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1st Aug '17 2:21:37 PM otemple700
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* Taken up to [[SerialEscalation INFINITY]] with [[Videogame/{{BlazBlue}} Ragna the Bloodedge]]. You know it's bad when many players feel like the only way for him to get his happy ending is by dying and be put out of his misery. [[note]] As a kid, the church where he lived with his two younger siblings is set on fire, his brother Jin goes AxCrazy and [[AnArmAndAleg chops off his arm]], the BigBad responsible for everything [[{{Troll}} Yuu]][[{{Sadist}} ki]] [[HopeCrusher Teru]][[CardCarryingVillain mi]] then takes his brother and sister Saya away leaving him to die in the mess. He's saved by a haughty vampire loli Rachel who gives him the [[ArtifactOfDoom Azure Grimoire]] which becomes his new arm and turns one of his eyes red and his hair white. He's trained by the [[WorldsStrongestMan world's strongest cat]] and given the mission to destroy all the Cauldrons situated at the [[TheGovernment NOL]] branches, becoming the world's most wanted criminal in the process. During the game's actual plot, that is, the ''Calamity Trigger'' storyline, he's continuously harassed by people who want the Azure Grimoire for their own reasons, finds out that Jin became a well-known Major in the NOL as well as a cold {{Jerkass}} who goes PsychopathicManchild on him, defeats said brother, then is attacked by a Badass old hero Hakumen who is a ''huge'' KnightTemplar and believes that he might bring TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt because his Grimoire used to be part of the [[EldritchAbomination Black Beast]] that destroyed around 70% of the world long ago and it might turn on him if he overuses it. Then, he finally reaches the Cauldron and fights [[ArtificialHuman Nu-13]], an OmnicidalManiac clone of Saya who goes {{Yandere}} on him and wants to [[UnusualEuphemism become one with him]], which is essentially the two falling into the Cauldron and becoming the Black Beast. He's saved from that fate by [[NiceGirl Noel Vermillion]] but then Terumi returns. During ''Continuum Shift'', people still want his Grimoire, Jin is still a {{Jerkass}} who wants to kill him (although on way to CharacterDevelopment), the Noel girl turns out to be ''another'' clone of his sister who is forced to cross the DespairEventHorizon by Terumi and becomes a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds threatening to destroy the whole world. Terumi turns out to be the creator of his Azure Grimoire, curbstomps him until Lambda, ''another'' clone of his sister but with the soul of Nu performs a HeroicSacrifice and he manages to defeat him. To save Noel, he ends up losing his remaining non-artificial arm and then discovers that everything he did against Terumi, from simply ''hating'' him to [[NotQuiteDead killing him]] [[JustasPlanned was essential for Terumi's survival]] and that his missing sister Saya is the Imperator of the NOL. During ''Chronophantasma'', he finds out that Saya is being possessed by the Japanese goddess of death, Izanami. [[TimeyWimeyBall He goes back in time to stop the Black Beast.]] The nun who took care of him was someone he met during the time travel ''and'' has [[BackFromTheDead been revived]] to [[BackForTheDead become the trigger of a very risky plan which will cost her life]]. [[CharacterDevelopment By the end of the game,]] he TookALevelInBadass and in [[TookALevelInKindness kindness]], gained the respect of many, defeated the EldritchAbomination of a KillSat, Takemikazuchi and [[BackFromTheDead Nu]]. [[HopeSpot BUT when everything seemed to be getting well]], Izanami [[YankTheDogsChain makes his Azure go berserk, Nu literally backstabs him, making him lose control and attacking his friends with no way to stop it. According to Rachel during the epilogue, the beast is eating him from the inside and if things go drastic, Ragna must be put down.]][[/note]]

