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9th Jun '18 9:10:42 PM VulgarBee
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* Makoto from ''Manga/{{Happiness}}'' is bullied into buying food for the popular kids on a regular basis.
22nd May '18 2:04:49 PM martymyman
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* Represents the LGBTQ community, although in recent years they have made their voice heard.
22nd May '18 2:02:33 PM martymyman
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* Represents the LGBTQ community, although in recent years they have made their voice heard.
3rd May '18 5:42:10 PM angie710
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* Has not advanced in their career, or even gotten demoted.
12th Apr '18 2:06:14 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* At the start of the ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'' series, Tasio the Trickster sees Eric Watley as a fixer-upper because of his weak spine and lack of personal drive.

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* At the start of the ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'' series, Tasio the Trickster TricksterMentor sees Eric Watley as a fixer-upper because of his weak spine and lack of personal drive.
12th Apr '18 8:58:36 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* Common in many [[HaremGenre harem anime]]. The guy is usually a [[UnluckyEverydude dateless loser]] until he meets the heroine, at which point every girl he meets falls for him for some arbitrary reason or for just no reason at all. Since this is a harem, the only people he meets are pretty girls.



* Keiichi Morisato of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' runs the "harem" example above pretty straight, except that he ultimately has no interest other than Belldandy, but his origins were the same, never getting a date due to his short stature. Subverted, as Belldandy points out that he has qualities that make him rather desirable, such as the way he cares for antiquated junk that has no value to other people.

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* Keiichi Morisato of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' runs is a put-upon member of the "harem" example above pretty straight, except that he ultimately has no interest other than Belldandy, but motor club and pushed around by the guys at his origins were the same, dorm and he never getting gets a date due to his short stature. Subverted, as This is later subverted when Belldandy points out that he has qualities that make him rather desirable, such as the way he cares for antiquated junk that has no value to other people.



*At the start of the ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'' series, Tasio the Trickster sees Eric Watley as a fixer-upper because of his weak spine and lack of personal drive.



* The all-time champion of loser protagonists is [[JadedWashout Al Bundy]] in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren.'' He's a forgotten high school football legend, works at a shoe store paraded by fat women, his family is dirt poor, he lives with a wife who wants nothing but [[LovableSexManiac nonstop sex]] and to watch Oprah forever, not to mention a CordonBleughChef (when she even cooks), his son is a ChivalrousPervert and his daughter is a full-cylinders DumbBlonde, he lives with two of the most annoying next-door neighbors you could ask for, a dog arguably smarter than ''the whole family combined, times two,'' and worst of all, his mother-in-law is the size of a circus carousel. He's also beaten up frequently, waging a futile war against womankind, humiliated at every beck and call, is the ButtMonkey in ''any'' situation, and lives every day realizing it won't get better until he goes back to sleep. In fact, poor Al has thought of [[AmicableExes divorce]] and [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]] so much it's almost exclusively PlayedForLaughs. Sometimes, he even has [[NearDeathExperience near death experiences]] that convince him to go ''back'' to being miserable! Once he actually [[ToHellAndBack went to Hell]] after a DealWithTheDevil only to find it on par with his actual life. Another time, he learns he's genuinely useless to society and his death is actually the ''greatest improvement to the world.'' Finally, he discovers that he will die miserable at age 65 of a [[IncurableCoughOfDeath fatal disease]]. Even so, Al has become virtually immune to the misery around him- [[DeadpanSnarker he accepts it and embraces it]], somehow finding ways to love the hand fate dealt him- even if the cards are useless. When Al ''does'' win at life, it's a rare victory that deserves a standing ovation. For your enjoyment, he's pictured above- just [[KickTheDog don't throw tomatoes at his face.]] Also, Al Bundy is the former {{Trope Namer|s}} of JadedWashout.

