing the classic Jim Henson era muppets into the background, and marking the point when the commercial aspect of Sesame Street went overboard.
Also Abby Cadabby the Fairy, mainly for replacing Prairie Dawn as the main female.
Interestingly, Zoe is seen as this by the people who made the show, as she was almost engineered to be marketable to young girls in a way that the other characters were not. Even Abby was created more organically (like the other characters on the show), and so is generally more liked by the crew.
Lana Lang. Many fans also consider her a Creator's Pet, because the writers seem to refuse to do anything interesting with her character that contributes positively to the story. The fact that she is a troublemaking Satellite Love Interest that Clark never gets over, the whole thing a Romantic Plot Tumor that drags on and on and on until you scream in frustration doesn't help.
Although some of it seems to finally get into the producers heads in season eight, when they acknowledged that it is Lana who holds him back from his destiny and actually had a minor character call her out of her constant whining and self-pitying all her life (Power).
Chloe. All the negative aspects of The Load, Too Dumb to Live and Ms. Fanservice all rolled into one neat little package... in season one. In season two the writers apparently noticed this and bestowed her with alien knowledge which eventually allowed her to become a valuable asset to the ship.
The show had Ezri Dax, the seventh season's Replacement Scrappy, who filled in after Jadzia was killed. Animosity eventually cooled, though, and the character soon developed a fanbase of her own as people became willing to view her apart from her "replacing-a-well-loved-character" status—a curious case of Hindsight leading to Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
Quark's mother Ishka. Now at the end of the day its obvious why they don't have a happy relationship: He is a misogynist who treats women like property and she is a staunch advocate for women's rights on a planet where women are treated like dirt. However not only does she very blatantly favour Rom (with some Unfortunate Implications that it is solely because he in no way acts like a Ferengi male) but she doesn't seem to give any concern whatsoever that her actions may completely ruin Quark's life from the literal loss of his livelihood and assets to their government threatening to kill him. Even after Quark rescues her from the largest and most dangerous power in the galaxy whilst nearly getting killed in the process she still hates him in her next appearance "Profit and Lace" seeing absolutely no problem in the world using him against his will and forcing him to undergo a sex change. There is a difference between destroying your son's life in a Needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few kind of way and just outright not giving a crap.
The worst part: Iska's first episode has her as much more sympathetic, complex and likable—and even ends with the implication that she and Quark are on their way to repairing their past animosity. Her very next episode, however, arguably began the Flanderization process. It doesn't help that she's played by a different actress from that point on.
It certainly didn't help matters when, in "Ferengi Love Songs," Ishka casually told Quark that he was wrong to break a contract with another Ferengi, even though fulfilling that contract (with Brunt in the earlier episode "Body Parts") would have required Quark to kill himself.
T'Pol could have been an interesting character; after all we have never had a female Vulcan main character before and the prequel format opened a whole tree of possibilities for the Human-Vulcan dynamic. The problem was that they made her instantly dislikeable by not only making her a racist who tried to pick at just about every facet of human culture and society she could but did it in an extraordinarily bitchy way that usually amounted to little more than easily refuted straw man arguments; such as the time when she tried to claim that humans were carnivores whilst sitting there watching Archer eat a bread stick. The final nail in the coffin was when they decided to give her some of the most shamelessly juvenile fanservice of the franchise including multiple scenes where they stripped her down to tight skimpy underwear. Like most things on the show she improved immensely by season four but the overall damage was irreparable by this point.
When it comes to fan polls, Archer is almost universally the least-liked captain of the five. The most quoted reasons nearly always include the fact that he committed willing genocide (Dear Doctor,) that he has a hypocritical do as I say not as I do view of right and wrong (Fortunate Son,) that he is a borderline racist who is willing to put lives at risk instead of asking the Vulcans for help (Breaking the Ice) and that he is willing to jeopardize the lives of his whole crew due to problems caused solely by his ego (A Night In Sickbay.) Like the T'Pol example above, he is generally regarded as being Rescued from the Scrappy Heap by season four, but unfortunately it was far too late for him.
