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14th Jun '17 11:45:23 AM thecarolinabull01
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* Helga Pataki from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is ugly, scrawny socially inept, rude, sarcastic and violent-tempered. But there's a reason why she's the most popular character on the show. She lives with two emotionally abusive parents and a StepfordSmiler sister, possesses near-genius level intelligence and a knack for poetry and literature and has a secret crush on Arnold that she keeps to herself out of fear of rejection, making her easily relatable to anyone who has ever had AbusiveParents or an unrequited crush (aka. almost everyone in the world at some point).

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* Helga Pataki from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is ugly, scrawny scrawny, socially inept, rude, sarcastic and violent-tempered. But there's a reason why she's the most popular character on the show. She lives with two emotionally abusive parents and a StepfordSmiler sister, possesses near-genius level intelligence and a knack for poetry and literature and has a secret crush on Arnold that she keeps to herself out of fear of rejection, making her easily relatable to anyone who has ever had AbusiveParents or an unrequited crush (aka. almost everyone in the world at some point).
6th Jun '17 2:29:44 PM thecarolinabull01
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* Helga Pataki from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is ugly, scrawny socially inept, rude, sarcastic and violent-tempered. But there's a reason why she's the most popular character on the show. She lives with two emotionally abusive parents and a StepfordSmiler sister, possesses near-genius level intelligence and a knack for poetry and literature and has a secret crush on Arnold that she keeps to herself out of fear of rejection, making her easily relatable to anyone who has ever had AbusiveParents or an unrequited crush (aka. almost everyone in the world at some point).
31st May '17 2:10:57 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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* Along with TheEveryman, the HaremGenre has plenty of these, the [[IntendedTrope intention being]] to provide a character that [[LowestCommonDenominator a wide audience]] can [[AudienceSurrogate easily relate to and project themselves onto]].



* Along with TheEveryman, the HaremGenre has plenty of these, the [[IntendedTrope intention being]] to provide an uncluttered canvas that a wide audience [[AudienceSurrogate can easily relate to and project themselves onto]].
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* The HaremGenre has its share of these.

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* The Along with TheEveryman, the HaremGenre has its share plenty of these.these, the [[IntendedTrope intention being]] to provide an uncluttered canvas that a wide audience [[AudienceSurrogate can easily relate to and project themselves onto]].
14th May '17 6:58:54 PM mouschilight
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** [[TheMedic Sakura]] and [[{{Determinator}} Rock]] [[BadassNormal Lee]] are rare non-main character examples, as WordOfGod even stated that they were suppose to embody human weakness (at least pre-TimeSkip). Oddly enough, Rock Lee is arguably a ''successful'' example, as he manages to be [[EnsembleDarkhorse quite popular]] despite his [[TheWorfEffect general lack of success]], while Sakura manages to be [[TheScrappy decidedly unpopular]] in many circles, no matter how often Creator/MasashiKishimoto tried to fix that.

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** [[TheMedic Sakura]] and [[{{Determinator}} Rock]] [[BadassNormal Rock Lee]] are rare non-main character examples, as WordOfGod even stated that they were suppose to embody human weakness (at least pre-TimeSkip). Oddly enough, Rock Lee is arguably a ''successful'' example, as he manages to be [[EnsembleDarkhorse quite popular]] despite his [[TheWorfEffect general lack of success]], while Sakura manages to be [[TheScrappy decidedly unpopular]] in many circles, no matter how often Creator/MasashiKishimoto tried to fix that.
20th Apr '17 7:38:33 PM mouschilight
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** [[TheMedic Sakura]] and [[{{Determinator}} Rock]] [[BadassNormal Lee]] are rare non-main character examples, as WordOfGod even stated that they were suppose to embody human weakness (at least pre-TimeSkip). Oddly enough, Rock Lee is arguably a ''successful'' example, as he manages to be [[EnsembleDarkhorse quite popular]] despite his [[TheWorfEffect general lack of success]], while Sakura manages to continue being [[TheScrappy decidedly unpopular]] in many circles, no matter how often Creator/MasashiKishimoto tried to fix that.

