Babe Carey from All My Children. She is introduced as the new wife of JR Chandler, son of Adam Chandler, one of the richest men in Pine Valley and a common antagonist. Up to the day her character was killed off she was hailed by the residents of Pine Valley as a sweet, wonderful person. One character even described her as a "walking miracle". Well, this walking miracle was exposed for being a gold-digger and bigamist, but worst of all a kidnapper. Because when she realized the baby she’d thought was hers was in fact her best friend Bianca's child, she decided to keep the child anyway and not tell Bianca her dead baby was still alive. She only gave the baby back to Bianca when she found out her own thought-to-be-dead child was still alive. By this point a whole year had passed with her keeping this secret. But then she proceeded to tell JR that their child was dead and then ran off with Jamie with her newfound child. Not only did several people in Pine Valley support Babe and Jamie with their crimes and deception, but the ENTIRE TOWN actually rallied around them against JR when he dared to try and fight for his son. INCLUDING BIANCA. What stands out most is when everyone had thought Babe had been the victim of a serial killer that had killed other more predominant characters. With the exception of Erica Kane, everyone grieved for her passing as though she was an important family member to every character. And everyone rejoiced when it was revealed that she was actually alive, to the point that Bianca actually begged for Babe's forgiveness for not forgiving her.
Since she came to town, Dixie Cooney was consistently portrayed as the town sweetheart, heroine, saint, etc., despite the fact that she participated in the same shenanigans as most of the other characters—adultery, promiscuity. When ex-husband Adam sued her for custody of their son—JR, incidentally—much like JR would be 20-something years later, HE was the one vilified by everyone, despite his completely legitimate concerns about Dixie's unstable behavior.
Chris Lilley's series Angry Boys has African-American rapper S'mouse who was hated by all critics and fans, some said he was racist, some said he was 2 dimensional, others found it plain not funny. Unfortunately, there wasn't really anything that could be done to write the character out of the show.
Since the start of the third season of Arrow, Felicity Smoak. In seasons 1 & 2, she was an Adorkable IT Girl with an unrequited crush on the main character, and the source of a lot of the show's humour. As of the third season, she has supplanted Laurel Lance (Green Arrow's iconic Love Interest from the source material) as the female lead & love interest, has taken on several of the traits that once led to Laurel & Thea being considered The Scrappy, receives more screentime than any other character on the show aside from Oliver Queen, is consistently depicted as being in the right even when she is being unreasonable, receives Character Shilling from seemingly every other character on the show - including the antagonists, and has become a Spotlight-Stealing Squad with a good chunk of seasons 3 & 4 being dedicated to her subplots. In comparison, the characters of Roy, Laurel and Thea are pushed Out of Focus despite becoming the show's incarnations of Arsenal, Black Canary & Speedy; and Diggle (Arguably the show's true fan favourite character) only received a proper subplot in season 4 because it was tied so closely to the main plot and, outside of that, he didn't receive that much attention either. On top of all of this, season 4 opens with the reveal that a major character would killed off by the end of the season, and Felicity was one of two characters deemed untouchable by the writers - the other being the main character. It all culminated in the ending of the crossover Crisis on Earth-X in which her stealing the special moment of one of comics' most iconic couples, Barry Allen and Iris West, literally interrupting them in the middle of their vows to tack on her own wedding to Oliver.
In the American Big Brother the editors tend to pick their favourites out of the cast and show them off to us. The problem is, they think we'll like them too and if we don't, we'll Love to Hate them. But we'll often just hate them instead. Most often, it's a Showmance couple who get the lion's share of screentime on the highlights just kissing and hugging each other.
Brendon and Rachel in Season 12 and 13, but especially 13. The eight new houseguests have had virtually no screentime whatsoever unless they were Dominic or Kalia, and Kalia only because she was aligned with Daniele who turned traitor to the "Veterans Alliance". 50% of the screentime is dedicated to Brendon and Rachel, while 40% is dedicated to Jeff and Jordan, 5% is dedicated to Daniele and Dominic but later Kalia (only because she won a Head of Household competition and aligned with Daniele). The remaining 5% is split between the rest of the cast, with Porsche and Lawon hit the hardest. (Don't know who they are? Well, you're not alone - the editors seem to have forgotten they were cast too.)
Some see Jeff and Jordan as the Creator's Pet because BB's producers want to make a good show, which means putting in a bunch of safeguards and slanting the show so that Jeff and Jordan will be on as long as possible, at the expense of the other extras on the show. Jeff has been getting this more so than Jordan in recent seasons, as he now works for Big Brother (interviewing the contestants, commenting on episodes, etc). Because of this, the producers are more eager than ever to show off their very own "Big Brother Legend Jeff Schroeder", with him making more appearances on the live shows than other popular contestants could ever hope to see.
