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    Elmyra Duff from Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain, one of the prime examples of a Creator's Pet.

    A Creator's Pet is a character that is hated by the fanbase of a particular work, but ends up taking up a lot more than needed of screen-time.

    The criteria for being a Creator's Pet is that the character must be:

    A) Hated by the critics fans (exceptions exist)

    B) Loved way too much by the production team

    C) Shoehorned and inserted into a lot of scenes

    D) The other characters constantly praise them, even when they don't deserve it, making them egocentric.

    A Creator's Pet is like a teacher's pet, usually/more often than not a Mary-Sue, that is to say, a self-insert who is highly unrealistic and has no flaws whatsoever. They can also be a Cousin Oliver, a kid who is inexplicably added to a work's roster to liven up an aging cast, named for Cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch.

    Examples

    1. Elmyra Duff: The counterpart to Elmer Fudd, she had a ton of episodes from the show focused on her. It got worse when she was shoehorned into Pinky and the Brain at the request of network executives leading to that show being canceled as a result.
    2. Chloe Carmichael: A complete and utter Mary Sue, and the third character added to the main cast to boost ratings, after Poof and Sparky. She only exists to make Timmy look bad and has an incredibly contrived reason to have fairy godparents.
    3. Sparky (formerly): He was also added to liven up the cast. He was hated due to being annoying and shoehorned in and was removed after season 9 ended.
    4. Mr. Turner and Denzel Crocker (The Fairly Oddparents, seasons 9 and 10): Both characters are considered to be Butch Hartman's favorite characters. Thus, to make room for them getting more screen time, most of the other secondary characters were either written out of the show entirely or reduced to non-speaking background cameos. Most of the time whenever these two are on screen, their personalities are either shoved in as jokes or flanderize their characters.
    5. Anthony Caine (For Better or For Worse): Despite being heavily hated by many of the fans, Lynn Johnston put him back in the comic strip to serve solely as a romantic interest to Elizabeth.
    6. Trina Riffin (Grojband): She's always shown to be Todd Kauffman and Mark Thornton's favorite character according to the Grojband Wiki, who is shoehorned at all times.
    7. Michelle Tanner (Full House): Even though she was there since the beginning, as the character grew, she began to get a lot of screentime and marketing, sweeping all the other characters to the wayside.
    8. Wesley Crusher (Star Trek: The Next Generation): He is a Gary Stu and is a walking deus-ex machina who always saves the whole ship at the last minute. Thankfully, he was kicked off the show after an incident where he inadvertently killed one of his classmates.
    9. Scrappy-Doo (formerly): He was incredibly annoying and took screen-time away from other characters, mostly Fred, Daphne, and Velma. He was added to boost ratings, and it somehow worked. In later installments of the franchise, Scrappy is made fun of or is an outright villain.
    10. PinkAru (Tooba Tooba Noonbory/Noonbory and the Super 7): The Korean-exclusive second season of Noonbory and the Super 7. She's a token kid character who only exists to appeal to younger audiences and her crying is incredibly annoying. She also shoves a lot of characters, such as Totobory, to the wayside.
    11. Chibiusa (Sailor Moon): Similar to PinkAru, she is a pink kid character who only exists so that little kids can relate to her. She was rather unpopular with Japanese audiences, at least in the anime. Also, most of the plot revolved around her in Sailor Moon SuperS, which annoyed several fans since they considered that she was stealing the spotlight from Usagi, the true protagonist of the series. In Sailor Moon Crystal, however, the reception of Chibiusa is more positive since her personality here is closest to how she was in the manga.
    12. Cousin Oliver (The Brady Bunch): He was added in the last six episodes as the cast was growing old.
    13. Steve Urkel (Family Matters): While a good character, he does fit into the criterion that he is loved by the production team, shoehorned into a lot of scenes and hated by some fans (though not a major portion). This is mainly because he was originally slated to be a one-time character in the series. However, due to fan popularity, he eventually became more prominent as a character until eventually taking over the show as its main protagonist. He is a rare example of a good creator's pet.
    14. Roger Smith (American Dad!): Similar to Steve Urkel, while he is a great character, Roger would be the most overused character in American Dad. This would be even worse in the TBS Era where he is pointlessly shoehorned in so many scenes. For some of the episodes, he would often be forced into the role of antagonist and the episodes would focus so much on him without elaborating on his character backstory.
    15. Mindy Melendez (Ready Jet Go!): Even though she was there since the premiere episode, she wasn't always there in development, only being created when the crew realized that they needed to appeal to younger audiences. Mindy was very popular with the show's target audience, but in season 2, she started to get all the screentime, promotion, and focus, especially since she turned five and finally got to go to space with the older kids. She was very annoying, a walking deus-ex machina, and often bullied others with no repercussions (such as when she triggered Sean's PTSD in "Galileo, Galileo!). As a result, she became the most hated character in the fandom.
