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10th Sep '17 11:30:15 AM nombretomado
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* Everyone other than the Bastard or the PFY in Simon Travaglia's BastardOperatorFromHell series of short stories.

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* Everyone other than the Bastard or the PFY in Simon Travaglia's BastardOperatorFromHell Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell series of short stories.
27th Aug '17 3:45:11 AM Doug86
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* Peter David's ''SirAproposOfNothing''. For three whole books.

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* Peter David's ''SirAproposOfNothing''.''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing''. For three whole books.
23rd Apr '17 9:53:10 AM nombretomado
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* ''SweetValleyHigh'': Jessica Wakefield, of all people. Her schemes blow up in her face, leaving her humiliated (though this is often deserved, given her malicious intentions). Her genuine efforts at improving herself (cooking classes, music lessons) end the same way. Every time she meets a guy she really likes, it falls apart. Everyone, even her own parents, blatantly favor her sister Elizabeth over her and said sister frequently lords her "perfection" over her.

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* ''SweetValleyHigh'': ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'': Jessica Wakefield, of all people. Her schemes blow up in her face, leaving her humiliated (though this is often deserved, given her malicious intentions). Her genuine efforts at improving herself (cooking classes, music lessons) end the same way. Every time she meets a guy she really likes, it falls apart. Everyone, even her own parents, blatantly favor her sister Elizabeth over her and said sister frequently lords her "perfection" over her.
24th Mar '17 2:02:32 AM WillBGood
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** This is, of course, a reflection of the philosophy of Sade's that [[SickSadWorld virtuous people finish last]]. Every virtuous character in a story of Sade's is a complete Butt Monkey.

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** This is, of course, a reflection of the philosophy of Sade's that [[SickSadWorld [[CrapsackWorld virtuous people finish last]]. Every virtuous character in a story of Sade's is a complete Butt Monkey.
24th Feb '17 3:13:16 AM LB7979
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*** Even while he [[spoiler: still was a rat, he was a Butt Monkey - it was repeatedly pointed out how shabby Scabbers (MeaningfulName) looked, and Ron, despite loving his pet rat, was also a bit ashamed of him]]. And in the third book Hermione got the big cat Crookshanks, which made life difficult for Scabbers.
12th Feb '17 6:00:11 PM twobee
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** Jim Butcher has said on several occasions that he considers it his job to make Harry Dresden's life miserable
21st Nov '16 11:02:44 PM Rebekkane
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** Lupin literally couldn't catch a break in the course of his life.
12th May '16 6:09:11 PM WillBGood
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* Born as a deformed dwarf, having his own mother die bringing him into the world, growing up being reviled and hated by his father, having his first wife gang-raped by his father's garrison, becoming the laughing stock of Westeros despite being wise and kind ([[BlackAndGrayMorality or at least not cruel]]), falsely accused of murder and imprisoned [[spoiler: twice]], protecting a city with his life only gaining more scorn, getting half his nose cut off, denied of his birthright, forced into a second marriage with a woman who finds him repulsive, [[spoiler: finding his lover in his father's bed and becoming an exile wanted by the whole of Westeros after [[Theatre/OedipusRex killing both]]]], [[spoiler: becoming a broken down drunk in exile, and getting captured, sold into slavery and nearly fed to lions for a momentary laugh from the audience of the Meerenese arena]]. Tyrion Lannister from ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' is, without a doubt, one of the best examples of a dramatic ButtMonkey.
** Another character from the same series that also could definitely be considered a Butt Monkey would be Brienne of Tarth. She's an ugly woman warrior in an incredibly sexist world who has had to deal with one of her masters dying, another one mistakenly believing she betrayed them, being a suspect in a murder she didn't commit, attempted rape, getting put in a bear pit for [[PsychoForHire someone's]] sick amusement, and being constantly mocked. Not to mention her issues with [[ShipTease unrequited love]].

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Tyrion Lannister.
Born as a deformed dwarf, having his own mother die bringing him into the world, growing up being reviled and hated by his father, having his first wife gang-raped by his father's garrison, becoming the laughing stock of Westeros despite being wise and kind ([[BlackAndGrayMorality or at least not cruel]]), falsely accused of murder and imprisoned [[spoiler: twice]], protecting a city with his life only gaining more scorn, getting half his nose cut off, denied of his birthright, forced into a second marriage with a woman who finds him repulsive, [[spoiler: finding his lover in his father's bed and becoming an exile wanted by the whole of Westeros after [[Theatre/OedipusRex killing both]]]], [[spoiler: becoming a broken down drunk in exile, and getting captured, sold into slavery and nearly fed to lions for a momentary laugh from the audience of the Meerenese arena]]. Tyrion Lannister from ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' is, without Without a doubt, doubt one of the best examples of a dramatic ButtMonkey.
** Another character from the same series Tyrion's sister, Cersei, is also this. She's beautiful, tough, resilient, brave, it's impossible not to like her. However she's sort of trying to be a MagnificentBitch but [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain failing miserably]]. She's spent her life living in fear of a prophecy that also could definitely be considered a Butt Monkey one day her life would basically fall apart and then she'd be ignominiously killed so all of her efforts are dedicated to protecting her children and escaping this prophecy through manipulative attempts at power-grabbing that ineveriably blow up in her face. As Petyr Baelish points out, while Cersei desires power, she has no idea how to wield it and while she thinks she is a player in the Game of Thrones, she usually just ends up being a pawn. However she does now have Gregor Clegane on her side so things should start looking up for her.
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Brienne of Tarth. She's an ugly woman warrior in an incredibly sexist world who has had to deal with one of her masters dying, another one mistakenly believing she betrayed them, being a suspect in a murder she didn't commit, attempted rape, getting put in a bear pit for [[PsychoForHire someone's]] sick amusement, and being constantly mocked. Not to mention her issues with [[ShipTease unrequited love]].