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* Taken up to [[SerialEscalation INFINITY]] with [[Videogame/{{BlazBlue}} Ragna the Bloodedge]]. You know it's It got so bad when many players feel that it the fanbase felt like the only way for him to get his happy ending is was by dying and be put out of his misery. [[note]] As a kid, the church where he lived with his two younger siblings is set on fire, his brother Jin goes AxCrazy misery, [[spoiler: and [[AnArmAndAleg chops off his arm]], the BigBad responsible for everything [[{{Troll}} Yuu]][[{{Sadist}} ki]] [[HopeCrusher Teru]][[CardCarryingVillain mi]] then takes his brother and sister Saya away leaving him to die in the mess. He's saved by a haughty vampire loli Rachel who gives him the [[ArtifactOfDoom Azure Grimoire]] which becomes his new arm and turns one of his eyes red and his hair white. He's trained by the [[WorldsStrongestMan world's strongest cat]] and given the mission to destroy all the Cauldrons situated at the [[TheGovernment NOL]] branches, becoming the world's most wanted criminal in the process. During the game's actual plot, that is, the ''Calamity Trigger'' storyline, he's continuously harassed by people who want the Azure Grimoire for their own reasons, finds out that Jin became a well-known Major in the NOL as well as a cold {{Jerkass}} who goes PsychopathicManchild on him, defeats said brother, then is attacked by a Badass old hero Hakumen who is a ''huge'' KnightTemplar and believes that he might bring TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt because his Grimoire used to be part of the [[EldritchAbomination Black Beast]] that destroyed around 70% of the world long ago and it might turn on him if he overuses it. Then, he finally reaches the Cauldron and fights [[ArtificialHuman Nu-13]], an OmnicidalManiac clone of Saya who goes {{Yandere}} on him and wants to [[UnusualEuphemism become one with him]], which is essentially the two falling into the Cauldron and becoming the Black Beast. He's saved from that fate by [[NiceGirl Noel Vermillion]] but then Terumi returns. During ''Continuum Shift'', people still want his Grimoire, Jin is still a {{Jerkass}} who wants to kill him (although on way to CharacterDevelopment), the Noel girl turns out to be ''another'' clone of his sister who is forced to cross the DespairEventHorizon by Terumi and becomes a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds threatening to destroy the whole world. Terumi turns out to be the creator of his Azure Grimoire, curbstomps him until Lambda, ''another'' clone of his sister but with the soul of Nu performs a HeroicSacrifice and he manages to defeat him. To save Noel, he ends up losing his remaining non-artificial arm and then discovers that everything he did against Terumi, from simply ''hating'' him to [[NotQuiteDead killing him]] [[JustasPlanned was essential for Terumi's survival]] and that his missing sister Saya is the Imperator of the NOL. During ''Chronophantasma'', he finds out that Saya is being possessed by the Japanese goddess of death, Izanami. [[TimeyWimeyBall He goes back in time to stop the Black Beast.]] The nun who took care of him was someone he met during the time travel ''and'' has [[BackFromTheDead been revived]] to [[BackForTheDead become the trigger of a very risky plan which will cost her life]]. [[CharacterDevelopment By the end of the game,]] he TookALevelInBadass and in [[TookALevelInKindness kindness]], gained the respect of many, defeated the EldritchAbomination of a KillSat, Takemikazuchi and [[BackFromTheDead Nu]]. [[HopeSpot BUT when everything seemed to be getting well]], Izanami [[YankTheDogsChain makes his Azure go berserk, Nu literally backstabs him, making him lose control and attacking his friends with no way to stop it. According to Rachel during the epilogue, the beast is eating him from the inside and if things go drastic, Ragna must be put down.]][[/note]]that's pretty much what happened]].
26th Jul '17 7:52:25 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Maybe that is a form of GenreSavvy, as disaster tends to strike characters [[YankTheDogsChain just when everything is going according to plan]].



** Wile E. Coyote is a stand out example. While a key rule in his character is that he could stop his pursuits (and thus his abuse) at any time, his schemes to get a basic meal always fail in often the most contrived (and painful) of ways. Even instances he is GenreSavvy enough to anticipate an error in his plan, fate is always a step ahead of him and twists things back in his direction.

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** Wile E. Coyote is a stand out example. While a key rule in his character is that he could stop his pursuits (and thus his abuse) at any time, his schemes to get a basic meal always fail in often the most contrived (and painful) of ways. Even instances when he is GenreSavvy enough to anticipate anticipates an error in his plan, fate is always a step ahead of him and twists things back in his direction.
21st Jul '17 4:49:15 AM isoycrazy
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* Rincewind from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series is knowingly favored of The Lady (that is, of Luck), resulting in an amazing capacity for survival... but also what he calls "preemptive karma;" if it even looks as if something good will happen to him in the future, his karma will ensure that something bad happens immediately, and continues happening so the good things never come around. It doesn't help that being the Lady's favored puts you on the top of Fate's most-hated list. A side-effect of the conflict between Luck and Fate is that even Death himself does not know when Rincewind is going to die.
** The only reason that the last statement is true is because of this: Due to the machinations of the Lady, and counter-machinations of Fate, Rincewind has been bounced through time and space so often, the most impressive fact of his life is that he has yet to run into himself. Finding the start, let alone end, of a life like that is damnably hard, even for Death. (Although Rincewind would be (dis)pleased to learn that Death has taken such a personal interest in him that his lifetimer is kept on Death's desk, much as a butterfly collector would keep an interesting specimen. The shape is akin to what you might expect if a drunken glassblower went about making a normal egg-timer, and had a continuous case of hiccups.)
** So, when the wizards bring him back and make him comfortable, it scares him more than anything. Because things only stop going wrong when Fate is lining up an even bigger punch.