Mike "Boogie" Malin. It's obvious the producers love him, but they like Dr. Will more and the only reason he got on in the first place was because Dr. Will wouldn't come on unless they could ask Mike to come on as well.
In Season 16 we got Frankie Grande, an Attention Whore that most fans seem to loathe, but is given top billing to boost ratings.
In Season 18 Nicole Franzel and Corey Brooks who are the most disliked houseguests of the season are given a lot of screentime compared to the more liked houseguests such as Natalie Negrotti, Da'Vonne Rogers, Bridgette Dunning, and Victor Arroyo to name a few.
Bones had Christopher Pelant, a genius hacker and serial killer, who spend two seasons as antagonist, being able to never be caught due to dozens and dozens of Ass Pull escapes coming out of nowhere, such as suddenly deleting his identity and creating a new one to get the authorities from Egypt to save him, claiming diplomatic immunity. Fans hated him, but it took until season 9 for him to finally die from a fire Booth shot.
Phoebe, particularly since Season 5, even the fact she prevented Cole separating from the Source is never brought up. When you consider the fact Alyssa Milano had become a producer on the show at Season 5's beginning, it could be said Phoebe was made into an Author Avatar of Alyssa.
Billie from the final season. The often nicknamed "Maggot Neck", "Bimbo", and "Ultimate Retard" was loathed for many reasons - creating useless subplots that were often just rehashes of previous storylines, distracting focus from the titular Charmed ones, threatening the world with a spin-off, getting a character that had been around since season one (and Piper's husband) encased in a block of ice for over half the season due to budget cuts, and breaking canon by having the ability to alter reality with her mind making her and her lisping sister the Ultimate Power - but no reason garnered as much hatred as Kaley Cuoco's inability to express any semblance of humanity that resulted in her character being alienating and just downright unlikable. Being Brad Kern's pet means you can get away with anything. Only when the Charmed Ones are not paying attention.
Gabby Dawson of Chicago Fire is actually a terrible paramedic riding a wave of Protagonist-Centered Morality. Even if we skip the series' frequent use of Artistic License – Medicine, she still commits gross insubordination repeatedly (that's literally the only offense that can get a fire department employee fired on the spot), performs medical procedures that are outside of her Scope of Practice (bye bye paramedic certification, hello prison), is openly carrying on an inappropriate relationship with her company officer, will casually violate the expressed wishes of a conscious and oriented patient (yeah, they have a legal word for that: kidnapping), on one occasion casually destroyed a social worker's cell phone, the list goes on. It's really no wonder the EMS battalion chief is looking for an excuse to get rid of her, she's literally the worst liability imaginable. And she continues to get away with it for no particular reason except that she's one of the star characters. Nary an episode goes by without other characters talking up how great she is—often for doing something stupid or even illegal. Several fan forums have declared her a Mary Sue, and after a later episode has her complain about being assigned to a training class for a day (which anyone with any level of emergency medical certification is required to do every year in order to maintain their certification, for obvious reasons), practically sleep through the class, and then score 100% on the test, it's easy to see why.
Irish drama The Clinic has this with Dr. Dan. He started off as a corrupt third-string cast member, then got found out and left. A year or so later he came back, began going out with the lead character. Then when she died he became the lead. Through all this he never reformed, constantly seemed to be lying for no good reason, trying to scam people, and generally being a total douche and never reforming, even after a bout of life-threatening illness. The character has no depth, they stop him being an outright hero by making him do bad things, stop him from being an outright villain by making him seem joyless. The end result is he's a boring would-be anti-hero who gets all the plot lumped at his feet.
Ever since Erica Messer took over Criminal Minds in Season 7 many fans feel this way about Jennifer "JJ" Jareau. JJ, before Messer took over, was a likeable "niche" character as the team's media liaison. Despite not being as well trained as her colleagues in their field skills, JJ still showed flashes of these skills from time to time, which became Moments Of Awesome for the character. In Season 7, JJ becomes a profiler and leaves the media liaison position, learning the requisite skills before the season began. That storyline wasn't bad in principle, but what ruined it was that JJ never "grew" into the position, becoming "the best" profiler and the team's best fighter overnight. What seals JJ as the Creator's Pet is the fact that not only has she become a Mary Sue in the eyes of the fans, she's also received the bulk of the focus at the expense of the rest of the team (and the more likeable characters), a situation so bad that she was entirely in the spotlight during the landmark 200th episode with the rest of the team shoved to the sidelines. For many in the fandom, there may just be no chance to repair the character for better.
Dr. Daniel Jonas in Days of Our Lives is the purest example of this trope. In his time in Salem, numerous characters have propped him, telling people he's the best surgeon, boyfriend, lover, etc., etc. In addition, veteran and legacy characters have been thrown under the bus to prop Daniel, including the destruction of longtime supercouple Jack and Jennifer Deveraux. His character was retconned to be the daughter of Maggie Horton in order to make both him and his daughter connected to one of the core families in Salem, and almost every female character "falls in love" with Daniel to the detriment of their prior character development. All of the male characters admire him, and almost all of the characters constantly discuss what a great guy he is even when he is not on that day's episode. The show continues to forcefeed viewers the pairing with Jennifer Deveraux despite major members of the soap opera press declaring the pairing as failed, tired, trite, dull and showing no chemistry.
