The Scrappy / Other Media

Before editing, remember that The Scrappy primarily refers to a character who is hated or disliked within their own fandom. It does not mean that just because you dislike someone, they belong here.

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  • While most of the fandom despises the ponies from Chatoyance's version of The Conversion Bureau, they reserve most of their hate for the human PER operatives Michaelson and Morely of the eponymous story for being Designated Heroes.
  • The Last Son has a number of issues - overpowered Superman, underpowered Marvel Universe characters, everyone worshipping Superman and anyone who doesn't automatically/qualifies as varying shades of 'evil' or 'moron', the Love Interest is by far the worst. Alison Blaire is Superman's bonded mate and the two are spectacularly Strangled by the Red String. This wouldn't be so bad if she wasn't unilaterally irritating. That said, Book 3 starts the process of rescuing her from the scrappy heap with a decent story arc.
  • While most of the original characters from My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic are detested, Rhymey is the least liked out of all of them, mostly because of his constant rhyming uses really bad rhymes. It doesn't help that he ends up being paired with Fluttershy.
  • In the original Digimon Adventure 02, most of the Digidestined have a likeable personality and overall tolerable, however in Digimon 02 The Story We Never Told, all of the Digidestined have reimagined personalities that can either be for better or for worse. However on the scrappy end of this side are Matt, Mimi, and Cody. Matt is hated for stubbornly denouncing the new generation Digidestined at every opportunity no matter how much they prove themselves. Mimi Alpha Bitch tendencies got completely flanderized, as well as suffering from Aesop Amnesia after the original adventure regarding her dislike of fighting. Cody is hated during Ken's redemption arc for completely refusing to believe that Ken has redeemed himself no matter how much he tried to do, even attempted to kill him.

  • Tower of God: Parakewl. He betrays his team with a idiotic strategy and when one of his team members follows through with it, he turns his back at him because he doesn't trust him or his strategy at a crucial moment. He calls everybody trash and means it, sucks up to those more powerful when he immediately needs them, acts like he is in charge and has no sense of dignity whatsoever.

  • Person Man in They Might Be Giants' song "Particle Man" is clearly intended to be the scrappy of the comic book the song is about.

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  • Barry from Curtis. The author clearly intended his antics to just be normal kid-brother grade asshattery, but they're usually incredibly mean-spirited and deliberately designed to provoke Curtis, so that Barry can then sob to his mother that big mean ol' Curtis is trying to hit him for no reason at all, whereupon she will give Curtis chores to do for trying to hit his sweet, innocent brother, and Barry ice cream for being a Manipulative Bastard. Diane lacks the pattern recognition to notice that Curtis always has a very detailed description of the transgressions she doesn't believe Barry committed.
  • Dilbert has a couple of In-Universe Scrappies, Topper and Loud Howard, two guys whose sole purpose seems to be to annoy every other member of the main cast. In one strip, the Pointy-Haired Boss puts Dilbert in a project with both of them, and Dilbert asks if its because he hates him; the PHB denies it, saying its because he hates those two guys.
  • The kids from Family Circus. They are the reason the strip has a Periphery Hatedom. Pearls Before Swine writer Stephan Pastis often uses his strip to point out the fact that its a relic from the early sixties and doesn't really endear the comics section to any reader under the age of fifty.
  • For Better or for Worse:
    • Hey Lynn Johnston, if you wanted to make your readers happy, you could've set Anthony on fire. Or run him over with a tank. Or have him mauled by a moose. Or really, anything but what you did do: Getting him back together with Elizabeth after years of him mooning after her while married to another woman and his outrageously inappropriate behavior during the Going After, and then ending the strip with their wedding. Seriously, you couldn't have mauled him with a moose?
    • This is how bad the hate for Anthony is: Eric blatantly cheated on Elizabeth multiple times while they were living together and was completely smarmy and unapologetic after they broke up; when she went to pick up the last of her things from his place, he acted like he should be forgiving her for the failed relationship. And even still, it seem most of the fans would have rather seen her get back with Eric than with Anthony.
  • In the Garfield fandom, there is a fairly vocal hatedom for Nermal since all he ever does is annoy the crap out of Garfield. The fact that he is also drawn with long eyelashes might also have something to do with it.
