Take THAT, world famous Scrappy!
We all have those characters whom we hate, dislike, can't stand, find it hard to tolerate, or just plain do not care about whatsoever, even though we're asked to. This character is called The Scrappy. It's a subjective trope on the TV Tropes wiki because it's meant to name characters who are reviled by the majority of the works' fanbase, but not universally. Not every single person can hate a certain Scrappy, nor do they have to. One person's Scrappy can be another's Ensemble Darkhorse, Woobie, or even favorite character. It's a phenomena that makes the realm of fiction that much better when it comes to having opinions. My opinion? First I've got to post the definition as defined by TV Tropes:
call this guy The Scrappy, or more formally the Fan Unfavorite. While much usually depends on the execution, certain kinds of characters have a much higher probability of being hated. In addition,
if the writers begin relying too heavily on an already-present character with some potentially annoying quirks (like The Unintelligible or the Non-Human Sidekick), the viewers may begin to find him/her very annoying indeed. Sometimes even a very popular character is at risk of becoming a Scrappy when he or she wears out his or her welcome by being overexposed.
Occasionally, a character intended as a Butt Monkey will backfire and become a Scrappy, too.
This usually happens when a writer attempts to make his mishaps even funnier by making him an unlikeable person to whom it's very satisfying to see horrible things befall. A great idea, but sometimes it backfires when the Butt Monkey becomes so annoying that whatever happens to him in the story, audiences are haunted by the feeling that it will never be enough. An especial risk when the Butt Monkey gags are prolonged, after which even a character who's not inherently unlikeable can stop being funny and become a Damsel Scrappy. It also comes full-circle in a way; note also that many Scrappies can easily become Butt Monkeys when touched upon in fan discussions and literary parodies. In any given Hate Fic, and even in the occasional straight-upFanfic, the author may very likely go a step further than making The Scrappy into the Butt Monkey, killing him or her off (often brutally), or giving a "hero" Scrappy a Face Heel Turn so he becomes the villain; after which he again will likely be killed off. Strangely, at the other end of the spectrum lies another common scrappy, the Author Avatar. Unlike a Butt Monkey, they lack any sort of shame on principle; instead serving as the voice of reason, or whatever contrived argument the writer thinks is reason. If bad things happen to this character, it will be to prove that everyone else is allegedly stupider. Not all Scrappies are doomed to their status. If the writers notice what's happening, they may change the character in order to make sure they are no longer hated, give them a tragic death scene, simply send them away, or at the very least show that the other characters are as annoyed by them as the fans are. If the character is a Jerkass Straight Man, Butt Monkey, or Chew Toy, though, don't expect anything to change; these characters are meant to be dislikable on purpose, as it's part of the charm.
On the other hand, if the writers take a shine to The Scrappy and add some elements of Mary Sue, or otherwise put more focus on them over more popular/liked characters, this will add gasoline to the flames - they've just turned The Scrappy into the dreaded Creator's Pet. Expect anti-websites (and, more recently, dozens of Orkut communities); message threads that degenerate into flamefests; and a hard fast descent into loonydom. Of course, writers may also make a Scrappy intentionally in order to spoof the concept. A Temporary Scrappy exists to get on the viewers' nerves and then get thrown out at the end of the episode. Whenever fanfiction (especially Shipping) is involved, The Scrappy will very likely die for the writer's chosen pairing. Even if they aren't technically involved in the Ship. They'll also become the frequent subject of Ron the Death Eater treatment. In rare instances where the Scrappy has a unexpected Dying Moment of Awesome, it's Alas, Poor Scrappy (very subjective).
This trope is named after Scrappy-Doo from the Scooby Doo cartoon. The hatred of Scrappy was so prevalent that the 2002 Scooby Doo movie (which is not considered Canon with respect to any other Scooby Doo series) had Scrappy unceremoniously thrown out of the Mystery Inc. van. Interestingly, as noted below, Scrappy-Doo was actually quite popular at the time of his introduction with his intended Target Audience, and the hatred towards him is a more recent phenomenon.
