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22nd Apr '17 6:11:27 AM Valiona
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7083976/1/Continuance Continuance]]'', Izumi Seta, mother of Souji Seta (the main character of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'') comes off this way to [[BaseBreakingCharacter some parts of the readership]]. As implied in the backstory of the game, she and her husband were frequently busy with their jobs, resulting in them having little time for their son- working abroad for a year was why Souji had to stay with Izumi's brother Ryotaro Dojima in Inaba. Of Souji's parents, Izumi is portrayed significantly more sympathetically, and gradually develops the desire to reconnect with her son, but while some people find this to be believable CharacterDevelopment, to others, it comes off as forced and too little, too late. By comparison, Yuuma, Souji's father, more or less comes off as a HateSink, so readers may not like him, but they don't see his portrayal as a point against the fic.



* Yusuke Kitagawa, one of your allies in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', slips into this once he joins you. He's a talented young artist who had been raised by Madarame, his abusive mentor, since the age of three, and said mentor not only takes credit ''and'' the profits for his work, but he also [[spoiler:indirectly caused Yusuke's sickly mother to ''die.'']] Yusuke is anemic and poor because of all of this. That being said, once Madarame is out of the picture, any and all financial support that is offered to Yusuke (namely from a former disciple of Madarame's that offers to be his patron his Cooperation link) is rebuffed because Yusuke wants to be a [[StarvingArtist "true artist,"]] he continuously mooches off of his friends either for food or shelter (being genuinely surprised that, no, he simply ''can't'' stay with Ann Takamaki's family for free and on a whim despite having a scholarship and housing at his school), lacks the same need to [[TheAtoner help others]], claiming that he wants to be a Phantom Thief so he can find new subjects to paint in the other world (all of the other party members want to help others who were abused by their targets, and Madarame himself abused many), and [[NoSocialSkills has absolutely no social tact]]. Time will tell whether or not this will change, as a lot of his popularity stems from [[{{Bishonen}} his looks]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} having his head in the clouds.]]
** [[ButtMonkey Ryuji Sakamoto]] also counts. For one thing, he is ''[[NoIndoorVoice irritatingly loud]]'', lazy, [[JerkAss generally rude]] and talks in an unnecessarily abrasive manner, usually not bothering to think before he speaks. He also has a tendency to complain and [[NeverMyFault blame everyone else]] when things go wrong. Players are ''supposed'' to feel sorry for him because [[spoiler:his dad was an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] and [[AbusiveParents beat him up as a kid]]. His HairTriggerTemper caused him to punch Kamoshida, which directly led to the track and field team being dissolved and his former teammates blaming and hating him for it, and justifiably so.]] Made even worse by the fact that Ryuji barely gets any character development at all throughout the game and repeatedly makes [[TooDumbToLive stupid decisions.]] [[spoiler:Even when he [[DisneyDeath seemingly dies]] doing a HeroicSacrifice near the end of the game, and the girls all start to cry over him, the ''first'' thing he does when he shows up again is ''to make fun of their "ugly crying faces"''.]] WhatAnIdiot.
20th Apr '17 8:08:17 AM eyyyyyyy
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* In Trixie and Dan's interactions in the ''Literature/TrixieBelden'' book ''The Black Jacket Mystery,'' neither of them are portrayed as completely innocent. Trixie, however, is the main character, and it is obvious from the narration that the audience is supposed to side with her. But that's difficult to do considering these factors, especially during re-reads:
** Trixie lives in a sheltered small town, with an intact, stable family, in nice farmhouse with farm property. Her father is the bank manager, her mother is a homemaker. The family is said to be [[InformedFlaw poor]], but they never face any financial difficulties or shortage of food or clothing, and they can afford to give four teenagers five dollars a week each (This was established in 1951. With inflation, that's over forty dollars per teen each week). Her closest friends are exceedingly wealthy for their time. Trixie is thirteen.
** In contrast, Dan lived through the death of his father, and later on, the death of his mother, lived on the streets of New York City for a time, joined a street gang to survive, was arrested in a gang fight, and shipped off to live with his uncle, who he didn't know at all. The uncle, embarrassed to be associated with him, denied relationship to him, and shipped Dan off to live with a hermit-like gamekeeper who lived in the middle of the woods. Not only did this mean Dan was isolated from diverse human contact, but we later see that he was forced to walk long distances to reach the school bus stop (or get to anywhere) and was not equipped with the proper gear for rough terrain in winter, nor did he actually know the way. [[SocialServicesDoesNotExist Why this arrangement was allowed is anyone's guess.]] Dan is somewhere between [[VagueAge fourteen to sixteen when this is taking place]]. Granted, Trixie only knows about where Dan is living, not why, until the book's ending.
** The very moment Trixie sees Dan, she points and laughs with her wealthy friends, mocking his clothing. He notices this and takes offense, and doesn't make any effort to impress them when they are introduced, which irritates Trixie. However, not only is understandable to be cold toward a person who was openly mocking you, but on re-reads, the audience realizes that Dan probably did not have much other clothing to wear. Basic logic guarantees his urban-style clothing would be viewed differently in a small suburban town.
** When Trixie and her wealthy friend Honey go horseback riding, they notice Dan wandering around the game preserve where he works, attempting to walk home from school, wearing clothing that isn't adequate for winter of wilderness. Honey offers to help him, while Trixie stares at Dan judgmentally, but Dan sullenly refuses Honey's help, expressing reservation about associating with the daughter of his employers (Again, understandable in his situation). Trixie is angered by Dan's unfriendliness, and insults him to Honey as though Dan isn't there. This incident begins bad blood and verbal battles between Trixie and Dan for the rest of the book, including her falsely accusing him of theft and vandalism based solely on circumstantial evidence, which brings Dan's uncle to dislike him even more (though Trixie isn't aware of this). All of this is in spite of three people -- Honey, another wealthy friend, and family friend whom Trixie believes is Dan's grandfather (he's not) -- asking Trixie to make more of an effort to be nicer to Dan, at which she only gives a single, half-hearted attempt.
** Trixie's actions and opinions unintentionally isolate Dan from his uncle, his guardian, and the few people who live within five miles of him, which includes Trixie's close friends. Some of this is Dan's fault due to his surliness in regard to Trixie and her friends, but he wouldn't have acted that way had she not begun deriding him the moment she laid eyes on him. However, if he had had someone to confide in with his problems, most, if not all, of the damage that took place during the story could have been avoided, and the villain certainly would have been caught sooner.
*** Looking at the book from Dan's perspective, a sheltered, spoiled, wealthy girl who is loved by all continually belittles and insults him, destroys his chances of turning over a new leaf, temporarily ruins his relationship with his uncle, and makes false accusations against him, and leads to a dangerous criminal being able to go undetected. It's a wonder why Dan bothered becoming friends with Trixie afterward, let alone saving her and her younger brother's life at the end of the book.

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* In Trixie and Dan's interactions in the ''Literature/TrixieBelden'' book ''The Black Jacket Mystery,'' neither of them are portrayed as completely innocent. Trixie, however, is the main character, and it is obvious from the narration that the audience is supposed to side with her. But that's difficult to do considering these factors, especially during re-reads:
** Trixie lives in a sheltered small town, with an intact, stable family, in nice farmhouse with farm property. Her father is the bank manager, her mother is a homemaker. The family is said to be [[InformedFlaw poor]], but they never face any financial difficulties or shortage of food or clothing, and they can afford to give four teenagers five dollars a week each (This was established in 1951. With inflation, that's over forty dollars per teen each week). Her closest friends are exceedingly wealthy for their time. Trixie is thirteen.
** In contrast, Dan lived through the death of his father, and later on, the death of his mother, lived on the streets of New York City for a time, joined a street gang to survive, was arrested in a gang fight, and shipped off to live with his uncle, who he didn't know at all. The uncle, embarrassed to be associated with him, denied relationship to him, and shipped Dan off to live with a hermit-like gamekeeper who lived in the middle of the woods. Not only did this mean Dan was isolated from diverse human contact, but we later see that he was forced to walk long distances to reach the school bus stop (or get to anywhere) and was not equipped with the proper gear for rough terrain in winter, nor did he actually know the way. [[SocialServicesDoesNotExist Why this arrangement was allowed is anyone's guess.]] Dan is somewhere between [[VagueAge fourteen to sixteen when this is taking place]]. Granted, Trixie only knows about where Dan is living, not why, until the book's ending.
** The very moment Trixie sees Dan, she points and laughs with her wealthy friends, mocking his clothing. He notices this and takes offense, and doesn't make any effort to impress them when they are introduced, which irritates Trixie.
However, not only is understandable to be cold toward a person who was openly mocking you, but on re-reads, the audience realizes that Dan probably did not have much other clothing to wear. Basic logic guarantees his urban-style clothing would be viewed differently in a small suburban town.
** When Trixie and her wealthy friend Honey go horseback riding, they notice Dan wandering around the game preserve where he works, attempting to walk home from school, wearing clothing that isn't adequate for winter of wilderness. Honey offers to help him, while Trixie stares at Dan judgmentally, but Dan sullenly refuses Honey's help, expressing reservation about associating with the daughter of his employers (Again, understandable in his situation). Trixie is angered by Dan's unfriendliness, and insults him to Honey as though Dan isn't there. This incident begins bad blood and verbal battles between Trixie and Dan for the rest of the book, including her falsely accusing him of theft and vandalism based solely on circumstantial evidence, which brings Dan's uncle to dislike him even more (though Trixie isn't aware of this). All of this is in spite of three people -- Honey, another wealthy friend, and family friend whom Trixie believes is Dan's grandfather (he's not) -- asking Trixie to make more of an effort to be nicer to Dan, at which she only gives a single, half-hearted attempt.
** Trixie's actions and opinions unintentionally isolate Dan from his uncle, his guardian, and the few people who live within five miles of him, which includes Trixie's close friends. Some of this is Dan's fault due to his surliness in regard to Trixie and her friends, but he wouldn't have acted that way had she not begun deriding him the moment she laid eyes on him. However, if he had had someone to confide in with his problems, most, if not all, of the damage that took place during the story could have been avoided, and the villain certainly would have been caught sooner.
*** Looking
looking at the book from Dan's perspective, a sheltered, spoiled, wealthy girl who is loved by all continually belittles and insults him, destroys his chances of turning over a new leaf, temporarily ruins his relationship with his uncle, and makes false accusations against him, and leads to a dangerous criminal being able to go undetected. It's a wonder why Dan bothered becoming friends with Trixie afterward, let alone saving her and her younger brother's life at the end of the book.
20th Apr '17 7:58:56 AM eyyyyyyy
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* Christian Grey from ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''. We're supposed to feel sorry for him because he was hungry as a child, his mother was, in his words, "a crack whore" who died when he was small, and her pimp was abusive. All of these things are supposed to have resulted in a man who is {{troubled but cute}}. He despises his young mother, Ella (whom his subs all strongly resemble), for having been an impoverished and addicted prostitute, saying that she was "harsh" and unloving and that she did not protect him from her pimp. However, he also remembers that she made him a birthday cake and that she was abused by the pimp as well, even when she was asleep or unconscious. Furthermore, his hatred of blonde women stems not from his statutory rape by and sexual enslavement to an adult woman named Elena Lincoln from age 15 to age 22--which everyone but Ana treats as a ''good'' thing until the end of ''Fifty Shades Darker'' and which is ignored thereafter--but from a blonde female cop who removed four-year-old Christian from the room where his mother's corpse had lain for four days. Toddler!Christian thought that his mother was sleeping and was outraged at being taken away from Ella...which doesn't mesh well with the notion that he wasn't close to her. And to top it all off, the series itself emphasizes that Grey remembers very little of his mother or of the abuse; most of what he "knows" is hearsay from his adoptive parents and supposition (based on that hearsay and on Christian's nightmares) by his current psychiatrist.\\\
Somehow, these four years of barely recollected hunger are supposed to {{woobi|e}}fy him, despite having, for the next twenty-four years, a rich family that clearly adores him. And, when you combine his canonical dislike of surprises and change with his lack of progress with any psychiatrist, psychologist or counselor, it's clear that he doesn't ''want'' to change and get past his issues. He ''likes'' having the excuse to hit and screw "little brown-haired girls" who look like his mother.\\\
And despite his being hungry as a toddler, he never thinks about helping the ''[[http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-facts/child-hunger-facts.aspx 15.9 million American kids]]'' who suffer from hunger every year. He invests in the odd agricultural program to help people in developing countries, but he does nothing to fight hunger in his own country. Instead, he uses it to guilt-trip Ana. Every time she's insufficiently sympathetic, he hammers home the point that he was soooo hungry as a four-year-old. It never occurs to Ana that he hasn't been hungry ''since''.\\\
It eventually got worse with the release of ''[[POVSequel Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey As Told by Christian]]'' when many, including some fans, were turned off by his internal thoughts where he comes out as a creepy stalker.

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* Christian Grey from ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''. We're supposed to feel sorry for him because he was hungry as a child, his mother was, in his words, "a crack whore" who died when he was small, and her pimp was abusive. All of these things are supposed to have resulted in a man who is {{troubled but cute}}. He despises his young mother, Ella (whom his subs This supposedly justifies all strongly resemble), for having been an impoverished and addicted prostitute, saying that she was "harsh" and unloving and that she did not protect him from her pimp. However, he also remembers that she made him a birthday cake and that she was abused by the pimp as well, even when she was asleep or unconscious. Furthermore, his hatred of blonde women stems not from his statutory rape by and sexual enslavement to an adult woman named Elena Lincoln from age 15 to age 22--which everyone but Ana treats as a ''good'' thing until the end of ''Fifty Shades Darker'' and which is ignored thereafter--but from a blonde female cop who removed four-year-old Christian from the room where his mother's corpse had lain for four days. Toddler!Christian thought that his mother was sleeping and was outraged at being taken away from Ella...which doesn't mesh well with the notion that he wasn't close to her. And to top it all off, the series itself emphasizes that Grey remembers very little of his mother or of the abuse; most of what he "knows" is hearsay from his adoptive parents and supposition (based on that hearsay and on Christian's nightmares) by his current psychiatrist.\\\
Somehow, these four years of barely recollected hunger are supposed to {{woobi|e}}fy him,
abusive behaviour. Also despite having, for the next twenty-four years, a rich family that clearly adores him. And, when you combine using his canonical dislike of surprises and change with his lack of progress with any psychiatrist, psychologist or counselor, it's clear that he doesn't ''want'' to change and get past his issues. He ''likes'' having the excuse to hit and screw "little brown-haired girls" who look like his mother.\\\
And despite his being hungry
as a toddler, means to guilt-trip Ana, he never thinks about helping the ''[[http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-facts/child-hunger-facts.aspx 15.9 million American kids]]'' kids]]'' who suffer from hunger every year. He invests in year, despite definitely having the odd agricultural program means to help people in developing countries, but he does nothing to fight hunger in his own country. Instead, he uses it to guilt-trip Ana. Every time she's insufficiently sympathetic, he hammers home the point that he was soooo hungry as a four-year-old. It never occurs to Ana that he hasn't been hungry ''since''.\\\
do so. It eventually got worse with the release of ''[[POVSequel Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey As Told by Christian]]'' when many, including some fans, were turned off by his internal thoughts where he comes out as a creepy stalker.stalker.
20th Apr '17 7:41:47 AM eyyyyyyy
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** Anastatia Steele as well. Since the story is written from her point of view, it is very easy to see that she whines about almost nothing, always complains about the very things she has just agreed to do with Christian -- to keep up her "innocence" in the eyes of the reader -- and, worst of all, has a very obvious eating disorder, is in denial about it and has not the slightest bit of illness insight, making you almost feel sorry for Christian trying to deal with his mentally sick "girlfriend".

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** Anastatia Steele as well. Since the story is written from Having her point of view, it is very easy to see that she whines about almost nothing, always complains complain about the very things she has just agreed to do with Christian -- can come across as an author tactic to keep up her "innocence" in the eyes of the reader -- and, worst of all, has a very obvious eating disorder, is in denial about it and has not the slightest bit of illness insight, making you almost feel sorry for Christian trying to deal with his mentally sick "girlfriend".reader.
19th Apr '17 2:57:33 AM NightShade96
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* The [[SoBadItsGood infamous]] [[Creator/DingoPictures Dinosaur Adventure]] has several. One of them is Cree the pterodactyl. His relationship with Tio the baby T-Rex is supposed to be sweet and cute. Instead, Cree comes off more like a pedophile than a close friend.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones I Yabba-Dabba-Doo]] has Pebbles. Bam-Bam writes a poem for her but the moment she reads "Dear Pebbles", she [[TooDumbToLive assumes]] it's a DearJohnLetter and ends it until Bam-Bam stops her and shows her the rest. Later, Bam-Bam jokes about her father being a cheapskate, and [[HairTriggerTemper Pebbles turns it into a one-sided argument]], with Bam-Bam keeping a cool head and trying to calm her down. She breaks it off again and tells her family that they fought about everything. In the end, [[NeverMyFault it's Bam-Bam, not Pebbles, who apologizes.]]
* Sonic in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' can come across as this, with the villains being {{The Chew Toy}}s of the series, and Sonic, like any traditional slapstick hero, taking perverse pleasure exacerbating it for them. [[LaserGuidedKarma Then again]], Robotnik and his minions ''are'' trying to enslave the Mobians.
* Stan Smith in the later seasons of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' comes across as this for how he treats his family (especially Hayley and Steve) as well as causing his own problems only to learn a lesson that [[AesopAmnesia he will immediately forget]] [[StatusQuoisGod by the following episode]]. "The Scarlett Getter" and "Old Stan in the Mountain" to name a few are prime examples of this trope in action.
** Roger also counts for the same reason as Stan (learning a lesson that will never resonate by the next episode) as well as his derailment/Flanderization into being a complete psychopath who very rarely suffers any consequences for his actions nowadays.
** The rest of the Smith family also step into this, usually serving as foils to Stan or Roger's behaviour, despite having equally self serving and callous moments that (unlike even the former two) don't get called out. Hayley in particular is essentially a leftist version of Stan, with all the same self righteousness and callous hypocrisy, but whenever the two argue, Stan is almost always given AnAesop about mistreating her.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has lead female character Lana Kane. She is supposed to come off as the OnlySaneMan in a cast of highly dysfunctional idiots, but her NeverMyFault tendencies in relationships, undeserved arrogance, utter hypocrisy, and behavior that could charitably be considered as abusive made her extremely disliked, particularly as the show went on. With the show's other characters, they are all fairly convincingly insane and / or sociopathic and thus a lot of their actions are somewhat understandable.... but Lana does many of the same things, and is mentally stable enough that she really ''should'' know better.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** D.W. in the infamous "Arthur's Big Hit". The audience is supposed to feel sorry for her because Arthur hit her, but the problem is, she loses any sympathy she may have received by a) repeatedly bothering Arthur when he is trying to build his model plane (even ruining the paint job ''after'' she had been told not to touch anything), b) ''throwing the model out of the window'', even though she had absolutely no right whatsoever to touch it, and c) blaming Arthur for building a plane that can't fly, instead of apologizing for her actions.
** Another example involving D.W. is "D.W.'s Very Bad Mood", wherein the audience is supposed to sympathize with her because she didn't get invited to a birthday party that Lisa, one of her classmates, is throwing. However, throughout the episode, rather than act sad about it, D.W. has a violent temper tantrum that lasts several days, wherein she screams at the top of her lungs, insults her brother and parents, and slams the doors through the house all through the night, among other things. Adding to that is Jane and David [[KarmaHoudini do not punish her in any meaningful way]], forcing Arthur to enlist Francine's help in finding out what's wrong with her. And as if all of that isn't enough, D.W. even considers wrecking Lisa's birthday party in an ImagineSpot before Francine cheers her up by inviting her to her own birthday party.
* To a large number of fans, Dodie from ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' is the definition of a "toxic friend"; however the show itself doesn't treat her nearly as bad as the fans see her. She rarely gets her just desserts for doing stuff like trying to break up her best friend's romance or tattling what kids have lice, and Ginger never abandons her for being overly clingy and back-stabbing. Most notably when she and Marcie cross the MoralEventHorizon by conspiring with Miranda to break up Ginger and Darren and Courtney helps Ginger find out, the episode ends on an ominous note...and then nothing next time. For a series with strong continuity it's a shocking thing to ignore.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse''
** Ben's ego and immaturity had already started to get on the fans' nerves in season 3 of Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, but this was still somewhat balanced by him acting intelligent and selfless on occasion. But now that he has been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] to the point he takes next to nothing seriously, acts incredibly stupid and seems to care more about having fun than actually helping people, many consider he has become downright unlikable to the point that fans prefer to [[RootingForTheEmpire root for whatever enemy]] is fighting Ben, even [[BigBad Vilgax]] himself.
** Azmuth to a lesser extent. He is supposedly this wise and benevolent ruler of Galvanic Prime, but it is repeatedly shown that he can be as much of a jerk as Ben. A prime example is the ''Duel of the Duplicates'' arc when he [[spoiler: punishes Albedo by permanently trapping him in the form of 10-year-old Ben.]] While Albedo was clearly meant to deserve that, many fans saw that as a needlessly petty KickThemWhileTheyreDown moment, especially as one of the reasons for Albedo's StartOfDarkness was being fed up by Azmuth's treatment of him.
** Blukic and Driba to many fans. The many problems they cause by acting stupid and irresponsible don't exactly make them come off as charming, and their comments on Cerebrocrustacean's intelligence come off as flat out [[FantasticRacism racist]]. The two of them being [[CreatorsPet Creator's Pets]] do not help.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': In "Double Cross My Heart," a guy named Gregor shows interest in [[SoapBoxSadie Sam Manson]], while the hero Danny is suspicious of him. Sam calls him out for being suspicious and spying on them and yells at him, but this completely neglects that a) [[{{Hypocrite}} she did the same thing in the previous episode]] and received [[KarmaHoudini no criticism for it]], b) this had happened before to someone else (Danny's sister) and her life was at stake, and c) Danny ended up being right for the wrong reasons (Gregor wasn't a bad guy, just an egotistical brat). Unlike when Sam spied on Danny, Danny actually had a legitimate reason to spy on them: they knew nothing about Gregor so he may as well be a spy, he just didn't know he was jealous at the time. Sam spied on him solely out of jealousy. And while Danny apologizes for the act, Sam does not apologize for snapping at him. Rather, we're meant to assume that she can only get a boyfriend if he's a phony.
** There are a lot of examples of this involving Sam throughout the series. While she does have her positive moments, such as calling out Danny and Tucker for thinking she can't play video games [[GamerChick because she's a girl]], or admitting she keeps her family's wealth a secret so she can have real friends, it can be hard to see her as sympathetic when she does things like winning a beauty pageant only to proclaim it's stupid in front of all the girls who actually ''wanted'' to win, or trying to show off her individuality as an "ultra-recyclo vegetarian" by forcing everyone else at school to eat what is essentially grass on a bun (and this was the ''first episode'').
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' could slide into this trope when she was being especially bitchy and misanthropic. Thankfully she's confronted about this in-universe most of the time, so this is a very mild example.
* Dee Dee from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' whenever Dexter either destroys something of hers or yells at her to get out of his lab. The total disregard she shows for Dexter's things and even for Dexter himself at times makes Dexter's actions unintentionally cathartic to the viewers, especially since a lot of those instances were [[AssholeVictim justified/well-deserved retaliations for something she did]].
* The Land of Dreams in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' on occasion. We are meant to side with the heroes because Zordrak and the Urpneys keep trying to give them nightmares. Except that the Urpneys are Zordrak's {{Slave Mook}}s who get ''tortured or executed'' if they don't follow orders. The heroes resultantly look {{Wangst}}y and [[SeriousBusiness petty]], especially in cases their retribution gets [[DisproportionateRetribution particularly excessive]]. That they could [[MilesGloriosus rarely back it up whenever the villains really were dangerous]] didn't help. Later episodes at least fixed their characterisations and gave them proper mortal stakes, though they still had [[TheWoobie Frizz]] [[TheDragAlong and]] [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Nug]] as their main provocateurs.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy:'' Kevin was this in ''This Won't Hurt an Ed.'' The viewer is supposed to feel sorry for him because Eddy kept exploiting his fear of needles. However, when you consider all the shit Kevin did to Eddy in previous episodes, such as the infamous ''[[KickTheDog Your Ed Here]]'', it seemed like a well-deserved KickTheSonOfABitch moment on Eddy's part.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Let's face it. Of all the times Vicky has tortured Timmy and has even laughed at his pain and embarrassment, are we really supposed to sympathize with her when she finally gets a taste of her own medicine in the episode where she regresses to a five-year-old while Timmy supplants her position as the babysitter? Also, keep in mind that her treatment towards Timmy is DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale that's even ''PlayedForLaughs''. So it's only fair that Vicky shares Timmy's treatment.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** When Glenn Quagmire called Brian Griffin out on everything in one episode, he became this to half the fanbase (the other half seeing it as a neat TakeThatScrappy), as many found it hypocritical for Quagmire to be saying these things to Brian and felt he had no right to. That his hatred for Brian got [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] since then, with Brian coming out more sympathetic in their encounters, hasn't helped.
*** Badly beating Brian for unknowingly [[spoiler:sleeping with Quagmire's post sex change father]] and you know, being a huge sex-maniac and TRYING to take the moral high ground doesn't help his case.
*** Which brings up Stewie's beating towards Brian earlier on, in which Brian was supposedly the one in the wrong but one can sympathize for him. Downplayed in that the rest of this episode actually has him worried of what Brian will do in retaliation.
*** This reached its height in "Tiegs For Two", after a feud over dating, the two take part in a heated EscalatingWar where they are both portrayed as equally vindictive and petty towards the other.
*** In the end, Quagmire is an odd case where the writers seem to still want him to come off as sympathetic despite claiming outright that he's a remorseless rapist. His father was a celebrated war veteran and a true man's man (ironic in that he later ends up being transgender) setting up unrealistic expectations for Quagmire as to what masculinity was, while his mother was described as being as much of a sexual deviant as he is now, skewing how he views relationships. In addition, the only two woman Quagmire ever loved in his life (Lois, who he lost to Peter, and Cheryl Tiegs) both left him, causing him to lose all respect for women in general. While all of this may classify as a FreudianExcuse, though, Quagmire is still a sleazy rapist who knowingly and gleefully shares his numerous STD's with the women he sleeps with (lying about wearing protection if he needs to), making him extremely unsympathetic to the audience despite how many times the show tries to give him sympathetic episodes (his sister being in an abusive relationship, him being tricked into marrying a prostitute, him being trapped in an abusive relationship with a "female Quagmire", etc.)
** In "Roasted Guy", Peter wishes to have a roast, but gets insulted by his friends, and becomes friends with three women. He then gets back at them when he finds out they insult him behind his back. The audience is expected to sympathize with Peter for being insulted even though he knows full well what a roast is and specifically told his friends to "Leave no punches", and we're apparently supposed to see his payback towards the girls (which included paying a busboy to stab the groom for Karen's daughter on her wedding night) as justified even though [[DisproportionateRetribution all they did was insult him]].
** Also, in "Dial Meg For Murder", Meg, after her long stay in prison, becomes rebellious and ruthless. When she returns home, she beats up Peter and even ''rapes him in the shower''. Yet despite that, considering how Peter has treated Meg in episodes prior to this, ain't no way he's earning any sympathy from the viewers.
* Oberon from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' may never been intended to be a sympathetic character to begin with, but he come across as such a [[JerkassGods conceited, impulsive dick]] that he becomes [[RonTheDeathEater much more hated character than he was intended to be]], to the point that [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=3161 Greg Weisman had to defend and explain Oberon's actions in The Gathering]].
* From ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', there are so many characters that are sympathetic, but these are the ones that aren't:
** Ford Pines, Stan's brother. After Stan had spent over thirty years trying to bring him back through the portal, risking arrest and death at several points, Ford greets him with a punch to the face. Yes, Ford ended up in the portal in the first place thanks to Stan's mistake; yes, Stan ''has'' been impersonating Ford and using his old lab as a tourist trap for the last thirty years; yes, he's ended up getting the unwanted attention of the MenInBlack; and yes, it's soon revealed that by ignoring Ford's warnings and using the portal [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Stan has inadvertently given Bill Cipher a means to invade reality]]. All understandable... except none of this would have happened if Ford had been able to see past his self-imposed mission and realize that condescendingly treating Stan as a means of keeping one of the Journals safe was inevitably going to upset him - especially considering the two of them had been estranged for the last ten years - hence the fight that ended with Ford accidentally getting shoved into the portal. Ford's refusal to forgive or thank Stan at the end of the episode only soured first impressions further. Later episodes [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap helped to soften Ford's character and make him more sympathetic]], but his continued refusal to reconcile with Stan - combined with his [[InnocentlyInsensitive short-sighted disregard]] for Mabel's feelings - was a sore point for many fans. The finale eventually hauled him further out of the Scrappy Heap by demonstrating the lengths he was prepared to go to in order to save the world and keep Dipper and Mabel safe, and even concluded with the two brothers finally reconciling and embarking on their dream of traveling the world in pursuit of mysteries and treasure. Only problem? While most agree that [[spoiler: the scene in which Ford is forced to erase Stan's memories in order to destroy Bill is undeniably heartbreaking]], some fans believe that the resolution to their dispute left too many underlying issues unaddressed (see below for similar problems with Mabel).