  • Luann features Elwood, a short, unappealing midget of a young man who appears to be wealthy (but bought a cubic zirconia ring for a girl), but comes across as selfish, stalker-ish and rude. Interjecting himself into the various Love Triangle storylines has made him very unpopular, as well as his having few good qualities. It remains to be seen if this was intentional or not, but Greg Evans has essentially not used him in months, so maybe he's aware of it.

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  • Ralph Cirella on The Howard Stern Show. Howard once responded that Ralph gets more hate mail than a Ku Klux Klansman who is a frequent caller to the show.

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  • Dino Attack RPG... oh boy. For every well-loved and popular character there was also and equally despised individual:
    • Duke... just Duke. Where to begin? Given the entire drive of his character was the complete and total destruction of anyone with even the slightest idealistic beliefs. Even the people that weren't at that point writing under the assumption that all realists were evil and idealists were good despised him. It got to the point where, despite being a player's primary character, nobody wanted to let him escape when he was finally locked up in a maximum security prison, where we can probably assume he is due for a life sentence if not the electric chair.
    • Cam O'Cozy: If it weren't for this guy, Duke might not have been quite so bad. After all, he was the one who ascended the idealist-realist feud to a whole new level of violence. He just wouldn't stay defeated, either, and when he escaped a maximum security prison - much like Duke - players' reaction was so negative that he was immediately defeated, and in his next appearance he was finally killed off following a Robotic Reveal.
    • Snake was supposed to be a likeable anti-hero just like his inspiration, but instead he came off as a complete Jerkass. It says a lot that the character meant to be a lowlife scumbag in comparison to Snake (for no reason other than to make Snake look better) ended up being Unintentionally Sympathetic whenever he was beaten up by Snake - that's how much of a jerk Snake was.
    • And then of course there's Trigger, but that's another matter entirely.
    • Atton Rand's infamous attempt to create a group of characters based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer wasn't exactly well-received (though in fairness it was largely to do with the fact that they were introduced half-way through the final battle and took the focus away from his more popular characters). Fortunately they were written out once the players started voicing their concerns.
    • French Fries is a somewhat interesting case. Originally conceived as being a Reasonable Authority Figure, he quickly became unpopular due to his unwittingly elevating the realist-idealist debates to a whole new level of violence (the fact that he initially got away with it and never took responsibility didn't help). However, as a result, he was eventually turned from a straight uptight official into a clueless looney who is completely oblivious to the consequences of his actions, making him a Scrappy in-universe as well. Also, to make up for the trouble he put everyone through, Atton Rand would later bring him back near the end specifically to allow his fellow players to give him his comeuppance for all the crap he put them through, but even Atton Rand was shocked by the brutality with which players punished French Fries.
    • After the attack on the XERRD Fortress, Rotor quickly became The Scrappy due to his mistreatment of Kate Bishop, trial and near-execution of an entire T-1 Typhoon squad, and his torture of Jenny Strangebrick and Tom for what may have been simply for sick enjoyment. He was only considered to be Rescued from the Scrappy Heap after he cleaned up his act starting with the Maelstrom Temple battle, and because he actually started to look not all that bad in comparison to two newly-introduced characters, Trigger and Snake - to the point where most players wanted Rotor to be Atton Rand's primary character instead of Trigger!
    • Baldrick, who is little more than a walking Big-Lipped Alligator Moment and yet another Captain Ersatz to add to the list. In addition to having no important impact on the plot, only slowing it down long enough for him to talk about his so-called "ingenious plans", he sticks out like a sore thumb and often interrupts the mood of the current scene, making him seem like an out-of-place forced attempt at comic relief.
    • Pharisee's Knight Templar-esque actions and Black and White Insanity have turned off some players who would normally root for him. However, others might also consider him Rescued from the Scrappy Heap following his psychiatric session with Dr. Saran, which delved into his psyche and backstory in a beautiful way.
    • Firecracker's botched Taking You with Me attempt, which was not long after he nearly detonated enough explosives to take out a chunk of a fully-populated Dino Attack Headquarters, really took a toll on his popularity, to the point where most players wanted to see him either arrested or put in an asylum after the war. It did not help that Atton Rand had no intention of making Firecracker anything other than a Karma Houdini in the end, going so far as to add Misaimed Realism in an attempt to enforce it.
