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[[caption-width-right:350:The original Scrappy in his native environment. Accept no substitutes.[[note]]Actually, you probably won't accept him, either.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The original Scrappy in his native environment. Accept We would say "Accept no substitutes.[[note]]Actually, substitutes", but asking you probably won't to accept him, either.[[/note]]]]
him is perhaps asking too much.]]


Contrast EnsembleDarkhorse, an unexpectedly popular character, and UnpopularPopularCharacter, a character hated or disliked InUniverse but loved by the fandom. Compare and contrast BaseBreakingCharacter, where one part of the fandom thinks a character is the scrappy but at least a sizable chunk like them. If the scrappy dies or suffers in some painful way where the audience actually starts to sympathize with the character, then it becomes AlasPoorScrappy. Not to be confused with CuteBruiser which is the original meaning of the word scrappy.

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Contrast EnsembleDarkhorse, an unexpectedly popular (minor or secondary) character, and UnpopularPopularCharacter, a character hated or disliked InUniverse but loved by the fandom. Compare and contrast BaseBreakingCharacter, where one part of the fandom thinks a character is the scrappy but at least a sizable chunk like them. If the scrappy dies or suffers in some painful way where the audience actually starts to sympathize with the character, then it becomes AlasPoorScrappy. Not to be confused with CuteBruiser which is the original meaning of the word scrappy.


Contrast EnsembleDarkhorse, an unexpectedly popular character, and UnpopularPopularCharacter, a character hated or disliked InUniverse but loved by the fandom. If the scrappy dies or suffers in some painful way where the audience actually starts to sympathize with the character, then it becomes AlasPoorScrappy. Not to be confused with CuteBruiser which is the original meaning of the word scrappy.

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Contrast EnsembleDarkhorse, an unexpectedly popular character, and UnpopularPopularCharacter, a character hated or disliked InUniverse but loved by the fandom. Compare and contrast BaseBreakingCharacter, where one part of the fandom thinks a character is the scrappy but at least a sizable chunk like them. If the scrappy dies or suffers in some painful way where the audience actually starts to sympathize with the character, then it becomes AlasPoorScrappy. Not to be confused with CuteBruiser which is the original meaning of the word scrappy.


Of course, writers may also [[IntendedAudienceReaction make a Scrappy character intentionally]] in order to spoof the concept. When this is taken to the point where the goal is to ''make'' you hate this character with every fiber of your being, such a character would be called a HateSink. Note that a Scrappy is not the same thing as a Hate Sink, since the Hate Sink is a character intentionally designed to be disliked for actual villainous actions, but who is not necessarily perceived to detract from the work itself -- the audience just wants them to suffer and want a character to root against for a change. Thus, such characters like [[Series/GameOfThrones Joffrey Baratheon]], [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Dolores Umbridge]], [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Dick Hardly]], [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Shou Tucker]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Ghetsis Harmonia]] -- as universally hated as they are -- are ''not'' considered Scrappies, since the creators of their works intended for the audience to hate them. For a character to truly be considered a Scrappy, the audience must not only hate the character, but also believe the character is detracting from the quality of the work as a whole by their presence.

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Of course, writers may also [[IntendedAudienceReaction make a Scrappy character intentionally]] in order to spoof the concept. When this is taken to the point where the goal is to ''make'' you hate this character with every fiber of your being, such a character would be called a HateSink. Note that a Scrappy is not the same thing as a Hate Sink, since the Hate Sink is a character intentionally designed to be disliked for actual villainous actions, but who is not necessarily perceived to detract from the work itself -- the audience just wants them to suffer and want a character to root against for a change. Thus, such characters like [[Series/GameOfThrones Joffrey Baratheon]], [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Dolores Umbridge]], [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Dick Hardly]], [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Shou Tucker]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Ghetsis Harmonia]] -- as universally hated as they are -- are ''not'' considered Scrappies, since the creators of their works intended for the audience to hate them. For a character to truly be considered a Scrappy, the audience must not only hate the character, but also believe the character is detracting from the quality of the work as a whole by their presence.
presence. This doesn't mean that villains can never be Scrappies, but they have to be hated for out-of-story reasons to merit a place on this list.


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** TheScrappy/FriendshipIsFailure''TheScrappy/FriendshipIsFailure''


[[TropeNamer This trope is named]] after Scrappy-Doo from the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' cartoon. While popular in the 1970s, the character became the face of this trope as the Scooby-Doo franchise fell into decline in the 1980s, with fans pointing to the decline occurring as the franchise began to focus more and more upon Scrappy-Doo, who was intended to be a younger dog character for [[KidAppealCharacter younger viewers to identify with]][[note]]the show was on the verge of cancellation when Scrappy was introduced in a last-ditch effort to save it; existing fans of the show generally didn't hate Scrappy enough to stop watching, and he brought in enough new viewers to more than replace the few who did tune out, raising the ratings and saving the show[[/note]] but ended up annoying them as much as the older fans. When the franchise was later retooled in the 1990s and the character had become particularly notorious, he was entirely dropped from every iteration of the franchise in animated form and the character had become so toxic that even attempts to market older material with Scrappy in it tried to reduce mention of his role. The 2002 ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie (which is not considered {{canon}} with respect to any other ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' series) was the last time the character appeared in person in the franchise, and this appearance [[AdaptationalVillainy was entirely intended to disparage the character]] and his perceived role in ruining the show. His only other sanctioned appearance as been blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo during a hallway chase sequence during the 2018 ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' crossover, "Scoobynatural" and several reviews noted with relief that it was just that, a cameo.

