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12th Jul '17 1:07:05 PM Piterpicher
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds "It's not the most glorious of titles but it does make for an intresting business card."]]]]

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5th Jul '17 2:44:48 PM otemple700
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds Did she really have to put that on her card?]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds Did she really have to put that on her card?]]]]"It's not the most glorious of titles but it does make for an intresting business card."]]]]
5th Jul '17 2:42:13 PM otemple700
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds At least she's honest.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds At least she's honest.]]]]Did she really have to put that on her card?]]]]
30th Jun '17 6:02:26 PM otemple700
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27th Jun '17 2:05:29 PM ading
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* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' very rarely gets what he wants or wins anything. The "hero" part is downplayed, as he's not a particularly good person.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. His luck/skill during missions is almost always ''just'' enough to ensure that he lives to screw up another one.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. His luck/skill during missions is almost always ''just'' enough to ensure that he lives to screw up another one. It gets to the point where villains will sometimes hire him to foil their own plots because they're so sure he'll fail.
27th Jun '17 7:05:50 AM JohnnyV
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* ''Webcomic/CurseQuest'': Implied with the Owl Hunter, he doesn't seem competent enough to actually take down the owl-bear he was wrestling, and is openly seen crying at the convention after failing to do so. Walrus also gives off similar vibes, considering he didn't do anything to hurt the owl-bear despite trying to fight it and getting launched at a tree.
24th Jun '17 12:01:37 PM AndIntroducingALeg
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* John Wiles's tenure producing ''Series/DoctorWho'' edged into this. "Mission to the Unknown" (the handover episode) was a BottleEpisode where a bunch of people die at the hands of Daleks and the Doctor never shows up. "The Myth Makers" is a comedy story that ends with most of the endearingly well-characterised guest characters being slaughtered in a sudden, horrific bloodbath and the time travellers having no choice but to abandon them to escape. "The Daleks' Master Plan" ends with every heroic guest character dead, two companions KilledOffForReal, and the remaining companion saying WhatTheHellHero about the Doctor's methods. "The Massacre" involves Steven [[PinballProtagonist having virtually no idea what is going on for most of the story]] and the Doctor failing to save anyone's life from an atrocity he knew was going to happen. Only "The Ark" has a happy ending and that features the Doctor ruining everything ''just by arriving'' on an alien world by spreading an alien virus to the last remaining humans, and his attempts to fix this problem end up causing a race [[HappinessInSlavery Happy In Slavery]] to [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters Turn Against Their Masters]]. The Doctor is straight back to having a generally more competent role once Innes Lloyd takes over, and "The Celestial Toymaker", "The Savages" and "The War Machines" all show him using his intelligence to create a relatively happy ending.

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* John Wiles's tenure producing ''Series/DoctorWho'' edged into this. "Mission to the Unknown" (the handover episode) was a BottleEpisode where a bunch of people die at the hands of Daleks and the Doctor never shows up. "The Myth Makers" is a comedy story that ends with most of the endearingly well-characterised guest characters being slaughtered in a sudden, horrific bloodbath and the time travellers having no choice but to abandon them to escape. "The Daleks' Master Plan" ends with every heroic guest character dead, two companions KilledOffForReal, a planet reduced to an arid desert, and the remaining companion saying WhatTheHellHero about the Doctor's methods. "The Massacre" involves Steven [[PinballProtagonist having virtually no idea what is going on for most of the story]] and the Doctor failing to save anyone's life from an atrocity he knew was going to happen. Only "The Ark" has a happy ending and that features the Doctor ruining everything ''just by arriving'' on an alien world by spreading an alien virus to the last remaining humans, and his attempts to fix this problem end up causing a race [[HappinessInSlavery Happy In Slavery]] to [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters Turn Against Their Masters]]. The Doctor is straight back to having a generally more competent role once Innes Lloyd takes over, and "The Celestial Toymaker", "The Savages" and "The War Machines" all show him using his intelligence to create a relatively happy ending.
8th Jun '17 5:29:21 PM waters20
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* ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''. The title of the show alone should already give you a clue what the title character is.
27th May '17 5:37:22 PM Grudgeal
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** Mumen Rider at least has the excuse that he's a {{muggle}} who's punching ''way'' above his weight class -- [[DeterminedDefeatist and he knows it]]. His ChronicHeroSyndrome just won't let him stand aside. He's not even an example of TheWorfEffect because he's just a regular joe riding a bicycle. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Without a license.]]
18th May '17 3:46:55 PM merotoker
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** {{Daredevil}} doesn't have it much easier. Because of his gritty setting, it's easy to have his life picked apart, and even his power plays for more permanent victories end in failure and despair.

