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Star Wars

  • Jar-Jar Binks from the Star Wars prequel trilogy, so much so that the German version of TV Tropes named this trope "Der Jar Jar". This one is so (in)famous that people who have never seen any of the Star Wars films hate him anyway (including people who have seen the original films, but not the more recent ones). Many would argue he's an Ethnic Scrappy as well. None of them found this supposed Plucky Comic Relief character either plucky or comical - and frankly somebody they needed relief from! ("Discuss!") It seems George Lucas got the message, giving Jar Jar Binks a smaller role in Episode II and removing him almost entirely from Episode III, and that's not even getting to the Expanded Universe - one reviewer in particular noted that seeing Jar Jar suspended in carbonite was the highlight of The Force Unleashed.
    • There was also the little matter of that dumbass essentially being the guy who allowed Darth Sidious to take over the galaxy by totally missing the point of Padme's instructions NOT to vote for the Grand Army, thereby dragging it into the Clone Wars. Hence the "Darth Jar Jar" meme. His skeletal remains almost appeared in The Force Awakens.
    • Especially irritating in that Brian Blessed's Boss Nass could have fulfilled the same role, and was genuinely amusing in his few appearances.
  • C3PO didn't have a bad response in the original Star Wars, but after The Empire Strikes Back... well, in an interview, George Lucas said some people considered the android "the worst character ever".
  • Jacen Solo from the Expanded Universe isn't thought of very highly, either, especially since his character crossed the line into unforgivable bastardry.
  • Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars was already hated within two days of her first appearance, largely for daring to be a teenage girl in a cast of twenty-year old-men (ignoring the fact that she's technically as old as the average Republic soldier)... in a movie aimed at teenagers. She got Rescued From the Scrappy Heap by her final appearance, however.
  • The Ewoks have a reputation of having plenty of people who regard them as a race of scrappies for the following three reasons:
    1. Flanderization turning the Stormtroopers into the Butt Monkey of Star Wars vs. debates barring Expanded Universe.
    2. Preventing what would have been an awesome rebellion by the Wookiees. So much for watching them tear the arms off Stormtroopers (Originally, the plan was to liberate Kashyyyk, but they chose Endor and the Ewoks instead because Lucas wanted the Empire to be defeated by primitives and the Wookies weren't that primitive enough. Even after this, the Ewoks were originally to be creepy lizard people instead).
    3. Being the first instance of Lucas trying to be more overt in his leftist politics with the film franchise's narrative due to their explicitly being based on the Viet Cong and the resulting implication that the Empire was meant to represent America during the Vietnam War,[1] which would become more annoyingly apparent during the Prequel trilogy.[2]
  • Padmé Amidala, mostly for the Romantic Plot Tumor but also for how, in Revenge of the Sith, she became a lot weaker than she was in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. On theforce.net, there's even a "Defenders of the A/P Love Story" thread.
  • Anakin Skywalker in the prequels. Pretty disliked in the fandom either for being a whiny, poorly-acted kid in the first prequel, and for being a Wangsty, poorly-acted adult in the second two prequels who just happened to contribute to said Romantic Plot Tumor. Most of his hate, however, comes from allegations of ruining the characterization of his future self Darth Vader, who otherwise seemed like (and might still be) an awesomely stoic and incredibly sinister megalomaniacal Badass.
  • There's also the midi-chlorians, the sentient microbes that allow beings to channel The Force, which are widely seen as a pointless "explanation" for how the Force works, a subject that would probably have been better left mysterious.
  • Joh Yowza, the added singer to the Max Rebo Band in the Special Edition, for his obnoxious, cartoony singing and dancing, especially when he shoves his uvula into the camera while holding a note. The whole "Jedi Rocks" number was disliked, but he was considered the worst part.
  • All the Neimoidians for being a whole race of bland politicians (with it not helping that at least two of them were in fact named after real life politicians in a very painfully obvious manner, in particular Nute Gunray = Newt Gingrich/Ronald Reagan and Lot Dodd = Chris Lott, or that Lucas has admitted that he modeled the Neimoidians and Trade Federation after the 1994 Republican Revolution that occurred while blue-skying the first draft of the movie). They’re also considered potentially offensive Asian stereotypes as well. It also doesn't help that, similar to the Ferengi from Star Trek, they were a painfully obvious attempt at a Take That against Capitalist principles.