** The episode ''[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E16RoadsideAttraction Roadside Attraction ]]'' shows all the girls Dipper practiced on getting mad at Dipper for "flirting" with a different girl at every new tourist trap are this. We're supposed to feel bad for them and know that Dipper is in the wrong for his unfaithful flirtations, but considering each girl only had one simple, non-romantic conversation with him, gave Dipper their numbers to keep in touch, and really had no expectations to ever see him again, the idea that they would assume they were now anything more than friends and get mad at Dipper for hanging out with other girls is ''absolutely ridiculous''. By domino effect, this causes Candy's more justifiable hurt to ''also'' become unsympathetic, because Mabel, Candy, and Grenda's anger at Dipper is based entirely on [[MistakenForCheating the other girls' words rather than anything Dipper did wrong]], but the situation is never addressed as anything other than Dipper's fault, with Mabel even hissing "''Betrayer!''" at him when he tries to apologize.
** Mabel Pines, Dipper's twin sister developed a BrokenBase in season two. She is supposed to be an AllLovingHero who cares about everyone around her (especially her own brother), but her selfishness, her IgnoredEpiphany towards [[AesopAmnesia any lessons]] learned and her constant taking advantage of Dipper -- [[VillainHasAPoint something that even BILL CIPHER calls her out on]] -- caused many fans to question whether she is as kind as the narrative treats her. This came to a head in the GrandFinale, with a number of fans seeing the twin's reconciliation as another case of Dipper giving up his goals for Mabel and were annoyed that her role in causing [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Weirdmageddon]] was never addressed.
* Towards the end of the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' episode, "Mickey Vs. Shelby", Donald glues Baby Shelby to the stage so he can't run away from him or Mickey anymore. As it is time for him to perform, Shelby gets [[PerformanceAnxiety stage fright]] in front of the guests at the House of Mouse. The audience is expected to feel sorry for Shelby and see the following moment, wherein Mickey performs with him, as a heartwarming moment. The problem is, Shelby has done nothing other than run away from, tease, and torture Mickey and especially Donald throughout the episode; not just in the wraparounds, but also both the ''Mouse Works'' shorts.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'':
** Jerrica can come off as a two-faced jerk who hides it under a facade. For example, when she meets The Misfits she outright calls them "trash" when they did little to her besides being a bit rude and arrogant. She also flirts with and kisses her boyfriend as Jem despite the fact he is utterly clueless about them being the same person.
** We're meant to at least somewhat sympathize with Pizzazz's father; however, most Misfits fans can't. We're supposed to see him as a father who had difficulties taking care of his daughter after his wife left, being unable to deal with Pizzazz's behavior and also being overworked. Instead he comes off as [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] and the source of most of her issues. He didn't show her enough affection and thus she now tries to get the attention she lacked as a child by being the top rock group out there, which is why she gets so mad that Jem is more popular. Pizzazz's father doesn't want Pizzazz bothering him when it's obvious she just wants attention from him,
** Rio is supposed to be Jerrica's lovable boyfriend. He's a CrazyJealousGuy who gets mad easily. He's in love with Jerrica but also has an affair with Jem and this is treated in a lighthearted manner. It's hard to see why Jerrica is so hung up on him. His IDW comics version is seen in a far more favorable light as he isn't so jealous, is more mellow, and doesn't cheat.
** The Misfits themselves undergo a clumsy HeelFaceTurn at the end of the show despite spending most of it endangering lives including one instance when they kidnapped Jerrica's sister Kimber and left her in a volcano. WordOfGod says it was only a temporary truce however that doesn't stop it from being awkward.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': WordOfGod has stated that Project Cadmus, the [[GovernmentConspiracy anti-Justice League government think tank]] in the fourth season, were supposed to be sympathetic {{Anti Villain}}s with [[VillainHasAPoint a strong point]] about the dangers of unrestricted superhumans. In fact, the writers found Cadmus so sympathetic that they introduced a ConflictKiller in the form of Brainiac so he could be revealed as having been manipulating both sides to [[DebateAndSwitch avoid having to paint either Cadmus or the League as in the wrong]]. Fans, on the other hand, overwhelmingly sided with the League, considering Cadmus's deeds included attempting to nuke an inhabited island simply to kill Superman and Doomsday, creating Doomsday to begin with, manufacturing an army of cloned SlaveMooks and sending them to massacre the League (including the completely innocent Watchtower staff), and teaming up with supervillains including ComicBook/LexLuthor, all before the League had done much of anything to them.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** Hank, particularly in the later seasons. The audience is supposed to sympathize with how he feels about anything new, untraditional, or otherwise out of his comfort zone. But it's difficult to take that in when most of the people who are "against" him are straw stereotypes, the show goes to ridiculous lengths to make him the OnlySaneMan by [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderizing]] most of the recurring cast, and how he starts narrowing down what he finds an "acceptable" lifestyle to his son Bobby until he will nearly-only accept it if Bobby becomes just like him. The fact that the show ends not by Hank finally accepting Bobby for who he is ([[AesopAmnesia again]]) but instead with Bobby turning out to have a talent related to Hank's interests does not help matters at all.
** Bill. He has been through a bad divorce and is the show's regular ButtMonkey, except that his emotional attatchment can sometimes border on creepy levels. Especially how he's implied to be stalking Peggy on more than one occasion. This reaches its peak when he's put in charge of a flood shelter: He goes mad with power, puts the blame on Hank (who, by contrast, has been acting as a reasonable and responsible shelter leader the entire time) before locking him up, allows the people inside to waste supplies, and was even implied to keep everyone in after the flood ended. On top of that, he pulls a KarmaHoudini and he's seen as a hero by almost everyone involved. The one time where it seems like his leading methods are going to backfire on him, where everyone complains that they ran out of cinnamon sticky buns, he simply blames Hank for eating them all and everything's fine again. The reason why he's supposed to be sympathetic is because he got to be a respected leader once in his life, but his selfishness and carelessness throughout the episode makes it hard to feel sorry for him.
** Bill's affair with Reverend Stroup ends with much the same result. Even though she genuinely cared for Bill enough to step down from Arlen Methodist just to be with him and it seemed as if he'd finally found love, Bill dumps her because without the ForbiddenFruit aspect of the relationship, he found it boring. It's hard to feel sorry for him constantly whining about how lonely he is from there on when he had a shot at happiness with a good woman, and he threw it away for an incredibly selfish and stupid reason.
** Even Dale occasionally qualifies. He's an acknowledged CloudCuckoolander, but the show treats [[MoralityPet his relationship with Nancy and Joseph as his saving grace]]. He undoubtedly loves them, but considering a) the sheer amount of crap he subjects Nancy to, b) that his "raising" Joseph involves either spoiling him rotten or setting a terrible example ("Vision Quest" comes to mind), his intended PetTheDog moments often fall flat. When John Redcorn (Joseph's biological father) basically tells Nancy that he can't trust Dale to raise Joseph, [[JerkassHasAPoint it's hard to argue]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
** The title character was seen by some fans as more of a JerkJock than the well meaning but naive CuteBruiser the show's writers intended, due to her boisterous and sometimes belligerent nature. Thankfully, CharacterDevelopment kicks in and she gets better.
** While not disliked enough to be TheScrappy, a number of fans never warmed up to Suyin Beifong, the long lost half-sister of Lin Beifong introduced in season 3. Due to her rather unapologetic attitude about her criminal past, which included disfiguring Lin and getting away with it, a number of fans saw Suyin as a smug KarmaHoudini instead of the cool, complex older lady that the show's writers obviously wanted them to see her as being, and for some her less than sincere apology to Lin at the end of ''Old Wounds'' came off as unintentionally funny.
*** This has only gotten worse in Season 4, where it's rather sharply debated if Suyin's decision not to get involved with reuniting the Earth Kingdom was a principled attempt to not force her ideals on others or selfishly abandoning everyone outside her city to the mercy of bandits and warlords and refusing to lift a finger to help the barely-trained Airbenders doing their best to assist the situation. The season's BigBad Kuvira can have her ascendency at least partially blamed on Suyin's BystanderSyndrome, although her exact culpability is a very divisive point among fans.
** Mako remains one of the most divisive characters in the series because of this. He spends the first season in a LoveTriangle between himself, Korra, and Asami, and while things often don't work out for him, fans often wonder if his rather stupid behavior toward one or the other is the reason for it. His problems being seen as his own fault and the way the LoveTriangle was poorly received in general made him this. This is eventually lampshaded in Season 4.
--->'''Mako:''' Well, me and Asami were never officially back together.\\
'''Tu:''' Really? That again? Ya' know, it seems like you're so afraid to disappoint anyone, that you end up disappointing everyone.
** And then there's Bataar Jr. [[spoiler:He was more than happy to help Kuvira take over the Earth Kingdom and was more than happy to disown his family and treat them like stupid children to get what he wanted. Yet, we're supposed to feel bad for him after Kuvira attempts to sacrifice him to kill her enemies after which he shows no remorse for his actions, only bemoaning how Kuvira didn't love him as much as he thought. Suyin forgives him despite the fact that he's equally guilty of terrible crimes and only defected from Kuvira when he realized that while Kuvira may love him, she loves her vision more. At best he was a jerk and at worst he's shown to be a DirtyCoward, and Suyin being so quick to forgive him while being a petty bully towards a spiritually broken and genuinely regretful Kuvira reflects badly on her as well.]] That the audience never really got to know Bataar Jr. in season three certainly doesn't help him his case.
** Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that grumpy old granny Toph Bei Fong also has some of this going for her. We're supposed to feel bad for her when she and Lin are finally together again for the first time in thirty years and things don't exactly go smoothly. Although Toph does admit she was a bad mother and says she's proud of Lin, it does not change the fact that Toph still acts like a nasty, arrogant old woman who is generally disrespectful towards people because she thinks it's funny. And it is still her fault that the estrangement happened in the first place due to her insensitive hypocrisy.
** Much of the spirits of the Spirit World also become this in "Operation Bei Fong", refusing to ally themselves with Korra to protect Republic City from Kuvira's super weapon because they don't want to involve themselves in humans' wars. From how it's pointed out that Korra is attempting to exploit the spirits for human purposes just like Kuvira has been, we're clearly meant to see their point, but seeing as we were told that humans and spirits and their respective worlds are now "harmoniously co-existing" and thus are now expected to help one another in their lives, the spirits instead come off as self-centered jerks who think little of the humans they co-exist with and feel they're not worth risking their necks for under any circumstance.
*** This is not helped by the fact that first case of spirits and humans co-existing boiled down to spirits, largely hostile and racist, ruling the world while humans were forced into exile on the Lion-Turtles. And when humans tried to find a place for themselves outside the Lion-Turtles the spirits almost immediately affected them for daring to cut down trees and defend themselves. The attempted grey conflict fails since one side acts more like a xenophobic invading empire driving the other to near extinction. Even the supposedly "good" spirit of order Raava at first cares little for human life.
** Tenzin regularly wanders into this territory. While he is positioned as the voice of reason, his actual views are often extremely regressive and to favor a non-egalitarian status quo; even when the audience knows the other side of the argument is a WellIntentionedExtremist being set up to be a season's BigBad, Tenzin has a tendency to reject their valid complaints for the wrong reasons well before any direct evidence of their villainy comes to light.
*** Theres's also his and Korra's fathers keeping Korra [[GildedCage confined to her confined to her training camp]] and misleading her into thinking it was Avatar Aang's wish, only admitting the truth [[WhatTheHellHero when called out on it]]. It's only the next season when they seemingly {{retcon}} in a reason; [[spoiler:she was targeted by a kidnapping attempt]]. That Korra's quick enough to accept that reason makes it more questionable why they didn't tell her sooner, [[PoorCommunicationKills before it caused problems]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' series of animated cartoons could sometimes fall victim to this (not that it made them any less funny, of course!):
** "WesternAnimation/CannedFeud": Are we actually supposed to ''root'' for the mouse that pointlessly torments Sylvester left and right (with the intent of ''starving him to death'' no less)? Mind you, Sylvester had no intention of hurting him.
*** The character, referred to as Brownie Mouse by some sources, appeared in several other Sylvester shorts, most of them only nominally better than the above. Brownie was essentially [[TomAndJerry Jerry]] with the negative aspects punctuated, being a smug little vermin who had nothing against taking his offense above and beyond self defense or even, as in "Canned Feud", just skipping the "he started it" mentality altogether. He even got away with tormenting Bugs Bunny in "WesternAnimation/RhapsodyRabbit".
** Also "Gonzales Tomales" where, angered by Speedy stealing their girls, the male mice trick Sylvester into thinking he's called him out for a fight. Sylvester dares him to just try it, upon which he gladly beats him to a pulp. Sylvester, the supposed villain of the story, was the only sympathetic character of the bunch (among Speedy's home wrecker tendencies and the rest of the mouse population resorting to murderous measures of revenge), yet still ended up the sole loser.
*** "Mexican Cat Dance": Speedy, despite being the supposed "good guy" in this cartoon, is little more than a bully, constantly tormenting and humiliating Sylvester for no reason other than sheer entertainment.
** "WesternAnimation/LongHairedHare": While nobody would argue that Giovanni Jones is anything more than a violent hot-head and pompous {{Jerkass}}, the rather extreme measures WesternAnimation/BugsBunny takes to exact revenge on him (the ending borders on murder!) make it ''very'' hard to root for him.
*** In fact, this trope is what led to the creation of Yosemite Sam. Elmer Fudd was so pathetic that Bugs came off as more mean spirited, so the animators needed an even bigger and more belligerent {{Jerkass}} to be Bugs' victim.
*** Early Bugs Bunny shorts are even worse, where Bugs is a ScrewySquirrel tormenting others, who aren't trying to even hurt him, seemingly for his own amusement. "Wabbit Twouble" and "Elmer's Pet Rabbit" are pretty bad in this regard. Directors made restraints on the character afterwards, making clear [[KarmicTrickster he couldn't attack with being victimized first]] ([[DisproportionateRetribution though to what degree varied]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'':
** In the episode, "[[Recap/TheLoudHouseS1E11ButterflyEffectTheGreenHouse The Green House]]", [[UpToEleven every single character]] falls victim to this;
*** Mrs. Johnson and Lincoln's class for chastising Lincoln's family's energy usage in the red zone when they know he has ten sisters.
*** The Loud House's red zone isn't just because the Loud Family is big, but because all ten of the Loud sisters are wasting energy, usually for frivolous purposes such as Lori talking to Bobby on multiple electronic devices, Leni turning on the bathroom water without even using it, or Luan baking multiple pies just to throw them at herself or other people, which also wastes food. This forces Lincoln to help them find other, less energy-wasting solutions.
*** Clyde for not helping Lincoln with his energy-saving goal and arguably making his situation worse by mentioning their computer game tournament.
*** Two of the boys from Lincoln's class decide to join in the tournament at Lincoln's house because they're in the green, effectively saving energy at their own homes just to waste someone else's energy and tell Lincoln they can't be seen with him when the girls resume their old energy-wasting ways.
*** And finally, Lincoln himself for [[ExtremeDoormat not having the guts to kick the other boys out of his house]].
** Luan came across as this in "[[Recap/TheLoudHouseS1E18AprilFoolsRulesCerealOffender April Fools Rules]]", as she holds the entire family hostage to various pranks and booby traps every year around the house, many of them clearly painful in nature and clearly out for her own amusement rather than sharing it with the rest of the family as she normally tries to. So over-the-top are her traps that the entire family, including [[PushoverParents her parents]] suit up and cancel their plans out of fear of what Luan's traps may do to them. When the day finally comes, Lincoln discovers that Ronnie Anne is coming over to see him, which is later found out that Luan put her up to it just to help her prank Lincoln harder. Expecting disaster, Lincoln volunteers himself to [[TakingTheBullet set off every trap to spare both Ronnie Anne and his sisters from Luan's mischief]]; by the time he is done, he's pretty badly injured, having had wild raccoons let loose upon him among many other things. Although Ronnie Anne pays her back with a [[PieInTheFace pie to the face]] in gratitude to Lincoln, Luan otherwise [[KarmaHoudini receives nothing for having tormented Lincoln and the others]] strictly for her own amusement.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Babs Seed from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E4OneBadApple "One Bad Apple"]] had a FreudianExcuse for bullying the Cutie Mark Crusaders which ''should'' have made you feel sorry for her... except her characterization bordered the realms of TheSociopath, who gleefully tormented the CMC [[ItAmusedMe far beyond what]] [[BecomingTheMask Diamond Tiara's peer pressure demanded]]. Thankfully [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E9AppleFamilyReunion "Apple Family Reunion"]] and the comic series (where she felt she still had to prove she was reformed) have painted her in a far more positive light and gained her quite a bit of popularity.
** Rainbow Dash in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E5TanksForTheMemories Tanks for the Memories]]". She takes advantage of her position as a weather manager and uses various methods to try to stop Winter in Ponyville and when they don't work, she gets the idea to sneak into the Cloudsdale Weather Factory in an attempt to stop Winter for all of Equestria just to ensure Tank wouldn't hibernate. When said attempt [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]], she nearly destroys Ponyville with a giant snowball and their residents are forced to get out of its way. To top it all off, she shows no remorse for what happened and [[KarmaHoudini doesn't even get any comeuppance for it outside of having to say goodbye to Tank]].
** Diamond Tiara in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E19CrusadersOfTheLostMark "Crusaders of the Lost Mark"]]. According to this episode, [[AbusiveParents her mother]] is constantly pressuring her to be the best at everything, and to know her place (on top of the heap) and everyone else's (below her). The trouble is, we never saw Diamond Tiara's mother until this episode... and, more importantly, [[AssPull we never had even the slightest hint that Diamond Tiara herself had any qualms about what she was like and what kind of things she was doing]]. And yet, she pulled a HeelFaceTurn at the end and is now best friends with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, inspiring many fans to write her off as an EasilyForgiven KarmaHoudini.
** Starlight Glimmer was hit with this badly in the Season 5 finale. Her FreudianExcuse was poor at best (losing a ''single'' friend in her childhood, and not even shown trying to keep in touch with him) while her actions were downright abominable in comparison. Telling is that her immediate next appearance has her [[LampshadeHanging questioning why get off so easily and if she deserved it]].
* Benson from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is supposed to be sympathetic because he always has to deal with Mordecai and Rigby's antics, but he doesn't really handle the situations professionally. He berates them to their faces by often calling them idiots, puts them under harsh working conditions with little instruction, and can be an UngratefulBastard when the two save his life on multiple occasions, and yet still threatens to fire them. The last one was eventually lampshaded in ''A Bunch of Full Grown Geese'' when the mother duck calls him out for his ungratefulness.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Frank Grimes from "Homer's Enemy". To explain, one of the main premises of this episode was [[{{Deconstruction}} the concept of a real person having to put up with Homer Simpson]]. But Frank is far from a "real" person in that [[DeusAngstMachina his life is just exaggerated misery after misery]], such as his parents abandoning him and waving goodbye all the way to losing a sweet position in the power plant to a ''dog''. And Homer's annoying tendencies and stupidity [[{{Flanderization}} were amped up a lot more than he usually was]] as if the writers were specifically trying to make Homer so obnoxious the viewers would have no choice but to sympathize with Frank. But it's hard to feel sympathy when Frank is overly wound up already. To make matters worse, Frank came off as something of a pompous, uptight jerk long before he ever met Homer, making him rather unlikable to begin with. The episode falls more into DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.
*** Adding to the problem is that Homer actually invites Frank into his house and makes an attempt at being friendly, and Frank outright rejects this out of rage over seeing how much better Homer's living conditions are than his. Add to that only Mr Burns' treatment of Frank is all that callous (dooming him into a dead end job after losing interesting in him and blaming him for mistakes Homer makes), the other residents of Springfield are generally friendly to him, just his contempt for Homer goes over their heads. The coldest thing they do to him (laugh at Homer's antics during his funeral) is after he's been put out of his misery. Of course, since this episode is (somewhat) more realistic than the others, it could just be an [[ThisIsReality honest examination]] of [[InherentInTheSystem fundamental social injustices that people to not bother to correct or even realize are there]], and how these circumstances can lead to misanthropy and derangement on the part of the disadvantaged despite everyone's best intentions. In this light, perhaps Frank Grimes is best understood as a classically Greek tragic hero, [[CosmicPlaything doomed to fail by the cosmos itself]]. Indeed the DVD commentary labels it "a study in frustration" more than anything else.
** Seymour Skinner is a broken-down ExtremeDoormat MommasBoy, but any sympathy felt for him can wear thin when he's repeatedly offered a chance to change his circumstances and shoots it down. The biggest offender was his relationship with Edna Krabappel, whom he drove away with his fear of change and commitment; while his subsequent trying to win her back could be seen as a MyGodWhatHaveIDone, it could get grating when the viewers realized he probably wouldn't try any harder than he had before.
** Lisa Simpson, despite having valid reasons to feel like an outcast and complain about her family, can fall into this when she takes it too far. Even more so when her efforts to make the world and her town a better place fall into WellIntentionedExtremist territory and it takes her the whole episode to realize she's gone overboard and apologize. Granted, she's still a kid and even smart kids don't know their limits, but really doesn't help that the writers tend to exploit her OnlySaneMan status as a way to [[WriterOnBoard pontificate on their own personal views]], making her come off as an annoying SoapboxSadie much of the time.
** Homer's half-brother Herb, a wealthy car tycoon, hires Homer in "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" to design a car that will save Powell Motors. The resulting car is such a disaster that it destroys Powell Motors overnight, and Herb blames Homer for the failure. This is continued in Herb's return in "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?" where we're expected to sympathize with Herb, who Homer supposedly owes a chance to rebuild his fortune. Unfortunately, the first episode clearly indicated that Powell Motors was in serious trouble long before Homer came along, Herb repeatedly blew off his engineers' warnings that Homer's ideas were unworkable, Herb never did his job as CEO in supervising the project that would make or break his company, and Homer himself wasn't sure he would be able to do it, until Herb badgered him into doing it. Homer only ever did anything Herb asked him to. As a result, Herb blaming Homer for Powell Motors' downfall makes him look like a self-centered asshole who [[NeverMyFault refuses to accept responsibility for his own incompetence]], and makes it questionable as to whether he even ''deserves'' a chance to rebuild his fortune. Possibly admitted in a later gag, where it's suggested Herb has made a habit out of losing and regaining his fortune, seemingly without Homer's involvement. Those who still hated him because of this and that heard years later that [[spoiler:Herb became broke again, this time without anything involving Homer, saw this as LaserGuidedKarma for his unsympathetic act.]]
** Luann van Houten following her divorce. The writers felt the need to make her ex-husband Kirk into as much of a deadbeat dad as they possibly could, having Luann espouse he was no good while going off to live a new and exciting life without him weighing her down. This is all despite the events which led to their divorce including that they were mutually unhappy with each other for a variety of reasons. So rather than making it look like Luann is an unhappy woman reinventing herself from a failed marriage, she comes across as a callous and selfish bitch unwilling to admit she had an equal role to play in the dismal quality of her marriage and content to dump the blame all on Kirk.
** Marge, of all people, fills this role in "A Star is Burns." Springfield hosts a film festival with a panel of judges headed by Marge and [[WesternAmination/TheCritic visiting New York film critic Jay Sherman]] - and Homer, jealous of the affection Jay has been receiving from the Simpson family, insists that he be put on the panel too. At the festival, the films are all short and locally produced, and frankly not very good in either form or content. Despite this, Marge and Jay gush about an [[OscarBait obviously "serious" and "dramatic"]] documentary by Barney Gumble about his alcoholism, even though it makes Barney look a lot more self-pitying than socially conscious. Homer prefers a much more upbeat film called ''Man Getting Hit By Football'', which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Marge scolds him for picking the "wrong" movie, and the narrative indirectly lumps him in with most of the other judges, who eagerly take bribes from Mr. Burns in exchange for casting votes for his propaganda film - so Homer is made to look not only stupid, but also vaguely immoral. This is unfair: Homer is ''not'' insensitive to Barney's problem; and he does not want the football film to win because he'll be monetarily rewarded for it, but because he ''honestly'' thinks it is better (That and the fact that he didn't even stick around to watch Barney's film due to getting snacks). The fact that ''Man Getting Hit By Football'' is of poor quality and lowbrow in subject matter should be irrelevant, but ''so are all of the other films''! (Indeed, if one is to judge purely on production values, then Mr. Burns's film ''did'' deserve to win, his ethical failings notwithstanding, if only because he was able to afford a semi-mainstream director.) When Homer eventually changes his mind after watching Barney's film again, allowing it to break the judges' deadlock and win, Marge praises him...for not voting for the "wrong" movie, as if anyone's opinion is to be considered inferior in the context of a small-town festival that is getting almost no media attention. (Ironically, Homer is vindicated the next year, when a big-budget adaptation of ''Man Getting Hit By Football'' wins the Academy Award for Best Picture, beating out Burns's entry.)
*** Marge actually falls victim to this a fair bit in the earlier seasons. While she is constantly depicted as long suffering in her doting over Homer and the kids and their hijinks, she herself can often be very priggish, controlling and close minded. She has occasionally lashed out on Homer [[TheUnfairSex for hypocritical reasons]] (eg. ogling the opposite sex or revealing embarrassing secrets to the public, both of which she is guilty of in far more excess) and has shown zealot level lack of acceptance towards things remotely daunting or different. It reached the point that even the show itself lampshades that a world domineered by a wet blanket like Marge would be even more unbearable than one burned to the ground by Homer's incompetence.
** Krusty the Clown in "Bart the Fink". We're supposed to pity him when his life is destroyed by the IRS, but he committed tax fraud - a ''very'' serious crime - so the hell he goes through after being exposed is well-deserved.
* Sonic's incarnation in ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm'', while ''much'' more sympathetic against Robotnik compared to his ''Adventures'' counterpart, often teases or undermines his friends (even [[{{Jerkass}} Antoine]] sometimes fails to be provocative enough), man handles (and has supposedly damaged) Sally's sentient computer NICOLE out of irritance, and frequently almost gets the rest of the team killed in [[NiceJobBreakingItHero an arrogant stunt]]. Add to that [[SmallNameBigEgo his inability to stop talking about how awesome he is]] for all of a minute, Sonic's characterization leans towards a JerkJock.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodies this numerous times. For instance, when Eric Cartman contracts HIV he constantly reminds people of it for sympathy, and any time something bad happens to Cartman, he attempts to milk sympathy and fails.
-->'''Cartman''': I'm not just sure: I'm HIV positive.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** The plot of the episode "Too Far" is centered around Amethyst having her feelings hurt by Peridot; joking about how a gem like her would normally be much bigger and stronger than she is, with her form essentially being a defect. The rest of the episode is centered around Peridot learning about how to interact with people and when apologies are owed, with Amethyst treated as a pure victim of the situation. This is undermined fairly significantly by the moments preceding the unintended insult consisting of Amethyst laughing her ass off and shouting encouragement while Peridot mercilessly mocks her family members for their most precious traits and deepest insecurities. Making her come off less as someone deserving an apology, and more a hypocritical jerk who can't take what she throws out. The fact that Peridot honestly didn't know any better (being entirely new to life outside the homeworld) and what she said being a product of Amethyst egging her on and an ''attempted compliment'' doesn't help.
** Pearl as a whole has moments of this. Many of her actions come off as super smug, which while meant to make us think, "oh it's because she thinks so lowly of herself" doesn't really always work. The Week of Sardonyx as a whole divided many fans given it is meant to make us get a better look into Pearl. Yet in the end despite trying to put Pearl on the spot for her actions, though it briefly does, she essentially escapes any real consequences for her horrific actions. Which isn't helped by having Steven have a Leaning on the Fourth Wall moment in "Historical Friction" that kinda side steps the pain Pearl's caused by focusing on how flaws are neat and make her a better character...and "Keystone Motel" vaguely trying to make it seem like Ruby's being stubborn for not wanting to forgive Pearl, bypassing any real hope of punishment for Pearl with Sapphire saying that Ruby has to forgive Pearl.
** All three Crystal Gems, particularly Garnet, come off as this in the episode "It Could Have Been Great". When the Crystal Gems investigate Pink Diamond's moon base, they come across a computer showing plans that show what would've happened had the Diamonds successfully colonized Earth. Peridot, still loyal to Homeworld despite her alliance with the Crystal Gems, beings gushing over them and insulting Rose's rebellion, enraging the Crystal Gems, particularly Garnet, who would've nearly poofed her or worse had Steven not intervened. While Peridot was unambiguously in the wrong, to many fans, the Crystal Gems' response was completely and needlessly disproportionate and made them come off as jerks. Especially since they never apologize for their actions nor explain why colonization of Earth was bad and the episode treats it as it was just Peridot in the wrong. Thankfully all of them get better in the next episode.
** [[CreepyChild Onion]] as a whole also comes off as this. He's meant to be portrayed as a mischievous-but-harmless prankster with a HiddenHeartOfGold, but to many fans, he comes off as a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] EnfantTerrible whose actions come off as borderline criminal. Case in point: The episode "Onion Trade" had him stealing Steven's prized action figure and later using it to trick Steven into trading it for Pearl's replicator, which he promptly used to wreak havoc on Beach City, even trying to outright '''''murder''''' the Crystal Gems when they try to stop him. Yet despite all this, he's never called out for his actions and is treated as if he did nothing wrong. While he does have a FreudianExcuse as his father Yellowtail is too busy working to spend time with him and his mother Vidalia doesn't seem to be too interested in taking care of him, this excuse is flimsy at best when you consider that Steven had never even ''met his mother'', yet turned out to be one of the kindest members of the cast. That said, the episode "Onion Gang" paints him in a far more kinder and sympathetic light than in previous appearances.