    • The owner of the hotel. He was supposed to be a parody of an earlier Deus ex Machina but there was quite a bit of controversy that sprung from the resulting individual, to the point where how much of his appearance is canon is deliberately left unclear.

  • Clippy, the Microsoft Office animated paperclip assistant. As soon as you write the word "Dear" he immediately pops up and asks if you need help writing a letter, complete with tapping sound effects. Stop helping us. And if you actually do ask him for help, you find out he's nothing more than a search function.
    • Only good appearance: a page of computer jokes somewhere, in which his sole dialogue is "It looks like you're writing a letter. Would you like me to a) bollocks it up for you b) just off and leave you alone?"
    • Then there's the lolcat where he offers three choices for making LOLCats, and "Invisible Office Assistant" is chosen.
    • "Go away, you paper clip! No one likes you!"
    • Irregular Webcomic! once had Mercutio confused that the absence of Clippy was supposed to be a software fault, rather than, say, a reward from the Omnissiah.
    • Microsoft were in on the joke, apparently: There was a Flash-animated short promoting Windows XP, where Clippy laments that he might be out of a job at long last. And he's voiced by Gilbert Gottfried, for Christ's sake.
    • This Demetri Martin routine.
    • Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! also had a great bit about him being taken out into the woods and getting whacked.
    • Microsoft Word Online's 2014 April Fools' Day joke was for Clippit to appear, saying things like "Remember when we used to write letters together?"
    • Microsoft used Clippy recently as the main character in the tutorial game Ribbon Hero 2, when Microsoft fired him for being too annoying and his mother kicked him out of the house to get a job. At the end he gets abducted by aliens and taken to a race of paperclip people who welcome him as a chosen hero to 'teach them how to write letters'.

  • Izzy of the 1996 Olympic Games is considered one of the least popular Olympics mascots ever. His design is obnoxious and baffling; most people simply passed him off as a "giant blue sperm with legs." His video game wasn't even any good and played like a bad Sonic clone.

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  • Keenan Caine of Bliss Stage is a Jerk Ass. His Kick the Dog moment in the continuing examples in the rules and being a Carefree Hedonist in game terms probably doesn't help much.
  • Dragonlance:
    • Kender are intended to be Dragonlance's Plucky Comic Relief, but instead have turned into one of the most hated races out there. Mostly it's because their racial personality traits (childlike innocence and curiosity, fearlessness, chronic kleptomania, denying having stole anything when confronted about it) are just begging to be played as Chaotic Stupid, to the point where it would take a very creative player to play a Kender character who wasn't Chaotic Stupid.
      • In canon, the dragon lord Malystryx attempted genocide on the Kender race, which was considered to be an extreme Moral Event Horizon. This is in contrast to most tabletop groups, which often don't even consider killing Kender as a violation of the Paladin Code.
      • A chief reason for why Kender are so hated is the sheer Protagonist-Centered Morality involved in their creation. There are other "thief" races out there, including halflings, goblins, and boggles, but none of them are anywhere nearly as hated as Kender because all of them are treated realistically for their thieving, mostly doing it to survive or because they're jerks, and are appropriately considered mostly Neutral or Evil - it's up to the player if they think the thieving of those races is justifiable. Kender, on the other hand, are treated as a Good race, and the books play their kleptomania as innocent, childlike curiosity. One infamous page claims that the Always Chaotic Evil races are the only ones to hate Kender, and declares that the "truly wise" understand that the world would be worse off without a rabble of thieving, brain-damaged little shits with no functional society. So basically, if you resent your fellow player for pocketing your magic items, then you are objectively wrong. Is it any wonder that most groups consider "I want to play a Kender!" to be a ban-on-sight deal?
    • Gully Dwarves catch a fair amount of flak, too, and have even been accused of being created to make fun of the mentally impaired, as they're an entire race of what can basically be described as dirty, smelly, ugly, mentally retarded creatures that are supposed to be Plucky Comic Relief.
