The Scrappy / Visual Novels

  • Ace Attorney
    • Lotta Hart, a tabloid photographer with a Southern accent who appears in four cases in the series, much to the dismay of her haters. It doesn't help that whenever she appears, she takes some sort of photo of something involving the crime, and these photos are always horribly misleading.
    • Spark Brushel in Apollo Justice. It doesn't help at all that his Perception tic is a Guide Dang It; specifically, it's a sweaty armpit, not where most people would even think (or want) to look.
    • Also from Apolo Justice, Zak Gramarye. Most players agree that is both a despicable human being and nonsensically and inconsistently written (at times he's written as if he and Shadi Smith aren't even the same person). Most of his fans only like him ironically, for the sheer comedic value there is in shining a light on how heartless his actions were.
    • Not to mention Wendy Oldbag, although even in canon she's supposed to be repulsive. Although Oldbag IS surprisingly popular in Japan.
    • The above also applies to Larry Butz which is amusing because he and Oldbag have shown up together twice. Even Phoenix and Edgeworth — his childhood friends — try to avoid him, but he's constantly popping up in nearly every game. Similar to Lotta, he usually supplies some incomprehensible sketch which raises more questions than it answers.
    • Many fans consider Mike Meekins to be the worst of the worst, due in no small part that he talks through an ear-screeching megaphone every few seconds. Thankfully, he ditched the megaphone in Ace Attorney Investigations, but many fans still hate him for being obnoxious and stupid.
    • Zinc Lablanc II, the loud obnoxious art dealer from Investigations who constantly sticks his nose into the investigation. Despised so much that players were wishing he was the murderer just so he can be arrested or totally not minding if his fall ended in with his death (and neither does any of the characters but Gumshoe).
    • Also from Investigations, Calisto Yew. It's difficult to find a fan who doesn't find her annoying. Not even her cool and composed Shih-na persona makes up for her endless laughing fits at Edgeworth's expense.
    • "Director Hotti", the creepy "doctor" at Hotti Clinic. He's creepily obsessed with his female patients, even going so far as to steal Ini's photo and hit on a wounded Franziska. He doesn't even serve much of a purpose beyond giving you the photo in 2-2; in 2-4 he's just there to piss off Franziska and be creepy.
    • Dual Destinies's Florent L'Belle, for his Complexity Addiction and Stupid Evil, not to mention his Meaningless Villain Victory even if you lose. Unsurprisingly, most fans view him as the worst villain in the game — with some even extending that criteria to the franchise.
  • While most of the characters in Dangan Ronpa are well liked, there's a still a number of these throughout its run:
    • Teruteru Hanamura from Super Dangan Ronpa 2, thanks to having a one-note personality that basically leads to him making suggestive comments to pretty much everyone (his Establishing Character Moment is him wanting to trick Sonia into giving him a blowjob) and having an unattractive design. While his execution in the first chapter did elate some pity for him, it's offset by his Free Time Events, which give him very little actual character development and end in any development being squandered by a rather off-putting gag (an attempted Brick Joke towards Dangan Ronpa Zero). While he does have a few fans in the west, his position in Japanese polls is almost always around the bottom.
    • Hiyoko Saionji is flagrantly despised by fans for bullying the more popular Mikan Tsumiki and Kazuichi Soda and rarely if ever getting comeuppance for it (Mikan ends up killing her, but that's only because Hiyoko accidentally witnessed Mikan killing Ibuki). It doesn't help that her FTEs consist of her pushing Hinata around, acting like a bitch and almost never showing a nicer side (besides a Freudian Excuse that may or may not be true). Granted, Dangan Ronpa 3 did attempt to rescue her from the scrappy heap but some fans still remember her as the Jerkass bully from Super Dangan Ronpa 2.
    • Haiji Towa from Absolute Despair Girls is probably the most despised character in the franchise for a wide variety of reasons, chief among them being that he's the "leader" of the adults, but rarely if ever does any leading, preferring instead to instead lounge around and use his family name, is a confessed Lolicon, a useless Dirty Coward, has absolutely no redeeming qualities, arrests the heroines on a personal bias and yells at Shingetsu, a child in the midst of an emotional breakdown, causing him to attack Komaru and, after Shingetsu is seemingly killed, Haiji makes a pun about it. What really sealed this for many fans however is, in the final chapter, it's revealed that Haiji was prone to physically abusing his younger sister Monaka and, according a written entry by him, did it out of a resentment complex. Then, during the climax, Haiji attempts to convince Komaru to break the Monokuma controller, which would doom thousands of innocent brainwashed children to a horrible death and most likely start a war. When the game's Big Bad gets more fans than you, you know something as gone very, very wrong.
