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Star Wars

  • Jar-Jar Binks from the Star Wars prequel trilogy, so much so that the German version of this wiki named the 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 vote that doomed the Republic by totally missing the point of Padme's instructions NOT to vote for the Grand Army, thereby dragging it into the Clone Wars.
    • 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 seems to already be hated within two days 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.
  • Ewoks have a reputation of having plenty of people who regard them as a race of scrappys 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 Chewie's people. 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 defeated by primitives & the Wookies weren't 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 Vietcong 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 Episode 3, she became a lot weaker than she was in Episodes 1 an 2. 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 Nemoidians 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 actions, 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, who’s actor (Erik Bauersfield) had died the previous year, and would be a perfect send-off to him. Many viewers thought Rose's ill-fated sister Page 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 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.
        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 particularily developed.
  • General Hux is seen as an incredibly boring, forgettable, and irritating antagonist compared to either his predecessor 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.

  • 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..
  • Mutt from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull achieves this status for being Indy's son and at least partly for being played by Shia LaBeouf.
    • Really, almost any character introduced in Crystal Skull is likely to be hated for no other reason than appearing in Crystal Skull.
  • 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.
  • Minya, a.k.a. 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 Godzilla's Revenge which is considered the worst of the Japanese Godzilla films.
    • There is the American Godzilla (now just "Zilla"), but more on it in Replacement Scrappy. Note that this only really qualifies for the film version. The TV series version of the character is better received.
    • Likewise, there's Jet Jaguar ("His crimefighting covers up a basic insecurity"). Think Ultraman + Jack Nicholson - the entertainment value of both.
    • And there's also Gabara, mainly for starring in Godzilla's Revenge as the main nasty. Same with Megalon for starring as the main antagonist of Vs. Megalon.
  • 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".
  • A lot of folks (fans and movie critics alike) who have watched Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen really dislike Skids and Mudflap, mainly because their Jive Turkey mannerisms can easily be perceived as racist. Though there are some who just consider them intensely annoying rather than offensive. It's probably a bad sign when they appear way, way more often than Optimus Prime. Being unfunny comic relief in a movie already brimming with unfunny comic relief makes things even worse. Their designs look like racist caricatures than mockeries of racism, which hints more towards the former.
  • 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 evil head minion Damodar was considered the height of Narm.
  • Rachel from the recently made 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. The Spinosaurus in the third film has status as the Replacement Scrappy.
  • 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 evil. 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.
    • And then there are two Bonds themselves. 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. Timothy Dalton's Bond meanwhile has a bit of a Broken Base between fans who see his Darker and Edgier Bond as a breath of fresh air from Moore's camp antics and those who see his Bond as being way too serious and brutal.
  • 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.
  • 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 the 2005's Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adaptation is this to most of the fans of the original 70's movie,mainly due to his lack of charm and wittiness,acting really nervous and bizarre and not allowing Charlie's parents to move in his factory.

Notes

  1. While the Rebel Alliance was based on the Vietcong 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, while with the Ewoks, Lucas doesn'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.
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