    • The Tinker Gnomes, with their racial hat of Bungling Inventor, fixation on Rube Goldberg Machine type inventions, annoyingly literal minded nature, rapid-fire speech and super-long, complicated names are yet another Plucky Comic Relief race that instead many people strongly detest. The facts that they end up prizing failure over success (to the point a device that works on the first try is a horrifying thought) and that their mere existence enforces Medieval Stasis because it's convinced everyone through bad examples that technology is inherently terrible don't help in the least.
      • Actually gets a fandom nod in Spelljammer, where many people regard them as this In-Universe... especially gnomes from other settings, who have been known to form hunting parties to destroy Minoi Techjammers (or "Junkjammers" as some might call them) in an effort to keep them all trapped on their own worlds away from anyone else.
  • In the Exalted fandom, there are large sections who view the Solar Exalted in general as this, for anything from their significant power (they're supposed to be the mightiest of the Exalted), their perceived lack of interesting features (their powers are more human-based than the other Exalted, and part of the jump-off point is based around them being uninvolved in the world's history for more than a thousand years), their setting centrality, or ideas of them being entitled (the Solars having been tyrannical rulers in the distant past and some portrayed as expecting such authority to be handed to them by right).
    • The Green Sun Princes are also subjected to some of it by people who think their introduction throws off too much of the setting, that they're allowed to make a Deal with the Devil and encouraged to not suffer any consequences for it, and the perception of their powers being expansive enough to "make all other Exalted redundant".
    • In terms of individual characters, the Scarlet Empress gets the most of this, often viewed as somebody who is given too many victories for too little effort, and who makes other characters look stupid for having failed to get rid of or otherwise deal with her (alternatively, there are those who view her as portrayed as having displayed too many incompetencies and having too many failures for her extended centrality to make sense).
  • For Magic: The Gathering players, there are many variants of this:
    • The Tier-Induced Scrappy colors are blue (for being too broken) and green (for being too weak). Red also gets some hate, because all the good red cards are at common, so many fans think you can always tell a n00b by the fact that it's turn 5 and all he's played are mountains.
    • The Scrappy Mechanic is countering. It just seems unfair that all your hard work will be removed. If it's a permanent, it can be removed anyway once in play...
      • Even with the prevalence of removal spells, countering is still considered far, far more of a Scrappy Mechanic. For one, there are only a tiny handful of cards that can't be countered. Anything else, even Progenitus, whose whole schtick is that nothing short of a board-wiping nuke can touch it, can get countered, usually meaning critical or game-ending spells can be thwarted for a measly two mana. This tends to have devastating consequences in more serious play, since the havoc counterspells wreak on tempo means even a soft counter like Remand can be devastating for the mana it makes you waste. Combine this with the fact that one of the single best equipment cards in the game, Sword of Feast And Famine, means any deck that runs counterspells has a way to always have land open during enemy turns while also giving one of their creatures a sizable power boost and four bonus abilities, and you can start to see why people dread playing against decks that pack a lot of counterspells.
      • This is exactly the reason why formats exist (apart from keeping up the income from the franchise). An old card becoming powerful way beyond intention due to new, stronger cards being printed, is not supposed to ruin the game. As it is these old cards (Wrath of God, Counterspell etc.) can only be used outside of vintage when the recent edition contained a reprint of said card. Most of these cards were made back when a powerful card cost 7 mana, was a 7/7 monster and had no effect at all.
      • In slow multiplayer formats such as EDH, playing any kind of land removal will probably get you chased out the door with torches and pitchforks.
    • The Scrappy sets include Homelands (too weak), Fallen Empires (all the good cards at common, a print run being six times the core set of the time), and The Dark (too weak, and had Sorrow's Path, long considered the worst card in Magic.). The Kamigawa block also got a huge hatedom.
    • The Eldrazi Titans are Scrappies as well, either for being extremely powerful (In Vintage, it's possible to get them in play as soon as you have certain cards in play.) or for being too weak. (Emrakul costs 15 mana!)
    • Nicol Bolas has a huge hatedom, mainly due to his Villain Sue characterization.
    • Jace Beleran has a sizable hatedom, in part because in the flavor text of cards he comes off as condescending and arrogant, in part because he is printed on many different cards (many of which are powerful, and a couple of which have been Game Breakers) over and above other blue planeswalkers who are arguably more interesting (he is the only mono-blue planeswalker to regularly get depicted in cards), and because of a perceived story bias.