This is a very Subjective Tropes, more based on the fandom than the character itself. The visceral response to The Scrappy can baffle other fans who don't take the character as seriously, or even sympathize with him or her. Often it's subjected to Double Standards particularly against female characters, somehow negative traits are often seen as less forgivable in a female character than
a male character. Please only post examples of the fandom hating a character; posting Personal Scrappies could get messy, especially if the Scrappy is in at the center of a Fandom Rivalry.
With that said, I'll now go through familiar fiction and name my personal Scrappies among the casts.
*- indicates Scrappies to whom I have leniency on. Italicized names indicate the extreme Scrappies I loathe with every fiber of my being.
Disney Animated: Snow White, the Coachman, Prince Charming, Michael Darling, Aunt Sarah, the 3 Fairies*, Aurora & Phillip*, Wart, Edgar, the Aristocats, Penny, Madame Medusa & Snoops, the Swamp Folk, Taran, Gurgi, Prince Achmed, Pocahontas, John Smith*, Meeko, the Gargoyles*, Chi Fu*, Aladar, Neera, Zini, Rourke, B.E.N, Koda*, Almeda Slim, Bud Cluck, Runt, Louis, and Gene
Disney Live: Cutler Beckett, Blackbeard, Philip Swift, Trout Walker, Will Stormhold, Depp Tonto, etc.
Pixar: Princess Atta, Molt, Mike Wezowski*, Chick Hicks, the Fat Humans, Mater*, and the Triplets
Winnie The Pooh: Kanga, Lumpy, and Darby*
Lord Of The Rings: Denethor, Film Faramir*, Elrond*, Azog, and Tauriel*
Star Wars: Jar Jar Binks, Nute Gunroy, Mace Windu, Anakin Skywalker*, Wookies*, and the Ewoks
Kingdom Hearts: Roxas, Riku*, Peter Pan, Hercules, Setzer, Cloud, Tifa, Sephiroth, Xion*, Lea, Xigbar*, Lexaeus*, Zexion*, Neku, Shiki, Beat, Rhyme, Joshua, Young Xehanort, and Post-KH2 Sora
Harry Potter: Draco Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle, Percy Weasley, Cornelius Fudge, Dolores Umbridge, Bellatrix Lestrange, Fenrir Grayback, Pansy Parkinson, Rita Skeeter, Sirius Black*, and the Dursleys
Chronicles Of Narnia: The Callermenes, Polly, and Shift the ape
Pokemon: Lyra*, Emerald, Solidad, Paul, Cameron, Ash*, Ash's Pikachu*, Dawn*, Kenny, Tobias, AG/DP Brock, AG/DP TR, Butch & Cassidy*, Clair*, Tata and Liza, Roark, Marlon*, Michael, Jovi, Koya*, Misty's Togepi, May's Squirtle, Dawn's Piplup*, Iris' Axew*, Lucario* and ugly Pokemon
New Pokemon: Ash, Serena, Clemont*, Bonnie*, XY TR, DA! Alexa*, Diantha, and Team Flare*
Avatar: Ganjin/Zhang, Jet, Toph's parents, Mako, Bolin, Tahno, Pema, Yakone, Gommu, and Unalaq
Batman: Jason Todd, Black Mask, Roland Daggett, Chief Rojas, Killer Croc, and Jerkass Batman
Dragon Ball: Chiaotzu, Yajirobe*, Baba, Master Shen, Chi-Chi (Z), Nappa, Android 19, Spopovitch, Babidi*, Super Buu, Kibito, Goten*, Kid Trunks*, Garlic Jr*, Broly*, Pan*, Giru, Super 17, MajUub
The Legend Of Zelda: Navi*, Tatl, Tingle, Ralph*, and Demise
Super Mario: Yoshi*, Waluigi*, Princess Peach*, Bowser Jr*., and Baby Mario Characters
