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26th Aug '16 3:19:59 PM MeerkatMario
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* ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'':
** Mario to an extent. It seems that no matter how hard he tries, he never makes the voices stop. His life became a nightmare for him after Peach, his former girlfriend, broke up with him over his baldness. Since then, he has been DrivenToSuicide, and Bowser and Chef Pee Pee even planned once to have the latter dressed up as a woman to prevent him from killing himself. This has been done up to "Mario's New Girlfriend!", where he hooked up with Rosalina and have lived a better life since. At least until a handicapped child named Jeffy was dropped off at Mario's door, making his life worse than ever. He has been [[HeroicBSOD broken into sobbing]] several times due to being unable to deal with his situation, to the attempt where he actually killed himself once over Jeffy. Clearly, FailureIsTheOnlyOption for him.
** Chef Pee Pee gets constantly tortured by Bowser and his son Bowser Junior, especially the latter. Chef Pee Pee has sworn multiple times to kill Junior, but he either never actually did it or failed in an attempt to do so.



* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'''s sister Candace. Her relentless quest to "bust" her brothers and prove their outlandish activities to their parents means she gets dragged through the wringer and usually gets within a whisker of succeeding, only to have it all snatched away at the last moment, leaving her looking crazy. Like [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Wile E. Coyote]], it's only her own obsession that keeps the pain coming, but it does seem that fate has it in for her: even if ''the entire universe'' has to expand to rob her of validation, it'll happen.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'''s sister Candace. Her relentless quest to "bust" her brothers and prove their outlandish activities to their parents means she gets dragged through the wringer and usually gets within a whisker of succeeding, only to have it all snatched away at the last moment, moment thanks to Dr. Doofenshmirtz's inventions backfiring, leaving her looking crazy. Like [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Wile E. Coyote]], it's only her own obsession that keeps the pain coming, but it does seem that fate has it in for her: even if ''the entire universe'' has to expand to rob her of validation, it'll happen.
21st Aug '16 7:01:33 PM Dravencour
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* The universe of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' seems to have it out for Shinji Ikari. Even in the reboots of the series, every time things begin to look up for this poor kid, or he tries to do anything heroic or badass, something always happens to [[YankTheDogsChain smack him right back down]].

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* The universe of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' seems to have it out for Shinji Ikari. Even in the reboots of the series, every time things begin to look up for this poor kid, or he tries to do anything heroic or badass, something always happens to [[YankTheDogsChain smack him right back down]].down]] and push him into another HeroicBSOD if not worse.
12th Aug '16 2:50:51 PM MapTroper
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* ''The Simpsons'' has Frank Grimes, a man who has worked harder and has more logical intelligence than anyone in Springfield and is rewarded with a lifetime of misfortune. He was abandoned by his parents and never got proper school education as a result, having to work at a delivery service just to make a living. He has also been caught in a silo explosion which was followed by a long painful recovery, went through a possible divorce, and lost a job opportunity at the power plant to a dog which led to his run in with Homer and he quickly becomes baffled that Homer has everything a deserving and hardworking man should have despite not deserving it due to his idiotic slothful nature. Frank's obsession with trying to prove how this isn't how life should work [[spoiler:ends with him going crazy and electrocuting himself to death. Even his funeral was as a joke due to Homer's snoring interrupting the service.]] Yeah, the people behind that episode REALY didn't like Frank Grimes.

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* ''The Simpsons'' has Frank Grimes, a man who has worked harder and has more logical intelligence than anyone in Springfield and is rewarded with a lifetime of misfortune. He was abandoned by his parents and never got proper school education as a result, having to work at a delivery service just to make a living. He has also been caught in a silo explosion which was followed by a long painful recovery, went through a possible divorce, and lost a job opportunity at the power plant to a dog which led to his run in with Homer and he quickly becomes baffled that Homer has everything a deserving and hardworking man should have despite not deserving it due to his idiotic slothful nature. Frank's obsession with trying to prove how this isn't how life should work [[spoiler:ends with him going crazy and electrocuting himself to death. Even his funeral was as a joke due to Homer's snoring sleeping interrupting the service.]] Yeah, the people behind that episode REALY REALLY didn't like Frank Grimes.
12th Aug '16 2:49:42 PM MapTroper
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* ''The Simpsons'' has Frank Grimes, a man who has worked harder and has more logical intelligence than anyone in Springfield and is rewarded with a lifetime of misfortune. He was abandoned by his parents and never got proper school education as a result, having to work at a delivery service just to make a living. He has also been caught in a silo explosion which was followed by a long painful recovery, went through a possible divorce, and lost a job opportunity at the power plant to a dog which led to his run in with Homer and he quickly becomes baffled that Homer has everything a deserving and hardworking man should have despite not deserving it due to his idiotic slothful nature. Frank's obsession with trying to prove how this isn't how life should work [[spoiler:ends with him going crazy and electrocuting himself to death. Even his funeral was dismissed as a joke due to Homer's snoring interrupting the service.]] Yeah, the people behind that episode REALY didn't like Frank Grimes.