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** [[TheMedic Sakura]] and [[{{Determinator}} Rock]] [[BadassNormal Lee]] are rare non-main character examples, as WordOfGod even stated that they were suppose to embody human weakness (at least pre-TimeSkip). Oddly enough, Rock Lee is arguably a ''successful'' example, as he manages to be [[EnsembleDarkhorse quite popular]] despite his [[TheWorfEffect general lack of success]], while Sakura manages to continue being be [[TheScrappy decidedly unpopular]] in many circles, no matter how often Creator/MasashiKishimoto tried to fix that.
20th Apr '17 7:34:24 PM mouschilight
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** [[TheMedic Sakura]] and [[{{Determinator}} Rock]] [[BadassNormal Lee]] are rare non-main character examples, as WordOfGod even stated that they were suppose to embody human weakness (at least pre-TimeSkip). Oddly enough, Rock Lee is arguably a ''successful'' example, as he manages to be [[EnsembleDarkhorse quite popular]] despite his [[TheWorfEffect general lack of success]], while Sakura manages to keep being [[TheScrappy decidedly unpopular]] in many circles, no matter how hard and how often the author tried to fix that.

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** [[TheMedic Sakura]] and [[{{Determinator}} Rock]] [[BadassNormal Lee]] are rare non-main character examples, as WordOfGod even stated that they were suppose to embody human weakness (at least pre-TimeSkip). Oddly enough, Rock Lee is arguably a ''successful'' example, as he manages to be [[EnsembleDarkhorse quite popular]] despite his [[TheWorfEffect general lack of success]], while Sakura manages to keep continue being [[TheScrappy decidedly unpopular]] in many circles, no matter how hard and how often the author Creator/MasashiKishimoto tried to fix that.
20th Apr '17 12:49:04 PM mouschilight
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** [[TheMedic Sakura]] and [[{{Determinator}} Rock]] [[BadassNormal Lee]] are rare non-main character examples, as WordOfGod even stated that they were suppose to embody human weakness (at least pre-TimeSkip). Oddly enough, Rock Lee is arguably a ''successful'' example, as he manages to be [[EnsembleDarkhorse quite popular]] despite his [[TheWorfEffect general lack of success]], while Sakura manages to never fully escape being TheScrappy in many circles.

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** [[TheMedic Sakura]] and [[{{Determinator}} Rock]] [[BadassNormal Lee]] are rare non-main character examples, as WordOfGod even stated that they were suppose to embody human weakness (at least pre-TimeSkip). Oddly enough, Rock Lee is arguably a ''successful'' example, as he manages to be [[EnsembleDarkhorse quite popular]] despite his [[TheWorfEffect general lack of success]], while Sakura manages to never fully escape keep being TheScrappy [[TheScrappy decidedly unpopular]] in many circles.circles, no matter how hard and how often the author tried to fix that.
20th Apr '17 12:46:30 PM mouschilight
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** [[TheMedic Sakura]] and [[{{Determinator}} Rock]] [[BadassNormal Lee]] are rare non-main character examples, as WordOfGod even stated that they were suppose to embody human weakness (at least pre-TimeSkip). Oddly enough, Rock Lee is arguably a ''successful'' example, as he manages to be quite popular despite his [[TheWorfEffect general lack of success]].

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** [[TheMedic Sakura]] and [[{{Determinator}} Rock]] [[BadassNormal Lee]] are rare non-main character examples, as WordOfGod even stated that they were suppose to embody human weakness (at least pre-TimeSkip). Oddly enough, Rock Lee is arguably a ''successful'' example, as he manages to be [[EnsembleDarkhorse quite popular popular]] despite his [[TheWorfEffect general lack of success]].success]], while Sakura manages to never fully escape being TheScrappy in many circles.
14th Apr '17 8:29:34 PM merotoker
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* VinceOffer: "Stop having a boring tuna, stop having a boring life!"

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* VinceOffer: Creator/VinceOffer: "Stop having a boring tuna, stop having a boring life!"



* Creator/{{Sony}} obviously feels this way about their customer base, considering their "All I Want For Christmas" marketing campaign. The rap can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX_3GEvF8RQ here]].
** If you turn on the "translate captions" feature, the first thing he says is, "Uh...[[MoneyDearBoy monies]]." It really helps drive the point home.

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* Creator/{{Sony}} obviously feels this way about their customer base, considering their "All I Want For Christmas" marketing campaign. The rap can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX_3GEvF8RQ here]].
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here]]. If you turn on the "translate captions" feature, the first thing he says is, "Uh...[[MoneyDearBoy monies]]." It really helps drive the point home.