Spider-Man: Anna Watson, Aunt May*, Betty Brant*, Kraven the Hunter, the Lizard, Morbius, Smythe, Landon, Silvermane, Hydro Man, the Jackal, Judas Traveler, Jason Macendale, Venom*, Carnage, Harry Osborn*, Norman Osborn*, Young Vulture, Ezekiel, Morlun, and Carly Cooper
Yu-Gi-Oh!: Gozaburo Kaiba, Seto Kaiba*, Mokuba Kaiba*, Noah Kaiba, Weevil Underwood*,
Rex Raptor*, Duke Devlin*, Arkana, Dartz*, Vivian Wong*, the Von Schroeder Bros.*,
Yu-Gi-Oh! Spinoffs: Jaden Yuki, Zane Truesdale, Chumley Huffington, Yubel, Tyranno Hasselberry, Jesse Anderson, Darkness Shroud, Yusei, Crow, Akiza*, Sayer, and the entire Zexal cast sans Vector
Digimon: 01 Kari*, Machinedramon*, 02 TK*, BlackWarGreymon*, Azulongmon, MaloMyotismon, Ryo, Suzi, Zhuqiaomon, Takuya, Koji, Tommy*, Zoe*, Bokomon and Neemon*, the Royal Knights, Kurata*, Yggdrasil, Marcus Damon*, Keenan Crier*, ChuChumon, Betsumon, and (ESPECIALLY) Tagiru
Gargoyles: The Magus*, Margot Yale, Jackal and Hyena, John Castaway and the Quarrymen (TGC)
Superman: Superman (sometimes), Supergirl (sometimes), Lois Lane (Silver age), Perry White,and Doomsday
Smallville: Clark Kent, Lana Lang*, Jason Teague, Cat Grant, Oliver Queen, and Doomsady again
Final Fantasy: Firion*, Umaro, Cait Sith*, Heidegger and Scarlett, Genesis*, Angeal, Dr. Hollander, Shelke and the Svetts, Seifer*, Amarant, Freya*, Sir Fratley, Biran and Yenke, Maester Mica, Vaan*, Princess Ashe*, Fran*, the Viera, Larza, Lightning*, Snow, Hope, Vanille/Fang*, Serrah, and Shinryu
Sonic The Hedgehog: Shadow the Hedgehog*, Big the Cat, Princess Sally Acorn*, King Max Acorn*, Antoine D'colete*, Dulcy the Dragon*, Mammoth Mogul*, Monkey Khan, Geoffrey St. John, Locke the Echidna, Fiona Fox*, Scourge the Hedgehog, Tommy Turtle, the Iron Dominion, Silver the Hedgehog*, Eggman Nega, Black Doom, Mephiles, Lyric, Sonia and Manic, Chris Thorndyke, and many more.
Where Is Carmen Sandiego?: Lee Jordan
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Gendo Ikari, Naoko Akagi, and Keel Lorenz
Darkwing Duck: Launchpad McQuack, Amonia Pine, the Muddlefoots, Steggmut, and Quackworks
Duck Tales: Webby, Gyro Gearloose, Bubba, Fenton Crackshell, and Djon the Thief
Gummi Bears: Cubby Gummi and Sunny Gummi
Tale Spin: Wild Cat, the Thembrians, and Dan Dawson
Yu Yu Hakusho: Mr. Akashi and Mr. Iwamoto, Gonzou Tarukane, Elder Toguro, and Itsuki
Teen Titans: Beast Boy*, Soto, Johnny Rancid, Val Yor, Mother May-Eye, Mento, and Gizmo*
Death Note: Demegawa, Raye Pembar*, Matsuda*, Mello*, Near*, Matt, and Kiyomi Takada*
The Powerpuff Girls: The Mayor (late seasons)
The Slayers: The 'TRY' villains and Pakota
Jim Henson: Elmo, Zoe, and the Gorgs*
El Hazard: Princess Fatora (Spin-offs)
South Park: Randy Marsh*, Butters' Parents, Kyle's Parents, Jimmy*, Mrs. Garrison, and the Mayor
One Piece: Don Krieg, Nico Robin, Franky, Admiral Akainu, and the World Government
Sailor Moon: Chibi Usa*, Haruka*, Michiru*, Witches 5*, Seiya and the Sailor Starlights
Bleach: Ichigo, Orihime*, Byakuya, Kenpachi, Mayuri*, Nnoitra, Szayel, Yammy, Sosuke Aizen*, etc.
