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20th Jun '17 4:47:32 PM Killerweinerdog
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* The Protagonist of ''VideoGame/SunsetOverdrive'' fits this trope pretty well; at the beginning of the game he/she works for the MegaCorp Fizzco in a dead-end job, stuck with the crappy job of being custodian to the massive party Fizzco is throwing to celebrate the release of their new energy drink, Overdrive, but not actually able to take part in the festivities. This actually turns out to be a good thing for you, since not moments after the party reaches its peak, people start turning into zombies...

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* The Protagonist of ''VideoGame/SunsetOverdrive'' fits this trope pretty well; at the beginning of the game he/she works for the MegaCorp Fizzco in a dead-end job, stuck with the crappy job of being custodian to the massive party Fizzco is throwing to celebrate the release of their new energy drink, Overdrive, but not actually able to take part in the festivities. This actually turns out to be a good thing for you, since not moments after the party reaches its peak, people start turning into zombies...mutants...
20th Jun '17 4:46:51 PM Killerweinerdog
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* The Protagonist of ''VideoGame/SunsetOverdrive'' fits this trope pretty well; at the beginning of the game he/she works for the MegaCorp Fizzco in a dead-end job, stuck with the crappy job of being custodian to the massive party Fizzco is throwing to celebrate the release of their new energy drink, Overdrive, but not actually able to take part in the festivities. This actually turns out to be a good thing for you, since not moments after the party reaches its peak, people start turning into zombies...
30th May '17 9:29:29 PM angie710
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* Does not conform to the expectations of dress or behavior typically associated with their birth gender. (If female, however, [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses she may also catch flack for conforming]], or for pursuing AcceptableFeminineGoals.)

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* Does not conform to the expectations of dress or behavior typically associated with their birth gender. (If female, however, ([[DoubleStandard If female]], [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption however]], [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses she may also catch flack for conforming]], or for pursuing AcceptableFeminineGoals.)
30th May '17 9:29:29 PM angie710
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30th May '17 8:28:25 PM angie710
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* [[TragicDropout Dropped out of school]]...or flunked out of school. Especially if the school they attended was a very prestigious one, or (conversely) a SuckySchool.
6th Apr '17 8:37:47 PM KizunaTallis
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** Or alternatively, is ''actually'' [[FatGirl overweight]] and/or unattractive, [[DoubleStandard especially if female]].

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** Or alternatively, is ''actually'' [[FatGirl overweight]] and/or unattractive, [[{{Gonk}} unattractive]], [[DoubleStandard especially if female]].



* If over 18, works at BurgerFool, a SoulSuckingRetailJob, a low-level office job, or some other type of "unskilled" labor that "anyone can do."

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* If over 18, a certain age, works at BurgerFool, a SoulSuckingRetailJob, a low-level office job, or some other type of "unskilled" labor that "anyone can do."



* Dobie Gillis from Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis was one of the first examples in television. He lives with his parents throughout the entire series and has little money. He is lazy and aimless. He is considered to have below average intelligence and average looks. His only friend Maynard G. Krebs is an even bigger loser than he is. He chases after girls who often have no interest in him. And the only girl that likes him is HollywoodUgly.

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* Dobie Gillis from Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis ''Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis'' was one of the first examples in television. He lives with his parents throughout the entire series and has little money. He is lazy and aimless. He is considered to have below average intelligence and average looks. His only friend Maynard G. Krebs is an even bigger loser than he is. He chases after girls who often have no interest in him. And the only girl that likes him is HollywoodUgly.



* ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''. He lives in a house where both his father and mother don't pay much attention to his needs over his little brother and sister. Speaking of which - his younger brother is handsome and most girls his age and even adult women fall for him the moment they see him. This is especially sad, because most of the girls Chris has a crush on during the show, end up falling for his younger brother in the end. His younger brother is also taller and more imposing. His little sister constantly torments him and gets away with it. Worst case scenario: Chris will get in trouble, even if it's obvious his little sister was in the wrong. He goes to a prominently white school where he is bullied by racist students. He gets no help from the teachers whom project their own racial prejudices on him - especially his homeroom teacher who thinks he's a welfare case, despite being raised in a hardworking two parent home. And worst of all: Whenever Chris tries to do anything meaningful, it always backfires on him by the end of the episode. This theme is played till the series end, [[spoiler:Where Chris doesn't finish high school, so he takes his GED test. Before the results of the test are announced, the show suddenly ends, taking a cue from ''Series/TheSopranos''.]] Of course, it's assumed that things work out pretty well for him in the end when he inevitably becomes a successful comedian.