* Jack Link's has an advertising campaign entitled "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR-at8V5cvI Messin' With Sasquatch]]," which features a number of Jack Links-loving hikers playing various cruel jokes on Sasquatch, only to be beaten up by him. Because apparently people who eat Jack Link's Jerky are moronic little twits who take sadistic pleasure in tormenting someone who had done nothing to them, and who get the crap justifiably beaten out of them on a regular basis. Which may be why they've started to switch to "Snacking with Sasquatch", where the Jack Links-eating people are voluntarily sharing said jerky with Sasquatch whilst performing various activities with him (which go awry due to Sasquatch's unusual sense of humor).

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* Jack Link's has an advertising campaign entitled "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR-at8V5cvI Messin' With Sasquatch]]," which features a number of Jack Links-loving hikers [[BullyingADragon playing various cruel jokes on Sasquatch, Sasquatch]], only to be beaten up by him. Because apparently people who eat Jack Link's Jerky are moronic little twits who take sadistic pleasure in tormenting someone who had done nothing to them, and who get the crap justifiably beaten out of them on a regular basis. Which may be why they've started to switch to "Snacking with Sasquatch", where the Jack Links-eating people are voluntarily sharing said jerky with Sasquatch whilst performing various activities with him (which go awry due to Sasquatch's unusual sense of humor).



* Hyundai recently began airing commercials featuring a teenager ramming a wall in ''CrazyTaxi'' and a group of teenagers on a giant slingshot, with the emphasis being that teenagers are crazy and don't know how to drive, so you should get a Hyundai to protect yourself from them. Keep in mind, that for most of their history, the vast majority of Hyundai's consumers were young drivers...

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* Hyundai recently began airing commercials featuring a teenager ramming a wall in ''CrazyTaxi'' ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'' and a group of teenagers on a giant slingshot, with the emphasis being that teenagers are crazy and don't know how to drive, so you should get a Hyundai to protect yourself from them. Keep in mind, that for most of their history, the vast majority of Hyundai's consumers were young drivers...



* State Farm has recently been running a series of commercials that is equal parts this and TakeThat to [[BrandX a rival insurance company that claims they'll set you up over a fifteen minute phone call]]. The earlier commercials saw State Farm taking aim at the rival company and [[SideBySideDemonstration claiming their coverage was of lesser quality]], but the recent commercials also stereotype the type of person that would use their rival's service. Most notably, this series of commercials stars a DrivesLikeCrazy fool who tries to weasel his way back into his previous agent's good graces after getting into an over-the-top accident
* A new line of DirecTV commercials starring Rob Lowe as both himself and some sort of AcceptableTarget stereotype go pretty deep into this, as they actually do seem more intended to directly insult customers of the competing companies than to win them over to this brand.
* Restivo Laser Eye Surgery has an ad that depicts their prospective customer as a despicablely sleazy cross between [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Martin Shkreli]] and [[BlindMistake Mr. Magoo.]]

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* State Farm has recently been running a series of commercials that is equal parts this and TakeThat to [[BrandX a rival insurance company that claims they'll set you up over a fifteen minute phone call]]. The earlier commercials saw State Farm taking aim at the rival company and [[SideBySideDemonstration claiming their coverage was of lesser quality]], but the recent commercials also stereotype the type of person that would use their rival's service. Most notably, this series of commercials stars a DrivesLikeCrazy fool who tries to weasel his way back into his previous agent's good graces after getting into an over-the-top accident
* A new line of DirecTV commercials starring Rob Lowe as both himself and some sort of AcceptableTarget {{Acceptable Target|s}} stereotype go pretty deep into this, as they actually do seem more intended to directly insult customers of the competing companies than to win them over to this brand.
* Restivo Laser Eye Surgery has an ad that depicts their prospective customer as a despicablely despicably sleazy cross between [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Martin Shkreli]] and [[BlindMistake Mr. Magoo.]]



* The title character of ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' gets terrible grades, constantly screws up spells, is an athletic failure, is greedy and self-centered, and just is an all-around [[TheDitz Ditz]]. So naturally the Queen entrusts her with ''the newborn next heir to the witch kingdom''. In contrast, her five-year-old sister is [[WiseBeyondTheirYears prodigiously competent and mature]], and her friends include a lovable, [[TheOjou rich]] genius, an athletic prodigy, and an IdolSinger. It gets better as the series goes on with Doremi learning to be more mature with both her magic and personal life.

