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* Webvideo/{{React}} Gaming has most episodes running on two sides of how it's fun to watch teens\adults suffer: horror games (bonus if UsefulNotes/OculusRift is employed, as the immersion heightens the JumpScare [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl effectiveness]]), or NintendoHard stuff (particular mention to ''Videogame/{{Battletoads}}'' and its FriendlyFire).
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* Hex from ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' tends to horribly and creatively maim and murder over annoyances and perceived slights, Charby also has a habit of dishing out DisproportionateRetribution to humans though he slowly gets better about this after accidentally befriending a human MonsterHunter.
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* ''Film/{{Help}}'': John, most notably, but really all of them; at some point, each suggests cutting Ringo's finger off (John does so holding a steak knife and says it would be like "having a tooth out"), and George, Ringo and John's complete non-reaction when Ringo supposedly [[ItMakesSenseInContext squashes Paul]].
21st Jun '17 9:28:09 AM narm00
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* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Cross's emotional and physical abuse of Allen is usually [[DudeNotFunny played for laughs]]. However, this was more in the anime which was apart of Cross' AdaptationalVillainy. In the manga, Allen has only suffered genuine trauma with the amount of debts he's had to pay off due to Cross. Whereas in the anime, Cross abandons Allen to be beaten by thugs, orders Allen to bring him man-eating animals, throws him to legions of Akuma without training him, and had Allen so scarred that he believed that all generals were evil due to his experience with Cross. But WordOfGod says Cross considers Allen to be his son, and he was never portrayed as badly in the manga.

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* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Cross's emotional and physical abuse of Allen is usually [[DudeNotFunny played for laughs]]. However, this was more in the anime which was apart a part of Cross' AdaptationalVillainy. In the manga, Allen has only suffered genuine trauma with the amount of debts he's had to pay off due to Cross. Whereas in the anime, Cross abandons Allen to be beaten by thugs, orders Allen to bring him man-eating animals, throws him to legions of Akuma without training him, and had Allen so scarred that he believed that all generals were evil due to his experience with Cross. But WordOfGod says Cross considers Allen to be his son, and he was never portrayed as badly in the manga.



* Somehow, ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' manages to pull of the feat of playing Comedic Sociopathy for laughs... and, yes, this statement takes into consideration the fact that Comedic Sociopathy is already playing sociopathy for laughs.
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', although Rosette is firmly portrayed as a very caring individual, she has several moments where she flies off the handle and doesn't think about how much destruction she's causing (or how much abuse she's putting poor Chrono through). This is {{justified|Trope}}, however--Rosette's HotBlooded enough that she's probably ''genuinely'' not realizing what she's doing in the heat of the moment, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Chrono can regenerate]] (and any major use of his powers hurts ''her'' more than him anyway), and whenever someone's shown as being actually hurt by her rambunctiousness, she's always horrified and repentant.

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* Somehow, ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' manages to pull of off the feat of playing Comedic Sociopathy for laughs... and, yes, this statement takes into consideration the fact that Comedic Sociopathy is already playing sociopathy for laughs.
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', although Rosette is firmly portrayed as a very caring individual, she has several moments where she flies off the handle and doesn't think about how much destruction she's causing (or how much abuse she's putting poor Chrono through). This is {{justified|Trope}}, however--Rosette's however -- Rosette's HotBlooded enough that she's probably ''genuinely'' not realizing what she's doing in the heat of the moment, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Chrono can regenerate]] (and any major use of his powers hurts ''her'' more than him anyway), and whenever someone's shown as being actually hurt by her rambunctiousness, she's always horrified and repentant.



* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'': Shizuo is always throwing heavy things ([[MemeticMutation vending machines]], trash cans...) at anyone that made him angry; especially [[BerserkButton Izaya]]. However, Izaya doesn't seem to have any damage from it, and gives back as much in the form of fast moving cars, knife assaults, and hits on Shizuo's life. (It's a strange relationship.)
* ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' has this in approximately 90% of humor associated with Hamel. in [[MoodWhiplash Whenever the mood switches from serious to comedic]], he acts like an absolute asshole towards his companions, ''particularly'' the girl he secretly loves, as well as unfortunate bystanders. And, like everything else in this manga, his Comedic Sociopathy is quite over the top. In other words, which half of his JerkWithAHeartOfGold personality is currently dominant depends on whether the scene is supposed to be humorous or not.

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* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'': Shizuo is always throwing heavy things ([[MemeticMutation vending machines]], trash cans...) at anyone that made him angry; angry, especially [[BerserkButton Izaya]]. However, Izaya doesn't seem to have any damage from it, and gives back as much in the form of fast moving cars, knife assaults, and hits on Shizuo's life. (It's a strange relationship.)
* ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' has this in approximately 90% of humor associated with Hamel. in [[MoodWhiplash Whenever the mood switches from serious to comedic]], he acts like an absolute asshole towards his companions, ''particularly'' the girl he secretly loves, as well as unfortunate bystanders. And, like everything else in this manga, his Comedic Sociopathy is quite over the top. In other words, which half of his JerkWithAHeartOfGold personality is currently dominant depends on whether the scene is supposed to be humorous or not.



* ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts''. It's one of the most extreme examples out there! The two men, Akihisa Yoshi and Yuuji Sakamoto are abused by their own admirers in just about every episode over the stupidest stuff! Yuuji's admirer Shouko is particularly nasty as she pokes out his eyeballs frequently so he can't look at other girls, tazes him, makes him go to school without his pants, and even drowns him just so she can give him CPR! What's more is that Yuuji's friends support the relationship and even sometimes encourages Shouko to beat on him! She's even popular among the fanbase!
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'': Let's start with Tomoe, Nanami's {{Kitsune}} familiar. His idea of a fair and proper fight involves ''torture'' with one good example being how combines BalefulPolymorph with FauxFlame; transforming his opponent into livestock with the intent to cook them alive and eat them. Then we have the main villian of the series, Akura-Ou, a PsychopathicManchild whose smiling happy-go-lucky and silly while committing war crimes. No, this is not a horror show; it's a RomanticComedy.

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* ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts''. It's one of the most extreme examples out there! The two men, Akihisa Yoshi and Yuuji Sakamoto Sakamoto, are abused by their own admirers in just about every episode over the stupidest stuff! Yuuji's admirer Shouko is particularly nasty as she pokes out his eyeballs frequently so he can't look at other girls, tazes him, makes him go to school without his pants, and even drowns him just so she can give him CPR! What's more is that Yuuji's friends support the relationship and even sometimes encourages encourage Shouko to beat on him! She's even popular among the fanbase!
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'': Let's start with Tomoe, Nanami's {{Kitsune}} familiar. His idea of a fair and proper fight involves ''torture'' ''torture'', with one good example being how he combines BalefulPolymorph with FauxFlame; FauxFlame, transforming his opponent into livestock with the intent to cook them alive and eat them. Then we have the main villian villain of the series, Akura-Ou, a PsychopathicManchild whose smiling happy-go-lucky and silly while committing war crimes. No, this is not a horror show; it's a RomanticComedy.



* One of main reason for people who dropped ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' (as pointed in one of [[http://randomc.net/2014/11/07/shigatsu-wa-kimi-uso-05/ anime review site]] that skip reviewing between episode 6-11) is because its [[HeroicBSOD traumatic]] main character, Kousei, is prone to the abuse such as being kicked, slapped, or thrown with stuffs by [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale the girls, Tsubaki and Kaori]]. This become less during the latter half of the show, though. [[spoiler: Also, in the end, one of them (Kaori) is apologized to him via her [[DeadManWriting posthumous letter]] for being mean and hit him all this time]].

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* One of the main reason reasons for people who dropped to drop ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' (as pointed in out on one of [[http://randomc.net/2014/11/07/shigatsu-wa-kimi-uso-05/ anime review site]] that skip skipped reviewing between episode episodes 6-11) is because its [[HeroicBSOD traumatic]] traumatized]] main character, Kousei, is prone to the abuse being abused, such as being kicked, slapped, or having stuff thrown with stuffs at him by [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale the girls, Tsubaki and Kaori]]. This become becomes less during the latter half of the show, though. [[spoiler: Also, in the end, one of them (Kaori) is apologized apologizes to him via her [[DeadManWriting posthumous letter]] for being mean and hit hitting him all this time]].



* The princess from ''Manga/MaouJouDeOyasumi'' causes at least one death ''per chapter'' in her quest for a good night's sleep, and on several occasions has even committed mass genocide. The only reason the Demon Lord's castle isn't completely empty is because DeathIsCheap.

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* The princess from ''Manga/MaouJouDeOyasumi'' causes at least one death ''per chapter'' in her quest for a good night's sleep, sleep in the Demon Lord's castle, and on several occasions has even committed mass genocide. The only reason the Demon Lord's castle isn't completely empty is because DeathIsCheap.



* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'': with how the players and [[GameMaster Hackmasters]] relate to each other. {{Justified|Trope}}, as it's an outgrowth of the KillerGamemaster philosophy that dominated [[TabletopRPG roleplaying games]] the time period the comic parodies--Hackmasters were expected to show players no mercy and players were expected to twist the knife if they got even a smidgen of an advantage. This, however, only applies within the game... it's considered in very poor taste between the characters to invoke this trope in RealLife. {{Jerkass}}es like [[SmallNameBigEgo Stevil]] and [[TheRealMan Bob]] still pull it, but they're much more likely to get called on it.

