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2nd Apr '16 11:59:18 PM nombretomado
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* The titular character of EverybodyLovesRaymond became this trope more and more as the show went on. His wife, Debra, sometimes got this treatment at the hands of Marie, but at least in those cases, the show made it clear that the audience was supposed to side with Debra over Marie. When Ray became the DesignatedMonkey at ''Debra's'' hands, it was often for very shoddy reasons, yet it seemed like the show wanted the audience to root for Debra (at the very least, the studio audience seemed to be rooting for her, even when she made Ray a ButtMonkey).

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* The titular character of EverybodyLovesRaymond ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' became this trope more and more as the show went on. His wife, Debra, sometimes got this treatment at the hands of Marie, but at least in those cases, the show made it clear that the audience was supposed to side with Debra over Marie. When Ray became the DesignatedMonkey at ''Debra's'' hands, it was often for very shoddy reasons, yet it seemed like the show wanted the audience to root for Debra (at the very least, the studio audience seemed to be rooting for her, even when she made Ray a ButtMonkey).
28th Mar '16 1:20:17 PM fruitstripegum
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* Sokka in Avatar: The Last Airbender is always this. He is a klutz and usually pretty unable to determine even the most obvious details. It seems like he can't go a single episode without hurting himself. But in his favor, during the course of the show he did repeatedly [[TookALevelInBadass take some levels in badass]].

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* Sokka in Avatar: The Last Airbender ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is always this. He is a klutz and usually pretty unable to determine even the most obvious details. It seems like he can't go a single episode without hurting himself. But in his favor, during the course of the show he did repeatedly [[TookALevelInBadass take some levels in badass]].
19th Mar '16 4:00:35 AM Hossmeister
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4th Mar '16 4:02:05 PM nombretomado
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* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} is a similar case, as in recent years characters have became prone to calling him out on being a terrorist or war criminal thanks to his actions during events like ''Schism'' and ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''. While some fans sided with CaptainAmerica and {{Wolverine}} in their condemnation of him, an equal number of fans (that has since grown) have protested that their treatment is unfair and hypocritical, especially given he spent half of the latter being corrupted by the Phoenix Force and wasn't harming anyone until they pushed him, and that the whole mess started because of Wolverine telling Cap not to trust Cyclops. A few years prior, when Wolverine and Cyclops argued, fanboys would cheer Wolverine on; now, they comment that Cyclops should just shoot his head off and be done with it. It doesn't help that Cyclops usually just tries to defend himself when they attack him, and when a bigger and more important threat emerges, he'll be the one to suggest leaving the petty squabbling aside while they insist on giving snide remarks.

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* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} is a similar case, as in recent years characters have became prone to calling him out on being a terrorist or war criminal thanks to his actions during events like ''Schism'' and ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''. While some fans sided with CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and {{Wolverine}} ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} in their condemnation of him, an equal number of fans (that has since grown) have protested that their treatment is unfair and hypocritical, especially given he spent half of the latter being corrupted by the Phoenix Force and wasn't harming anyone until they pushed him, and that the whole mess started because of Wolverine telling Cap not to trust Cyclops. A few years prior, when Wolverine and Cyclops argued, fanboys would cheer Wolverine on; now, they comment that Cyclops should just shoot his head off and be done with it. It doesn't help that Cyclops usually just tries to defend himself when they attack him, and when a bigger and more important threat emerges, he'll be the one to suggest leaving the petty squabbling aside while they insist on giving snide remarks.
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21st Jan '16 9:53:31 PM PerhapsAHuman
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The Designated Monkey is an unintentional ButtMonkey. They [[LoserArchetype constantly find themselves in horrible situations]]; the author appears to [[CallItKarma intend this to be karmic punishment]], but the audience (or a significant subgroup of it) thinks that it's out of proportion and will treat them as TheWoobie. This can create MoralDissonance or ValuesDissonance in the work, or it could mean that the fandom is [[MisaimedFandom misaimed]]. The audience may evend begin to wonder [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis whether the author is deliberately misrepresenting this character]] to prevent us from sympathizing with them.

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The Designated Monkey is an unintentional ButtMonkey. They [[LoserArchetype constantly find themselves in horrible situations]]; the author appears to [[CallItKarma intend this to be karmic punishment]], but the audience (or a significant subgroup of it) thinks that it's out of proportion and will treat them as TheWoobie. This can create MoralDissonance or ValuesDissonance in the work, or it could mean that the fandom is [[MisaimedFandom misaimed]]. The audience may evend even begin to wonder [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis whether the author is deliberately misrepresenting this character]] to prevent us from sympathizing with them.
20th Jan '16 5:48:58 PM kablammin45
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* WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}} and WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer in the "Grounded" videos made in Website/GoAnimate, particularly those made by certain users. In most other "Grounded" videos, they often have their punishments coming, but other times, both their lives are just being made an utter ''hell'' by their family, friends, and even people who don't even know them the instant they step out of line, yet they're supposed to deserve it since they're [[PeripheryHatedom baby show]] characters. [[JerkassWoobie Several parts of the (both ironic and non-ironic) fandom beg to differ]].
23rd Dec '15 3:45:21 AM Doug86
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* Rigby in ''RegularShow'' who is kicked around by almost everyone, because he is small and tends to act like an immature twit, and has [[spoiler: died like 4 times (he got better each time though).]]