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* ''The Simpsons'' has Frank Grimes, a man who has worked harder and has more logical intelligence than anyone in Springfield and is rewarded with a lifetime of misfortune. He was abandoned by his parents and never got proper school education as a result, having to work at a delivery service just to make a living. He has also been caught in a silo explosion which was followed by a long painful recovery, went through a possible divorce, and lost a job opportunity at the power plant to a dog which led to his run in with Homer and he quickly becomes baffled that Homer has everything a deserving and hardworking man should have despite not deserving it due to his idiotic slothful nature. Frank's obsession with trying to prove how this isn't how life should work [[spoiler:ends with him going crazy and electrocuting himself to death. Even his funeral was dismissed as a joke due to Homer's snoring interrupting the service.]] Yeah, the people behind that episode REALY didn't like Frank Grimes.
12th Aug '16 2:47:53 PM MapTroper
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* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] instantly becomes one whenever he enters UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity.
** Frank Grimes.

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* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons ''The Simpsons'' has Frank Grimes, a man who has worked harder and has more logical intelligence than anyone in Springfield and is rewarded with a lifetime of misfortune. He was abandoned by his parents and never got proper school education as a result, having to work at a delivery service just to make a living. He has also been caught in a silo explosion which was followed by a long painful recovery, went through a possible divorce, and lost a job opportunity at the power plant to a dog which led to his run in with Homer Simpson]] and he quickly becomes baffled that Homer has everything a deserving and hardworking man should have despite not deserving it due to his idiotic slothful nature. Frank's obsession with trying to prove how this isn't how life should work [[spoiler:ends with him going crazy and electrocuting himself to death. Even his funeral was dismissed as a joke due to Homer's snoring interrupting the service.]] Yeah, the people behind that episode REALY didn't like Frank Grimes.
**Homer
instantly becomes one this whenever he enters UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity.
** Frank Grimes.
UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity.
7th Aug '16 10:16:32 AM nombretomado
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* In TheDCU, Comicbook/AnimalMan is a combination of this and the MetaGuy; he realizes that he's a fictional character, at the whims of his writers. However, this awareness decreases and increases over time (naturally, due to the aforementioned whims).

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* In TheDCU, Franchise/TheDCU, Comicbook/AnimalMan is a combination of this and the MetaGuy; he realizes that he's a fictional character, at the whims of his writers. However, this awareness decreases and increases over time (naturally, due to the aforementioned whims).



* ''{{Deadpool}}'' doesn't really mind being a Cosmic Plaything so much when it's Death wanting to use him as a boytoy. He's not so happy however, when it's Thanos making him immortal so that he can't steal his girlfriend.

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* ''{{Deadpool}}'' ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'' doesn't really mind being a Cosmic Plaything so much when it's Death wanting to use him as a boytoy. He's not so happy however, when it's Thanos making him immortal so that he can't steal his girlfriend.
6th Aug '16 10:59:09 AM thatmadork
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* Axl Low of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' is a funny, easy-going British guy who has been forcibly dragged away from his friends and his girlfriend Megumi into a mess of apocalyptic proportions by the machinations of beings who ''aren't even from his own time period''. The poor guy has no interest in any of their crap and just wants to go home, but to have a chance of doing that, he has to reluctantly work to their agendas. Add in the implication that his troubles are being caused by an unknown EvilCounterpart, and he ''really'' has a mess to get sorted out.

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* Axl Low of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' is a funny, easy-going British guy who has been forcibly dragged away from his friends and his girlfriend Megumi into a mess of apocalyptic proportions by the machinations of beings who ''aren't even from his own time period''. The poor guy has no interest in any of their crap and just wants to go home, but to have a chance of doing that, he has to reluctantly work to their agendas. Add in the implication that his troubles are being caused by an unknown EvilCounterpart, and he ''really'' has a mess to get sorted out. [[spoiler:''Revelator'' cranks it up further by revealing that poor Axl isn't even human at all[[note]](rather, he's a [[PureMagicBeing sentient bundle of magic energy]] with RealityWarper and TimeMaster powers)[[/note]] and ''probably never was'', and going home ''is'' possible but it means wiping out ''this'' timeline and all his friends with it. Faced with this SadisticChoice in the finale, [[IChooseToStay he chooses]] [[HeroicSacrifice the latter]].]]
4th Aug '16 11:48:29 AM Piromano80
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* Charles Brigman from ''ComicBook/PS238'' has [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ps238/comics/index.php?date=2008-07-16 officially]] [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ps238/comics/index.php?date=2008-07-30 become]] a Cosmic Plaything.

