It tends to be fairly obvious when a minor character suddenly gets vastly more screen time and Character Shilling
then they notionally deserve. However, that alone does not qualify them for this trope. It is also necessary that the character be The Scrappy
, which means that a large portion of the fanbase feel that they are a detriment to the work.
The debate on this trope seems to have focused a bit on the whole "beloved by the creator" thing, but we need to remember that Tropes Are Not Bad
, and just because a character is the author's favorite doesn't mean it's a bad character
After all, good old Wesley Crusher wouldn't have been the original Trope Namer
if Gene Roddenberry's favoritism towards him hadn't been detrimental to the show.
edited 16th Jul '12 8:28:28 AM by Fighteer