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The Scrappy: Web Comics

  • Achewood fans have found their Scrappy in Showbiz, Roast Beef's scuzzy, trailer-trash twin brother. Before, he was simply a thickheaded, vulgar Jerkass in way too much debt, but he then degraded into a man who was not above plotting to force his brother into sex with a stripper, only to photograph the affair and then show the resulting photos to Molly at their wedding ceremony. Thankfully, his plans were derailed when Beef lured him into a trap that would have him serve jail time for the duration of the wedding, and he hasn't been seen since.
  • There's no real Scrappy in Ansem Retort from the reader's viewpoint, but the in-universe example would be the replacement cast Ansem used when the main cast went missing. Only Red XIII got Rescued from the Scrappy Heap, and that was because Darth Maul turned him to the Dark Side.
  • El Goonish Shive:
    • Noah rapidly becoming either this or a Creator's Pet. More strips will be needed to know for sure.
    • Grace has gained her share of haters ever since the birthday party, where her Mary Sue tendencies were kicked into high gear.
    • Melissa used to be this as well, before character development and several points of likability came to get her Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
    • Ellen has always had some of this.
  • Forever16's Vince had gotten a lot of backlash after his first appearance here where he punches out Aaron for flirting with his girlfriend.
  • Yoshi of General Protection Fault, according to the author, annoyed quite a few readers in his inception. It also helps that his somewhat arrogant and obnoxious personality results in him not getting along with much of the rest of the cast.
  • Homestuck has a couple splits in the fandom, mostly along what kind of groups of the Geodesic Cast they like. For instance, the Exiles, a group of fairly popular people among older fans, are disliked by the newer fans. The Trolls are the biggest example of this, as they were introduced around a third of the way through the story, but since their introduction the fandom has quadrupled. Another group that occasionally falls into this is The Felt and The Midnight Crew, as some people are annoyed that they are Ensemble Darkhorses, despite having pretty much no characterization. Pretty much every character has their detractors and their supporters, who are usually equally rabid.
  • Keychain of Creation fans once did a survey as to which character they liked the least. Almost 50% of the votes went to... the placeholder. Some of the comments:
    "At first, it was the Immaculate Mastah! Then I remembered how often I curse the name and descendants of Placeholder..."
    "I almost voted the Lover Clad in Nothing of Consequence, not because I dislike the Lover, but rather because the name there is hilarious. But yeah, the place holder is one of the most damnable things to ever exist in this universe, whose evil outstrips that of the Yozis or the Neverborn. May it burn in the purging fire of the Unconquered Sun himself! (In other words, Ten Winds.)"
  • Misfile:
    • A good number of people hate Missi Fuller, both for being the Romantic False Lead in the Ash/Emily relationship and for being such an incredible Jerk Ass towards Emily (who is, on the other hand, more dismissive of her than outright abusive). It doesn't help that despite being a Wrench Wench and (presumably) a practicing car racer, she's yet to take an active participation in the story besides her obsessiveness over Ash, not to mention having No Sense of Personal Space where Ash is concerned and even refusing to accept that Ash has broken up with her. Granted, she's also something of a Woobie, a Chinese-American girl who's adopted yet her parents always pay more attention to her older step-brother, leaving her with attention-seeking issues. Recent Crowning Moments have gone some way to rescue her though, as well as amp up the Woobie factor. For the most part, author Chris Hazelton has made her more likeable as a result, though her continuing jerkassery towards Emily—which, BTW, she almost never gets called out on—is still quite grating.
    • Sheldon, in contrast, was probably a deliberate attempt at making a totally unlikeable character - an overly smug Jerk Ass driver who manipulated his old friends (whom he derided as 'just muscle'), attempted to gain exclusive rights to The Old Road and, when he lost to Ash smashed up his car with a rock and tried to pin the blame on Ash. Fortunately Rumisiel - in his best Crowning Moment to date, had an Engineered Public Confession ready, leading to Sheldon's immensely satisfying Humiliation Conga complete with Groin Attack, courtesy of Missi, of all people. Though his arc looks to be advancing Ash's Character Development if nothing else. Sheldon is the only racer - or even character - who has, to date, not shown even a smidgeon of sympathetic or likeable qualities. Even Cassiel is more an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who has a few morals implied - Sheldon's just a power-mongering dick with an overly-large head.
    • A note on the Missi hatedom: Despite being a main character, she's incredibly flat. Her crowning moments are few and far between, she has barely any redeeming qualities and her big moment of possible character development, finding out her parents neglect her emotionally, was over pretty quickly and has been ignored since it was mentioned. If she could just get a little more screen time that's used to redeem her further, there wouldn't be a problem.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Word of God has it that Miko Miyazaki was a deliberate attempt to create a Lawful Good character who could be seen as a villain. It was undeniably successful, but her Holier Than Thou attitude was so irritating that a fair number of people complained about her even existing. On the plus side, she was most definitely not a Creator's Pet—even the other characters couldn't stand her.
