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  • American Gothic (1995) had a case that combined this with Writer Revolt. Part way through the series, executives demanded that the major character of Dr. Matt Crower be written out because they thought that he wasn't assertive enough to be an antagonist for the diabolical Lucas Buck, missing the point that he was meant to show that the best way of fighting evil is not to be equally malicious and violent back. They imposed his replacement with Dr. Billy Peele, who was a cliched, tiresomely "rebellious" and manly hero. In the final episodes of the series, it was revealed that the arc that appeared to be him bringing Lucas's girlfriend Selena over to the side of good with his dick was actually leading up to Selena trying to kill Lucas and framing Billy for it.
  • Arrowverse
    • Arrow:
      • In "Level Two", Future Dinah tells William that Felicity is dead. It is safe to say the fan-response the writers were expecting was not cheers and celebrations, prayers that it eventually comes to pass, or flat-out questioning why that's a bad thing.
      • During the Arrow Episode of the Elseworlds (2018) crossovers, Cisco bragging that Iris was immediately able to intuit that Barry Allen, whether in the body of the Arrow or the Flash, was the true love of her life due to being soul mates, while Felicity, who had interrupted Barry and Iris' wedding to tack on hers and Oliver's, to both The West-Allen's and the audience's chagrin, couldn't tell the difference between Barry/Oliver and Oliver/Barry, while looking hurt, seems to be both this, and an apology from the writers for said hated interruption from the previous years Crossover.
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    • The Flash (2014):
      • Barry having had enough of his Jerkass coworker Julian's demands and hatred of all Metas, that even as the Flash he can't pass up an opportunity to shut him up when trying to save his ungrateful ass from Killer Frost.
        Killer Frost: Get out of here.
        Barry: You know I can't.
        Julian: What are you doing? Take her out. Take her out!
        Barry: You don't want to do this. You don't want to hurt anybody.
        Julian: She's willing to hurt somebody. Knock her out!
        (Barry knocks out Julian)
      • Later when Joe reports to Barry that Julian is in the hospital...
        Joe: He's still out cold, how hard did you hit him?
        Barry: I didn't mean to knock him out...
        Barry:(Smugly) Or maybe I did!
      • The first Flash episode after Crisis on Earth-X has Iris throw shade on Oliver and Felicity hijacking her and Barry's wedding. For further hilarity, Barry doesn't even try to defend them, silently agreeing with her and announcing that he's putting their wedding gift (which wasn't even on Barry and Iris' wedding registry anyway) into the "return" pile. Think of it on a Meta level, that The Flash isn't too happy with Arrow either. Looks like some drama is unfolding in the Arrowverse.
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    • Legends of Tomorrow: The episode "Doomworld" sees a brainwashed Sara Lance break the neck of resident Arrow Scrappy Felicity Smoak in the alternate timeline.
    • Supergirl (2015): Mon-El was The Scrappy in season 2, and when he returned in season 3 he was better, but still not particularly popular. In season 4, he is mentioned a grand total of once, when Brainy complains that Mon-El often made snide comments about Brainy being an AI.
    • Crisis on Earth-X also saw fan-favorite villain Eobard Thawne give a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Felicity Smoak by revealing that no one remembers her in the heroic tales of Green Arrow, Black Canary, and the Flash.
  • Big Brother 16 (US) gave the viewers a chance to deliver one to Frankie Grande. He believed that he was the most liked houseguest in the house... this couldn't be further from the truth when the viewers choice award had him nowhere near the top three. For many viewers, the look on Frankie's face was worth a predictable end to a boring season.
  • The Brady Bunch: Took a jab at Cousin Oliver in A Very Brady Sequel: After Bobby unsuccessfully stops him from running out into the street after Tiger, he and Cindy hear a car screech. Instead of checking for an accident, Bobby and Cindy shrug their shoulders and continue eating.
  • Buffyverse:
    • Happens multiple times with Dawn on Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
      • In the last issue of season 8 she refers to herself as the former "Scrappy-Doo" of the gang.
      • In "Once More, With Feeling", she starts to sing a whiny song about how no-one notices or cares about her. She is kidnapped by the villain's henchmen before she sings more than two lines. (Although this was largely because Michelle Trachtenberg didn't want to sing, it's still pretty satisfying.)