Emma was arguably the first, though Craig shared time with her in this. The difference being that while Craig was always angsty and whiny, but the writers gave him a plurality of episodes in seasons 2, 3, and 4. Then there's Emma, who was always angsty and whiny and a place to inject the writers' political views, in addition to being self-righteous and bitchy, and she was much more tsun than dere. Also, her issues tended to be things you had to be a moron to do, like go down on a guy who's already sleeping with numerous girls, leading to the fanon that she just does it for attention. And she got a plurality of episodes in seasons 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. She's also a black hole who sucks the win out of every character she's around.
More recently there's been Mia. She's a teen mom, a classic trait for all non-virgin Sues. You're wondering how she can afford to juggle her time between school, a baby, and cheerleading? She's also a model. She also gets close to J.T., and cements the split between him and Liberty. She's from another school, and J.T.'s love for her ultimately gets him killed. And from season 6 until she leaves, she has a huge role. To make matters worse, during her final season, she was paired up with the ever-icky Peter (arguably the male Mia) and the duo were portrayed as Degrassi's power couple despite the fact that Peter was a creep who mistreated every women he's ever encountered... yet the writers insisted on focusing way too much screen time on him as if he were a good guy all along.
Drew Torres. The writers have a tendency to treat him as a Gary Stu. He has shown various narcissistic tendencies, which the creators nonchalantly brush off as mild foolishness. He kicked off his run on Degrassi by blackmailing another character by threatening to out him to the entire school, a possibility the character had shown to be quite afraid of, all because he wanted to be the school quarterback. Later on, he dated Zoe and remarkably forgot that Zoe was three years younger than him and was not old enough to give him her consent for sex. This did not stop him. He later acted surprised when she told him she was a virgin, even though he himself did not lose his virginity until he was seventeen. To add on to the horrible things Drew has done, he has cheated on every girlfriend he has had, the first being Alli, and in a later block, begins to date the person he cheated with. He later abandons this girl the one time she truly needs him, and gets another girlfriend. He eventually cheats on this girlfriend with his past girlfriend, then breaks up with the earlier girlfriend to get together with the past girlfriend, only to cheat on her with said girlfriend. So basically, he can't hold a good relationship if his life depended on it. And despite having emotionally damaged four girls in his short time on Degrassi, Drew somehow manages to become the leading male of season 13.
Adding on to how the creators spoil him, it has seemed that the writers have a habit of putting characters in horrible situations and/or ruining other characters in order to make him come off as a good person. This includes his entire storyline in the Season 11 block "Now or Never", in which he saves Bianca from getting raped and suffers the consequences. This takes place coincidentally after he had insulted Bianca several times, saying that "every horrible thing everyone's said about you is right", to which she always took it well without even thinking negatively of him. The night were he saves Alli from getting sexually assaulted by Owen takes place only hours after he cheated on her in the very same spot. After Zoe gets raped by Luke (a character who actually had future potential), the writers have him blame himself, even though he has no reason to... other than the fact that this takes place right after he took advantage of her himself and the writers needed him to look better by comparison. But then, of course, there's the ones that don't even make sense, like having Eli cheat on Clare just so that Drew will look like a better option for her (it was previously shown in several seasons that Eli would risk everything for Clare, and even went two years without sex just for her, so the fact that his sexual drive couldn't wait three months is just ridiculous. This is only made even more ridiculous when considering the fact that Clare and Drew haven't even shared a line together before season 12C, and their entire relationship seems far too rushed to be taken seriously).
The fact that he's never punished for anything he's done also doesn't let him sit right with fans. The night he is caught with Alli, his mother places all the blame on her without even questioning his antics. To add insult to injury, Alli, Bianca, and all the girls who acted "inappropriately" that night had to go to a self-respect seminar, while he and all the other male students where let off the hook. After he cheated on Katie with Bianca (and then Bianca with Katie), Katie initially took all her frustrations out on Bianca, however when she finally got revenge on Drew by exposing him in front of Bianca, she forgave him an episode or two later. After the incident with Zoe, he is told off by his mother, but is not punished that severely by her, and is not punished by the school at all.