  • The CGI Jabba the Hutt in A New Hope is the definition of an im-practical effect. It also ruins the mystery of the character quite well for new viewers.
  • The Old Republic as a whole came across as this in the prequels due to showing extreme incompetence in managing the galaxy to such an extent that, even without Jar-Jar's vote or Sidious's behind the scenes manipulations, it was a safe bet that it would have collapsed anyway.
    • The New Republic from the sequels was arguably even more badly received due to it taking Too Dumb to Live to extremes regarding the First Order.
  • The Last Jedi introduces Rose Tico and Vice Admiral Holdo, two characters who are not only very blandly designed, but also reek of Social Justice Warrior pandering. Not only was Rose a main character with strong parallels to Jar-Jar in the eyes of many fans (as well as outright ruining a Heroic Sacrifice from Finn that would have given him some closure, also sabotaging any chance at the Resistance escaping had Luke not interfered), Vice Admiral Holdo (or, Vice Admiral Gender Studies to her haters) took a potential sacrifice from Admiral Ackbar, whose actor (Erik Bauersfeld) had died the previous year, and would be a perfect send-off to him. Many viewers thought Rose's ill-fated sister Paige was more beautiful than her, as well. Her toys were known for clogging shelves, and she's even partly blamed for the initial bankruptcy of Toys 'R' Us due to them failing to sell.
    • On a similar note, the Resistance as a whole wasn't fondly received for a variety of reasons.
      1. It being a painfully obvious expy of the Rebel Alliance from the Original Trilogy, right down to its rather creative name, especially a name that doesn't even fit with the term's actual definition.[3]
      2. It somehow having even less competence in The Last Jedi than expected.
      3. As noted with Holdo and Tico, it adhered largely to SJW pandering, especially prevalent in The Last Jedi, and also prevalent in The Force Awakens to a lesser extent.
      4. The three leads not being particularly developed.
  • General Hux is seen as an incredibly boring, forgettable and irritating antagonist compared to either his predecessor Grand Moff Tarkin or his contemporaries Kylo Ren, Supreme Leader Snoke, and Captain Phasma. Once again, the failure of his toys to sell is partially blamed for the end of Toys 'R' Us. The way he is treated more as a Butt Monkey than a serious threat despite destroying an entire goddamn solar system in the prior movie doesn't help, not to mention his final defeat.
  • Like with the Resistance above, the First Order also wasn't fondly received either for several reasons:
    1. It being a blatant expy of the Galactic Empire, though at least it had a genuinely creative name compared to the Resistance.
    2. It showing extreme incompetence in both The Last Jedi, and to a lesser extent in The Force Awakens.
    3. Essentially being the victim of straw-manning conservative elements especially by The Last Jedi, arguably to a far greater extent than with George Lucas in the Prequel and Original trilogies, where Word of God essentially implied they were meant to stand in for the Donald Trump presidency.
    4. The main villains not really being developed all that well, with Captain Phasma and General Hux being particularly bad as noted above, although Kylo Ren's temper tantrums and Snoke being an equally bad pushover don't help...

Other examples

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom has two of them: Ethnic Scrappy Tagalong Kid Short Round and largely useless Damsel Scrappy Willie Scott. Of course, there are also plenty of fans who actually love Shorty, especially for his funny interactions with Indy, not to mention being a brave young warrior with foul mouth but a kind heart.
  • Heathcliff, the dismally unfunny comic relief in The Wild World of Batwoman. He's a major reason why the movie is painful to watch, even with Mike, Tom and Crow.
  • Minilla, AKA the "Son Of Godzilla" is often panned by Godzilla fans of all ages due to his goofy nature, odd resemblance to a young Gary Coleman, and the fact that he starred in All Monsters Attack, which is considered the absolute worst of all the Japanese Godzilla films.
    • There's also the American Godzilla (now simply called "Zilla"), but more on him in Replacement Scrappy.
