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- Tower of God: Parakewl, who is one dirty, cowardly motherfucker. 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.
- Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses is generally seen by fans of the group as a tyrannical douche who destroyed the band.
- Back when rapper Chingy (yes, that's really his name) was in the group Disturbing Tha Peace, he was known as the black sheep of the group, though for good reason. The DTP single "We Got Them Guns" makes this fact painfully evident. At best, Chingy's a more derivative Nelly, which doesn't help, considering his beef against the rapper (both of them hail from St. Louis). And then Chingy got so arrogant, he wanted out of DTP, because he thought he could reproduce the triple platinum success that he received from his one-hit wonder "Right Thurr". Chingy was the only person who seemed surprised that abandoning DTP was almost certain doom to his career...
- Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche was at one time widely considered one of the best singers in metal, but has recently become this to a large portion of the band's fanbase. In the 2000s, Tate effectively took over the band, during which time his voice began to degrade, their new albums met with overwhelmingly negative response and they started dropping a number of older fan-favorite songs from their live sets. Then came the cabaret tour, Dedicated to Chaos (generally considered their worst album to date), and Geoff saying in interviews that he didn't like metal or metal fans. Then, after a series of incidents including him spitting on his bandmates at one show and telling the crowd they sucked at another, the rest of the band fired him, at which point he started up his own version of the band. Since then, pretty much everything he's done (such as announcing, just hours after his former bandmates set a release date for their new album, that he'd release his own Queensrÿche album before theirs came out and the cover would be a giant fist with "FU" on it) has seemed to be an almost calculated effort to make the fans who sided with the rest of the band hate him more.
- 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.
- Gudda Gudda of the supergroup Young Money. In a group containing Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj, it's hard to remember anyone else enough to ridicule him, but Gudda finds a way with his nonsensical line "And I got her, nigga, grocery bag"
- Any Yes singer not named Jon Anderson has gotten this treatment. In a particularly egregious case, Trevor Horn (their vocalist for Drama) actually quit due to the hostility he faced from some fans due to this trope. (Of course, this being Yes, he ended up coming back for their next album anyway as the producer.)
- Any time a band replaces the singer, he might become a Replacement Scrappy.'
- 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 sack of shit. 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.
- WWE NXT's Bo Dallas, especially on /wooo/, as despite being in WWE development his entire career, he has failed to live up to the push he's gotten (he even has a win over Wade Barrett). In fact, when he defeated Big E Langston for the NXT Championship, the audience turned their backs on him.
- The writers eventually gave up on getting him popular as a fan favorite, and his gimmick became a Scrappy who thinks everyone loves him.
- Brian Adams as Crush of Demolition, as the three-man team era marked the beginning of the end of the team, as Ax would soon leave and Crush and Smash jobbed out.
- Brooke Hogan, is widely hated as the only reason she was employed by TNA is cause she was the Daughter of Hulk. She's basically a black hole neither possessing or inheriting any of her father's personailty or charsima, the life out of any segment sucks right out whenever she opens her mouth. Getting put in a Main Event angle with Bully Ray as well as being in charge of the Knockouts only made the fanbase hate her more.
- TNA's Dixie Carter. The woman has no charisma or business sense. The worst part is, she never plays the heel, even though every one of TNA's fans and haters despise her. She had Tommy Dreamer beg on national TV for one last chance to show the world about ECW (something that did not happen for WWE's One Night Stand, because if it did, the Mutants would have destroyed Vince McMahon). Oh, and as pointed out by Spoony, she has only one facial expression, which is now known as "Dixie Carter Face".
- She's also easily manipulated and delusional ignoring the problems going on in TNA, a Dethroning Moment of Suck being her calling out the Roster and telling them to step it up when at that time TNA was putting on quality shows and matches and it went down the drain once she wanted to take a more active role in the company despite having no clue how to run the business.
- Although the promotion Dragon Gate is popular with fans, it is something of a Scrappy to many other pro wrestlers. Dragon Gate's matches generally end with flat out barrages of finishing moves rather than a finisher. Many other Japanese wrestlers see this particular style as flat out disrespectful to the business itself.
