- Final Fantasy IV:
- Edward/Gilbert, a bard (the original Spoony Bard) has a major Heroic B.S.O.D. after his fiancee and parents are killed and not reacting in a way fans approved (apparently it's ridiculous to be shattered after the sudden death of your loved ones). He does happen to be very useful at one point playing the Twin Harp to enable you to use metal weapons against the Dark Elf, but that's not enough for the fanbase. The DS re-release did tweak his abilities, making him much more useful.
- Tellah also has quite a hatedom for having an extremely low mana pool which prevents him from casting Meteo before the plot-appropriate moment.
- Rosa has never lived down her two moments of being a Damsel in Distress, and they have painted her in that mold despite her being freed about a third of the way into the game. She also suffers backlash from Kain/Cecil shippers, and being Overshadowed by Awesome with Rydia, who is seen as a far more interesting character with a deeper backstory and more impressive abilities (namely Summon Magic). At best among most fans, Rosa isn't hated, she's simply seen as a bland and boring character compared to the rest of the cast.
- Final Fantasy VI has a few, a result from having Loads and Loads of Characters:
- Umaro the Yeti is widely hated for being a Berserker, a job class from the series where the character has no control over and does nothing but attack. Also supported by the fact that Umaro speaks complete gibberish.
- There's also Cyan, a Samurai spends most of the game moping (though it's justified; his ENTIRE NATION and his FAMILY was killed early on), speaks in Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe (that other characters openly mock), has rather low magic stats in battle, and his special ability, SwdTech/Bushido, takes forever to charge up. This was sort of fixed in the IOS version, where you can select your SwdTech before you charge it.
- EVERYBODY hates the spoiled rich kid at the Jidoor auction house for making you waste time with him making his father buy him useless items like a scale model ship or a robot imp. Sometimes up to ten times in a row. Especially aggravating if you're playing the Advance version and just want to get the goddamn Excalipoor.
- Final Fantasy VII and the Compilation:
- Barret, whose profanity and tough guy slang caused many to label him a racist stereotype and an example of the tendency of Japanese games to apply such dialogue to characters based on skin color.
- Cait Sith is a very silly puppet that forces his way into the party, his attacks are somewhat luck-based. His betrayal is shockingly Easily Forgiven. His "Heroic Sacrifice" seems cool at first, but a few seconds later is proven rather... overdramatic in execution. Possibly Rescued from the Scrappy Heap by virtue of actually being Reeve and helping lighten up the dreary Dirge of Cerberus.
- Genesis. As if being Tetsuya Nomura's gushy love letter to Gackt wasn't enough, in every game he's shoehorned into, he comes across as a bad poetry-spouting, obsessive-compulsive Villain Sue who can't take a hint every time someone beats him senseless. He literally drops into the iconic scene of the infamous "Nibelheim flashback" from Final Fantasy VII just to crap it up with more horrible meaningless poetry and douchiness. The scene is saved by dint of Sephiroth practically telling him to screw off.
- Angeal, who's from the same game as Genesis. He constantly talks about honor, dreams, heroism, etc. He uses the word "honor" is almost every other line of dialogue, even if it doesn't make sense in the context he uses it, to the point you wonder if he knows the meaning of the word. Even Sephiroth mocks him for it. Toss in also his perceived Wangst over his condition that leads to a Heel–Face Revolving Door, and you wonder why so much of SOLDIER idolizes him.
- Final Fantasy IX:
- Two characters are regularly dismissed as Scrappies: Quina, who was supposed to be the comic relief but came off as useless because s/he was essentially a Blue Mage with a gimmicky way of learning spells and a borderline useless Trance that only contributed toward it instead of making him/her more useful in combat and being repulsive due to looking like a clown with a gigantic tongue and acting like Jar Jar, and Eiko, who was much more useful but even more annoying due to her clingy personality as well as being a Bratty Half-Pint. Quina is an interesting case, in that s/he could learn some of the best offensive and defensive abilities in the game (provided you know where to look), to the point many vets consider him/her the best character in the game. Thus, you have a lot of players who love the hellraiser who can double the party's defenses, heal like a White Mage, and dish out 9999 damage for a measly 8 MP. - but hate the ugly fat thing that contributes nothing to the plot and won't shut up about eating things.
- On the villains' side, Zorn and Thorn, Queen Brahne's Monster Clown Creepy Twins henchmen, also annoy a lot of players for their bizarre mannerisms and their tendency to repeat each other constantly. On the plus side, they end up Not So Harmless Villains and provide a good boss battle. On the other hand, they keep giving a status effect that won't let you gain AP from them, which is vital for permanently learning skills.
- Final Fantasy X: Seymour also tends to be one of the least favorite villains among fans. Largely because no matter how many times you hand him his ass, he JUST WON'T DIE.
Tidus: And 'stay' up there!!
- Tidus likely echoes the feelings of many players after beating Seymour yet again:
- Final Fantasy XI:
- Chains of Promathia expansion has the Chebukki triplets; three of the most annoying Tarutaru in the game. While they are necessary in the final confrontation against the Big Bad Promathia, many players felt it would be worth failure and the destruction of the universe just to see them die instead.
- Also, there's the percieved Jerk Sue Creator's Pet Prishe.
- Final Fantasy XII: Vaan. While he is the main character of the game, he has little involvement in the story, and becomes nothing more than a Tagalong Kid shortly into the game. His very existence means that the more popular Ashe/Basch/Balthier cannot be the main character (especially irritating when one learns that Basch WAS originally intended to be the main character before the team decided that young kids would appeal more to the game's teenage demographic). Imagine having your favorite character thrown out of the spotlight by somebody completely pointless? Also if you're tired of the usual pretty-boy RPG hero, Vaan falls right into that cliche hard. Or even worse, realizing that not only are the previously mentioned important players tossed aside, but there are Guest-Star Party Member characters like Reddas and Larsa who contribute more to the plot than Vaan.
