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9th Feb '17 12:07:08 PM Lawman592
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Opposite trope of KarmaHoudini on the karmic scale.

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Opposite trope of KarmaHoudini on the karmic scale.
scale. Frequently the target of a KarmicMisfire.
17th Jan '17 11:26:11 AM Nargrakhan
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* This is the central concept of VideoGame/TheSims. When forced into several dire scenarios a Sim will actively look towards the player, [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential begging for mercy or salvation]]. You are for all intents and purposes their freewill ''and'' deity.
4th Jan '17 11:27:56 PM DivineDeath
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->''"When you meet your god, tell Him to leave me the ''fuck'' alone!"''

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->''"When ->''"If you meet your god, see God, you tell Him to leave him this: '''leave me the ''fuck'' alone!"''hell alone!'''"''
28th Dec '16 5:05:37 PM TomServo3000
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* [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Carl.]] Just the things that happen to him.

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* [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Carl.]] Just look at the things that happen to him.
24th Dec '16 3:57:24 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Kaladin. His entire life has been one crisis to the next, from normal childhood problems with parental expectations, to running afoul of a noble who tried to squeeze his father for everything he had, to following his brother to war, to ''losing'' his brother to war, to watching his entire squad die, to being branded a slave, and then being tossed into a job that is nothing but a succession of literal and explicit suicide missions. It gets to the point that he is convinced that someone or something ''must'' be toying with him. An important part of his characterization is learning to accept [[IShouldHaveBeenBetter that he can save people if he tries]] [[WarIsHell but he still can't save everyone]].

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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Kaladin. His entire life has been one crisis to the next, from normal childhood problems with parental expectations, to running afoul of a noble who tried to squeeze his father for everything he had, to following his brother to war, to ''losing'' his brother to war, to watching his entire squad die, to being branded a slave, and then being tossed into a job that is nothing but a succession of literal and explicit suicide missions. It gets to the point that he is convinced that someone or something ''must'' be toying with him. An important part of his characterization is learning to accept [[IShouldHaveBeenBetter that he can save people if he tries]] tries]], [[WarIsHell but he still can't save everyone]].
24th Dec '16 3:56:56 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Kaladin. His entire life has been one crisis to the next, from normal childhood problems with parental expectations, to running afoul of a noble who tried to squeeze his father for everything he had, to following his brother to war, to ''losing'' his brother to war, to watching his entire squad die, to being branded a slave, and then being tossed into a job that is nothing but a succession of literal and explicit suicide missions. It gets to the point that he is convinced that someone or something ''must'' be toying with him. An important part of his characterization is learning to accept [[IShouldHaveBeenBetter that he can save people if he tries]] [[WarIsHell but he still can't save everyone]].
24th Dec '16 4:05:10 AM McSkywalker
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** The title charactuler causes this trope for her entire circle of friends, but for Mikuru Asahina most of all. You know the universe hates you when getting groped by God is one of your lesser problems.

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** The title charactuler character causes this trope for her entire circle of friends, but for Mikuru Asahina most of all. You know the universe hates you when getting groped by God is one of your lesser problems.
6th Dec '16 11:34:44 AM Doug86
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** There is also Icarium Lifestealer, a CosmicPlaything gone horribly wrong. The gods and other powers ''tried'' to break him and make him a weapon they could wield at will, but he snapped and now they have to make sure he never, ''ever'' [[UnstoppableRage loses his temper]].

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** There is also Icarium Lifestealer, a CosmicPlaything Cosmic Plaything gone horribly wrong. The gods and other powers ''tried'' to break him and make him a weapon they could wield at will, but he snapped and now they have to make sure he never, ''ever'' [[UnstoppableRage loses his temper]].



* [[spoiler: Randolph Carter]] from Creator/HPLovecraft's The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath is this. [[spoiler: It turns out the city Carter had been searching for the whole time was actually just jumbled up memories of Boston.]]

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* [[spoiler: Randolph Carter]] from Creator/HPLovecraft's The ''The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath Kadath'' is this. [[spoiler: It turns out the city Carter had been searching for the whole time was actually just jumbled up memories of Boston.]]