Naruto: Naruto*, Sakura*, Sasuke, Shikamaru*, Hinata*, Neji, Karin*, Pain, Tobi*, Itachi*, and Madara
Code Geass: Ohgi, Viletta, Nina, Anya*, Rolo, Xing, Gino, Luciano, V.V., R2 Suzaku*, and Charles
Black Lagoon: Chaka of Washihime
Frutis Basket: Hiro Sohma and Ren Sohma
Full Metal Alchemist: Shou Tucker, Dante, and Eckhart
Future Diary: Yukiteru Amano, Takao Hiyama, and Dues
Fushigi Yuugi: Miaka*, Tamahome*, Miboshi, Nakago, and Mayo
Higurashi: Nomura, Teppei Houjo, Onibaba, and Orphanage Leader
Rurouni Kenshin: Kaoru (anime), Aoshi*, Raijuta, Yahiko*, and Yutaro*
Rave Master: Griff, Ruby*, Ogre, Hardner, and the Big Butt Bandits
Shinzo: The Kittens, Hakuba, Binka*, and the Cadreans
Tenchi Muyo: Tenchi Masaki*, Sasami, and Mihihoshi
Beyblade: Tyson, Kai, Kenny, Boris, Voltiare, and Daichi*
DNAngel: Daisuke Niwa, Dark Mousey*, and Mr. Hiwatari
Eureka 7: Renton, Eureka*, Holland*, the Kids, the Ageha Squad*, Gekkosate, and Truth
Gurren Lagann: Rossieu, the Four Beast Generals, The Anti Spiral*, and the minor cast
Gundam: Argo*, Heero Yuy, Chang Wufei, Kira, Shinn Asuka, Gilbert Durandal, Lunamaria, Meyrin, Lord Djibril, Setsuna, Princess Marina, Ribbons Almark, Andrei, Uso, Shakti, and Decil Galette
Inu-Yasha: Naraku*, Shippo*, Koga, Kikyo*, Kohaku, Jakotsu, and Myoga
Elfen Lied: Yuka, Mayu's parents, Tomoo, Nousou, and the Unknown Man
Hellsing: Enrico Maxwell, Zorin Blitz, Herr Doktor, Young Walter, and Incognito
Ranman 1/2: Ranma, Genma, Kasumi, Kodachi, Happosai, and Pantyhose Taro
Scry-Ed: Kazuma, Ryouho, Mimori, Kigetsuki, and Kyoji Mujo
Tokyo Mew Mew: Berry motherf**king Sue from "A la Mode"
Zatch Bell: Pappulio, Kolulu, Hulk!Grisor, Bari, and Naomi
Toradora: Taiga (Mid-Season 1), Ryuji (Season 2), Minori (Season 2), Sumire, and Taiga's Dad
Vision of Escaflowne: Merle*, Movie!Hitomi, Movie!Dilandau, Movie!Folken, and Manga!Hitomi
Hannibal Series: Freddy Lounds, Dr. Chilton, Buffalo Bill, Mason Verger, and Young Hannibal
The Hunger Games: Gale, Primrose*, the Career Tributes, the Capitol, and District 13
Game of Thrones: Joffrey Baratheon, Sir Gregor Clegane, Ramsay Snow, Hodor, Catelyn Stark, Robb Stark, Rickon Stark, Talisa Maegyr, Daario, Dark Star, Lyanna Mormont, and TV!Sand Snakes
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Joyce, Kendra, Xander (Season 4+), Willow (Season 4+), Principal Snyder, Riley, Adam, Dawn, Tara*, Warren, Andrew, Kennedy, Robin Wood, Spike (Season 6+), and the First
Once Upon A Time: Henry*, David Nolan, Snow/Mary Margaret*, Neal*, Hansel, Sidney Glass*, Bossy, the Blue Fairy*, Anita, Baron Frankenstein, Queen Eva, Johanna, Robin Hood*, Prince Eric, Greg and Tamara, Zelena*, Walsh, Belle*, Will Scarlet, and Regina Mills* (Season 4 and onwards)
Star Trek: Wesley Crusher and Dr. Polawski
Twilight: Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Renesmee, etc.