      • In "Two to Go", Dark Willow calls Dawn out for her constant whining and offers to turn her back into her native form of a ball of energy, just to put a stop to it.
        Wanna go back? End the pain? You'll be happier. I'd be happier. We'll all be a lot happier without having to listen to all your constant whining. "Mom! Buffy! Tara! Wah!"
    • In Season 9 #13 Buffy gives Kennedy a black eye by punching her in the face.
    • In "The Yoko Factor", Angel beats up Buffy's new boyfriend Riley and declares that he doesn't like him. Spike likewise constantly teases Riley about being bland (a common criticism the character got from fans), often nicknaming him things like "White Bread" and "Captain Cardboard".
    • Any time Connor got his ass handed to him in Angel was oh, so satisfying, but many fans felt extreme Catharsis Factor from seeing Faith kick the crap out of him in "Orpheus". It also helps that Connor had been even more annoying than usual in the episodes leading up to this, by continuously insisting that the group has to kill Angel, even though they all knew that there were other options, including ones that had successfully worked in this same situation in the past. Connor was blatantly just looking for an excuse to jump on the opportunity to kill his dad. His Kick the Dog moment to Gunn on the way there by punching him in the face unprovoked certainly didn't help. Faith finally putting this total whiny asshole teen in his place earned her a lot of love from the fanbase, plus some In-Universe praise from Gunn, Fred, and Lorne who were all getting extremely tired of him.
  • Coronation Street:
    • After surviving a Minor Car Crash, Janice Battersby acts like even more of a Spoiled Brat than ever, and goes about ruining Sally Webster's work. Sally finally snaps and punches her in the nose. Not only that but it went further by Danny Baldwin firing Janice (again), and not one person sprang to her defense.
    • Rosie Webster is more or less a walking example.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor certainly has some choice words for Adric and his dubious behavior in "Four to Doomsday":
      Fifth Doctor: Now listen to me, you young idiot, you're not so much gullible as idealistic. I suppose it comes from your deprived delinquent background.
      • And earlier in the same story, Nyssa tells him to shut up.
    • In an extra on the DVD version of "Earthshock", Adric survives the spaceship crash, lands on prehistoric Earth... and is promptly eaten by a Tyrannosaurus. A detached Cyberman head remarks, "Excellent".
    • On Whovians, host Rove McManus claims that the Cybermen were the heroes in "Earthshock" because they killed Adric.
  • Game of Thrones: The Season 6 finale sees Lady Olenna Tyrell meeting with Ellaria Sand and her three Sand Snakes - the young, arrogant Faux Action Girl characters - and in under a minute she tells them all to shut up so she can talk to their mother; "You look like an angry little boy, don't presume to tell me what I need"; "Anything from you? No? Good, let the grown women speak". In Season 7 Obara and Nymeria are killed by Euron Greyjoy—with their own weapons, no less, while Ellaria and her daughter, Tyene, are captured. They're returned to King's Landing where Cersei forces Tyene to ingest the same poison Ellaria used to murder Myrcella, then informs Ellaria she'll be kept along for as long as possible to watch her daughter die to know the pain she caused Cersei.
    • He hardly qualified as a true The Scrappy character, but most fans of the TV adaptation rejoiced and posted videos of the celebratory dances during the infamous Purple Wedding when Joffrey Baratheon is poisoned and dies horribly in the arms of his desperate mother
    • After Jon is resurrected by Melisandre, he orders all the brothers responsible to be hanged, which was met by a lot of rejoicing from the fandom, especially Olly. (Though Jon himself didn't feel great about it.)
  • Glee: In Season 4, Brittany goes all Britney Spears and beats the crap out of Jacob Ben Israel with an umbrella to the joy of fans.
  • Gossip Girl:
  • Happy Days: One 1975 episode has Fonzie in police gear just long enough to stem a possible gang war. When a gang member takes notice of Ralph, Potsie and Richie:
    Gang member: Who are these nerds?
    Fonzie: These are not nerds, these are my friends.
    Potsie: (defiantly) Yeah!
    Fonzie: (to Potsie) Shut up, nerd!