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* The title character of ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' gets terrible grades, constantly screws up spells, is an athletic failure, is greedy and self-centered, and just is an all-around [[TheDitz Ditz]]. So naturally the Queen entrusts her with ''the newborn next heir to the witch kingdom''. In contrast, her five-year-old sister is [[WiseBeyondTheirYears prodigiously competent and mature]], and her friends include a lovable, [[TheOjou [[{{Ojou}} rich]] genius, an athletic prodigy, and an IdolSinger. It gets better as the series goes on with Doremi learning to be more mature with both her magic and personal life.



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', with its IdiotHero Ash. Initially, he's completely incompetent in basically every way, with most of his "victories" being the result of either dumb luck or his opponents having pity on him. Ash gets better ''eventually''; now his wins (occasional DeusExMachina notwithstanding) are almost always legitimate (especially if there's [[StrawmanBall another character to screw up instead]]) and sometimes even the results are pretty clever tactics on his part. Which is all well and good, right up until [[BagOfSpilling he regresses to a freaking novice at the start of each new region]]. The fact that he leaves all but Pikachu at the start of each region does very little to justify this. Though he's fortunately nowhere near as bad as when he started out, it's still patently inexcusable that Ash could be beaten by novice trainers so easily.
** You cannot forget [[StepfordSmiler Dawn]]! She lost ''three'' contests in a row before she [[HeroicBSOD went out of it]] for a good 4 or 5 episodes.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', with its IdiotHero Ash. Initially, he's completely incompetent in basically every way, with most of his "victories" being the result of either dumb luck or his opponents having pity on him. Ash gets better ''eventually''; now his wins (occasional DeusExMachina notwithstanding) are almost always legitimate (especially if there's [[StrawmanBall another character to screw up instead]]) and sometimes even the results are pretty clever tactics on his part. Which is all well and good, right up until [[BagOfSpilling he regresses to a freaking novice at the start of each new region]]. The fact that he leaves all but Pikachu at the start of each region does very little to justify this. Though he's fortunately nowhere near as bad as when he started out, it's still patently inexcusable that Ash could be beaten by novice trainers so easily.
** You cannot forget
easily. Also [[StepfordSmiler Dawn]]! She Dawn]], who lost ''three'' contests in a row before she [[HeroicBSOD went out of it]] for a good 4 or 5 episodes.



* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' begins as this trope, being the proverbial "97 lb weakling," but becomes an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] thanks to [[TrainingFromHell hard work]], [[{{Determinator}} determination]], and [[TheHero strong]] [[MartialPacifist ideals]] begins this series' crash course in CharlesAtlasSuperpower. [[TheHero Kenichi]] and the reader are ''repeatedly'' told that he has zero natural talent for martial arts, [[TookALevelInBadass but he doesn't stay this way for long]].
* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'': Makoto.
* Hatsumi of ''Manga/HotGimmick''.
** And by extension, Yura of ''Manga/HoneyHunt'', though to a lesser degree.
* ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'': Akihisa Yoshii.

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* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' begins as this trope, being the proverbial "97 lb weakling," but becomes an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] thanks to [[TrainingFromHell hard work]], [[{{Determinator}} determination]], {{determinat|or}}ion, and [[TheHero strong]] [[MartialPacifist ideals]] begins this series' crash course in CharlesAtlasSuperpower. [[TheHero Kenichi]] and the reader are ''repeatedly'' told that he has zero natural talent for martial arts, [[TookALevelInBadass but he doesn't stay this way for long]].
* %%* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'': Makoto.
* %%* Hatsumi of ''Manga/HotGimmick''.
** %%** And by extension, Yura of ''Manga/HoneyHunt'', though to a lesser degree.
* %%* ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'': Akihisa Yoshii.



* The titular Karin of ''Manga/KamichamaKarin''. Her ONLY good feature is her fairly-cute looks. She's TERRIBLE academically, routinely scoring a flat 0 on tests, and celebrating wildly when she got through a test as the 30th-worst in the school (after weeks of [[TrainingFromHell Study From Hell]]). She's also terrible at athletics, including combat-training. And yes, even when she summons ''the unlimited power of the Goddess Athena'', she continues to [[HowDoIShotWeb suck at using it]]. She's not even good at making friends - before the story started, her only friend was her ''cat''. Arguably, the only reason why she's the central character is that the antagonists wants a Goddess Ring, and she's by far the easiest target. Even towards the end, she never really recovers from her suckitude - she wields ThePowerOfLove, but WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway?