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry Dresden's being manipulated and shoved around by multiple god-like entities for their own occasionally overlapping, still mostly unrevealed agendas. The fairy Queen Mab and his godmother Leanansidhe have overlapping-but-not-quite endgames, his mother is gave birth to him for a specific reason, the angel Uriel choose him as a champion and probably has a specific goal in mind for him, occasionally Odin will manipulate him for his own means. Harry's been born with unique powers and is hinted at having a special destiny so any powerful enough supernatural entity that he attracts the attention of wants to hijack or use that.
* Shadow in ''Literature/AmericanGods'', more directly than usual. The book starts with him being released from prison a few days early! [[YankTheDogsChain Because]] his wife was killed in a car accident. Along with his best friend, who he was also counting on to hire him. Because they were committing adultery in a moving car. He quickly gets hired by [[NorseMythology Mr. Wednesday]], who drags him around the country recruiting gods for a ResourceWar over [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly belief]], and more of the gods than not decide to make him their new ButtMonkey. Finally things settle down briefly, only for [[spoiler:the [[HumanSacrifice kobold]] of the town where he's staying to more or less metaphysically dox him, landing him in jail again]]. Then in very quick succession, [[spoiler:he sees Mr. Wednesday get shot, finds out his old cellmate [[LouisCypher Low Key]] is working for the opposition, and volunteers for the vigil only to discover it consists of [[NorseMythology hanging on the World Tree for nine days and nights]] with no food or water, which kills him]]. He goes through [[spoiler:afterlife judgment by Anubis and chooses no afterlife at all--he just wants to [[DeathSeeker stop existing entirely]]]]. But he can't even manage that because [[spoiler:the Old Gods vs. New Gods war is still on and it turns out [[ArcWords it was a two-man con]] by [[BigBadFriend Loki and Wednesday]] to gain power for themselves at the expense of ''all'' other gods. Oh, and [[LukeIAmYourFather Wednesday is also his father]]]]. After all this is over, he goes and nearly gets himself killed ''twice'', [[spoiler:first by the kobold and then by Czernobog]], neither of which actually kills him. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And then the Icelandic Odin wants to chat with him on his vacation in Reykjavik]].

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry Dresden's being manipulated and shoved around by multiple god-like entities for their own occasionally overlapping, still mostly unrevealed agendas. The fairy Queen Mab and his godmother Leanansidhe have overlapping-but-not-quite endgames, his mother is gave birth to him for a specific reason, the angel Uriel choose chose him as a champion and probably has a specific goal in mind for him, occasionally Odin will manipulate him for his own means. Harry's been born with unique powers and is hinted at having a special destiny so any powerful enough supernatural entity that he attracts the attention of wants to hijack or use that.
* Shadow in ''Literature/AmericanGods'', more directly than usual. The book starts with him being released from prison a few days early! [[YankTheDogsChain Because]] his wife was killed in a car accident. Along with his best friend, who he was also counting on to hire him. Because they were committing adultery in a moving car. He quickly gets hired by [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Mr. Wednesday]], who drags him around the country recruiting gods for a ResourceWar over [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly belief]], and more of the gods than not decide to make him their new ButtMonkey. Finally things settle down briefly, only for [[spoiler:the [[HumanSacrifice kobold]] of the town where he's staying to more or less metaphysically dox him, landing him in jail again]]. Then in very quick succession, [[spoiler:he sees Mr. Wednesday get shot, finds out his old cellmate [[LouisCypher Low Key]] is working for the opposition, and volunteers for the vigil only to discover it consists of [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology hanging on the World Tree for nine days and nights]] with no food or water, which kills him]]. He goes through [[spoiler:afterlife judgment by Anubis and chooses no afterlife at all--he just wants to [[DeathSeeker stop existing entirely]]]]. But he can't even manage that because [[spoiler:the Old Gods vs. New Gods war is still on and it turns out [[ArcWords it was a two-man con]] by [[BigBadFriend Loki and Wednesday]] to gain power for themselves at the expense of ''all'' other gods. Oh, and [[LukeIAmYourFather Wednesday is also his father]]]]. After all this is over, he goes and nearly gets himself killed ''twice'', [[spoiler:first by the kobold and then by Czernobog]], neither of which actually kills him. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And then the Icelandic Odin wants to chat with him on his vacation in Reykjavik]].



** This whole mess comes to an important head during the final battle of the KillEmAll route, where you face off against the game's FourthWallObserver, [[spoiler:Sans]]. Though we never find out exactly how, he is the only character in the game who ''knows'' he's a CosmicPlaything and uses this to his advantage in several ways. Notably, [[spoiler:he attempts to have an IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight with the ''player'', reminding them of the previous games they've most likely played (who does the KillEmAll route on the first go, right?) and pulling a number of scathing WhatTheHellPlayer moments.]] The creator of the game seems to be using [[spoiler:Sans]] to make the following argument: in a meta sense, being a video game character in and of itself makes you a CosmicPlaything, and VideoGameCrueltyPotential is how the "cosmos" indulges in this.