  • House: The series' original Scrappy, Dr. Allison Cameron:
    • There's a season 1 episode where Cameron forces House to go on a date with her. During the date, House goes on a rant about how she has a complex requiring her to fall in love with "broken" guys (her ex-husband, who was dying when they got married, and House himself) and try to fix them.
    • She got up on her high horse once again in an early season three episode, prompting Cuddy to channel the viewers and comment: "She's not nearly as delightful as she thinks she is." However, the resolution of the story shows that Cameron was right and Cuddy was wrong.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Had almost nothing but these for Dale Stuckey during his run. Perhaps the ultimate example of this towards him was in "Zebras" where he (having already screwed up an open-and-shut case) made a comment that provoked Stabler into angrily shoving him. When he complained about it, Cragen simply blew him off.
  • Lost:
    • Widmore's henchman, Zoe, in season 6, is widely hated for being a pointless, annoying character, eating up valuable screen time...and also for the actress claiming that she's the key to all the show's themes and is on "every page" of the series finale note . In the penultimate episode, The Man in Black violently slits her throat, killing her and pleasing everyone who hated her.
    • Word of God is that Paolo and Nikki's manner of death was a direct response to their Scrappy status. In season 3:
      Hurley: Dude, Nikki's dead.
      Sawyer: Who the hell is Nikki?
    • Giving an amusing Call-Back in Series 6, when Miles rebuffs Ben's offer of a $3.2 million bribe from the previous season, pointing out that he's now aware of a grave containing "a couple of jabronies" named Nikki and Paulo who got buried alive with $8 million worth of diamonds. To add further insult to injury, he apparently unceremoniously dug them up shortly afterwards, since he's shown with the diamonds at the end of the episode.
  • Nashville: In "Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down," many viewers felt Juliette's impression of Scarlett was simply saying what they were thinking:
    Juliette (to Avery): Is she always so squirrelly? (proceeds to imitate a squirrel, as shown here)
  • Power Rangers RPM: When exploring ruins, Tenaya7 finds a battered Operation Overdrive Red Ranger helmet and, without too much thought, tosses it aside. Now, this can be seen as a Continuity Nod, showing what happened to other Rangers who tried to stop Venjix. But you gotta wonder if this was deliberate: out of all the 15 previous Power Rangers teams available, the one they explicitly showed to have died was the one from the most reviled season of the franchise.
  • Revolution:
    • Those who think of Charlie Matheson as The Scrappy probably cheered every time Miles Matheson chewed her out ("Soul Train"), and when Drexel punched her in the face hard enough to leave a mark ("Sex and Drugs"). In "Ghosts", Rachel Matheson ends up slapping Charlie, but by that point, viewers seemed to become so accepting of Charlie that Rachel ended being the unsympathetic one.
    • People who hated Danny Matheson probably enjoyed the beatdown he got from Private Richards in "No Quarter". Still, his death in "The Stand" did not cause rejoicing. In fact, it created a lot of sadness.
    • Rachel became pretty despised after episode 11, and slapping Charlie was just the tip of the iceberg. "The Love Boat" did have her getting a broken leg, which wouldn't have happened if it weren't for a screw-up she made.
    • Mia Clayton in "Ties That Bind" certainly made no attempt at sympathy. She cranked up It's All About Me to its highest setting, and wanted her sister Nora to forget everything and come with her back to Texas. Then it turns out that she's a mole, a bounty hunter who handed over a lot of rebels to the Monroe Republic, and worked for the psychopath Will Strausser. Nora was so disgusted with her little sister and her pathetic excuses that she decided to just flip her off and leave her to go back to Texas all alone.
  • Robin Hood:
    • Robin decides to work with Isabella, resulting in a snide: "She always gets what she wants" remark from Clingy Jealous Girl Kate. Robin irritably snaps: "Just leave it Kate!" Unfortunately, like the Wesley example below, Kate is eventually proved irrefutably right in her insistence that Isabella can't be trusted, and gets to say "Maybe next time you'll listen to me" and "I told you so," as well as receive an influx of Creator's Pet-shilling when Little John calls her "a treasure" and Robin tells her that she's "brave, compassionate and beautiful" before making out with her. This is after Kate demands that Isabella be left to get raped and strangled at the hands of her abusive husband. Still, Robin's "shut up" was nice while it lasted....