* Patrick Star from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is meant to be an adorkable ditz who acts as one of Spongebob's best friend but his {{Jerkass}} acts to Sponebob and the other citizens and his selfishness makes fans wonder why are they [[WithFriendsLikeThese best friends]]. "Stuck in the Wringer" is the best example of this case, with Spongebob lashing out at him is supposed to be some kind of horrible, MoralEventHorizon with the [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass citizens rooting for Patrick]], but considering Patrick was the cause of everything bad that happened in that episode many people would rather side with Spongebob.
* Despite being ObliviouslyEvil and not wanting to hurt animals, Elmyra Duff from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' annoys the show's characters and the viewers alike with her childish mannerisms. Her victims also make it very clear that they want her to stop strangling them, but she doesn't seem to pay much attention. While she does frequently lose, it's very rare that her victims manage to escape from her unscathed. Her StalkerWithACrush tendencies towards Montana Max in episodes such as "Prom-ise Her Anything" also tick viewers off, but not as much as when she goes after animals.
* The second half of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' sometimes gets flak for this. While he is often the defending character being chased or victimized by Tom, this is often due to taking the role of thief, with Tom merely acting as a house cat ordered to prevent Jerry from stealing food. In addition Jerry could occasionally be sadistic, attacking Tom with minimal or no provocation whatsoever. Allegedly, MGM recieved fan letters siding with Tom over Jerry so began to moderate the formula with LaserGuidedKarma, with Tom usually acting more vindictive, and actually allowed to [[TeamRocketWins get the last laugh on Jerry]] whenever the latter took his offense to an unsympathetic level.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama:''
** Cody in ''World Tour''. We are supposed to feel sorry for him because of the fact that Sierra is obsessing over him and barging in on his personal space and sympathize with him whenever he pushes her away. However, this instead makes him look like a complete hypocrite because of how by this point in the series he became a [[SingleTargetSexuality Gwensexual ]]and was basically treating her the same way he was being treated by Sierra. There's also the fact that his spot in the semi-finals felt undeserved since he did nothing worthy all season and was essentially carried (both figuratively and literally) to that point by Sierra. Without her, he would have been eliminated as early (if not sooner) as he was in ''Island''.
** ''Revenge of the Island'' and ''All-Stars'' have moments where the audience is supposed to feel sorry for Chris (such as when he was stuck in a septic tank, or when Duncan blew up his [[InsistentTerminology cottage]]) but these happen ''after'' most of the fanbase agreed he'd passed the MoralEventHorizon.
** Courtney [[JerkassWoobie has had a lot of crap thrown at her]], but several of her actions such as bullying Beth and Lindsay, ''suing'' her way into the contest, and cheating someone else out of it, her treatment of Gwen and Duncan even ''before'' the cheating scandal, [[spoiler:plan to backstab Scott and Gwen]], her extremely aggravating [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] attitude and of course, her threatening to send Owen, DJ, Cody, and Tyler to their deaths for the sake of a million dollars have caused her to become more and more hated over the years.
** Mike. We're supposed to feel for him because of his MPD making it hard for him to get the girl he actually wants. However, the portrayal of said MPD is viewed as insulting and poorly-researched to people with real with problems. Not to mention the fact he never tells anyone about his MPD and most find out on their own. This hurt Zoey & would have hurt Anne Maria as well, not that we see.
** Dave, in a manner very similar to Cody, does little to nothing to help his team out and instead spends most of his time creeping on Sky or whining about getting dirty. When Sky rejects him in "Hurl and Go Seek!" it's supposed to be a sad moment, but most viewers felt the rejection was justified and that Dave was being {{Wangst}}y. And when he [[spoiler:votes himself off, it's solely because he was rejected by Sky, and we're still supposed to sympathize with him the whole time]]. However, [[spoiler: it may not have been as unintentional as expected, considering his [[SanitySlippage act]][[FaceHeelTurn ions]] in the finale.]]
** Shawn could be viewed as this due to his entire character revolving around a rather annoying gimmick, as well as being partially at fault for ruining his relationship with Jasmine, and being extremely reluctant to split the million dollars with her. Though some do feel for him since his dream for a zombie bunker is kind of his life goal, and he did end up seeing the light eventually by voluntarily agreeing to split the money with her, due to being weighed down by his own guilt.
** Sky also falls into this boat due to how harshly she treats Dave late in the season. Granted she never wanted a relationship to begin with, but many thought her actions that resulted in shattering Dave were really uncalled for.
* The "Breakdown" episode that deals with Cyclops's origins on ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''. Though meant to gain the viewer's sympathy by showing what a tragic and awkward life he's suffered all the episode really does is kill what little credibility Cyclops was meant to have by portraying him first as an incompetent idiot who couldn't do anything right without Jean Grey there to hold his hand and then portraying him as a petty, insecure boyfriend who completely lost control of himself when Wolverine started hitting on Jean. True, Wolverine was being a jerk but Cyclops's reaction was way out of line.
** And yet, in classic DoubleStandard fashion, it's perfectly okay for Jean to rough up Emma Frost when she sees the blonde getting too friendly with Cyclops.
** Speaking of Wolverine, his CanonSue tendencies actually make ''him'' less sympathetic during the series, while most of the X-Men fail to generate sympathy with the viewers due to not getting enough characterization to really warrant any.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', Lance's romantic subplot with Kitty starts with him saving her life -- from an accident that ''he caused''. He had also previously attempted to attack Kitty, and due to the nature of his powers, he tends to cause a lot of collateral damage (sometimes near schools populated by children who [[FridgeHorror are never confirmed to have gotten out alive]]). To some people, all this makes it kind of hard to believe that Kitty would want him for a boyfriend. This also puts him in the somewhat unusual situation of being a common victim of both RonTheDeathEater AND DracoInLeatherPants.
** A weird inversion actually happens because of this. The time Avalanche ''did'' attempt a HeelFaceTurn, Scott doesn't buy it and proceeds to mistrust him. This is made out to be wrong of Scott, except, he '''is''' completely justified in mistrusting him: Lance was actually his biggest rival and ''had'' pulled crap on him and others before. While we (as the audience) knew that Lance ''was'' trying to [[LoveRedeems do good things for Kitty's sake]], Scott simply lacked such knowledge since Lance ''had'' given him reason to be antagonistic, and thus it's understandable to have him not trust Lance off the bat, and it would've been OutOfCharacter otherwise.
*** The fact that Lance doesn't try very hard to convince Scott otherwise doesn't help him either. And the fact that Lance rejects Scott's heartfelt apology (after Scott found out that he had been wrong about Lance) and goes back to the Brotherhood really doesn't help.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' fell into this trap a few times without even realizing it. Neither Superboy nor his designated ''mentor'' Superman come off being particularly sympathetic, albeit for different reasons. We're obviously meant to sympathize with Superboy because Superman refuses to spend any time with him because he's creeped out by the fact that someone cloned him without him knowing it, but Superboy is such a rage prone whiner that after awhile it's hard to feel bad for him. Superman, meanwhile, is portrayed as a shallow, superficial DirtyCoward and {{Jerkass}} for refusing to overcome his personal issues to help the obviously troubled Superboy... and the show does absolutely '''NOTHING''' to actually develop a relationship between them outside of a cheap "good job kid" moment at the end of season one and then doing a time skip to avoid doing any actual character development, making their "brotherly" interactions in season 2 look inherently false.
** Then there's Roy Harper, AKA: Speedy, AKA: Red Arrow, [[spoiler: We're obviously meant to feel bad for the first Roy we're introduced to when he learns that he's actually a clone who was used as an infiltrator against the heroes, but he spends so much of the show being a nasty, belligerent little asshole mistreating everyone around him that it's impossible to feel bad for him.]]
* Batgirl in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheKillingJoke''. The prologue featuring Batgirl does very little to make her sympathetic, despite the writers' claims that it makes her a stronger character. Her character arc [[spoiler:revolves around her pining after Batman and then acting like a jilted lover. She irrationally attacks a man arguing with his girlfriend. And she displays very little of the independence and heroism often associated with the character, instead coming off like a thrill-seeking StalkerWithACrush.]] It doesn't help that personality-wise, she has [[InNameOnly nothing in common with her comic or TV counterparts]].
* The titular Mandy of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. There are plenty of episodes where something happens that affects her and, as a result, we're supposed to see her as sympathetic. The problem here is that she's the TokenEvilTeammate of the main protagonists and gets away with doing some absolutely ''despicable'' things, especially later on in the series' run, and comes off as a JerkSue. But wait, [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]]: some of the supposedly bad things that happen to her are a ''result'' of her being evil, and usually, ''she'' '''''still wins!''''' So, when something happens and she legitimately suffers, it's less "the main protagonist is having a hard time and you should feel bad for her" and more "this little douchebag is finally getting her comeuppance for once".
** It also tends to result in making characters like Grim, Billy, and Irwin UnintentionallySympathetic, since some of these situations are intended to have us side against them, but that's hard to do seeing how bad Mandy is and how she treats them when they ''aren't'' the bad guys.
* The king of Atlantis in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'' sequel ''Tentacolino''. He's intended to be a good guy, but he imprisons the main characters without telling them, makes them immortal, and forces them to stay in Atlantis forever. One tends to side with the [[UnintentionallySympathetic rat emperor]] more than the king of Atlantis. Having the king have a dark and foreboding appearance doesn't help matters either.
* Louis, the fat kid from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' mini-segment "Fatman and Boy Blubber." You see him get bullied for his fatness and the bullies try to steal his sweet bun, only for the titular characters to come to the rescue and beat up the bullies. However, after a long, winding pseudo-inspirational lecture, Fatman reveals that the problem isn't the bullies, but Louis' decisions, like being fat (despite that Fatman and Boy Blubber obviously) and always eating fattening sweet buns instead of sensible meals. This prompts them to try to confiscate the sweet bun to prevent Louis from attracting more bullies, but he refuses. This forces them to fight fire with fire, or in this case fight bullying by (unintentionally) bullying. This makes you wish Louis would just hand over the damn sweet bun, or see Fatman and Boy Blubber teach him a lesson despite how cruel it is. He really ''is'' a regular [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Wonka]] [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory kid]], don't you think?
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\n[[folder:Western Animation]]\n* The [[SoBadItsGood infamous]] [[Creator/DingoPictures Dinosaur Adventure]] has several. One of them is Cree the pterodactyl. His relationship with Tio the baby T-Rex is supposed to be sweet and cute. Instead, Cree comes off more like a pedophile than a close friend.\n* [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones I Yabba-Dabba-Doo]] has Pebbles. Bam-Bam writes a poem for her but the moment she reads "Dear Pebbles", she [[TooDumbToLive assumes]] it's a DearJohnLetter and ends it until Bam-Bam stops her and shows her the rest. Later, Bam-Bam jokes about her father being a cheapskate, and [[HairTriggerTemper Pebbles turns it into a one-sided argument]], with Bam-Bam keeping a cool head and trying to calm her down. She breaks it off again and tells her family that they fought about everything. In the end, [[NeverMyFault it's Bam-Bam, not Pebbles, who apologizes.]]\n* Sonic in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' can come across as this, with the villains being {{The Chew Toy}}s of the series, and Sonic, like any traditional slapstick hero, taking perverse pleasure exacerbating it for them. [[LaserGuidedKarma Then again]], Robotnik and his minions ''are'' trying to enslave the Mobians.\n* Stan Smith in the later seasons of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' comes across as this for how he treats his family (especially Hayley and Steve) as well as causing his own problems only to learn a lesson that [[AesopAmnesia he will immediately forget]] [[StatusQuoisGod by the following episode]]. "The Scarlett Getter" and "Old Stan in the Mountain" to name a few are prime examples of this trope in action.\n** Roger also counts for the same reason as Stan (learning a lesson that will never resonate by the next episode) as well as his derailment/Flanderization into being a complete psychopath who very rarely suffers any consequences for his actions nowadays. \n** The rest of the Smith family also step into this, usually serving as foils to Stan or Roger's behaviour, despite having equally self serving and callous moments that (unlike even the former two) don't get called out. Hayley in particular is essentially a leftist version of Stan, with all the same self righteousness and callous hypocrisy, but whenever the two argue, Stan is almost always given AnAesop about mistreating her.\n* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has lead female character Lana Kane. She is supposed to come off as the OnlySaneMan in a cast of highly dysfunctional idiots, but her NeverMyFault tendencies in relationships, undeserved arrogance, utter hypocrisy, and behavior that could charitably be considered as abusive made her extremely disliked, particularly as the show went on. With the show's other characters, they are all fairly convincingly insane and / or sociopathic and thus a lot of their actions are somewhat understandable.... but Lana does many of the same things, and is mentally stable enough that she really ''should'' know better.\n* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': \n** D.W. in the infamous "Arthur's Big Hit". The audience is supposed to feel sorry for her because Arthur hit her, but the problem is, she loses any sympathy she may have received by a) repeatedly bothering Arthur when he is trying to build his model plane (even ruining the paint job ''after'' she had been told not to touch anything), b) ''throwing the model out of the window'', even though she had absolutely no right whatsoever to touch it, and c) blaming Arthur for building a plane that can't fly, instead of apologizing for her actions. \n** Another example involving D.W. is "D.W.'s Very Bad Mood", wherein the audience is supposed to sympathize with her because she didn't get invited to a birthday party that Lisa, one of her classmates, is throwing. However, throughout the episode, rather than act sad about it, D.W. has a violent temper tantrum that lasts several days, wherein she screams at the top of her lungs, insults her brother and parents, and slams the doors through the house all through the night, among other things. Adding to that is Jane and David [[KarmaHoudini do not punish her in any meaningful way]], forcing Arthur to enlist Francine's help in finding out what's wrong with her. And as if all of that isn't enough, D.W. even considers wrecking Lisa's birthday party in an ImagineSpot before Francine cheers her up by inviting her to her own birthday party. \n* To a large number of fans, Dodie from ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' is the definition of a "toxic friend"; however the show itself doesn't treat her nearly as bad as the fans see her. She rarely gets her just desserts for doing stuff like trying to break up her best friend's romance or tattling what kids have lice, and Ginger never abandons her for being overly clingy and back-stabbing. Most notably when she and Marcie cross the MoralEventHorizon by conspiring with Miranda to break up Ginger and Darren and Courtney helps Ginger find out, the episode ends on an ominous note...and then nothing next time. For a series with strong continuity it's a shocking thing to ignore. \n* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse''\n** Ben's ego and immaturity had already started to get on the fans' nerves in season 3 of Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, but this was still somewhat balanced by him acting intelligent and selfless on occasion. But now that he has been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] to the point he takes next to nothing seriously, acts incredibly stupid and seems to care more about having fun than actually helping people, many consider he has become downright unlikable to the point that fans prefer to [[RootingForTheEmpire root for whatever enemy]] is fighting Ben, even [[BigBad Vilgax]] himself.\n** Azmuth to a lesser extent. He is supposedly this wise and benevolent ruler of Galvanic Prime, but it is repeatedly shown that he can be as much of a jerk as Ben. A prime example is the ''Duel of the Duplicates'' arc when he [[spoiler: punishes Albedo by permanently trapping him in the form of 10-year-old Ben.]] While Albedo was clearly meant to deserve that, many fans saw that as a needlessly petty KickThemWhileTheyreDown moment, especially as one of the reasons for Albedo's StartOfDarkness was being fed up by Azmuth's treatment of him.\n** Blukic and Driba to many fans. The many problems they cause by acting stupid and irresponsible don't exactly make them come off as charming, and their comments on Cerebrocrustacean's intelligence come off as flat out [[FantasticRacism racist]]. The two of them being [[CreatorsPet Creator's Pets]] do not help.\n* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': In "Double Cross My Heart," a guy named Gregor shows interest in [[SoapBoxSadie Sam Manson]], while the hero Danny is suspicious of him. Sam calls him out for being suspicious and spying on them and yells at him, but this completely neglects that a) [[{{Hypocrite}} she did the same thing in the previous episode]] and received [[KarmaHoudini no criticism for it]], b) this had happened before to someone else (Danny's sister) and her life was at stake, and c) Danny ended up being right for the wrong reasons (Gregor wasn't a bad guy, just an egotistical brat). Unlike when Sam spied on Danny, Danny actually had a legitimate reason to spy on them: they knew nothing about Gregor so he may as well be a spy, he just didn't know he was jealous at the time. Sam spied on him solely out of jealousy. And while Danny apologizes for the act, Sam does not apologize for snapping at him. Rather, we're meant to assume that she can only get a boyfriend if he's a phony.\n** There are a lot of examples of this involving Sam throughout the series. While she does have her positive moments, such as calling out Danny and Tucker for thinking she can't play video games [[GamerChick because she's a girl]], or admitting she keeps her family's wealth a secret so she can have real friends, it can be hard to see her as sympathetic when she does things like winning a beauty pageant only to proclaim it's stupid in front of all the girls who actually ''wanted'' to win, or trying to show off her individuality as an "ultra-recyclo vegetarian" by forcing everyone else at school to eat what is essentially grass on a bun (and this was the ''first episode'').\n* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' could slide into this trope when she was being especially bitchy and misanthropic. Thankfully she's confronted about this in-universe most of the time, so this is a very mild example.\n* Dee Dee from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' whenever Dexter either destroys something of hers or yells at her to get out of his lab. The total disregard she shows for Dexter's things and even for Dexter himself at times makes Dexter's actions unintentionally cathartic to the viewers, especially since a lot of those instances were [[AssholeVictim justified/well-deserved retaliations for something she did]].\n* The Land of Dreams in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' on occasion. We are meant to side with the heroes because Zordrak and the Urpneys keep trying to give them nightmares. Except that the Urpneys are Zordrak's {{Slave Mook}}s who get ''tortured or executed'' if they don't follow orders. The heroes resultantly look {{Wangst}}y and [[SeriousBusiness petty]], especially in cases their retribution gets [[DisproportionateRetribution particularly excessive]]. That they could [[MilesGloriosus rarely back it up whenever the villains really were dangerous]] didn't help. Later episodes at least fixed their characterisations and gave them proper mortal stakes, though they still had [[TheWoobie Frizz]] [[TheDragAlong and]] [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Nug]] as their main provocateurs.\n* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy:'' Kevin was this in ''This Won't Hurt an Ed.'' The viewer is supposed to feel sorry for him because Eddy kept exploiting his fear of needles. However, when you consider all the shit Kevin did to Eddy in previous episodes, such as the infamous ''[[KickTheDog Your Ed Here]]'', it seemed like a well-deserved KickTheSonOfABitch moment on Eddy's part.\n* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Let's face it. Of all the times Vicky has tortured Timmy and has even laughed at his pain and embarrassment, are we really supposed to sympathize with her when she finally gets a taste of her own medicine in the episode where she regresses to a five-year-old while Timmy supplants her position as the babysitter? Also, keep in mind that her treatment towards Timmy is DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale that's even ''PlayedForLaughs''. So it's only fair that Vicky shares Timmy's treatment.\n* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': \n** When Glenn Quagmire called Brian Griffin out on everything in one episode, he became this to half the fanbase (the other half seeing it as a neat TakeThatScrappy), as many found it hypocritical for Quagmire to be saying these things to Brian and felt he had no right to. That his hatred for Brian got [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] since then, with Brian coming out more sympathetic in their encounters, hasn't helped.\n*** Badly beating Brian for unknowingly [[spoiler:sleeping with Quagmire's post sex change father]] and you know, being a huge sex-maniac and TRYING to take the moral high ground doesn't help his case.\n*** Which brings up Stewie's beating towards Brian earlier on, in which Brian was supposedly the one in the wrong but one can sympathize for him. Downplayed in that the rest of this episode actually has him worried of what Brian will do in retaliation.\n*** This reached its height in "Tiegs For Two", after a feud over dating, the two take part in a heated EscalatingWar where they are both portrayed as equally vindictive and petty towards the other.\n*** In the end, Quagmire is an odd case where the writers seem to still want him to come off as sympathetic despite claiming outright that he's a remorseless rapist. His father was a celebrated war veteran and a true man's man (ironic in that he later ends up being transgender) setting up unrealistic expectations for Quagmire as to what masculinity was, while his mother was described as being as much of a sexual deviant as he is now, skewing how he views relationships. In addition, the only two woman Quagmire ever loved in his life (Lois, who he lost to Peter, and Cheryl Tiegs) both left him, causing him to lose all respect for women in general. While all of this may classify as a FreudianExcuse, though, Quagmire is still a sleazy rapist who knowingly and gleefully shares his numerous STD's with the women he sleeps with (lying about wearing protection if he needs to), making him extremely unsympathetic to the audience despite how many times the show tries to give him sympathetic episodes (his sister being in an abusive relationship, him being tricked into marrying a prostitute, him being trapped in an abusive relationship with a "female Quagmire", etc.)\n** In "Roasted Guy", Peter wishes to have a roast, but gets insulted by his friends, and becomes friends with three women. He then gets back at them when he finds out they insult him behind his back. The audience is expected to sympathize with Peter for being insulted even though he knows full well what a roast is and specifically told his friends to "Leave no punches", and we're apparently supposed to see his payback towards the girls (which included paying a busboy to stab the groom for Karen's daughter on her wedding night) as justified even though [[DisproportionateRetribution all they did was insult him]].\n** Also, in "Dial Meg For Murder", Meg, after her long stay in prison, becomes rebellious and ruthless. When she returns home, she beats up Peter and even ''rapes him in the shower''. Yet despite that, considering how Peter has treated Meg in episodes prior to this, ain't no way he's earning any sympathy from the viewers.\n* Oberon from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' may never been intended to be a sympathetic character to begin with, but he come across as such a [[JerkassGods conceited, impulsive dick]] that he becomes [[RonTheDeathEater much more hated character than he was intended to be]], to the point that [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=3161 Greg Weisman had to defend and explain Oberon's actions in The Gathering]].\n* From ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', there are so many characters that are sympathetic, but these are the ones that aren't:\n** Ford Pines, Stan's brother. After Stan had spent over thirty years trying to bring him back through the portal, risking arrest and death at several points, Ford greets him with a punch to the face. Yes, Ford ended up in the portal in the first place thanks to Stan's mistake; yes, Stan ''has'' been impersonating Ford and using his old lab as a tourist trap for the last thirty years; yes, he's ended up getting the unwanted attention of the MenInBlack; and yes, it's soon revealed that by ignoring Ford's warnings and using the portal [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Stan has inadvertently given Bill Cipher a means to invade reality]]. All understandable... except none of this would have happened if Ford had been able to see past his self-imposed mission and realize that condescendingly treating Stan as a means of keeping one of the Journals safe was inevitably going to upset him - especially considering the two of them had been estranged for the last ten years - hence the fight that ended with Ford accidentally getting shoved into the portal. Ford's refusal to forgive or thank Stan at the end of the episode only soured first impressions further. Later episodes [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap helped to soften Ford's character and make him more sympathetic]], but his continued refusal to reconcile with Stan - combined with his [[InnocentlyInsensitive short-sighted disregard]] for Mabel's feelings - was a sore point for many fans. The finale eventually hauled him further out of the Scrappy Heap by demonstrating the lengths he was prepared to go to in order to save the world and keep Dipper and Mabel safe, and even concluded with the two brothers finally reconciling and embarking on their dream of traveling the world in pursuit of mysteries and treasure. Only problem? While most agree that [[spoiler: the scene in which Ford is forced to erase Stan's memories in order to destroy Bill is undeniably heartbreaking]], some fans believe that the resolution to their dispute left too many underlying issues unaddressed (see below for similar problems with Mabel).\n** The episode ''[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E16RoadsideAttraction Roadside Attraction ]]'' shows all the girls Dipper practiced on getting mad at Dipper for "flirting" with a different girl at every new tourist trap are this. We're supposed to feel bad for them and know that Dipper is in the wrong for his unfaithful flirtations, but considering each girl only had one simple, non-romantic conversation with him, gave Dipper their numbers to keep in touch, and really had no expectations to ever see him again, the idea that they would assume they were now anything more than friends and get mad at Dipper for hanging out with other girls is ''absolutely ridiculous''. By domino effect, this causes Candy's more justifiable hurt to ''also'' become unsympathetic, because Mabel, Candy, and Grenda's anger at Dipper is based entirely on [[MistakenForCheating the other girls' words rather than anything Dipper did wrong]], but the situation is never addressed as anything other than Dipper's fault, with Mabel even hissing "''Betrayer!''" at him when he tries to apologize.\n** Mabel Pines, Dipper's twin sister developed a BrokenBase in season two. She is supposed to be an AllLovingHero who cares about everyone around her (especially her own brother), but her selfishness, her IgnoredEpiphany towards [[AesopAmnesia any lessons]] learned and her constant taking advantage of Dipper -- [[VillainHasAPoint something that even BILL CIPHER calls her out on]] -- caused many fans to question whether she is as kind as the narrative treats her. This came to a head in the GrandFinale, with a number of fans seeing the twin's reconciliation as another case of Dipper giving up his goals for Mabel and were annoyed that her role in causing [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Weirdmageddon]] was never addressed.\n* Towards the end of the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' episode, "Mickey Vs. Shelby", Donald glues Baby Shelby to the stage so he can't run away from him or Mickey anymore. As it is time for him to perform, Shelby gets [[PerformanceAnxiety stage fright]] in front of the guests at the House of Mouse. The audience is expected to feel sorry for Shelby and see the following moment, wherein Mickey performs with him, as a heartwarming moment. The problem is, Shelby has done nothing other than run away from, tease, and torture Mickey and especially Donald throughout the episode; not just in the wraparounds, but also both the ''Mouse Works'' shorts.\n* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'':\n** Jerrica can come off as a two-faced jerk who hides it under a facade. For example, when she meets The Misfits she outright calls them "trash" when they did little to her besides being a bit rude and arrogant. She also flirts with and kisses her boyfriend as Jem despite the fact he is utterly clueless about them being the same person.\n** We're meant to at least somewhat sympathize with Pizzazz's father; however, most Misfits fans can't. We're supposed to see him as a father who had difficulties taking care of his daughter after his wife left, being unable to deal with Pizzazz's behavior and also being overworked. Instead he comes off as [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] and the source of most of her issues. He didn't show her enough affection and thus she now tries to get the attention she lacked as a child by being the top rock group out there, which is why she gets so mad that Jem is more popular. Pizzazz's father doesn't want Pizzazz bothering him when it's obvious she just wants attention from him,\n** Rio is supposed to be Jerrica's lovable boyfriend. He's a CrazyJealousGuy who gets mad easily. He's in love with Jerrica but also has an affair with Jem and this is treated in a lighthearted manner. It's hard to see why Jerrica is so hung up on him. His IDW comics version is seen in a far more favorable light as he isn't so jealous, is more mellow, and doesn't cheat.\n** The Misfits themselves undergo a clumsy HeelFaceTurn at the end of the show despite spending most of it endangering lives including one instance when they kidnapped Jerrica's sister Kimber and left her in a volcano. WordOfGod says it was only a temporary truce however that doesn't stop it from being awkward.\n* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': WordOfGod has stated that Project Cadmus, the [[GovernmentConspiracy anti-Justice League government think tank]] in the fourth season, were supposed to be sympathetic {{Anti Villain}}s with [[VillainHasAPoint a strong point]] about the dangers of unrestricted superhumans. In fact, the writers found Cadmus so sympathetic that they introduced a ConflictKiller in the form of Brainiac so he could be revealed as having been manipulating both sides to [[DebateAndSwitch avoid having to paint either Cadmus or the League as in the wrong]]. Fans, on the other hand, overwhelmingly sided with the League, considering Cadmus's deeds included attempting to nuke an inhabited island simply to kill Superman and Doomsday, creating Doomsday to begin with, manufacturing an army of cloned SlaveMooks and sending them to massacre the League (including the completely innocent Watchtower staff), and teaming up with supervillains including ComicBook/LexLuthor, all before the League had done much of anything to them.\n* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':\n** Hank, particularly in the later seasons. The audience is supposed to sympathize with how he feels about anything new, untraditional, or otherwise out of his comfort zone. But it's difficult to take that in when most of the people who are "against" him are straw stereotypes, the show goes to ridiculous lengths to make him the OnlySaneMan by [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderizing]] most of the recurring cast, and how he starts narrowing down what he finds an "acceptable" lifestyle to his son Bobby until he will nearly-only accept it if Bobby becomes just like him. The fact that the show ends not by Hank finally accepting Bobby for who he is ([[AesopAmnesia again]]) but instead with Bobby turning out to have a talent related to Hank's interests does not help matters at all.\n** Bill. He has been through a bad divorce and is the show's regular ButtMonkey, except that his emotional attatchment can sometimes border on creepy levels. Especially how he's implied to be stalking Peggy on more than one occasion. This reaches its peak when he's put in charge of a flood shelter: He goes mad with power, puts the blame on Hank (who, by contrast, has been acting as a reasonable and responsible shelter leader the entire time) before locking him up, allows the people inside to waste supplies, and was even implied to keep everyone in after the flood ended. On top of that, he pulls a KarmaHoudini and he's seen as a hero by almost everyone involved. The one time where it seems like his leading methods are going to backfire on him, where everyone complains that they ran out of cinnamon sticky buns, he simply blames Hank for eating them all and everything's fine again. The reason why he's supposed to be sympathetic is because he got to be a respected leader once in his life, but his selfishness and carelessness throughout the episode makes it hard to feel sorry for him.\n** Bill's affair with Reverend Stroup ends with much the same result. Even though she genuinely cared for Bill enough to step down from Arlen Methodist just to be with him and it seemed as if he'd finally found love, Bill dumps her because without the ForbiddenFruit aspect of the relationship, he found it boring. It's hard to feel sorry for him constantly whining about how lonely he is from there on when he had a shot at happiness with a good woman, and he threw it away for an incredibly selfish and stupid reason.\n** Even Dale occasionally qualifies. He's an acknowledged CloudCuckoolander, but the show treats [[MoralityPet his relationship with Nancy and Joseph as his saving grace]]. He undoubtedly loves them, but considering a) the sheer amount of crap he subjects Nancy to, b) that his "raising" Joseph involves either spoiling him rotten or setting a terrible example ("Vision Quest" comes to mind), his intended PetTheDog moments often fall flat. When John Redcorn (Joseph's biological father) basically tells Nancy that he can't trust Dale to raise Joseph, [[JerkassHasAPoint it's hard to argue]].\n* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''\n** The title character was seen by some fans as more of a JerkJock than the well meaning but naive CuteBruiser the show's writers intended, due to her boisterous and sometimes belligerent nature. Thankfully, CharacterDevelopment kicks in and she gets better.\n** While not disliked enough to be TheScrappy, a number of fans never warmed up to Suyin Beifong, the long lost half-sister of Lin Beifong introduced in season 3. Due to her rather unapologetic attitude about her criminal past, which included disfiguring Lin and getting away with it, a number of fans saw Suyin as a smug KarmaHoudini instead of the cool, complex older lady that the show's writers obviously wanted them to see her as being, and for some her less than sincere apology to Lin at the end of ''Old Wounds'' came off as unintentionally funny. \n*** This has only gotten worse in Season 4, where it's rather sharply debated if Suyin's decision not to get involved with reuniting the Earth Kingdom was a principled attempt to not force her ideals on others or selfishly abandoning everyone outside her city to the mercy of bandits and warlords and refusing to lift a finger to help the barely-trained Airbenders doing their best to assist the situation. The season's BigBad Kuvira can have her ascendency at least partially blamed on Suyin's BystanderSyndrome, although her exact culpability is a very divisive point among fans. \n** Mako remains one of the most divisive characters in the series because of this. He spends the first season in a LoveTriangle between himself, Korra, and Asami, and while things often don't work out for him, fans often wonder if his rather stupid behavior toward one or the other is the reason for it. His problems being seen as his own fault and the way the LoveTriangle was poorly received in general made him this. This is eventually lampshaded in Season 4.\n--->'''Mako:''' Well, me and Asami were never officially back together.