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Starlight Glimmer Scrappy

Sunset Shimmer speaks for us all...

This is the trope that Cousin Oliver used to be, before it decayed into "little kid gets added to a cast of adults and becomes The Scrappy".

This trope covers ANY character, regardless of age, who gets added to an established cast of characters and quickly becomes a Scrappy as a result. The reasons are varied: maybe the character is replacing a much-beloved part of the ensemble. Maybe the character is much flatter and less interesting than the rest of the characters. Maybe the character is controversial because of its attachment to politics (be it of race, gender or both) and/or is played by a controversial actor. Or maybe the character is just annoying.

As with the rest of the Scrappy tropes, YMMV on this. Keep in mind that ALL Scrappies have their fans. That doesn't give anyone who likes specific Scrappies the right to dismiss those who don't as "throwing a temper tantrum". Even the original Trope Namer, Scrappy-Doo, is getting newer fans (to the point that many were genuinely disappointed he was left out of Curse of the 13th Ghost while Flim-Flam makes a brief return), but it's not fair to deny or dismiss those who genuinely dislike Scrappies.

Examples of Newcomer Scrappy include:
  • The former Trope Namer is Captain Marvel, who very quickly became this for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Reasons include being perceived as pushing an Anvilicious feminist agenda (while there isn't anything inherently bad with feminist messages, the movie is seen as pushy and obnoxious about them), being played by a controversial actress (Brie Larson) who's seen as pushing said agenda as well (to the point of openly insulting the movie's potential audience), the fact that she's a female MCU superhero who got her own solo movie before the much-more beloved Black Widow, and the the fact her title of "the most powerful woman in the universe" not only seems like Character Shilling, but also makes her a Replacement Scrappy for both Gamora (who used to hold that title before Captain Marvel came along) and Adam Warlock (who filled her role in the original Infinity Gauntlet comic).
    • Another thing that lands her on this trope is that she comes across as a Smug Super, best shown when Yon-Rogg invokes You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum and Carol just photon-blasts him rather than actually proving that she can fight without her powers (compare that with Tony Stark, who proved in Iron Man 3 that he can indeed fight without the Iron Man armor).
    • Admittedly, Avengers: Endgame makes her more tolerable in that, while she still plays a sizable role in the final battle (and a few other scenes), she doesn't overshadow the other heroes. However, some people are fearing that some of the new characters proposed for Phases 4 and beyond (i.e. the proposed "openly gay lead" in The Eternals and Ironheart, who already qualified in the comic) are going to play this trope dead straight, due to factors including not only the precedent of Captain Marvel above (and to an extent the Star Wars examples below), but also the death of Stan Lee, a copyright debacle over the film rights to Spidey between Disney and Sony, and a number of earlier established MCU characters either dying or retiring as a result of the events of both Infinity War and Endgame.
    • It became easy to forget due to the former Trope Namer becoming a target for the Complaining About Complaining trope (which is why this trope had to be renamed in the first place), but before Captain Marvel came along, the MCU character that best embodied this trope was Iron Fist (and he still does, to the extent where people who viciously defend Carol utterly despise Danny). The reasons include being a Cape with Planet Eris elements in the otherwise dark, gritty and realistic Netflix part of the MCU, poor fight choreography that made people perceive Danny as a Fake Ultimate Hero, and the fact that, in The Defenders, his Hand plot (which admittedly started in Daredevil, but it was less "comic booky" there) became a Malignant Plot Tumor that overshadowed the plots that Matt, Jessica and Luke carried over from their respective solo shows.
  • Starlight Glimmer, who provides the trope image. Many see her as an inferior copy of Sunset Shimmer, resent that she takes the roles of "unofficial seventh member of the Mane Six" and "Twilight's apprentice" away from Spike, and hate the fact that she gets much more to do than some of the established characters. Her power level (which few unicorns match) is another point of contention: in "A Matter of Principals", she one-shotted Discord.
    • Another one is that she was redeemed too fast for her past actions, compared to Discord and other characters, notably some like Sonata Dusk or Cozy Glow who remained unredeemed, which some fans see as hypocritical.
  • Scrappy Doo himself is seen as this, as most people see him as an annoying and unnecessary addition to the main cast. Flim-Flam managed to make a comeback in Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost, but Scrappy-Doo has yet to appear in a meaningful capacity in any of the newer works.
  • For many, Rey. Those who think she fits in here tend to point out how she is naturally gifted with the Force with no real explanation why (the reason WHY people wanted her to be related to Luke or Obi-Wan or any other established Jedi is because it would have provided an explanation as to why she can master the Force so easily with little to no training), how she's depicted as a better pilot than Han, and how she's perceived to have taken the protagonist role away from both Luke AND Han. This only got worse in Rise of Skywalker, where she takes the last name "Skywalker" for herself, further enhancing the perception that she took the role of protagonist away from the ACTUAL Skywalker family. The blatant Character Shilling moment where a bunch of dead Jedi show up in Force Ghost form to help her against Emperor Palpatine in the last installment didn't help, either.
    • Rose Tico is even worse in this regard. Added within the second film of Disney's trilogy to round out the already divisive Rey/Finn/Poe trio, her characterization and design seem to take after Social Justice Warriors rather than something that would fit in the series.
  • The Great Gazoo, who many saw as an annoying, unnecessary and overall bizarre addition to the cast. A god-like space alien doesn't really fit in an animated sitcom about modern-age cavemen.
  • Venus De Milo, to the point that she hasn't appeared in any Ninja Turtles work after her introduction. Carter and Cody, too. Pimiko, Eric Sachs and Baron Draxum are villainous examples of this in action.
  • Wheelie, to the point that the only reason people didn't react more harshly to his Bayformers self is the fact that the movie that featured him also featured Skids and Mudflap, who are even bigger Scrappies.
  • Buster (who, on TV Tropes, provides the trope image for Cousin Oliver) is this, seeing as an unnecessary addition to the cast that highlighted the Lighter and Softer nature of Blues Brothers 2000. Not to mention being a Replacement Scrappy for Jake (which is the same reason why Mighty Mack is also this trope).
  • Sticks the Badger. Many people found her annoying and felt like she didn't add anything to the story that the established characters didn't add already. Before her, there was Silver the Hedgehog. Many also found him an annoyance, but at least he opened up a new avenue for the series's world, one that wasn't really explored, and resulted in characters like Blaze being pushed aside and around to focus on him. The Wisps are worse than either of them in this regard. Zavok is a villainous example, and so far has nothing going for him.
    • Classic Sonic also counts, in a way. When he's in a MODERN Sonic game, he more than definitely qualifies, but in Mania, his home game, he doesn't. People feel like he pushes characters out of the limelight when he's outside his home turf.
  • Cousin Oliver himself, being seen as an unnecessary addition to an already bloated cast.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine has too many to list, but the most notable examples would be the cast of the Big World, Big Adventures! seasons.
  • Ash Crimson of The King of Fighters was reviled by the western fanbase for his Camp-like way of acting, that heavily contrasts with the series' previous protagonists (Kyo Kusanagi and K'). However, this subsided after XIII, where his backstory was further explored, making him more sympathetic, as well as him acting more heroically.
  • Axl was this back in Mega Man X7. Mainly for replacing X for much of the game. Cured by giving him a more distinct playstyle in X8, changing his weapon sets.
  • Lucky on King of the Hill was introduced late in the series as Luanne's future husband. Fans hated him for being a stereotypical dumb redneck and making Luanne's already-occurring character derailment even worse.
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