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** {{Daredevil}} ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} doesn't have it much easier. Because of his gritty setting, it's easy to have his life picked apart, and even his power plays for more permanent victories end in failure and despair.



* The titular character of ''ComicBook/CaptainAlcohol'' fights several villains and only defeats one of them. In fact when he attempted to save a DamselInDistress, [[spoiler: he had to be saved by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.]]
* The titular protagonist of ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}''. He rarely wins, most of his victories are ridiculous (he defeated the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mud Man]] by getting him to clean his shoes before entering) or are made meaningless by his own idiocy (an early story shows him inflicting a CurbStompBattle on a gang that had kidnapped an orphan for ransom, only for him to pay the ransom. The gang's boss can't move due the sheer idiocy of what has just happened), the few that aren't end up getting him worse than before, and when he finally has defeated both [[BigBad The Shadow]] ''and'' the BiggerBad [[spoiler: Mr. Mouse]], the SequelHook reveals that [[spoiler: he's about to become the new host of the Shadow]].

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* The titular character of ''ComicBook/CaptainAlcohol'' fights several villains and only defeats one of them. In fact when he attempted to save a DamselInDistress, [[spoiler: he had to be saved by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.]]
Police]].
* The titular protagonist of ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}''. He rarely wins, most of his victories are ridiculous (he defeated the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mud Man]] by getting him to clean his shoes before entering) or are made meaningless by his own idiocy (an early story shows him inflicting a CurbStompBattle on a gang that had kidnapped an orphan for ransom, only for him to pay the ransom. The gang's boss can't move due the sheer idiocy of what has just happened), the few that aren't end up getting him worse than before, and when he finally has defeated both [[BigBad The Shadow]] ''and'' the BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain [[spoiler: Mr. Mouse]], the SequelHook reveals that [[spoiler: he's about to become the new host of the Shadow]].



* [[IronWoobie Blackjack]] from ''FanFic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons''. Nothing ''ever'' goes right for her: everyone in the [[CrapsackWorld Equestian]] [[DeathWorld Wasteland]] she helps or saves winds up mutilated, raped, or killed anyway, every wrong she rights turns out to be a [[NiceJobBreakingItHero mistake]], and to top it off she's painfully aware of her inadaquicies and [[HeroicSelfDeprecation despises herself for them.]]

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* [[IronWoobie Blackjack]] from ''FanFic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons''. Nothing ''ever'' goes right for her: everyone in the [[CrapsackWorld Equestian]] [[DeathWorld Wasteland]] she helps or saves winds up mutilated, raped, or killed anyway, every wrong she rights turns out to be a [[NiceJobBreakingItHero mistake]], and to top it off she's painfully aware of her inadaquicies inadequacies and [[HeroicSelfDeprecation despises herself for them.]]



* Both Professor Anbronsius and his assistant Alfred from ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers'' are so terrible at their jobs of vampire hunting, [[spoiler:they fail in killing a single vampire, but they end up spreading vampirism to the rest of the world by bringing a vampirized Sarah along with them.]]

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* Both Professor Anbronsius and his assistant Alfred from ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers'' are so terrible at their jobs of vampire hunting, [[spoiler:they fail in killing a single vampire, but they end up spreading vampirism to the rest of the world by bringing a vampirized Sarah along with them.]]them]].



* In season 3 of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' Finch is this, completely ineffectual at [[spoiler: stopping [[InstantAIJustAddWater the creation of a second machine]], [[EvilCounterpart without the restictions of his own creation.]] In season 4, once that AI goes fully online, he is also unable to prevent it from very nearly killing his own creation]]

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* In season 3 of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' Finch is this, completely ineffectual at [[spoiler: stopping [[InstantAIJustAddWater the creation of a second machine]], [[EvilCounterpart without the restictions restrictions of his own creation.]] In season 4, once that AI goes fully online, he is also unable to prevent it from very nearly killing his own creation]] creation]].



* [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] is the world champion of this trope, forever destined to demolish all challengers to the throne in his [[KafkaKomedy hilariously cruel]] world, managing to find [[SerialEscalation new and creative ways]] to make him fail at life.

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* [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'': Charlie Brown]] Brown is the world champion of this trope, forever destined to demolish all challengers to the throne in his [[KafkaKomedy hilariously cruel]] world, managing to find [[SerialEscalation new and creative ways]] to make him fail at life.