Some of the hate for Scrappy-Doo in particular might be that he was introduced to an existing show in a desperate attempt to save it ... [[GoneHorriblyRight and the show didn't get cancelled]]. It didn't necessarily get ''better'' (to at least some existing fans, it [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks got worse]]), but it brought in enough new fans to keep it from being cancelled. Within a couple of years a lot of existing cartoons with falling ratings added their own KidAppealCharacter, and a lot of new ones included them right from the start. This was ''not'' universally well-regarded by the older demographic, and Scrappy-Doo was widely seen as the catalyst for the change... there's a ''reason'' this trope is called The Scrappy.

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[[TropeNamer This trope reaction is named]] after Scrappy-Doo from the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' cartoon. While popular in the 1970s, the character became the face of this trope the concept of hated characters as the Scooby-Doo franchise fell into decline in the 1980s, with fans pointing to the decline occurring as the franchise began to focus more and more upon Scrappy-Doo, who was intended to be a younger dog character for [[KidAppealCharacter younger viewers to identify with]][[note]]the show was on the verge of cancellation when Scrappy was introduced in a last-ditch effort to save it; existing fans of the show generally didn't hate Scrappy enough to stop watching, and he brought in enough new viewers to more than replace the few who did tune out, raising the ratings and saving the show[[/note]] but ended up annoying them as much as the older fans. When the franchise was later retooled in the 1990s and the character had become particularly notorious, he was entirely dropped from every iteration of the franchise in animated form and the character had become so toxic that even attempts to market older material with Scrappy in it tried to reduce mention of his role. The 2002 ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie (which is not considered {{canon}} with respect to any other ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' series) was the last time the character appeared in person in the franchise, and this appearance [[AdaptationalVillainy was entirely intended to disparage the character]] and his perceived role in ruining the show. His only other sanctioned appearance as been blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo during a hallway chase sequence during the 2018 ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' crossover, "Scoobynatural" and several reviews noted with relief that it was just that, a cameo.

Some of the hate for Scrappy-Doo in particular might be that he was introduced to an existing show in a desperate attempt to save it ... [[GoneHorriblyRight and the show didn't get cancelled]]. It didn't necessarily get ''better'' (to at least some existing fans, it [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks got worse]]), but it brought in enough new fans to keep it from being cancelled. Within a couple of years a lot of existing cartoons with falling ratings added their own KidAppealCharacter, and a lot of new ones included them right from the start. This was ''not'' universally well-regarded by the older demographic, and Scrappy-Doo was widely seen as the catalyst for the change... there's a ''reason'' this trope reaction is called The Scrappy.

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Some of the hate for Scrappy-Doo in particular might be that he was introduced to an existing show in a desperate attempt to save it ... and the show didn't get cancelled. It didn't necessarily get ''better'' (to at least some existing fans, it [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks got worse]]), but it brought in enough new fans to keep it from being cancelled. Within a couple of years a lot of existing cartoons with falling ratings added their own KidAppealCharacter, and a lot of new ones included them right from the start. This was ''not'' universally well-regarded by the older demographic, and Scrappy-Doo was widely seen as the catalyst for the change... there's a ''reason'' this trope is called The Scrappy.

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Some of the hate for Scrappy-Doo in particular might be that he was introduced to an existing show in a desperate attempt to save it ... [[GoneHorriblyRight and the show didn't get cancelled.cancelled]]. It didn't necessarily get ''better'' (to at least some existing fans, it [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks got worse]]), but it brought in enough new fans to keep it from being cancelled. Within a couple of years a lot of existing cartoons with falling ratings added their own KidAppealCharacter, and a lot of new ones included them right from the start. This was ''not'' universally well-regarded by the older demographic, and Scrappy-Doo was widely seen as the catalyst for the change... there's a ''reason'' this trope is called The Scrappy.


Of course, writers may also [[IntendedAudienceReaction make a Scrappy character intentionally]] in order to spoof the concept. When this is taken to the point where the goal is to ''make'' you hate this character with every fiber of your being, such a character would be called a HateSink. Note that a Scrappy not the same as a Hate Sink, since the Hate Sink is a character intentionally designed to be disliked for actual villainous actions, but who is not necessarily perceived to detract from the work itself -- the audience just wants them to suffer and want a character to root against for a change. Thus, such characters like [[Series/GameOfThrones Joffrey Baratheon]], [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Dolores Umbridge]], [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Dick Hardly]], [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Shou Tucker]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Ghetsis Harmonia]] -- as universally hated as they are -- are ''not'' considered Scrappies, since the creators of their works intended for the audience to hate them.

