History Main / FutureLoser

21st Apr '18 11:46:00 AM DrOO7
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** Especially sad since unlike most examples of this trope, he had actually been a NiceGuy and the [[ AcademicAthlete class valedictorian]] instead of the typical JerkJock[=/=]DumbJock, so this couldn't even be considered LaserGuidedKarma. The other ghost who stole his body had done so because he'd idolized him back in those days and was [[BrokenPedestal sorely disappointed]] in how he'd screwed up his life.

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** Especially sad since unlike most examples of this trope, he had actually been a NiceGuy and the [[ AcademicAthlete [[AcademicAthlete class valedictorian]] instead of the typical JerkJock[=/=]DumbJock, so this couldn't even be considered LaserGuidedKarma. The other ghost who stole his body had done so because he'd idolized him back in those days and was [[BrokenPedestal sorely disappointed]] in how he'd screwed up his life.
21st Apr '18 11:43:37 AM DrOO7
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* In episode of ''Series/GhostWhisperer'', the ghost is the former captain of a football team that after leaving High School became an utter loser - he dropped College after two years, was unable to forge a solid relationship with any woman and switched a low-paid job for another each three or six months. Eventually he committed suicide a few days before a reunion of former students because he was too ashamed to attend... and it became even more pathetic when ''another'' ghost stole his body and decided to go to the party as a zombie. Yikes.

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* In "The Walk In" episode of ''Series/GhostWhisperer'', the ghost is the former captain of a football team that after leaving High School became an utter loser - loser-- he dropped College out of college after two years, years when he couldn't keep up, was unable to forge a solid relationship with any woman and switched a from low-paid job for another each three or six months. Eventually he committed suicide a few days before a reunion of former students because he was too ashamed to attend... and it became even more pathetic when ''another'' ghost stole his body and decided to go to the party as a zombie. Yikes.Yikes.
** Especially sad since unlike most examples of this trope, he had actually been a NiceGuy and the [[ AcademicAthlete class valedictorian]] instead of the typical JerkJock[=/=]DumbJock, so this couldn't even be considered LaserGuidedKarma. The other ghost who stole his body had done so because he'd idolized him back in those days and was [[BrokenPedestal sorely disappointed]] in how he'd screwed up his life.
28th Mar '18 4:02:03 PM Ninamarie124
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3rd Mar '18 1:29:31 PM CheeseDogX
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* Less harsh example in form of Jim O'Connor in ''Theatre/TheGlassMenagerie''--a successful high school football player now stuck in a dead end job as a clerk at a shoe factory. He's a nice guy and he is trying to get out of the rut but he seems to be going nowhere fast, though. Plus, he winds up being an InnocentlyInsensitive jerk to Laura towards the end of the play.

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* Less harsh example in form of Jim O'Connor in ''Theatre/TheGlassMenagerie''--a successful high school football player now stuck in a dead end job as a clerk at a shoe factory. He's a nice guy and he is trying to get out of the rut but he seems to be going nowhere fast, though. Plus, he winds up being an InnocentlyInsensitive jerk to Laura towards the end of the play. Though in his defense, it probably wouldn't have happened if he knew he was being set up on a blind date.
3rd Mar '18 1:24:56 PM CheeseDogX
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* Music/CeeLoGreen's song "Fuck You" is about a girl, implied to be popular, who the singer had a crush on when he was young, and was spurned because he was a dork. The video for the song takes place over several decades, showing his attempts to impress her and her laughing at him. The picture on his page is from the last part of the video, where as an adult he has become The Ladykiller. He drives past her in a flashy car, while she sweeps up outside the diner he used to see her at.
3rd Mar '18 1:11:28 PM CheeseDogX
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* Lindsay Lohan's recent character on ''Series/UglyBetty'' is a down-on-her-luck former AlphaBitch whom Betty knew in HighSchool.

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* Lindsay Lohan's recent character on ''Series/UglyBetty'' is a down-on-her-luck former AlphaBitch whom Betty knew in HighSchool.
3rd Mar '18 1:10:42 PM CheeseDogX
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* On ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Tapestry_%28episode%29 Picard dies during an operation due to an old injury from an incident from his rebellious youth of counter-cheating in sports ending in a stab to the heart]]. [[JerkassGods Q]] offers him a second chance if he can avoid said incident by reliving that period of his life. After he succeeds (backing out or whatever of cheating at sports and fighting, and having alienating sex with one of his friends) Q sends him back to the point in his life where the injury would have killed him only to discover that [[spoiler:he is a Lieutenant junior grade (between Ensign and Lieutenant) instead of a famous starship captain. Q explains that the injury gave Picard a sense of his own mortality which, possibly unknown to Picard himself, motivated him to make his mark on the Universe. The alternate Picard never lived that experience, and as such drifted thought his career, never getting noticed by anyone. Picard then begs Q that [[BeYourself he has learned his lesson]], is given a second second chance, condemns himself to death after a worthy life... and awakens from his death to discover that Q was just jerking his chain again (or might have actually saved his life)]]. With Q, you never know if it was really AllJustADream or if he actually sent you back in time.