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** This whole mess comes to an important head during the final battle of the KillEmAll route, where you face off against the game's FourthWallObserver, [[spoiler:Sans]]. Though we never find out exactly how, he is the only character in the game who ''knows'' he's a CosmicPlaything Cosmic Plaything and uses this to his advantage in several ways. Notably, [[spoiler:he attempts to have an IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight with the ''player'', reminding them of the previous games they've most likely played (who does the KillEmAll route on the first go, right?) and pulling a number of scathing WhatTheHellPlayer moments.]] The creator of the game seems to be using [[spoiler:Sans]] to make the following argument: in a meta sense, being a video game character in and of itself makes you a CosmicPlaything, Cosmic Plaything, and VideoGameCrueltyPotential is how the "cosmos" indulges in this.
27th Nov '16 4:16:56 PM tyranitar709
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Most of us like to think that our decisions have some influence on our lives. We think we are in control, but sometimes, there's the sneaking suspicion that an influence [[FinaglesLaw doesn't like us]], or maybe [[TheWoobie it does like us, but only in an abusive way]]. They're destiny is to be the universe's ButtMonkey to an extreme degree until the day they die. These characters don't just suspect; they ''know''.

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Most of us like to think that our decisions have some influence on our lives. We think we are in control, but sometimes, there's the sneaking suspicion that an influence [[FinaglesLaw doesn't like us]], or maybe [[TheWoobie it does like us, but only in an abusive way]]. They're Their destiny is to be the universe's ButtMonkey to an extreme degree until the day they die. These characters don't just suspect; they ''know''.
15th Nov '16 12:17:06 PM NoSpoilerz
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* ''Every single character'' in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is this - twice over, in fact! Before the game even starts, the universe has spent a very long time under the control of [[EldritchAbomination Flowey the flower]], who has the ability to manipulate time and has RippleEffectProofMemory. Towards the end of the games KillEmAll route, he tells you that, [[spoiler:in an increasingly more desperate attempt to keep himself entertained in the face of [[WhoWantsToLiveForever nigh-immortality]], he's reset the timeline a truly [[TimeAbyss staggering]] amount of times, [[OneHundredPercentCompletion doing everything from helping solve each and every character's problems to killing everybody in cold blood]].]] He tells you that, after a certain point, he's basically stopped seeing people as real people anymore - at best, they're now actors, with scripted lines and motions to go through, and he's long grown tired of the act. As soon as you show up, however, things suddenly get a lot more interesting for him, because [[spoiler:you, the [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall protagonist/player]], are the new god of this world]], and your abilities now override Flowey's. [[AddressingThePlayer So, what will you do]]? Will you be merciful and lead the suffering cast of characters into the promised land, or will you descend into nihilistic madness like Flowey in your attempts to see everything this game has to offer? Or will you skip over the descent entirely and just JumpOffTheSlipperySlope, killing everything in your path just because you can? Amazingly, this whole thing is done with exceedingly little actual breakage of the fourth wall, since [[DevelopersForesight practically everything the player is capable of doing is integrated into the canonical universe somehow]].

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* ''Every single character'' in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is this - twice over, in fact! Before the game even starts, the universe has spent a very long time under the control of [[EldritchAbomination [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Flowey the flower]], flower]]]], who has the ability to manipulate time and has RippleEffectProofMemory. Towards the end of the games KillEmAll route, he tells you that, [[spoiler:in an increasingly more desperate attempt to keep himself entertained in the face of [[WhoWantsToLiveForever nigh-immortality]], he's reset the timeline a truly [[TimeAbyss staggering]] amount of times, [[OneHundredPercentCompletion doing everything from helping solve each and every character's problems to killing everybody in cold blood]].]] He tells you that, after a certain point, he's basically stopped seeing people as real people anymore - at best, they're now actors, with scripted lines and motions to go through, and he's long grown tired of the act. As soon as you show up, however, things suddenly get a lot more interesting for him, because [[spoiler:you, the [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall protagonist/player]], are the new god of this world]], and your abilities now override Flowey's. his own. [[AddressingThePlayer So, what will you do]]? Will you be merciful and lead the suffering cast of characters into the promised land, or will you descend into nihilistic madness like Flowey [[spoiler:Flowey]] in your attempts to see everything this game has to offer? Or will you skip over the descent entirely and just JumpOffTheSlipperySlope, killing everything in your path just because you can? Amazingly, this whole thing is done with exceedingly little actual breakage of the fourth wall, since [[DevelopersForesight practically everything the player is capable of doing is integrated into the canonical universe somehow]].
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