* [[Wrestling/TedDiBiaseJr Ted DiBiase Jr.]] slowly become a Failure ''Villain''. Lampshaded by his girlfriend Wrestling/{{Maryse}}, who even accused him of causing her to lose matches by association and outright called him a loser.
** On the 1/26/11 edition of NXT, however, he did finally managed to score a win. Who? '''''[[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]]'''''! ''Cleanly''. And Maryse actually complemented him! And his rookie Wrestling/BrodusClay won the Fatal Four Way elimination match! ...[[YankTheDogsChain But wait]]! That match Brodus won? The winning rookie had the opportunity to switch Pros! Brodus then [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech pointed out all of DiBiase's failings]] before ''ditching'' him for Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio. And to add insult to injury, he took him out with the Tongan Death Grip!
** After this [=DiBiase=] leaned more into Face territory and started to gain more actual victories. He never got out of the midcard, but still got clean wins every once in a while.
* Wrestling/MontelVontaviousPorter went through a similar situation during a heel run, losing every match he had for a very long period of time (albeit for different reasons ranging from legitimate failures to outside interference and flukes). Story actually implied he was becoming backrupt as a result of this, leading him to gradually gain audience sympathy and eventually get cheered with great enthusiasm as he finally started to gain wins as a {{face}}.

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* [[Wrestling/TedDiBiaseJr Ted DiBiase Jr.]] slowly become a Failure ''Villain''. Lampshaded by his girlfriend Wrestling/{{Maryse}}, who even accused him of causing her to lose matches by association and outright called him a loser.
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loser. On the 1/26/11 edition of NXT, however, he did finally managed to score a win. Who? '''''[[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]]'''''! ''Cleanly''. And Maryse actually complemented him! And his rookie Wrestling/BrodusClay won the Fatal Four Way elimination match! ...[[YankTheDogsChain But wait]]! That match Brodus won? The winning rookie had the opportunity to switch Pros! Brodus then [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech pointed out all of DiBiase's failings]] before ''ditching'' him for Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio. And to add insult to injury, he took him out with the Tongan Death Grip!
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Grip! After this [=DiBiase=] leaned more into Face territory and started to gain more actual victories. He never got out of the midcard, but still got clean wins every once in a while.
* Wrestling/MontelVontaviousPorter went through a similar situation during a heel run, losing every match he had for a very long period of time (albeit for different reasons ranging from legitimate failures to outside interference and flukes). Story actually implied he was becoming backrupt bankrupt as a result of this, leading him to gradually gain audience sympathy and eventually get cheered with great enthusiasm as [[RedemptionPromotion he finally started to gain wins wins]] as a {{face}}.



** However, you can save plenty of civilians from BAHRAM if you're good enough, you prevent Jehuty from falling into BAHRAM hands, and you [[spoiler:save the colony from destruction before you're defeated by Nohman.]]

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** However, you can save plenty of civilians from BAHRAM if you're good enough, you prevent Jehuty from falling into BAHRAM hands, and you [[spoiler:save the colony from destruction before you're defeated by Nohman.]]Nohman]].



** Used in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. The main character Raiden [[spoiler:is told before the ending that all his actions have been scripted and defeating the BigBad would just help the group that has been forcing people to against their will. As a result, before the final fight against Solidus Snake, Raiden tells the Patriots AIs he prefers not to fight and is threatened with the death of his girlfriend and an infant if he is murdered. In the end Raiden has to defeat Solidus, leaving the other conflict open for the next games.]]
* Taven in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' is sent a quest to halt the titular event that will destroy all of existence. Not only he finds out that his brother went crazy with power and murdered their parents with Taven unable to do a thing to prevent it, his quest turns into a failure since the elemental being he was supposed to defeat in order to gain godhood and stave off Armageddon [[ShootTheShaggyDog turned out to have been long tainted]] and the canon victor of that game turned out to be [[TheBadGuyWins Shao Kahn]]. That ended up leading to the whole timeline being rebooted.
* Raiden becomes this in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. His actions to change the future only makes things worse, he loses the trust of Liu Kang, gets many heroes killed through his indirect actions to change the past and only barely wins the battle because the Elder Gods arrive to help him at the last moment.

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** Used in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. The main character Raiden [[spoiler:is told before the ending that all his actions have been scripted and defeating the BigBad would just help the group that has been forcing people to against their will. As a result, before the final fight against Solidus Snake, Raiden tells the Patriots AIs he prefers not to fight and is threatened with the death of his girlfriend and an infant if he is murdered. In the end Raiden has to defeat Solidus, leaving the other conflict open for the next games.]]
games]].
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat''
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Taven in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' is sent a quest to halt the titular event that will destroy all of existence. Not only he finds out that his brother went crazy with power and murdered their parents with Taven unable to do a thing to prevent it, his quest turns into a failure since the elemental being he was supposed to defeat in order to gain godhood and stave off Armageddon [[ShootTheShaggyDog turned out to have been long tainted]] and the canon victor of that game turned out to be [[TheBadGuyWins Shao Kahn]]. That ended up leading to the whole timeline being rebooted.
* ** Raiden becomes this in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. His actions to change the future only makes things worse, he loses the trust of Liu Kang, gets many heroes killed through his indirect actions to change the past and only barely wins the battle because the Elder Gods arrive to help him at the last moment.