    • Several episodes later though, when Isabella's brother Guy joins the team, he calmly informs Kate: "You don't have to like me. I don't like you."
    • In the Grand Finale of the show, Robin discovers that he's been fatally poisoned. Kate attempts to give him a Last Kiss, but he deliberately turns his face away, and a few moments later is reunited with Marian. Kate has to settle for a one-armed hug, and when Robin leaves to die alone, he doesn't even look back.
  • Scream:
    • On the first season of Piper Shaw was among the most hated characters on the show, seeming to serve little purpose in the plot except as a Red Herring. As such, it wasn't hard to figure out that she was the killer several episodes before The Reveal, which wasn't helped by her backstory and motive being very similar to Scream 3's Roman, himself the most hated killer in the film franchise. The very first seven minutes of the second season wasted little time making fun of her.
      Girl in theater: It's so crazy how no one even suspected Piper, right? That's what everyone says.
      Audrey: You know, that's what they say.
    • The same episode features Jake Fitzgerald, one of the most annoying douchebags in the show, breaking up with Brooke. At the end of the season premiere, he's hung upside-down and disemboweled with a scythe.
    • Haley Meyers was a complete bitch who did nothing but bad-mouth everyone in every single scene she was in. Eventually, Emma slaps her silly after one too many comments, and in the ninth episode of season two, she's violently stabbed to death by the killer.
  • Smallville: In the fandom, Lana Lang is almost universally loathed. Her constant hypocrisy, passive-aggressive behavior, and manipulation of both Clark, and her own best friend Chloe, caused most viewers to despise the character, to the point where whenever Lana would bumble her way into a dangerous situation with the Monster of the Week (an almost weekly occurrence), many fans seemed to view it as this trope. But perhaps the biggest example was the scene where Lionel Luthor, while trapped in Clark's body, notices Lana approaching, and rolls his eyes, growling "This one." Doubles as a Funny Moment. Mind you, Lionel was still the Big Bad at that point, so presumably the showrunners were hoping that fans would view Lionel as being obviously wrong, and sympathize with Lana instead. It didn't work, a fact not helped by Lionel being a fan favorite.
  • So Random!: In one episode, there is a Wheel of Fortune skit that ends with Vanna hitting Fred (Who is one of the contestants) in the head with a piece of the set before looking towards the camera and says "You're welcome, America."
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: It's no secret that Wesley Crusher wasn't just a Scrappy, but one of the most infamous examples of a Creator's Pet on television, who earned the wrath of many a fan for being presumptuous, Wangsty, ceaselessly saving the day and surrounded with way too much Character Shilling. So on the somewhat rare occasions this trope happens, it ends up being pretty popular with fans.
    • One mistaken example is in the episode "Datalore". At one point Picard yells a big loud "Shut up, Wesley!" - and moments later, Beverly Crusher, his own mother, says the exact same thing to him - but in the end, it's only so that it makes Wesley look more heroic when he insists on being heard, and when he's still ignored, he goes against Picard's orders and as a result, and saves the ship and everyone on it from being killed. Nonetheless, it was just about one of the funniest scenes that season, and satisfying to hear. (Wesley himself, Wil Wheaton, wrote that there are Star Trek fans who put their children through college on the proceeds of selling t-shirts and badges reading "Shut up, Wesley!")
    • An arguably better example comes in the season 3 episode "Sins Of The Father," where Klingon commander and Worf's brother Kurn shows up on the ship and immediately imposes Klingon-style discipline on the crew. For example, one of the first things he does on the bridge is spot Wesley chattering to a fellow ensign, and shout "Do you wish to SPEAK, Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher?!?" Wesley's awfully quiet after that.
    • In the novel Contagion, Troi and Worf are assigned to investigate a murder, and enlist Wesley to assist. He gets stuffed into an airtight container and left for dead. He does manage to rig up an alert from the inside, but it's a near thing.