Metroid: Adam and "Other M" Samus
Banjo Kazooie: Mr. Vile and Canary Mary
Dark Chronicle: Pau, Elena, and Dark Element
Dragon Quest VIII: Rhapthorne, Marcello, and Prince Charmles
Metal Gear: Raiden*, Solidus Snake, the Patriots, and Col. Volgin*
Star Fox: Slippy Toad*, Krystal (pre-Star Wolf), and Pigma Dengar
Tales Of Legendia: Senel*, the Terrors, Gadoria Knight, Stella, Zamaran, Thyra, Solon, and Shwartz
Tales Of The Abyss: Grand Maestro Mohs, Luke*, Guy*, Anise*, Ion, and Gelda
The World Ends With You: Neku
X-Men: Waaaaaaaaay too many!
Care Bears: Babies Hugs and Tugs
Code Lyoko: Ulrich Stern, Hiroshi, and Laura Gauthier
Adventure Time: The Fanfic Cast, LSP*, Magic Man*, Fat Lemongrab, Lemonhope, and Braco.
American Dragon: Jake Long*, Fu Dog, Spud, Trixie, Haley, Jake's Dad, Sun Park, and Brad Mort
Danny Phantom: Danny*, Sam, Tucker, Danielle, Jack*, Maddie, Dash, Freak Show*, and the GIW
Ben 10: Cooper, UAF Ben/Gwen/Kevin, Verdonna, Ultimate Aggregor, Argit, Rook, and various idiots
Ed, Edd, and Eddy: Eddy*, Sarah, Jimmy, Kevin*, the Kanker Sisters*, and Eddy's Brother
Codename Kids Next Door: Lizzy Divine, Tommy Gilligan*, and Numbuh 363
Jackie Chan Adventures: Jade*, Uncle*, Drago and his rapping henchmen
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Jimmy Neutron*, Cindy Vortex*, Ms. Fowl, and Hugh Neutron
Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command: Torque, XL, King Nova, Ozma Furbanna, and Plasma Boy
Kim Possible: Kim*, Ron*, Rufus*, Dr. Possible, the Tweebs, Josh Mankey, and Bonnie Rockweiler
Phineas And Ferb: Laura Flynn-Fletcher, Grampa Flynn, and Irving
Courage The Cowardly Dog: Eustace
Grim Adventures of:: Billy and Mandy*
Thundercats: Lion-O, Tygra, and Grune
Rugrats: Susie Carmichael, Baby Dil, and Baby Kimi
Sym-Biotic Titan: Lance, Barron, and General Modula
Scooby Doo: Scrappy Doo (duh!), Flim Flam, and Dr. Phibes
Spongebob Squarepants: The entire cast from Season 5-onwards!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Burne, Vernon, Carter, Venus De Milo, Cody Jones, '12 Donatello, '12 Michelangelo, the Krang, Dr. Chapman, Mozar and the Triceretons, Tengu Shredder, and Timothy
Total Drama: Chris, Owen, Duncan, Katie and Sadie, LeShawna, Sierra, Cody, Blainely, and Ezekiel
Transformers: Optimus Prime (sometimes), Sam Witwicky and his parents, Leo, Agent Simmons*, Skids and Mudflap, Carly Spencer, the Fallen, Dylan Gould, and many others
The Winx Club: Bloom, Sky, Lord Darkar, the Wizards of the Black Circle, etc.
W.I.T.C.H: Taranee, Comics!Irma, TV!Cornelia, TV!Elyon, and Blunk
Xiaolin Showdown: Dojo, Hannibal Roy Bean, and Monkey Jack
Family Guy: The entire cast from Season 4/5-onwards! (Except for Mayor West)
Web Original: Donnie Dupree, Rachael & Malcolm, 90's Kid, Spoony, Lindsay Ellis*, Doug Walker*, Linkara*, Phoelus*, E-Rod*, the Rowdy Reviewer*, Yahtzee, the Irate Gamer, and Amazing Atheist
Various Others: ???