Dr. Pulaski. Pulaski replaced Wesley's mother as the ship's doctor for a single season before fan outcry got them to bring Dr. Crusher back. As often happens in life, first impressions are everything. Not only was she a Replacement Scrappy, but the writers made a major miscalculation in their attempt to make her a Distaff Counterpart of Dr. McCoy from the original series. Since McCoy's arguments with Spock were such a fan favorite aspect of the character, the writers tried to duplicate it by having Pulaski take a dislike to Data and toss him similar insults about being so logical all the time. Unfortunately, unlike Spock, Data couldn't even really understand that he was being insulted and could not respond in kind. Also, Data is very rarely wrong, so Pulaski's mockery of Data's aping of human traits makes her seem like a bigot. Other than Pulaski, every TNG character who has expressed doubt in Data's sentience has been labeled a villain. Ironically, the real McCoy had already met Data in the first episode of the series and was nicer to him than Pulaski! Worse, Pulaski behaved boorishly to Captain Picard in her very first scene. If an incoming department head tried that in a Naval ship, she'd probably be tossed overboard. The character mellowed out by her second episode, but the damage was done. Diana Muldaur left the show on less-than-harmonious terms; a mess all around. However, some fans at least acknowledge that she was a competent and intelligent doctor. (And a good actress, as her two parts in classic Trek show.)
Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher. A classic case of a (and Trope Namer of) Creator's Pet. He could have been a fun character, embodying a dream of many a fan. A geeky teen genius who's allowed to be a part of the crew and explore the universe. He could have provided insights and solve some problems, but no. He had to meddle in everything, he had to be shamelessly praised by everybody and he solved virtually every major problem or crisis. Of course, everyone around him had to take a sharp drop in IQ for this to work, which did not help his popularity with viewers. As with Muldaur, Wesley's reputation as a Scrappy can be traced back to his first appearances: As early as Season Two, Wesley was portrayed as fallible and prone to self-doubt. Referenced in The Big Bang Theory when Sheldon referred to actorWil Wheaton as "the Jar-Jar Binks of the Star Trek fandom".
Will Wheaton himself wrote in his Next Generation episode reviews that he frequently yells "Shut up Wesley!" at his younger self.
Neelix. (Die, hedgehog!) His sometimes overbearing cheer (especially when he's trying to get Tuvok to act less like what he is, viz, a Vulcan), the condescending and jealous way he treated Kes during their relationship, and the fact that missions he was brought on as a local expert tended to end horribly, did not endear him to fans. Although he had an interesting and tragic backstory, it was not usually brought up.
The entire Kazon species basically constituted one of these on the first two seasons of Star Trek: Voyager; And in spite of the fact that the entire species seemed to be rock-stupid and technologically backwards, Voyager somehow managed not only to keep running into them, but to keep running into the same ones. Later in the series, the writers themselves took shots at the Kazon by revealing that the Borg took a pass on assimilating them on the grounds that doing so would undermine their perfection. Their role as a major power in the Delta quadrant seems an Ass Pull as well. On the first episode they are shown, they are depicted as a small nomadic slave-trading tribe always on the move to find vital water supplies... but the minute Neelix pisses them off, out comes the armada of Voyager-level warships always on the Voyager's tail. It's almost like refusing change to a bum on the subway only to find you pissed off Don Corleone.
They were given a minimal amount of Character Development, namely how they were once slaves of the Trabe, whom they overthrew and looted their technology. This was probably meant as a Hand Wave as to why people that rock-stupid could have functioning starships.
It doesn't help that this attempt to create "Klingons for the Delta Quadrant" came off less the Klingons' "Space Vikings" hat and more "Space Gangbangers".
Water is also the second most common molecule in the universe (after H2), so the notion of them having warp-capable spaceships while struggling to find enough water was particularly hilarious.