    • Fuhito Kirigiri got this after Dangan Ronpa Kirigiri revealed him to be a greedy, selfish old man who excommunicated his own son from the Kirigiris twice, only dragging him back the second time when he found out Jin had a daughter he could make heir, basically denying his protégée Shinsen his position in the progress and ultimately leading to most of Kyoko's issues.
    • Most of the new characters in Dangan Ronpa Togami get this (with the exceptions of Shinobu Togami/"Blue Ink", Hiroyuki Ketouin, and Satomi Aoba). Most of them are accused of being underdeveloped, unlikable and generally feeling like fan characters. Suzuhiko Otsuki gets a blunt of this however, thanks to being a Canon Sue who copies character traits from Toko Fukawa and provides a major Deus ex Machina.
    • Yasuhiro was in the "too bland" corner, but once he became a Deadpan Snarker and Cloud Cuckoo Lander, people warmed to him considerably. Or sometimes, it just doesn't work, people are also quick to dislike him because of his outlandish, useless predictions, or how he can be very unsavory behind the back, especially when it comes to his debts (And by that, we mean the likes of begging his friend to donate his organs so he can pay his own personal debt). Making matters worse, he apparently has a pretty good luck to survive a lot of deadly situations like this game, making people sometimes lament, "WHY ISN'T HE DEAD ALREADY!?"
  • Fate/stay night:
    • Shinji Matou. His crimes are numerous: He's a self-serving Smug Snake who treats his friends like garbage, and a weak magus but thinks himself too great and forces his way into the war... by forcing Sakura to yield Rider to him, and treats her like garbage anyway, calling her weak at times despite him actually holding back her true powers. He still scolds and abuses Sakura a lot for 'staying' with Shiro, even raping her (maybe Rider too) on a daily basis to vent his frustration. It doesn't help matters that in the only route which sets out to redeem him (the UBW route), he arguably becomes worse than in any other story path, what with him cruelly ordering Gilgamesh to rip out Ilya's heart, laughing as he watched it happen. The only reason he even does a Heel–Face Turn at the end of this route is due to a serious round of Break the Haughty, and considering his previous actions the fact that he doesn't need to actually do anything to redeem himself makes Shirou's - and the story's - claims that he's become a better person fall flat as a result.
      • In Heaven's Feel, when he is killed by Sakura in self-defense, it seems that he broke from the strain of being the end of the magic in the Matou/Makiri bloodline long ago, so it's actually possible to feel a bit of pity for him.
    • The Servant of Zouken Matou, True Assassin is also widely disliked - being limited to a single story path (Heaven's Feel) and not getting much characterization tends to do that to you. True Assassin is mostly regarded with apathy rather than outright hate, and does have his fans, but nonetheless doesn't win points for being, to some, a Replacement Scrappy for the first, 'Fake' Assassin, who is a fairly well-liked character in his own right and needs to be eaten to bring True Assassin (whose I'm a Humanitarian aspects are also frowned upon) into the picture.
      • Not helping True Assassin is how pathetically weak he is. He only managed to truly defeat one Servant, and that was only due to that Servant being cornered by a foe that even Berserker and Gil couldn't defeat while on very unfavourable terrain. Fake Assassin was at least able to keep up with other Servants, even being able to hold back Berserker, and could possibly even be able to defeat a strong Saber if he didn't want to rush the battle's end.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry: Teppei Houjou for his chilling, inventive approach to child abuse. During Satako's breakdown (especially the VN version), there's room for interpretation that the abuse wasn't just physical. It comes as no surprise that his deaths are sometimes met with cheers instead of horror by the fans. Ironically, the series is very much against vigilantee action, meaning that the message is falling on deaf ears over his hatedom.
  • Umineko: When They Cry:
    • From the start, Maria is an annoying problem child. She throws temper tantrums when she doesn’t get her way, screams obnoxiously at every opportunity, and frequently goes into a full blown Creepy Child mode where she cackles manically, arrogantly flaunts her knowledge of magic, and shows little care for all the deaths happening around her. Unsurprisingly, she rubs many fans the wrong way. Unfortunately, almost nobody in-universe likes Maria much either. Her mother frequently beats her, everyone picks on her at school, her cousins look the other way at her abuse (albeit because they think it's an issue that Maria and Rosa should work out without external intervention), and her only friends are either imaginary, or as broken as she is. By the time we’re treated to a fantasy sequence where she imagines herself brutally tearing her mother apart, it’s hard to know whether to be disturbed or to cheer the poor girl on.
    • George also gets this treatment for his creepy treatment of Shannon, sexism, and borderline Dogged Nice Guy tendencies. He never crosses the line fully into Stalker with a Crush, but the subtext is definitely there.

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