- Eva Marie from Total Divas has gotten a lot of hate from fans for a few reasons. One of the reasons for the hatred is because Eva Marie has absolutely no in-ring skills (if you watch her wrestle, first of all sorry, but you'll notice any move she does besides weak-looking punches and kicks are botched in some way about 90% of the time), yet she's a newbie who is able to automatically be on WWE RAW while more talented female wrestlers are still on WWE NXT or FCW. Another reason why Eva Marie gets hate is because of her ignorance of the wrestling business, which is mainly demonstrated in Total Divas when she refers to Jinder Mahal as "Ginger Mahal" and hometown of Randy Orton as Los Angeles. Fans question whether Eva Marie is in the wrestling business for the passion or for the title of a "Diva". There's even an internet meme dedicated to Eva Marie's ignorance about wrestling, titled "Clueless Eva Marie".
- The Great Khali, who pulls double duty as The Giant and a Captain Ethnic. His horrible accent quickly dropped him to Ethnic Scrappy, and though he's the tallest guy on the roster, that's basically the only thing he has. Like many giants, he's got acromegaly, but unlike, say, André the Giant, who either managed to be incredibly agile anyway or countered his slowness with a sense of purpose and weight, the Great Khali can't wrestle. Period. He moves like he's about to keel over. He seems to have a hard time with putting one foot in front of the other. He's been called "the worst wrestler to win the heavyweight belt," and he's only gotten worse since that win. He's popular in India, but anywhere else, he's dueling Cena for the title of top Scrappy.
- Jeff Hardy during the early part of the 21st century. He was mainly Mr. Fanservice, and the male fanbase resented him for this. Also he was demotivated and drugged up. Things bottomed out when he made an appearance at Ring of Honor. High pitched squeals of female fans who'd gone to the show just to see Jeff, mixed with the roughly 1000 ROH regulars chanting "We Want Matt" and "Don't Come Back" at him.
- When Konnan went to Ring of Honor he got the same treatment. For that matter, so did Matt Hardy, although he stuck around for a few more matches and put some of the Ring of Honor regulars over, redeeming himself in their eyes.
- The Epic Fail that was the Victory Road PPV, where Jeff came out to wrestle for TNA's title completely destroyed on drugs. After that, people have started to migrate away from Jeff.
- John Cena has been The Scrappy at periods of his career. As a heel, he worked a Pretty Fly for a White Guy gimmick and was extremely popular... then suddenly he turned face and the fans were expected to take the formerly phony hip-hop posturing seriously. Then the WWE bookers started pushing him specifically to appeal to younger fans, giving him a Periphery Hatedom. Nowadays, fans mainly like Cena - he regularly gets awards in wrestling magazines - but they continue to boo him mainly because the WWE bookers try so hard to get the fans to cheer for him to the point of eventually resorting to having a few legends from past eras either putting him over or even outright jobbing for him, a move that alienated a good portion of WWE's old-time fandom.
- This whole attitude towards Cena may be best exemplified by ECW country
- Well John Cena did state in a promo before One Night Stand that he knew he wouldn't be welcomed in any ECW arena and would probably spark a riot if he won. Then said he was going to win. Maybe that reaction was wanted.
- John Laurinaitis is the most recent example. In Real Life he was already disliked for being an incompetent stooge of Vince McMahon who primarily only has a job because he's such a suck-up. But it wasn't until 2011 that Laurinaitis made his WWE television debut, and currently most people wish he had just stayed behind-the-scenes. Initially it seemed like he was going to play Vince's right-hand evil minion similar to Brisco and Patterson back in the AE in order to mirror his Real Life role. However Vince went on another hiatus from television yet Laurinaitis remained behind. It quickly became clear that he was a terrible onscreen performer due to his lack of mic ability, poor acting skills, and having zero charisma. Despite this he stayed on TV and was played up as the person behind the conspiracy against Vince's son-in-law, Triple H. This arc was scrapped, but Vince still came back and appointed Laurinaitis as the new GM of RAW. He INSTANTLY became a one-dimensional and bland heel general manager, and finally ended up feuding with CM Punk. It didn't last long as the feud was a flop, and they teased Laurinaitis being fired, only for him to not only keep his job, but become permanent GM of RAW. Things went downhill when he feuded with Smackdown GM Teddy Long for control of both shows, which obviously Laurinaitis won, making him GM of both shows. After this Laurinaitis became the center of attention for the show. It's finally reached the point where now he's headlining a PPV against John Cena and winning. He's a blatant Mr. McMahon wannabe, but is really just an Expy of Vickie Guerrero, as in an annoying and untalented performer is pushed to the moon and made the center of attention and focus of the program simply and only manages to get X-Pac Heat due to them being a terrible performer, though WWE pretends it's heel heat and uses it as an excuse to push them.