Naomi Wildman, to a lesser extent. To be fair, she usually wasn't too annoying (certainly not to the level of, say, Neelix or Wesley Crusher), but she wasn't very popular either. In part this was due to most Trek fans having traumatic memories of child-heavy episodes in previous shows, but mostly it was because whenever she appeared in an episode that wasn't explicitly about her, whatever plotline was currently playing out would stop for minutes at a time and suddenly become all "aww, look at the cute little kiddie!"
If you're a female character chances are the fans will hate you. There are too many to list. The fact that the show's fan base is legendary for Shipping the male characters and almost all of them already have a favorite pairing contributes heavily to this seemingly incongruous misogyny, given how many of the show's fans are women. Sheriff Mills averts it more than most, which may have something to do with the fact that she was introduced as a potential love interest for Bobby rather than one of the Winchesters.
Fans liked Metatron well enough... until it was revealed that he was manipulating Castiel for his own ends and he cast all the angels out of Heaven after killing Naomi for the sake of (misplaced) vengeance. In the space of one episode, he went from loved to hated. Don't be surprised if fans now say he's worse that Lucifer. This got even worse in season 9, where the writers can't seem to decide whether they want him to be a smart and dangerous Magnificent Bastard or an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who just wants people to like him, resulting in him constantly switching between the two rather contradictory personalities. Sometimes, within the span of a single episode. Also not helping is his tendency for his schemes to rely more on giving other characters the Idiot Ball than actually doing something clever himself.
Amelia brought in as a love interest for Sam in the first half of Season 8. She was received so badly by the fandom that not only did the writers acknowledge it, she received only a single scene in the Season Finale Recap despite being in a third of the season's episodes. Part of why she's so hated is that the writers intended for her to be the reason why Sam quit hunting and didn't look for Dean.
Toshizo Tanba from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, who has no respect for Takeru or his vassals, and dismisses Genta for not having been born a samurai even though Genta has fought bravely with the others for most of the series. Even after Takeru is appointed as rightful leader of the clan, Tanba continues to be loud, arrogant and overbearing, only shutting up when Kaoru hits him with her fan.
Gosei Sentai Dairanger's Kou/Kiba Ranger, for hogging the spotlight, sexually harassing Rin and bringing too much goofiness to scenes that should be serious. His case isn't helped by his being the first child Ranger, when a lot of fandom dislikes child characters on principle.
A large number of fans loathe the so-called "screaming Reds": a group of Red Rangers from the mid to late 2000s who were loud, zany, hyperactive and so exaggerated they could have been cartoon characters. Yousuke, Ban, Kai, Jan and Sosuke tend to be lumped into this category.
While he's not a "screaming Red", Alata also catches a lot of flack from certain fans due to being "too emotional" and "not manly enough" — despite the fact that he's the series' biggest Determinator.
Daigo Kiryu from Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger. While he has fans, is also one of the most disliked Red Rangers, if not the widely despised Red Ranger of recent times, thanks to a combination of Spotlight-Stealing Squad and Marty Stu factors of ridiculous levels that pretty much outshades the entire team, despite the fact that he always says "We're a Sentai!" to his own teammates. Also from the same series we got Souji Rippukan, to a lesser extent, who pretty much is a Static Character without getting much characterization, since the main writter Riku Sanjo has no idea what's going with him.
By normal standards, if there's a recurring group that fans to dislike, it's the little children who got to the spotlight just so the Sentai can save them. Sure, the rescue would look awesome, but it gets irritating to hear the kid screaming for help near 24/7. Thankfully, though, it seems to mostly exist in old school series, new series doesn't use 'kids screaming for help' too often.
Owen, an apparent attempt to create a Jack-the-Lad type character that failed dismally. In the story world he's supposed to be some kind of love god, but the actor playing him is strangely froglike and charm-free. It doesn't help that when we first see him he's getting women to sleep with him by using a special spray he nicked from Torchwood supplies that made him irresistible (which more than a few fans saw as essentially Owen raping unwilling sexual partners). However, in the second series, the writers acknowledged all of this and early on took constant digs at him. His popularity increased with his character arc through the second season, only for him to be killed off in a heartbreaking final episode.
