History ButtMonkey / Literature

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]].
3rd Oct '15 3:09:35 PM Milarqui
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** The people of the Riverlands suffer the most in the war. Their lands have been ravaged by the Lannisters who had House Clegane and the [[PsychoForHire Bloody Murmurs]] pillage every settlement in their path, leaving the Riverlands into a corpse filled wasteland.

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** The people of the Riverlands suffer the most in the war. Their lands have been ravaged by the Lannisters who had House Clegane and the [[PsychoForHire Bloody Murmurs]] Mummers]] pillage every settlement in their path, leaving the Riverlands into a corpse filled wasteland.
30th Jul '15 7:26:04 PM igordebraga
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** Life just seems to hate Severus Snape; his past isn't a cakewalk, to say the least.

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** Life just seems to hate [[TragicVillain Severus Snape; Snape]]; his past isn't a cakewalk, to say the least.least.
** Ron's favorite [[FictionalSport Quidditch]] team, the Chudley Cannons, are comparable to most teams in [[ButtMonkey/{{Sports}} the Sports page]]. Once the Cannons' drought reached 80 years, their motto "We shall conquer" was changed to "Let's all just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best". [[http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/07/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript/ J.K. Rowling herself]] said the Cannons' only chance at a title would be to "replace the entire team and down several cauldrons of [[GoodLuckCharm Felix Felicis]]".
2nd Jun '15 3:53:47 PM Temmere
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* In Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder novel ''The Sins of the Fathers'', a young woman is raped and murdered by her male roommate, who is then immediately caught (covered in blood) by the police and hangs himself in his cell a day later. The woman's stepfather, who had been out of touch with her for a few years, hires Scudder to look into her life because he needs to understand how the crime happened (and the police, with such an open-and-shut case, have no reason to look into the circumstances any further). Scudder talks with a friend in the police department, and they both agree the stepfather is a "poor bastard." The cop points out how, even though a long police investigation and trial can be hard on a murder victim's family, it also gives them something to focus on while they adjust to the idea that their loved one is gone. But this stepfather just has everything -- his stepdaughter is dead, the killer is caught, and the killer is now dead too -- dumped on him all at once and has no idea how to deal with any of it.

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* In Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder Literature/MatthewScudder novel ''The Sins of the Fathers'', a young woman is raped and murdered by her male roommate, who is then immediately caught (covered in blood) by the police and hangs himself in his cell a day later. The woman's stepfather, who had been out of touch with her for a few years, hires Scudder to look into her life because he needs to understand how the crime happened (and the police, with such an open-and-shut case, have no reason to look into the circumstances any further). Scudder talks with a friend in the police department, and they both agree the stepfather is a "poor bastard." The cop points out how, even though a long police investigation and trial can be hard on a murder victim's family, it also gives them something to focus on while they adjust to the idea that their loved one is gone. But this stepfather just has everything -- his stepdaughter is dead, the killer is caught, and the killer is now dead too -- dumped on him all at once and has no idea how to deal with any of it.
11th Jan '15 2:18:51 AM direguy
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** The people of the Riverlands suffer the most in the war. Their lands have been ravaged by the Lannisters who had House Clegane and the [[PsychoForHire Bloody Murmurs]] pillage every settlement in their path, leaving the Riverlands into a corpse filled wasteland.
26th Oct '14 5:27:48 PM Temmere
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* In Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder novel ''The Sins of the Fathers'', a young woman is raped and murdered by her male roommate, who is then immediately caught (covered in blood) by the police and hangs himself in his cell a day later. The woman's stepfather, who had been out of touch with her for a few years, hires Scudder to look into her life because he needs to understand how the crime happened (and the police, with such an open-and-shut case, have no reason to look into the circumstances any further). Scudder talks with a friend in the police department, and they both agree the stepfather is a "poor bastard." The cop points out how, even though a long police investigation and trial can be hard on a murder victim's family, it also gives them something to focus on while they adjust to the idea that their loved one is gone. But this stepfather just has everything -- his stepdaughter is dead, the killer is caught, and the killer is now dead too -- dumped on him all at once and has no idea how to deal with any of it.
14th Oct '14 6:13:30 PM rt2012
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* The titular character in ''Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day''.
5th Sep '14 1:54:14 PM Keys2theARC
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** [[PluckyComicRelief Vaurien Scapegrace and his minion Thrasher]] are nothing but this. They don't actually affect the plot in any way, and keep showing up just to get humiliated by the heroes, or other villains.

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** [[PluckyComicRelief Vaurien Scapegrace and his minion Thrasher]] are nothing but this. They don't actually affect the plot in any way, and keep showing up just to get humiliated by the heroes, or other villains. [[ThrowTheDogABone Things do start to go their way though in the final book.]]
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