  • Monopoly is hated among boardgamers because of its reputation for games lasting many hours, far past the point where they stop being fun.
    • Monopoly played with the official rules is ... well, it's certainly not the most fun game out there, but it's not awful either, and should end in about an hour and a half. The problem is that nearly everyone plays with one or more "house rules", most of which tend to dump money into the endgame, a time which should be all about having players go bankrupt and be eliminated.
  • In Planescape, the Xaositects earn flak for much the same reason as the Kender above; their official sourcebook descriptions and outline not only give them carte blanche to be played as Chaotic Stupid, but this is actually described as more or less the intended goal. Slaad have much the same mentality, but aren't so hated, since they are strictly monsters and not playable characters.
  • For Ravenloft players, other than Strahd and Azalin Rex, all the other Darklords/Domains have detractors and defenders, but Death and the Necropolis is almost universally despised. For those who do not know the setting: picture a city in the middle of a populated Kingdom. Now everyone in this city is undead - sounds like a guilt-free monster bashing fest, right? Wrong. This city is surrounded by The Shroud - which immediately kills everyone who crosses it, and animates them into undead, no exceptions, no saves (sure there is a plant that prevents this, but it's a hard-to-find supplement). The Ruler Death also fails to leave a lasting impression. For most DMs, they found the obvious danger to PCs and the setting's aversion of Death Is Cheap trope renders Necropolis nigh-unplayable without some serious railroading, and often found it easier just to excise it.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Marneus Calgar. Even most Space Marine fans hate him these days, possibly owing to him being a Mary Sue.
    • The Ultramarines as a whole. While they still have their fans, the majority of players can't stand them. They were alright when they were kept more in the background, but then Games Workshop fell in love with them and started promoting them out the wazoo. It doesn't help that one of the Ultramarines codexes was turned into a generalist Space Marines codex at the last minute, after the entire book had been written from the perspective of an Ultramarines propaganda manager.
      • Of the Ultramarines, the most disliked seems to be the Second Company Captain, Cato Sicarus. In the aforementioned codex, he had no characterization whatsoever outside of being The Best Captain Evarrr, with him being described defeating technologically-equal armies that outnumbered his own a hundred (or even a thousand) to one. Fanon turned him into a conceited, smug glory-hound with a likely-fabricated list of victories. He's so disliked that, while Games Workshop has made a deliberate effort to Rescue characters like Marneus Calger and Roboute Guilliman, when Sicarus started making proper appearances, they bordered on Ascended Fanon.
    • The Space Marines as a whole, more like. The Blood Angels get hate for inevitable Twilight connections, as well a codex with weird rules and hilarious background, the Dark Angels are bemoaned for being primarily motivated by their previous split in ranks, along with their somewhat abrasive attitudes, and even the fan favorite Space Wolves have become a Tier-Induced Scrappy army due to being extremely good competitively.
    • The Tau often get this treatment. Half of the hate comes from them not fitting the tone of the game, due to being much Lighter and Softer even than the traditionally "good" Imperium and Eldar. The rest is based upon Epileptic Trees by the fandom, often painting them as worse than the Imperium.
    • For a lot of people Matt Ward has become a scrappy fluff writer due in large part to writing the background for the above mentioned Ultramarines and for the 5th Edition Blood Angels Codex. This has been taken to truly staggering levels with the release of the new Grey Knights codex; quite a few players are furious at Ward's new fluff, which among other things has one of the Grey Knights become the Grand Master of the chapter at the exact same time he's stranded in the Warp for several centuries, as well as making some Knights slaughter a convent of Sisters of Battle who have managed to remain pure despite their world falling to Chaos, and following that up with using their blood to anoint weapons and armor to protect against Chaos. The exact same wargear that's already been blessed and specifically made to fight Chaos in the first place. That and breaking the game in half. Matt does have some redeeming works, such as giving the Eldar some better lore and victories, as most of the time they usually ended getting slaughtered, and less like the The Chessmaster's they are.