Then there's Mr./Principal Simpson. As a teacher, fans of the show often poked fun for his treatment of his students. He wasn't "too strict", or "too kind"... well he was, but at random and completely unexpected times. He thought Principal Raditch was being too strict when he gave Hazel, Toby, and Jimmy Saturday detention, even though Toby and Jimmy hacked into the school computer system to change Jimmy's grades. A few seasons later, he's so strict that he continuously punishes Darcy for things she has no control over. Now imagine that as a principal. Once he is promoted, he starts off letting his students get away with everything, but when things reach a boiling point, he becomes far more strict. Eventually, he cools down, but becomes both too liberal and too strict just like before. He doesn't punish Eli for taking drugs and streaking through the Degrassi hallways, and doesn't do a thing when Zoe cyber bullies Maya (even though this is ground for expulsion), however, he punishes MAYA when she writes a mean song about Zoe. He lets Winston get away with protesting the school dance in an attempt to harass Drew, however, he punishes Imogen for forgetting to wear a bra to school. This goes without mentioning his apparent sexist treatment of the students. He forces the female students who acted "inappropriately" at the school's Vegas dance to attend a self-esteem workshop, whilst failing to hold the males students to the same standard. This comes as extremely odd considering the fact that his own step-daughter is one of the biggest feminists this show has ever had. And for this treatment, he has somehow become the only character to appear in every season of the Degrassi franchise.
Clare Edwards. She is beloved by the writers and has an unsettling amount of Canon Sue tendencies. Her ridiculous amount of screentime certainly hasn't endeared her to her detractors. Which makes sense since she's essentially Emma 2.0 with Maya quickly picking up the mantle as Emma 3.0.
Megan from Drake & Josh was a massive Jerkass who made her brothers miserable for no reason yet got away with everything and infuriated the fandom to the point they legitimately wanted her killed off. For some reason, showrunner Dan Schneider was completely unaware of this.
Stacey Slater from EastEnders. Seriously, she is Walford's answer to Lana Lang. She even got her own Psycho Lesbianstalker for a while who was actually much hotter than Stacey but the plotline ended undramatically. First introduced as an expy for Kat Slater, Stacey quickly became the creator's favourite character. Despite being a shrill, perpetually WangstyJerkass who didn't know how to smile and just SHOUTED ALL THE TIME, everyone in Walford adored her and usually ended up sleeping with her. She was such a spoilt brat that she turned up to her boyfriend's work party which was crucial to his career and because she was annoyed over not being invited, got completely drunk and made a complete fool of herself before being forced to leave. Outside, Bradley laid a savage "Reason You Suck" Speech on her. In revenge, Stacey then seduced Bradley's dad. Even after their affair was exposed on Christmas Day and everyone's lives were ruined, Bradley still got back together with her and after she killed Archie Mitchell for raping her (okay, that she can be applauded for), Bradley took the rap and a nose dive off the Queen Vic to his death. When Stacey nearly did the same thing, you could practically hear the audience chanting "Do it you bitch!" But she didn't. Even after everything she'd done, the writers still loved her too much to either kill her off or send her to prison which in Walford, left only one way of leaving open to her: going to Spain. And there she remains but the writers still sent her off with the touching jingle that they only play at the end of a really sad or moving episode.
Zane. The writers have labored diligently to make this character likable, yet audience dislike continues, probably largely because Zane replaced fan favorite Taggart as Deputy Jo Lupo's romantic foil. Despite this pairing (or perhaps because of it) being the focal point of viewer discontent, the writers placed even more emphasis on Zane's relationship with Lupo in Season 4, rather than pursuing the slightly more successful tactic used in some Season 3 episodes of developing Zane's interactions with other characters, thus elevating Zane from a Scrappy to a Creator's Pet. Lupo and Zane relationship is becoming increasingly prominent and with the addition that Zoe is falling for him, it seems the writers are trying far too hard to make him likeable. After the Matrix arc at the beginning, he's been acting like a spoiled brat because a virtual version of his girlfriend was with a virtual version of Carter. This is apparently enough reason to treat both the two like crap. The other characters treat this as appropriate.
Michelle Tanner in Full House, especially in the later seasons of the show. Because of her popularity, the writers gave more episodes focusing on Michelle and even brought it to the point where she became the main character. As a result, Michelle got away with doing almost everything and is always treated as being right. Any incident with her being scolded is treated as undeserving and wrong on her part. To this day, she is blamed for turning the show into a kiddie show and is considered The Scrappy of the show.
Maxie Jones, once an extremely popular character, has suffered from being extremely overexposed, along with Spinelli and the whole "Spixie" pairing in general, with both Maxie and Spinelli quickly become hated in the fandom.
The "Spixie" ship created another Creator's Pet in the form of Winifred, who was basically killed on arrival when the head writer proclaimed his enthusiasm for the chemistry between her and Spinelli... before a single episode featuring them aired. It doesn't help that she was given the same character traits as Spinelli, thus making half the fandom hate her on the spot, with the other half hating her because, well, she was breaking up their favorite ship.
