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Basic Trope: A new character is introduced into a series with much fanfare, doesn't resonate with the audience, and is removed fairly quickly.

  • Straight: Troperia Tales introduced its new season with newcomer Alice, who is revealed to be Bob's cousin who lived down the block. She quickly takes a major role in the series. The audience doesn't like her, so halfway into the season, she awkwardly visits her sick mother we've never heard of and is never heard from again.
  • Exaggerated:
    • All marketing material heavily features Alice, and she quickly becomes extremely important. The audience despises her so much she's hit by a falling plane by the second episode.
    • The creator acknowledges how the audience despises Alice so much her death is deliberately written as a Take That, Scrappy! moment.
  • Downplayed: Alice is hired as a guest star for a Very Special Episode, and the writers are told to prepare to write her in for frequent appearances. The episode is highly touted for her appearance, but bombs in the ratings. Her character is never mentioned again.
  • Justified: Alice's behavior annoyed both the characters and the audience, so the annoyed characters literally shooed her out.
  • Inverted: Despite only having a few scenes in a the first season of Troperia Tales, Alice becomes very popular and becomes a full character in the second season.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice is a new character massively hyped, but she's written out for extremely believable reasons, like a disease that was part of her character from the get-go.
    • Alternatively, the audience didn't have a problem with Alice, but she's written out because of problems with the girl that plays her.
    • When Alice is going to get written off, her brother Jack comes to pick her up. Because of actor chemistry, the audience changes their mind about her.
  • Double Subverted:
    • After the business with the actress is complete, Alice returns. The audience loathes her due to this, and she quickly takes a new job in another country.
    • The executives take the wrong message, write off Jack, and bring Alice back for more loathing.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Alice is introduced with much fanfare, doesn't gel well, and is going to get written off. Her brother comes to get her and that is well-received. The execs don't understand and bring back Alice with no Jack and it falters, sending Alice for a new job in East Asia. She comes back in three episodes.
  • Averted: Alice is a new cast member and successful actress, but doesn't receive top billing.
  • Enforced: "Man, putting Alice on was a huge mistake, let's get rid of her. How? I dunno, make her get hit by the moon or something".
  • Lampshaded: "Remember when they wrote out Alice? That was random, wasn't it".
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice's reasons for leaving the show make perfect sense.
    • Alice doesn't leave the show, whether she's reviled or not.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Hey, look, the actors are striking. What do you think that will cause?" "Hey, they wrote out Alice in a stupid way. They can do it again".
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