      • Robbin Cruddace, another codex writer, is rapidly slipping into this as well. His lore is only So Okay, It's Average, and the gameplay he writes is poorly balanced and overall weak, with the sole exception of a Space Marines codex in 2013. He's getting so bad, in fact, that after his second Tyranids codex fans are begging Mat Ward to come back, because at least he writes armies that stand a chance at winning.
  • Samuel Haight from Old World of Darkness. His original concept (kinfolk who wanted to kill werewolves to become one himself) wasn't too bad, but then more adventures were written with him and he ended up getting powers from all the major gamelines (Vampire, Werewolf, Mage, Changeling) with Paradox immunity and the ability to Villain: Exit, Stage Left!. G Ms were encouraged to always let him escape at the end. He was hated for being such a blatant Villain Sue. Eventually, the writers caught on and he was killed by a Paradox blast, and his soul was forged into an ashtray in the Underworld.
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG has several, including:
    • A lot of players dislike the Elemental Hero archetype because, being the archetype of choice of Jaden Yuki, they pretty much took over the game for several booster packs, they dominate the fusion mechanic, and have more support and numbers than actual types. This is by contrast with Yugi Muto, who used monsters that were pretty much all over the place in terms of their theme, and Yusei Fudo, who does mostly rely on the Synchron and Warrior archetypes, but many of the cards involved are useful for other things besides supporting their own archetype. However, Elemental Hero builds have become more popular as of recently, in particular: The Neos Alius/Gemini Spark, Elemental Hero Absolute Zero and Masked Hero builds are potent and are seeing quite a bit of play.
    • For the old-school players, Yata-Garasu was this before its ban due to the ease with which it can completely lock down the game (being hit with it once causes you to skip your next draw, and that means that if you don't have anything on-hand that can destroy it or keep it from hitting you again, whelp, enjoy slowly losing with absolutely no way to do anything about it.)
    • Starter decks (not to be confused with Structure decks). Although that they may release several new cards, they are mediocre to play in competitive play.
    • The Utopia Archetype. Have 4 Different "forms", unlike Utopia's predecessors, which only have a two or three, several players tend to call hatedom due to Utopia's effect and the way how the creators are giving it more time to shine.
      • Utopia itself isn't really the problem: Utopia/Hope, and its various upgrades, are perfectly fine in a vacuum, being well-balanced, decently-rounded, and good-looking. The problem is that Utopia happens to be the main card of Yuma Tsukumo, the main character of Yu Gi Oh Zexal, and not only is it the main card of a character who is already a Base-Breaking Character on the best of days, but he uses it to the exclusion of all others. Despite the premise of the series being that Yuma takes the ace cards of his opponents, and therefore is carting around dozens of super-strong Numbers at all times, and despite the fact that Yuma's deck contains Gagagas that could easily bring out anything he wants, he always goes into Utopia within the first few turns, and always uses it to deliver the finisher. You can pretty much count the number of times he summons a non-Utopia Number on one hand, making what should be one of the most diverse decks in the series painfully predictable. What, you liked Big Eye or Lucky Straight or Volcasaurus or the OO Parts or Heart-earth? Well, too bad; Yuma has them now and they're never showing up again because they're not Utopia. Other protagonists had ace cards, but none of them abused them the way Yuma did with Utopia.
    • The Madolche Archetype, mainly for netting their main card, Maldoche Puddingcess, is Ultra rare to begin with and the it didn't help that the booster pack that Puddingcess comes from (Return of the Duelist) is infamous for it's worst rate.
    • High Priestess of Prophecy. Costs over 100 USD to buy in the online market and sometimes, in hobby stores. The Booster pack it comes from? It's the same that contains Puddingcess, and good luck netting it.
    • Infernities and to a lesser extent, X-Sabers. They're not hated for their strategies or monsters; but their playstyles; which is akin to watching your opponent or yourself playing a game of solitaire.
    • Exodia, despite being one of the most iconic monsters in Yugioh, is loathed by many competitive players. Exodia decks come in two flavors: one which aims to draw out the entire Deck in one turn, turning the game into solitaire, and one which aims to stall and prevent the opponent from doing anything to damage them while they slowly draw out their instant win, which is about as annoying as it sounds. It's not even satisfying to win against an Exodia player, because they put up no resistance whatsoever when you win (due to their getting bad draws and not being able to get their chains going). And worst of all, because of Exodia's status as one of the most iconic monsters in Yugioh, it's almost certainly not going on the banlist.