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* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'': with how the players and [[GameMaster Hackmasters]] relate to each other. {{Justified|Trope}}, as it's an outgrowth of the KillerGamemaster philosophy that dominated [[TabletopRPG roleplaying games]] the time period the comic parodies--Hackmasters parodies -- Hackmasters were expected to show players no mercy and players were expected to twist the knife if they got even a smidgen of an advantage. This, however, only applies within the game... it's considered in very poor taste between the characters to invoke this trope in RealLife. {{Jerkass}}es like [[SmallNameBigEgo Stevil]] and [[TheRealMan Bob]] still pull it, but they're much more likely to get called on it.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' has a few minor examples, which would be quite throwaway if they didn't [[BrokenAesop undermine the movies' central Aesop]]. "It's what inside that counts" is all fine and good--except that Shrek and Fiona will behave like [[TheHedonist hedonistic]] {{sociopath|icHero}}s whenever it doesn't affect the plot. (They get better.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' has a few minor examples, which would be quite throwaway if they didn't [[BrokenAesop undermine the movies' central Aesop]]. "It's what inside that counts" is all fine and good--except good -- except that Shrek and Fiona will behave like [[TheHedonist hedonistic]] {{sociopath|icHero}}s whenever it doesn't affect the plot. (They get better.)



** Having to bring a pregnant woman to the hospital and ''assist'' her during delivery--while he himself has an appointment to make with his girlfriend.
** Stopping a fistfight on his way to the said appointment--''and getting arrested along with the two quarreling dudes''. To add insult to the injury, he was set free ''several hours later'' just because he did not immediately say he was not part of the trouble (he was saying that fact ''all along, even during the arrest'').

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** Having to bring a pregnant woman to the hospital and ''assist'' her during delivery--while delivery -- while he himself has an appointment to make with his girlfriend.
** Stopping a fistfight on his way to the said appointment--''and appointment -- ''and getting arrested along with the two quarreling dudes''. To add insult to the injury, he was set free ''several hours later'' just because he did not immediately say he was not part of the trouble (he was saying that fact ''all along, even during the arrest'').



* The description points out that this is just as likely to show up on ''Series/SesameStreet''--for instance, the blue guy Grover always ends up waiting on ("[[OhNoNotAgain Oh, not you again]]!"). Poor guy usually just wants his lunch--but if you sympathize with him, the humor is lost. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C8nl8eBoq0 Here, watch the poor guy try to explain that he has a fly in his soup]].

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* The description points out that this is just as likely to show up on ''Series/SesameStreet''--for ''Series/SesameStreet'' -- for instance, the blue guy Grover always ends up waiting on ("[[OhNoNotAgain Oh, not you again]]!"). Poor guy usually just wants his lunch--but lunch -- but if you sympathize with him, the humor is lost. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C8nl8eBoq0 Here, watch the poor guy try to explain that he has a fly in his soup]].



* Series/{{Merlin}} is one of the most lovable characters ever, but it's still funny as hell when Arthur throws stuff at him--until Merlin escapes Arthur's presence, and we see him with a character sympathetic to his plight. Suddenly, it isn't funny anymore... until the next time, and then it's hilarious again. The BelligerentSexualTension doesn't hurt with the funniness, though.

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* Series/{{Merlin}} is one of the most lovable characters ever, but it's still funny as hell when Arthur throws stuff at him--until him -- until Merlin escapes Arthur's presence, and we see him with a character sympathetic to his plight. Suddenly, it isn't funny anymore... until the next time, and then it's hilarious again. The BelligerentSexualTension doesn't hurt with the funniness, though.



* ''Series/FawltyTowers'': Basil Fawlty himself is occasionally guilty of this. One example that comes to mind is when he tricks a deaf guest into turning her hearing aid all the way up--and then shouts as loud as he can directly into it.

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* ''Series/FawltyTowers'': Basil Fawlty himself is occasionally guilty of this. One example that comes to mind is when he tricks a deaf guest into turning her hearing aid all the way up--and up -- and then shouts as loud as he can directly into it.



** The character most at fault would be the Janitor, who was comically merciless towards JD right from the beginning--and even mocks him about it.

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** The character most at fault would be the Janitor, who was comically merciless towards JD right from the beginning--and beginning -- and even mocks him about it.



* ''Series/TheFerals'': This trope was the engine that made the entire show run. Most of the main characters are capable of an astonishing degree of selfishness and cruelty--theft, violence, running scams, and vandalism aren't incidental moments of bad behavior, they're the Feral way of life. The plot to an entire episode is based on Rattus stealing everyone's money to bet on himself at a cheese-eating contest, before developing toothache just before the match--leading to increasingly violent and slapstick-y attempts to get him to visit a dentist, up to and including knocking him unconscious with a baseball bat and tying him up.