Carly Corinthos Jax can meet this defintion, as she came into Port Charles with the mission or taking revenge on her mother for giving her up for adoption. She slept with her mom's husband (no, he wasn't her biological father, don't worry), and getting pregnant with a child whose paternity she didn't know. She is now one of the central characters of the show, and rarely pays for anything she has done; even when she was suspected of hitting and killing a child, the child's father ranted about her, two other characters defended her. She also has a tendency to cling to her her best friend and ex husband despite being married, and tends to blame everyone else for her mistakes
Brenda Barrett. Even when she's not there characters are constantly singing her praises and she's referenced in almost a godlike manner. Most every heroine on the show is compared to her, and told how they will never even compete with her. Whenever she returns to Port Charles, characters are either falling at her feet or are reviled by her (and are immediately vilified for this reaction). The show cannot ever decide who her true soulmate is—Sonny or Jax. It constantly changes whenever she comes back. But when she does come back, her presence ruins the relationship either Jax or Sonny is in so they can conveniently hook up with her. But since Vanessa Marcil never stays with the show long, something comes up to break up Brenda's relationship with either man, and it's always their fault, NOT BRENDA'S, that their relationship is over. One poignant example of this is when Brenda returned in the early 2000s, believing that she had inherited her mother's fatal disease. Not only does she use her "illness" to interfere with Jax and Skye's marriage, but they have an affair. Guess who's made out to be the villain in this situation? SKYE! So she gets back together with Jax, but then turns around and shares a kiss with Sonny! Jax witnesses their kiss, and proceeds to rightfully expose her in front of everyone at the altar. But STILL, Brenda is not held accountable for it and Jax is vilified for humiliating Brenda and ruining her "big day", causing her to flee Port Charles in tears. At least with Carly people acknowledge that she's not a good person. Brenda however is ALWAYS portrayed as a godly heroine without any faults.
Gossip Girl: Dan Humphrey is the ultimate example. He did have a fanbase but the majority of the fans hated him. Showrunner Josh Safran openly admitted that he loved Dan and saw himself in that character and that he wanted him to be popular (even going as far as saying that Dan was "the soul of the show"). This was attempted by shoehorning him into a lot of storylines, breaking up the Fan-Preferred Couple for the sole purpose of hooking the female party up with Dan (which Safran admitted to) and making Dan Gossip Girl... and have everybody just forgive him for all the hurtful, meanspirited things he/Gossip Girl had done over the years.
Arthur Petrelli, the show's reigning Villain Sue. He was introduced as a blatant replacement for the other fan favorite of season two, Adam Monroe, and was instrumental in the Great Season 2 Character Purge. Despite quickly establishing himself as the single most powerful villain the show had seen yet (or possibly, because of it) he quickly became a case of Orcus on His Throne and sat around drawing pretty paintings until the fandom made it clear how much he was hated and Sylar euthanized him.
Niki. Initially fairly warmly received by fans, she quickly wore out her welcome with her multiple personality subplot and causing the death of fan-favourite DL. Fans rejoiced that she died, only for yet another identical twin to come back because the writers felt that the show apparently couldn't go on without Ali Larter.
In the early seasons of Holby City the character of Victoria Merrick was often seen by fans as the creator's pet. She was imcompetent in the extreme, supercilious to the nurses, became addicted to drugs and generally whined every single week about how hard it was to be a junior doctor, yet still they kept her on. Even the perfectionist Anton Meyer kept forgiving her. Yet another character, who played a quite competent young female cardiologist was immediately 'sacked' by boss Anton Meyer for a much lesser crime. Fans often wondered if Merrick was his love child and this was lampshaded in the first episode of the third series when Merrick was sent off to another department, and one character said "There goes the theory that she's Meyer's secret love child." Ironically, the actress who played her, Lisa Faulkner, went on to star in Spooks as an equally incompetent young spy, but in her (and the series') second episode was dipped head first into a vat of hot oil and shot. Holby City fans, who had often written stories killing off Victoria Merrick in increasingly bizarre ways, cheered (and wished they'd thought of it).
Det. Laura Ballard follows this trope to a 'T'. Her debut episode has Giardello and all the other detectives talking her up, telling Frank Pembleton and Tim Bayliss about how good she is. When they work a case together, fan favourite Frank Pembleton is made to look like a complete fool, ignoring a totally obvious lead in favour of one that was totally out there, just so that Ballard could look good. She spends almost her entire tenure on the show demanding that the male characters respect her, despite being nothing special as a detective, in stark contrast to fan favourite Kay Howard (who had left by this point) who worked hard to EARN to the respect of her male co-workers, or Megan Russert, who also EARNED the respect of her co-workers.
Falsone. Falsone was a fairly stereotypical Italian-American cop (played by an actor with a slight but nonetheless obvious Hispanic accent) who ate up all the screen time with his fairly stereotypical custody battle for his fairly stereotypical young son who he stereotypically loved unconditionally and was stereotypically denied access to him by a stereotypically conniving ex-wife. It got to the point where fans started a 'I hate Falsone' hate group on the Internet.