    • Lately, the Scrappy has been Roy's Love Interest Celia, because of her sudden reversal to Stupid Good tendencies after being established as a smart and savvy character earlier in the strip,though she turned out right about the Thieves Guild and made a very good deal with them.
  • Penny Arcade's Tycho Brahe is starting to become this, thanks to his role in Poker Night at the Inventory. However, he's pretty well-liked amongst the female readers.
  • PVP has two available for your choosing, both of which having been noted by Scott Kurtz as having a strong hatedom: Scratch Fury, destroyer of worlds, and Shecky, Skull's annoying cousin. There are some who would argue that the comic's cast is made up entirely of Scrappies of different kinds forced to work in an office together.
  • In Red String, Kazuo rather quickly morphed into this when he broke up with Miharu rather than stand up for both her and himself - right after finally consummating their relationship and promising to never let her go. Then he blamed her for his problems literally the next day, breaking his red string in front of her . . . and did we mention she'd just bought him a present? His continued nasty behavior, then absolute rejection of her in favor his Jerk Ass father (leaving even Miharu calling him a wussy) hasn't redeemed him either. Since then, every story involving Kazuo has only reinforced his character as a spineless loser, to the point where other characters call him this to his face. A number of people are even raring to call it Strangled by the Red String if he and Miharu were ever to get back together again. If this guy can ever be Rescued from the Scrappy Heap, it would take an act of God. Though recent events may have transferred him over to Woobie status when it has be become apparent just how much of a Jerk Ass Father he actually has. Kazuo's recent suicide attempt has brought out a mixture of reactions in the fandom, though mostly concern and the hope that he will survive.
  • One of the two knownnote  ways for a character NOT to come back in the verse of the Fan Webcomic Roommates is being a Scrappy. This is why Jamie's mother is a widow.
  • Des from Scary Go Round is apparently one of these, according to John Allison. Because of this, his backstory was never properly revealed, and it looks doubtful that it ever will be. John has now stated that Des "is retired from webcomics." And There Was Much Rejoicing.
  • Sinfest:
    • Seymour gained a considerable hatedom after the September 14th, 2010 block of strips, especially after a Despair Event Horizon. The hatedom seems to have dimminished after he Took a Level in Kindness
    • Xanthe, due to being the herald to an infamously polarizing change in the overall nature of the comic.
      • While most of the Sisterhood (except Nana and "Mercy") are generally disliked, the most hatred (besides Xanthe) is directed at Violet due to her more sociopathic attitude.
    • The rogue Fembot, nicknamed "Maverick" as an insult to both her and the Sisterhood's lack of respect for ThreeLawsCompliant. Mainly due to her violent approach being depicted as right despite the lack of adequete threshold for Zeroth Law behaviour.
  • Something Positive parodies this character type with a bizarre blue creature named Fluffmodeus. It was first introduced in a set of self-contained strips centered around the author, his girlfriend, and "Rippy the Razor", where it annoyed Rippy to the point of running away in terror (and the author already considered Rippy the most annoying thing ever). The caption of the comic threatened to introduce the character into the strip "if demands are not met". It eventually did get introduced into the main comic, but as the manifestation of Kharisma's mental breakdown (maybe... even the author isn't sure) that was self-aware of how utterly obnoxious it was.
  • Zillion from Starslip Crisis. The main point of the character was to serve as a parody/Take That to Firefly, in particular the show's use of Future Slang, the strip's author's main peeve with the show. He accomplished this by having Zillion speak almost entirely in "Deep Slang", a dialect that, amongst other things, replaces words with bizarre synonyms and dropping the ending off sentences. Unfortunately, said slang became increasingly heavy, making Zillion borderline Unintelligible...even to the other characters in the strip. The fact that he had virtually zero personality also contributed to people tiring of him very quickly. Eventually, he suffered an apparent Bridge Drop along with another minor character in this strip (in a storyline called "The Fate Of Zillion" no less) only to eventually return and suffer yet another apparent (and hilarious) demise, hinting at future plans of making him The Chew Toy (though the strip's revamp seems to have shifted this role to Officer Quine).
  • You wouldn't expect a So Bad, It's Good comic to have one character singled out for hatred in particular, but Tails Gets Trolled has Wild Card supporting villain Demaro, who is perceived as full of himself and over-reliant on Deus ex Machina to succeed at his goals, whereas the other villains tend to show how badass they are.

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