*** The entire Stark Family seems to be the Butt Monkey clan of Westeros.
**** Every time you ask "When will the next book come out?", George R. R. Martin kills a Stark. Please, won't you think of the Starks?



** Tyrion's sister, Cersei, is also this. She's beautiful, tough, resilient, brave, it's impossible not to like her. However she's sort of trying to be a MagnificentBitch but [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain failing miserably]]. She's spent her life living in fear of a prophecy that one day her life would basically fall apart and then she'd be ignominiously killed so all of her efforts are dedicated to protecting her children and escaping this prophecy through manipulative attempts at power-grabbing that ineveriably blow up in her face. As Petyr Baelish points out, while Cersei desires power, she has no idea how to wield it and while she thinks she is a player in the Game of Thrones, she usually just ends up being a pawn. However she does now have Gregor Clegane on her side so things should start looking up for her.



* Carrie White in Stephen King's ''{{Carrie}}'' early on is described as both heavily abused at home, school, and summer camp, as well as a perpetual screw-up.

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* Carrie White in Stephen King's ''{{Carrie}}'' ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' early on is described as both heavily abused at home, school, and summer camp, as well as a perpetual screw-up.



* Rincewind, from Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. He doesn't just want to be left alone, he actually wants his life to be ''boring''. But due partly to being the [[CosmicPlaything pawn of Luck]], and partly to his own self-defeating cowardice, he always ends up in the middle of some gigantic disaster surrounded by people who want him dead.
** Lampshaded (hilariously) in ''Discworld/TheLastHero''.

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* Rincewind, from Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''.''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Rincewind.
He doesn't just want to be left alone, he actually wants his life to be ''boring''. But due partly to being the [[CosmicPlaything pawn of Luck]], and partly to his own self-defeating cowardice, he always ends up in the middle of some gigantic disaster surrounded by people who want him dead.
** *** Lampshaded (hilariously) in ''Discworld/TheLastHero''.



** Also from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, the Bursar. He went insane, and accidents are constantly happening to him; if someone throws away something, you can bet that it's going to hit the Bursar. Mind you, he doesn't seem to notice.

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** Also from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, the Bursar. He went insane, and accidents are constantly happening to him; if someone throws away something, you can bet that it's going to hit the Bursar. Mind you, he doesn't seem to notice.



* Neville Longbottom was very much the Butt Monkey for the first four ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books, being there mainly just as a source of comic relief. However he TookALevelInBadass in the fifth book and if you're laughing at him by the seventh book, you have a very weird sense of humour.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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Neville Longbottom was very much the Butt Monkey for the first four ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books, being there mainly just as a source of comic relief. However he TookALevelInBadass in the fifth book and if you're laughing at him by the seventh book, you have a very weird sense of humour.



* Agrajag in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' books has his fate intertwined with Arthur Dent's in a unique way. He has been reincarnated as a bowl of petunias, a baby rabbit, and a cricket spectator, not to mention countless flies and other bugs, all of which died at least in part due to Arthur Dent's actions. Agrajag suspects malice on Arthur's part, but Arthur insists it's just "the universe playing silly buggers with the pair of us."
** Reading carefully, it seems indeed ''every single thing'' for whose death Arthur is in any part responsible is an incarnation of Agrajag, and every single incarnation of Agrajag is killed at the hands of Arthur. It's understandable that he'd hold a grudge....

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* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'':
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Agrajag in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' books has his fate intertwined with Arthur Dent's in a unique way. He has been reincarnated as a bowl of petunias, a baby rabbit, and a cricket spectator, not to mention countless flies and other bugs, all of which died at least in part due to Arthur Dent's actions. Agrajag suspects malice on Arthur's part, but Arthur insists it's just "the universe playing silly buggers with the pair of us."
** *** Reading carefully, it seems indeed ''every single thing'' for whose death Arthur is in any part responsible is an incarnation of Agrajag, and every single incarnation of Agrajag is killed at the hands of Arthur. It's understandable that he'd hold a grudge....



** Even though things work out for her in the end, Fanny Price of ''Literature/MansfieldPark'' would certainly count. She's constantly berated by her own relatives for coming from a poor family, despite doing nothing to antagonise them and is then relentlessly harassed by Henry Crawford, who just can't seem to accept she doesn't want to marry him.

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** * Even though things work out for her in the end, Fanny Price of ''Literature/MansfieldPark'' would certainly count. She's constantly berated by her own relatives for coming from a poor family, despite doing nothing to antagonise them and is then relentlessly harassed by Henry Crawford, who just can't seem to accept she doesn't want to marry him.
28th Nov '15 12:01:57 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': [[spoiler:Poor Boggs. His life is a string of tribulations, from Katniss puking all over him to Gale breaking his nose to getting his legs blown off and dying horribly. The closest he comes to complaining is a sigh when Katniss pukes on him.]]
16th Nov '15 2:07:39 AM Anddrix
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* In ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'', nothing goes well for Al. He is too afraid of hurting others to actually fight during the first phase of initiation, the fear serum destroys his mind in the second phase, he's attracted to a girl who'd much rather prefer their instructor, when he messes up said girl refuses to forgive him, [[spoiler:and he commits suicide]].
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