Two and a Half Men has few characters that are liked but Judith is almost universally despised. She exploits alimony to extort money from Alan at every possible chance and frequently blames him for anything Jake does - when she's hardly the epitome of a perfect mother herself. Flanderisation removes any positive qualities she has and turns her into a full blown she-devil.
Not to mention that whatever she did, she would almost always be a Karma Houdini. You have to wonder if she wasn't an intentional Hate Sink.
Bonnie Bennett, she not only is able to fix any problem with a simple spell, but also is always telling off fan-favorite vampires for following their nature. It's telling when people preferred her as a ditz.
Hayley. Especially because of the role she is going to play in the Spin-off. However, she does get better once she's moved to The Originals (probably because fans expected her to develop a romance with Klaus, and were pleased when that didn't happen). Getting more snarky and some Character Development probably helped her case as well.
Veronica Mars: Piz. Everyone in the fandom hates Piz, apparently even the actor because he planned to leave after the season if the show hadn't been cancelled.
Fans did NOT react well to Rex's, or should we say Christopher Cane's, greatly increased roles in the "Evenings with Victorious" and "iCarly". Possibly a reason for his Ensemble Darkhorse status is getting in a few funny lines and dissappearing for a majority of the episode. In-universe, Trina seems to be this to everyone around her.
To some fans, Tori herself, who suffers from Character Shilling, and effortlessly succeeding at everything she attempts, despite not being noticeably more talented than anyone else, and a lot more boring, than the other, more complex characters. There are frequent suggestions on forums that the show would be much better if it focused on the likes of Cat and Jade.
Cat has been descending into this territory as of Season 2 due to Flanderization.
The West Wing: Mandy. She disappeared without a trace from Season 2 onward. A lot of Mandy's Scrappiness was her inability to fit in with the compassionate, quirky, slightly bumbling, bleeding-heart, idealistic senior staff. As the public relations person, a lot of her interactions with the cast would be her trying to talk them out of doing the right thing in favor of the more photogenic thing (e.g. wanting the SCOTUS nominee who was Ivy League educated but had disquieting beliefs about right-to-privacy over the retired Latino cop who went to night school to pass the bar but has a solidly liberal judicial record). Unlike most TV shows, every single main character on The West Wing was a member of one single unified, close-knit team, and Mandy, being the only exception and not a very important one at that, was left floating.
The Prize Puzzle, a round where a contestant wins a prize simply by solving the puzzle, is hated by most, if not all of the show's more dedicated fans for two reasons. First, the value of the prizes (they start at $5,000 since 2007, but are usually over $6,000 now) often decides who wins the game. Second, the round's gimmick is that the prize in question always has something to do with the puzzle. However, with only three exceptions in the several years the Prize Puzzle has been on the show, the prize is always a trip, usually to a tropical destination. This sometimes leads to a "Phrase" puzzle being a sentence about being on vacation that's not necessarily a common saying (examples include "WHERE DO I PICK UP MY SKI LIFT TICKETS?" and "SOMEBODY INFLATE THE BEACH BALL"), or a puzzle having unnecessary adjectives and other inflations just to make the puzzle seem longer ("TERRIFIC STEEL DRUM MUSIC", "MILES AND MILES OF PRISTINE COASTLINE"). Sometimes, it's painfully obvious that these puzzles are taken from travel promotions and brochures.
Weeks with two-player teams are hated by some fans for various reasons, such as games sometimes being slowed down by longer interviews and constant conferring over what letter to call, the prizes (including the Prize Puzzle trips) being valued much higher than usual (often over $10,000) despite the values on the Wheel remaining the same, and the house minimum being $2,000, which is very generous considering that the Wheel aside from prizes and the top value is only $300-$900 (the Speed-Up round has lesser values in play except for the top one even when adding $1,000 to the value of the Final Spin) and the first Toss-Up puzzle is still valued at $1,000, which often leads to games where a team solves only that puzzle and still gets absolutely no money on their own merits.