    • The crowning example happens in "The First Duty" in season 5, which demonstrates that Wesley is no longer in any way a Creator's Pet who can never do any wrong. Picard discovers Wesley is complicit in covering for his teammates after a showy but gratuitously dangerous flight display goes wrong, leaving one cadet killed. Picard then takes him down about a hundred pegs:
    Picard: The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth. Whether it's scientific truth, or historical truth, or personal truth. It is the guiding principle upon which Starfleet is based. If you can't find it within yourself to stand up and tell the truth about what happened, you don't deserve to wear that uniform! I'm going to make this simple for you, Mister Crusher. Either you come forward and tell Admiral Brand what really took place, or I will.
    Wesley: Captain-
    Picard: Dismissed!!!
  • Star Trek: Voyager: Happened a couple of times:
    • In "The Thaw", the crew are in the middle of a difficult debate on the nature of fear, trying to find a way to deal with a Monster Clown that has taken over a Lotus-Eater Machine and is capable of physically scaring the inhabitants to death. Neelix suggests telling jokes to overcome the Monster Clown, under the reasoning that laughter overcomes fear. The rest of the crew just stare at him with a collective look of irritated disgust as he splutters out mid-sentence, realising how badly his idea is going over with everyone. Unfortunately for the audience, not only doesn't this happen every time Neelix's opens his mouth, but it's actually one of his better ideas and at least has some degree of logic to it.
    • In "Meld", Tuvok fears he is losing his self-control after a mind-meld with a psychopath. He decides to test the limits of his self-control by exposing himself to the circumstances that he thinks are most likely to make him snap by simulating them on the holodeck. His choice? Having to share a room with Neelix at his most obnoxious. Needless to say, he discovers what his limit is.
    • In "Rise," Tuvok chastises Neelix for wasting time in idle conversation when they're under serious pressure to repair an orbital tether so they can escape a disaster. The Aesop of the episode is that Tuvok needs to lighten up and be friendlier to his coworkers, but it's pretty hard to see the situation they're in and not think, "Seriously, Neelix, just shut up and do your job for once."
    • Tuvok's full-time job later on was basically being annoyed at Neelix, as evidenced in "The Haunting of Deck Twelve":
      Neelix: Did I ever tell you about the Savaxia?
      Tuvok: If I say yes, will it prevent you from telling a story?
    • "Q2" has Q's son shut up Neelix by removing his vocal cords and leaving him mouthless.
    • "Barge Of The Dead" had B'Elanna going on (or hallucinating) a voyage to Klingon Hell. The first thing she sees once she passes the threshold? Voyager, completely empty save for the "Ambassador to the Recently Deceased" taking the form of, you guessed it, Neelix.
    • The Kazon, the main enemy culture from the first couple of seasons, were probably the least popular recurring alien race in the franchise's history, as they were considered a dull and derivative "like Klingons, but even more gratuitously violent and as thick as two short planks". After they were dropped, Seven of Nine later reveals that the Borg actually refused to assimilate the Kazon, as it would have "detracted from perfection". Since the Borg had no qualms about attempting to assimilate Neelix's race, that's saying something.
  • While fellow Scrappies Bela, Jo, and Metatron on Supernatural all found either sufficient pity or redemption in the eyes of enough fans to escape this fate, the demon Ruby most definitely did not, starting an especially smug round of Evil Gloating before quickly suffering a short but painful death on the end of their own Weapon of Choice as their Unwitting Pawn turns on them to assist in their death and their killer adds insult to injury by literally twisting the knife in the wound in what is easily the most drawn-out kill of many kills with that weapon. While their Evil Plan was ultimately successful, the fans were still thrilled by the Winchesters brothers reconciling long enough to kill her and list it as the Moment of Awesome of the episode.
  • 24:
    • The lackluster seventh season does have one very nice moment late on where Jack Bauer gives a verbal smackdown to local bitch Janis Gold when her bitchiness gets a bit too much for everyone.
    • Then there was Smug Snake Marianne Taylor, who was despised by pretty much everybody, in and out of universe. So many fans were very happy when she was shot to death.
  • A rare example where this is done to a Scrappy Mechanic. Many of the contestants hated the random Cashword game that would appear in Password. Betty White in particular hated the Cashword game, and during the finale, demolished the toaster that was used as a prop for the game.


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