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19th Jun '16 5:59:01 PM Lyendith
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* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'' runs on this. Most characters, even those usually nice, have their jerkish or… uncommendable moments and suffer the consequences one way or another, but [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Akane]] is both one of the main sources of plot advancement and the main target of karmic justice for all her trolling (mostly from her great-great-granddaughter Akari, her main victim). And then there are Shimada and Ryou, characters who seem to exist solely for the universe to make them pay their crime of existing. Both of them are selfish, greedy and socially inept… [[ItMakesSenseInContext so of course they end up as a "couple".]] And there's nothing romantic about it.

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* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'' runs on this. Most characters, even those usually nice, have their jerkish or… uncommendable moments and suffer the consequences one way or another, but [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Akane]] is both one of the main sources of plot advancement and the main target of karmic justice for all her trolling (mostly from her great-great-granddaughter Akari, her main victim). And then there are Shimada and Ryou, characters who seem to exist solely whose sole purpose is apparently for the universe to make them pay their crime of existing. Both of them are selfish, greedy and socially inept… [[ItMakesSenseInContext so of course they end up as a "couple".]] And there's nothing romantic about it.
19th Jun '16 5:57:05 PM Lyendith
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* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret''. Most characters, even those usually nice, have their jerkish or… uncommendable moments and suffer the consequences one way or another, but [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Akane]] is both one of the main sources of plot advancement and the main target of karmic justice for all her trolling (mostly from her great-great-granddaughter Akari, her main victim). And then there are Shimada and Ryou, characters who seem to exist solely for the universe to make them pay their crime of existing. Both of them are selfish, greedy and socially inept… [[ItMakesSenseInContext so of course they end up as a "couple".]] And there's nothing romantic about it.

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* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret''.''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'' runs on this. Most characters, even those usually nice, have their jerkish or… uncommendable moments and suffer the consequences one way or another, but [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Akane]] is both one of the main sources of plot advancement and the main target of karmic justice for all her trolling (mostly from her great-great-granddaughter Akari, her main victim). And then there are Shimada and Ryou, characters who seem to exist solely for the universe to make them pay their crime of existing. Both of them are selfish, greedy and socially inept… [[ItMakesSenseInContext so of course they end up as a "couple".]] And there's nothing romantic about it.
19th Jun '16 5:56:45 PM Lyendith
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* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret''. Most characters, even those usually nice, have their jerkish or… uncommendable moments and suffer the consequences one way or another, but [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Akane]] is both one of the main sources of plot advancement and the main target of karmic justice for all her trolling (mostly from her great-great-granddaughter Akari, her main victim). And then there are Shimada and Ryou, characters who seem to exist solely for the universe to make them pay their crime of existing. Both of them are selfish, greedy and socially inept… [[ItMakesSenseInContext so of course they end up as a "couple".]] And there's nothing romantic about it.
16th Jun '16 6:15:48 PM nombretomado
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* Thalia, the Muse of Comedy, in ''ThaliasMusings'':

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* Thalia, the Muse of Comedy, in ''ThaliasMusings'':''Literature/ThaliasMusings'':
10th Jun '16 2:44:42 AM AgProv
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* 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''.
6th Jun '16 5:21:20 PM brianify
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* ''Series/AnIdiotAbroad'' could be summed up as two intelligent British comedians send a fairly dim man abroad, make him as uncomfortable as possible, and then laugh in his face about it. Though how much the titular idiot is in on the joke is open to question.
30th Apr '16 11:45:56 PM Seanette
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* Every Spark who isn't an outright Villain in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. Even the well-intentioned ones when they're in their madness place. Then there's the Jaegerkin and [[GeniusLoci Castle Heterodyne]].

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* Every Spark who isn't an outright Villain in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. Even the well-intentioned ones when they're in their madness place. Then there's the Jaegerkin and [[GeniusLoci Castle Heterodyne]].Heterodyne]], and of course Bang.
30th Apr '16 5:18:17 PM Monolaf317
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** That's pretty much the dynamic between Bert and Ernie as well, with Ernie completely oblivious to how irritating he can be toward Bert. It's worth noting that Ernie himself is often irritated by the [[ObsessedWithFood gluttonous]], [[HypocriticalHumor equally oblivious]] Cookie Monster.