      • Note that this only really qualifies for the film version. The animated TV show's version of the character was much more well-received.
    • And then there's Gabara, mainly due to the fact that he's the main villain of the aforementioned All Monsters Attack. Not to mention his awful chortle.
  • Abigail Whistler from Blade Trinity, even if she's easy on the eyes.
  • Many fans of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire strongly dislike Harriet Hoctor in Shall We Dance?.
  • Zeppo Marx quickly became audiences' least favorite member of The Marx Brothers, due to his failure to adopt a strongly identifiable screen personality like Groucho, Harpo and Chico. This eventually caused him to go behind the scenes and manage the other three, though they continued having straight romantic hero parts in their films that Zeppo clearly would have played if they'd still been together. Ironically, several of their contemporaries stated that, in real-life, Zeppo was the funniest of the brothers.
    • This includes the Marx Brothers themselves, as not only was he a capable straight man, he could subtly suggest further improvisations without breaking character or drawing undue attention. In contrast, most of the non-sibling cast had difficulty dealing with the brothers without laughing or storming off angrily.
    • Played with by Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when they named Xander "The Zeppo".
  • Ripcord from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is generally hated because of his Gary Stu tendencies, coupled with the fact that he seems to have a completely inappropriate relationship with Scarlett, an established character who already has a relationship with fan-favorite Snake-Eyes in canon.
    • Or Duke, depending on which canon you subscribe to.
  • Attack of the The Eye Creatures: Culver, the the Covert Pervert, was labeled by Tom Servo as one of the the most instantly unlikeable characters in film history.
  • Anna Valerious of Van Helsing. She even has a fanlisting for people that hate her character.
  • Snails, the thief from the first Dungeons and Dragons movie was hated for being an incredibly aggravating Ethnic Scrappy, so much so that Ridley's Big No following his death at the hands of Damodar was considered the height of Narm.
  • Rachel from the 2005 War of the Worlds movie is hated for being The Load who does absolutely nothing but scream and, even though she's 10, get carried around for the entire movie.
    • It might have something to do with her being played by Dakota Fanning, who is known for being (and playing characters who are) Wise Beyond Their Years. And then they cast her in a generic "helpless child" role which could have been played by any child actress. Arguably, it was a monumental waste of her talent.
    • Her brother Robbie gets a bit of it too for his Hair-Trigger Temper and his surviving a gigantic explosion with no explanation.
  • The kids from Jurassic Park, specifically Lex.
  • An adaptation of The Dunwich Horror from The Seventies gives Wilbur Whateley a love interest. Most Lovecraft fans consider her everything wrong with Hollywood.
  • The World Is Not Enough somehow managed to create both the least popular Bond woman and least popular Bond henchman! The former, Dr. Christmas Jones, is hated for being a terrible actress (Denise Richards), having an improbable job (nuclear physicist), an incredibly disgusting pun made when she and Bond consummate their relationship, and generally existing only so that Bond has a backup girl when the infinitely-more-interesting primary love interest, Elektra King, turns out to be one half of the Big Bad Duumvirate. The latter, Mr. Bullion, is hated for being an obnoxious "gangsta" stereotype and a Dirty Coward; thankfully, he gets gunned down by Valentin Zukovsky.
    • Another, older Bond example: Sheriff J.W. Culpepper, the obnoxious redneck sheriff comic relief from Live and Let Die. They also managed to shoehorn him in to The Man with the Golden Gun by having him touring Bangkok AND he's around for the infamous scene where the awesome car jump is ruined by a slide-whistle sound effect and him rolling around in the back of the car yelling. How irritating is Sheriff Culpepper? On Topless Robot's countdown of obnoxious comedic sidekicks, he beat out Jar-Jar.
    • Roger Moore's Bond is hated by a good portion of the fans for being the Bond that saw the series get campier and more comedic, as well as starring in some of the worst Bond films of the series (e.g. The Man with the Golden Gun, Moonraker and A View to a Kill).
  • The Legend of Zorro dumped the young Joaquin into the mix, adding a needless (and quite annoying) child element when all people were wanting was to see Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones kick any asses they might have missed from the first movie.
