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Nearly every character ever written has fans and detractors, so fans disagreeing about whether a character is good or bad is not worth noting. In order to qualify as a true Base Breaking Character, the character must fulfill ''all'' of the following conditions:

* Split the fanbase into '''at least two vocal factions of similar size'''. Fans who don't care about the character don't count as a faction. There must be both fans and haters, and both in similar amounts.
* Have '''little to no middle ground''': most of the work's fans must have a strong opinion, positive or negative, about this character. Two [[VocalMinority Vocal Minorities]] aren't enough to truly break a base.
* Inspire a '''vicious conflict'''. Mentioning your love or hatred of this character should carry a strong probability of turning the discussion into a debate, if not a full-blown FlameWar. If most members of the two or more factions don't care enough about the issue to argue their position, that's a sign that the conflict is not particularly vicious.
* Have a '''sustained''' base of fans and haters. Obviously, whenever a new character is seen, or an old character does something big, fans are going to talk about it for a while. But if the discussion dies down after a few episodes, that's a sign that the character is not that divisive. A conflict should last for '''at least six months''' to qualify; any shorter and it's probably just your average fan disagreement.


See also ContestedSequel which is sometimes a result of Base Breaker characters. Not to be confused with BrokenBase.

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See also ContestedSequel which is sometimes a result of Base Breaker characters.Breaking Characters. Not to be confused with BrokenBase.


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->''"Cena sucks!"''
-->-- Popular chant in the Wrestling/{{WWE}}

A character in a series who is loved by one section of the fanbase, and [[TheScrappy hated by the rest]]. The causes are varied: perhaps the character appeals to a certain demographic but is a turn-off to another. Maybe they're a PluckyComicRelief who appeals to the sense of humour of some people but falls flat with others. Sometimes they just highlight [[BrokenBase existing divisions within the fanbase]], or have differing appeal across [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff different]] [[AmericansHateTingle cultures]], due to [[ValuesDissonance different cultural viewpoints]] or other quirks. Either way, some fans like em, some fans don't, little in the way of a middle ground, [[InternetBackdraft flamewars ensue]].

This can happen as a result of {{Shipping}}-related [[DieForOurShip savagery]], the divisions often between those who [[ShipToShipCombat support a rival pairing]] or just couldn't care less.

See also ContestedSequel which is sometimes a result of Base Breaker characters. Not to be confused with BrokenBase.

'''No examples, please. Every character in any work of media is one to some extent. This page simply defines the term.'''

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