History ButtMonkey / Theatre

17th Oct '15 7:01:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* Arguably the original Butt Monkey can be found in the character of Pedrolino from the CommediaDellArte. Pedrolino is eternally in unrequited love, and is also the butt of every available joke. In family Commedia troupes, this role would be given to the youngest member of the family.
* Kilroy from ''DontDrinkTheWater'' is such an annoying kiss-ass that there's a RunningGag throughout the second act of him getting horribly injured: he slips and breaks his arm, gets hit in the head with a brick, causing him to go crazy, and to top it off Walter accidentally shoots him!

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* Arguably the original Butt Monkey can be found in the character of Pedrolino from the CommediaDellArte.''Theatre/CommediaDellArte''. Pedrolino is eternally in unrequited love, and is also the butt of every available joke. In family Commedia troupes, this role would be given to the youngest member of the family.
* Kilroy from ''DontDrinkTheWater'' ''Theatre/DontDrinkTheWater'' is such an annoying kiss-ass that there's a RunningGag throughout the second act of him getting horribly injured: he slips and breaks his arm, gets hit in the head with a brick, causing him to go crazy, and to top it off Walter accidentally shoots him!
25th Sep '15 4:15:22 PM wubbledaddy
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** Thurio in "Theatre/TwoGentlemenofVerona"
5th Sep '14 11:51:23 AM Prfnoff
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* In the ballet ''Fancy Free'', one of the three sailors always gets conned by his two buddies into having to pay for everything.

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* In the ballet ''Fancy Free'', one of the three sailors always gets conned by his two buddies into having to pay for everything.everything at the bar.
5th Sep '14 11:17:05 AM Prfnoff
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* Stella in ''A Streetcar Named Desire''. She's basically put between a rock and a hard place, forced to side with either her psycho, gold-digging, mooching sister Blanche or her boorish, abusive husband Stanley. Even after Stanley hits her ''while pregnant'' and later rapes Blanche, she ends up having to side with Stanley.
* Arguably the original Butt Monkey can be found in the character of Pedrolino from the ''Commedia dell'Arte''. Pedrolino is eternally in unrequited love, and is also the butt of every available joke. In family Commedia troupes, this role would be given to the youngest member of the family.

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* Stella in ''A Streetcar Named Desire''.''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire''. She's basically put between a rock and a hard place, forced to side with either her psycho, gold-digging, mooching sister Blanche or her boorish, abusive husband Stanley. Even after Stanley hits her ''while pregnant'' and later rapes Blanche, she ends up having to side with Stanley.
* Arguably the original Butt Monkey can be found in the character of Pedrolino from the ''Commedia dell'Arte''.CommediaDellArte. Pedrolino is eternally in unrequited love, and is also the butt of every available joke. In family Commedia troupes, this role would be given to the youngest member of the family.



* MissSaigon: Kim. Orphaned when her parents and other family members are killed in an attack, forced to work as a prostitute to support herself--this is how she loses her ''virginity''--has the love of her life all but literally ripped away from her during the Fall of Saigon, has to endure pregnancy and childbirth all on her own, lives in poverty, has to kill her cousin when he tries to kill her mixed-race son, flees to Bangkok, finally thinks she's going to be reunited with her lover after three long years (and this belief is basically the only thing that has sustained her all this time), only to find that he's married and his wife doesn't want her or the kid around, and finally ''kills herself'' both out of grief and to force them to take the child to America with them. Oh, and by the time this is all done, she's all of 20-21 years old.

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* MissSaigon: ''Theatre/MissSaigon'': Kim. Orphaned when her parents and other family members are killed in an attack, forced to work as a prostitute to support herself--this is how she loses her ''virginity''--has the love of her life all but literally ripped away from her during the Fall of Saigon, has to endure pregnancy and childbirth all on her own, lives in poverty, has to kill her cousin when he tries to kill her mixed-race son, flees to Bangkok, finally thinks she's going to be reunited with her lover after three long years (and this belief is basically the only thing that has sustained her all this time), only to find that he's married and his wife doesn't want her or the kid around, and finally ''kills herself'' both out of grief and to force them to take the child to America with them. Oh, and by the time this is all done, she's all of 20-21 years old.