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* The titular Karin of ''Manga/KamichamaKarin''. Her ONLY good feature is her fairly-cute looks. She's TERRIBLE academically, routinely scoring a flat 0 on tests, and celebrating wildly when she got through a test as the 30th-worst in the school (after weeks of [[TrainingFromHell Study From Hell]]). She's also terrible at athletics, including combat-training. And yes, even when she summons ''the unlimited power of the Goddess Athena'', she continues to [[HowDoIShotWeb suck at using it]]. She's not even good at making friends - before the story started, her only friend was her ''cat''. Arguably, the only reason why she's the central character is that the antagonists wants a Goddess Ring, and she's by far the easiest target. Even towards the end, she never really recovers from her suckitude - she wields ThePowerOfLove, but WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway?WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway



* Kouji Aiba of ''Anime/InfiniteRyvius'', who despite having two {{Love Interest}}s, never does anything important, gets constantly beat up by his [[AloofOlderBrother Aloof Younger Brother]] Youki or others, and doesn't seem to be particularly skilled and is constantly in the shadow of his younger brother TheAce.
* Saji Crossroad during season 1 of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' only cares about getting a happy life of his own, ignorant of the large causes of the world - [[spoiler:hell! He even blindly hates the Gundams after first [[CuteAndPsycho Nena Trinity]] blasted an arm out of his girlfriend, and then [[IntrepidReporter his sister Kinue]], in her quest for getting info about Gundam, was killed by Ali Al-Saachez. It is not until Tieria Erde delivers him a BrightSlap in season 2 does he gets better.]]

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* Kouji Aiba of ''Anime/InfiniteRyvius'', who despite having two {{Love Interest}}s, LoveInterests, never does anything important, gets constantly beat up by his [[AloofOlderBrother Aloof Younger Brother]] Youki or others, and doesn't seem to be particularly skilled and is constantly in the shadow of his younger brother TheAce.
* Saji Crossroad during season 1 of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' only cares about getting a happy life of his own, ignorant of the large causes of the world - [[spoiler:hell! He even blindly hates the Gundams after first [[CuteAndPsycho Nena Trinity]] blasted an arm out of his girlfriend, and then [[IntrepidReporter his sister Kinue]], in her quest for getting info about Gundam, was killed by Ali Al-Saachez. It is not until Tieria Erde delivers him a BrightSlap in season 2 does he gets better.]]better]].



** A riff on DC's Superman called ComicBook/TheSentry (with the Power of a Million Exploding Suns!), despite [[InformedAbility apparently]] being the most powerful man on the planet, is pretty much incapable of doing ''anything'' without sitting in a corner rambling incoherently for at least 4 issues first.
** While Franchise/SpiderMan is considered an archetypal [[TheEveryman Everyman]] superhero, he's usually not an example of this trope as he has above-average intelligence and just enough luck with girls to get caught in {{Love Triangle}}s. ''Usually.'' Sometimes [[BornUnlucky the old Parker luck]] hits him a little too hard. The ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' storyline is a prime example, as it infamously tried to make him more appealing to a younger audience by having his marriage magically annulled and [[BasementDweller moving him back into Aunt May's basement]], even though he's no longer the fifteen-year-old he was when he started. Editor JoeQuesada even said an ideal Spidey story would involve him trying to download porn without Aunt May finding out.

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** A riff on DC's Superman Creator/{{DC|Comics}}'s Franchise/{{Superman}} called ComicBook/TheSentry (with the Power of a Million Exploding Suns!), despite [[InformedAbility apparently]] being the most powerful man on the planet, is pretty much incapable of doing ''anything'' without sitting in a corner rambling incoherently for at least 4 issues first.
** While Franchise/SpiderMan is considered an archetypal [[TheEveryman Everyman]] superhero, he's usually not an example of this trope as he has above-average intelligence and just enough luck with girls to get caught in {{Love Triangle}}s. ''Usually.'' Sometimes [[BornUnlucky the old Parker luck]] hits him a little too hard. The ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' storyline is a prime example, as it infamously tried to make him more appealing to a younger audience by having his marriage magically annulled and [[BasementDweller moving him back into Aunt May's basement]], even though he's no longer the fifteen-year-old he was when he started. Editor JoeQuesada Creator/JoeQuesada even said an ideal Spidey story would involve him trying to download porn without Aunt May finding out.