- Lacey Von Erich is regarded as one of the worst wrestlers in all of history to step into the ring. She's arguably even more incompetent in the ring than the WWE Divas, botches moves as often as she connects with them, and a failure at selling even the most basic of moves. The only person ever to display less in-ring talent than her in TNA history is Jenna Morasca. The worst part? She's got enough natural athleticism that there's no reason she couldn't pull a Trish Stratus and become good, but because of her wrestling pedigree (being part of the Von Erich family), she has never actually gone through wrestling training.
- It didn't help that she insisted on following in her family's tradition by using the Iron Claw as her Finishing Move. Kurrgan, a 7'0, 350 lbs. monster, had started using it back in late 1997 in WWE, calling it The Paralyzer, and wasn't able to get it over. If Kurrgan, with his huge hands, couldn't get people to buy into the move, then there was no way Lacey, at 5'10 and 155 lbs., with noticeably small hands, was going to make it believable.
- LayCool. Unliked, not very talented, often mean-spirited and hateful and Generic Doomsday Villainesses (due to one of them being married to The Undertaker). An unholy combination of Scrappiness.
- Lince Dorado, best known for wrestling in CHIKARA. When he debuted he was pushed as a very big deal face, and ended up coming down with the nickname "Cena Dorado." Chikara then went through a period of alternating between pushing Lince like any other face rookie and pushing him like a top of the card wrestler. He fairly quickly became The Scrappy of the promotion. This attitude was in full effect at King of Trios 2009, when Lince's team (The Future is Now) was defeated by the eventual winners of the tournament (Friends in Similar Tights, aka Team FIST); despite being the heels, FIST got cheered for taking out TFiN. Lince was eventually depushed. A string of generally improved performances and a well executed Face-Heel Turn nearly resulted in Lince being Rescued from the Scrappy Heap. Then he got fired for no-showing a card and/or appearing in a video without his mask.
- Michael Cole serves as a non-wrestler Scrappy for his bland commentary and tendency to declare something as "the first time ever..." regardless of accuracy. He'll also make boneheaded comments like Bret Hart breaking his leg as the worst night of his life (why, yes, this was years after his brother Owen's fatal accident) and referring to Vickie Guerrero's tribute to her late husband at Wrestlemania XXVI as a "hog splash." Despite all this, Cole has maintained a unbroken commentary position with the WWE since 1999, something none of the other current commentators can say. Thus whenever anyone puts a beating on him, be it Bryan Danielson or Jim Ross, expect cheers. Lots and lots of cheers.
- Before it's mentioned, yes, we know his fanboying of The Miz is kayfabe. This does not make it any less annoying. He is madly and unapologetically in love with The Miz for some reason, unambiguously favoring him in matches by on at least one occasion, standing up and loudly cheering for him, and whenever anything bad happens to him, he spends the
match night bitching about how unfairly The Miz was being treated, making him come off as extremely, and disgustingly whiny. At one point, he cost the WWE Champion at the time, Randy Orton, a win, and claimed that since he had won the Money In The Bank, The Miz was completely justified in doing this because "he can do whatever he wants." In all fairness to The Miz and Cole, that is the same way every MITB winner except for Rob Van Dam had cashed it in. Even CM Punk mentioned it was smart of The Miz. Nevertheless, Cole does this for nearly everything Miz does to the point that he had to become a Jerk Ass against long-time commentating partner Jerry Lawler when Jerry began feuding with Miz. Again, it's Kayfabe but it's very annoying. I don't want to see him punched. I want to see him go away.
- On the opposite end, there's his constant trolling of any and all internet favorites which has only become more shrill and annoying as the months go on.
- He may be about to be Rescued from the Scrappy Heap given the fan reaction to how he handled the 9/10/12 episode of Raw and Jerry Lawler's Real Life heart attack on the air. Stay tuned...
- As Rocky Maivia, The Rock had a huge hatedom. After his Face-Heel Turn, he became the guy we all know and love.
