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14th Feb '17 9:34:39 PM TheJayman49
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'': Lincoln Loud can occasionally be selfish, but is still a sweet and nice kid overall. Doesn't stop him from getting hurt, humiliated, or screwed over at every chance possible.
10th Feb '17 9:48:18 PM TommyTiger
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* This seems to be Meg's only role on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' to the point that [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] would have to feel pity for her. When most of the cast [[ComedicSociopathy feel a need for a reason to]] [[ButtMonkey hate her anyway.]] Brian is also a victim to this trope at it's most extreme, constantly managing to get caught in the events of the story by inadvertently offending or provoking another (usually more obnoxious) being around him. A recurring gag in newer episodes involves him managing to inadvertently offend [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond Quagmire]] in particular (outside the one point [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech he expressed rather valid reasons]] [[TakeThatScrappy for resenting Brian]]).

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* This seems to be Meg's only role on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' to the point that [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] would have to feel pity for her. When most of the cast [[ComedicSociopathy feel a need for a reason to]] [[ButtMonkey hate her anyway.]] Brian is also a victim to this trope at it's most extreme, constantly managing to get caught in the events of the story by inadvertently offending or provoking another (usually more obnoxious) being around him. A recurring gag in newer episodes involves him managing to inadvertently offend [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond Quagmire]] in particular (outside the one point [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech he expressed rather valid reasons]] [[TakeThatScrappy reasons for resenting Brian]]).



* [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Plankton]] and [[JerkassWoobie Squidward]] from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' have been [[UnintentionallySympathetic unintentional]] examples of this ever since ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie''.

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* [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Plankton]] and [[JerkassWoobie Squidward]] from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' have been [[UnintentionallySympathetic unintentional]] examples of this ever since ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie''.from ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'' to ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', where it started to die down.
9th Feb '17 6:12:12 AM Eddy1215
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Of course, this trope doesn't necessarily have to be used for comedic purposes. It can also be used to turn the recipient of the abuse into TheWoobie. At the same time, it can also be used to turn the audience against the character who blames the recipient of the abuse for problems, turning them into TheScrappy. Needless to say, this is a type of comedy that is bound to summon "DudeNotFunny" in some members of the audience, ''especially'' if they feel that the DisproportionateRetribution is ''way'' too cruel in comparison to the alleged "comedy" of the situation.

The subtrope of BlackComedy least likely to involve death. Contrast with PlagueOfGoodFortune, where ''good'' things keep inexplicably happening to the character's chagrin, and SpringtimeForHitler, where a character deliberately does something bad but is met with ''greatness'' for it, or KarmaHoudini where the villain gets off scot-free. May occasionally overlap with SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond and definitely ButtMonkey and SadistShow. See also CantGetAwayWithNuthin. A ReformedButRejected character living in one of these stories is a VillainBallMagnet.

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Of course, this trope doesn't necessarily have to be used for comedic purposes. It can also be used to turn the recipient of the abuse into TheWoobie. At the same time, it can also be used to turn the audience against the character who blames the recipient of the abuse for problems, turning them into TheScrappy. Sometimes, the character is a good-hearted fellow, but is mostly MadeOutToBeAJerkass by everyone around him. Needless to say, this is a type of comedy that is bound to summon "DudeNotFunny" in some members of the audience, ''especially'' if they feel that the DisproportionateRetribution is ''way'' too cruel in comparison to the alleged "comedy" of the situation.

The subtrope of BlackComedy least likely to involve death. Contrast with PlagueOfGoodFortune, where ''good'' things keep inexplicably happening to the character's chagrin, and SpringtimeForHitler, where a character deliberately does something bad but is met with ''greatness'' for it, or KarmaHoudini where the villain gets off scot-free. May occasionally overlap with SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond and definitely ButtMonkey and SadistShow. See also CantGetAwayWithNuthin. A ReformedButRejected character living in one of these stories is a VillainBallMagnet.



* Many of the mishaps of DonaldDuck places him squarely in this cathegory.

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* Many of the mishaps of DonaldDuck places him squarely in this cathegory.category.