\\\n'''Tu:''' Really? That again? Ya' know, it seems like you're so afraid to disappoint anyone, that you end up disappointing everyone. \n** And then there's Bataar Jr. [[spoiler:He was more than happy to help Kuvira take over the Earth Kingdom and was more than happy to disown his family and treat them like stupid children to get what he wanted. Yet, we're supposed to feel bad for him after Kuvira attempts to sacrifice him to kill her enemies after which he shows no remorse for his actions, only bemoaning how Kuvira didn't love him as much as he thought. Suyin forgives him despite the fact that he's equally guilty of terrible crimes and only defected from Kuvira when he realized that while Kuvira may love him, she loves her vision more. At best he was a jerk and at worst he's shown to be a DirtyCoward, and Suyin being so quick to forgive him while being a petty bully towards a spiritually broken and genuinely regretful Kuvira reflects badly on her as well.]] That the audience never really got to know Bataar Jr. in season three certainly doesn't help him his case. \n** Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that grumpy old granny Toph Bei Fong also has some of this going for her. We're supposed to feel bad for her when she and Lin are finally together again for the first time in thirty years and things don't exactly go smoothly. Although Toph does admit she was a bad mother and says she's proud of Lin, it does not change the fact that Toph still acts like a nasty, arrogant old woman who is generally disrespectful towards people because she thinks it's funny. And it is still her fault that the estrangement happened in the first place due to her insensitive hypocrisy.\n** Much of the spirits of the Spirit World also become this in "Operation Bei Fong", refusing to ally themselves with Korra to protect Republic City from Kuvira's super weapon because they don't want to involve themselves in humans' wars. From how it's pointed out that Korra is attempting to exploit the spirits for human purposes just like Kuvira has been, we're clearly meant to see their point, but seeing as we were told that humans and spirits and their respective worlds are now "harmoniously co-existing" and thus are now expected to help one another in their lives, the spirits instead come off as self-centered jerks who think little of the humans they co-exist with and feel they're not worth risking their necks for under any circumstance.\n*** This is not helped by the fact that first case of spirits and humans co-existing boiled down to spirits, largely hostile and racist, ruling the world while humans were forced into exile on the Lion-Turtles. And when humans tried to find a place for themselves outside the Lion-Turtles the spirits almost immediately affected them for daring to cut down trees and defend themselves. The attempted grey conflict fails since one side acts more like a xenophobic invading empire driving the other to near extinction. Even the supposedly "good" spirit of order Raava at first cares little for human life.\n** Tenzin regularly wanders into this territory. While he is positioned as the voice of reason, his actual views are often extremely regressive and to favor a non-egalitarian status quo; even when the audience knows the other side of the argument is a WellIntentionedExtremist being set up to be a season's BigBad, Tenzin has a tendency to reject their valid complaints for the wrong reasons well before any direct evidence of their villainy comes to light.\n*** Theres's also his and Korra's fathers keeping Korra [[GildedCage confined to her confined to her training camp]] and misleading her into thinking it was Avatar Aang's wish, only admitting the truth [[WhatTheHellHero when called out on it]]. It's only the next season when they seemingly {{retcon}} in a reason; [[spoiler:she was targeted by a kidnapping attempt]]. That Korra's quick enough to accept that reason makes it more questionable why they didn't tell her sooner, [[PoorCommunicationKills before it caused problems]].\n* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' series of animated cartoons could sometimes fall victim to this (not that it made them any less funny, of course!):\n** "WesternAnimation/CannedFeud": Are we actually supposed to ''root'' for the mouse that pointlessly torments Sylvester left and right (with the intent of ''starving him to death'' no less)? Mind you, Sylvester had no intention of hurting him.\n*** The character, referred to as Brownie Mouse by some sources, appeared in several other Sylvester shorts, most of them only nominally better than the above. Brownie was essentially [[TomAndJerry Jerry]] with the negative aspects punctuated, being a smug little vermin who had nothing against taking his offense above and beyond self defense or even, as in "Canned Feud", just skipping the "he started it" mentality altogether. He even got away with tormenting Bugs Bunny in "WesternAnimation/RhapsodyRabbit".\n** Also "Gonzales Tomales" where, angered by Speedy stealing their girls, the male mice trick Sylvester into thinking he's called him out for a fight. Sylvester dares him to just try it, upon which he gladly beats him to a pulp. Sylvester, the supposed villain of the story, was the only sympathetic character of the bunch (among Speedy's home wrecker tendencies and the rest of the mouse population resorting to murderous measures of revenge), yet still ended up the sole loser.\n*** "Mexican Cat Dance": Speedy, despite being the supposed "good guy" in this cartoon, is little more than a bully, constantly tormenting and humiliating Sylvester for no reason other than sheer entertainment.\n** "WesternAnimation/LongHairedHare": While nobody would argue that Giovanni Jones is anything more than a violent hot-head and pompous {{Jerkass}}, the rather extreme measures WesternAnimation/BugsBunny takes to exact revenge on him (the ending borders on murder!) make it ''very'' hard to root for him.\n*** In fact, this trope is what led to the creation of Yosemite Sam. Elmer Fudd was so pathetic that Bugs came off as more mean spirited, so the animators needed an even bigger and more belligerent {{Jerkass}} to be Bugs' victim.\n*** Early Bugs Bunny shorts are even worse, where Bugs is a ScrewySquirrel tormenting others, who aren't trying to even hurt him, seemingly for his own amusement. "Wabbit Twouble" and "Elmer's Pet Rabbit" are pretty bad in this regard. Directors made restraints on the character afterwards, making clear [[KarmicTrickster he couldn't attack with being victimized first]] ([[DisproportionateRetribution though to what degree varied]]).\n* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'':\n** In the episode, "[[Recap/TheLoudHouseS1E11ButterflyEffectTheGreenHouse The Green House]]", [[UpToEleven every single character]] falls victim to this;\n*** Mrs. Johnson and Lincoln's class for chastising Lincoln's family's energy usage in the red zone when they know he has ten sisters.\n*** The Loud House's red zone isn't just because the Loud Family is big, but because all ten of the Loud sisters are wasting energy, usually for frivolous purposes such as Lori talking to Bobby on multiple electronic devices, Leni turning on the bathroom water without even using it, or Luan baking multiple pies just to throw them at herself or other people, which also wastes food. This forces Lincoln to help them find other, less energy-wasting solutions.\n*** Clyde for not helping Lincoln with his energy-saving goal and arguably making his situation worse by mentioning their computer game tournament.\n*** Two of the boys from Lincoln's class decide to join in the tournament at Lincoln's house because they're in the green, effectively saving energy at their own homes just to waste someone else's energy and tell Lincoln they can't be seen with him when the girls resume their old energy-wasting ways.\n*** And finally, Lincoln himself for [[ExtremeDoormat not having the guts to kick the other boys out of his house]].\n** Luan came across as this in "[[Recap/TheLoudHouseS1E18AprilFoolsRulesCerealOffender April Fools Rules]]", as she holds the entire family hostage to various pranks and booby traps every year around the house, many of them clearly painful in nature and clearly out for her own amusement rather than sharing it with the rest of the family as she normally tries to. So over-the-top are her traps that the entire family, including [[PushoverParents her parents]] suit up and cancel their plans out of fear of what Luan's traps may do to them. When the day finally comes, Lincoln discovers that Ronnie Anne is coming over to see him, which is later found out that Luan put her up to it just to help her prank Lincoln harder. Expecting disaster, Lincoln volunteers himself to [[TakingTheBullet set off every trap to spare both Ronnie Anne and his sisters from Luan's mischief]]; by the time he is done, he's pretty badly injured, having had wild raccoons let loose upon him among many other things. Although Ronnie Anne pays her back with a [[PieInTheFace pie to the face]] in gratitude to Lincoln, Luan otherwise [[KarmaHoudini receives nothing for having tormented Lincoln and the others]] strictly for her own amusement.\n* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':\n** Babs Seed from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E4OneBadApple "One Bad Apple"]] had a FreudianExcuse for bullying the Cutie Mark Crusaders which ''should'' have made you feel sorry for her... except her characterization bordered the realms of TheSociopath, who gleefully tormented the CMC [[ItAmusedMe far beyond what]] [[BecomingTheMask Diamond Tiara's peer pressure demanded]]. Thankfully [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E9AppleFamilyReunion "Apple Family Reunion"]] and the comic series (where she felt she still had to prove she was reformed) have painted her in a far more positive light and gained her quite a bit of popularity.\n** Rainbow Dash in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E5TanksForTheMemories Tanks for the Memories]]". She takes advantage of her position as a weather manager and uses various methods to try to stop Winter in Ponyville and when they don't work, she gets the idea to sneak into the Cloudsdale Weather Factory in an attempt to stop Winter for all of Equestria just to ensure Tank wouldn't hibernate. When said attempt [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]], she nearly destroys Ponyville with a giant snowball and their residents are forced to get out of its way. To top it all off, she shows no remorse for what happened and [[KarmaHoudini doesn't even get any comeuppance for it outside of having to say goodbye to Tank]].\n** Diamond Tiara in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E19CrusadersOfTheLostMark "Crusaders of the Lost Mark"]]. According to this episode, [[AbusiveParents her mother]] is constantly pressuring her to be the best at everything, and to know her place (on top of the heap) and everyone else's (below her). The trouble is, we never saw Diamond Tiara's mother until this episode... and, more importantly, [[AssPull we never had even the slightest hint that Diamond Tiara herself had any qualms about what she was like and what kind of things she was doing]]. And yet, she pulled a HeelFaceTurn at the end and is now best friends with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, inspiring many fans to write her off as an EasilyForgiven KarmaHoudini.\n** Starlight Glimmer was hit with this badly in the Season 5 finale. Her FreudianExcuse was poor at best (losing a ''single'' friend in her childhood, and not even shown trying to keep in touch with him) while her actions were downright abominable in comparison. Telling is that her immediate next appearance has her [[LampshadeHanging questioning why get off so easily and if she deserved it]].\n* Benson from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is supposed to be sympathetic because he always has to deal with Mordecai and Rigby's antics, but he doesn't really handle the situations professionally. He berates them to their faces by often calling them idiots, puts them under harsh working conditions with little instruction, and can be an UngratefulBastard when the two save his life on multiple occasions, and yet still threatens to fire them. The last one was eventually lampshaded in ''A Bunch of Full Grown Geese'' when the mother duck calls him out for his ungratefulness.\n* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':\n** Frank Grimes from "Homer's Enemy". To explain, one of the main premises of this episode was [[{{Deconstruction}} the concept of a real person having to put up with Homer Simpson]]. But Frank is far from a "real" person in that [[DeusAngstMachina his life is just exaggerated misery after misery]], such as his parents abandoning him and waving goodbye all the way to losing a sweet position in the power plant to a ''dog''. And Homer's annoying tendencies and stupidity [[{{Flanderization}} were amped up a lot more than he usually was]] as if the writers were specifically trying to make Homer so obnoxious the viewers would have no choice but to sympathize with Frank. But it's hard to feel sympathy when Frank is overly wound up already. To make matters worse, Frank came off as something of a pompous, uptight jerk long before he ever met Homer, making him rather unlikable to begin with. The episode falls more into DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.\n*** Adding to the problem is that Homer actually invites Frank into his house and makes an attempt at being friendly, and Frank outright rejects this out of rage over seeing how much better Homer's living conditions are than his. Add to that only Mr Burns' treatment of Frank is all that callous (dooming him into a dead end job after losing interesting in him and blaming him for mistakes Homer makes), the other residents of Springfield are generally friendly to him, just his contempt for Homer goes over their heads. The coldest thing they do to him (laugh at Homer's antics during his funeral) is after he's been put out of his misery. Of course, since this episode is (somewhat) more realistic than the others, it could just be an [[ThisIsReality honest examination]] of [[InherentInTheSystem fundamental social injustices that people to not bother to correct or even realize are there]], and how these circumstances can lead to misanthropy and derangement on the part of the disadvantaged despite everyone's best intentions. In this light, perhaps Frank Grimes is best understood as a classically Greek tragic hero, [[CosmicPlaything doomed to fail by the cosmos itself]]. Indeed the DVD commentary labels it "a study in frustration" more than anything else.\n** Seymour Skinner is a broken-down ExtremeDoormat MommasBoy, but any sympathy felt for him can wear thin when he's repeatedly offered a chance to change his circumstances and shoots it down. The biggest offender was his relationship with Edna Krabappel, whom he drove away with his fear of change and commitment; while his subsequent trying to win her back could be seen as a MyGodWhatHaveIDone, it could get grating when the viewers realized he probably wouldn't try any harder than he had before.\n** Lisa Simpson, despite having valid reasons to feel like an outcast and complain about her family, can fall into this when she takes it too far. Even more so when her efforts to make the world and her town a better place fall into WellIntentionedExtremist territory and it takes her the whole episode to realize she's gone overboard and apologize. Granted, she's still a kid and even smart kids don't know their limits, but really doesn't help that the writers tend to exploit her OnlySaneMan status as a way to [[WriterOnBoard pontificate on their own personal views]], making her come off as an annoying SoapboxSadie much of the time.\n** Homer's half-brother Herb, a wealthy car tycoon, hires Homer in "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" to design a car that will save Powell Motors. The resulting car is such a disaster that it destroys Powell Motors overnight, and Herb blames Homer for the failure. This is continued in Herb's return in "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?" where we're expected to sympathize with Herb, who Homer supposedly owes a chance to rebuild his fortune. Unfortunately, the first episode clearly indicated that Powell Motors was in serious trouble long before Homer came along, Herb repeatedly blew off his engineers' warnings that Homer's ideas were unworkable, Herb never did his job as CEO in supervising the project that would make or break his company, and Homer himself wasn't sure he would be able to do it, until Herb badgered him into doing it. Homer only ever did anything Herb asked him to. As a result, Herb blaming Homer for Powell Motors' downfall makes him look like a self-centered asshole who [[NeverMyFault refuses to accept responsibility for his own incompetence]], and makes it questionable as to whether he even ''deserves'' a chance to rebuild his fortune. Possibly admitted in a later gag, where it's suggested Herb has made a habit out of losing and regaining his fortune, seemingly without Homer's involvement. Those who still hated him because of this and that heard years later that [[spoiler:Herb became broke again, this time without anything involving Homer, saw this as LaserGuidedKarma for his unsympathetic act.]]\n** Luann van Houten following her divorce. The writers felt the need to make her ex-husband Kirk into as much of a deadbeat dad as they possibly could, having Luann espouse he was no good while going off to live a new and exciting life without him weighing her down. This is all despite the events which led to their divorce including that they were mutually unhappy with each other for a variety of reasons. So rather than making it look like Luann is an unhappy woman reinventing herself from a failed marriage, she comes across as a callous and selfish bitch unwilling to admit she had an equal role to play in the dismal quality of her marriage and content to dump the blame all on Kirk.\n** Marge, of all people, fills this role in "A Star is Burns." Springfield hosts a film festival with a panel of judges headed by Marge and [[WesternAmination/TheCritic visiting New York film critic Jay Sherman]] - and Homer, jealous of the affection Jay has been receiving from the Simpson family, insists that he be put on the panel too. At the festival, the films are all short and locally produced, and frankly not very good in either form or content. Despite this, Marge and Jay gush about an [[OscarBait obviously "serious" and "dramatic"]] documentary by Barney Gumble about his alcoholism, even though it makes Barney look a lot more self-pitying than socially conscious. Homer prefers a much more upbeat film called ''Man Getting Hit By Football'', which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Marge scolds him for picking the "wrong" movie, and the narrative indirectly lumps him in with most of the other judges, who eagerly take bribes from Mr. Burns in exchange for casting votes for his propaganda film - so Homer is made to look not only stupid, but also vaguely immoral. This is unfair: Homer is ''not'' insensitive to Barney's problem; and he does not want the football film to win because he'll be monetarily rewarded for it, but because he ''honestly'' thinks it is better (That and the fact that he didn't even stick around to watch Barney's film due to getting snacks). The fact that ''Man Getting Hit By Football'' is of poor quality and lowbrow in subject matter should be irrelevant, but ''so are all of the other films''! (Indeed, if one is to judge purely on production values, then Mr. Burns's film ''did'' deserve to win, his ethical failings notwithstanding, if only because he was able to afford a semi-mainstream director.) When Homer eventually changes his mind after watching Barney's film again, allowing it to break the judges' deadlock and win, Marge praises him...for not voting for the "wrong" movie, as if anyone's opinion is to be considered inferior in the context of a small-town festival that is getting almost no media attention. (Ironically, Homer is vindicated the next year, when a big-budget adaptation of ''Man Getting Hit By Football'' wins the Academy Award for Best Picture, beating out Burns's entry.)\n*** Marge actually falls victim to this a fair bit in the earlier seasons. While she is constantly depicted as long suffering in her doting over Homer and the kids and their hijinks, she herself can often be very priggish, controlling and close minded. She has occasionally lashed out on Homer [[TheUnfairSex for hypocritical reasons]] (eg. ogling the opposite sex or revealing embarrassing secrets to the public, both of which she is guilty of in far more excess) and has shown zealot level lack of acceptance towards things remotely daunting or different. It reached the point that even the show itself lampshades that a world domineered by a wet blanket like Marge would be even more unbearable than one burned to the ground by Homer's incompetence.\n** Krusty the Clown in "Bart the Fink". We're supposed to pity him when his life is destroyed by the IRS, but he committed tax fraud - a ''very'' serious crime - so the hell he goes through after being exposed is well-deserved.\n* Sonic's incarnation in ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm'', while ''much'' more sympathetic against Robotnik compared to his ''Adventures'' counterpart, often teases or undermines his friends (even [[{{Jerkass}} Antoine]] sometimes fails to be provocative enough), man handles (and has supposedly damaged) Sally's sentient computer NICOLE out of irritance, and frequently almost gets the rest of the team killed in [[NiceJobBreakingItHero an arrogant stunt]]. Add to that [[SmallNameBigEgo his inability to stop talking about how awesome he is]] for all of a minute, Sonic's characterization leans towards a JerkJock.\n* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodies this numerous times. For instance, when Eric Cartman contracts HIV he constantly reminds people of it for sympathy, and any time something bad happens to Cartman, he attempts to milk sympathy and fails.\n-->'''Cartman''': I'm not just sure: I'm HIV positive.\n* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':\n** The plot of the episode "Too Far" is centered around Amethyst having her feelings hurt by Peridot; joking about how a gem like her would normally be much bigger and stronger than she is, with her form essentially being a defect. The rest of the episode is centered around Peridot learning about how to interact with people and when apologies are owed, with Amethyst treated as a pure victim of the situation. This is undermined fairly significantly by the moments preceding the unintended insult consisting of Amethyst laughing her ass off and shouting encouragement while Peridot mercilessly mocks her family members for their most precious traits and deepest insecurities. Making her come off less as someone deserving an apology, and more a hypocritical jerk who can't take what she throws out. The fact that Peridot honestly didn't know any better (being entirely new to life outside the homeworld) and what she said being a product of Amethyst egging her on and an ''attempted compliment'' doesn't help.\n** Pearl as a whole has moments of this. Many of her actions come off as super smug, which while meant to make us think, "oh it's because she thinks so lowly of herself" doesn't really always work. The Week of Sardonyx as a whole divided many fans given it is meant to make us get a better look into Pearl. Yet in the end despite trying to put Pearl on the spot for her actions, though it briefly does, she essentially escapes any real consequences for her horrific actions. Which isn't helped by having Steven have a Leaning on the Fourth Wall moment in "Historical Friction" that kinda side steps the pain Pearl's caused by focusing on how flaws are neat and make her a better character...and "Keystone Motel" vaguely trying to make it seem like Ruby's being stubborn for not wanting to forgive Pearl, bypassing any real hope of punishment for Pearl with Sapphire saying that Ruby has to forgive Pearl. \n** All three Crystal Gems, particularly Garnet, come off as this in the episode "It Could Have Been Great". When the Crystal Gems investigate Pink Diamond's moon base, they come across a computer showing plans that show what would've happened had the Diamonds successfully colonized Earth. Peridot, still loyal to Homeworld despite her alliance with the Crystal Gems, beings gushing over them and insulting Rose's rebellion, enraging the Crystal Gems, particularly Garnet, who would've nearly poofed her or worse had Steven not intervened. While Peridot was unambiguously in the wrong, to many fans, the Crystal Gems' response was completely and needlessly disproportionate and made them come off as jerks. Especially since they never apologize for their actions nor explain why colonization of Earth was bad and the episode treats it as it was just Peridot in the wrong. Thankfully all of them get better in the next episode.\n** [[CreepyChild Onion]] as a whole also comes off as this. He's meant to be portrayed as a mischievous-but-harmless prankster with a HiddenHeartOfGold, but to many fans, he comes off as a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] EnfantTerrible whose actions come off as borderline criminal. Case in point: The episode "Onion Trade" had him stealing Steven's prized action figure and later using it to trick Steven into trading it for Pearl's replicator, which he promptly used to wreak havoc on Beach City, even trying to outright '''''murder''''' the Crystal Gems when they try to stop him. Yet despite all this, he's never called out for his actions and is treated as if he did nothing wrong. While he does have a FreudianExcuse as his father Yellowtail is too busy working to spend time with him and his mother Vidalia doesn't seem to be too interested in taking care of him, this excuse is flimsy at best when you consider that Steven had never even ''met his mother'', yet turned out to be one of the kindest members of the cast. That said, the episode "Onion Gang" paints him in a far more kinder and sympathetic light than in previous appearances.\n* Patrick Star from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is meant to be an adorkable ditz who acts as one of Spongebob's best friend but his {{Jerkass}} acts to Sponebob and the other citizens and his selfishness makes fans wonder why are they [[WithFriendsLikeThese best friends]]. "Stuck in the Wringer" is the best example of this case, with Spongebob lashing out at him is supposed to be some kind of horrible, MoralEventHorizon with the [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass citizens rooting for Patrick]], but considering Patrick was the cause of everything bad that happened in that episode many people would rather side with Spongebob.\n* Despite being ObliviouslyEvil and not wanting to hurt animals, Elmyra Duff from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' annoys the show's characters and the viewers alike with her childish mannerisms. Her victims also make it very clear that they want her to stop strangling them, but she doesn't seem to pay much attention. While she does frequently lose, it's very rare that her victims manage to escape from her unscathed. Her StalkerWithACrush tendencies towards Montana Max in episodes such as "Prom-ise Her Anything" also tick viewers off, but not as much as when she goes after animals.\n* The second half of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' sometimes gets flak for this. While he is often the defending character being chased or victimized by Tom, this is often due to taking the role of thief, with Tom merely acting as a house cat ordered to prevent Jerry from stealing food. In addition Jerry could occasionally be sadistic, attacking Tom with minimal or no provocation whatsoever. Allegedly, MGM recieved fan letters siding with Tom over Jerry so began to moderate the formula with LaserGuidedKarma, with Tom usually acting more vindictive, and actually allowed to [[TeamRocketWins get the last laugh on Jerry]] whenever the latter took his offense to an unsympathetic level.\n* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama:''\n** Cody in ''World Tour''. We are supposed to feel sorry for him because of the fact that Sierra is obsessing over him and barging in on his personal space and sympathize with him whenever he pushes her away. However, this instead makes him look like a complete hypocrite because of how by this point in the series he became a [[SingleTargetSexuality Gwensexual ]]and was basically treating her the same way he was being treated by Sierra. There's also the fact that his spot in the semi-finals felt undeserved since he did nothing worthy all season and was essentially carried (both figuratively and literally) to that point by Sierra. Without her, he would have been eliminated as early (if not sooner) as he was in ''Island''.\n** ''Revenge of the Island'' and ''All-Stars'' have moments where the audience is supposed to feel sorry for Chris (such as when he was stuck in a septic tank, or when Duncan blew up his [[InsistentTerminology cottage]]) but these happen ''after'' most of the fanbase agreed he'd passed the MoralEventHorizon.\n** Courtney [[JerkassWoobie has had a lot of crap thrown at her]], but several of her actions such as bullying Beth and Lindsay, ''suing'' her way into the contest, and cheating someone else out of it, her treatment of Gwen and Duncan even ''before'' the cheating scandal, [[spoiler:plan to backstab Scott and Gwen]], her extremely aggravating [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] attitude and of course, her threatening to send Owen, DJ, Cody, and Tyler to their deaths for the sake of a million dollars have caused her to become more and more hated over the years.\n** Mike. We're supposed to feel for him because of his MPD making it hard for him to get the girl he actually wants. However, the portrayal of said MPD is viewed as insulting and poorly-researched to people with real with problems. Not to mention the fact he never tells anyone about his MPD and most find out on their own. This hurt Zoey & would have hurt Anne Maria as well, not that we see.\n** Dave, in a manner very similar to Cody, does little to nothing to help his team out and instead spends most of his time creeping on Sky or whining about getting dirty. When Sky rejects him in "Hurl and Go Seek!" it's supposed to be a sad moment, but most viewers felt the rejection was justified and that Dave was being {{Wangst}}y. And when he [[spoiler:votes himself off, it's solely because he was rejected by Sky, and we're still supposed to sympathize with him the whole time]]. However, [[spoiler: it may not have been as unintentional as expected, considering his [[SanitySlippage act]][[FaceHeelTurn ions]] in the finale.]]\n** Shawn could be viewed as this due to his entire character revolving around a rather annoying gimmick, as well as being partially at fault for ruining his relationship with Jasmine, and being extremely reluctant to split the million dollars with her. Though some do feel for him since his dream for a zombie bunker is kind of his life goal, and he did end up seeing the light eventually by voluntarily agreeing to split the money with her, due to being weighed down by his own guilt.\n** Sky also falls into this boat due to how harshly she treats Dave late in the season. Granted she never wanted a relationship to begin with, but many thought her actions that resulted in shattering Dave were really uncalled for.\n* The "Breakdown" episode that deals with Cyclops's origins on ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''. Though meant to gain the viewer's sympathy by showing what a tragic and awkward life he's suffered all the episode really does is kill what little credibility Cyclops was meant to have by portraying him first as an incompetent idiot who couldn't do anything right without Jean Grey there to hold his hand and then portraying him as a petty, insecure boyfriend who completely lost control of himself when Wolverine started hitting on Jean. True, Wolverine was being a jerk but Cyclops's reaction was way out of line.\n** And yet, in classic DoubleStandard fashion, it's perfectly okay for Jean to rough up Emma Frost when she sees the blonde getting too friendly with Cyclops.\n** Speaking of Wolverine, his CanonSue tendencies actually make ''him'' less sympathetic during the series, while most of the X-Men fail to generate sympathy with the viewers due to not getting enough characterization to really warrant any. \n* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', Lance's romantic subplot with Kitty starts with him saving her life -- from an accident that ''he caused''. He had also previously attempted to attack Kitty, and due to the nature of his powers, he tends to cause a lot of collateral damage (sometimes near schools populated by children who [[FridgeHorror are never confirmed to have gotten out alive]]). To some people, all this makes it kind of hard to believe that Kitty would want him for a boyfriend. This also puts him in the somewhat unusual situation of being a common victim of both RonTheDeathEater AND DracoInLeatherPants.\n** A weird inversion actually happens because of this. The time Avalanche ''did'' attempt a HeelFaceTurn, Scott doesn't buy it and proceeds to mistrust him. This is made out to be wrong of Scott, except, he '''is''' completely justified in mistrusting him: Lance was actually his biggest rival and ''had'' pulled crap on him and others before. While we (as the audience) knew that Lance ''was'' trying to [[LoveRedeems do good things for Kitty's sake]], Scott simply lacked such knowledge since Lance ''had'' given him reason to be antagonistic, and thus it's understandable to have him not trust Lance off the bat, and it would've been OutOfCharacter otherwise.\n*** The fact that Lance doesn't try very hard to convince Scott otherwise doesn't help him either. And the fact that Lance rejects Scott's heartfelt apology (after Scott found out that he had been wrong about Lance) and goes back to the Brotherhood really doesn't help.\n* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' fell into this trap a few times without even realizing it. Neither Superboy nor his designated ''mentor'' Superman come off being particularly sympathetic, albeit for different reasons. We're obviously meant to sympathize with Superboy because Superman refuses to spend any time with him because he's creeped out by the fact that someone cloned him without him knowing it, but Superboy is such a rage prone whiner that after awhile it's hard to feel bad for him. Superman, meanwhile, is portrayed as a shallow, superficial DirtyCoward and {{Jerkass}} for refusing to overcome his personal issues to help the obviously troubled Superboy... and the show does absolutely '''NOTHING''' to actually develop a relationship between them outside of a cheap "good job kid" moment at the end of season one and then doing a time skip to avoid doing any actual character development, making their "brotherly" interactions in season 2 look inherently false.\n** Then there's Roy Harper, AKA: Speedy, AKA: Red Arrow, [[spoiler: We're obviously meant to feel bad for the first Roy we're introduced to when he learns that he's actually a clone who was used as an infiltrator against the heroes, but he spends so much of the show being a nasty, belligerent little asshole mistreating everyone around him that it's impossible to feel bad for him.]]\n* Batgirl in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheKillingJoke''. The prologue featuring Batgirl does very little to make her sympathetic, despite the writers' claims that it makes her a stronger character. Her character arc [[spoiler:revolves around her pining after Batman and then acting like a jilted lover. She irrationally attacks a man arguing with his girlfriend. And she displays very little of the independence and heroism often associated with the character, instead coming off like a thrill-seeking StalkerWithACrush.]] It doesn't help that personality-wise, she has [[InNameOnly nothing in common with her comic or TV counterparts]].\n* The titular Mandy of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. There are plenty of episodes where something happens that affects her and, as a result, we're supposed to see her as sympathetic. The problem here is that she's the TokenEvilTeammate of the main protagonists and gets away with doing some absolutely ''despicable'' things, especially later on in the series' run, and comes off as a JerkSue. But wait, [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]]: some of the supposedly bad things that happen to her are a ''result'' of her being evil, and usually, ''she'' '''''still wins!''''' So, when something happens and she legitimately suffers, it's less "the main protagonist is having a hard time and you should feel bad for her" and more "this little douchebag is finally getting her comeuppance for once".\n** It also tends to result in making characters like Grim, Billy, and Irwin UnintentionallySympathetic, since some of these situations are intended to have us side against them, but that's hard to do seeing how bad Mandy is and how she treats them when they ''aren't'' the bad guys.\n* The king of Atlantis in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'' sequel ''Tentacolino''. He's intended to be a good guy, but he imprisons the main characters without telling them, makes them immortal, and forces them to stay in Atlantis forever. One tends to side with the [[UnintentionallySympathetic rat emperor]] more than the king of Atlantis. Having the king have a dark and foreboding appearance doesn't help matters either.\n* Louis, the fat kid from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' mini-segment "Fatman and Boy Blubber." You see him get bullied for his fatness and the bullies try to steal his sweet bun, only for the titular characters to come to the rescue and beat up the bullies. However, after a long, winding pseudo-inspirational lecture, Fatman reveals that the problem isn't the bullies, but Louis' decisions, like being fat (despite that Fatman and Boy Blubber obviously) and always eating fattening sweet buns instead of sensible meals. This prompts them to try to confiscate the sweet bun to prevent Louis from attracting more bullies, but he refuses. This forces them to fight fire with fire, or in this case fight bullying by (unintentionally) bullying. This makes you wish Louis would just hand over the damn sweet bun, or see Fatman and Boy Blubber teach him a lesson despite how cruel it is. He really ''is'' a regular [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Wonka]] [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory kid]], don't you think?\n[[/folder]]----
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** The protagonist of "You Belong With Me". This is about a shy girl who has a crush on a boy who already has a girlfriend but, as the title suggest, [[EntitledToHaveYou she feels that he's obligated to be with her]] because she somehow understands him better, with no indication that she's said anything to him to indicate her interest in being more than friends. Then she [[SlutShaming criticizes his girlfriend for wearing high heels and short skirts]]. The video also portrays her as a [[StalkerWithAC

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** The protagonist of "You Belong With Me". This is about a shy girl who has a crush on a boy who already has a girlfriend but, as the title suggest, [[EntitledToHaveYou she feels that he's obligated to be with her]] because she somehow understands him better, with no indication that she's said anything to him to indicate her interest in being more than friends. Then she [[SlutShaming criticizes his girlfriend for wearing high heels and short skirts]]. The video also portrays her as a [[StalkerWithAC[[StalkerWithACrush stalker]]. The whole song comes off as a more passive-aggressive version of Music/AvrilLavigne's "Girlfriend".