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* On ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Tapestry_%28episode%29 Picard dies during an operation due to an old injury from an incident from his rebellious youth of counter-cheating in sports ending in a stab to the heart]]. [[JerkassGods Q]] offers him a second chance if he can avoid said incident by reliving that period of his life. After he succeeds (backing out or whatever of cheating at sports and fighting, and having alienating sex with one of his friends) Q sends him back to the point in his life where the injury would have killed him only to discover that [[spoiler:he is a Lieutenant junior grade (between Ensign and Lieutenant) instead of a famous starship captain. Q explains that the injury gave Picard a sense of his own mortality which, possibly unknown to Picard himself, motivated him to make his mark on the Universe. The alternate Picard never lived that experience, and as such drifted thought his career, never getting noticed by anyone. Picard then begs Q that [[BeYourself he has learned his lesson]], is given a second second chance, condemns himself to death after a worthy life... and awakens from his death to discover that Q was just jerking his chain again (or might have actually saved his life)]]. With Q, you never know if it was really AllJustADream or if he actually sent you back in time. He was almost certainly lying about being God, however.
3rd Mar '18 1:02:56 PM CheeseDogX
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** Marty's first fear when Doc appears at the end of the first film, insisting that he come to the future and fix things? That he and Jennifer will grow up to be, if not losers, then at least "assholes". That turns out to be the truth (at least until they fix things). Marty agreed to a car race which resulted in him hitting another car. The owner sued, Marty broke his hand, he had to give up on his music and Jennifer only married him out of pity. By 2015 he either ends up with both kids in jail or he gets fired.

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** Marty's first fear when Doc appears at the end of the first film, insisting that he come to the future and fix things? That he and Jennifer will grow up to be, if not losers, then at least "assholes". That turns out to be the truth (at least until they fix things). Marty agreed to a car race which resulted in him hitting another car. The owner sued, Marty broke his hand, he had to give up on his music and Jennifer only married him out of pity. By 2015 he either ends up with both kids in jail or he gets fired. [[spoiler: Though the ending of the ending implies that things will turn out better now that Marty's learned some humility himself.]]
1st Feb '18 8:11:57 PM WillBGood
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* Dennis Reynolds, of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', was apparently very popular in high school, and went by "the golden god," but even his sister claims he peaked there - nowadays, he tends a dive bar and mooches off his dad's money while hanging out with even bigger lowlives. [[spoiler: Later subverted, when we see the gang go to a high school reunion, and the ''actual'' former popular kids have to explain to Dennis that nobody but Dennis called him "the golden god." Essentially, he just took the same [[SmallNameBigEgowarped perspective]] with which he views everyday life and applied it to his memories as well.]]

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* Dennis Reynolds, of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', was apparently very popular in high school, and went by "the golden god," but even his sister claims he peaked there - nowadays, he tends a dive bar and mooches off his dad's money while hanging out with even bigger lowlives. [[spoiler: Later subverted, when we see the gang go to a high school reunion, and the ''actual'' former popular kids have to explain to Dennis that nobody but Dennis called him "the golden god." Essentially, he just took the same [[SmallNameBigEgowarped [[SmallNameBigEgo warped perspective]] with which he views everyday life and applied it to his memories as well.]]
10th Jan '18 1:54:30 PM ChaoticNovelist
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The JerkJock and all-around popular guy who makes the hero's life impossible (while idolizing his SecretIdentity) presumes that his popularity and success in the academic world will translate into [[CorruptCorporateExecutive success in business]], sports, and politics, and the protagonist will be there to lick his boots.

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The JerkJock and all-around popular guy who makes the hero's TheProtagonist's life impossible (while idolizing his SecretIdentity) presumes that his popularity and success in the academic world will translate into [[CorruptCorporateExecutive success in business]], sports, and politics, and the protagonist everyone else will be there to lick his boots.



If this leads to an epiphany, expect it to be [[StatusQuoIsGod short-lived]], since WeWantOurJerkBack, regardless of how doomed it will make his future. If it sticks, expect a gradual shift into JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Usually the Hero will be the one to get the epiphany, and try to sympathize with or treat the JerkJock better (this doesn't last long either, but may lead to an OddFriendship or understanding). If any CharacterDevelopment happens, expect it to be subtle and far-reaching.

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If this leads to an epiphany, expect it to be [[StatusQuoIsGod short-lived]], since WeWantOurJerkBack, regardless of how doomed it will make his future. If it sticks, expect a gradual shift into JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Usually the Hero TheProtagonist will be the one to get the epiphany, and try to sympathize with or treat the JerkJock better (this doesn't last long either, but may lead to an OddFriendship or understanding). If any CharacterDevelopment happens, expect it to be subtle and far-reaching.
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