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* The all-time champion of loser protagonists is [[JadedWashout Al Bundy]] in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren.'' He's ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' fits this trope because he's a forgotten high school football legend, works at a shoe store paraded by fat women, his family is dirt poor, he lives with a wife who wants nothing but [[LovableSexManiac nonstop sex]] and to watch Oprah forever, not to mention forever. This is without mentioning that she's a CordonBleughChef (when she even cooks), his son is a ChivalrousPervert and his daughter is a full-cylinders DumbBlonde, he lives with two of the most annoying next-door neighbors you could ask for, a dog arguably smarter than ''the whole family combined, times two,'' and worst of all, his mother-in-law is the size of a circus carousel. He's also beaten up frequently, waging a futile war against womankind, humiliated at every beck and call, is the ButtMonkey in ''any'' situation, and lives every day realizing it won't get better until he goes back to sleep. In fact, poor Al has thought of [[AmicableExes divorce]] and [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]] so much it's almost exclusively PlayedForLaughs. Sometimes, he even has [[NearDeathExperience near death experiences]] that convince him to go ''back'' to being miserable! Once he actually [[ToHellAndBack went to Hell]] after a DealWithTheDevil only to find it on par with his actual life. Another time, he learns he's genuinely useless to society and his death is actually the ''greatest improvement to the world.'' Finally, he discovers that he will die miserable at age 65 of a [[IncurableCoughOfDeath fatal disease]]. Even so, Al has become virtually immune to the misery around him- [[DeadpanSnarker he accepts it and embraces it]], somehow finding ways to love the hand fate dealt him- even if the cards are useless. When Al ''does'' win at life, it's a rare victory that deserves a standing ovation. For your enjoyment, he's pictured above- just [[KickTheDog don't throw tomatoes at his face.]] Also, Al Bundy is the former {{Trope Namer|s}} of JadedWashout.
11th Apr '18 3:21:28 PM CeaselessPhoenicopterine
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* Being essentially a kid-friendly version of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has one in the form of Gumball Watterson, who is lazy, irresponsible, unathletic, BookDumb to a sometimes dangerous degree, and the ButtMonkey of the series. And as with Homer, there are a number of minor characters who take this trope so far as to [[ExpectationLowerer make him look good by comparison]], including his father Richard, Anton, Mr. Small, The Bananas, and Tobias. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in "The Test", where Gumball [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall takes a "What sitcom character are you?" test and gets "The Loser".]]

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* Being essentially a kid-friendly version of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has one in the form of Gumball Watterson, who is lazy, irresponsible, unathletic, BookDumb to a sometimes dangerous degree, and the ButtMonkey of the series. And as with Homer, there are a number of minor characters who take this trope so far as to [[ExpectationLowerer make him look good by comparison]], including his father Richard, Anton, Mr. Small, The Bananas, Jamie, and Tobias. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in "The Test", where Gumball [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall takes a "What sitcom character are you?" test and gets "The Loser".]]
25th Mar '18 9:12:14 AM MitchellProductions
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* Conforms to conventional societal norms in a setting that values individualism.

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* ** (or conversely) Conforms to conventional societal norms in a setting that [[BeYourself values individualism. individualism.]]
8th Mar '18 8:39:01 PM Gamermaster
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* Inverted and and then subverted in ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai''. Kaguya and Shirogane are both brilliant individuals who can expertly debate highly complicated and intricate subjects like philosophy without blinking an eye and are adored by the school they go to as model students by both the faculty and the staff. Despite this, both of them are repeatedly mocked by the narration for their simplistic views of romantic relationships and their inability to confess to one another, which turns them from intelligent [[TheChessmaster chessmasters]] into bumbling idiots.

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* Inverted and and then subverted in ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai''.''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar''. Kaguya and Shirogane are both brilliant individuals who can expertly debate highly complicated and intricate subjects like philosophy without blinking an eye and are adored by the school they go to as model students by both the faculty and the staff. Despite this, both of them are repeatedly mocked by the narration for their simplistic views of romantic relationships and their inability to confess to one another, which turns them from intelligent [[TheChessmaster chessmasters]] into bumbling idiots.
28th Feb '18 6:46:06 PM martymyman
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* Rich in a setting where the norm is deprivation.
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