- The ur-example of wrestling would be Sean (X-Pac/Syxx/1-2-3 Kid) Waltman. Best known for naming the trope X-Pac Heat. To explain this a bit - Waltman had been part of the mega-popular DGenerationX, and gotten very popular as part of it. His star faded though, but his gimmick didn't evolve. He took up plenty of TV time and rarely lost despite not really getting a push or doing anything interesting. Pretty soon the fans just didn't want to watch him. There were actually a few incidents where Waltman pulled himself out of the Scrappy Heap briefly, such as teaming with Jeff Hardy and doing the Hardy Boyz trademark double team moves with him, or a very good television match against Eddie Guerrero. But since his gimmick still wouldn't evolve.
- Triple H. From 2002-2005 he was the most hated man in wrestling because of how Raw always focused around him. Even when he wasn't the champ, he was still the focal point of and whenever he did lose it, it'd only be a matter of time before he got it back. Every show pretty much opened with him cutting a long promo (One time bringing out a a chair to sit on letting you know he'll be out there for a while) Booked to be invincible, and squashing guys effortlessly, you can count the number of times he was on the losing end of a show on one hand. One time he lost the title, only for it to be vacated due to controversy surrounding the finish and winds up winning it back! Fans in the audience and IWC grew to hate him and even today there are those who can't stand him.
- Now that he has a penchant for inserting himself into hot feuds (most recently CM Punk vs. John Cena and Bryan Danielson vs. John Cena), the hatred is on the rise again.
- Vickie Guerrero, at least as a character. An untalented, shrill and downright ugly woman that had multiple segments of a SINGLE Smackdown! dedicated to her and whatever she was doing at the time. As "GM" of the Smackdown! brand, Guerrero hogged the spotlight on a show that was mainly know for featuring a lot of up-and-coming stars and giving them shots at the big time. Her inability to act and properly play a crowd, besides some of the cheapest-brand Heat you could find, turned many off to the Smackdown! brand during her tenure as its GM.
- It doesn't help that she constantly yells "EXCUSE ME!" in that shrill voice.
- Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff, another example of Nepotism. Garrett even was Captain of a Lockdown team in 2012 being captain of guys like AJ Styles, Austin Aries, Rob Van Dam, and Mr. Anderson which obviously didn't go so well with the fans.
- A strong case could be made for Mojo Rawley in NXT, whose gimmick consists mostly of running and jumping around while yelling things. The fact that his moveset consisted mostly of clotheslines and basic moves didn't help, along with his having what some felt was the lamest finishing move around, which was just landing ass-first on a downed opponent's chest. Many fans consider him the worst example of WWE's tendency of pushing former football players over actual wrestlers, stemming from his being pushed very strongly in 2013. Mojo's gimmick has even been described as being the Ultimate Warrior minus any of the things that made Warrior entertaining.
- 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.
- 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 fuck off and leave you alone?"
- Then there's the lolcat where he offers three choices for making Lol Cats, 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'.
- Any athlete that is caught using Performance-Enhancing Drugs will usually become a scrappy. Notable names include Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds and Ryan Braun.
- Umpires, referees, and other officials are the universal Scrappy of all sports, especially when they make a bad call.
- Roger Goodell, the current commissioner of the NFL, is widely hated by the fanbase and by the players with James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers as his loudest detractor and being fined numerous times for his statements. The hate came at a peak during the 2012-2013 season when Goodell refused to negotiate with the Referees Union and instead hired replacement Refs. The Refs were not NFL level, some not even being in college football or had been only for a few years and made numerous mistakes and ghost penalties that affected the outcome of games. Fans everywhere ripped him apart with some in Green Bay even making Death Threats on him after the Packers/Seahawks debacle. He as also attracted a great deal of heat for his rather cavalier attitude towards the ongoing player concussion controversy.
- Among the teams, the Dallas Cowboys are widely held in contempt by other fans because of the team's overexposure and having the biggest fanbase out of any NFL team. The fact that they dub themselves "America's Team" doesn't help matters either.
- Kickers in American football are usually despised by fans and media for being smaller and doing nothing but kicking the ball instead of running all over the field or plowing into other players. And it really irks those people how many times a game is decided because of the kickers.
- You will not find a baseball player, not now and possibly not ever, who attracts as much hatred as Alex Rodriguez. Even before he was caught using steroids, he usually came off as a cocky, greedy douche after signing two contracts over 250 million. At this point, even Yankees fans hate him.