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Of course, writers may also [[IntendedAudienceReaction make a Scrappy character intentionally]] in order to spoof the concept. When this is taken to the point where the goal is to ''make'' you hate this character with every fiber of your being, such a character would be called a HateSink. Note that a Scrappy is not the same thing as a Hate Sink, since the Hate Sink is a character intentionally designed to be disliked for actual villainous actions, but who is not necessarily perceived to detract from the work itself -- the audience just wants them to suffer and want a character to root against for a change. Thus, such characters like [[Series/GameOfThrones Joffrey Baratheon]], [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Dolores Umbridge]], [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Dick Hardly]], [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Shou Tucker]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Ghetsis Harmonia]] -- as universally hated as they are -- are ''not'' considered Scrappies, since the creators of their works intended for the audience to hate them.
them. For a character to truly be considered a Scrappy, the audience must not only hate the character, but also believe the character is detracting from the quality of the work as a whole by their presence.


Scrappies come in many different forms. Some of the most commonly hated characters are those that are viewed as very flat, are {{Karma Houdini}}s, [[TheLoad are unhelpful to the protagonists]], {{Invincible Hero}}es, or are seen as overly annoying, arrogant, or abrasive. Characters who change a liked status quo will also often fall under this, as can characters who are seen as getting too much screen time. A ReplacementScrappy is hated all the more because [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks he replaced a well-liked member of the cast]].

Note that this is not the same as a HateSink, a character intentionally designed to be disliked for actual villainous actions, but who is not necessarily perceived to detract from the work itself -- the audience just wants him to suffer and want a character to root against for a change. Thus, such characters like [[Series/GameOfThrones Joffrey Baratheon]], [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Dolores Umbridge]], [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Dick Hardly]], [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Shou Tucker]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Ghetsis Harmonia]] -- as universally hated as they are -- are ''not'' considered Scrappies.

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Scrappies come in many different forms. Some of the most commonly hated characters are those that are viewed as very flat, are {{Karma Houdini}}s, [[TheLoad are unhelpful to the protagonists]], {{Invincible Hero}}es, or are seen as overly annoying, arrogant, or abrasive. Characters who change a liked status quo will also often fall under this, as can characters who are seen as getting too much screen time. A ReplacementScrappy is hated all the more because [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks he replaced a well-liked member of the cast]].

cast]]. A TemporaryScrappy exists to get on the viewers' nerves and then get thrown out at the end of the episode.

Of course, writers may also [[IntendedAudienceReaction make a Scrappy character intentionally]] in order to spoof the concept. When this is taken to the point where the goal is to ''make'' you hate this character with every fiber of your being, such a character would be called a HateSink.
Note that this is a Scrappy not the same as a HateSink, Hate Sink, since the Hate Sink is a character intentionally designed to be disliked for actual villainous actions, but who is not necessarily perceived to detract from the work itself -- the audience just wants him them to suffer and want a character to root against for a change. Thus, such characters like [[Series/GameOfThrones Joffrey Baratheon]], [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Dolores Umbridge]], [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Dick Hardly]], [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Shou Tucker]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Ghetsis Harmonia]] -- as universally hated as they are -- are ''not'' considered Scrappies.
Scrappies, since the creators of their works intended for the audience to hate them.



Of course, writers may also [[IntendedAudienceReaction make a Scrappy character intentionally]] in order to spoof the concept. When this is taken to the point where the goal is to ''make'' you hate this character with every fibre of your being, such a character would be called a HateSink. A TemporaryScrappy exists to get on the viewers' nerves and then get thrown out at the end of the episode.

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** TheScrappy/FriendshipIsFailure


Note that this is not the same as a HateSink, a character intentionally designed to be disliked for actual villainous actions, but who is not necessarily perceived to detract from the work itself -- the audience just wants him to suffer and want a character to root against for a change. Thus, such characters like [[Series/GameOfThrones Joffrey Baratheon]], [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Dolores Umbridge]], [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack The Dominator]], [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Shou Tucker]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Ghetsis Harmonia]] -- as universally hated as they are -- are ''not'' considered Scrappies.

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Note that this is not the same as a HateSink, a character intentionally designed to be disliked for actual villainous actions, but who is not necessarily perceived to detract from the work itself -- the audience just wants him to suffer and want a character to root against for a change. Thus, such characters like [[Series/GameOfThrones Joffrey Baratheon]], [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Dolores Umbridge]], [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack The Dominator]], [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Dick Hardly]], [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Shou Tucker]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Ghetsis Harmonia]] -- as universally hated as they are -- are ''not'' considered Scrappies.

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