* Exactly the same stuff above also goes for Peter Fox from ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. He is a ButtMonkey taken to the extreme. A notable example is an arc where Peter punches a guy at school for making a joke about his relationship with Denise. Although Peter was provoked into punching him, he is given 2 weeks of detention, clean-up detail and 3 months of probation as punishment. He then accidentally spills the beans to Andy when he gets home, and then the story ends. Even better is when he tells his girlfriend that he got into a fight, and she thinks he was childish. Once he reveals that the guy made fun of her, suddenly it's "And you JUST punched him?!"

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* Exactly the same stuff above also goes for Peter Fox from ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. He is a ButtMonkey taken to the extreme. A notable example is an arc where Peter punches a guy at school for making a joke about his relationship with Denise. Although Peter was provoked into punching him, [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass he is given 2 weeks of detention, clean-up detail and 3 months of probation as punishment.punishment]]. He then accidentally spills the beans to Andy when he gets home, and then the story ends. Even better is when he tells his girlfriend that he got into a fight, and she thinks he was childish. Once he reveals that the guy made fun of her, suddenly it's "And you JUST punched him?!"
8th Feb '17 2:41:56 PM Eddy1215
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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]] 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. Being acquitted of murder was the ''only'' time the show ever gave him a 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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* 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 [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass being made to look like ''he'' like]] ''[[MadeOutToBeAJerkass he]]'' [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass is the bully.bully]]. When he tries to tell adults what's going on, they either [[CassandraTruth don't believe him]] 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. Being acquitted of murder was the ''only'' time the show ever gave him a 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.



* This seems to be Meg's only role on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' to the point that [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] would have to feel pity for her. When most of the cast [[ComedicSociopathy feel a need for a reason to]] [[ButtMonkey hate her anyway.]] Brian is also a victim to this trope at it's most extreme, constantly managing to get caught in the events of the story by inadvertently offending or provoking another (usually more obnoxious) being around him. A recurring gag in newer episodes involves him managing to inadvertantly offend [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond Quagmire]] in particular (outside the one point [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech he expressed rather valid reasons]] [[TakeThatScrappy for resenting Brian]]).

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* This seems to be Meg's only role on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' to the point that [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] would have to feel pity for her. When most of the cast [[ComedicSociopathy feel a need for a reason to]] [[ButtMonkey hate her anyway.]] Brian is also a victim to this trope at it's most extreme, constantly managing to get caught in the events of the story by inadvertently offending or provoking another (usually more obnoxious) being around him. A recurring gag in newer episodes involves him managing to inadvertantly inadvertently offend [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond Quagmire]] in particular (outside the one point [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech he expressed rather valid reasons]] [[TakeThatScrappy for resenting Brian]]).



* [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Plankton]] and [[JerkassWoobie Squidward]] from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' have been [[UnintentionallySympathetic unintentional]] examples of this ever since TheMovie.

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* [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Plankton]] and [[JerkassWoobie Squidward]] from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' have been [[UnintentionallySympathetic unintentional]] examples of this ever since TheMovie.''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie''.



* The segments of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' featuring Buttons the dog chasing Mindy, the little daughter of his owner, always feature Buttons busting his butt trying to save Mindy from a different hazard every two seconds, and succeeding, but in the end he tends to be blamed for whatever Mindy was doing or otherwise punished. Thankfully, he finally [[EarnYourHappyEnding earns his happy ending]] in "Wakko's Wish".

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* The segments of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' featuring Buttons the dog chasing Mindy, the little daughter of his owner, always feature Buttons busting his butt trying to save Mindy from a different hazard every two seconds, and succeeding, but in the end he tends to be blamed for whatever Mindy was doing or otherwise punished. Thankfully, he finally [[EarnYourHappyEnding earns his happy ending]] in "Wakko's Wish".''WesternAnimation/WakkosWish''.
26th Jan '17 5:16:37 PM XFllo
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* The standard for this type of plot is ''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.
** Two of the most {{egregious}} cases occur in the same episode. Larry buys an effeminate young boy a gift and, after asking the kid what he wants, buys him a sewing machine. The mother reacts badly and Larry gets chewed out by his friends for buying the kid something that he clearly wanted. Later in the episode, Larry is explaining to his manager the replacement gift he bought the kid. Michael J. Fox is delivering a speech at the time and Larry, unable to be heard, mimes playing a violin. Due to his earlier confrontations with Fox, this is misconstrued as belittling his condition and leads to an entire crowds turning on Larry and the Mayor of New York kicking him out of the city. Most episodes usually make Larry's downfall a product of his own behaviour but this episode seemed unusually, and unfairly, mean to him.
* The plot is also favored by ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.