- The New York Yankees themselves count. It is basically a law that every baseball fan in America who is not a Yankee fan must hate the Yankees. Moreover, nobody is allowed to be a Yankee fan unless they are either (a) from the New York area (either currently or ancestrally; even if you were born in Los Angeles, nobody will fault you for being a Yankee fan if your parents moved from New York and were Yankee fans there) or (b) from the hometown of one of the Yankees' biggest stars (e.g., folks from Kalamazoo, MI are permitted to be Yankees fans, Derek Jeter having grown up there)—although this permission is given grudgingly. This is basically because the Yankees are the winningest team in baseball, and usually the richest and the most ruthless in using those riches to build powerhouse teams. Not for nothing as Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino's characterization of the Yankees as "the Evil Empire" caught on in the rest of the country (although more skeptical observers will note that the Red Sox have also used their giant warchest to not only buy up winning teams but also build a massive multi-sport "empire" of their own). Note, however, that the Yankees have to be good for this universal hatred to work; the rest of the country was distinctly disappointed during their World Series "drought" of 1978-1996 (during which they made the playoffs "only" twice). At least one baseball writer has said that the best possible circumstance for any non-Yankees fan was for the Yankees to make the World Series or at least the ALCS and then lose.
- Chicago White Sox commentator Ken "Hawk" Harrelson. Between his over the top homerism and loud catchphrase "YOU CAN P-PUT IT ON THE BOARD Y-YES!!", he is easily the most despised team commentator in all of baseball to the point where his own team's fans hate him
- Citation seriously needed here, because many White Sox fans DO love Hawk. Most of the hate comes from Cubs fans, who actually have a good reason to hate him.
- If the hatred isn't coming from Cubs fans, it's probably coming from St. Louis Cardinals fans who hate everything about Chicago even though, prior to interleague play the White Sox and Cardinals would not have faced each other outside of a World Series. A Cardinals-White Sox World Series has never occurred.
- The Commissioner of Baseball usually gains a substantial hatedom. For example: Bud Selig, Commissioner 1992-2015. His refusal to add expanded replay and change the incorrect call so Armando Galarraga would have a perfect game had baseball fans praying he would retire (he did so five years later). Before him, different Commissioners had different critiques levied against them (the most unfortunate of which was that against the first Commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, whose autocratic style many found stifling and whose racism meant that even after the consensus among fans and general managers—although not owners—was that the color line should be broken, Landis kept his foot down.)
- When talking to someone who takes an interest in the NBA (most of whom either have played or currently do play organized basketball) the hatred for David Stern, a longtime and now retired commissioner, is near universal. FIBA, which pretends to govern how basketball is played and can shut down a league outside of the US that doesn't play by FIBA rules, isn't nearly as hated as the NBA Commissioner's Office. This is because the best (and in fact most) basketball players in the world prefer play by NBA rules, which can sometimes be very arbitrary and unfair, but are at least consistent and publicly available.
- One example of the arbitrary rules are the timeout rules. When playing under NBA rules, your side can call for six full-minute and two 20-second stoppages of play while in posession of the ball. A team must use one full timeout by a certain time during each quarter (the timing differs for the home and away teams) or a referee will use it for you, and a team will, by rule, lose a 20-second timeout at halftime if both are unused. If a team both hasn't called a timeout before one is required and doesn't have an unused timeout available when one is requried, that team will be given a Technical Foul and fined several thousand dollars.
- German soccer club FC Bayern München. Aside from being one of the most successful teams in the world, the rest of the league doesnt'like them too well, mostly not out of jealousy of their success (even if they keep telling themselves that) but for their management and fandom being terribly smug about it. Also their long-time practice of buying their direct rivals' most valuable players, especially those with role model status in their previous teams, keeps reminding fans of the sad fact that modern soccer is, above all, a business. Manager Uli Hoeneß getting jailed for tax fraud after long years of playing the moral guardian in that matter didn't help.
- Go on. Mention to non-Glasgow Celtic fans how much you love and admire Neil Lennon. I dare ya.
- Chelsea FC had quite a successful run with Roberto Di Matteo as manager; the fans were not happy when he was fired. The interim manager Rafael Benitez (former Liverpool FC manager) was not popular with fans, and he was very aware of this.
- In Brazil, while teams from Rio and São Paulo (the country's largest cities... and HQ of the biggest media conglomerates) get some bile for overexposure, Corinthians takes the cake. Onslaught of news, winning many gamestournaments by controversial ref decision, being the team of ex-president Lula - who even had a suspicious friendship with the team manager - and unpleasant fans lead to basically anyone who's not a corintiano hating the team. Even sponsor Nike decided to publish an open letter◊ to the "biggest support team in Brazil" - Corinthians' Hatedom!