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* ''Series/TheFerals'': This trope was the engine that made the entire show run. Most of the main characters are capable of an astonishing degree of selfishness and cruelty--theft, cruelty -- theft, violence, running scams, and vandalism aren't incidental moments of bad behavior, they're the Feral way of life. The plot to an entire episode is based on Rattus stealing everyone's money to bet on himself at a cheese-eating contest, before developing toothache just before the match--leading match -- leading to increasingly violent and slapstick-y attempts to get him to visit a dentist, up to and including knocking him unconscious with a baseball bat and tying him up.



* On ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'', the Corsican Twins were this--to each other. HilarityEnsues.

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* On ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'', the Corsican Twins were this--to this -- to each other. HilarityEnsues.



* Pretty much all of Creator/MichelleGomez in her comedy roles: Isobel Pickwell in ''Series/BadEducation'', Sue White in '''Series/GreenWing'', Sally Bobbins in ''Series/FeelTheForce''.

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* Pretty much all of Creator/MichelleGomez in her comedy roles: Isobel Pickwell in ''Series/BadEducation'', Sue White in '''Series/GreenWing'', ''Series/GreenWing'', and Sally Bobbins in ''Series/FeelTheForce''. It carries over into her role in ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[spoiler: as the Mistress, a female incarnation of long-time villain the Master]].



* Much of the parents' Daryl and Wanda's misfortunes could be explained by this trope in ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues''.

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* Much of the parents' parents Daryl and Wanda's misfortunes could be explained by this trope in ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues''.
20th Jun '17 3:24:35 PM Gamermaster
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* The princess from ''Manga/MaouJouDeOyasumi'' causes at least one death ''per chapter'' in her quest for a good night's sleep, and on several occasions has even committed mass genocide. The only reason the Demon Lord's castle isn't completely empty is because DeathIsCheep.

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* The princess from ''Manga/MaouJouDeOyasumi'' causes at least one death ''per chapter'' in her quest for a good night's sleep, and on several occasions has even committed mass genocide. The only reason the Demon Lord's castle isn't completely empty is because DeathIsCheep.DeathIsCheap.
20th Jun '17 3:23:47 PM Gamermaster
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* The princess from ''Manga/MaouJouDeOyasumi'' causes at least one death ''per chapter'' in her quest for a good night's sleep, and on several occasions has even committed mass genocide. The only reason the Demon Lord's castle isn't completely empty is because DeathIsCheep.
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* ''Series/{{Mom}}'': Bonnie is this trope in a nutshell.
4th Jun '17 2:06:30 AM ACW
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* Wonderella in ''WebComic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', despite nominally being a superhero, only really cares about her own needs and desires and doesn't particularly about collateral damage if it gets the job done quickly. Just to hammer the point home, when she and Wonderita encounter the MirrorUniverse Wonderella, she was ''the exact same'' as Wonderella Prime. (Compare that to Mirror Wonderita, who is the CompleteMonster to Wonderita Prime's ThePollyanna.)

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* Wonderella in ''WebComic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', despite nominally being a superhero, only really cares about her own needs and desires and doesn't particularly about collateral damage if it gets the job done quickly. Just to hammer the point home, when she and Wonderita encounter the MirrorUniverse Wonderella, she was ''the exact same'' as Wonderella Prime. (Compare that to Mirror Wonderita, who is the CompleteMonster to Wonderita Prime's ThePollyanna.)
27th May '17 8:43:21 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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A sSubTrope of the OutOfCharacterMoment. See also HeroicComedicSociopath, a character who does this all the time and loves it. This trope is what the SadistShow and BlackComedy live off of. This may result in NoSympathy in situations where the character is clearly deserving of it. TooFunnyToBeEvil coupled with RuleOfFunny is the basic principle that allows this trope to work. Compare to LaughWithMe or CringeComedy. When this trope gets taken to extreme, over-the-top levels, it's CrossesTheLineTwice. See also DisproportionateRetribution, because in comedy this is usually okay.

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A sSubTrope of the OutOfCharacterMoment. See also HeroicComedicSociopath, a character who does this all the time and loves it. This trope is what the SadistShow and BlackComedy live off of. This may result in NoSympathy in situations where the character is clearly deserving of it. TooFunnyToBeEvil coupled with RuleOfFunny is the basic principle that allows this trope to work. Compare to LaughWithMe or CringeComedy. When this trope gets taken to extreme, over-the-top levels, it's CrossesTheLineTwice. See also DisproportionateRetribution, because in comedy this is usually okay.
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* Wonderella in ''WebComic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', despite nominally being a superhero, only really cares about her own needs and desires and doesn't particularly about collateral damage if it gets the job done quickly. Just to hammer the point home, when she and Wonderita encounter the MirrorUniverse Wonderella, she was ''the exact same'' as Wonderella Prime. (Compare that to Mirror Wonderita, who is the CompleteMonster to Wonderita Prime's ThePollyanna.)
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