- Final Fantasy XIII:
- Noel and Serah in Final Fantasy XIII-2. Noel for getting bucketloads of screentime in the trailers, and Serah for referring to Snow (her fiance) as a "friend" in the trailer, and because fans see her as a replacement of the main protagonist, Lightning (the fact that Serah is, in fact, Lightning's sister; the fact that she seems to have the exact same paradigm roles (Commando, Ravager, and Medic); The fact that her mission is described as being exactly the same as Lightning's ("Save her sister"...though really, what could Serah do to help a supposed Warrior Goddess?); the fact that she seems to have a suspiciously similar weapon to Lightning (instead of a gunblade, it's a swordbow); etc...probably doesn't help very much. It also probably didn't help that they described Lightning as the main protagonist for the first six months and then suddenly show Serah for 98% of the trailers and announced that Lightning would only make brief playable appearances). Noel...well...he just has the misfortune of being described as the replacement for the original main cast.
- Montblanc the moogle in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. While lots of people hate him, only a few of them actually hate him for his lack of character. Everyone else hates him just because statistically, he is a very poor magic user and he starts off as a Black Mage. You can't boot him since the game won't let you, so most people just kill him off in a Jagd.
- Final Fantasy XIV has so many characters on the player's side that are almost universally hated, one wonders if it was intentional. Chief among them is Alphinaud, who doesn't do anything but talk, and talk, and goddamn talk, always in a smug and condescending manner. He bosses everyone around, never actually does anything remotely productive, and is generally a completely useless, insufferable git that everyone wants to see turn evil just so they can kill the little shit. His "quests" generally involve going back and forth repeatedly between locations watching him do things, with your presence there stupendously unnecessary. Making matters worse is that he first appears condescending to his much more likeable sister about how her plans to uncover the truth of the past are unproductive and stupid. It turns out that what she's doing is clearly more important than Alphinaud's space wasting. However, this is (somewhat) fixed in the Heavensward expansion, which has Alphinaud take a more active role in the story - including fighting alongside you.
- Slightly less aggravating but still widely hated is Minfilia, leader of the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, an organization dedicated to saving Eorzea from threat ranging from foreign invasion to angry gods given form. While she has a much more pleasant demeanor than the smug Alphinaud, she never shuts up, shoehorns "must needs" into every sentence, and generally doesn't do anything to actively save Eorzea from any threat besides telling the player to go solve the problem. So much so that the item text on her "minion" item reads "unlike her 'real' counterpart, this doll actually accompanies you on your adventures.
- One of the major problems players have with the likes of Alphinaud and Minfilia stems from the fact that they're diplomats in a combat-centered MMORPG. Since what they do doesn't have any effect other than giving exposition to the player or pointing them in the right direction, it's easy to tag them as "useless." However, this is really more an excuse for Minfilia, who is explicitly stated to be more akin to a politician or diplomat than an adventurer or scholar like the other Scions. She even holds the distinction of being the only Scion not carrying a weapon.
- Final Fantasy XV: Many of the game's examples below are scrappies due to spending less time in the limelight than they should have.
- Lunafreya Nox Fluret; before the game was released, she was hated for being the rewritten version of Stella Nox Fleuret, a supposed Anti-Villain with powers similar to Noctis back when the game was still Versus XIII. After the game is released, she then became mainly hated for only having a few important scenes of screen time despite advertisements pointing out that she is a main character. Her romance with Noctis is considered to be very underdeveloped due to not spending much time together on screen and her death at the hands of Ardyn has failed to make fans sympathize with her and made her look like a cheap expy of Aerith.
- Iedolus Adelcarpt is also another scrappy as he as also failed to live up to his character role through lack of screen time. He is supposed to be a major antagonist and the chancellor of Niflheim yet he only get a couple of important scenes that only last a few minutes. In addition, the player doesn't even get to fight him while he is human but instead fights him in chapter 13, which is seen as the game's worst level while he has been transformed into a demonic monster called Foras.
- Versitael Besithia was also supposed to be an antagonist in the game yet his time on screen was extremely minimal and he came across as a very bland character as he was only present in one very brief scene in the game. Many fans who played the game have even forgotten that he existed in the game by the time they got to the last chapter. The fact that he was Prompto's father was not even revealed on screen and had to be revealed via Word of God as this revelation would have fleshed out Versitael a bit more. The episode Prompto DLC has him Rescued from the Scrappy Heap though by not only giving him more screen time and making him the main antagonist of the DLC but also acknowledging his fatherly relationship with Prompto and making that an important plot point in the episode.
- The game's version of Bahamut. First off, he is king of the Astrals but he basically causes the events of the game to happen by having Ardyn become a messiah like figure against Ifrit and the Starscourge and then repays him by having him demonized simply because Ardyn absorbed the evils in the world. Then Bahamut came up with a massive plan to end the starscourge when he should have had the power to eradicate it himself. That plan involves having Noctis absorbed into the crystal and stay there for 10 years, then releasing him back out and having him sacrifice himself not taking into consideration all of the horrible things Noctis went through such as losing his father and Lunafreya. Bahamut is also a summonable character but players disliked the fact that they could only summon Bahamut in only one point of the game, with it being the boss fight against Ifrit and that summon does not defeat Ifrit but rather moves the whole boss fight into the second phase, leaving Shiva and Noctis to clean up the whole mess.
The Scrappy / Final Fantasy