** "Better Than Revenge" is about a woman who is mad that another 'stole' her crush. It's quite easy to view the protagonist as [[VillainProtagonist very in the wrong]] though. There isn't even concrete proof that the woman took her boyfriend - they could have been in a steady relationship or in a flirtatious pre-dating state - but the protagonist is absolutely rabid at the other woman for having the guts to be interested in the same guy as her. There's a fair share of SlutShaming in the song and it's vague how far she'll go with her revenge but it doesn't sound like she'll go easy on the woman.
* The title character of Music/BruceSpringsteen's song "Johnny 99", who is sentenced to 99 years in prison for a murder he committed while drunk over the loss of his job. The song does its best to portray him as a victim of a broken system, even [[DesignatedVillain demonizing the judge who sentences him]], but that doesn't change the fact that he's still a killer and that most people who have been in his situation ''haven't'' killed anyone.
* The protagonist of .38 Special's tender ballad "Second Chance" really sells how sorry he is over a mistake he made, and the song pressures the subject to stop making such a big deal over it and take him back. The singer then proceeds to specify that the mistake was cheating on her, and defends it by saying this of the girl he cheated with: "I never loved her, I never needed her. She was willing and that's all there is to say." In other words, the guy didn't cheat because he's a flawed man who was tempted and gave in to his own weakness and selfish impulses; he cheated on her ''because he could'', and then tries to guilt his lover for holding that against him. It makes him seem more like a self-absorbed sociopath than a man who's genuinely contrite over what most people consider a '''very''' serious betrayal of trust.
* In the Music/{{Megadeth}} song "1,000 Times Goodbye", we're clearly supposed to sympathize with the protagonist, since his lover left him for another man. However, her voice clips make it clear that she's been suffering for ''years'' under him and tried repeatedly to make their relationship work, making the protagonist sound more like a narcissistic jerk than a jilted spouse.
* The Music/BulletForMyValentine album ''The Poison'' has several songs relating to finding out that a girlfriend or love interest is sleeping with other people, and how painful this is to experience. However, this becomes less sympathetic and more disturbing when the protagonist is revealed to be a violent stalker in "Hit the Floor" (one who has apparently put thought into how and when he could attack his target) and that his retaliation over her infidelity is to murder her and any man he catches her with (as shown in "Room 409" and "The Poison"). Yes, cheating is bad, but stalking and murder are usually considered to be far worse things.
* Music/{{Drake}}'s "Hotline Bling" is probably supposed to come off as the lamentations of an ex who feels a deep sense of disappointment and unfulfillment in regard to a failed relationship and can't stop being reminded of how much better than him his former partner seems to be doing. Instead, he comes off as a whiny, clingy, prudish, controlling BitchInSheepsClothing who can't come to terms with the fact that his ex has become her own person and deals with it by whining about how she's a lesser person for no longer being at his beck and call.
* The protagonist in "Before He Cheats" by Music/CarrieUnderwood. We're supposed to root for her when [[RefugeInAudacity she trashes her boyfriend's car]], giving him his just desserts as revenge for him cheating on her. The problem is we don't even know if he's cheating; she's acting on unfounded and unproven suspicions and seems to [[ForTheEvulz take pride in it]].
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* This is one of the main criticisms of ''Theatre/{{Rent}}.'' At best, the heroes--Mark and Roger in particular--are BrilliantButLazy and want the adoration that being a respected artist would bring, but have yet to actually produce anything to earn it. At worst, they're spoiled elitist brats who think working a regular job is beneath them and expect to stay in their apartment rent-free as they wait for inspiration to come to them.
* ''Theatre/MyFairLady'': When it was first made, Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle were each meant to be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold (i.e. NotSoDifferent from one another), but nowadays, it's common to view him as a [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk snobbish]], [[HeManWomanHater misogynistic]] villain unfairly putting down Eliza, because current values don't look well on characters like Higgins.
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* Carlos, Sarah's father, from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' falls under this. While he has his daughter's safety in mind, [[spoiler: his coddling dooms her]]. [[WhatAnIdiot It never occurs to him that she needs training with weapons, cooking skills, and anything else that would help her survive if he were to die.]] [[spoiler: He does.]]
** Arvo. Clementine and Jane first meet him when they're looking for a place for Rebecca to give birth to her baby. Here, you have a choice: you either rob him of his bag of medicine or you let him leave with it. If you steal it from him, he, justifiably, gathers his possee to attack you and your group. [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished If you let him leave with it, he gathers his possee to rob you, anyway.]] On the latter side, this makes it hard to sympathize with him as he gets the shit kicked out of him by [[JerkassWoobie Kenny]].
** Jane, at least in the final episode. Here, [[IdiotBall she makes her most bone-headed moves,]] which is strange for someone who survived this long. While Kenny becomes more dangerous over the course of the Season, Jane crosses the line by [[spoiler: a) [[BullyingADragon repeatedly bringing up his dead family during their fight in the truck]], b) instead of making amends, she FAKES AJ'S DEATH to "show Clementine his true nature", and then c) during her fight with Kenny, she expects to be saved (depending on the player's viewpoint, she might).]]
* Master Xehanort in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' is [[InformedKindness intended by both the narrative and his Reports]] to be a well-intentioned FallenHero who's ultimately gone JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. But in-game, he is an ObviouslyEvil {{Jerkass}} whose massive [[{{Hypocrite}} Hypocrisy]] regarding [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil Light and Darkness]] as well as his many KickTheDog moments make him act virtually nothing like his AffablyEvil-AntiVillain conveyance in said Reports -- and just makes Eraqus lot more ProperlyParanoid against Darkness. [[note]]When you're the very pinnacle of DarkIsEvil {{Sociopath}}y, you're not exactly the most credible guy around when calling your former best friend a LightIsNotGood KnightTemplar, especially when [[NotHelpingYourCase your very actions only keep reinforcing his very belief system in question]].[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''
** [[KnightTemplar The Catalyst]] is probably one of the most extreme examples. Both his presentation and creator commentary pretty much indicate that he is intended to come across as some sort of AntiVillain who had to resort to ''extreme'' measures in order to accomplish its task (i.e., [[spoiler:he created the [[AFateWorseThanDeath Reapers]] in order to end organic-synthetic conflicts]]), and that [[spoiler:the choices he gives you at the end are meant to be similarly extremely morally ambiguous acts for the greater good]]. However, to many a fan, his [[InsaneTrollLogic reasoning is extremely nonsensical at best]], and at worst exemplifying utter [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocrisy]]. Furthermore, the choices he gives pretty much throw the whole theme of the franchise down the toilet. The Extended Cut fixes this slightly by allowing you to question the Catalyst's logic (though only in somewhat vague therms), and it becomes clear that it's more a case of AIIsACrapshoot. The ''Leviathan'' DLC expounds on this further when [[spoiler:you meet the Catalyst's creators and realize it really ''was'' just following its protocol; they just forgot to program it to [[GoneHorriblyRight not turn on them, too]]]]. It leaves a less sour taste in player's mouths than the original scene, but [[BrokenBase caused debate]] as to whether this was intended from the start or if this was an [[AuthorsSavingThrow retcon to placate the angry fanbase]].
** Tevos, the asari councilor, becomes another example in the third game. While she's initially presented as the "good" councilor when compared to the {{Jerkass}} Sparatus and the more neutral Valern, her actions in the third game make her look like a colossal hypocrite. While refusing to send help to Earth to fight the Reapers could be seen as cold pragmatism to defend her own people, the fact that she denied Shepard's warnings about the Reaper threat throughout the two previous games, even after Shepard saved her life from one at the end of the first game, is the reason why all life in the galaxy is unprepared for the current Reaper attack to begin with. And while equal blame could be laid at the feet of all councilors, save Anderson, for refusing to listen to Shepard's warnings, the third game reveals [[spoiler:there's another prothean beacon on Thessia with information on the Reapers and that the asari have kept it hidden in order to insure their superiority over other races.]] This means that unlike the other two councilors, Tevos actually had the means to find out about the Reaper invasion and prepare, yet she did nothing. Yet, no matter what, Shepard is forced to feel sorry for her when [[spoiler:the Reapers cause the fall of Thessia]], even though that, as well as the all the deaths caused by the Reapers in this cycle, was only possible through her inaction.
* The Qun is a fictional quasi-religious philosophy and a major setting element in the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII second]] and [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition third]] games of the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series. The games try to depict it as the same mix of noble and flawed as the [[CrystalDragonJesus Andrastian Chantry]], but their success is debatable. Qunari society is, though somewhat egalitarian, utterly totalitarian. Careers and other life-choices are made for citizens by the state, gender roles are so strictly enforced that those who go outside them are effectively considered ''trans''-gender rather than, say, women who can fight, and mages [[MouthStitchedShut have their mouths sewn shut]] and are chained and collared. It disdains outsiders who refuse to be converted (the word for non-Qunari is "bas", [[ItIsDehumanizing literally translating to "thing"]]), and anyone who leaves the religion behind is hunted down for re-education or, if they are violent habitual offenders, lobotomization with a chemical called qamek. The intent was to create an alien society that would make sense to its members but not to outsiders (and vice-versa), but to many gamers they come across instead as frighteningly, chillingly evil.
** This disdain for the religion of the Qun does not translate to Qunari characters, however. Sten in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is seen as lovable for his FishOutOfWater characterization, and the Iron Bull in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is one of the most popular characters in the entire series. The latter is telling however, since many fans adore him for being such a relaxed and open-minded character and rejecting many Qunari conventions in his role as a mercenary and Ben-Hassrath, and the decision to [[spoiler: sacrifice a deal with the Qunari, save his mercenary company, and subsequently drive Bull out of the Qun]] is a no-brainer for many gamers [[spoiler:even before ''Trespasser'' was released and players learned that the Qunari and Bull himself will betray the Inquisitor if the Chargers were sacrificed]].
*** As mentioned above, Creator/{{BioWare}} seems to be catching on to how unpopular and frighteningly dogmatic the Qunari are, since they were cast as the primary antagonists in ''Trespasser'', in which they [[spoiler:planned to assassinate most of the leadership in southern Thedas in a plot eerily reminiscent of a terrorist attack and invade and forcibly convert the South]]. Perhaps the most chilling example of how deeply indoctrinated believers in the Qun are comes from [[spoiler:Iron Bull's potential betrayal of the Inquisitor (which occurs if the Chargers were sacrificed in the base game), which he does without a second thought once ordered by the Ben-Hassrath. He even refers to the Inquisitor as "bas" before he attacks. Cole remarks that Iron Bull felt absolutely no regrets betraying a person who trusted him and considered him a friend for years]].
*** At one point during the regular campaign of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' in a conversation Iron Bull has with the Inquisitor, while generally defending the Qun (claiming that for most people, they'd find no real difference in their lifestyle) he admits that free-spirited or strong-willed people such as Varric, Sera, and Leliana would end up being executed or lobotomized under Qunari authority, tending to indicate that even before ''Trespasser'', Bioware wasn't looking to provide a lot of sympathy in the player base for the Qun.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' also has the Mage-Templar conflict at the center of its plot. While the narrative tries ''really'' hard to portray the two factions as being morally grey, a common criticism of the game is that [[EvilVersusEvil both sides]] come off as deaf-to-reason [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]]. The one person they both are willing to listen to, Grand Cleric Elthina, gets this too; she's clearly ''supposed'' to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure desperately trying to keep things together and failing despite valiant efforts, but her refusing to do anything but talk about compromise (while refusing to come up with any picture of what a compromise might be) while both sides (and elements of her own church) pile up the atrocities comes off as HeadInTheSandManagement bordering on StupidNeutral.
* The dwarves in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' are supposed to come across as a race who has been victimized by [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters the excesses and the greed of humanity as a whole]], and call humans out on not being able to live in harmony with nature. The intent is to make the player feel bad for killing them, but the fact that the dwarves were [[MoralEventHorizon conducting an operation of ethnic cleansing]] on the fairies, while at the same time [[MoralDissonance doing the same things]] [[{{Hypocrite}} they accuse humans of doing]] prevents them from getting sympathy. The fact that the game itself fails to see the hypocrisy of it all, in favor of [[NeverMyFault putting all the blame on humans]], (even the fairies blame the humans, rather than the dwarves who are actively killing them) is a sore spot for many players.
** There's also the matter of the demihumans. They constantly try to push the GreenAesop the game has going, and often bash humans for not living "in harmony with nature" the way they (the demihumans) want. The aesop falls flat because humanity ''is'' kind to nature, having only one city, which is remarkably very clean and produces no visible pollution. But what really makes them this is an alternate ending where [[spoiler:they take the now-unoccupied areas humans used to live in and proceed to live there without changing anything, making them just as bad as the humans they hated so much.]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': The way that Vamp's death scene is set up, with Naomi cradling him in tears as he slowly passes away from his various wounds after having his immortality-inducing nanomachines suppressed, is also clearly meant to make the players feel sympathetic for him and his tortured existence. The problem is that Vamp is never depicted as anything but a complete bloodthirsty monster; murdering dozens of innocent people and inflicting immeasurable suffering to the main cast (including murdering Otacon's sister purely out of spite), and is completely unrepentant for his crimes. Vamp had a horrible past, and the nanomachines arguably made it even worse, but he's still such an awful human being that it's nearly impossible to actually feel sympathetic towards him (his DracoInLeatherPants-ing fangirls notwithstanding).
** Solid Snake even offers a counterpoint to the idea that a tragic past makes you sympathetic (in the same game, no less). When talking about the B&B Corps, Drebin retells the horrible lives of each of the members, but Snake shoots it all down by saying that, at some point, a terrible life stops being an excuse for your actions. Yet, ''[=MGS4=]'' expects that same line of logic to work on a character with more reason for the player to hate.
*** And speaking of which, Snake himself can consequently come across as this via BrokenAesop: While he has a point about people like Vamp, people like the B&B Corps are contrarily too insane and non-lucid to be in any sort of control over their actions (not to mention, you know, being hooked up to all sorts of technology that definitely doesn't do their minds any favors). NoSympathy much, Snake?
* Mostly features in the PlayableEpilogue (The Answer) of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''; while it can be attributed to SEES [[spoiler:falling apart due to their leader's (the main character) death]], a lot of them become abrasive or take on idiotic actions that contradict their behavior from the main story. Yukari in particular acts hostile the entire time, and when [[spoiler:the opportunity to possibly revive the MC is presented to them]], she [[LoveMakesYouCrazy immediately decides to take that chance]], despite the risks involved. Mitsuru is even worse - she supports Yukari because she [[HonorBeforeReason comforted her after her father's death]], and she wants to support her. Mitsuru is [[spoiler:the granddaughter of the man who spurred most of the game's events, and she spent most of the game trying to ''clean up after him and atone for it.'']] In a way, her actions are the most nonsensical out of everyone. The rest of the cast either acts rather passive about the entire affair, or acts like a boneheaded jerk, like Akihiko. It's very much a relief for many people when Aigis makes sure that nothing is reversed in the end, and even Yukari apologizes for her erratic behavior.
** From the original game Ken. Granted, he did lose his mother, but his planning to [[spoiler:kill Shinjiro and then himself]] isn't something that anyone, except maybe Takaya, wants. While [[spoiler:Shinjiro is guilty of manslaughter]], his popularity and the fact that [[spoiler:he's willing to accept being killed for what he's done, save for the fact that Ken will then have to live with the guilt Shinjiro bore for years (a lesson Ken ignores)]] makes him somewhat more sympathetic by comparison. The official English localization doesn't help, as it's implied that rather than feel [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone guilty]] over [[spoiler:Shinjiro's death]], Ken's angry that [[spoiler:he didn't get to kill Shinjiro himself]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Ryotaro Dojima comes off as this. Throughout the game, he often suspected the Protagonist of getting involved with the murder mystery. Okay, a bit understandable since the murders started around the same time he came to town, and it's his job as a detective to find the pieces. During his Social Link, he and the Protagonist start to bond, but all of his CharacterDevelopment immediately gets derailed when [[spoiler: the killer sends a threatening letter to the Dojima residence]]. Dojima's first instinct is to completely [[spoiler: distrust the Protagonist, regardless of whether you completed his Social Link or not]]. Then, in the biggest WhatAnIdiot moment in the game, he [[spoiler: takes the Protagonist to the police station to interrogate him, and leaves Nanako, his seven-year-old daughter with no self-defense experience, home alone]]. This leads to [[spoiler: Nanako getting kidnapped and put into a life-threatening coma]], and not once is he ever called out on his negligence. He was [[spoiler: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally going to have been the killer]]]], and with how he was written, it makes you wonder just how late in game's development the change was made.
** The fighting game ''Persona4ArenaUltimax'' gives us [[spoiler:Sho Minazuki,]] the main antagonist. It has been displayed that he has had a horrid upbringing, [[spoiler:which was actually similar to the upbringing of the orphans who would become Strega in ''Persona 3,'' and it's mentioned that his adoptive father, Shuji Ikutusuki, tried to kill him at one point.]] He's reprimanded through and through as he deserves, and is ultimately left to his own devices in the end. Seems all well and good, except for the fact that [[spoiler:Yu and Labrys, more or less the protagonists of their respective routes, continually forgive him and insist that because of his upbringing, and because Sho feels he cannot form bonds without fighting, Sho cannot be held at fault.]] Sure, he's under the thumb of [[BigBad the Malevolent Entity]] the entire time, but [[spoiler:Sho's]] been shown to be psychotic, unforgiving, gleeful in harming others, and ''extremely'' immature.
** From the same game is a far less extreme version, but Akihiko, at the end of ''Arena'', seems to find value in protecting others and chooses to live out that desire by becoming a police officer. In ''Ultimax's'' ending, he [[spoiler:plans to establish some connections with Officer Kurosawa for his job with the Shadow Operatives, despite the fact that he wants to leave that group someday. He regularly slacks off of college, desires to aimlessly train like he did at the start of ''Arena'' (which he ''dropped out of college'' to do), and is extremely rude towards Aigis, who's more or less been forced to babysit him for the classes that Mitsuru is paying for. Even with his connections, chances are high that he'd need said college education to become an officer (most police-related occupations in Japan do). If Mitsuru didn't value him so much, Akihiko would basically be an incredibly ungrateful moocher with no life goals.]]
* Yusuke Kitagawa, one of your allies in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', slips into this once he joins you. He's a talented young artist who had been raised by Madarame, his abusive mentor, since the age of three, and said mentor not only takes credit ''and'' the profits for his work, but he also [[spoiler:indirectly caused Yusuke's sickly mother to ''die.'']] Yusuke is anemic and poor because of all of this. That being said, once Madarame is out of the picture, any and all financial support that is offered to Yusuke (namely from a former disciple of Madarame's that offers to be his patron his Cooperation link) is rebuffed because Yusuke wants to be a [[StarvingArtist "true artist,"]] he continuously mooches off of his friends either for food or shelter (being genuinely surprised that, no, he simply ''can't'' stay with Ann Takamaki's family for free and on a whim despite having a scholarship and housing at his school), lacks the same need to [[TheAtoner help others]], claiming that he wants to be a Phantom Thief so he can find new subjects to paint in the other world (all of the other party members want to help others who were abused by their targets, and Madarame himself abused many), and [[NoSocialSkills has absolutely no social tact]]. Time will tell whether or not this will change, as a lot of his popularity stems from [[{{Bishonen}} his looks]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} having his head in the clouds.]]
** [[ButtMonkey Ryuji Sakamoto]] also counts. For one thing, he is ''[[NoIndoorVoice irritatingly loud]]'', lazy, [[JerkAss generally rude]] and talks in an unnecessarily abrasive manner, usually not bothering to think before he speaks. He also has a tendency to complain and [[NeverMyFault blame everyone else]] when things go wrong. Players are ''supposed'' to feel sorry for him because [[spoiler:his dad was an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] and [[AbusiveParents beat him up as a kid]]. His HairTriggerTemper caused him to punch Kamoshida, which directly led to the track and field team being dissolved and his former teammates blaming and hating him for it, and justifiably so.]] Made even worse by the fact that Ryuji barely gets any character development at all throughout the game and repeatedly makes [[TooDumbToLive stupid decisions.]] [[spoiler:Even when he [[DisneyDeath seemingly dies]] doing a HeroicSacrifice near the end of the game, and the girls all start to cry over him, the ''first'' thing he does when he shows up again is ''to make fun of their "ugly crying faces"''.]] WhatAnIdiot.
* Helena Harper from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6''. She's been blackmailed by villains who kidnapped her sister [[spoiler:and turned her into a monster while they were at it]]. Unfortunately, her actions trying to save her sister led to an entire college campus turning into zombies. Even if you ''do'' feel bad for her at first, watching [[InnocentBystander Liz]] die from the infection and her lovable [[GoodParents father]] fall apart into [[NarmCharm heart-breakingly narmy tears]] will make quick work of that pity. [[{{Wangst}} It also doesn't help that she whines about her sister for ]] ''[[{{Wangst}} the entire game.]]''
* [[BigBad Eveline]] from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' was [[spoiler:engineered to be a WalkingWasteland bioweapon and programmed to desire a family as a means of spreading her infection]]. Pretty sad setup, but when a character is lashing out at injustice and wants to keep the audience on their side, it's really important to set the amount of sadistic cruelty, arrogant taunting, and evil laughter they display as close to zero as possible. Eveline uses all three of those things to an excess, making it clear that she's well aware of the pain and suffering she causes, and that she ''enjoys'' it. When Eveline [[MoralMyopia whiningly asks why everyone hates her]] near the end, many players [[ShutUpHannibal had no trouble giving an answer]].
* Within the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series, the games generally did a good job portraying the heroes as heroes and the villains as villains. The third game, ''Neptunia Victory'', had a lot of problems with this matter.
** The eponymous main character Neptune has become even lazier than she was in ''Mk2'', spending YEARS without doing anything and being an ass to anyone who calls her out on her laziness. Even worse, she treats her beloved sister VERY badly, especially in the Good Ending (Spoiler: No, this ending isn't much of an ending at all...)
** Of course, we have Plutia, with one side of the fandom loving her endearing laziness and her HDD mode as sadistic Iris Heart, and the other side thinking that her normal form is a lazy idiot and her HDD form an overpowered and bitchy jackass whose only reason for existing is to rape everybody.
** This has the side effect of making the villains UnintentionallySympathetic, as not only are THEY the ones going up against insurmountable odds (seven random people who aren't the most united working together against PhysicalGods), their motivations of overthrowing the [=CPU=]s (who can be lazy, arrogant, sore losers and pretty illogical) can be pretty sound.
** [[spoiler:However, ONE villain has this problem. Rei, normally, is sympathetic. However, like Iris Heart, her HDD mode kills her character, making her an intolerable hypocrite unwilling to acknowledge her mistakes and actually DESERVING her ten thousand years of loneliness.]]