* Hawke in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. [[spoiler:Fails to save his/her sibling in the beginning. Fails to save his/her mother from a serial killer. Fails to stop the Qunari attack on Kirkwall. Fails to prevent the Mage/Templar War. Fails to properly kill Corypheus.]] Essentially, Hawke tries to stand against massive wave after massive wave and most of what they achieve is getting soaked to the bone. Even their one unambiguous success (the Deep Roads expedition which makes them rich) turns out to have disastrous effects in the long run thanks to [[spoiler:their discovery of red lyrium]]. In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', [[spoiler:the Nightmare demon taunts Hawke with the fact that nothing s/he did made a big difference and that s/he couldn't even succeed in saving Kirkwall.]]

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* Hawke in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. [[spoiler:Fails to save his/her sibling in the beginning. Fails to save his/her mother from a serial killer. Fails to stop the Qunari attack on Kirkwall. Fails to prevent the Mage/Templar War. Fails to properly kill Corypheus.]] Essentially, Hawke tries to stand against massive wave after massive wave and most of what they achieve is getting soaked to the bone. Even their one unambiguous success (the Deep Roads expedition which makes them rich) turns out to have disastrous effects in the long run thanks to [[spoiler:their discovery of red lyrium]]. In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', [[spoiler:the Nightmare demon taunts Hawke with the fact that nothing s/he did made a big difference and that s/he couldn't even succeed in saving Kirkwall.]]Kirkwall]].



* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' struck the protagonists with this for its second major arc. Any fight was either lost or interrupted, which lead to them getting captured twice. The first time, they would've spent the entire arc in captivity if their maids hadn't come to bail them out. Ultimately, they could have stayed home and the whole thing would have worked out for the best, if the bad guy's plan didn't require kidnapping Laura and [[spoiler:a sudden BiggerBad that required stopping.]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' struck the protagonists with this for its second major arc. Any fight was either lost or interrupted, which lead to them getting captured twice. The first time, they would've spent the entire arc in captivity if their maids hadn't come to bail them out. Ultimately, they could have stayed home and the whole thing would have worked out for the best, if the bad guy's plan didn't require kidnapping Laura and [[spoiler:a sudden BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain that required stopping.]]stopping]].



*** Other examples include [[spoiler:Calming Gamzee prevented the other trolls from offing him, and considering Gamzee is one of the main sources of problems for every group of protagonists...this... isn't a good thing. Not only that, Vriska speculates that if attaining Godhood is related to attaining your species equivalent of maturity, then Karkat's efforts to keep his murderous race of friends together may have kept most of them alive for as long as it did, but had he been a BAD leader, half of them would have killed the other half but the survivors may have gotten FAR more power as a result.]]

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*** Other examples include [[spoiler:Calming Gamzee prevented the other trolls from offing him, and considering Gamzee is one of the main sources of problems for every group of protagonists...this... isn't a good thing. Not only that, Vriska speculates that if attaining Godhood is related to attaining your species equivalent of maturity, then Karkat's efforts to keep his murderous race of friends together may have kept most of them alive for as long as it did, but had he been a BAD leader, half of them would have killed the other half but the survivors may have gotten FAR more power as a result.]] result]].



* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' we get [[spoiler:Tex who was created from the Director's memory of his dead girlfriend. Since said girlfriend died in battle, the memory and thus Tex herself have that failure deep seated within them. As a result, despite being perhaps the most badass character in the entire series, she fails just about any mission that has actual importance no matter how hard she tries.]]

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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' we get [[spoiler:Tex who was created from the Director's memory of his dead girlfriend. Since said girlfriend died in battle, the memory and thus Tex herself have that failure deep seated within them. As a result, despite being perhaps the most badass character in the entire series, she fails just about any mission that has actual importance no matter how hard she tries.]]tries]].



** In the movie [[spoiler:this is subverted. [[EarnYourHappyEnding The other kids finally accept the Eds into their group after seasons of turmoil]].]]

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** In the movie [[spoiler:this is subverted. [[EarnYourHappyEnding The other kids finally accept the Eds into their group after seasons of turmoil]].]]turmoil]]]].
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