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* Rincewind from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series is knowingly favored of The Lady (that is, of Luck), resulting in an amazing capacity for survival... but also what he calls "preemptive karma;" if it even looks as if something good will happen to him in the future, his karma will ensure that something bad happens immediately, and continues happening so the good things never come around. It doesn't help that being the Lady's favored puts you on the top of Fate's most-hated list. A side-effect of the conflict between Luck and Fate is that even Death himself does not know when Rincewind is going to die.
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The only reason that the last statement is true is because of this: Due to the machinations of the Lady, and counter-machinations of Fate, Rincewind has been bounced through time and space so often, the most impressive fact of his life is that he has yet to run into himself. Finding the start, let alone end, of a life like that is damnably hard, even for Death. (Although Rincewind would be (dis)pleased to learn that Death has taken such a personal interest in him that his lifetimer is kept on Death's desk, much as a butterfly collector would keep an interesting specimen. The shape is akin to what you might expect if a drunken glassblower went about making a normal egg-timer, and had a continuous case of hiccups.)
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So, when the wizards bring him back and make him comfortable, it scares him more than anything. Because things only stop going wrong when Fate is lining up an even bigger punch. But this seems to have come to an end as of ''The Last Hero'' where [[spoiler:he accepts the fact he will be on the mission to save the world but clearly states he isn't volunteering. He simply knows by some machination of him hiding he would end up on the ship, or someone would remember his relationship with the people dooming the world and would be forced to join the mission. So he is just cutting out the middle part and getting on board but isn't volunteering for the mission]].
11th Jul '17 6:35:59 PM azbyc15243
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* ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'': The main character Kyousuke is very much a literal example of this trope. In the past, he managed to make [[spoiler:the White Queen]], an all-powerful EldritchAbomination, fall in love with him. Due to her killing countless people and causing the [[CrapsackWorld current state of the world]], he now wants nothing to do with her. However, she will [[{{Yandere}} do anything and everything to get him back]], including inflicting all manner of suffering on him.
22nd Jun '17 8:27:56 AM JRSL88
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* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'': Sofia addressed this a couple of times:
** In the episode "Two Rode Together" Dorothy and Sophia go to Walt Disney World for vacation. Sophia wants to ride Space Mountain but Dorothy wants to have quality time by looking at photographs. Sophia tries to sneak out and hopes nothing can stop her but it starts raining.
--->'''Sophia:''' Why do you always take her side?
** In the episode "Ebb Tide" Sophia rents out a room, while Dorothy goes with Blanche to her Big Daddy's funeral, so she could by a big screen TV. The renters accidentally breaks Blanche's plate and is force to pay for a new plate. Blanche comes home and breaks the plate.
--->'''Sophia''': What is this, sarcasm?
24th May '17 12:26:35 PM TomServo3000
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* Carl from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''. He's been harassed by aliens, haunted by a mechanical ghost, bought a recorder that took complete control over his body, raped by a genetically engineered dog, had his car and house damaged repeatedly, and has even [[TheyKilledKennyAgain died on many occasions]].

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* Carl from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''. He's been harassed by aliens, haunted by a mechanical ghost, raped by a genetically engineered dog, bought a recorder that took complete control over his body, raped by a genetically engineered dog, had his car and house damaged repeatedly, and has even [[TheyKilledKennyAgain died on many occasions]].
24th May '17 12:25:54 PM TomServo3000
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* Carl from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''. He's been harassed by aliens, haunted by a mechanical ghost, raped by a genetically engineered dog, had his car and house damaged repeatedly, and has even [[TheyKilledKennyAgain died on many occasions]].

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* Carl from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''. He's been harassed by aliens, haunted by a mechanical ghost, bought a recorder that took complete control over his body, raped by a genetically engineered dog, had his car and house damaged repeatedly, and has even [[TheyKilledKennyAgain died on many occasions]].
19th May '17 11:52:47 PM thecarolinabull01
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* Eugene and Helga in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', the former is TheKlutz who always has bad things happening to him even when they should be logically impossible and the latter is an InsecureLoveInterest who never succeeds in winning the affections of Arnold, is treated like dirt by everyone and all of her schemes backfire in hilarious ways (most times deservingly so).
11th May '17 12:32:13 PM TomServo3000
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':Stumpy. He seemed to be the ButtMonkey before one episode proved him to be an ''actual'' cosmic plaything.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':Stumpy.''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Stumpy. He seemed to be the ButtMonkey before one episode proved him to be an ''actual'' cosmic plaything.
11th May '17 12:30:13 PM TomServo3000
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* Carl Brutananadilewski from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''. He's been harassed by aliens, haunted by a mechanical ghost, raped by a genetically engineered dog, had his car and house damaged repeatedly, and has even [[TheyKilledKennyAgain died on many occasions]].

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* Carl Brutananadilewski from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''. He's been harassed by aliens, haunted by a mechanical ghost, raped by a genetically engineered dog, had his car and house damaged repeatedly, and has even [[TheyKilledKennyAgain died on many occasions]].
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