** The remake, ''Hyperdimension Neptunia RE;Birth 3'', is a big AuthorsSavingThrow that addressed many of these concerns. Neptune is much more eager to get things done, implies she's been on off-screen adventures during the timeskips, and has a '''much''' better relationship with her sister. Plutia was made less of a toxic influence, Iris' sadism was made much less sexual, and both forms are more emotionally intelligent than she's letting on. The villains make more satisfying antagonists by sheer dint of the heroes being more heroic. And where plot points demand the party do jerkass things, [[MediumAwareness the characters themselves]] heavily imply they know it's a recycled script and transparently try to get the scenes over with painlessly. For the most part, it seems to have worked.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'':
** Adam Malkovich is supposed to be a stern but fair leader who genuinely cares about the protagonist Samus Aran and a competent commander. However, his actions on screen show him treating Samus with a mixture of condescending rudeness and cold indifference. Despite the fact that at this point she has a successful career as a bounty hunter and as a mercenary for the Federation who destroyed the entire base of the pirates, he still doesn't consider her as his equal and allows her to join his crew on the Bottle Ship only if she strictly follows his orders. Which leads to the infamous ''Authorization System''. Samus cannot use any of her equipment, even her defensive gear, until Adam says she can. At one point of the game, Adam asks you to go to a lava-filled area ''without the Varia Suit'' (a suit that protects you from deadly heat and convection). Eventually Adam does something heroic when he saves Samus from a Metroid...[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext by shooting her in the back!]] [[spoiler: For those reasons, many players were apathetic during his death scene and horrified by the implications of him coming back as a computer in ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion''.]]
*** Something repeated about Adam, over and over, is that [[TheNeedsOfTheMany he's willing to sacrifice things that he cares about for the greater good]]. The game certainly shows a lot of him sacrificing things... not so much on the "cares about" front. There is never a point in the game where Adam exhibits any affection or care for those around him or under him (including his own family), nor is there a point where he grapples with the difficulty of sacrificing something important to him. Even in his "HeroicSacrifice," he states that the only reason he is sacrificing himself and not Samus is that Samus is more able to finish the mission. Because of this, Adam comes off less like a man willing to make hard decisions and more like a sociopath who views everything as disposable assets.
** Melissa Bergman/MB is regarded by Samus as a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, who was unfairly used by the Galactic Federation as [[PoweredByAForsakenChild a means for a telepathic army]]. While there's some truth to this, the story treats her as though all her megalomania came from their treatment from her, and not from [[spoiler:being a clone of Mother Brain, the archetypal [[AIISACrapshoot power-hungry AI]] of the ''Metroid'' series]]. Samus then claims MB killing all the staff aboard the Bottle Ship as her vengeance, wanting to merely "punish the foolish and conceited", but that's an overly excusing reading of a someone who murdered hundreds for the actions of a few and then ''planned galactic genocide''.
* Arietta from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. Despite being one of the villains, she's portrayed as a poor girl who lost her parents in the events of Hod years prior to the story, was [[RaisedByWolves raised by ligers]] and can talk to them, before being intergrated into human society. She's supposed to be seen as pitiful, because she used to be a Fon Master Guardian, but was removed from that position two years ago, making her feel thrown away from Ion, whom she loved. [[spoiler: The reason she was removed was because Ion died and was replaced with a replica, who had no memories, so it would have been easily discovered, had the new Ion not remembered the years he had spent with Arietta.]] Even the heroes feel sorry for Arietta. But she spends the game whining about how she lost her position, whining at Ion when she sees him and getting into petty fights with Anise, all while blaming Luke, Tear and Jade for having killed her adoptive liger mother and refusing to listen to any explanations. Arietta even killed people and paid a major part in the overtaking of the Tartarus, early in the game, so she's got blood on her hands. It's very difficult to like her [[spoiler: even when she dies later on]].
** A big reason for the BrokenBase surrounding Anise herself can be attributed to this trope as well. [[spoiler:She was blackmailed by Mohs to spy on the player's party with her gullible parents held hostage. This act of spying would eventually lead into Ion's death. Anise felt absolutely guilty over this, and rightfully so. However, her way to deal with Arietta was to spare her from the AwfulTruth about Ion, which Anise says would [[FateWorseThanDeath devastate Arietta's mind.]]]] The fans still hated Anise for this, and the hatred wasn't quite unfounded. After witnessing her party members growing so strong, she should have confessed to them without harming anyone. On top of that, Anise was on board in blaming Luke and giving snarky death suggestions on him after Akzeriuth, which was believed to be not quite Luke's fault (He pulled the trigger, but it was due to Vaan's manipulations), thus she's pegged as EasilyForgiven for [[spoiler:causing Ion to die.]]
*** On that note, many players felt like the party members blaming Luke is hypocritical as the major reason that Luke ended up trusting Vaan was because showing he's extremely sheltered and has no idea how the world works (including having to be taught the concept of bartering), they regularly ignored him and tell him to shut up and ''refused to explain why he shouldn't do the thing that lead to Akzeriuth or not trust Vaan''.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' is supposed to be a FallenHero [=/=] WellIntentionedExtremist wanting to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans create a utopia at any cost]]. In theory, it's a great idea that fits in with the game's overall OrderVersusChaos theme. The problem? He claims to be behind ''[[TheManBehindTheMan everything]]'' that we see in the story. This not only doesn't make much sense (considering that so many of the villains seem to be working against one another) but it also means that he is [[HoistByHisOwnPetard directly responsible for all of the corruption that he claims he is trying to stop]]. The fact that the full extent of his plan is not explained in the main story (instead being relegated to [[GuideDangIt many sidequests with obnoxious requirements]]) and the fact that his English voice, of all people, is Creator/DCDouglas - a man who ''excels'' at playing ObviouslyEvil {{Large Ham}}s, and who plays Alexei's LaughingMad DespairEventHorizon moment as a straight-up EvilLaugh - means that he comes across more as a cheesetastic over-the-top pantomime villain when he should be a tragic AntiVillain. While [[TropesAreNotBad this is not necessarily bad]] ''per se'', since Alexei's LaughablyEvil antics have become rather [[MemeticMutation memetic]] within the series' fandom, it's clear that the character really didn't come across as the writers intended him to.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2''
** Strangely enough, Alt!Milla is considered this In-Universe. She comes from [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an alternate]] dimension, where she managed to get rid of Exodus at a young age and, hence, did not need to be the Lord of the Spirits any longer and is living a rather human life with her sister Muzét. Said sister has been blinded by an attack while protecting Milla and denied re-entry to the Spirit Realm, which has resulted in her abusing Milla for the past fourteen years. When Alt!Milla gets accidentally transported into the prime dimension, she needs to deal with the reality that her world was not real, is now destroyed and [[spoiler: that her appearance has caused Prime!Milla to disappear into the abyss between dimensions, as well as]] that she actually has no real place in the prime dimension. Unfortunately, Alt!Milla decides to be repeatedly abrasive with others, whines about how her world is destroyed and in general does nothing but wallow in her misery. It gets to the point that Gaius calls her out on her behavior.
** Elle. She's a young girl, separated from her father and on a journey to the Land of Canaan. She's taken under Ludger's wing and tries to act adult, but is still a child in a situation that she isn't ready for and understandably lashes out, as a kid is wont to do. [[spoiler: She's also revealed to be part of a fractured dimension, meaning that she'll disappear if they wish for all fractured dimensions to disappear, leaving her to consider herself a fake, similar to Alt!Milla above.]] Exactly how sympathetic she is to people can vary, though some of her lashings out leave her looking beyond selfish for a child's standards.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'': The developers have stated that all of the factions are mostly neutral, including Demacia and Noxus. However, with how Noxus is portrayed as being filled with various {{SocialDarwinist}}s and sadists who are very brutal and sinister in doing their jobs, not to mention often taking the 'bad guy' role during cinematics... Well, we have a reason Noxus is often considered ''the'' AlwaysChaoticEvil faction.
* There is a version of this trope that led to a bit of a BrokenBase in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma''. [[HospitalHottie Litchi Faye-Ling]] has taken swing into AntiVillain [[ForcedIntoEvil against her will]] and her arcade shows that she has a big remorse in fighting her friends and is not pleased with her superiors. All in all, it led to her being 'sympathetic'. However, in story mode, [[spoiler:after having her attempts to be 'good' again was undone via time reset, she's later shown to still continue aiding Relius to 'recreate the world' under the goal of 'creating a world where Lotte Carmine exists', to dissuade her grief of losing him now that he couldn't be saved.]] At that point, the base broke: some still considers her sympathetic and tragic like what was intended in the Arcade Mode because among other things, [[spoiler:she's pushed beyond her limits and sees no other 'option' to save Lotte, and she still shows dislike and remorse to what she must do, proven with how she tried to stop Carl from joining her]], others follow this trope and lost any sympathy for her, thought she crossed the MoralEventHorizon because... [[spoiler:is saving one person and alleviating your own grief and guilt when no one else could worth aiding an equivalent to a genocide that involves herself and other characters that cared about her?]]
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** Michalis of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'' is supposed to be a TragicVillain, with the wise sage Gotoh expressing pity for the burden that his crimes have put on his soul. Trouble is, those crimes are killing his father so that he can seize the throne and ally Medon with the BigBad after too long chatting with [[ManipulativeBastard Gharnef]]. Then he dupes his little sister Maria and makes her a hostage in Doluna, with orders that she be killed if his other sister Minerva tries to pull a HeelFaceTurn. While it's understandable that Maria (who's a healer) would save her brother, it's hard for players to find his story all that sympathetic or his redemption arc in the sequel very satisfying. And to make matters worse, in the remake, once he's miraclously brought BackFromTheDead, rather than having an epiphany (which could have made his redemption having a meaning), he instead reverts to his tyrannical personality like nothing happened in the course of both games and got a happy end on top of it. Anyone wonders why they usually opt to leave him dead afterwards?
** Travant from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' is in a similar boat. He's intended to be a WellIntentionedExtremist, a good man at heart who's driven to extreme actions for the good of his country, which is suffering from extreme poverty. Unfortunately, we're introduced to him by seeing him ambush Quan and Ethlyn, massacring their armies, murdering Ethlyn in cold blood and talking their newborn child hostage to force Quan to disarm himself ''just so he can kill him more easily'', and taking the baby to raise as his own afterwards. And when we meet him in the second generation, he doesn't seem to show any hint of remorse for what he did. Most players cheer at having Quan's son Leif cut him down, rather than feel bad for him. The midquel ''Thracia 776'' seems to have realised this and tried to correct it. Unfortunately, the only way for them to do so was to reveal, [[AssPull out of nowhere]], that EvilerThanThou villains manipulated him into killing Quan and Ethlyn.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' has a villain example, Carlyle. The head of the Jehannan military, he nursed a BodyguardCrush on his country's beautiful Queen Ismaire, but eventually sells his country out to the Grado Empire when it becomes apparent she'll never reciprocate. He seems to be intended as a TragicVillain driven to evil by unrequited love, but in practice comes off more as an EntitledBastard who uses ImAManICantHelpIt as a justification for ''treason''.
** To a lesser extent, there's Dragon King Dheginsea in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius the tenth game]]. To avoid a prophecy that states TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt would come if all of Tellius went to war, he ordered his nation of Goldoa into a state of total isolationism, with Goldoans being forbidden from providing military aid to, conducting diplomacy with, or even trading with any other country, just so, in the event of a war, there would be one country that ''technically'' isn't involved. He does [[VillainHasAPoint turn out to be sort of right]], but he could've been less of a knob about it. What ''really'' seals this though is that [[spoiler: when the prophecy comes true and Ashera reawakens to destroy the world, he decides to side with her, despite having absolutely nothing to gain from this and contradicting his entire motivation before. It almost feels as if this was only done to give the player a dramatic boss fight.]] That last part is lampshaded and discussed: [[spoiler:the other Laguz rulers promptly lose sympathy for him upon this confrontation, and grief for Dheginsea is very thinly spread outside the dragon tribe. One in particular just barely chooses not to SpeakIllOfTheDead, but still assigns the deceased exactly as much blame as he deserves.]]
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' players sometimes end up taking a dim view of [[spoiler: Alicia]] because of her [[CursedWithAwesome melodramatic whining about her superpowers]]. Her life doesn't change ''at all'' after she becomes a Valkyria, the only difference is that she has the option of killing enemy soldiers with a lance instead of a rifle (and she's ''deadlier with the rifle''), and that since she's an orphan, she now has some idea of who her birth mother must have been. She ignores all of this and instead goes on to have a screaming temper-tantrum that very nearly burns her entire squad alive because she just wants to be normal... even though her powers are completely under her control and she can use them, or not use them, at her discretion, and she doesn't realize it until [[HystericalWoman her boyfriend tells her]] [[DeclarationOfProtection it's all gonna be okay]]. [[spoiler: Which is exactly what she does, she just never uses her powers again.]]
* [[spoiler:Mr Sohta]] from the horror RPG, {{Misao}}. In the end, the game tries really hard to make you feel sorry for, or at least forgive him due to his backstory, but by that point he has killed at least two girls and committed various other awful acts and it's generally considered too late. During his playthrough of the game, {{LetsPlay/Markiplier}} puts it best:
-->'''Markplier:''' (reading game text) "You're really a nice person [[spoiler: Mr. Sohta]]...just a little awkward sometimes. [[EasilyForgiven And I like you for who you are]]." [[SarcasmMode Even though you're a murdering psychopath]]!
* ''VideoGame/MermaidSwamp'' gives us the old man. He reveals that [[spoiler: he felt sorry for the 'mermaids' his family had kept for years and wanted to return them, but due to the strange fascination that they have on the men of the Tsuchida family, he was incapable of actually doing anything to them, so he used the protagonist and her friends to do it for him]]. While this could make the guy very sympathetic to some players, the fact that it's only revealed in the GoldenEnding makes it difficult to actually feel it, because [[GuideDangIt one is more likely to get any of the other endings, which are all bad, first]]. And the fact that said old man is anything ''but'' helpful in those endings makes him less sympathetic. [[spoiler: In the other endings, he's more inclined to abuse Rin's [[GoMadFromTheRevelation insane state]] than actually help her and kills some of the characters.]]
* The Kobali are put under the light in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''. They weren't particularly liked for their {{Grave Robb|ing}}er ways when they showed up in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', but the Kobali Battlezone missions as well as "Dust to Dust" make them even more unlikable as we come to find out that they've been [[spoiler:resurrecting dead Vaadwaur and the Vaadwaur want them back.]] It gets worse when it is revealed that [[spoiler:they have the body of the original Harry Kim.]] So much so that Harry Kim takes the Kobali to task for their actions, despite the fact that it goes against the Prime Directive and that they're supposed to be our allies.
* ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'': So a major conflict in the game is how Tails starts feeling like Sonic is beginning to lose faith in him in favor of Eggman, and just wants to be of use to his hero. However, this ignores the fact that 1) Eggman is the only one capable of disabling the machine since he was the one who made it. and 2) Tails makes no objections to even allowing him to help in the first place. In fact, this has the side effect of making Sonic UnintentionallySympathetic, as he's treated negatively for his earlier actions that kicked off the plot despite his genuine remorse and trying to make amends. The plot is firmly on Tails` side of the conflict and in the end, ''Sonic'' apologizes for "not trusting him enough". And the whole conflict ends up being moot anyway when Tails just randomly disables Eggman's machine to begin with.
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'': Easily this trope falls onto the Arcanist Victoria. So, she has had a terrible life as she had an incurable disease and that the local corrupt church would just abandon her to die. Her life was spared thanks to an experimental chemical treatment, but it comes with the side-effect of trapping her in a young girl's body despite being in her late teen's as well as periodic seizures. While that's sad and everything, these circumstances have turned her into a psychotic sadist willing to kill anyone even tangentially related to the corrupt church in the first place, even if it's simple pious innocents living far away from the church's center, or even just outright killing people for mistaking her for a little girl, ''which she does.''
* Nilin of ''VideoGame/RememberMe'' traces everything back to [[spoiler: her mother losing her leg in a car accident]] when she was a kid. The story definitely portrays Nilin as being an undeserving victim, but her character development over the rest of the game tends to undermine it. Her self-centered behavior in the game implies that her behavior as a child, and her willingness to use her remix ability to [[spoiler: just make Scylla out to be a bad driver and herself a perfect angel and]] dodge all the hard work and consequences, are not simple childishness or immaturity as much as they are inherent character flaws.
* While ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' tries very hard to make you feel sorry for Dr. Alphys, she came across more as a BitchInSheepsClothing to a few fans. [[spoiler:Not only does she run a MonsterProtectionRacket with Mettaton so she can insert herself into the player's adventure as a hero, but her experiments with determination and monster souls lead to the creation of both the Amalgamates and Flowey.]] Those still leave a bitter taste in a few fans' mouths, especially since she never apologies or even confesses to the former, despite it being entirely her fault. It's hard to blame her entirely for the latter, since it was an experiment ordered by King Asgore that had GoneHorriblyWrong, and she had no idea what would happen. Either way, she suffers no consequences for either of these behaviors in the game's GoldenEnding, while one of the more sympathetic characters ends up [[AndIMustScream suffering a terrible fate]], making a BittersweetEnding.
** To some extent, Undyne and the monsters who try to kill you, assuming you're not doing a Genocide or a very violent Neutral run. The story treats any killing of a monster as something horrible... But plenty of these monsters are also actively trying to kill a child. While the YouBastard comments are accurate when it comes to the player, and while the extent to which the lack of sympathy those monsters might elicit is unintentional at least partly depends on the player (there are comments in a Pacifist run that compliment the player for their willingness to TurnTheOtherCheek), In-Universe those monsters don't know that the player exists and don't know that you can reset (except Flowey and [[spoiler:Sans]]). Therefore, and even if BlueAndOrangeMorality is often at play, most of the monsters seem surprisingly okay when they have to murder a child. Also, Undyne's words about how you're an "evil" force standing in the way of everyone's "hopes and dreams" lose a lot of their impact, especially in a Pacifist run, when you remember that she's saying it to a child. (And contrary to other monsters, she has seen Human History / Anime, so she probably knows the difference between an adult human and a child.) For an anime fan, she doesn't seem to realize that [[WouldHurtAChild hurting children]] is almost always a trait displayed by the villains. The fact that she remains hostile even after you spare her and even if you continue a Pacifist run (until you [[spoiler:befriend her]] of course) may also make Undyne lose some sympathy.
* The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' prequel ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' wants you to feel sorry for [[CreatorsPet Genesis]], who is suffering a genetically degrading disease and is so desperate for a cure he's allowing Hollander [[spoiler:and Lazard]] to use him. Except he's an arrogant, long-winded jerk, the injury that triggered the disease is his own fault for showing off, and you could make a strong case that if he hadn't started his rebellion against Shinra, the events that set Sephiroth's StartOfDarkness in motion might not have happened. Hell, Genesis seems to be ''amused'' when he reveals Sephiroth's origins to him and watches him begin to fall apart for it, yet we're supposed to feel sorry for him.
* This trope is the reason why Nix from ''VideoGame/Infamous2'' is so [[TheScrappy disliked]] among the fandom. She's meant to be portrayed as a JerkassWoobie with a tragic past involving [[spoiler: the deaths of her parents at the hands of [[BigBad Bertrand]]]], but this FreudianExcuse is flimsy at best and does little to justify her violent streak. The Evil choices she advocates for Cole are [[ForTheEvulz outlandishly, stupidly evil]], and make her come off as a borderline sociopath. This is especially in contrast with Kuo and Zeke, who are far more sympathetic and have more character depth in general. [[note]]Zeke managed to be RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap for his CharacterDevelopment over the course of the game, and Kuo's JerkassWoobie behavior came across as far more justified after she was turned into AnIcePerson against her will.[[/note]]
* The ''VideoGame/AceAttorney'' series, with its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, has a number of folks who fall into this.
** The ThatOneLevel case of "Turnabout Big Top" has the murderer, [[spoiler: Acro]]. It's true the murder was [[spoiler: accidental, but he was intending to kill someone else. Namely, a 16 year old girl who, due to her sheltered upbringing, didn't understand the seriousness of a prank she played that put Acro's brother into a vegetative state. He would have killed his benefactor's only child]], and that made some fans think the SympatheticMurderer angle trying to be played was forced.
** Desiree Delite. [[spoiler: She's helpful to Phoenix]] and is definitely a nice person. [[spoiler: But she does, by the end of the game, advocate her husband's life of crime in order to satisfy her shopping habit,]] a habit she has no intention of stopping.
** Godot. He even lampshades how his screw up of [[spoiler: not going to Phoenix when he learned of Morgan's plan to kill Maya. This directly leads to the death of Misty Fey.]] Lots of fans believe [[spoiler: Misty's]] death wouldn't have been necessary if he hadn't [[spoiler: tried to get revenge for Mia's death and his own poisoning.]]
** ''VideoGame/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' has Justine Courtney in the second installment. She's supposed to come off as a merciless to lawbreakers and a servant to the law, coupled with being in a bad situation having to worry about [[spoiler: her kidnapped son]]. But in the 4th case, she [[spoiler: introduces fabricated evidence to convict Kay of a murder]], and later, [[spoiler: is discovered to have the opportunity to commit the crime, but she dismisses this out of hand, and no one else brings this up.]] To make things worse, she is a KarmaHoudini [[note]]Unless you count the stress of her adopted son's kidnapping in Case 5 as punishment in and of itself.[[/note]].
* Luka in ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101''. His mom died and he blames the superhero team the game is named after for not being able to save her. That part's fine and sympathetic. What isn't is how he [[spoiler:genuinely wants to ally with the GEATHJERK forces, who are trying to destroy Earth, and even aid them by leaking inside technology and weak points in the planet's defenses. Making matters worse is the timing of his Heel-Face Turn, which is after he finds out that his mom is technically alive through the defense robot Platinum Robo. Still wanting to side with GEATHJERK even after their Dragon reduced Blossom City to a pile of ruins floating in the sky speaks a lot about him.]] In spite of all of this, Wonder-Red and Wonder-Pink both bend over backwards to downplay his behavior and at worst he's supposed to be seen as misguided and driven too far with revenge (one of the game's main themes). He does make a full HeelFaceTurn [[spoiler:and even joins the team as Wonder-Goggles]], but it's hard to feel sorry for the kid who [[spoiler:was absolutely willing to destroy his entire planet all because he thought his mom died, and only went back to the heroes after finding out she isn't dead.]]
* Patroklos in ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur V'' is shown to be a self-righteous, sociopathic racist who remorselessly murders an innocent man in the opening cutscene of the game. He's also supposed to be [[DesignatedHero the protagonist]]. You're supposed to feel sorry for him because his mother is dead and his sister was abducted since childhood. His relationship with Pyyhra is supposed to be his redeemable trait, but that even gets thrown out the window when he finds out [[spoiler: she's the bearer of the Soul Edge]]. He runs away from their battle and vows to kill her if he ever saw her again.
* Nina Williams of the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' franchise is always, always, ''always'' presented as a super-cool badass who [[DesignatedHero we're supposed to root for]] in her rivalry against her twin sister Anna; the two animated films based on the series and the spinoff game ''Death by Degrees'' all depict Nina as the hero and Anna as a craven, pathetic villain. The main series, though, has shown Nina be extremely vicious, cruel and abusive towards her sister, even on occasions where Anna has sincerely tried in good faith to bury the hatchet between them, and has gone so far as to outright ''murder'' Anna --along with numerous other innocent people-- in at least one [non-canon] ending. If Nina's CharacterShilling weren't so obvious, it'd be easy to assume that we were meant to sympathize with [[UnintentionallySympathetic Anna]] instead (who's no saint herself, but comes off as amoral at worst instead of, y'know, ''evil'').
* Jake Conway in ''VideoGame/RideToHellRetribution''. We are supposed to sympathize and root for him because his brother has just been murdered by the Devil's Hand and decides to go against them as revenge for his brother's death. But the lengths he is willing to go and the sheer amount of innocent people he murdered to accomplish this [[HeWhoFightsMonsters makes him as bad, if not worse than the very bikers that he hated]]. Case in point, when he encounters an electric fence his solution to the problem is to kill a bunch of innocent truckers, steals their fuel truck, then drives it to the power plant, killing any police that tries to get in his way and when he entered there, he kills all the workers that tried to defend the dam, afterwards he proceeds to shoot he fuel tank in order to blow up the power plant that somehow managed to shut down the electric fence. [[InferredHolocaust Disregarding how much potential damage it could do by shutting down the power source for at least four states]], this plan is [[ComplexityAddiction needlessly elaborate]] and [[StupidEvil cruel]] considering that he could have just find a tree to jump over a fence or even use the truck just to ram a fence with minimal innocent casualties.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' has a few examples:
** Miranda, the First Sacred Sister and final party member. Her backstory would normally garner a lot of sympathy: She was unwanted (and beaten) by her mother. Her father was a lush who also beat her. She would run away and spend all of her time wandering a glacier until she was adopted by Queen Theresa. During the story, Rose is also a unwarranted bitch to Miranda, telling her Miranda isn't as capable with the [[spoiler: White Silver Dragoon Spirit that rejected Shana in favor of Miranda]] when [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Miranda is just as capable in the actual game.]] However, before we reach that part, we meet Miranda for a bit. She's shown to be hot-tempered, immature, and a poor leader.
** Miranda's mother, was supposedly trapped in a loveless marriage to a drunk. That's pretty sympathetic. However, she also beat her own child (who was an infant, no less) in order to deal with her pain.
** Rose can fall under this as well. She's hot-tempered and nasty to both Lavitz and Miranda, fairly arrogant, and begins to fall under TierInducedScrappy after Disc 1. Some players found her backstory not to justify her whining, and were grateful when Miranda slapped her in Disc 4.
* Chloe of ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'', to the point of being a BaseBreakingCharacter. The entire game revolves around Max's reconnection with her, in the form of Chloe dying and Max using her rewind powers to save her life. While she ''is'' supposed to be seen as flawed, her tragic backstory and BrokenBird tendencies aren't necessarily enough to redeem her selfish, arrogant attitude, or her tendency to do stupid things that get her killed. One infamous example was when David caught her with her weed, and if Max didn't hide, she'd [[DirtyCoward immediately throw Max under the bus]], but if the player denied it, the game will basically [[WhatTheHellHero guilt trip you]] for letting Chloe get in trouble. Another moment was when she asked Max if she could steal money from a fundraiser '''[[MoralEventHorizon that was supposed to help disabled students]]''' so she could pay off her debts that she got herself into. This also contributes to the player base reactions to the endings, since how much the player cares about Chloe, and Max's relationship with her, factors heavily in both of them.
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' has an example where sympathy is properly placed right up until going a step too far: [[spoiler:Lao. Initially he's an implied DeathSeeker because his wife and child were screwed out of their positions on the evacuation ship by rich and influential people who "bought" their way on board. This much is fine, as the characters are tactful and Lao doesn't {{Wangst}} in front of the player at all. No, his choice of action is to ''sell out humanity to a race openly bent on genocide''. When this is revealed, Lin and the PlayerCharacter will automatically stand in front of Lao to stop Elma shooting him - despite the fact that Elma would be completely justified in a field execution, and this act of mercy directly enables the destruction of humanity's best hope for the future - an outcome that could have been easily predicted.]] Needless to say, many players consider the traitor's ultimate fate to be [[KarmaHoudini a total slap on the wrist]].
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* Fuminori, the VillainProtagonist of ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'' is intended to inspire distaste from the audience later in the game, [[spoiler:when he loses himself completely to his "love" for Saya and starts to hurt people for her]]. From the beginning, though, many players find him repulsive. It's easy to understand why he wants to be close to Saya and even feels love for her, because she's the only thing he can see that doesn't look like a twisted mass of rotting flesh. Since she looks to him like a prepubescent child, though, and since he believes that's what she actually is, his decision to take her home and repeatedly have sex with her doesn't do much to set him up as a fundamentally decent victim of circumstance.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has [[StraightMan Ushiromiya George]], the eldest of the cousins. We're shown that he deeply loves and cares about his fiancée [[ShrinkingViolet Shanon]], and how despite being an servant/master relationship he's willing to go against his mother's will to marry her. He's crushed and traumatized each time Shanon is murdered, mourning their lost future and dreams together. However, in the flashbacks and even during the family conference we're shown that George is very manipulative of Shanon, taking delight in being able to make her feel however he pleases, bossing her around and [[ItsAllAboutMe going on and on in detail about the future he has planned for both of them while showing very little concern with Shanon's opinions or what actually Shanon could want]]. He's conscious of his manipulative tendencies, but sees nothing wrong with them.\\\
Later, we're also shown that he harbors a resentment towards [[HotBlooded Battler]] and [[GenkiGirl Jessica]] for being outgoing and popular, while he was rather shy and reserved, to the point of being considered boring by other people, and that traces of this can still be shown when he looks down on Battler and Jessica for not getting good grades as him or acting childish to play with [[CreepyChild Maria]]. In the flashbacks he even looks delighted when Battler leaves the family, rubbing into Shanon's face how her [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood crush]] will never, ever come back. Given that most of his issues are rooted in [[MyBelovedSmother Eva's]] overly controlling behavior towards him, going as far as to plan an arranged marriage for him and switching between guilt trips and praise to make him to do whatever she wants, you'd understand why he behaves like that, but for some fans that still doesn't quite balance the scales.
* ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'' has Julianna, the Duchess of Ursul. As the only openly-acknowledged Lumen, she's subject to a degree of FantasticRacism and, depending on whether Elodie bolsters the public acceptance of Lumens, may remain utterly hated by the masses; she even has a special segment in most of the epilogues and a number of special conversations suggesting [[TheWoobie that she's socially isolated because of her powers and feels guilty for not protecting Fidelia]]. To the player, her condescending, snobby attitude combined with her [[AdultsAreUseless utter unwillingness to actually do anything unless she can't avoid it]] makes it hard to feel bad for her.
* Clover from ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''. In the true route, Junpei is able to help her get over the emotions of [[spoiler:brother's death]], gets an emotional reunion scene when it turns out [[spoiler:her brother isn't actually dead]] and goes on in that route to remain as the bubbly character she started out out. However, in one of the other endings where Junpei isn't able to help her, she snaps and goes crazy with an ax, killing everyone. Some players who got this ending before the true ending find it impossible to think of Clover as anything but an ax-wielding psychopath.\\\
The developers themselves seemed to be aware of this problem. In the game's sequel, ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', during Luna's path during which it's revealed that Clover [[spoiler:confronted Luna over Alice's death, threatening her with an injection gun, the game throws in a few lines explaining that Clover didn't seem like she actually wanted to kill Luna, and that the gun fired by mistake during a struggle]]. It doesn't help in VLR that Clover's model has has a bug where instead of defaulting to a neutral expression, she slips into a smile when she's not emoting (and combined with [[IdiotBall taking a noticeable drop in intelligence from 999 to VLR]] -- from explaining the rather complex "The Ship of Theseus" thought experiment to Junpei to misreading "Pantry" as "Panties" in VLR, she ends up coming off as a Sociopathic Ditz
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has Sayaka Maizono, the super duper high school Idol. She reveals that she became an idol, because they fascinated her as a child and were loved by everyone, which she desperately wanted to have, having been left alone a lot as a child by her workaholic father and is terrified of losing her status as an idol and the friends she has made with it. Then it turns out that she [[spoiler: began to form a plan to commit a murder and having Naegi set up to take the fall, so Sayaka can leave the school. This included manipulating him and his obvious crush on her, getting the two to swap rooms for the night and her plan to backfire horribly and resulting in ''her'' death, rather than Leon's]]. After those revelations, Kirigiri tries to calm Naegi (and the player) down by saying that Sayaka wasn't as bad as this may have made her look, but the damage has been done in the player's eyes and Sayaka lost any sympathy, no matter what her FreudianExcuse of a sad past had attempted to build up.
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* Website/GoAnimate "[[YouAreGrounded Grounded]]" videos: The parent characters who are punishing the trouble-making kids, particularly those of "baby show" characters such as WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}} and WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer. The makers of these videos intend for the viewers to side against Caillou and Dora (who, truth to tell, [[TookALevelInJerkass aren't the wholesome lovable heroes that they are]] canonically, themselves) and with their parents. But in all honesty, the measures the parents take to teach Caillou and Dora their lessons often come off as [[DisproportionateRetribution overly cruel]]. Even so much as hitting a sibling can lead to getting grounded or even murdered (directly or indirectly) by their parents. Additionally, sometimes the parents even do stuff without Caillou and Dora just to be mean (sometimes even before the kid has even caused any trouble) and, in extreme cases, even tell them to their faces how much they and the world hates them. In the end, the parents frequently come off as [[AbusiveParents incredibly abusive]] [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]] not worth rooting for over the [[JerkassWoobie Jerkass Woobies]] Caillou and Dora.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': Some felt this way about Trixie. She acts incredibly smug, arrogant, and condescending throughout the entire series, has no qualms about trying to get Rainbow Dash wrongly prosecuted simply for revenge on Twilight, and repeatedly prioritizes revenge over the truth. She's meant to get a CryForTheDevil in the form of [[spoiler:black Psyche-locks]], but these are [[InformedAttribute never significantly explained or elaborated on]]. Phoenix at times says she's doing certain things for noble purposes, but virtually every one of these instances is actually explainable by Trixie just serving her own selfish ends. She even savors [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash's guilty verdict]], rubbing it in Twilight's face and declaring that she felt on top of the world afterwards. She never even apologizes or shows remorse for what she did, not even when Phoenix [[spoiler:generously helps her out and saves her career]]. The only really noble thing she ever does, [[spoiler:write a secret, reluctant thank-you note to Phoenix]], came at no cost to herself whatsoever, and as far as she knew, would not be discovered by anypony.
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* Hazel from ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'': The author, Danielle Corsetto, [[WordOfGod has said]] that she deliberately writes her as a flawed character to make her more believable and relatable. However, many times this crosses into Hazel being downright unlikable. It came to the point were many readers cheered when Zach broke up with her, even though it was portrayed as a very sad thing in the webcomic.
* A large chunk of the cast of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' come off as this, which is one of the main reasons for the series' rather large hatedom. Luna, Melna and Dominic himself are probably the biggest offenders, though Melna at least has a FreudianExcuse to explain her behaviour even if it doesn't justify it for many fans.
* Therkla, of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' fame. She's only in the comic briefly, but she's more or less every negative stereotype of modern teenage girls in human form: she compromises her mission because she has a crush on a boy, she's overly dramatic about her home life (treating the fact that her parents are sickeningly in love on the same level of harsh and disgusting as being a ChildByRape), her primary complaint about the lack of reconciliation between her crush and her mentor (who are on opposite sides of a good-vs-evil conflict) is that it means she never gets her way, and she ends up committing a variation on suicide because a boy wouldn't dump his girlfriend for her. It's sad that she died young, but she spent most of her time acting like a brat with levels in Ninja. The Giant says that Therkla represents the neutral in the good vs. evil conflict, but her idea of compromise is basically asking the good guys to let the evil guys (including herself, since she's complicit in the actions of her evil mentor) get away with the murder of dozens, if not hundreds, of innocent people.
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* A number of characters in Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG:
** Rotor was introduced by Atton Rand in an attempt to undo his earlier {{Demonization}} of realists with a sympathetic realist character. At first, Rotor wasn't so bad. Even when he made it clear that he was willing to exploit Kate Bishop as a means to getting to Wallace Bishop, who seemed to be the most dangerous enemy on the island at the time, it was an understandably realist outlook on being willing to do what must be done. And then, he's scolding his T-1 Typhoon crew for not being willing to do what must be done; okay, fair enough, Greybeard's done it before... wait a second, is he ordering his own men to be ''executed by firing squad'' by means of KangarooCourt? And now he's torturing prisoners, with a heavy dose of subtext that he doesn't even believe that they have the info he seeks; he might just be doing it ForTheEvulz? We're supposed to ''like'' this guy? He's no better than any of the previous realists Atton Rand introduced!
*** Fortunately, Rotor finally regained some sympathy when he started to clean up his act. That, and the fact that the two following Unintentionally Unsympathetic characters were introduced and made ''him'' look sympathetic in comparison...
** Atton Rand had, to a certain extent, intended Trigger to be a sort of SpiritualSuccessor to Dust, inspired by his popularity to attempt to write an anti-hero of his own. Unfortunately he had the opposite reception which Atton had intended. He did attempt to salvage some dignity by at least giving Trigger a memorable [[spoiler:death scene]], but whether that succeeded is debatable.
** Snake is a similar deal, as like his namesake he was intended to be likeable despite being an uncaring anti-hero. This backfired horrendously, especially when he was meant to look honorable in comparison to Plastic Serpent, who, to add insult to injury, became UnintentionallySympathetic instead.
* Rosalina from ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' falls into this territory whenever she values the needs of Jeffy, a highly unintelligent kid, over Mario's. Sure, she is more caring towards Jeffy than Mario is [[MamaBear and is quick to call Mario out if he abuses Jeffy in any way]], but because a lot of fans find Jeffy's behavior more annoying than funny, they would rather side with Mario. She also tends to take the side of other people besides Mario despite seeing what Mario was really doing. Such examples include "Jeffy's Cellphone!", wherein she believes that Mario called a prostitute and beat him up [[MistakenForCheating for allegedly cheating on her]], despite the fact that he was watching ''Franchise/StarWars'' with her the entire time and Jeffy got a iPhone around that time, and "Jeffy's Bad Word!", wherein she witnesses Mario spank Jeffy for repeatedly saying the F-word (The ''other'' F-word) and tells Brooklyn T. Guy that Mario likes to hit Jeffy on the butt, very hard, multiple times. Also, in "Happy Merry Christmas!", when Mario shows her a montage of some of the bad things Jeffy did to him to prove he is a bad kid who deserves coal[[note]]which includes clips from two of the most disliked episodes, "Jeffy's Bad Word!" and "Locked Out"[[/note]], she instead blames Mario for making bad video ideas.
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* The [[SoBadItsGood infamous]] [[Creator/DingoPictures Dinosaur Adventure]] has several. One of them is Cree the pterodactyl. His relationship with Tio the baby T-Rex is supposed to be sweet and cute. Instead, Cree comes off more like a pedophile than a close friend.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones I Yabba-Dabba-Doo]] has Pebbles. Bam-Bam writes a poem for her but the moment she reads "Dear Pebbles", she [[TooDumbToLive assumes]] it's a DearJohnLetter and ends it until Bam-Bam stops her and shows her the rest. Later, Bam-Bam jokes about her father being a cheapskate, and [[HairTriggerTemper Pebbles turns it into a one-sided argument]], with Bam-Bam keeping a cool head and trying to calm her down. She breaks it off again and tells her family that they fought about everything. In the end, [[NeverMyFault it's Bam-Bam, not Pebbles, who apologizes.]]
* Sonic in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' can come across as this, with the villains being {{The Chew Toy}}s of the series, and Sonic, like any traditional slapstick hero, taking perverse pleasure exacerbating it for them. [[LaserGuidedKarma Then again]], Robotnik and his minions ''are'' trying to enslave the Mobians.
* Stan Smith in the later seasons of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' comes across as this for how he treats his family (especially Hayley and Steve) as well as causing his own problems only to learn a lesson that [[AesopAmnesia he will immediately forget]] [[StatusQuoisGod by the following episode]]. "The Scarlett Getter" and "Old Stan in the Mountain" to name a few are prime examples of this trope in action.
** Roger also counts for the same reason as Stan (learning a lesson that will never resonate by the next episode) as well as his derailment/Flanderization into being a complete psychopath who very rarely suffers any consequences for his actions nowadays.
** The rest of the Smith family also step into this, usually serving as foils to Stan or Roger's behaviour, despite having equally self serving and callous moments that (unlike even the former two) don't get called out. Hayley in particular is essentially a leftist version of Stan, with all the same self righteousness and callous hypocrisy, but whenever the two argue, Stan is almost always given AnAesop about mistreating her.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has lead female character Lana Kane. She is supposed to come off as the OnlySaneMan in a cast of highly dysfunctional idiots, but her NeverMyFault tendencies in relationships, undeserved arrogance, utter hypocrisy, and behavior that could charitably be considered as abusive made her extremely disliked, particularly as the show went on. With the show's other characters, they are all fairly convincingly insane and / or sociopathic and thus a lot of their actions are somewhat understandable.... but Lana does many of the same things, and is mentally stable enough that she really ''should'' know better.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** D.W. in the infamous "Arthur's Big Hit". The audience is supposed to feel sorry for her because Arthur hit her, but the problem is, she loses any sympathy she may have received by a) repeatedly bothering Arthur when he is trying to build his model plane (even ruining the paint job ''after'' she had been told not to touch anything), b) ''throwing the model out of the window'', even though she had absolutely no right whatsoever to touch it, and c) blaming Arthur for building a plane that can't fly, instead of apologizing for her actions.
** Another example involving D.W. is "D.W.'s Very Bad Mood", wherein the audience is supposed to sympathize with her because she didn't get invited to a birthday party that Lisa, one of her classmates, is throwing. However, throughout the episode, rather than act sad about it, D.W. has a violent temper tantrum that lasts several days, wherein she screams at the top of her lungs, insults her brother and parents, and slams the doors through the house all through the night, among other things. Adding to that is Jane and David [[KarmaHoudini do not punish her in any meaningful way]], forcing Arthur to enlist Francine's help in finding out what's wrong with her. And as if all of that isn't enough, D.W. even considers wrecking Lisa's birthday party in an ImagineSpot before Francine cheers her up by inviting her to her own birthday party.
* To a large number of fans, Dodie from ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' is the definition of a "toxic friend"; however the show itself doesn't treat her nearly as bad as the fans see her. She rarely gets her just desserts for doing stuff like trying to break up her best friend's romance or tattling what kids have lice, and Ginger never abandons her for being overly clingy and back-stabbing. Most notably when she and Marcie cross the MoralEventHorizon by conspiring with Miranda to break up Ginger and Darren and Courtney helps Ginger find out, the episode ends on an ominous note...and then nothing next time. For a series with strong continuity it's a shocking thing to ignore.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse''
** Ben's ego and immaturity had already started to get on the fans' nerves in season 3 of Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, but this was still somewhat balanced by him acting intelligent and selfless on occasion. But now that he has been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] to the point he takes next to nothing seriously, acts incredibly stupid and seems to care more about having fun than actually helping people, many consider he has become downright unlikable to the point that fans prefer to [[RootingForTheEmpire root for whatever enemy]] is fighting Ben, even [[BigBad Vilgax]] himself.
** Azmuth to a lesser extent. He is supposedly this wise and benevolent ruler of Galvanic Prime, but it is repeatedly shown that he can be as much of a jerk as Ben. A prime example is the ''Duel of the Duplicates'' arc when he [[spoiler: punishes Albedo by permanently trapping him in the form of 10-year-old Ben.]] While Albedo was clearly meant to deserve that, many fans saw that as a needlessly petty KickThemWhileTheyreDown moment, especially as one of the reasons for Albedo's StartOfDarkness was being fed up by Azmuth's treatment of him.
** Blukic and Driba to many fans. The many problems they cause by acting stupid and irresponsible don't exactly make them come off as charming, and their comments on Cerebrocrustacean's intelligence come off as flat out [[FantasticRacism racist]]. The two of them being [[CreatorsPet Creator's Pets]] do not help.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': In "Double Cross My Heart," a guy named Gregor shows interest in [[SoapBoxSadie Sam Manson]], while the hero Danny is suspicious of him. Sam calls him out for being suspicious and spying on them and yells at him, but this completely neglects that a) [[{{Hypocrite}} she did the same thing in the previous episode]] and received [[KarmaHoudini no criticism for it]], b) this had happened before to someone else (Danny's sister) and her life was at stake, and c) Danny ended up being right for the wrong reasons (Gregor wasn't a bad guy, just an egotistical brat). Unlike when Sam spied on Danny, Danny actually had a legitimate reason to spy on them: they knew nothing about Gregor so he may as well be a spy, he just didn't know he was jealous at the time. Sam spied on him solely out of jealousy. And while Danny apologizes for the act, Sam does not apologize for snapping at him. Rather, we're meant to assume that she can only get a boyfriend if he's a phony.
** There are a lot of examples of this involving Sam throughout the series. While she does have her positive moments, such as calling out Danny and Tucker for thinking she can't play video games [[GamerChick because she's a girl]], or admitting she keeps her family's wealth a secret so she can have real friends, it can be hard to see her as sympathetic when she does things like winning a beauty pageant only to proclaim it's stupid in front of all the girls who actually ''wanted'' to win, or trying to show off her individuality as an "ultra-recyclo vegetarian" by forcing everyone else at school to eat what is essentially grass on a bun (and this was the ''first episode'').
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' could slide into this trope when she was being especially bitchy and misanthropic. Thankfully she's confronted about this in-universe most of the time, so this is a very mild example.
* Dee Dee from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' whenever Dexter either destroys something of hers or yells at her to get out of his lab. The total disregard she shows for Dexter's things and even for Dexter himself at times makes Dexter's actions unintentionally cathartic to the viewers, especially since a lot of those instances were [[AssholeVictim justified/well-deserved retaliations for something she did]].
* The Land of Dreams in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' on occasion. We are meant to side with the heroes because Zordrak and the Urpneys keep trying to give them nightmares. Except that the Urpneys are Zordrak's {{Slave Mook}}s who get ''tortured or executed'' if they don't follow orders. The heroes resultantly look {{Wangst}}y and [[SeriousBusiness petty]], especially in cases their retribution gets [[DisproportionateRetribution particularly excessive]]. That they could [[MilesGloriosus rarely back it up whenever the villains really were dangerous]] didn't help. Later episodes at least fixed their characterisations and gave them proper mortal stakes, though they still had [[TheWoobie Frizz]] [[TheDragAlong and]] [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Nug]] as their main provocateurs.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy:'' Kevin was this in ''This Won't Hurt an Ed.'' The viewer is supposed to feel sorry for him because Eddy kept exploiting his fear of needles. However, when you consider all the shit Kevin did to Eddy in previous episodes, such as the infamous ''[[KickTheDog Your Ed Here]]'', it seemed like a well-deserved KickTheSonOfABitch moment on Eddy's part.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Let's face it. Of all the times Vicky has tortured Timmy and has even laughed at his pain and embarrassment, are we really supposed to sympathize with her when she finally gets a taste of her own medicine in the episode where she regresses to a five-year-old while Timmy supplants her position as the babysitter? Also, keep in mind that her treatment towards Timmy is DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale that's even ''PlayedForLaughs''. So it's only fair that Vicky shares Timmy's treatment.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** When Glenn Quagmire called Brian Griffin out on everything in one episode, he became this to half the fanbase (the other half seeing it as a neat TakeThatScrappy), as many found it hypocritical for Quagmire to be saying these things to Brian and felt he had no right to. That his hatred for Brian got [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] since then, with Brian coming out more sympathetic in their encounters, hasn't helped.
*** Badly beating Brian for unknowingly [[spoiler:sleeping with Quagmire's post sex change father]] and you know, being a huge sex-maniac and TRYING to take the moral high ground doesn't help his case.
*** Which brings up Stewie's beating towards Brian earlier on, in which Brian was supposedly the one in the wrong but one can sympathize for him. Downplayed in that the rest of this episode actually has him worried of what Brian will do in retaliation.
*** This reached its height in "Tiegs For Two", after a feud over dating, the two take part in a heated EscalatingWar where they are both portrayed as equally vindictive and petty towards the other.
*** In the end, Quagmire is an odd case where the writers seem to still want him to come off as sympathetic despite claiming outright that he's a remorseless rapist. His father was a celebrated war veteran and a true man's man (ironic in that he later ends up being transgender) setting up unrealistic expectations for Quagmire as to what masculinity was, while his mother was described as being as much of a sexual deviant as he is now, skewing how he views relationships. In addition, the only two woman Quagmire ever loved in his life (Lois, who he lost to Peter, and Cheryl Tiegs) both left him, causing him to lose all respect for women in general. While all of this may classify as a FreudianExcuse, though, Quagmire is still a sleazy rapist who knowingly and gleefully shares his numerous STD's with the women he sleeps with (lying about wearing protection if he needs to), making him extremely unsympathetic to the audience despite how many times the show tries to give him sympathetic episodes (his sister being in an abusive relationship, him being tricked into marrying a prostitute, him being trapped in an abusive relationship with a "female Quagmire", etc.)
** In "Roasted Guy", Peter wishes to have a roast, but gets insulted by his friends, and becomes friends with three women. He then gets back at them when he finds out they insult him behind his back. The audience is expected to sympathize with Peter for being insulted even though he knows full well what a roast is and specifically told his friends to "Leave no punches", and we're apparently supposed to see his payback towards the girls (which included paying a busboy to stab the groom for Karen's daughter on her wedding night) as justified even though [[DisproportionateRetribution all they did was insult him]].
** Also, in "Dial Meg For Murder", Meg, after her long stay in prison, becomes rebellious and ruthless. When she returns home, she beats up Peter and even ''rapes him in the shower''. Yet despite that, considering how Peter has treated Meg in episodes prior to this, ain't no way he's earning any sympathy from the viewers.
* Oberon from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' may never been intended to be a sympathetic character to begin with, but he come across as such a [[JerkassGods conceited, impulsive dick]] that he becomes [[RonTheDeathEater much more hated character than he was intended to be]], to the point that [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=3161 Greg Weisman had to defend and explain Oberon's actions in The Gathering]].
* From ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', there are so many characters that are sympathetic, but these are the ones that aren't:
** Ford Pines, Stan's brother. After Stan had spent over thirty years trying to bring him back through the portal, risking arrest and death at several points, Ford greets him with a punch to the face. Yes, Ford ended up in the portal in the first place thanks to Stan's mistake; yes, Stan ''has'' been impersonating Ford and using his old lab as a tourist trap for the last thirty years; yes, he's ended up getting the unwanted attention of the MenInBlack; and yes, it's soon revealed that by ignoring Ford's warnings and using the portal [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Stan has inadvertently given Bill Cipher a means to invade reality]]. All understandable... except none of this would have happened if Ford had been able to see past his self-imposed mission and realize that condescendingly treating Stan as a means of keeping one of the Journals safe was inevitably going to upset him - especially considering the two of them had been estranged for the last ten years - hence the fight that ended with Ford accidentally getting shoved into the portal. Ford's refusal to forgive or thank Stan at the end of the episode only soured first impressions further. Later episodes [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap helped to soften Ford's character and make him more sympathetic]], but his continued refusal to reconcile with Stan - combined with his [[InnocentlyInsensitive short-sighted disregard]] for Mabel's feelings - was a sore point for many fans. The finale eventually hauled him further out of the Scrappy Heap by demonstrating the lengths he was prepared to go to in order to save the world and keep Dipper and Mabel safe, and even concluded with the two brothers finally reconciling and embarking on their dream of traveling the world in pursuit of mysteries and treasure. Only problem? While most agree that [[spoiler: the scene in which Ford is forced to erase Stan's memories in order to destroy Bill is undeniably heartbreaking]], some fans believe that the resolution to their dispute left too many underlying issues unaddressed (see below for similar problems with Mabel).
** The episode ''[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E16RoadsideAttraction Roadside Attraction ]]'' shows all the girls Dipper practiced on getting mad at Dipper for "flirting" with a different girl at every new tourist trap are this. We're supposed to feel bad for them and know that Dipper is in the wrong for his unfaithful flirtations, but considering each girl only had one simple, non-romantic conversation with him, gave Dipper their numbers to keep in touch, and really had no expectations to ever see him again, the idea that they would assume they were now anything more than friends and get mad at Dipper for hanging out with other girls is ''absolutely ridiculous''. By domino effect, this causes Candy's more justifiable hurt to ''also'' become unsympathetic, because Mabel, Candy, and Grenda's anger at Dipper is based entirely on [[MistakenForCheating the other girls' words rather than anything Dipper did wrong]], but the situation is never addressed as anything other than Dipper's fault, with Mabel even hissing "''Betrayer!''" at him when he tries to apologize.
** Mabel Pines, Dipper's twin sister developed a BrokenBase in season two. She is supposed to be an AllLovingHero who cares about everyone around her (especially her own brother), but her selfishness, her IgnoredEpiphany towards [[AesopAmnesia any lessons]] learned and her constant taking advantage of Dipper -- [[VillainHasAPoint something that even BILL CIPHER calls her out on]] -- caused many fans to question whether she is as kind as the narrative treats her. This came to a head in the GrandFinale, with a number of fans seeing the twin's reconciliation as another case of Dipper giving up his goals for Mabel and were annoyed that her role in causing [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Weirdmageddon]] was never addressed.
* Towards the end of the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' episode, "Mickey Vs. Shelby", Donald glues Baby Shelby to the stage so he can't run away from him or Mickey anymore. As it is time for him to perform, Shelby gets [[PerformanceAnxiety stage fright]] in front of the guests at the House of Mouse. The audience is expected to feel sorry for Shelby and see the following moment, wherein Mickey performs with him, as a heartwarming moment. The problem is, Shelby has done nothing other than run away from, tease, and torture Mickey and especially Donald throughout the episode; not just in the wraparounds, but also both the ''Mouse Works'' shorts.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'':
** Jerrica can come off as a two-faced jerk who hides it under a facade. For example, when she meets The Misfits she outright calls them "trash" when they did little to her besides being a bit rude and arrogant. She also flirts with and kisses her boyfriend as Jem despite the fact he is utterly clueless about them being the same person.
** We're meant to at least somewhat sympathize with Pizzazz's father; however, most Misfits fans can't. We're supposed to see him as a father who had difficulties taking care of his daughter after his wife left, being unable to deal with Pizzazz's behavior and also being overworked. Instead he comes off as [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] and the source of most of her issues. He didn't show her enough affection and thus she now tries to get the attention she lacked as a child by being the top rock group out there, which is why she gets so mad that Jem is more popular. Pizzazz's father doesn't want Pizzazz bothering him when it's obvious she just wants attention from him,
** Rio is supposed to be Jerrica's lovable boyfriend. He's a CrazyJealousGuy who gets mad easily. He's in love with Jerrica but also has an affair with Jem and this is treated in a lighthearted manner. It's hard to see why Jerrica is so hung up on him. His IDW comics version is seen in a far more favorable light as he isn't so jealous, is more mellow, and doesn't cheat.
** The Misfits themselves undergo a clumsy HeelFaceTurn at the end of the show despite spending most of it endangering lives including one instance when they kidnapped Jerrica's sister Kimber and left her in a volcano. WordOfGod says it was only a temporary truce however that doesn't stop it from being awkward.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': WordOfGod has stated that Project Cadmus, the [[GovernmentConspiracy anti-Justice League government think tank]] in the fourth season, were supposed to be sympathetic {{Anti Villain}}s with [[VillainHasAPoint a strong point]] about the dangers of unrestricted superhumans. In fact, the writers found Cadmus so sympathetic that they introduced a ConflictKiller in the form of Brainiac so he could be revealed as having been manipulating both sides to [[DebateAndSwitch avoid having to paint either Cadmus or the League as in the wrong]]. Fans, on the other hand, overwhelmingly sided with the League, considering Cadmus's deeds included attempting to nuke an inhabited island simply to kill Superman and Doomsday, creating Doomsday to begin with, manufacturing an army of cloned SlaveMooks and sending them to massacre the League (including the completely innocent Watchtower staff), and teaming up with supervillains including ComicBook/LexLuthor, all before the League had done much of anything to them.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** Hank, particularly in the later seasons. The audience is supposed to sympathize with how he feels about anything new, untraditional, or otherwise out of his comfort zone. But it's difficult to take that in when most of the people who are "against" him are straw stereotypes, the show goes to ridiculous lengths to make him the OnlySaneMan by [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderizing]] most of the recurring cast, and how he starts narrowing down what he finds an "acceptable" lifestyle to his son Bobby until he will nearly-only accept it if Bobby becomes just like him. The fact that the show ends not by Hank finally accepting Bobby for who he is ([[AesopAmnesia again]]) but instead with Bobby turning out to have a talent related to Hank's interests does not help matters at all.
** Bill. He has been through a bad divorce and is the show's regular ButtMonkey, except that his emotional attatchment can sometimes border on creepy levels. Especially how he's implied to be stalking Peggy on more than one occasion. This reaches its peak when he's put in charge of a flood shelter: He goes mad with power, puts the blame on Hank (who, by contrast, has been acting as a reasonable and responsible shelter leader the entire time) before locking him up, allows the people inside to waste supplies, and was even implied to keep everyone in after the flood ended. On top of that, he pulls a KarmaHoudini and he's seen as a hero by almost everyone involved. The one time where it seems like his leading methods are going to backfire on him, where everyone complains that they ran out of cinnamon sticky buns, he simply blames Hank for eating them all and everything's fine again. The reason why he's supposed to be sympathetic is because he got to be a respected leader once in his life, but his selfishness and carelessness throughout the episode makes it hard to feel sorry for him.
** Bill's affair with Reverend Stroup ends with much the same result. Even though she genuinely cared for Bill enough to step down from Arlen Methodist just to be with him and it seemed as if he'd finally found love, Bill dumps her because without the ForbiddenFruit aspect of the relationship, he found it boring. It's hard to feel sorry for him constantly whining about how lonely he is from there on when he had a shot at happiness with a good woman, and he threw it away for an incredibly selfish and stupid reason.
** Even Dale occasionally qualifies. He's an acknowledged CloudCuckoolander, but the show treats [[MoralityPet his relationship with Nancy and Joseph as his saving grace]]. He undoubtedly loves them, but considering a) the sheer amount of crap he subjects Nancy to, b) that his "raising" Joseph involves either spoiling him rotten or setting a terrible example ("Vision Quest" comes to mind), his intended PetTheDog moments often fall flat. When John Redcorn (Joseph's biological father) basically tells Nancy that he can't trust Dale to raise Joseph, [[JerkassHasAPoint it's hard to argue]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
** The title character was seen by some fans as more of a JerkJock than the well meaning but naive CuteBruiser the show's writers intended, due to her boisterous and sometimes belligerent nature. Thankfully, CharacterDevelopment kicks in and she gets better.
** While not disliked enough to be TheScrappy, a number of fans never warmed up to Suyin Beifong, the long lost half-sister of Lin Beifong introduced in season 3. Due to her rather unapologetic attitude about her criminal past, which included disfiguring Lin and getting away with it, a number of fans saw Suyin as a smug KarmaHoudini instead of the cool, complex older lady that the show's writers obviously wanted them to see her as being, and for some her less than sincere apology to Lin at the end of ''Old Wounds'' came off as unintentionally funny.