* Captain Haddock of ''{{Tintin}}'' fame is an overly verbose, recovering alcoholic, amazingly clumsy disaster magnet. ''The Castafiore Emerald'' in particular seems to be Herge running through the many ways he can possibly torment him. More than anything, he represents how everyday people suck- and the readers love him for it. Primarily because he's the only person to ever get away with using the phrase "Ten thousand blistering barnacles in a thundering typhoon!" without looking like a maniac. Much. The good Captain also showed some moments of competence and actually contributed to the action, such as in ''The Red Sea Sharks'' and ''The Crab With the Golden Claws''. Although on the latter occasion he was already drunk off the fumes emanating from some broken wine barrels...

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* Captain Haddock of ''{{Tintin}}'' ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' fame is an overly verbose, recovering alcoholic, amazingly clumsy disaster magnet. ''The Castafiore Emerald'' in particular seems to be Herge running through the many ways he can possibly torment him. More than anything, he represents how everyday people suck- and the readers love him for it. Primarily because he's the only person to ever get away with using the phrase "Ten thousand blistering barnacles in a thundering typhoon!" without looking like a maniac. Much. The good Captain also showed some moments of competence and actually contributed to the action, such as in ''The Red Sea Sharks'' and ''The Crab With the Golden Claws''. Although on the latter occasion he was already drunk off the fumes emanating from some broken wine barrels...



** All of Scott's friends are this, barring Wallace Wells and a few others. However, its also PlayedWith in that compared to the more successful Evil Exes, they are genuinely good people and real while the Evil Exes are pretentious with nothing of value (or perhaps sinister) underneath (except possibly for Lucas Lee).
* Despite a persistent false urban legend that the Finnish government [[http://www.snopes.com/disney/films/finland.asp banned him because he doesn't wear pants]], ComicBook/DonaldDuck is actually adored in Finland to the point many children (and adults) distinctly remember learning to read from Creator/CarlBarks' Donald Duck comics, which remains the most read weekly magazine in the country. MickeyMouse doesn't get much fandom because of his goody-goodiness, Donald is loved precisely for his utter loser status and for his guts that rarely allow him to give up.

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** All of Scott's friends are this, barring Wallace Wells and a few others. However, its also PlayedWith [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in that compared to the more successful Evil Exes, they are genuinely good people and real while the Evil Exes are pretentious with nothing of value (or perhaps sinister) underneath (except possibly for Lucas Lee).
* Despite a persistent false urban legend that the Finnish government [[http://www.snopes.com/disney/films/finland.asp banned him because he doesn't wear pants]], ComicBook/DonaldDuck is actually adored in Finland to the point many children (and adults) distinctly remember learning to read from Creator/CarlBarks' Donald Duck comics, which remains the most read weekly magazine in the country. MickeyMouse WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse doesn't get much fandom because of his goody-goodiness, Donald is loved precisely for his utter loser status and for his guts that rarely allow him to give up.



* ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]'': [[spoiler: Teddy. As [[OnlySaneMan Pete]] points out, Teddy has no real plans post-college, none of the frat's accomplishments were real, and he accuses Teddy of starting the war out of fear that he'll end up like Mac.]]

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* ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]'': [[spoiler: Teddy. As [[OnlySaneMan Pete]] points out, Teddy has no real plans post-college, none of the frat's accomplishments were real, and he accuses Teddy of starting the war out of fear that he'll end up like Mac.]]Mac]].



* ''Series/ICarly'' is quite fond of making fun of its audience using in-universe AudienceSurrogate characters who are fans of the web-show. Gilbert, the guy in the yellow shirt who yells "SEDDIE!" constantly in ''iStart A Fan War'' and ''iLose My Mind'' is a blatant parody of a specific fan who has had some memorable and not always positive interactions with DanSchneider in the past and was well known for spamming "SEDDIE!" into every WordOfGod blog post.