    16. Jeffy: He is an Evelinka puppet who was added in 2016, and immediately became controversial and hated for his annoying behavior, inappropriate jokes, and swearing habits. Still, he became a very frequent main character from 2017 onwards.
    17. Bowser Junior (SuperMarioLogan): His status of this can be quite inconsistent. From 2013 to 2015, he was hated and despised by many fans due to his bratty and annoying behavior, and being the cause of Chef Pee Pee torture porn. Not helping is that he was one of the overused characters from 2014 to 2015. He briefly stopped being this from 2016 to early 2019, when he got more character development and became more likable and more mature, and fans started to like him. However from late 2019 to the present, he instantly got flanderized, and though he still has fans who like him, more fans are starting to hate him for being even crueler, and not helping is that he never usually gets comeuppance for it, and still is an overused character to this day.
    18. Chuck (Angry Birds Toons, Season 3): Always taking up way too much screen time during the whole season.
    19. Sergio and Carl Casagrande, although they were always a part of the show, they are always shoehorned into scenes and some episodes.
    20. Evelyn (Meta Runner)ː The team behind the show was well aware of her being an obnoxious character but made her out to be the ideal of a "love-to-hate" type of character because of how "ridiculous" she is...
    21. Meggy Spletzerː While she is technically a divisive character rather than hated, she still technically fits this criterion. While she can be greatly written and likable in some episodes/arcs, she simultaneously suffers from character inconsistency throughout the series, these traits being a "Mary Sue" in her earlier Inkling appearances, to her being a "wangst" who is depressed and unsure of what she wants to do with her life. She also has some unlikeable moments here and there as well. Similar to Steve Urkel, she was initially planned to be a one-time character (who was initially described to be an "accident" by the creators). Because of fan demand, she became one of the more overused characters of SMG4 and became more major in SMG4 episodes as the series went on (to put it statistically, her appearances skyrocketed in 2019, with her appearing in 35 out of 48 episodes; a 73% appearance rate). In 2021, she has gotten a spin-off series, so she would take a break from the regular series, which admittedly feels necessary given her excessive spotlight in the SMG4 series. Despite this, she is still overused via her live streams and still has a lot of merch centered around her (Though a Live Stream with her has not been held since September 23rd, 2021).
    22. Gelatin (Battle for Dream Island)ː He gets far too much screentime in BFB and gets shoehorned too much to the point he appears in every episode of said season
    23. Kaname Asagiri (Magical Girl Site)ː A sadistic torturer who gets a lot of screen time luring her sister Aya, to help relieve his stress.
    24. Denise (Turma da Mônica/Monica and Friends): She was originally a supporting character with no personality and a fixed look until she was redesigned by Emerson Abreu, who not only changed her appearance and personality but forced her to gain extreme focus and prominence in the stories he writes.
    25. Milena (Turma da Mônica/Monica and Friends): an Afro-descendant girl who was created to promote diversity and balance the core of characters, but with no personality and a Mary-Sue whom everyone thinks is perfect and that MSP forces the public to accept her as the fifth protagonist of the franchise.
    26. Dolly (101 Dalmatian Street): She is shoehorned into every single episode of the show (excluding the shorts) and has a lot of episodes focusing on her - either on her own or together with her brother Dylan. Sure, both of them are main characters, but she is still shoehorning for that.
    27. Triple D (101 Dalmatian Street): These diva triplets also appear very frequently in the show, and they have three episodes dedicated to them!
    28. Lana Lang (Smallville): The writers kept her around long after her role as Clark Kent's love interest became redundant.
    29. Captain Hero (Drawn Together): While he wasn't as heavily shoehorned in prior seasons, he was the most severely crammed in season 3 to the point that it became the downfall of Drawn Together.
    30. Sakiko Sakura (Chibi Maruko-chan) She became the terrible older sister to Maruko, and she's being hyprocite to third-grade classmates like Futoshi Kosugi in this episode.
    31. Felicity Smoak (Arrow): in Seasons 1 and 2, she was an Adorkable IT Girl and the source of a lot of the show's humor. As of the third season, she has taken on several of the traits that once led to Laurel and Thea being polarizing, is consistently depicted as being in the right, constantly whining and complaining, and has had a large amount of screen-time dedicated to her subplots, more so than Roy or Diggle. In comparison, Diggle (Oliver's longest-running ally) only received a proper subplot in Season 4 because it was tied so closely to the main plot. The showrunners and most of the writers openly acknowledge that she's their favorite character. This treatment continued until Season 6, even as Felicity became more controversial, and culminated in the ultimate Never Live It Down moment: the double wedding, which many fans still haven't forgiven the character for to this very day.
