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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]].
13th Nov '16 8:12:49 PM Troperinik
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':Stumpy. He seemed to be the ButtMonkey before one episode proved him to be an ''actual'' cosmic plaything.
30th Oct '16 9:43:12 AM nombretomado
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* The {{GURPS}} RPG has two Disadvantages that sum up this trope: "WeirdnessMagnet," which attracts inconvenient strangeness to the character (the given example includes a talking dog and aliens making a base in the TV set); and "Cursed" which explicitly states "the GM can hose you any time he feels like it, and you have nothing to say about it, because you are Cursed."

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* The {{GURPS}} TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} RPG has two Disadvantages that sum up this trope: "WeirdnessMagnet," which attracts inconvenient strangeness to the character (the given example includes a talking dog and aliens making a base in the TV set); and "Cursed" which explicitly states "the GM can hose you any time he feels like it, and you have nothing to say about it, because you are Cursed."
30th Oct '16 4:16:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* From ''Series/DoctorWho'', Rory Williams definitely. It really seems like the universe just wants him to roll over and die. But it enjoys screwing with him too much to allow him to do that. First, his girlfriend/fiancée/wife runs off with another man. Later, he has died at least once, debatably twice, had his stag party ruined by the man with whom his fiancée ran off, was erased from existence, turned to plastic, had his fiancée forget him, shot his fiancée against his will, then guarded said fiancée for almost 2000 years. [[TheyKilledKenny He then dies another three times]]. Then his wife gets kidnapped. And then their daughter is stolen and becomes a psychopath. On the other hand, all this cosmic torture turned him into a Grade-A {{Badass}} capable of [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds facing down and intimidating a battalion of Cybermen without flinching]].

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* From ''Series/DoctorWho'', Rory Williams definitely. It really seems like the universe just wants him to roll over and die. But it enjoys screwing with him too much to allow him to do that. First, his girlfriend/fiancée/wife runs off with another man. Later, he has died at least once, debatably twice, had his stag party ruined by the man with whom his fiancée ran off, was erased from existence, turned to plastic, had his fiancée forget him, shot his fiancée against his will, then guarded said fiancée for almost 2000 years. [[TheyKilledKenny He then dies another three times]]. Then his wife gets kidnapped. And then their daughter is stolen and becomes a psychopath. On the other hand, all this cosmic torture turned him into a Grade-A {{Badass}} grade-a badass capable of [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds facing down and intimidating a battalion of Cybermen without flinching]].
28th Oct '16 4:01:11 AM WhosAsking
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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 hey have to make sure he never, ever [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt loses his temper]].

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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 hey they have to make sure he never, ever [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt ''ever'' [[UnstoppableRage loses his temper]].
28th Oct '16 3:37:56 AM WhosAsking
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* The entire main cast of ''Manga/OnePiece'', a.k.a. the Straw Hat Pirates. It almost seems like having a sad past is an actual requirement to join the crew. From [[spoiler:staying alone on an empty ship for 50 years, to watching your mother die in front of you (this happened to 3 of them!),]] every character has had his/her own share of trauma. Fortunately, life gets better after they join the crew.

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* The entire main cast of ''Manga/OnePiece'', a.k.a. the Straw Hat Pirates. It almost seems like having a sad past is an actual requirement to join the crew. From [[spoiler:staying alone on an empty ship for 50 years, to watching your mother seeing their idol sacrifice their ability to fight to save them, to having their most significant person die (three of them lost their mothers before their very eyes, one saw the death of his adoptive father from a distance, one learned the rival that drove him so hard to train died in front of you (this happened an accident, and one saw his mentor condemned to 3 of them!),]] death, and the latter two were at least partially due to their actions),]] every character has had his/her own share of trauma. Fortunately, life gets better after But perhaps by having this and other things in common, they join the crew.find themselves bonding together as TrueCompanions.
28th Oct '16 2:56:39 AM WhosAsking
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* Moroboshi Ataru of ''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.

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* Moroboshi Ataru of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' was [[BornUnlucky born on the second unluckiest day in the Japanese calendar: calendar]]: The thirteenth of April, April[[note]]Some sources say it was also a Friday like April 13, 1962[[/note]], 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.



** Suzaku has his share too. Seeing his father was about to drive Japan into a war they couldn't win, he decides to [[spoiler: kill him to stop the war and save lives. This haunts him as he grows up and he becomes very suicidal for it.]] Then he meets Euphemia, who is revealed to be a princess of Britannia, and they quickly fell in love, which leads to him stopping being suicidal and forming a plan to make the world a better place. But on the day this plan was initiated (the creation of SAZ) [[spoiler: she gets ordered by Lelouch (although accidentally) to kill all the Japanese people present. After the massacre Lelouch kills her,]] sending Suzaku into despair. The last nail was the F.R.E.I.J.A. incident which [[spoiler: was caused due to his "live" geass being activated and making him fire a nuclear weapon killing millions of people]]. In the end one can argue that he didn't get a happy ending because [[spoiler: Susaku Kururugui is now a dead man and he is trapped into the Zero persona.]]

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** Suzaku has his share too. Seeing his father was about to drive Japan into a war they couldn't win, win[[note]]His father was of the opinion he'd sooner see Japan destroyed than annexed to Britannia; he knew they were coming for the [[{{Unobtanium}} Sakuradite]].[[/note]], he decides to [[spoiler: kill him to stop the war and save lives. This haunts him as he grows up and he becomes very suicidal for it.]] Then he meets Euphemia, who is revealed to be a princess of Britannia, and they quickly fell in love, which leads to him stopping being suicidal and forming a plan to make the world a better place. But on the day this plan was initiated (the creation of SAZ) [[spoiler: she gets ordered by Lelouch (although accidentally) to kill all the Japanese people present. After the massacre Lelouch kills her,]] sending Suzaku into despair. The last nail was the F.R.E.I.J.A. incident which [[spoiler: was caused due to his "live" geass being activated and making him fire a nuclear weapon killing millions of people]]. In the end one can argue that he didn't get a happy ending because [[spoiler: Susaku Kururugui is now a dead man and he is trapped into the Zero persona.]]
10th Oct '16 8:42:29 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''"[[PreMortemOneLiner When you meet your god]], tell Him to leave [[IronWoobie me]] the ''fuck'' alone!"''

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->''"[[PreMortemOneLiner When ->''"When you meet your god]], god, tell Him to leave [[IronWoobie me]] me the ''fuck'' alone!"''
5th Oct '16 12:14:51 PM FossilsDaDaDa
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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 CosmicPlaying 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 KillEmAllRoute 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 CosmicPlaying 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 KillEmAllRoute 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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