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* ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''. He lives in a house where both his father and mother don't pay much attention to his needs over his little brother and sister. Speaking of which - his younger brother is handsome and most girls his age and even adult women fall for him the moment they see him. This is especially sad, because most of the girls Chris has a crush on during the show, end up falling for his younger brother in the end. His younger brother is also taller and more imposing. His little sister constantly torments him and gets away with it. Worst case scenario: Chris will get in trouble, even if it's obvious his little sister was in the wrong. He goes to a prominently white school where he is bullied by racist students. He gets no help from the teachers whom project their own racial prejudices on him - especially his homeroom teacher who thinks he's a welfare case, despite being raised in a hardworking two parent home. And worst of all: Whenever Chris tries to do anything meaningful, it always backfires on him by the end of the episode. This theme is played till the series end, [[spoiler:Where Chris doesn't finish high school, so he takes his GED test. Before the results of the test are announced, the show suddenly ends, taking a cue from ''Series/TheSopranos''.]] ''Series/TheSopranos'']]. Of course, it's assumed that [[EarnYourHappyEnding things work out pretty well for him in the end end]] when he inevitably becomes a successful comedian.


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* Josh of ''Series/ManSeekingWoman''. He works an unsatisfying temp job, has trouble landing dates and actually keeping a girlfriend, and all of his friends and family members are very [[BrutalHonesty brutally honest]] in how they regard him and his life as an utter mess.
14th Mar '17 8:54:40 AM Aipom-pom
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* ''LightNovel/KagerouDays'': Kisaragi Shintaro, our protagonist, is a [[{{Hikikomori}} high school drop-out shut-in]] with no friends aside from a {{Troll}}ing {{Tsundere}} computer program named Ene, no life outside of his bedroom, and as of the first chapter, not even a computer due to an accidental soda-spillage. And when he ''does'' eventually venture out into the world, he's literally the only cast member without a superpower. His backstory drives it in further; in middle school, he was an InsufferableGenius, and his only friend was Ayano, a BookDumb ManicPixieDreamGirl who was trying desperately to help him open up. [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide Right until she jumps off the school roof.]]]] After that, he became the bitter, self-loathing shut-in who we see at the beginning of the story, and [[spoiler:in one possible timeline where he never goes outside, he kills Ene, has a mental breakdown, and then kills himself]].

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* ''LightNovel/KagerouDays'': ''LightNovel/KagerouDaze'': Kisaragi Shintaro, our protagonist, is a [[{{Hikikomori}} high school drop-out shut-in]] with no friends company aside from a {{Troll}}ing {{Tsundere}} computer program named Ene, no life outside of his bedroom, and as of the first chapter, not even a computer due to an accidental soda-spillage. And when he ''does'' eventually venture out into the world, he's literally the only cast member without a superpower. His backstory drives it in further; in middle school, he was an InsufferableGenius, and his only friend was Ayano, a BookDumb ManicPixieDreamGirl who was trying desperately to help him open up. [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide Right until she jumps off the school roof.]]]] After that, he became the bitter, self-loathing shut-in who we see at the beginning of the story, and [[spoiler:in one possible timeline where he never goes outside, he kills Ene, has a mental breakdown, and then kills himself]].
6th Feb '17 5:08:36 AM KamiKaze
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* The protagonist of ''Videogame/WelcomeToTheGame'' is an avid [[WretchedHive Deep Web]] lurker who is trying to find a Red Room livestream for reasons unknown, but can certainly be chalked up to either morbid curiosity or just plain sadism.

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* The protagonist of ''Videogame/WelcomeToTheGame'' is an avid [[WretchedHive Deep Web]] lurker who is trying to find a Red Room livestream for reasons unknown, but can certainly be chalked up to either morbid curiosity or just plain sadism. [[spoiler:One of the alternate endings released in the 2.0 build confirms that they're looking it up for sexual pleasure. In fact, it's actually Lydia, one of the antagonists of ''VideoGame/RidesWithStrangers''.]]
19th Dec '16 10:02:07 AM Discar
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* [[NatureAbhorsAVirgin Is still a virgin]] in a setting where it's the norm to have lost one's virginity, [[AManIsNotAVirgin especially if male]].

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* [[NatureAbhorsAVirgin Is still a virgin]] in a setting where it's the norm to have lost one's virginity, [[AManIsNotAVirgin [[DoubleStandard especially if male]].
14th Dec '16 8:43:15 AM AnotherGuy
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* ''Film/BroadwayDannyRose'': He's a NiceGuy with UndyingLoyalty, but ends up being an ExtremeDoormat, which is why he can't hold good clients. At the end of the film, his business is failing, but at least he gets the girl in the end.
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