- Rosenborg BK, Norway's most successful soccer team, won 13 straight titles from 1991 to 2004, causing a group of Norwegians to go to their games and root against them (under the banner of "Fans of the Away Team") in an effort to stem Rosenborg's domination.
- The US Men's Soccer Team is this in The World Cup. While there are still fans; combined with Americans Hate Soccer, and the fact that most viewers in the United States are cheering are usually from Mexico or Europe, and are cheering for their own teams. However, as of late, they have started being Rescued from the Scrappy Heap, due to increasing ratings, and the recent successes of the team. Ironically subverted with the Women's team, which are actually quite popular in the U.S. and surprisingly around the world.
- The England football team also gets this with other UK nations and Argentina.
- While hockey is Serious Business in Canada, two National Hockey League teams are hated by Canadians other than their supporters: the Toronto Maple Leafs, for overexposure (if they start winning a lot, Hockey Night in Canada basically becomes "The Maple Leafs Hour") and the Vancouver Canucks, for having obnoxious fans who even wrecked their city twice after Stanley Cup defeats.
- Down the border, most American fans hate the Red Wings, as they've been consistently good since the mid-Eighties, currently having qualified for the playoffs for 21 years, and thus have crushed many a team's hopes of winning the Cup. The fanbase, who follows the team everywhere, brags about the recent success, and throws octopi on ice during the playoffs, don't help at all.
- NHL Commissioners tend not to be particularly popular either. Current Commissioner Gary Bettman has eclipsed the aforementioned Selig in the hate column, as his attempts to bring the sport into non-traditional sport markets (such as Atlanta, GA and Columbus, OH) and his role in three labor stoppages, including the lockout that destroyed the 2004-05 season, have made him very unpopular among NHL fans.
- NASCAR on TNT in general is widely despised by fans for its rampant technical issues, the egregious number of commercials compared to Fox and ESPN/ABC, and the wide belief that, Adam Alexander and Larry McReynolds asidenote , the commentators are know-nothing blowhards par none. Mercifully, TNT decided it was losing too much money on NASCAR and won't be back after 2014.
- Even among the TNT crew, though, Kyle Petty has a staggering Hatedom. Some of this is because of his perceived failure as a driver and, in his later years, team owner - his driving record extends nearly thirty years but includes just eight wins and five top-ten points finishes, with 1992 being the only year where he was a factor for the title at the final race. Compare this to his father Richard, who sits atop the record books in every major stat (7 titles,note 200 wins, 555 top fives, 712 top tens, and 123 pole positions in 1178 starts), and his grandfather Lee, who nabbed three titles and 54 race wins. He also gets blamed (fairly or not) for running Petty Enterprises, the oldest team in the sport, into the ground, and was eventually forced out by an alliance between Boston Ventures, George Gillett of former rival team Gillett Evernham Motorsports, and his own father.
- As a commentator, statements he makes about the sport tend to be rooted in Critical Research Failures that are immediately pounced upon by fans; one such example is calling Danica Patrick "a great qualifier" when a simple check of any database of NASCAR stats shows that her start position is generally 5.5 spots worse than her finishing position, and also referred to her as a "marketing machine", with some very negative implications that seem to ignore the Product Placement-driven nature of NASCAR circa 2013 (something that was well underway by the beginning of Kyle's career, and even affected it - during his tenure at Wood Brothers in the mid-80s, they changed their car number from #21 to #7, in light of sponsor 7-Eleven, who came over with Kyle after he left Petty Enterprises. This led to some acrimony between the team and its fanbase, since the Woods, one of NASCAR's oldest and most prestigious teams, had used #21 for so long that it became synonymous with the organization. Notably, when 7-Eleven deserted Petty during the middle of his tenure, the team immediately switched back to #21).
- Kyle's also a Replacement Scrappy, stepping into the booth in 2007 due to the death of former NASCAR on NBC/TNT commentator Benny Parsons, who was widely respected, if not outright beloved, by the fanbase for both his personality, which was very outgoing and jovial, and his own NASCAR career, which included 21 wins and a Sprint Cup title in 1973. Kyle, by comparison, is often derided as a Jerkass and a loudmouth.