House: Martha Masters, Thirteen's temporary replacement while her actress, Olivia Wilde, was shooting TRON: Legacy, is widely disliked for being a Mary Sue. Many season 7 episodes focused heavily on her, and she came across as worse than Cameron—not just obnoxious, but obviously didn't know what she was saying or doing outside of differentials.
Mad Men: Creepy Child Glen keeps showing up long after he stopped serving any clear purpose, just because he's played by Weiner's son. It really doesn't help that according to some interviews with Weiner, he's actually not supposed to be a creepy child; the kid just can't act, and Weiner can't accept that.
The Filipino Christian drama May Bukas Pa (There's Still A Tomorrow) had the rare case of the main character being the Creator's Pet. Santino is a good kid with healing powers and Incorruptible Pure Pureness who changes the lives of everyone around him. But later story arcs showed him getting involved in increasingly improbable situations. He averted a civil war by getting himself shot (Don't ask how how that happened), saved the town from the 10 plagues of Egypt, gotten kidnapped by Communist rebels and testified in a Congressional hearing involving corruption in government. When he dies, all the people who met him (a veritable All-Star Cast) mourn him but he comes Back from the Dead because the Virgin Mary (played by the show's producer!!!) said it wasn't his time yet. And at six years old, he's racked up a rogues gallery with a size that rivals Batman, one of whom is the town mayor who is also his father. And everyone there always asks "Where is Santino?"
Summer Hoyland. That's The Other Darrin Summer Hoyland, who's so different from the charming and sweet-natured original it's hard to believe they were meant to be the same character. She dumps her likeable boyfriend for spurious reasons (the fact that he was competing with Andrew for her), her next boyfriend turns out to be gay prompting her to make lots of big speeches about how there's nothing wrong with that without noticing she's causing most of the hostility towards him, then she sleeps with her sometimes-best friend's boyfriend who she's suddenly decided is the love of her life. (It doesn't last, despite the show trying to turn them into the Official Couple when they're actually something of a Crack Pairing.) And she still has the nerve to be self-righteous about everything and everyone. She gets the school radio station closed down by wrongly accusing the local council of being corrupt without any evidence, for which she receives no punishment. She attempts to cheat at an exam (albeit in a desperate, poorly planned fashion that wouldn't have been very effective even if the exam hadn't been postpined due to her teacher collapsing) and instead of redoing Year 12 after being caught out, she convinces the local newspaper editor (her boyfriend's dad) to give her a job. As a result, at the age of eighteen, she's a full-time professional journalist despite having no qualification and next editor Susan (basically an older version of Summer) effectively makes her her right hand woman. Even after she sleeps with the deputy editor and tries to run off to his next paper with him, Susan still wants her to stay on but instead she leaves to do charity work. In Paris.
Imogen Willis actually managed to surpass her. She started off well, spending her first few months as a bright but insecure girl overlooked in favour of her brother and developing bulimia. Then she gets elected school captain and proceeds to lord it over everyone. The older boy she's been crushing on for months falls for her...and she abruptly decides she doesn't like him after all. Then she does it to the next major character to show an interest in her, while several guest characters think their only purpose is to spend their time on the show basking in her loveliness. She gets a job at a law firm while still at school, treats the secretary (who's twice her age) like an underling and somehow keeps the job despite constantly doing unethical things (tipping off her dad to a lawsuit against his employers, trying to get her brother out of an assault charge). Her best friend starts dating the latest boy she likes and she launches a vicious campaign against them that has even her notoriously biased mother admitting she's the bad guy, then wrecks their wedding by declaring her love to him that morning and getting stuck down a well with him (It Makes As Much Sense In Context) and he still falls for her after she starts hanging around him as soon as he's single. And this time the show doesn't admit the relationship isn't working: Instead, the actor playing her boyfriend was effectively sacked so that, when she gets offered a dream job as an intern in LA, they can get a judge to grant special permission for her to marry him and take him with her, because apparently they're Meant To Be even though they're been together six months and broken up twice. And even though he's a member of one of the show's original families and the son of the show's ultimate Golden Couple, he has to change his name to hers, because she's just that awesome.
The Noddy Shop has Sherman and Rusty treated this way. Every other episode has them as the focus among the toys, usually in a situation where two people had different opinions on a particular topic. Warloworth was also a victim of this trope in episodes where there is a difficult situation a child would misunderstand. It got to the point where due to this, barely any other toys got to have episodes focused on them, except for Planet Pup note the main toy character due to his friendship with Truman and Johnny Crawfish note whose episode where he got focused on had his problem be the B-plot, and it isn't mentioned on the official summary..
On Once Upon a Time, the major "villain" characters on the show have all had this accusation thrown at them.