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** That's pretty much the dynamic between Bert and Ernie as well, with Ernie completely oblivious to how irritating he can be toward Bert. It's worth noting that Ernie himself is often irritated by the [[ObsessedWithFood gluttonous]], [[HypocriticalHumor equally oblivious]] (if not more) Cookie Monster.
6th Apr '16 5:41:38 PM N8han11
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** Averted with [[{{Jerkass}} Master Shake]]; he tries to invoke this trope but most of the time he gets [[WhatTheHellHero called out by the other cast members]] and/or is frequently [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hoisted by his own petard]]. Master Shake only gets away with it due to evil karma [[KarmaHoudini constantly smiling upon him]]. [[ButtMonkey Except when it doesn't]].

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** Averted with [[{{Jerkass}} Master Shake]]; Shake]] in ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''; he tries to invoke this trope but most of the time he gets [[WhatTheHellHero called out by the other cast members]] and/or is frequently [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hoisted by his own petard]]. Master Shake only gets away with it due to evil karma [[KarmaHoudini constantly smiling upon him]]. [[ButtMonkey Except when it doesn't]].
13th Mar '16 2:55:41 PM Dezdet
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What's amazing about the way this plays out is not that there will be characters who are mean, snarky, sarcastic, and uncaring, but the behavior of the characters who are ''not''. In order for the appropriate level of hilarious misery to occur, other characters--even kind, loving characters--must temporarily lose their ability to sense, understand, or care about the emotional discomfort, pain, and suffering that the current Butt Monkey is experiencing. They may regain it when the plot calls for it, but for that critical moment of "gag," the character is essentially a sociopath. In the worst cases, when there's a WriterOnBoard, Comedic Sociopathy can cause characterization to break down completely, allowing close friends to deliver cutting remarks like casually thrown knives.

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What's amazing about the way this plays out is not that there will be characters who are mean, snarky, sarcastic, and uncaring, but the behavior of the characters who are ''not''. In order for the appropriate level of hilarious misery to occur, other characters--even characters—even kind, loving characters--must characters—must temporarily lose their ability to sense, understand, or care about the emotional discomfort, pain, and suffering that the current Butt Monkey is experiencing. They may regain it when the plot calls for it, but for that critical moment of "gag," the character is essentially a sociopath. In the worst cases, when there's a WriterOnBoard, Comedic Sociopathy can cause characterization to break down completely, allowing close friends to deliver cutting remarks like casually thrown knives.



* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' has Belldandy herself, who is a goddess, AllLovingHero, FriendToAllLivingThings (and nonliving things!), and TheEmpath. Belldandy is not omniscient, but she is powerfully sensitive to emotions, and always knows just the right thing to say or do to give everyone else the epiphanies they need to triumph. She is beautiful and compassionate and perfect in every way...except to Keiichi, the man she loves. With Keiichi, she literally cannot distinguish love from the flu. She says exactly the wrong things to cause Keiichi to panic about others finding out her secret, and never notices his fear or flusteration. She embarrasses him, throws unintentional jealous fits that cause earthquakes and paranormal activity, and generally causes as much stress and mayhem for Keiichi as the villains, or at least the other good guys. Belldandy is a perpetrator, however unintentionally, of Comedic Sociopathy of the highest order, and poor Keiichi is her unwitting victim.

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* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' has Belldandy herself, who is a goddess, AllLovingHero, FriendToAllLivingThings (and nonliving things!), and TheEmpath. Belldandy is not omniscient, but she is powerfully sensitive to emotions, and always knows just the right thing to say or do to give everyone else the epiphanies they need to triumph. She is beautiful and compassionate and perfect in every way... except to Keiichi, the man she loves. With Keiichi, she literally cannot distinguish love from the flu. She says exactly the wrong things to cause Keiichi to panic about others finding out her secret, and never notices his fear or flusteration. She embarrasses him, throws unintentional jealous fits that cause earthquakes and paranormal activity, and generally causes as much stress and mayhem for Keiichi as the villains, or at least the other good guys. Belldandy is a perpetrator, however unintentionally, of Comedic Sociopathy of the highest order, and poor Keiichi is her unwitting victim.



