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10th Feb '18 7:34:54 AM Ea4g
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Being completely self-centered, the Karmic Trickster normally acts only on his own behalf, but can be convinced to help others -- he has a soft spot for babies, innocents, and those who are truly good, and when his sympathy is evoked will go to the ends of the earth for them. Sometimes he sows chaos for the sake of chaos, but only when he gets carried away in the midst of one of his campaigns. Most of the time he simply wants to be [[HeroicNeutral left alone]], and [[KarmicProtection heaven help whoever messes with him!]] Given all of their righteous retribution, sometimes these characters can exist somewhere between this, ScrewySquirrel and borderline NeutralEvil if their self-righteous attitudes end up attacking characters for little more than existing nearby them and can often just seem like ComedicSociopathy if our trickster operates as a DesignatedHero regardless of where they sit on the TricksterArchetype scale and the only [=Karmic=] anything involved about them is being a KarmaHoudini.

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Being completely self-centered, the Karmic Trickster normally acts only on his own behalf, but can be convinced to help others -- he has a soft spot for babies, innocents, and those who are truly good, and when his sympathy is evoked will go to the ends of the earth for them. Sometimes he sows chaos for the sake of chaos, but only when he gets carried away in the midst of one of his campaigns. Most of the time he simply wants to be [[HeroicNeutral left alone]], and [[KarmicProtection heaven help whoever messes with him!]] Given all of their righteous retribution, sometimes these characters can exist somewhere between this, [[ChaoticGood this]], ScrewySquirrel and borderline NeutralEvil if their self-righteous attitudes end up attacking characters for little more than existing nearby them and can often just seem like ComedicSociopathy if our trickster operates as a DesignatedHero regardless of where they sit on the TricksterArchetype scale and the only [=Karmic=] anything involved about them is being a KarmaHoudini.
10th Oct '17 9:32:36 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* The title character in ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' tends to be a nice furry orange creature, and generally doesn't set out for taking antagonists down in return for a perceived slight -- but a lot of his antics come out this way anyway.

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* The title character in ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' tends to be a nice furry orange creature, and generally doesn't set out for taking antagonists down in return for a perceived slight -- but a lot of his antics come out this way anyway. However, in "The Waste of Time", he's revealed to know exactly what he's doing, because he's been practicing for thousands of years.
25th Sep '17 11:42:46 AM Concrete4
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[[caption-width-right:350:Perhaps the most obvious example]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Perhaps the most obvious example]]
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23rd Sep '17 12:41:27 PM nombretomado
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* Oddly enough (or maybe not, considering the duality obsession), Tezcatlipoca of AztecMythology. While masquerading as a merchant he was sent to war commanding a legion of dwarves in a UriahGambit by a local king. The king figured the dwarves would see the enemy soldiers and flee, leaving their leader to die. Tezcatlipoca instead gave them a RousingSpeech that resulted in them fighting at his side and returning home victorious. The King had to name him as a war hero.

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* Oddly enough (or maybe not, considering the duality obsession), Tezcatlipoca of AztecMythology.Myth/AztecMythology. While masquerading as a merchant he was sent to war commanding a legion of dwarves in a UriahGambit by a local king. The king figured the dwarves would see the enemy soldiers and flee, leaving their leader to die. Tezcatlipoca instead gave them a RousingSpeech that resulted in them fighting at his side and returning home victorious. The King had to name him as a war hero.
18th Sep '17 10:28:52 AM kraas
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** WesternAnimation/BugsBunny is a famous Karmic Trickster and former trope namer. This characterization was a considered decision on the part of Bugs' creators: it was required that the antagonist strike first. Note that it was not from the start: in his early days, Bugs was more of a ScrewySquirrel.

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** WesternAnimation/BugsBunny is a famous Karmic Trickster and former trope namer. This characterization was a considered decision on the part of Bugs' creators: it was required that the antagonist strike first. Note that it was not from the start: in his early days, Bugs was more of a ScrewySquirrel.ScrewySquirrel; in fact,[[https://youtu.be/-Dl47PIP6h4?t=311 the gag that the page image is based on]] is from the 1942 short "The Wacky Wabbit", in which Bugs is actually the one that antagonizes Elmer, and not the other way around.
8th Aug '17 5:41:37 PM jccw227
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* Mickey again takes on this role in a ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' cartoon where he's held hostage by Pete, and his even dumber backwoods cousin, Zeke, who had just robbed a bank. Mickey convinces both parties that one of them is trying to do the other one in and take the money for themselves, and then proceeds to add fuel to the fire as their paranoia (and stupidity) sets in.

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* Mickey again takes on this role in a ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' cartoon where he's held hostage by Pete, and his even dumber backwoods cousin, Zeke, who had just robbed a bank. [[LetsYouAndHimFight Mickey convinces both parties that one of them is trying to do the other one in and take the money for themselves, themselves,]] and then proceeds to add fuel to the fire as their paranoia (and stupidity) sets in.
20th Jun '17 2:46:19 PM NoSpoilerz
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* The Creator/TheMarxBrothers, making it OlderThanTheyThink. Groucho's line "Then it's war!" from ''Film/DuckSoup'' is the inspiration for Bugs Bunny's BattleCry. The film includes a literal war, splicing in footage from UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.