The producers have openly stated that Regina is by far their favorite character, and their first question about literally any plot idea from the writing staff is "How can we make it about Regina?" This really started to be a problem around Season 3 when the show started treating Regina as a hero, which made her seem like an Easily ForgivenKarma Houdini to many fans. And it got even worse in Season 4 where she wanted to force the Author to write her a new happy ending. And with the 100th episode in Season 5 it's taken Up to Eleven: you would expect the 100th episode to star the main character (Emma), but nope, it's Regina. The finale does go some way into addressing fan concerns though, although Season 6 just broke the base on the matter all over again. Accusations worsened beyond what was thought possible after she is crowned "the Good Queen" over every realm in the series finale.
Hook has been accused of this because, due to his position as Emma's official love interest, he has gained a more prominent role in the stories than Henry, Snow, or Charming. In Season 5, every main character, including several who have no motivation to do so, choose to risk traveling into the Underworld to bring him back to life, contradicting the previously established rule that the dead cannot be resurrected. Not helping matters is that the resolution to that plot ended with a literal Deus ex Machina that revives him which occurs in an episode that kills Robin permanently and in a way that prevents revival. This occurred after it looked like Hook would stay dead. Love him or hate him, there's little doubt that Hook has received much more preferential treatment from the writers than just about any of the other men in Emma's life, be they former lovers (Neal) or potential love interests (Graham and August).
And of course, there's Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold, who some fans feel has long worn out his welcome by the fifth season and should be considered irredeemable at this point, but who not only continues to stay on the show and in important roles, but more often than not seems to get off scot-free for all of his evil deeds, if not flat-out rewarded with even MORE power. Whether or not he redeemed himself by the series finale is a major point of contention.
Zelena is seen as this by part of the fandom too. While the fifth season gave Zelena her own redemption arc and did a decent job in fleshing her character out enough for more fans to feel sympathy for her, there were a number of fans who questioned if she was being forgiven too easily even by the standards of this show. She has at least expressed remorse for the things she did to Regina, but hasn't actually done the same for all the other people she wronged. Since Zelena's crimes include: manipulating Neal into trading his life to resurrect Rumple, abducting Snow and David's infant son as soon as he was born to use in a magical ritual, potentially killing him, and murdering Robin's lost love Marian in order to masquerade as her, then having sex with Robin (which can be considered rape by fraud) thus producing their daughter — it can be jarring for viewers to see how easily the group accepted Zelena's change without much fuss.
Nellie in season 8 of The Office (US). While she had definite signs of The Scrappy initially (hated by fans), the writers have been publicly praising Catherine Tate (adored by creators), brought back and put in as the boss and attempted to be given a sympathetic backstory (put into large scenes), and finally talked up by other characters (with Jim and Pam taking to defend her at one point).
Inverted on Peep Show. The fanbase loves Matt King's character Super Hans and actually want more of him but the writers are resistant to do so. It helps that they have a high degree of awareness that Super Hans is similar to Jeremy (he's basically Jez with no positive traits) and are wary of him becoming unfunny too quickly. His appearances became more frequent in later series, though.
Primeval Danny Quinn himself was accepted by the team far too easily and could basically do no wrong (despite spending his first episode impeding and bullying the team, which didn't exactly endear him). It didn't help that he was an action hero type who seemed to be from a completely different genre than Primeval previously had been. The fact that he was given the big final confrontation with the show's Big Bad, ahead of characters who'd been on the show three seasons and had actually met her before, grated somewhat as well.
Revenge: Victoria ascended to the position in Season 4, suddenly becoming an Invincible Villain who effortlessly demolished every move Emily made against her. Many fans accused the writers of being overly enamored with Madeleine Stowe's performance, to the point that they refused to let the character get any comeuppance and half the time it felt like we were supposed to be rooting for her. Unlike most Creator's Pets, however, Victoria did get her comeuppance - the ultimate comeuppance - in the Series Finale.
Gilly. A ridiculous waste of Kristen Wiig's talent and widely believed to be her least funny character and one of the least funny sketches the show continues to do. And they keep doing it over and over again! Gilly even got a freaking holiday special!
Kristen Wiig herself was this for many SNL fans during the 2008-2010 seasons. She was guaranteed to be in the majority of the skits every show, almost always playing the female lead. It didn't help that most of her recurring characters, like the previously mentioned Gilly and her awful Kathy Lee impression, were incredibly grating and time-consuming. Even worse, the other female cast members were shoved into background roles to make more, unneeded room for Wiig. With Wiig out of the cast, however, the rest of the female cast have now been finally given enough screentime to show their talents.
Flynn from Shake It Up!. At only 10 years old he is portrayed as a Spoiled Brat far more intelligent than all the characters older than him, except Henri. They even said he set up Wi-Fi in the apartment when he was three. Also, he is given all the good stuff no matter what he does. He's been given the spotlight dance despite not doing anything the entire episode, he tricked Rocky into getting him a toy by pretending to be a needy child, becoming an internet sensation, and even impressing a girl twice his age. No matter what he does he almost always gets away with his actions despite being selfish, greedy, and obnoxious.