** While the series itself treats these actions as comedic, characters ''within'' the series (especially Kyon) see it as incredibly selfish and annoying...so part of the comedy comes from their reactions to Haruhi's antics.

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** While the series itself treats these actions as comedic, characters ''within'' the series (especially Kyon) see it as incredibly selfish and annoying... so part of the comedy comes from their reactions to Haruhi's antics.



* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'': Although, [[WildMassGuessing it could be argued]] that this whole angle was a BatmanGambit on Haruko's part to force Naota into the proper state of emotional turbulence needed to [[spoiler:free Atomsk]]...wait, that doesn't make it better at all, does it?

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* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'': Although, [[WildMassGuessing it could be argued]] that this whole angle was a BatmanGambit on Haruko's part to force Naota into the proper state of emotional turbulence needed to [[spoiler:free Atomsk]]... wait, that doesn't make it better at all, does it?



* 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.

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* 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.



* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Lina Inverse falls somewhere between this and a [[NotInThisForYourRevolution more mercenary attitude]]. While she has a moral code that she abides by, her selfishness frequently causes her to be completely apathetic to issues of those around her (including charging a village to take care of a dragon...that she accidentally released). Her [[HairTriggerTemper multiple berserk buttons]] don't help either, though they are [[PlayedForLaughs done comedically]]

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* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Lina Inverse falls somewhere between this and a [[NotInThisForYourRevolution more mercenary attitude]]. While she has a moral code that she abides by, her selfishness frequently causes her to be completely apathetic to issues of those around her (including charging a village to take care of a dragon... that she accidentally released). Her [[HairTriggerTemper multiple berserk buttons]] don't help either, though they are [[PlayedForLaughs done comedically]]



* ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'': Kuroki Tomoko is the embodiment of this more often than not. She's a creepy, anti-social loner with very few friends. The reader might feel sorry for her if she didn't ensure this would remain the case by constantly insulting people in her mind, and occasionally verbally as well. Her bad thoughts usually land her in trouble in one way or another, so most of her pain and suffering is actually her fault...and the reason she's not popular.

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* ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'': Kuroki Tomoko is the embodiment of this more often than not. She's a creepy, anti-social loner with very few friends. The reader might feel sorry for her if she didn't ensure this would remain the case by constantly insulting people in her mind, and occasionally verbally as well. Her bad thoughts usually land her in trouble in one way or another, so most of her pain and suffering is actually her fault... and the reason she's not popular.



-->'''Calhoun:''' Oh-hoo...this place just got interesting.
* Although not entirely sociopathic, one of the reasons why ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' flopped was because of this trope. In the first few minutes, the main character believes the sky is falling, his father becomes ashamed of him, and the whole town mocks him for it ''for a whole year''. Afterwards, when C.L. wants to be a baseball star like his dad, everyone except for Abby, Runt, and Fish discourage him. Until he gives his all and wins it for his home team...but then aliens invade, and...

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-->'''Calhoun:''' Oh-hoo... this place just got interesting.
* Although not entirely sociopathic, one of the reasons why ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' flopped was because of this trope. In the first few minutes, the main character believes the sky is falling, his father becomes ashamed of him, and the whole town mocks him for it ''for a whole year''. Afterwards, when C.L. wants to be a baseball star like his dad, everyone except for Abby, Runt, and Fish discourage him. Until he gives his all and wins it for his home team... but then aliens invade, and...



* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', a show around the farcical exploits of a wealthy family grappling with the loss of their fortune after the patriarch is arrested for many dubious dealings, leaving the OnlySaneMan Michael Bluth at the helm of a sinking ship...of fools.
* Showcased brilliantly in just about every episode of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''...until the end of the fourth season, when the Comedic Sociopathy of General Melchett and Field Marshall Haig [[DramaBombFinale ceases to be comedic]] and leads to an amazingly poignant finale.

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* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', a show around the farcical exploits of a wealthy family grappling with the loss of their fortune after the patriarch is arrested for many dubious dealings, leaving the OnlySaneMan Michael Bluth at the helm of a sinking ship... of fools.
* Showcased brilliantly in just about every episode of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''... until the end of the fourth season, when the Comedic Sociopathy of General Melchett and Field Marshall Haig [[DramaBombFinale ceases to be comedic]] and leads to an amazingly poignant finale.