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* In the ballet ''Fancy Free'', one of the three sailors always gets conned by his two buddies into having to pay for everything.
4th May '14 2:41:48 AM SeptimusHeap
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** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. He's a haughty Puritan who doesn't like roistering, it's true, and has a daft infatuation for Olivia, but being mistaken for mad and incarcerated leaves something of a bitter taste in modern viewers' mouths. Another Butt Monkey of epic proportions is Sir Andrew Aguecheek, UpperClassTwit extraordinaire. Dense, naive and good natured, with absolutely nothing going for him except for his money, it's possibly a good thing he's so stupid as he never seems to realise the contempt everyone else holds him in. He tries to woo Olivia with no success, his 'friend' [[UpperClassWit Sir Toby]] is forever sponging off him... He can't even get a challenge to a duel right!

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** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. He's a haughty Puritan who doesn't like roistering, it's true, and has a daft infatuation for Olivia, but being mistaken for mad and incarcerated leaves something of a bitter taste in modern viewers' mouths. Another Butt Monkey of epic proportions is Sir Andrew Aguecheek, UpperClassTwit extraordinaire. Dense, naive and good natured, with absolutely nothing going for him except for his money, it's possibly a good thing he's so stupid as he never seems to realise the contempt everyone else holds him in. He tries to woo Olivia with no success, his 'friend' [[UpperClassWit [[GentlemanSnarker Sir Toby]] is forever sponging off him... He can't even get a challenge to a duel right!
23rd Dec '13 12:47:28 AM FirebirdMaximus
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* There are dozens of Shakespearean examples. The most extreme would be the entire cast of ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', not just its criminally naive hero (one character, the perpetually stupid Roderigo, is even referred to in the cast list as "a gulled gentleman"). Iago, revolting creep that he is, grins as he puts them all through hell.
** Another major example would be Shylock of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice''. He's forced to endure endless abuse from the Venetians, his daughter runs off with a Christian and steals his dead wife's ring, he's forced to convert and give up his profession in a trial that's completely unfair... Yes, his wish for a pound of flesh is villainous, but ValuesDissonance has made this alleged "comedy" almost unwatchable.
** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. He's a haughty Puritan who doesn't like roistering, it's true, and has a daft infatuation for Olivia, but being mistaken for mad and incarcerated leaves something of a bitter taste in modern viewers' mouths. Another Butt Monkey of epic proportions is Sir Andrew Aguecheek, UpperClassTwit extraordinaire. Dense, naive and good natured, with absolutely nothing going for him except for his money, it's possibly a good thing he's so stupid as he never seems to realise the contempt everyone else holds him in. He tries to woo Olivia with no success, his 'friend' [[UpperClassWit Sir Toby]] is forever sponging off him... He can't even get a challenge to a duel right!
** In ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', everyone at least breaks even, except for Hortensio, who gets beaten up by Kate and ends up marrying a [[OldMaid widow]] who hates him, but needs a husband to be reaccepted into Paduan society.
** Ophelia in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (although almost everyone in that play could qualify).

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* Stella in ''A Streetcar Named Desire''. She's basically put between a rock and a hard place,
forced to endure endless abuse from the Venetians, his daughter runs off side with a Christian either her psycho, gold-digging, mooching sister Blanche or her boorish, abusive husband Stanley. Even after Stanley hits her ''while pregnant'' and steals his dead wife's ring, he's forced to convert and give up his profession in a trial that's completely unfair... Yes, his wish for a pound of flesh is villainous, but ValuesDissonance has made this alleged "comedy" almost unwatchable.
** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. He's a haughty Puritan who doesn't like roistering, it's true, and has a daft infatuation for Olivia, but being mistaken for mad and incarcerated leaves something of a bitter taste in modern viewers' mouths. Another Butt Monkey of epic proportions is Sir Andrew Aguecheek, UpperClassTwit extraordinaire. Dense, naive and good natured, with absolutely nothing going for him except for his money, it's possibly a good thing he's so stupid as he never seems to realise the contempt everyone else holds him in. He tries to woo Olivia with no success, his 'friend' [[UpperClassWit Sir Toby]] is forever sponging off him... He can't even get a challenge to a duel right!
** In ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', everyone at least breaks even, except for Hortensio, who gets beaten up by Kate and
later rapes Blanche, she ends up marrying a [[OldMaid widow]] who hates him, but needs a husband having to be reaccepted into Paduan society.
** Ophelia in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (although almost everyone in that play could qualify).
side with Stanley.



* ''Theatre/TheDuchessOfMalfi''. Poor girl. All she wanted was to get married... and look at the horrors that unleashes! Imprisonment, mental torture, her eventual murder... Her hapless husband Antonio also applies. ''Malfi'' probably has the earliest instance of the hitman being something of a Butt Monkey too.