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* Charles Brigman from ''ComicBook/PS238'' has [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ps238/comics/index.php?date=2008-07-16 [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/comic/07162008 officially]] [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ps238/comics/index.php?date=2008-07-30 [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/comic/07302008 become]] a Cosmic Plaything.
27th Jul '16 12:40:15 PM Willbyr
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* Moroboshi Ataru of ''UruseiYatsura'' was born on the second unluckiest day in the Japanese calendar: The thirteenth of April, the [[FourIsDeath fourth]] month of the year, as well as the day remembering the death of Bhudda. His name means "hit by a shooting star", which would take phenomenally bad luck.
* Used several ways in ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'': main character Watanuki is a WeirdnessMagnet, as his blood is delicious to supernatural creatures and thus draws them to him, much to his displeasure. Doumeki is the opposite of this, as his exorcism/purification powers are so strong his mere presence is a deterrent to the types of creepies that plague Watanuki. Pity Watanuki claims so strenuously he HATES Doumeki... All of this is eventually [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. [[spoiler:Turns out the supernatural creatures are attracted to him because he's subconsciously suicidal for remarkably spoilerific reasons, which attracts them like a lightbulb attracts moths]].
** [[spoiler: Himawari]] turns everyone she touches or looks at towards very bad luck; she's never directly affected, and she herself isn't supernatural. Being associated (or even seen) with her has caused: [[spoiler: a girl who liked her to commit suicide, a compulsive liar to get hit by a bus, her grandmother to die, her teacher to get stabbed, her neighbor's house to burn down, a kekkai to be broken during a ritual, a college student to discover (and eventually be killed by) a [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor monkey paw]], and Watanuki to fall out of a window and require ''two'' [[DealWithTheDevil trades]] to save his life and he still loses movement in his finger.]] No one can say why she's like this, and wish-granting sorceress Yuuko tells Watanuki that the only thing that can take away her curse is by trading [[spoiler:all the happiness she will ever feel]]. [[spoiler: Himawari ''unconsciously'' exerts her effect on others (minus her own parents, her pet bird, which is from another dimension, and Doumeki, who wouldn't care anyway)]].

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* Moroboshi Ataru of ''UruseiYatsura'' ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' was born on the second unluckiest day in the Japanese calendar: The thirteenth of April, the [[FourIsDeath fourth]] month of the year, as well as the day remembering the death of Bhudda. His name means "hit by a shooting star", which would take phenomenally bad luck.
* Used several ways in ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'': main character ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'':
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Watanuki is a WeirdnessMagnet, as his blood is delicious to supernatural creatures and thus draws them to him, much to his displeasure. Doumeki is the opposite of this, as his exorcism/purification powers are so strong his mere presence is a deterrent to the types of creepies that plague Watanuki. Pity Watanuki claims so strenuously he HATES Doumeki... All of this is eventually [[JustifiedTrope justified]].{{justified|Trope}}. [[spoiler:Turns out the supernatural creatures are attracted to him because he's subconsciously suicidal for remarkably spoilerific reasons, which attracts them like a lightbulb attracts moths]].
** [[spoiler: Himawari]] [[spoiler:Himawari]] turns everyone she touches or looks at towards very bad luck; she's never directly affected, and she herself isn't supernatural. Being associated (or even seen) with her has caused: [[spoiler: a girl who liked her to commit suicide, a compulsive liar to get hit by a bus, her grandmother to die, her teacher to get stabbed, her neighbor's house to burn down, a kekkai to be broken during a ritual, a college student to discover (and eventually be killed by) a [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor monkey paw]], and Watanuki to fall out of a window and require ''two'' [[DealWithTheDevil trades]] to save his life and he still loses movement in his finger.]] No one can say why she's like this, and wish-granting sorceress Yuuko tells Watanuki that the only thing that can take away her curse is by trading [[spoiler:all the happiness she will ever feel]]. [[spoiler: Himawari ''unconsciously'' exerts her effect on others (minus her own parents, her pet bird, which is from another dimension, and Doumeki, who wouldn't care anyway)]].



* In ''[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma ½]]'' Ranma Saotome ends in such [[HilarityEnsues hilarious situations]] that he could only be part of a cosmic joke.

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* In ''[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma ½]]'' ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' Ranma Saotome ends in such [[HilarityEnsues hilarious situations]] that he could only be part of a cosmic joke.
25th Jul '16 12:27:32 AM PaulA
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* Stanley Yelnats of ''{{Holes}}'', thanks to his no-good, dirty-rotten, pig-stealing great-great-grandfather.
* Cazaril, the hero of ''The Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}'' by LoisMcMasterBujold. A god using you as a tool isn't nearly as fun as it sounds.
** Then there's Ista, heroine of Bujold's ''Paladin of Souls'', who ''knows'' she's a tool of the gods, and resents it deeply.

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* Stanley Yelnats of ''{{Holes}}'', ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', thanks to his no-good, dirty-rotten, pig-stealing great-great-grandfather.
* Cazaril, the hero of ''The Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}'' ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'' by LoisMcMasterBujold.Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold. A god using you as a tool isn't nearly as fun as it sounds.
** Then there's Ista, heroine of Bujold's ''Paladin of Souls'', the sequel ''Literature/PaladinOfSouls'', who ''knows'' she's a tool of the gods, and resents it deeply.
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