    • Blackwings, hoo boy... The Crimson Crisis-era Blackwings were a Tier-Induced Scrappy for their ridiculous offensive power. And then Konami realized that they were selling and shoehorned their wielder, Crow, into the greater plot of 5Ds, so that they could use him to shill even more Blackwings. What Konami failed to realize, however, is that the anime fanbase and the card game fanbase are largely separate, and the cardplayers use whatever's best at the time, not what's on the show. Upon being promoted to the main cast, Crow's Blackwings went from a small set of powerful cards to a massive archetype, and fans of the card game dropped the deck in droves. What was more, fans of the anime generally disliked Crow, and blamed the Blackwings for pointlessly shoving him into the series and for being too powerful in a cast of mostly underdogs, making them loathed by both sectors of the fanbase. All this combined led to Duelist Pack Crow, a special all-Blackwing pack, being a complete sales failure. Konami seemingly finally took the hint, reducing Crow's role a good deal in the last arc of the series.

  • Little Red from Into the Woods. She doesn't get any noteworthy songs, her character is fairly one-dimensional and boring, and she's far less important to the plot than the other principles. In fact, you could probably remove her from the musical entirely without affecting too much, save one scene where she dares Jack to climb the beanstalk again.
  • Opera has quite a few of these; BBC Music recently did an article about it, in fact. They tend to be one-dimensional stock villains, especially ones who are ethnic stereotypes (such as Monostatos from The Magic Flute or Mime from Der Ring des Nibelungen) or Purity Sues/Stus (for example, Don Ottavio from Don Giovanni).

    • Vezon, after he had lost his powers, and all that was left was his random ramblings. While these amused a portion of the fanbase, the rest found him incredibly annoying and useless, leaving him as either the Ensemble Darkhorse or The Scrappy depending on your point of view. It didn't help that after having been infused with the power of dimension-traveling, he can now pop up anywhere.
    • Kiina, but only her portrayal in The Legend Reborn movie. The Genki Girl persona (which clashed heavily with how other story material depicted her), coupled with her "Yahoo"s (which have been exaggerated by the fandom to the point that's the only thing they remember her saying) and shrill voice, made her one of the biggest and most hated Scrappies the fandom has ever known. Which is a shame, since those that read the books and comics know her true personality isn't like that at all.
    • Toy-wise, the rectangular ball-joint sockets from the '08-'10 era of sets. They were probably meant to fix the problem of easily breaking joints, but they broke even more easily. The pre-bent Av-Matoran/Agori limbs that utilized these joints are especially hated because they are harder to replace, harder to use for MOCing and limit articulation.
    • The Toa figures of the 2008 Mistika line, because they looked absolutely nothing like their original 2002 selves — actually, they have just about the exact opposite features.
    • Fans mostly feel negative towards launchers for replacing collectible items, but the most universally hated out of them are the squid launchers: they have only one point of attachment, are practically impossible to fire because the ammunition (rubber squids) have to be stretched and released by hand, often breaking, getting stuck in the launcher or only managing to fly a few inches. The squids actually have to be attached to the figures carrying the launcher, sticking out of them unsightly.
    • Ehlek, Hahli and the incredibly hard to find and expensive special edition Lesovikk sets from 2007. Why? Due to LEGO screwing up their plastic, all of their lime-colored pieces are prone to breaking, which they do even if you don't touch them. Otherwise, they would be perfectly good sets.
    • Bionicle (2015) has the Skull Scorpio, generally regarded as perhaps the weakest sets of the toyline's reboot due to its big and clunky, gimmick-based tail clashing strongly with its otherwise sleek and slender design, as well as for its legs being immobile. As well, it shares many of the frowned-upon aspects of its entire wave, such as a reused mask and somewhat garish colors.
    • Ketar from the series' second year for his awkward build and function, as well as his mess of a color scheme. However, in some fans' eyes, he has been Rescued from the Scrappy Heap by the Animated Adaptation, and because many feel that uniting him with that year's Pohatu, another figure with a shaky reputation, improves both toys.