* MissSaigon: Kim. Orphaned when her parents and other family members are killed in an attack, forced to work as a prostitute to support herself--this is how she loses her ''virginity''--has the love of her life all but literally ripped away from her during the Fall of Saigon, has to endure pregnancy and childbirth all on her own, lives in poverty, has to kill her cousin when he tries to kill her mixed-race son, flees to Bangkok, finally thinks she's going to be reunited with her lover after three long years (and this belief is basically the only thing that has sustained her all this time), only to find that he's married and his wife doesn't want her or the kid around, and finally ''kills herself'' both out of grief and to force them to take the child to America with them. Oh, and by the time this is all done, she's all of 20-21 years old.



* Stella in ''A Streetcar Named Desire''. She's basically put between a rock and a hard place, forced to side with either her psycho, gold-digging, mooching sister Blanche or her boorish, abusive husband Stanley. Even after Stanley hits her ''while pregnant'' and later rapes Blanche, she ends up having to side with Stanley.
* MissSaigon: Kim. Orphaned when her parents and other family members are killed in an attack, forced to work as a prostitute to support herself--this is how she loses her ''virginity''--has the love of her life all but literally ripped away from her during the Fall of Saigon, has to endure pregnancy and childbirth all on her own, lives in poverty, has to kill her cousin when he tries to kill her mixed-race son, flees to Bangkok, finally thinks she's going to be reunited with her lover after three long years (and this belief is basically the only thing that has sustained her all this time), only to find that he's married and his wife doesn't want her or the kid around, and finally ''kills herself'' both out of grief and to force them to take the child to America with them. Oh, and by the time this is all done, she's all of 20-21 years old.
* ''Theatre/TheDuchessOfMalfi''. Poor girl. All she wanted was to get married... and look at the horrors that unleashes! Imprisonment, mental torture, her eventual murder... Her hapless husband Antonio also applies. ''Malfi'' probably has the earliest instance of the hitman being something of a Butt Monkey too.

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* Stella There are dozens of Shakespearean examples. The most extreme would be the entire cast of ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', not just its criminally naive hero (one character, the perpetually stupid Roderigo, is even referred to in ''A Streetcar Named Desire''. She's basically put between a rock and a hard place, the cast list as "a gulled gentleman"). Iago, revolting creep that he is, grins as he puts them all through hell.
** Another major example would be Shylock of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice''. He's
forced to side endure endless abuse from the Venetians, his daughter runs off with either her psycho, gold-digging, mooching sister Blanche or her boorish, abusive husband Stanley. Even after Stanley hits her ''while pregnant'' a Christian and later rapes Blanche, she ends up having to side with Stanley.
* MissSaigon: Kim. Orphaned when her parents and other family members are killed in an attack,
steals his dead wife's ring, he's forced to work as convert and give up his profession in a prostitute to support herself--this trial that's completely unfair... Yes, his wish for a pound of flesh is how she loses her ''virginity''--has the love of her life all villainous, but literally ripped away from her during the Fall of Saigon, ValuesDissonance has to endure pregnancy and childbirth all on her own, lives in poverty, has to kill her cousin when he tries to kill her mixed-race son, flees to Bangkok, finally thinks she's going to be reunited with her lover after three long years (and made this belief is basically the only thing that has sustained her all this time), only to find that he's married and his wife alleged "comedy" almost unwatchable.
** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. He's a haughty Puritan who
doesn't want her or the kid around, like roistering, it's true, and finally ''kills herself'' both out of grief and to force them to take the child to America with them. Oh, and by the time this is all done, she's all of 20-21 years old.
* ''Theatre/TheDuchessOfMalfi''. Poor girl. All she wanted was to get married... and look at the horrors that unleashes! Imprisonment, mental torture, her eventual murder... Her hapless husband Antonio also applies. ''Malfi'' probably
has the earliest instance of the hitman a daft infatuation for Olivia, but being mistaken for mad and incarcerated leaves something of a bitter taste in modern viewers' mouths. Another Butt Monkey too.of epic proportions is Sir Andrew Aguecheek, UpperClassTwit extraordinaire. Dense, naive and good natured, with absolutely nothing going for him except for his money, it's possibly a good thing he's so stupid as he never seems to realise the contempt everyone else holds him in. He tries to woo Olivia with no success, his 'friend' [[UpperClassWit Sir Toby]] is forever sponging off him... He can't even get a challenge to a duel right!
** In ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', everyone at least breaks even, except for Hortensio, who gets beaten up by Kate and ends up marrying a [[OldMaid widow]] who hates him, but needs a husband to be reaccepted into Paduan society.
** Ophelia in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (although almost everyone in that play could qualify).
22nd Sep '13 1:27:38 PM Prfnoff
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* Herman in ''TheMostHappyFella''.