Skins: Tony from the American version of Skins, who didn't seem believable as the most popular guy in school and overall just came off as a whiny little twit, especially with James Newman's terrible acting. Yet, the writers kept shoving him in the viewers' faces, with him even getting it on with the show's resident lesbian.
Lana was kept on waaaaay past her usefulness as obligatory love interest from the early seasons. It's worth mentioning, though, that most of the main cast members were heavily retooled as the show's focus shifted to Metropolis: Chloe became the Oracle, for instance. However, no amount of retooling could save this ex-cheerleader/professional artist/astronomer/wicca/business magnate/polymath/commando in the public eye and some people marked her as the biggest reason the ratings were dropping. Nonetheless the writers seemed invested in keeping Kristen Kreuk around, inserting her into every storyline they could, if only so she could keep pulling in the teenage girl demographic (even if much of that demographic wanted to punch her in the throat). The writers' persistence could be chalked up to the fact that Lana is traditionally the girl in Clark's past... if Smallville hadn't made far bigger breaks with tradition, particularly by introducing Lois Lane.
What arguably made it even more annoying for fans was that the show constantly had other characters rave about how awesome Lana supposedly was. There were plenty of times when Lana did wrong to Chloe, only for us to see Chloe blindly praise Lana later in the same episode, and times she toyed with Clark's emotions only for him to willingly continue to be her doormat. Even Tess Mercer, a tough-as-nails corporate executive and occasional Dark Action Girl who is usually the Snark Knight, practically declared her undying love and hero-worship of Lana in Season 8. She even came back for three episodes in Season 8 with faux-Navy SEAL training and superpowers.
It really says something that in the DVD commentary, co-creators Gough and Millar actually declared at one point that "she is the true magic of the show."
Apparently it came out that Gough and Millar actually did the casting for Lana before they did the casting for Clark.
On Smash, according to people who worked on the show, Julia was an example of this. She was reportedly not allowed to have any genuine struggles to work through, because according to showrunner Theresa Rebeck, "She's the hero! She saves everything!"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Vic Fontaine. Ira Behr was so stoked at convincing one of his favorite musicians, James Darren, to join the show that he created a part just for him, a holographic lounge lizard. Darren, who was initially skeptical of returning to acting, became very invested in the part and eager to return, so Behr was obliged to keep inviting him back over fans' protestations. His many detractors felt that his constant presence in the back half of the final season (he was given several focus episodes) took screen time away from resolving ongoing plots and character arcs that fans had become invested in over the years. It didn't help that his presence in those episodes that didn't revolve around him often felt shoehorned (characters with no particular nostalgia for the period of Earth history he represents like Quark or Odo would go exclusively to him for advice, despite the fact that the station had just gotten a professional counselor) and many characters (most notably Julian) would go on at length about what a great and insightful "person" he was before the audience had a chance to judge for themselves.
From Supernatural, Ruby, at first. Fan-reaction to her was very negative at first, but Kripke believed that with enough time and characterization, fans would like her. Towards the end of Season 3, it seemed to be working, but the final reaction was... mixed.
Charlie Bradbury. While fan reaction is very mixed, she's considered a Scrappy to many, but she definitely qualifies by her second appearance. If being an over-the-top adorkable genius hacker (that even Big Bad Dick Roman thinks is amazing and special) who just happens to be a lesbian wasn't enough, she returns in a later episode, where she's introduced beating a LARP-knight in a swordfight and gets talked up by more and more characters. And in her next episode, she suddenly has Improbable Aiming Skills, a Belated Backstory, and is an Ascended Fangirl. Additionally, she's an Author Avatar for [[missyjack.livejournal.com/954514.html writer Robbie Thompson]]. It also doesn't help that she ended up being a rather unsubtle mouthpiece for the writers' political views. That being said, the fandom was able to warm up to her well enough before she got Stuffed in the Fridge, which caused loads of backlash from both fans and even the actors on the show.
From 2 Broke Girls, Sophie was originally intended to stick around for a few episodes as a more or less one-off character; however, her airheadedCloud Cuckoolander personality made her well-liked by viewers, so she eventually became a series mainstay. But Flanderization set in fast, so that by the start of season 3, her likeable traits were all but gone, transforming her character into little more than a loudmouthed, sex-crazedJerkass. Yet as viewer opinion of her plummeted, the show's focus on her soared, to the point that the plotlines of some episodes and even the story arcs behind entire seasons became focused around her, and viewers cringed with anticipation of the inevitable "Hey everybody!" "WooOOOooo!" that marked her appearance in each episode. The show's declining ratings can be pinpointed to the moment Sophie hijacked the show, and they didn't have far to slip before the show was ultimately canned in 2017.