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* Rigby in ''RegularShow'' ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' who is kicked around by almost everyone, because he is small and tends to act like an immature twit, and has [[spoiler: died like 4 times (he got better each time though).]]
19th Nov '15 4:32:04 PM nombretomado
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* Tommy Pickles from AllGrownUp becomes this in his preteen years, whenever his friends make him the scapegoat of their fury, whenever they're in a tight situation. This is done episodes like "Truth or Consequences", "Dude, Where's My Horse?", "All Broke Up", and "Brothers Grimm"

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* Tommy Pickles from AllGrownUp ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' becomes this in his preteen years, whenever his friends make him the scapegoat of their fury, whenever they're in a tight situation. This is done episodes like "Truth or Consequences", "Dude, Where's My Horse?", "All Broke Up", and "Brothers Grimm"
14th Nov '15 7:55:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* It seems to be widely accepted in the universe of ''House'' that Chase is the least intelligent member of the Season 1-3 team. He certainly cops the most flak about it, from pretty much everyone. Yet, despite the fact that he has on average about two lines of dialogue per differential, he has solved more cases individually than either Cameron or Foreman. The one time he does firmly try to tell House that he's in the wrong, poor Chase ends up getting punched in the face.

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* It seems to be widely accepted in the universe of ''House'' ''Series/{{House}}'' that Chase is the least intelligent member of the Season 1-3 team. He certainly cops the most flak about it, from pretty much everyone. Yet, despite the fact that he has on average about two lines of dialogue per differential, he has solved more cases individually than either Cameron or Foreman. The one time he does firmly try to tell House that he's in the wrong, poor Chase ends up getting punched in the face.



* ''ForBetterOrForWorse'''s April has become the Author's Unfavorite, and John gets attempts at character assassinations in the comic's "Reruns" in an attempt to make [[AuthorAvatar Elly]] look better. Many fans don't quite agree with the author's assessment.
* ''{{Luann}}'' - [[AlphaBitch Tiffany]] the "popular" girl is constantly denigrated in-universe by basically everybody, all the time, even her alleged friends, and [[WordOfGod out-of-universe by author Greg Evans.]] While she's certainly shallow, immature, and a ditz, she doesn't really seem any worse than DesignatedHero Luann, aside from being ''openly'' self-absorbed instead of being all passive-aggressive about it...

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* ''ForBetterOrForWorse'''s ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'''s April has become the Author's Unfavorite, and John gets attempts at character assassinations in the comic's "Reruns" in an attempt to make [[AuthorAvatar Elly]] look better. Many fans don't quite agree with the author's assessment.
* ''{{Luann}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Luann}}'' - [[AlphaBitch Tiffany]] the "popular" girl is constantly denigrated in-universe by basically everybody, all the time, even her alleged friends, and [[WordOfGod out-of-universe by author Greg Evans.]] While she's certainly shallow, immature, and a ditz, she doesn't really seem any worse than DesignatedHero Luann, aside from being ''openly'' self-absorbed instead of being all passive-aggressive about it...



* [[http://www.drowtales.com/~wiki/index.php/Yafein_Val%27Sullisin%27rune Yafien]] from ''{{Drowtales}}'', who is a {{Nerd}} in a world where everyone else is a ProudWarriorRaceGuy, does what any sane, unarmed person would do when three knife-wielding, demon-possessed people go after the girl you met three seconds ago: run away. He is also one of the ''few'' characters in his [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] world who has never killed, raped, robbed, etc., and is viewed in-story as a treacherous coward due to DeliberateValuesDissonance.

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* [[http://www.drowtales.com/~wiki/index.php/Yafein_Val%27Sullisin%27rune Yafien]] from ''{{Drowtales}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', who is a {{Nerd}} in a world where everyone else is a ProudWarriorRaceGuy, does what any sane, unarmed person would do when three knife-wielding, demon-possessed people go after the girl you met three seconds ago: run away. He is also one of the ''few'' characters in his [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] world who has never killed, raped, robbed, etc., and is viewed in-story as a treacherous coward due to DeliberateValuesDissonance.



* There's plenty of them in ''SomethingPositive'', but Kharisma, in particular, represents this. A horribly shallow, self absorbed character who has received so damn much punishment (her face being set on fire, being sent to prison for a crime she [technically] didn't commit), it is getting harder and harder to feel schadenfreude at her. The author appears to have caught on, as after she got sent to prison she's been portrayed much more sympathetically.

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* There's plenty of them in ''SomethingPositive'', ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', but Kharisma, in particular, represents this. A horribly shallow, self absorbed character who has received so damn much punishment (her face being set on fire, being sent to prison for a crime she [technically] didn't commit), it is getting harder and harder to feel schadenfreude at her. The author appears to have caught on, as after she got sent to prison she's been portrayed much more sympathetically.
14th Nov '15 7:53:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Trix Rabbit. Is it so much to ask to let the cute rabbit have some cereal? He's tried hard enough, hasn't he? Now, try to find someone except the ad creators who doesn't think he deserves it. They conducted a survey asking America if he should be allowed to get any. ''Twice''. Voters said yes both times.

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* The Trix Rabbit.Advertising/TrixRabbit. Is it so much to ask to let the cute rabbit have some cereal? He's tried hard enough, hasn't he? Now, try to find someone except the ad creators who doesn't think he deserves it. They conducted a survey asking America if he should be allowed to get any. ''Twice''. Voters said yes both times.
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