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12th Jul '16 9:07:50 AM dsneybuf
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* Practically all the jokes in films such as ''Film/FatherOfTheBride'', ''Film/JustMarried'', ''Film/MeetTheParents'' and ''Film/{{Duplex}}'' are based on everything going wrong for the protagonists and ''schadenfreude''.

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* Practically all the jokes in films such as ''Film/FatherOfTheBride'', ''Film/FatherOfTheBride1991'', ''Film/JustMarried'', ''Film/MeetTheParents'' and ''Film/{{Duplex}}'' are based on everything going wrong for the protagonists and ''schadenfreude''.
7th Jul '16 3:54:56 PM CaptainCrawdad
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Not to be confused with ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]]'' [[OmnicidalManiac Kom]][[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt edy]].
1st Jul '16 3:57:52 AM Anddrix
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* Attempted in certain episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', such as "Imposter's Home For Um... Make 'Em Up Pals" and the notorious "Everyone Knows It's Bendy." These tended to be the [[BaseBreaker less popular]] episodes.

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* Attempted in certain episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', such as "Imposter's Home For Um... Make 'Em Up Pals" and the notorious "Everyone Knows It's Bendy." These tended to be the [[BaseBreaker less popular]] episodes.
20th Jun '16 1:13:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* Attempted in certain episodes of ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', such as "Imposter's Home For Um... Make 'Em Up Pals" and the notorious "Everyone Knows It's Bendy." These tended to be the [[BaseBreaker less popular]] episodes.
* EekTheCat is an optimistic, well-meaning feline that tries to help others, only to often run into trouble because he gave a helping hand.

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* Attempted in certain episodes of ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', such as "Imposter's Home For Um... Make 'Em Up Pals" and the notorious "Everyone Knows It's Bendy." These tended to be the [[BaseBreaker less popular]] episodes.
* EekTheCat ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'': Eek is an optimistic, well-meaning feline that tries to help others, only to often run into trouble because he gave a helping hand.
1st Apr '16 10:12:11 PM nombretomado
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* A recurring character played by Colin Mochrie on ''TheDrewCareyShow'' took this to the extreme, as ''everything'' he said offended whoever he was talking to -- even "Hello".
** IIRC, he even tried just being silent, and ended up having THAT taken as a terrible insult by his boss
** In one episode, he remained silent, everyone thought he was great, he even got promoted without speaking a word. However, upon promotion, he said "Thanks!" which was somehow taken the wrong way by Mr. Wick and he fired him.

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* A recurring character played by Colin Mochrie on ''TheDrewCareyShow'' ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' took this to the extreme, as ''everything'' he said offended whoever he was talking to -- even "Hello".
** IIRC, he even tried just being silent, and ended up having THAT taken as a terrible insult by his boss
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"Hello". In one episode, he remained silent, everyone thought he was great, he even got promoted without speaking a word. However, upon promotion, he said "Thanks!" which was somehow taken the wrong way by Mr. Wick and he fired him.



* Chris from ''EverybodyHatesChris''.

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* Chris from ''EverybodyHatesChris''.''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''.



* ''GreenAcres'' is often mentioned to have Kafka-esque elements. One of the most frequent plotlines has Oliver trying to improve life for the people of Hooterville, only to have it backfire at every single step until he is driven to near-insanity. The townspeople generally react with anything from hostility to lukewarm sympathy of the "gee, that's too bad" variety. Despite it all, Oliver never learns to stop doing this.

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* ''GreenAcres'' ''Series/GreenAcres'' is often mentioned to have Kafka-esque elements. One of the most frequent plotlines has Oliver trying to improve life for the people of Hooterville, only to have it backfire at every single step until he is driven to near-insanity. The townspeople generally react with anything from hostility to lukewarm sympathy of the "gee, that's too bad" variety. Despite it all, Oliver never learns to stop doing this.
19th Mar '16 3:26:36 AM Hossmeister
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9th Mar '16 8:24:22 PM GrammarNavi
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* Doug and Carrie of ''TheKingOfQueens'', especially Carrie, are cynical and often uncaring of their surrounding (IE, typical New Yorkers). As a result, whenever they try to go out of their way to help someone, it only makes things worse.

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* Doug and Carrie of ''TheKingOfQueens'', ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', especially Carrie, are cynical and often uncaring of their surrounding (IE, typical New Yorkers). As a result, whenever they try to go out of their way to help someone, it only makes things worse.
9th Mar '16 1:56:28 PM Hossmeister
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* The standard for this type of plot is ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'', in which everything Larry David does costs him money, destroys his aspirations and generally makes people revile him. While Larry is sometimes an awful person, he's often hated for his acts that are intended to be benevolent, like placing an obituary or indulging a little girl playing with her doll.

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* The standard for this type of plot is ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'', ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', in which everything Larry David does costs him money, destroys his aspirations and generally makes people revile him. While Larry is sometimes an awful person, he's often hated for his acts that are intended to be benevolent, like placing an obituary or indulging a little girl playing with her doll.
3rd Mar '16 10:09:14 AM eroock
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->''No good deed goes unpunished.''

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->''No ->''"No good deed goes unpunished.''"''
22nd Feb '16 3:12:13 PM talltalltree
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* Anthony Murray in ''Series/{{Brookside}}''. Anthony is a generally kind, polite, well-meaning boy who's sent to a new school where he instantly becomes a target for bullying. No matter what he does, he always ends up getting hurt worse and/or being made to look like ''he'' is the bully. When he tries to tell adults what's going on, they either [[CassandraTruth don't believe him]] (since the worst bullies are girls) or, in the case of his father, deliberately ignore it. Eventually, he tries to stand up to one of the bullies (who has been violent towards him, publicly humiliated him, stolen from him, threatened him with sexual assault, and almost caused him to get hit by a car) - and she accidentally drowns because he pushed her just once. This leads to him trying to cover up the death, suffering endless guilt when her body is found and his father accused of her murder, and then going through a harsh criminal trial once the truth comes out. Being acquitted of murder was the ''only'' time the show ever gave him a break.

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* Anthony Murray in ''Series/{{Brookside}}''. Anthony is a generally kind, polite, well-meaning boy who's sent to a new school where he instantly becomes a target for bullying. No matter what he does, he always ends up getting hurt worse and/or being made to look like ''he'' is the bully. When he tries to tell adults what's going on, they either [[CassandraTruth don't believe him]] (since the worst bullies are girls) or, in the case of his father, or deliberately ignore it. Eventually, he tries to stand up to one of the bullies (who has been violent towards him, publicly humiliated him, stolen from him, threatened him with sexual assault, and almost caused him to get hit by a car) - and she accidentally drowns because he pushed her just once. This leads to him trying to cover up the death, suffering endless guilt when her body is found and his father accused of her murder, and then going through a harsh criminal trial once the truth comes out. Being acquitted of murder was the ''only'' time the show ever gave him a break.break - but not before he'd suffered endless trauma because of her death ''and'' been blamed for the police initially arresting his father over it.
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