The Scrappy: Mass Effect
It's obvious that the players have had enough of these despised character's disingenuous assertions.
- Ambassador Donnel Udina has an obnoxiously aristocratic voice, gets overly angry when talking to the Council, sidelines you when you're inconvenient, sells you out just to maintain public relations, and acts as an appeaser for the Citadel Council if he's selected to be the human representative. Mass Effect 3 manages to do some degree of rescuing, as he becomes significantly more sympathetic even when he's attempting a Cerberus coup.
- Jacob Taylor was mostly ignored by players in Mass Effect 2, being considered a bland Master of None with a shallow and cheesy romance route who refers to Shepard as "the prize". The Narm Charm of his romance route is actually the entire foundation of his fandom. A common complaint is that the player isn't allowed to really know him: all efforts to understand his Hidden Depths are met with brush-offs or even outright hostility. Come Mass Effect 3, he's the only romanceable character in the series who actually cheats on Shepard. Knocking up another woman and not even trying to get in contact with Shepard in the six months she was incarcerated. This did not impress the fans, to say the least.
- He is basically a bad copy of The Everyman character of Kaidan (who is actually better written but hated for a more simple reason) from the first game. At least Kaidan's romance with Fem!Shepard was much more likable and shares a lot of Ho Yay with Male!Shepard to make up for the fans. Worse, while Kaidan was rescued in the third game by Take a Level in Badass and being fleshed out in his relationship with other characters and romance with Shepard from both gender, Jacob just got less likable.
- "Ah yes, '"hatred"'. Emotion felt by sapient lifeforms towards annoying turian councillors, allegedly causing fan rage. We have dismissed that claim. However, he's the first of the council to come around in ME3.
- The other councilors get this to a certain degree, since they're very hesitant to believe Shepard, and offer very little help in dealing with Saren and the Reapers; their typical role in the plot is to deny you help when they aren't actively impeding your efforts. Others believe that it's hard for them to believe Shepard given the nature of his/her evidence, and are more sympathetic to them.
- Diana Allers of Mass Effect 3 seems to be getting quite a bit of hate for a variety of reasons. Her inclusion being considered blatant pandering to IGN (she's modeled after and voiced by one of their writers, Jessica Chobot), her Romance Sidequest (considered by many to be the most shallow in the series, and which does not even award the achievement), her bland voice acting, and feelings by many that they dedicated far more time to her, an extremely minor character, than other aspects of the game (many note more effort was put into sculpting her high-polycount ass than into Tali's note face). The fact that she replaced Emily Wong, a pre-established and well-liked character, did not ease the anger.
- Morinth isn't too well liked as well, due to being a very vicious villain with little plot relevance whose only real purpose is for Samara to explain how Ardat-Yakshi work to you and to give you nightmares. Her status as a Scrappy is one of the few things fans on /v/ agrees on.
- Judging from Bioware forum, it seems that the third game has got Ashley Williams out of her Base Breaker status but not in a good way.
- Before the third game, it seems that the Virmire choice that forced the player to choose between her and Kaidan seems to be in her favor as most players declare her to be the better-written / useful squad members. However, her appearance in Mass Effect 3 has caused a quite number of players, some of them her fans or people who disliked both characters, to either choose Kaidan in their save files, kill her off in the stand off with Udina, ship her off to get war assets or ignore her all together.
- Reasons for this ranged from her Unnecessary Makeover (which many deemed as impractical for a soldier and a bad attempt to copy Miranda's appearance), unsympathetic characterization (many perceived her writer Flanderized or exaggerated some of her unsympathetic aspect such as her xenophobia while dropping some of her Hidden Depths like her love for poetry, and her struggles with the theological implications of the Lazarus Project was sadly Dummied Out) and generally poor writing (we were told that she was friend with the team, but she was only seen interact with two people after recruiting her, including Shepard, making this an Informed Attribute; this is especially bad with Tali as we're told that they were like sisters, yet the only conversation that might actually show this requires saving an early mission for after both are recruited).
- Making things even worse for Ashley is that their status as Mutually Exclusive Party Members makes it inevitable that she will be compared to Kaidan, who was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap for many fans. One sticking point is that many fans felt Kaidan did a better job of articulating why he was having a hard time trusting Shepard. One particular moment that many call attention to is the climax of the Citadel coup. Where Ashley again says that it's hard to trust Shepard due to their past relationship with Cerberus, Kaidan instead raises the much more relevant point that Shepard is pointing a gun at a councilor. Likewise, finding Ashley drunk in the lounge, while funny, doesn't build her character like Kaidan's serious reflection on his previous behavior. Combine that with Kaidan's avoidance of Ashley's other issues (his own Fanservice Pack was in-character and practical, and he has observable interactions with other squadmates that the player doesn't have to go way out of their way to see), and Ashley just feels like her writer didn't really know what to do with her.
- There's also for practical reasons. Ashley is a soldier - a very popular class for Shepard in the game while Kaidan is a Sentinel - a very powerful Jack-of-All-Stats class after ME2. So, while Ashley's role in combat is easily replaceable by the player's character, Kaidan isn't (especially that Miranda isn't a squadmate in the third game.)
- The fact that most of her dialogue is during the Coup, while most of Kaidan's are on the Normandy didn't do her much favor either. She is still disliked even after the release of the Citadel DLC, as most players complained about the quality of Ashley's scene compared with Kaidan's.
- The kid seen at the beginning of Mass Effect 3. Partially because of his poor voice acting, partially because he is seen as a cheap Expy of Newt and his death is a blatant attempt to arouse sympathy, and partially because his model is purposefully used for the Catalyst.
- Which brings us to The Catalyst. It's supposed to be sympathetic for wanting to stop organic life from being taken over by synthetics, but its chosen method (periodically wiping out organic life so they won't develop evil synthetics) is utterly nonsensical and makes little sense within the context of the series, not to mention making the much-vaunted Reapers look like idiots. On top of that, it's also responsible for the series's Gainax Ending, presenting Shepard with three arbitrary choices, none of which seem to actually solve anything and all of which end in the apparent destruction of civilization, when most players just wanted to kill the thing and be done with it. Leviathan somewhat acknowledges this and the criticisms of the Catalyst's Insane Troll Logic. Its existence is foreshadowed by the Leviathan, a member of the species whom the Reapers were modelled after, who explains that the Reapers are being controlled by a fundamentally broken AI, trying its best to work on faulty programming.