* 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 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/DirkGently'': Dirk treats his partner like a dogsbody, refuses to pay his receptionist because that way she'll stop showing up to "work" in order to get her pay, lies to the police with a remarkable degree of enthusiasm, swindles his clients, pickpockets corpses, and gives the wrong address to a pizza business so that it will be late and he won't have to pay...all in one episode.

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* ''Series/DirkGently'': Dirk treats his partner like a dogsbody, refuses to pay his receptionist because that way she'll stop showing up to "work" in order to get her pay, lies to the police with a remarkable degree of enthusiasm, swindles his clients, pickpockets corpses, and gives the wrong address to a pizza business so that it will be late and he won't have to pay... all in one episode.



* With ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', we have the Komato, to whom "right to bear arms" is a religious tenet[[note]]as long as you pay for them[[/note]] and "public safety"...is not.

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* With ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', we have the Komato, to whom "right to bear arms" is a religious tenet[[note]]as long as you pay for them[[/note]] and "public safety"... is not.



*** The Soldier (who never actually was in the army because no branch of the US military wanted the madman) is a jingoistic, nationalistic, homophobic, xenophobic, paranoid schizophreniac who in his youth went on a Nazi killing spree in Poland, starting in 1945 and ending in 1949... oh, and he collect severed heads of enemies and talks to them.

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*** The Soldier (who never actually was in the army because no branch of the US military wanted the madman) is a jingoistic, nationalistic, homophobic, xenophobic, paranoid schizophreniac who in his youth went on a Nazi killing spree in Poland, starting in 1945 and ending in 1949... oh, and he collect severed heads of enemies and talks to them.



*** This is doubly disturbing [[FridgeHorror when you consider]] several of the lines the turrets utter upon "death" such as "Whyyyyyyyy?!" and "I don't hate you." To say nothing when you start making them get rejected in ''Portal 2'' ("Whee...OH NO!", "I did everything you ASKED...!").

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*** This is doubly disturbing [[FridgeHorror when you consider]] several of the lines the turrets utter upon "death" such as "Whyyyyyyyy?!" and "I don't hate you." To say nothing when you start making them get rejected in ''Portal 2'' ("Whee... OH NO!", "I did everything you ASKED...!").



-->'''Captain Hero:''' YES! Captain Hero ONE! Billions of innocent Zebulonians...um...dead...oh. Uh...I...''[slinks off]''

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-->'''Captain Hero:''' YES! Captain Hero ONE! Billions of innocent Zebulonians...um...dead... um... dead... oh. Uh... I...''[slinks off]''



* Although many characters in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fit this trope, the most obvious example would have to be Cartman, who freely manipulates and uses everybody around him according to whichever whim has him at the moment. As an example: In the episode "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginger_Kids Ginger Kids]]", Cartman freely advocates denying all [[RedHeadedStepchild ginger kids]] basic human rights. After Stan and Kyle conspire to turn Cartman into a ginger with makeup, convinced that it is [[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn the only way he'll learn]] fairness, Cartman proceeds to instantly convert to the ginger cause and quickly advocates the total ''genocide'' of all ''non''-gingers...especially the gingers who are "faking it" with makeup.

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* Although many characters in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fit this trope, the most obvious example would have to be Cartman, who freely manipulates and uses everybody around him according to whichever whim has him at the moment. As an example: In the episode "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginger_Kids Ginger Kids]]", Cartman freely advocates denying all [[RedHeadedStepchild ginger kids]] basic human rights. After Stan and Kyle conspire to turn Cartman into a ginger with makeup, convinced that it is [[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn the only way he'll learn]] fairness, Cartman proceeds to instantly convert to the ginger cause and quickly advocates the total ''genocide'' of all ''non''-gingers... especially the gingers who are "faking it" with makeup.



*** He was upset with that after learning that was ''his'' father...[[spoiler:making him half-ginger]].

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*** He was upset with that after learning that was ''his'' father... [[spoiler:making him half-ginger]].
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