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* ''Series/ICarly'' is quite fond of making fun of its audience using in-universe AudienceSurrogate characters who are fans of the web-show. Gilbert, the guy in the yellow shirt who yells "SEDDIE!" constantly in ''iStart "iStart A Fan War'' War" and ''iLose "iLose My Mind'' Mind" is a blatant parody of a specific fan who has had some memorable and not always positive interactions with DanSchneider Creator/DanSchneider in the past and was well known for spamming "SEDDIE!" into every WordOfGod blog post.



* Stanley Tweedle from ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' is a pathetic bureacrat, slovenly, perverted, sexually frustrated, selfish, and cowardly to the very end. Did we mention he's also meant as the most relatable character?

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* Stanley Tweedle from ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' is a pathetic bureacrat, bureaucrat, slovenly, perverted, sexually frustrated, selfish, and cowardly to the very end. Did we mention he's also meant as the most relatable character?



* Kenny Powers of ''Series/EastboundAndDown''. A washed out former MLB star pitcher with a heaping helping of [[{{Main/Narcissist}} narcissism]] (he constantly listens to the audiobook of his own philosophical/inspirational novel, ''[[CatchPhrase You're Fucking Out]], [[ItsAllAboutMe I'm Fucking In]]'', which he narrates himself), an ego whose size could make any planet feel like Pluto, and is an all-around ignorant bigot who believes himself better, stronger, and sexier than everyone he's ever met, and everyone else, too.

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* Kenny Powers of ''Series/EastboundAndDown''. A washed out former MLB star pitcher with a heaping helping of [[{{Main/Narcissist}} narcissism]] {{narcissis|t}}m (he constantly listens to the audiobook of his own philosophical/inspirational novel, ''[[CatchPhrase You're Fucking Out]], [[ItsAllAboutMe I'm Fucking In]]'', which he narrates himself), an ego whose size could make any planet feel like Pluto, and is an all-around ignorant bigot who believes himself better, stronger, and sexier than everyone he's ever met, and everyone else, too.



* Wonderfully done in ''{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}}'', where Charlie Brown's particular negative traits are indecisiveness and self-loathing. Although usually rejecting complaints he was cruel to Chuck, Charles Schulz admits properly balancing This Loser Is You is difficult: "You feel sympathy, [[AngstDissonance but you can imagine him being tiresome to other people]]."
** Oddly enough, Schulz seemed to get just as many complaints about Peppermint Patty's troubles. Schulz explained that was probably because she was a rather inoffensive character, but admits that removing these traits simply makes her not funny anymore.

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* Wonderfully done in ''{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}}'', where Charlie Brown's particular negative traits are indecisiveness and self-loathing. Although usually rejecting complaints he was cruel to Chuck, Charles Schulz admits properly balancing This Loser Is You is difficult: "You feel sympathy, [[AngstDissonance but you can imagine him being tiresome to other people]]."
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" Oddly enough, Schulz seemed to get just as many complaints about Peppermint Patty's troubles. Schulz explained that was probably because she was a rather inoffensive character, but admits that removing these traits simply makes her not funny anymore.



** Raiden did EVERYTHING, [[spoiler: it's a plot point]], Snake did with more emotional baggage. He also had to go through more crap, from being pissed on to [[spoiler:watching a young girl die, finding out his enemy is his godfather, discovering his dark past that haunts his PTSD-fueled nightmares, discovering his support team were all AI, he was being manipulated all along, his girlfriend may be faking her love for him, NOTHING MAY BE REAL. He and you, the player end up on the receiving end of an epic MindScrew.]] They even spell it out for you at the end, when [[spoiler:Raiden looks at the dog tags he was wearing for the whole game, notices that they say ''your name'' on them, and throws them to the ground.]]

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** Raiden did EVERYTHING, [[spoiler: it's a plot point]], Snake did with more emotional baggage. He also had to go through more crap, from being pissed on to [[spoiler:watching a young girl die, finding out his enemy is his godfather, discovering his dark past that haunts his PTSD-fueled nightmares, discovering his support team were all AI, he was being manipulated all along, his girlfriend may be faking her love for him, NOTHING MAY BE REAL. He and you, the player end up on the receiving end of an epic MindScrew.]] MindScrew]]. They even spell it out for you at the end, when [[spoiler:Raiden looks at the dog tags he was wearing for the whole game, notices that they say ''your name'' on them, and throws them to the ground.]]ground]].