    32. Malcolm Merlyn (Arrow): While he was pretty popular as the Big Bad of Season 1, his subsequent appearances in the series after his "death" have been received with far less praise by the fans. Especially as of Season 3, where he keeps finding new ways of being an absolute asshole to the team, most notably his daughter Thea, yet for some contrived reasons he is allowed to stick around, even getting a promotion from Oliver himself. Season 4, reached a whole new level, with Malcolm giving up Oliver's son out of spite and still getting away with it, with most viewers being annoyed by him at best and outright repulsed at worst. The producers liked keeping him around for far longer than it was believable.
    33. Reverse-Flash (The Flash, seasons 4-8): He is shoehorned in every season, and there are somewhere he ultimately ends as a major antagonist.
    34. Cecile Horton and Allegra Garcia (The Flash, seasons 8 and 9): Some fans feel like Cecile and Allegra have overtaken the focus despite being among the least popular of the regular cast. With Cecile being criticized for constantly being subjected to new powers as the Plot demands and having overtaken the plot from other cast members while being heavily shilled by the characters. For Allegra, she is perceived as being rather bland and out-of-place on Team Flash, yet is still excessively focused on.
    35. Brooklyn (Pinkfong and Baby Shark): He's often overused in the Pinkfong videos alongside Pinkfong himself and Hogi.
    36. Combo Panda (Ryan's World): He's the most overused character in Ryan's World while the other characters are often neglected due to this, although it's mainly because of the popularity of his own YouTube channel.
    37. Norman Price (Fireman Sam, seasons 6-onwards): He often gets way too much screentime in the seasons during his flanderization, thus he became this trope to the point where it's like nearly every episode has to involve him whether he has a major or minor role.
    38. Nellie Bertram (The Office): She became this trope in season 8 where the writers had been publicly praising Catherine Tate and overexposing her character. Not to mention, she gets even worse in season 9 considering they're giving the viewers a few additional moments where she is constantly praised in seemingly every other episode of the series.
    39. Gus Turner (Robotboy): The writers of the show tend to have him steal screen time from other characters, and her only female "friend" Lola gets the worst of this.
    40. Thomas the Tank Engine (Sharon Miller Era and All Engines Go!): Just like Dolly Dalmation, he is heavily overused to the point where he appears in every single episode, even when he's not the main character. Due to becoming this trope, the other characters in his show are either relegated to supporting roles or absent altogether.
    41. Mike and Zoey (Total Drama: All Stars): They were too overused to monopolize screen time to make them look like the main characters. While Mike was more tolerated by fans for at least having a story arc, Zoey was just a plain, generic girl that the writers tried to promote as an ultimate heroine and embodiment of goodness. This only got worse as both coast their way to the finish with very little effort and in the latter's case wins more challenges than anybody else in the season, and are the only two to receive anything resembling a happy ending to their main conflict in the season.
    42. Cassandra (Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure): She has been repeatedly accused of being this, especially after season 3. Chris Sonnenburg has often described her as a fan favorite character, while actual fan response to Cassandra has been decidedly more mixed. Detractors, in particular, tend to feel that Cassandra is very unsympathetic and that her redemption at the end is forced and unearned.
    43. Flip (The Loud House): As of season 4, he has been used more often.
    44. The New Neighbors (Om Nom Stories, formerly): A group of one-dimensional stereotypes, they often got way too much screen time (especially Baby Angry), to the point that Om Nelle and Nibble-Nom's roles dwindled a lot. They were removed after Season 26 ended.
    45. Piya (Oggy and the Cockroaches: Next Generation): In the same vein as Dolly Dalmatian, she appears in every episode of the show even when she's not a primary character, and has a lot of episodes dedicated to her (especially in the second half), even more so than Oggy and the cockroaches, the actual main characters.
    46. Chiho Sasaki (The Devil is a Part-Timer!): She is widely considered to have become this when she started getting more importance in the series than her original comedic side-character role. She gets a lot of character shilling that ignores or contradicts her less pleasant aspects, becomes the heart who meditates conflicts between Maou and Emi, and most infamously gets together with Maou in the end, instead of Emi (who Maou is widely considered to have more development and better chemistry with). As a result, much of the fanbase despises her for being an annoying Satellite Love Interest who breaks up the better couple, and her increased character focus is considered by fans who dislike the second half of the series to be a major cause of the general dip in quality.

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