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14th Sep '17 4:05:40 AM Pichu-kun
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* Punpun from ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun'', especially in high school and just after graduating. He thinks of himself as so pathetic he once [[spoiler:decided to [[DrivenToSuicide kill himself]] if he didn't improve within a year.]] Compared to other examples he's a lot more malicious.

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* Punpun from ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun'', ''Manga/GoodnightPunpun'', especially in high school and just after graduating. He thinks of himself as so pathetic that he once [[spoiler:decided to [[DrivenToSuicide kill himself]] if he didn't improve within a year.]] Compared to other examples he's also a lot more malicious.
30th Aug '17 3:48:34 AM martymyman
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* Their partner is less attractive than they are, or vice-versa.

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* Their partner is less attractive than they are, or vice-versa.[[HollywoodHomely vice-versa]].
30th Aug '17 3:43:41 AM martymyman
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* Their partner is less attractive than they are.

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* Their partner is less attractive than they are.are, or vice-versa.
8th Aug '17 11:24:35 AM 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 the 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/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 the 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.
8th Aug '17 11:22:24 AM 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 the 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.
3rd Aug '17 5:30:00 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Has a PornStash large enough to be considered "creepy," especially if the character who owns said stash is socially inept and/or spends a lot of time [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbating to it]], or if the "porn" in question is something like [[PoorMansPorn a lingerie catalog]], or if the stash includes something like {{Lolicon}} or porn of [[PerverseSexualLust fictional characters]]. [[note]] (In the age of [[Rule34 free porn]] [[TheInternetIsForPorn available all over the Internet]], this may also include any porn (whether files or hard-copy stuff) that is bought and paid for.) [[/note]]

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* Has a PornStash large enough to be considered "creepy," especially if the character who owns said stash is socially inept and/or spends a lot of time [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbating to it]], or if the "porn" in question is something like [[PoorMansPorn a lingerie catalog]], or if the stash includes something like {{Lolicon}} child pornography or porn of [[PerverseSexualLust fictional characters]]. [[note]] (In the age of [[Rule34 free porn]] [[TheInternetIsForPorn available all over the Internet]], this may also include any porn (whether files or hard-copy stuff) that is bought and paid for.) [[/note]]
27th Jul '17 10:50:20 PM merotoker
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* Does not conform to the expectations of dress or behavior typically associated with their birth gender. ([[DoubleStandard If female]], [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption 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. ([[DoubleStandard If female]], [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption however]], [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses [[RealWomenDontWearDresses she may also catch flack for conforming]], or for pursuing AcceptableFeminineGoals.)



* Has a voice, accent, or speech pattern regarded as "irritating." (For example, the ValleyGirl and her closest SpearCounterpart the SurferDude.)

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* Has a voice, accent, or speech pattern regarded as "irritating." (For example, the ValleyGirl and her closest SpearCounterpart [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] the SurferDude.)



* Isao from ''Manga/InsideMari'' is a friendless, spineless {{hikikomori}} with a perma-stubble who lives off his parents money, while they still think he's a college student. His crush is a high SchoolIdol, which may or may not make him even more of a LoserProtagonist. He ends up in [[FreakyFridayFlip her body]] and slowly screws with her life.
* Taichi from ''Manga/{{Yuureitou}}'' is a homely, socially awkward {{NEET}} in his late 20s. He meets the charming, [[{{Bishounen}} attractive]] Tetsuo and [[TakenALevelInBadass ends up]] becoming useful but he's still {{adorkable}}.

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* Isao from ''Manga/InsideMari'' is a friendless, spineless {{hikikomori}} with a perma-stubble who lives off his parents money, while they still think he's a college student. His crush is a high SchoolIdol, which may or may not make him even more of a LoserProtagonist.Loser Protagonist. He ends up in [[FreakyFridayFlip her body]] and slowly screws with her life.
* Taichi from ''Manga/{{Yuureitou}}'' is a homely, socially awkward {{NEET}} in his late 20s. He meets the charming, [[{{Bishounen}} [[{{Bishonen}} attractive]] Tetsuo and [[TakenALevelInBadass [[TookALevelInBadass ends up]] becoming useful but he's still {{adorkable}}.



* Greg Heffley from ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid''.

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* %%* Greg Heffley from ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid''.



* 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, AlBundy is the former TropeNamer of JadedWashout.

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* 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, AlBundy Al Bundy is the former TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} of JadedWashout.



* In ''VideoGame/AlwaysSometimesMonsters'', your hero is $500 behind in the rent and about to get kicked out of their shabby apartment, has lost their LoveInterest, and is generally completely down on their luck. A major theme of the game is exploring just how far you're willing to go to turn your life around.

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* In ''VideoGame/AlwaysSometimesMonsters'', your hero is $500 behind in the rent and about to get kicked out of their shabby apartment, has lost their LoveInterest, {{Love Interest|s}}, and is generally completely down on their luck. A major theme of the game is exploring just how far you're willing to go to turn your life around.



* The eponymous Matt Carnegie in ''MattNDusty''.

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* %%* The eponymous Matt Carnegie in ''MattNDusty''.''WebAnimation/MattNDusty''.



* 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, and Tobias. {{Lampshaded}} in "The Test", where Gumball [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall takes a "What sitcom character are you?" test and gets "The Loser".]]
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes:
** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck. While in his best known roles he played the StrawLoser ''antagonist'' to EscapistCharacter Bugs Bunny, he's every bit as much of a loser in many of his own shorts.
** Wile E. Coyote is even more of one. It's one of the rules of the shorts that the audience always wants the coyote to win. Not because he's a good person or because he deserves it, but just because of how thoroughly and utterly the universe refuses to ever let him win.

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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, and Tobias. {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in "The Test", where Gumball [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall takes a "What sitcom character are you?" test and gets "The Loser".]]
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes:
''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck. While in his best known roles he played the StrawLoser ''antagonist'' to EscapistCharacter Bugs Bunny, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, he's every bit as much of a loser in many of his own shorts.
** [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Wile E. Coyote Coyote]] is even more of one. It's one of the rules of the shorts that the audience always wants the coyote to win. Not because he's a good person or because he deserves it, but just because of how thoroughly and utterly the universe refuses to ever let him win.
13th Jul '17 4:15:41 PM KizunaTallis
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* Has NewJobsAsThePlotDemands all the time; can't seem to find one career or job that s/he likes ans stick with it. (Or can't hold a job.)
* Has a "ParentsAsPeople" moment (especially if female), or is a BumblingDad in general.

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* Has NewJobsAsThePlotDemands all the time; can't seem to find one career or job that s/he likes ans and stick with it. (Or can't hold a job.)
* Has a "ParentsAsPeople" moment (especially ([[DoubleStandard especially if female), female]]), or is a BumblingDad in general.



* Has AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents, a RacistGrandma, or other..."interesting" family members.

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* Has AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents, a RacistGrandma, or other... "interesting" family members.



* [[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.

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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.
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...
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