- Digger, a cartoon mascot created by NASCAR on Fox in 2007 to shill for a system of cameras embedded in the racetrack, and later used for a series of Merchandise-Driven CGI shorts embedded into the Fox pre-race show. Most felt the shorts were reductive of the sport and fell squarely into the Animation Age Ghetto, and one official even emailed Fox to blame Digger for declining attendance and ratings. Mercifully, Fox got the message - the shorts were gone by 2011, and the last evidence of his and his "friend's" existence (in the margins of the HD feed of NASCAR on Fox) was scrapped by 2012.
- As for active drivers, the Dillon brothers, Austin and Ty, are catching some of this lately, particularly after Kevin Harvick's scathing remarks about them after Ty dumped him in the Martinsville truck race. A lot of fans see them as the Creators Pets of RCR, getting all of the focus (and even their rides) because their grandfather is Richard Childress himself. There's even an element of Replacement Scrappy for Austin, as he drives the #3 ï¿½ the number that Junior Johnson and especially Dale Earnhardt made famous ï¿½ in the Nationwide Series, and will continue driving it in his full-time Sprint Cup debut in 2014.
- Clint Bowyer was already one with Jeff Gordon fans for pretty much everything that happened between them in 2012, viewing Bowyer as the aggressor in every encounter between the two until Gordon dumped him in turn three at Phoenix, which they see as him "putting Bowyer in his place".note Now he's rapidly becoming one with all fans in the wake of Spingate. He was the one who followed team orders to the letter and pulled the most blatantly illegal move in the entire Richmond race, yet he lost next to nothing - his Chase seed wasn't affected, none of his crew personnel (including chief Brian Pattie, the one who relayed the thinly veiled order to spin himself out) have gotten anything worse than probation and monetary fines, and even his sponsor decided to stick with the #15. Many fans now agree that he's a dirty racer and see his once amusing antics with the media as an irritating nuisance. And to add insult to injury, Bowyer still denies that the spin was intentional, in spite of Pattie's comments and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s (who was right behind Bowyer when he spun) testimony.
- 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.
- The MLS and the NHL are not that popular in the US compared to the other three leagues. Due to obvious reasons for the former, and that much of the U.S. is too warm for the latter. Though some cities, like Los Angeles and San Jose are exceptions for soccer, and Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis/St.Paul are exceptions for ice hockey (plus places where the team managed to get a Stanley Cup, such as Dallas, Anaheim, Tampa and Raleigh).
- While Roman Gladiators were overall in a lower social standing than their spectators, the retiarii were the worst-treated of gladiator classes. Relying on evasive tactics in contrast to their rival class, the secutores, the retiarii were looked down upon as disgraceful and unmasculine. Their lack of armor also made them Acceptable Targets in that the spectators were able to enjoy their looks of agony when they died. Occasionally, they were given tunics to wear into battle instead of loincloth, demeaning them even further by effectively turning them into Joke Characters intended to die a scripted death. This treatment was so cruel that many retiarii also trained under a different class, the samnites, in order to improve their social ranking. Facing extreme Values Dissonance, the retiarii were an Unbuilt Trope of the Agent Peacock archetype.
- Dane Cook once discussed how he believes this trope to be Truth in Television, noting that every group of friends seems to have one person that no one likes yet they hang out with anyways. He specifically mentions an old friend of his named Brian who hanged out with Cook and his friends even though everyone in the group despised him with a passion. He also notes that anyone named Karen is instantly the Scrappy of any particular group.
- 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.
- Kender. Maybe it's the way they're almost always played as Chaotic Stupid — which is based on the fact that's basically exactly how they are described in-setting. Maybe it's because they seem rather out of place in a world as crapsacky as Dragonlance. Whatever the case, they are usually the element most named as loathsome about the setting, despite the fact they are the official Plucky Comic Relief of the setting.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 Mat 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 World of Darkness. He was a Werewolf/Vampire/Mage/Changeling. Ads made him out to be the Ultimate Badass but in practice it was just silly.
- Eventually the writers realized this and created an entire adventure devoted to killing him, and then had his soul forged into an ashtray.
- 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, for several reasons.
- 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.
- 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.
- Many gamers resent board games in general, as Moral Guardians who protest against Video Games often cite them as an alternative for children, often calling it an example of the kind of game that children should be playing, or as an example of something "productive" or something they can do while having fun with their families rather than sitting alone in the room interacting with nothing but a machine.
- 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 from BIONICLE, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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, due to their Ink Stain Adaptation status, 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.