  • Apple White of Ever After High, she is disliked by the fandom for being a self absorbed Mary Sue. Being the daughter of Snow White she is destined for a happy ending, but she believes that Raven Queen should be her evil queen, and tries to convince her to take her mothers role, which will end in misery for Raven. Unsurprisingly dolls of her supposedly sell quite poorly (the only reason so many are made is because she's technically a main character).
  • Furby is a toy that is absolutely loathed by adults due to its annoying nature and broken English. And not only that, there was no "off" button.
  • LEGO has had many failed lines that fans would rather forget: Galidor, Robo Riders, LEGO Time Cruisers and Jack Stone come to mind, along with a plethora of disliked sub-series with otherwise popular lines, such as the Insectoids from LEGO Space, and a lot of others from the company's Dork Age from about 1997 to early 2000s (for their oversized, "juniorized" pieces and lazy builds).
  • Fans of Monster High despise Hoo-Dude for his annoying personality (basically a male Plucky Comic Relief version of Frankie Stein without any of her charm or likability), irritating voice, and stupid, bizarre character concept (even for a franchise that thrives on them). The fact that Frights Camera Action! gave him a very forced prominent role (mostly consisting of him doing stupid Jar Jar-esque things and shouting the obvious) did not help and only deepened the hate. It's even believed that his first official doll was bundled with a limited edition of Ensemble Darkhorse Scarah because nobody would want to buy him on his own.
  • Kennedy from Myscene gets a lot of negative reception from fans for being made as an obvious replacement for Barbie. The fact that both characters were paired up with River as well as sharing similar personality traits only adds fuel to the fire.
  • Adult Thomas Wooden Railway fans have a special disdain for items that are not based on aspects from the television series or the The Railway Series books and are created specifically for the range, as well as items that use more plastic than wood. An item that gets the most disdain from them in particular is the Bubble Loader, a destination that involves loading bubble liquid.
  • Transformers has the Action Masters, the last wave of G1 toys to come out in the US. The sheer Audience-Alienating Premise of "Transformers that don't transform" was often rumored to have killed the brand, and though that almost certainly wasn't the only reason (the line had been going for eight years and was very much on its last legs), they can't have helped matters. Putting aside the fact of Transformers that don't transform, they generally weren't very good action figures on their own merits; their much-vaunted poseability consisted of seven points of articulation, Devastator was no bigger than Bumblebee, they came with rather stupid accessories (why would Optimus Prime, of all people, need a truck?), and their rubber-band hips meant that few Action Masters still have both legs. Fan opinion has softened since then, but even the biggest proponents find that it was a colossal misfire to replace the entire line with Action Masters instead of a subline like the modern Robot Replicas or Revoltechs. Note that this doesn't apply to the characters introduced as Action Masters, which are either forgotten nonentities or Ensemble Darkhorses.
    • The vast majority of the fanbase seems to loathe Bumblebee for his Spotlight-Stealing Squad tendencies in the toyline. It's more likely these days for a line to have at least two Bumblebees than to have any kind of Megatron, and they're often shipped as the majority of a case assortment. At first this was acceptable because he was popular enough among the kids that 'Bee toys vanished from shelves quickly, but sometime around 2010, Bumblebees became so saturated that every kid who wanted one owned one, leaving countless Bumblebees sitting on shelves and leaving no space for later waves that might carry more interesting figures. Of the bunch, the movieverse Bumblebee gets the most hate. He's the mascot of the base-breaking films, he's a pretty Flat Character, he receives nearly as many toys as the venerable G1 Optimus, and most of those toys just 'Bee with a slightly different pattern of yellow and black paint. Worst of all, he also pretty much forever locked in Bumblebee's design as "yellow and black muscle car" and ensured that Bumblebee toys from other lines now have to look the same as the dozens of Movie 'Bee toys already out there. Even the Masterpiece release of G1 Bumblebee got some scoffs.
    • Most of the TF toys aimed at small children, such as 1-step changers, oversized non-transformable "action" figures and other simplified toys designed around a specific gimmick. While the quality of the toys and their success with the target audience is up to debate, what makes them Scrappies is that beginning from around 2010, these made up the bulk of available TF products in several countries, entirely pushing out well regarded, fan-favorite lines such as Generations. Basically no locally purchasable "genuine" TF toys for years.

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