Characters that almost single-handedly ruined a television show

Scrappy Doo — Scooby Doo

For decades, Scooby Doo and his pals at Mystery Inc. have unmasked ghoulish villains who no doubt would have gotten away with their crimes had it not been for those meddling kids. In 1979, however, there was a push to cancel Scooby, due to repetitive episodes and sagging ratings. Producers Hanna-Barbera pulled out a Hail Mary pass, introducing Scooby’s feisty nephew Scrappy Doo, hoping he would save the day. The series was renewed, although the diminutive pup would cause a ripple effect still felt today.

While Scooby and his best pal Shaggy were always afraid of the monsters they faced, tiny canine sparkplug Scrappy was the exact opposite. Like a frat boy with roid rage, Scrappy was always looking for a fight, screaming lines like “Lemme at ’em!” and “Puppy power!” Scrappy soon tossed the natural balance that came from Scooby and Shaggy’s cowardly reactions to the mysteries upside down. While Scooby and Shaggy’s antic often set up gags, and even helped to accidentally catch the bad guys, Scrappy had but one trait: he challenged everyone to a fight before being yanked away.

Despite Scrappy sucking the air out of the room, he even got equal title billing with Scooby for the following season, while Fred, Velma and Daphne — despite their years of service – were now benched. Imagine losing your job to the dog you can’t housebreak.

Years later, in Scooby’s first live-action feature film, Scrappy was portrayed as a disrespectful, exiled member of Mystery, Inc., who urinated on other members of the team (good times) before — spoiler – he gets revealed as the big bad. So to review: Scooby, all time classic. Scrappy? Best left in the kennel.