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* The standard for this type of plot is ''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.
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doll. Two of the most {{egregious}} cases occur in the same episode. Larry buys an effeminate young boy a gift and, after asking the kid what he wants, buys him a sewing machine. The mother reacts badly and Larry gets chewed out by his friends for buying the kid something that he clearly wanted. Later in the episode, Larry is explaining to his manager the replacement gift he bought the kid. Michael J. Fox is delivering a speech at the time and Larry, unable to be heard, mimes playing a violin. Due to his earlier confrontations with Fox, this is misconstrued as belittling his condition and leads to an entire crowds turning on Larry and the Mayor of New York kicking him out of the city. Most episodes usually make Larry's downfall a product of his own behaviour but this episode seemed unusually, and unfairly, mean to him.
* The plot is also favored by ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
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%%* [[ButtMonkey Josh]] from ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''.
%%* Chris from ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''.
%%* Lister from ''Series/RedDwarf''.



* Some of the plotlines in ''Series/{{Extras}}''.



* Pretty much every moment in every episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', mostly surrounding Michael. He's always trying to do what's best for the family, and he's pretty much the only person working to keep everything from falling apart. But every time he tries to get cooperation from his family members he's met with more irresponsible behaviour, animosity, and sometimes outright hostility. They constantly mock him for being the 'good' brother, and they spend all their time either ignoring him, walking all over him, or leaving him to deal with the fallout of their bad behaviour.

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* Pretty much every moment in every episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', mostly situations surrounding Michael. He's always trying to do what's best for the family, and he's pretty much the only person working to keep everything from falling apart. But every time he tries to get cooperation from his family members he's met with more irresponsible behaviour, animosity, and sometimes outright hostility. They constantly mock him for being the 'good' brother, and they spend all their time either ignoring him, walking all over him, or leaving him to deal with the fallout of their bad behaviour.



* This is pretty much the premise of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' after Earl makes his HeelFaceTurn.



* The infamous sixth season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' could best be described as one.

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%%* [[ButtMonkey Josh]] from ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''.
%%* Chris from ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''.
%%* Lister from ''Series/RedDwarf''.
%%* The plot is also favored by ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
%%* Some of the plotlines in ''Series/{{Extras}}''.
%% * This is pretty much the premise of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' after Earl makes his HeelFaceTurn.
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* The infamous sixth season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' could best be described as one. one.
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26th Jan '17 9:46:06 AM Crino37
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* The episode Nosedive from the Third Season of ''Series/BlackMirror'' has some elements of this during Lacie's journey to the wedding.

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* The episode Nosedive ''Nosedive'' from the Third Season of ''Series/BlackMirror'' has some elements of this during Lacie's journey to the wedding.
26th Jan '17 9:45:21 AM Crino37
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* The episode Nosedive from the Third Season of ''Series/BlackMirror'' has some elements of this during Lacie's journey to the wedding.
19th Jan '17 7:05:41 AM Crino37
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* ''WesternAnimation/StressedEric'' takes this to an '''[[SadistShow EXTREME]] [[UpToEleven LEVEL]]''', with the protagonist having a mental breakdown in every episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StressedEric'' takes this to an '''[[SadistShow EXTREME]] [[UpToEleven LEVEL]]''', with the protagonist dying after having a mental breakdown in almost every episode.
19th Jan '17 7:03:23 AM Crino37
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* ''WesternAnimation/StressedEric'' takes this to an '''[[SadistShow EXTREME]] [[UpToEleven LEVEL]]''', with the protagonist almost having a mental breakdown in every episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StressedEric'' takes this to an '''[[SadistShow EXTREME]] [[UpToEleven LEVEL]]''', with the protagonist almost having a mental breakdown in every episode.
19th Jan '17 6:52:29 AM Crino37
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* ''WesternAnimation/StressedEric'' takes this to an '''[[SadistShow EXTREME]] [[UpToEleven LEVEL]]''', with the protagonist almost having a mental breakdown in every episode.
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