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* The Creator/TheMarxBrothers, making it OlderThanTheyThink. Groucho's line "Then it's war!" from ''Film/DuckSoup'' is the inspiration for Bugs Bunny's BattleCry. The film includes a literal war, splicing in footage from UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
14th Jun '17 11:39:50 PM SarcasmKid
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* The Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister) in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' (although Wakko is closer to being a ScrewySquirrel) are somewhat offset by the fact that they can be cheerful and annoying to ''anybody'', but are generally harmless until someone starts being a {{Jerkass}}. Then he gets labeled their "Special Friend", and all bets are off. In one episode, they're being driven crazy by a parody of the nanny from ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic''... but can't bring themselves to clobber her, because she's not doing anything ''wrong''. [[spoiler:They hire [[ScrewySquirrel Slappy]].]]

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* The Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister) in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' (although Wakko is closer to being a ScrewySquirrel) are somewhat offset by the fact that they can be cheerful and annoying to ''anybody'', but are generally harmless until someone starts being a {{Jerkass}}. Then he gets labeled their "Special Friend", and all bets are off. In one episode, they're being driven crazy by a parody of the nanny from ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic''... but can't bring themselves to clobber her, because she's not doing anything ''wrong''. [[spoiler:They hire [[ScrewySquirrel Slappy]].Slappy]], although by the end the nanny ends up in a home more likely to appreciate her (that is, with a parody of the Von Trapps).]]
12th Jun '17 9:39:26 AM StFan
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* The very aptly-named Karma of ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' is this trope as well as being a BullyHunter. Hunting a Bully who was academically gifted in defense of a student from the lowest class got him kicked down to Class-E as well...where he is now thriving in learning assassination techniques to add to his arsenal.

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* The very aptly-named Karma of ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' is this trope as well as being a BullyHunter. Hunting a Bully who was academically gifted in defense of a student from the lowest class got him kicked down to Class-E as well... where he is now thriving in learning assassination techniques to add to his arsenal.



* Tough to say whether this belongs under LiveActionTV or WesternAnimation, but part of the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode ''Revenging Angel'' depicts Crichton in a coma using a series of Creator/ChuckJones-inspired animated sequences in a ShoutOut to the classic WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes shorts. Crichton's role is variously the Road Runner or Bugs Bunny, depending on whether he's just trying to run away from D'Argo, or actively taking revenge for having put him in the coma in the first place (the latter placing him squarely in this trope).

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* Tough to say whether this belongs under LiveActionTV or WesternAnimation, but part of the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode ''Revenging Angel'' "Revenging Angel" depicts Crichton in a coma using a series of Creator/ChuckJones-inspired animated sequences in a ShoutOut to the classic WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes shorts. Crichton's role is variously the Road Runner or Bugs Bunny, depending on whether he's just trying to run away from D'Argo, or actively taking revenge for having put him in the coma in the first place (the latter placing him squarely in this trope).



* Br'er Rabbit, moreso in the original stories than in the [[{{Disneyfication}} Disneyfied]] ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth''. Bugs Bunny was partially based on this character.

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* Br'er Rabbit, moreso in the original stories than in the [[{{Disneyfication}} Disneyfied]] ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth''.''Film/SongOfTheSouth''. Bugs Bunny was partially based on this character.



* Most of the Tiny Toons from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' fit into this category. Especially Babs and Buster. Makes sense, considering the entire show is an ''AffectionateParody'' of old WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons, featuring [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of old WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes characters being ''taught'' by said characters.

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* Most of the Tiny Toons from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' fit into this category. Especially Babs and Buster. Makes sense, considering the entire show is an ''AffectionateParody'' AffectionateParody of old WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons, featuring [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of old WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes characters being ''taught'' by said characters.



* WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons: In the short ''WesternAnimation/BadLuckBlackie'', a black cat helps a kitten get even with a BullyBulldog by causing the dog bad luck, which takes the form of [[AnvilOnHead various heavy things falling on the dog out of nowhere]].

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* WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons: In the short ''WesternAnimation/BadLuckBlackie'', "WesternAnimation/BadLuckBlackie", a black cat helps a kitten get even with a BullyBulldog by causing the dog bad luck, which takes the form of [[AnvilOnHead various heavy things falling on the dog out of nowhere]].



29th May '17 11:21:01 AM Andyroid
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* In the Creator/TexAvery short ''WesternAnimation/BadLuckBlackie'', a black cat helps a kitten get even with a BullyBulldog by causing the dog bad luck, which takes the form of [[AnivlOnHead various heavy things falling on the dog out of nowhere]].

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* WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons: In the Creator/TexAvery short ''WesternAnimation/BadLuckBlackie'', a black cat helps a kitten get even with a BullyBulldog by causing the dog bad luck, which takes the form of [[AnivlOnHead [[AnvilOnHead various heavy things falling on the dog out of nowhere]].
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