  • Ruby Rhod from The Fifth Element. He's supposed to be the comic relief, but the only thing he does is dress like Lady Gaga's aerobics instructor, scream like a little girl and complain about everything in a grating, high-pitched voice. Not only that, he is completely useless and does nothing to help the plot or the other characters.
  • The Transformers films by Michael Bay offer quite a few Scrappies:
    • In the series, you have Sam Witwicky. Mainly because he's, well, played by Shia LaBeouf, and because he and the other humans are a Spotlight-Stealing Squad.
    • Both the lead females - Mikaela and Carly - have their fair share of detractors, mainly because they're rather poor actresses casted solely because they fit the common idea of "sexy".
    • Sam's mom is widely hated for how annoying she was in the second movie, which, despite promises to focus more on the robots, focused even more on Sam and company than the first movie.
    • Agent Simmons was hated in the first movie. However, in Revenge of the Fallen, he was Rescued From the Scrappy Heap by virtue of sheer Crazy Awesomeness.
    • Leo is yet another awful character from Revenge of the Fallen. Intended to be Sam's funny college roommate, he mostly succeeded at being annoying.
    • Just like his G1 namesake, Wheelie was widely loathed for being an obnoxious Jerkass who contributed to one of the many crass jokes of ROTF by humping Megan Fox's leg. He may have redeemed himself in Dark of the Moon, though, because of how he and newcomer Brains managed to be Actually Pretty Funny.
    • The biggest examples, though, are the twins, Skids and Mudflap. In addition to being accused of being ethnic stereotypes, they have absolutely hideous looking designs. To make matters worse, these two piles of Scrappy metal had more screentime in ROTF than Optimus Prime, and were rather poor attempts at being Kid-Appeal Characters when the former Trope Namer, Bumblebee, is still around, making them redundant and unnecessary. They were so despised, in fact, they were cut from DOTM - in which they would have died absolutely terrifying deaths at the hands of Sentinel Prime.
    • Some fans (mainly in America) see Optimus Prime as this, especially after the release of Bumblebee. Though he had his own heroic moments, Many considered the character as a far-cry from the original Generation 1 namesake, and because of his rather violent ways (due to his experiences for fighting for millions of years), he's commonly viewed as a less-than-approachable major Jerkass and an amoral Anti-Hero with very little personality. His actions in Age of Extinctionmay have finally crossed the line, as he killed one human (regardless if he's evil or not) at point-blank range.
  • Malak from Conan the Destroyer. Whiny, cowardly and, except for one scene, The Load.
  • From Night of the Hunter, we have Icey Spoon, an old woman who is, without a doubt, the personification of The Nag. She's constantly belittling her husband to the point that he's completely ineffectual in helping anyone (she even admits to a crowd that she thinks about canning when she's having sex), she pushes Willa Harper into getting remarried to Harry Powell, and is utterly won over by his charms. Half the problems in the movie John and Pearl have to deal with are because of Icey's "helping hand". When Powell is finally arrested, Icey appears at his trial, drunk out of her mind and leading a lynch mob to hang Powell.
  • Johnny Depp's version of Willy Wonka from Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is this to most of the fans of the original '70s movie, mainly due to his lack of charm and wittiness, acting really nervous and bizarre and not allowing Charlie's parents to move into his factory.
  • Bad Boys for Life: The Wedding MC is this, mostly due to him being portrayed by Michael Bay.

Notes

  1. While the Rebel Alliance was based on the Viet Cong as well, as revealed in subsequent interviews and especially the 1973 draft notes written by Lucas himself, they were at least somewhat disguised enough that people can reasonably read in other similarities. With the Ewoks, Lucas didn't even try to hide their real-world inspiration.
  2. Note that the Sequel Trilogy going even further to the left doesn't count, as Lucas was not involved in their creation, barring his selling the franchise to Disney.
  3. A resistance generally implies trying to take out the current reigning power, while the Resistance is firmly loyal to the New Republic, the actual reigning power of the Galaxy by that time. Ironically, the First Order, the villainous group they were fighting against, technically matched the definition of a "resistance" far better.
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