The Million Dollar Wedge is hated by some fans, either for the $1,000,000 being way too hard to win and being too gimmicky, replacing the former $10,000 prize, or because of how some casual viewers of the show think the wedge is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, which led to an embarrassing media outbreak in September 2013 when a contestant mispronounced a puzzle immediately after picking up the wedge, with headlines claiming that he "lost a million dollars" right then and there.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Every female guest performer in the US version (Josie Lawrence was quite popular in the UK version) seems to get negative reception from most fans. except for one. Whoopi Goldberg managed to become an Ensemble Darkhorse and she's quite popular with the fans. If we're going by YouTube comments, then she's considered the best female performer of the entire series. She only performed in one taping! Even fans who like much of the female performers didn't warm to Kathy Greenwood, who seemed out of place among the more outspoken other cast members, didn't have many funny lines to speak of, and once went an entire episode without saying anything.
Xena: Warrior Princess: Joxer, at least between seasons 2 and 4 for hogging screentime. When the fans finally started to tolerate him around season 5, the writers killed him off.
The X-Files: Special Agent Diana Fowley was loathed by a vast majority of X-Philes. She was not meant to be likeable, but fans hated her even more than the writers anticipated. She was assigned to the X-Files cases when Mulder and Scully were Reassigned to Antarctica and she soon revealed herself as a rat collaborating with The Conspiracy. Moreover, she was forced as a Romantic False Lead and Old Flame to Mulder, so naturally especially fans invested in shipping Mulder and Scully hated her. Her final deeds and death redeemed her a little, but there was hardly a fan who shed a tear for her.
Despite being the main reviewers on the show, Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb could qualify. Post-Seasonal Rot, they suffered from massive Flanderization that made them seem to worship Microsoft, no matter how bad their games are, as well as massive backlash from the He Panned It, Now He Sucks train of thought (though to be fair, many of these are fueled by the fact that they have massive Bias Steamroller going in regards to certain genres of games, and in some cases, didn't do their research).
The two of them may have parted ways, but Victor Lucas is still reviewing games on Reviews On The Run with an entire ensemble of crew members. Jose "FUBAR" Sanchez could be considered The Scrappy of the team, as he is the least vocal during his reviews and appears to not be taken seriously by other cast members.
Zoey Brooks is hated for being considered either too perfect or boring, barely having to work hard at managing two businesses over the course of the show, so it's no surprise that she's on practically every sports team and is the object of every boy's affection.
James, the Replacement Scrappy for Chase. In the first episode he gets intoduced he becomes part of the group, Zoey's love interest and every girl instantly falls in love with him.
Janis Gold in season 7. Remember how Chloe wasn't exactly well-liked in her debut season? Janis was similar to that, only far more of aJerk Ass, and was universally hated by fans. When it was discovered she wouldn't be coming back in season 8, absolutely no one missed her.
Season 8 had its own in Dana Walsh. Despite being played by the highly beloved Katee Sackhoff, the fans very quickly turned on her due to being stuck in a subplot during the season's first half that rivals anything Kim ever got up to in pure irrelevance. And it certainly didn't help that a certain reveal about the character after this subplot finally ended meant it was completely nonsensical for her to act the way she did during it.
Then there's Miles. He's not one of the main characters, he only appears in one season, and he doesn't even show up for a full half of it, yet he's widely regarded as one of the worst characters on the show. He was the typical Obstructive Bureaucrat and Stupid Boss brought in to take over CTU, but unlike the majority of them who actually received Character Development and started becoming more likable or at least less of a pain he remained a Jerkass throughout his brief run. That would make him bad enough, but then he went and wound up working with PresidentLogan to betray ultimately ruining a chance Jack and the others had at exposing Logan that they'd put several hours of time in and that a few people had even sacrificed their lives for. Worse yet? He got away with it with no penalty. To say that he's a Scrappy to fans is an understatement.