*** The second time [[spoiler: comes after some much-needed character development, where he starts to realize he's getting sick and tired of mindless killing.]]
** Hell, the gameplay itself is considered to be an allusion to the (stereotypical) player. From the {{Headscratchers}}:

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*** The second time [[spoiler: comes after some much-needed character development, where he starts to realize he's getting sick and tired of mindless killing.]]
killing]].
** Hell, the gameplay itself is considered to be an allusion to the (stereotypical) player. From the {{Headscratchers}}:[[Headscratchers/HomePage Headscratchers]]:



** [[PlayingWithATrope Inverted and played straight]] by the quests Mystery of the Infinite and Mystery of the Infinite Redux. The former includes a Future You NPC, and latter a Past You NPC. Both state they are kind of ashamed of you... while looking exactly like you, implying you don't improve at all, and goes about combat in a way that would pretty much be very incompetent if a player actually did that (as in they just run up and and hit stuff).

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** [[PlayingWithATrope Inverted and played straight]] by the quests Mystery of the Infinite and Mystery of the Infinite Redux. The former includes a Future You NPC, and latter a Past You NPC. Both state they are kind of ashamed of you... while looking exactly like you, implying you don't improve at all, and goes about combat in a way that would pretty much be very incompetent if a player actually did that (as in they just run up and and hit stuff).



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wBo0qjA-Nc These]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt1G9FLEZsc two]] parody of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' videos.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wBo0qjA-Nc These]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt1G9FLEZsc two]] parody parodies of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' videos.



* Given how amazingly prevalent it is in children's entertainment, it's worth noting that it's averted in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''. Virgil was generally portrayed as intelligent and a good student--one relatively early episode involved him getting into a program for gifted students, and it wasn't in the "Main Character is the {{dark horse|Victory}}" way--while his friend Richie eventually gains ''super-intelligence'' as a superpower. Even despite still being an open comic book geek, Virgil almost virtually never acted the way a stereotypical geek would, instead expressing an impressive amount of street smarts on a regular basis. Hell, in one episode he was mocked by Sharon because a speech he had prepared was too tedious and morose.
** In the comic book predecessor, Richie's even more of a subversion -- he's not only all of the above, he's also bitterly [[spoiler: either in a TransparentCloset or in denial about being gay.]] Sure, the bad guys got Anvilicious, but Richie acts like any high schooler with an obvious "secret" he's uncomfortable about, without the attendant Aesop.

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* Given how amazingly prevalent it is in children's entertainment, it's worth noting that it's averted in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''. Virgil was generally portrayed as intelligent and a good student--one relatively early episode involved him getting into a program for gifted students, and it wasn't in the "Main Character is the {{dark horse|Victory}}" way--while his friend Richie eventually gains ''super-intelligence'' as a superpower. Even despite still being an open comic book geek, Virgil almost virtually never acted the way a stereotypical geek would, instead expressing an impressive amount of street smarts on a regular basis. Hell, in one episode he was mocked by Sharon because a speech he had prepared was too tedious and morose.
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morose. In [[ComicBook/{{Static}} the comic book predecessor, predecessor]], Richie's even more of a subversion -- he's not only all of the above, he's also bitterly [[spoiler: either in a TransparentCloset or in denial about being gay.]] Sure, the bad guys got Anvilicious, but Richie acts like any high schooler with an obvious "secret" he's uncomfortable about, without the attendant Aesop.



* One common complaint about ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' is that Wheeler, the token American on the MultinationalTeam, is portrayed as being hotheaded and less knowledgeable than the rest of the team, with the show [[InformedFlaw acting like he's the bad guy]] [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong even when he's right]]. However, this didn't stop him from being the most popular character (possibly a case of MisaimedFandom), in part because he's the only character who seems flawed and grows over the course of the series.
** It's also worth noting that while every other Planeteer's RingOfPower had a variety of uses, Wheeler's was only good for setting things on fire or blowing them up.

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* One common complaint about ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' is that Wheeler, the token American on the MultinationalTeam, is portrayed as being hotheaded and less knowledgeable than the rest of the team, with the show [[InformedFlaw acting like he's the bad guy]] [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong even when he's right]]. However, this didn't stop him from being the most popular character (possibly a case of MisaimedFandom), in part because he's the only character who seems flawed and grows over the course of the series.
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series. It's also worth noting that while every other Planeteer's RingOfPower had a variety of uses, Wheeler's was only good for setting things on fire or blowing them up.



* Carl on ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''.

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* %%* Carl on ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''.
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