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* In ''Theatre/TheMostHappyFella'', Herman in ''TheMostHappyFella''.gets pushed around a lot by Pasquale and the other workers, but he has no complaints until the last scene.
22nd Feb '13 10:08:52 AM suparman
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** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. He's a haughty Puritan who doesn't like roistering, it's true, and has a daft infatuation for Olivia, but being mistaken for mad and incarcerated leaves something of a bitter taste in modern viewers' mouths. Another Butt Monkey of epic proportions is [[UpperClassTwit Sir Andrew]]. Dense, naive and good natured, with absolutely nothing going for him except for his money, it's possibly a good thing he's so stupid as he never seems to realise the contempt everyone else holds him in. He tries to woo Olivia with no success, his 'friend' [[UpperClassWit Sir Toby]] is forever sponging off him... He can't even get a challenge to a duel right!

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** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. He's a haughty Puritan who doesn't like roistering, it's true, and has a daft infatuation for Olivia, but being mistaken for mad and incarcerated leaves something of a bitter taste in modern viewers' mouths. Another Butt Monkey of epic proportions is [[UpperClassTwit Sir Andrew]].Andrew Aguecheek, UpperClassTwit extraordinaire. Dense, naive and good natured, with absolutely nothing going for him except for his money, it's possibly a good thing he's so stupid as he never seems to realise the contempt everyone else holds him in. He tries to woo Olivia with no success, his 'friend' [[UpperClassWit Sir Toby]] is forever sponging off him... He can't even get a challenge to a duel right!
19th Jan '13 2:10:35 PM suparman
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** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. He's a haughty Puritan who doesn't like roistering, it's true, and has a daft infatuation for Olivia, but being mistaken for mad and incarcerated leaves something of a bitter taste in modern viewers' mouths. Another Butt Monkey of epic proportions is [[UpperClassTwit Sir Andrew]]. Dense, naive and good natured, with absolutely nothing going for him except for his money, it's possibly a good thing he's so stupid as he never seems to realise the contempt everyone else holds him in. He tries to woo Olivia with no success, his 'friend' Sir Toby is forever sponging off him... He can't even get a challenge to a duel right!

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** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. He's a haughty Puritan who doesn't like roistering, it's true, and has a daft infatuation for Olivia, but being mistaken for mad and incarcerated leaves something of a bitter taste in modern viewers' mouths. Another Butt Monkey of epic proportions is [[UpperClassTwit Sir Andrew]]. Dense, naive and good natured, with absolutely nothing going for him except for his money, it's possibly a good thing he's so stupid as he never seems to realise the contempt everyone else holds him in. He tries to woo Olivia with no success, his 'friend' [[UpperClassWit Sir Toby Toby]] is forever sponging off him... He can't even get a challenge to a duel right!
19th Jan '13 2:09:59 PM suparman
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** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. He's a haughty Puritan who doesn't like roistering, it's true, and has a daft infatuation for Olivia, but being mistaken for mad and incarcerated leaves something of a bitter taste in modern viewers' mouths. Another Butt Monkey of epic proportions is Sir Andrew. Dense, naive and good natured, it's possibly a good thing he's so stupid as he never seems to realise the contempt everyone else holds him in. He tries to woo Olivia with no success, his 'friend' Sir Toby is forever sponging off him... He can't even get a challenge to a duel right!

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** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. He's a haughty Puritan who doesn't like roistering, it's true, and has a daft infatuation for Olivia, but being mistaken for mad and incarcerated leaves something of a bitter taste in modern viewers' mouths. Another Butt Monkey of epic proportions is [[UpperClassTwit Sir Andrew. Andrew]]. Dense, naive and good natured, with absolutely nothing going for him except for his money, it's possibly a good thing he's so stupid as he never seems to realise the contempt everyone else holds him in. He tries to woo Olivia with no success, his 'friend' Sir Toby is forever sponging off him... He can't even get a challenge to a duel right!
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