*** This has only gotten worse in Season 4, where it's rather sharply debated if Suyin's decision not to get involved with reuniting the Earth Kingdom was a principled attempt to not force her ideals on others or selfishly abandoning everyone outside her city to the mercy of bandits and warlords and refusing to lift a finger to help the barely-trained Airbenders doing their best to assist the situation. The season's BigBad Kuvira can have her ascendency at least partially blamed on Suyin's BystanderSyndrome, although her exact culpability is a very divisive point among fans.
** Mako remains one of the most divisive characters in the series because of this. He spends the first season in a LoveTriangle between himself, Korra, and Asami, and while things often don't work out for him, fans often wonder if his rather stupid behavior toward one or the other is the reason for it. His problems being seen as his own fault and the way the LoveTriangle was poorly received in general made him this. This is eventually lampshaded in Season 4.
--->'''Mako:''' Well, me and Asami were never officially back together.\\
'''Tu:''' Really? That again? Ya' know, it seems like you're so afraid to disappoint anyone, that you end up disappointing everyone.
** And then there's Bataar Jr. [[spoiler:He was more than happy to help Kuvira take over the Earth Kingdom and was more than happy to disown his family and treat them like stupid children to get what he wanted. Yet, we're supposed to feel bad for him after Kuvira attempts to sacrifice him to kill her enemies after which he shows no remorse for his actions, only bemoaning how Kuvira didn't love him as much as he thought. Suyin forgives him despite the fact that he's equally guilty of terrible crimes and only defected from Kuvira when he realized that while Kuvira may love him, she loves her vision more. At best he was a jerk and at worst he's shown to be a DirtyCoward, and Suyin being so quick to forgive him while being a petty bully towards a spiritually broken and genuinely regretful Kuvira reflects badly on her as well.]] That the audience never really got to know Bataar Jr. in season three certainly doesn't help him his case.
** Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that grumpy old granny Toph Bei Fong also has some of this going for her. We're supposed to feel bad for her when she and Lin are finally together again for the first time in thirty years and things don't exactly go smoothly. Although Toph does admit she was a bad mother and says she's proud of Lin, it does not change the fact that Toph still acts like a nasty, arrogant old woman who is generally disrespectful towards people because she thinks it's funny. And it is still her fault that the estrangement happened in the first place due to her insensitive hypocrisy.
** Much of the spirits of the Spirit World also become this in "Operation Bei Fong", refusing to ally themselves with Korra to protect Republic City from Kuvira's super weapon because they don't want to involve themselves in humans' wars. From how it's pointed out that Korra is attempting to exploit the spirits for human purposes just like Kuvira has been, we're clearly meant to see their point, but seeing as we were told that humans and spirits and their respective worlds are now "harmoniously co-existing" and thus are now expected to help one another in their lives, the spirits instead come off as self-centered jerks who think little of the humans they co-exist with and feel they're not worth risking their necks for under any circumstance.
*** This is not helped by the fact that first case of spirits and humans co-existing boiled down to spirits, largely hostile and racist, ruling the world while humans were forced into exile on the Lion-Turtles. And when humans tried to find a place for themselves outside the Lion-Turtles the spirits almost immediately affected them for daring to cut down trees and defend themselves. The attempted grey conflict fails since one side acts more like a xenophobic invading empire driving the other to near extinction. Even the supposedly "good" spirit of order Raava at first cares little for human life.
** Tenzin regularly wanders into this territory. While he is positioned as the voice of reason, his actual views are often extremely regressive and to favor a non-egalitarian status quo; even when the audience knows the other side of the argument is a WellIntentionedExtremist being set up to be a season's BigBad, Tenzin has a tendency to reject their valid complaints for the wrong reasons well before any direct evidence of their villainy comes to light.
*** Theres's also his and Korra's fathers keeping Korra [[GildedCage confined to her confined to her training camp]] and misleading her into thinking it was Avatar Aang's wish, only admitting the truth [[WhatTheHellHero when called out on it]]. It's only the next season when they seemingly {{retcon}} in a reason; [[spoiler:she was targeted by a kidnapping attempt]]. That Korra's quick enough to accept that reason makes it more questionable why they didn't tell her sooner, [[PoorCommunicationKills before it caused problems]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' series of animated cartoons could sometimes fall victim to this (not that it made them any less funny, of course!):
** "WesternAnimation/CannedFeud": Are we actually supposed to ''root'' for the mouse that pointlessly torments Sylvester left and right (with the intent of ''starving him to death'' no less)? Mind you, Sylvester had no intention of hurting him.
*** The character, referred to as Brownie Mouse by some sources, appeared in several other Sylvester shorts, most of them only nominally better than the above. Brownie was essentially [[TomAndJerry Jerry]] with the negative aspects punctuated, being a smug little vermin who had nothing against taking his offense above and beyond self defense or even, as in "Canned Feud", just skipping the "he started it" mentality altogether. He even got away with tormenting Bugs Bunny in "WesternAnimation/RhapsodyRabbit".
** Also "Gonzales Tomales" where, angered by Speedy stealing their girls, the male mice trick Sylvester into thinking he's called him out for a fight. Sylvester dares him to just try it, upon which he gladly beats him to a pulp. Sylvester, the supposed villain of the story, was the only sympathetic character of the bunch (among Speedy's home wrecker tendencies and the rest of the mouse population resorting to murderous measures of revenge), yet still ended up the sole loser.
*** "Mexican Cat Dance": Speedy, despite being the supposed "good guy" in this cartoon, is little more than a bully, constantly tormenting and humiliating Sylvester for no reason other than sheer entertainment.
** "WesternAnimation/LongHairedHare": While nobody would argue that Giovanni Jones is anything more than a violent hot-head and pompous {{Jerkass}}, the rather extreme measures WesternAnimation/BugsBunny takes to exact revenge on him (the ending borders on murder!) make it ''very'' hard to root for him.
*** In fact, this trope is what led to the creation of Yosemite Sam. Elmer Fudd was so pathetic that Bugs came off as more mean spirited, so the animators needed an even bigger and more belligerent {{Jerkass}} to be Bugs' victim.
*** Early Bugs Bunny shorts are even worse, where Bugs is a ScrewySquirrel tormenting others, who aren't trying to even hurt him, seemingly for his own amusement. "Wabbit Twouble" and "Elmer's Pet Rabbit" are pretty bad in this regard. Directors made restraints on the character afterwards, making clear [[KarmicTrickster he couldn't attack with being victimized first]] ([[DisproportionateRetribution though to what degree varied]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'':
** In the episode, "[[Recap/TheLoudHouseS1E11ButterflyEffectTheGreenHouse The Green House]]", [[UpToEleven every single character]] falls victim to this;
*** Mrs. Johnson and Lincoln's class for chastising Lincoln's family's energy usage in the red zone when they know he has ten sisters.
*** The Loud House's red zone isn't just because the Loud Family is big, but because all ten of the Loud sisters are wasting energy, usually for frivolous purposes such as Lori talking to Bobby on multiple electronic devices, Leni turning on the bathroom water without even using it, or Luan baking multiple pies just to throw them at herself or other people, which also wastes food. This forces Lincoln to help them find other, less energy-wasting solutions.
*** Clyde for not helping Lincoln with his energy-saving goal and arguably making his situation worse by mentioning their computer game tournament.
*** Two of the boys from Lincoln's class decide to join in the tournament at Lincoln's house because they're in the green, effectively saving energy at their own homes just to waste someone else's energy and tell Lincoln they can't be seen with him when the girls resume their old energy-wasting ways.
*** And finally, Lincoln himself for [[ExtremeDoormat not having the guts to kick the other boys out of his house]].
** Luan came across as this in "[[Recap/TheLoudHouseS1E18AprilFoolsRulesCerealOffender April Fools Rules]]", as she holds the entire family hostage to various pranks and booby traps every year around the house, many of them clearly painful in nature and clearly out for her own amusement rather than sharing it with the rest of the family as she normally tries to. So over-the-top are her traps that the entire family, including [[PushoverParents her parents]] suit up and cancel their plans out of fear of what Luan's traps may do to them. When the day finally comes, Lincoln discovers that Ronnie Anne is coming over to see him, which is later found out that Luan put her up to it just to help her prank Lincoln harder. Expecting disaster, Lincoln volunteers himself to [[TakingTheBullet set off every trap to spare both Ronnie Anne and his sisters from Luan's mischief]]; by the time he is done, he's pretty badly injured, having had wild raccoons let loose upon him among many other things. Although Ronnie Anne pays her back with a [[PieInTheFace pie to the face]] in gratitude to Lincoln, Luan otherwise [[KarmaHoudini receives nothing for having tormented Lincoln and the others]] strictly for her own amusement.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Babs Seed from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E4OneBadApple "One Bad Apple"]] had a FreudianExcuse for bullying the Cutie Mark Crusaders which ''should'' have made you feel sorry for her... except her characterization bordered the realms of TheSociopath, who gleefully tormented the CMC [[ItAmusedMe far beyond what]] [[BecomingTheMask Diamond Tiara's peer pressure demanded]]. Thankfully [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E9AppleFamilyReunion "Apple Family Reunion"]] and the comic series (where she felt she still had to prove she was reformed) have painted her in a far more positive light and gained her quite a bit of popularity.
** Rainbow Dash in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E5TanksForTheMemories Tanks for the Memories]]". She takes advantage of her position as a weather manager and uses various methods to try to stop Winter in Ponyville and when they don't work, she gets the idea to sneak into the Cloudsdale Weather Factory in an attempt to stop Winter for all of Equestria just to ensure Tank wouldn't hibernate. When said attempt [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]], she nearly destroys Ponyville with a giant snowball and their residents are forced to get out of its way. To top it all off, she shows no remorse for what happened and [[KarmaHoudini doesn't even get any comeuppance for it outside of having to say goodbye to Tank]].
** Diamond Tiara in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E19CrusadersOfTheLostMark "Crusaders of the Lost Mark"]]. According to this episode, [[AbusiveParents her mother]] is constantly pressuring her to be the best at everything, and to know her place (on top of the heap) and everyone else's (below her). The trouble is, we never saw Diamond Tiara's mother until this episode... and, more importantly, [[AssPull we never had even the slightest hint that Diamond Tiara herself had any qualms about what she was like and what kind of things she was doing]]. And yet, she pulled a HeelFaceTurn at the end and is now best friends with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, inspiring many fans to write her off as an EasilyForgiven KarmaHoudini.
** Starlight Glimmer was hit with this badly in the Season 5 finale. Her FreudianExcuse was poor at best (losing a ''single'' friend in her childhood, and not even shown trying to keep in touch with him) while her actions were downright abominable in comparison. Telling is that her immediate next appearance has her [[LampshadeHanging questioning why get off so easily and if she deserved it]].
* Benson from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is supposed to be sympathetic because he always has to deal with Mordecai and Rigby's antics, but he doesn't really handle the situations professionally. He berates them to their faces by often calling them idiots, puts them under harsh working conditions with little instruction, and can be an UngratefulBastard when the two save his life on multiple occasions, and yet still threatens to fire them. The last one was eventually lampshaded in ''A Bunch of Full Grown Geese'' when the mother duck calls him out for his ungratefulness.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Frank Grimes from "Homer's Enemy". To explain, one of the main premises of this episode was [[{{Deconstruction}} the concept of a real person having to put up with Homer Simpson]]. But Frank is far from a "real" person in that [[DeusAngstMachina his life is just exaggerated misery after misery]], such as his parents abandoning him and waving goodbye all the way to losing a sweet position in the power plant to a ''dog''. And Homer's annoying tendencies and stupidity [[{{Flanderization}} were amped up a lot more than he usually was]] as if the writers were specifically trying to make Homer so obnoxious the viewers would have no choice but to sympathize with Frank. But it's hard to feel sympathy when Frank is overly wound up already. To make matters worse, Frank came off as something of a pompous, uptight jerk long before he ever met Homer, making him rather unlikable to begin with. The episode falls more into DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.
*** Adding to the problem is that Homer actually invites Frank into his house and makes an attempt at being friendly, and Frank outright rejects this out of rage over seeing how much better Homer's living conditions are than his. Add to that only Mr Burns' treatment of Frank is all that callous (dooming him into a dead end job after losing interesting in him and blaming him for mistakes Homer makes), the other residents of Springfield are generally friendly to him, just his contempt for Homer goes over their heads. The coldest thing they do to him (laugh at Homer's antics during his funeral) is after he's been put out of his misery. Of course, since this episode is (somewhat) more realistic than the others, it could just be an [[ThisIsReality honest examination]] of [[InherentInTheSystem fundamental social injustices that people to not bother to correct or even realize are there]], and how these circumstances can lead to misanthropy and derangement on the part of the disadvantaged despite everyone's best intentions. In this light, perhaps Frank Grimes is best understood as a classically Greek tragic hero, [[CosmicPlaything doomed to fail by the cosmos itself]]. Indeed the DVD commentary labels it "a study in frustration" more than anything else.
** Seymour Skinner is a broken-down ExtremeDoormat MommasBoy, but any sympathy felt for him can wear thin when he's repeatedly offered a chance to change his circumstances and shoots it down. The biggest offender was his relationship with Edna Krabappel, whom he drove away with his fear of change and commitment; while his subsequent trying to win her back could be seen as a MyGodWhatHaveIDone, it could get grating when the viewers realized he probably wouldn't try any harder than he had before.
** Lisa Simpson, despite having valid reasons to feel like an outcast and complain about her family, can fall into this when she takes it too far. Even more so when her efforts to make the world and her town a better place fall into WellIntentionedExtremist territory and it takes her the whole episode to realize she's gone overboard and apologize. Granted, she's still a kid and even smart kids don't know their limits, but really doesn't help that the writers tend to exploit her OnlySaneMan status as a way to [[WriterOnBoard pontificate on their own personal views]], making her come off as an annoying SoapboxSadie much of the time.
** Homer's half-brother Herb, a wealthy car tycoon, hires Homer in "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" to design a car that will save Powell Motors. The resulting car is such a disaster that it destroys Powell Motors overnight, and Herb blames Homer for the failure. This is continued in Herb's return in "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?" where we're expected to sympathize with Herb, who Homer supposedly owes a chance to rebuild his fortune. Unfortunately, the first episode clearly indicated that Powell Motors was in serious trouble long before Homer came along, Herb repeatedly blew off his engineers' warnings that Homer's ideas were unworkable, Herb never did his job as CEO in supervising the project that would make or break his company, and Homer himself wasn't sure he would be able to do it, until Herb badgered him into doing it. Homer only ever did anything Herb asked him to. As a result, Herb blaming Homer for Powell Motors' downfall makes him look like a self-centered asshole who [[NeverMyFault refuses to accept responsibility for his own incompetence]], and makes it questionable as to whether he even ''deserves'' a chance to rebuild his fortune. Possibly admitted in a later gag, where it's suggested Herb has made a habit out of losing and regaining his fortune, seemingly without Homer's involvement. Those who still hated him because of this and that heard years later that [[spoiler:Herb became broke again, this time without anything involving Homer, saw this as LaserGuidedKarma for his unsympathetic act.]]
** Luann van Houten following her divorce. The writers felt the need to make her ex-husband Kirk into as much of a deadbeat dad as they possibly could, having Luann espouse he was no good while going off to live a new and exciting life without him weighing her down. This is all despite the events which led to their divorce including that they were mutually unhappy with each other for a variety of reasons. So rather than making it look like Luann is an unhappy woman reinventing herself from a failed marriage, she comes across as a callous and selfish bitch unwilling to admit she had an equal role to play in the dismal quality of her marriage and content to dump the blame all on Kirk.
** Marge, of all people, fills this role in "A Star is Burns." Springfield hosts a film festival with a panel of judges headed by Marge and [[WesternAmination/TheCritic visiting New York film critic Jay Sherman]] - and Homer, jealous of the affection Jay has been receiving from the Simpson family, insists that he be put on the panel too. At the festival, the films are all short and locally produced, and frankly not very good in either form or content. Despite this, Marge and Jay gush about an [[OscarBait obviously "serious" and "dramatic"]] documentary by Barney Gumble about his alcoholism, even though it makes Barney look a lot more self-pitying than socially conscious. Homer prefers a much more upbeat film called ''Man Getting Hit By Football'', which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Marge scolds him for picking the "wrong" movie, and the narrative indirectly lumps him in with most of the other judges, who eagerly take bribes from Mr. Burns in exchange for casting votes for his propaganda film - so Homer is made to look not only stupid, but also vaguely immoral. This is unfair: Homer is ''not'' insensitive to Barney's problem; and he does not want the football film to win because he'll be monetarily rewarded for it, but because he ''honestly'' thinks it is better (That and the fact that he didn't even stick around to watch Barney's film due to getting snacks). The fact that ''Man Getting Hit By Football'' is of poor quality and lowbrow in subject matter should be irrelevant, but ''so are all of the other films''! (Indeed, if one is to judge purely on production values, then Mr. Burns's film ''did'' deserve to win, his ethical failings notwithstanding, if only because he was able to afford a semi-mainstream director.) When Homer eventually changes his mind after watching Barney's film again, allowing it to break the judges' deadlock and win, Marge praises him...for not voting for the "wrong" movie, as if anyone's opinion is to be considered inferior in the context of a small-town festival that is getting almost no media attention. (Ironically, Homer is vindicated the next year, when a big-budget adaptation of ''Man Getting Hit By Football'' wins the Academy Award for Best Picture, beating out Burns's entry.)
*** Marge actually falls victim to this a fair bit in the earlier seasons. While she is constantly depicted as long suffering in her doting over Homer and the kids and their hijinks, she herself can often be very priggish, controlling and close minded. She has occasionally lashed out on Homer [[TheUnfairSex for hypocritical reasons]] (eg. ogling the opposite sex or revealing embarrassing secrets to the public, both of which she is guilty of in far more excess) and has shown zealot level lack of acceptance towards things remotely daunting or different. It reached the point that even the show itself lampshades that a world domineered by a wet blanket like Marge would be even more unbearable than one burned to the ground by Homer's incompetence.
** Krusty the Clown in "Bart the Fink". We're supposed to pity him when his life is destroyed by the IRS, but he committed tax fraud - a ''very'' serious crime - so the hell he goes through after being exposed is well-deserved.
* Sonic's incarnation in ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm'', while ''much'' more sympathetic against Robotnik compared to his ''Adventures'' counterpart, often teases or undermines his friends (even [[{{Jerkass}} Antoine]] sometimes fails to be provocative enough), man handles (and has supposedly damaged) Sally's sentient computer NICOLE out of irritance, and frequently almost gets the rest of the team killed in [[NiceJobBreakingItHero an arrogant stunt]]. Add to that [[SmallNameBigEgo his inability to stop talking about how awesome he is]] for all of a minute, Sonic's characterization leans towards a JerkJock.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodies this numerous times. For instance, when Eric Cartman contracts HIV he constantly reminds people of it for sympathy, and any time something bad happens to Cartman, he attempts to milk sympathy and fails.
-->'''Cartman''': I'm not just sure: I'm HIV positive.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** The plot of the episode "Too Far" is centered around Amethyst having her feelings hurt by Peridot; joking about how a gem like her would normally be much bigger and stronger than she is, with her form essentially being a defect. The rest of the episode is centered around Peridot learning about how to interact with people and when apologies are owed, with Amethyst treated as a pure victim of the situation. This is undermined fairly significantly by the moments preceding the unintended insult consisting of Amethyst laughing her ass off and shouting encouragement while Peridot mercilessly mocks her family members for their most precious traits and deepest insecurities. Making her come off less as someone deserving an apology, and more a hypocritical jerk who can't take what she throws out. The fact that Peridot honestly didn't know any better (being entirely new to life outside the homeworld) and what she said being a product of Amethyst egging her on and an ''attempted compliment'' doesn't help.
** Pearl as a whole has moments of this. Many of her actions come off as super smug, which while meant to make us think, "oh it's because she thinks so lowly of herself" doesn't really always work. The Week of Sardonyx as a whole divided many fans given it is meant to make us get a better look into Pearl. Yet in the end despite trying to put Pearl on the spot for her actions, though it briefly does, she essentially escapes any real consequences for her horrific actions. Which isn't helped by having Steven have a Leaning on the Fourth Wall moment in "Historical Friction" that kinda side steps the pain Pearl's caused by focusing on how flaws are neat and make her a better character...and "Keystone Motel" vaguely trying to make it seem like Ruby's being stubborn for not wanting to forgive Pearl, bypassing any real hope of punishment for Pearl with Sapphire saying that Ruby has to forgive Pearl.
** All three Crystal Gems, particularly Garnet, come off as this in the episode "It Could Have Been Great". When the Crystal Gems investigate Pink Diamond's moon base, they come across a computer showing plans that show what would've happened had the Diamonds successfully colonized Earth. Peridot, still loyal to Homeworld despite her alliance with the Crystal Gems, beings gushing over them and insulting Rose's rebellion, enraging the Crystal Gems, particularly Garnet, who would've nearly poofed her or worse had Steven not intervened. While Peridot was unambiguously in the wrong, to many fans, the Crystal Gems' response was completely and needlessly disproportionate and made them come off as jerks. Especially since they never apologize for their actions nor explain why colonization of Earth was bad and the episode treats it as it was just Peridot in the wrong. Thankfully all of them get better in the next episode.
** [[CreepyChild Onion]] as a whole also comes off as this. He's meant to be portrayed as a mischievous-but-harmless prankster with a HiddenHeartOfGold, but to many fans, he comes off as a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] EnfantTerrible whose actions come off as borderline criminal. Case in point: The episode "Onion Trade" had him stealing Steven's prized action figure and later using it to trick Steven into trading it for Pearl's replicator, which he promptly used to wreak havoc on Beach City, even trying to outright '''''murder''''' the Crystal Gems when they try to stop him. Yet despite all this, he's never called out for his actions and is treated as if he did nothing wrong. While he does have a FreudianExcuse as his father Yellowtail is too busy working to spend time with him and his mother Vidalia doesn't seem to be too interested in taking care of him, this excuse is flimsy at best when you consider that Steven had never even ''met his mother'', yet turned out to be one of the kindest members of the cast. That said, the episode "Onion Gang" paints him in a far more kinder and sympathetic light than in previous appearances.
* Patrick Star from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is meant to be an adorkable ditz who acts as one of Spongebob's best friend but his {{Jerkass}} acts to Sponebob and the other citizens and his selfishness makes fans wonder why are they [[WithFriendsLikeThese best friends]]. "Stuck in the Wringer" is the best example of this case, with Spongebob lashing out at him is supposed to be some kind of horrible, MoralEventHorizon with the [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass citizens rooting for Patrick]], but considering Patrick was the cause of everything bad that happened in that episode many people would rather side with Spongebob.
* Despite being ObliviouslyEvil and not wanting to hurt animals, Elmyra Duff from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' annoys the show's characters and the viewers alike with her childish mannerisms. Her victims also make it very clear that they want her to stop strangling them, but she doesn't seem to pay much attention. While she does frequently lose, it's very rare that her victims manage to escape from her unscathed. Her StalkerWithACrush tendencies towards Montana Max in episodes such as "Prom-ise Her Anything" also tick viewers off, but not as much as when she goes after animals.
* The second half of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' sometimes gets flak for this. While he is often the defending character being chased or victimized by Tom, this is often due to taking the role of thief, with Tom merely acting as a house cat ordered to prevent Jerry from stealing food. In addition Jerry could occasionally be sadistic, attacking Tom with minimal or no provocation whatsoever. Allegedly, MGM recieved fan letters siding with Tom over Jerry so began to moderate the formula with LaserGuidedKarma, with Tom usually acting more vindictive, and actually allowed to [[TeamRocketWins get the last laugh on Jerry]] whenever the latter took his offense to an unsympathetic level.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama:''
** Cody in ''World Tour''. We are supposed to feel sorry for him because of the fact that Sierra is obsessing over him and barging in on his personal space and sympathize with him whenever he pushes her away. However, this instead makes him look like a complete hypocrite because of how by this point in the series he became a [[SingleTargetSexuality Gwensexual ]]and was basically treating her the same way he was being treated by Sierra. There's also the fact that his spot in the semi-finals felt undeserved since he did nothing worthy all season and was essentially carried (both figuratively and literally) to that point by Sierra. Without her, he would have been eliminated as early (if not sooner) as he was in ''Island''.
** ''Revenge of the Island'' and ''All-Stars'' have moments where the audience is supposed to feel sorry for Chris (such as when he was stuck in a septic tank, or when Duncan blew up his [[InsistentTerminology cottage]]) but these happen ''after'' most of the fanbase agreed he'd passed the MoralEventHorizon.
** Courtney [[JerkassWoobie has had a lot of crap thrown at her]], but several of her actions such as bullying Beth and Lindsay, ''suing'' her way into the contest, and cheating someone else out of it, her treatment of Gwen and Duncan even ''before'' the cheating scandal, [[spoiler:plan to backstab Scott and Gwen]], her extremely aggravating [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] attitude and of course, her threatening to send Owen, DJ, Cody, and Tyler to their deaths for the sake of a million dollars have caused her to become more and more hated over the years.
** Mike. We're supposed to feel for him because of his MPD making it hard for him to get the girl he actually wants. However, the portrayal of said MPD is viewed as insulting and poorly-researched to people with real with problems. Not to mention the fact he never tells anyone about his MPD and most find out on their own. This hurt Zoey & would have hurt Anne Maria as well, not that we see.
** Dave, in a manner very similar to Cody, does little to nothing to help his team out and instead spends most of his time creeping on Sky or whining about getting dirty. When Sky rejects him in "Hurl and Go Seek!" it's supposed to be a sad moment, but most viewers felt the rejection was justified and that Dave was being {{Wangst}}y. And when he [[spoiler:votes himself off, it's solely because he was rejected by Sky, and we're still supposed to sympathize with him the whole time]]. However, [[spoiler: it may not have been as unintentional as expected, considering his [[SanitySlippage act]][[FaceHeelTurn ions]] in the finale.]]
** Shawn could be viewed as this due to his entire character revolving around a rather annoying gimmick, as well as being partially at fault for ruining his relationship with Jasmine, and being extremely reluctant to split the million dollars with her. Though some do feel for him since his dream for a zombie bunker is kind of his life goal, and he did end up seeing the light eventually by voluntarily agreeing to split the money with her, due to being weighed down by his own guilt.
** Sky also falls into this boat due to how harshly she treats Dave late in the season. Granted she never wanted a relationship to begin with, but many thought her actions that resulted in shattering Dave were really uncalled for.
* The "Breakdown" episode that deals with Cyclops's origins on ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''. Though meant to gain the viewer's sympathy by showing what a tragic and awkward life he's suffered all the episode really does is kill what little credibility Cyclops was meant to have by portraying him first as an incompetent idiot who couldn't do anything right without Jean Grey there to hold his hand and then portraying him as a petty, insecure boyfriend who completely lost control of himself when Wolverine started hitting on Jean. True, Wolverine was being a jerk but Cyclops's reaction was way out of line.
** And yet, in classic DoubleStandard fashion, it's perfectly okay for Jean to rough up Emma Frost when she sees the blonde getting too friendly with Cyclops.
** Speaking of Wolverine, his CanonSue tendencies actually make ''him'' less sympathetic during the series, while most of the X-Men fail to generate sympathy with the viewers due to not getting enough characterization to really warrant any.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', Lance's romantic subplot with Kitty starts with him saving her life -- from an accident that ''he caused''. He had also previously attempted to attack Kitty, and due to the nature of his powers, he tends to cause a lot of collateral damage (sometimes near schools populated by children who [[FridgeHorror are never confirmed to have gotten out alive]]). To some people, all this makes it kind of hard to believe that Kitty would want him for a boyfriend. This also puts him in the somewhat unusual situation of being a common victim of both RonTheDeathEater AND DracoInLeatherPants.
** A weird inversion actually happens because of this. The time Avalanche ''did'' attempt a HeelFaceTurn, Scott doesn't buy it and proceeds to mistrust him. This is made out to be wrong of Scott, except, he '''is''' completely justified in mistrusting him: Lance was actually his biggest rival and ''had'' pulled crap on him and others before. While we (as the audience) knew that Lance ''was'' trying to [[LoveRedeems do good things for Kitty's sake]], Scott simply lacked such knowledge since Lance ''had'' given him reason to be antagonistic, and thus it's understandable to have him not trust Lance off the bat, and it would've been OutOfCharacter otherwise.
*** The fact that Lance doesn't try very hard to convince Scott otherwise doesn't help him either. And the fact that Lance rejects Scott's heartfelt apology (after Scott found out that he had been wrong about Lance) and goes back to the Brotherhood really doesn't help.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' fell into this trap a few times without even realizing it. Neither Superboy nor his designated ''mentor'' Superman come off being particularly sympathetic, albeit for different reasons. We're obviously meant to sympathize with Superboy because Superman refuses to spend any time with him because he's creeped out by the fact that someone cloned him without him knowing it, but Superboy is such a rage prone whiner that after awhile it's hard to feel bad for him. Superman, meanwhile, is portrayed as a shallow, superficial DirtyCoward and {{Jerkass}} for refusing to overcome his personal issues to help the obviously troubled Superboy... and the show does absolutely '''NOTHING''' to actually develop a relationship between them outside of a cheap "good job kid" moment at the end of season one and then doing a time skip to avoid doing any actual character development, making their "brotherly" interactions in season 2 look inherently false.
** Then there's Roy Harper, AKA: Speedy, AKA: Red Arrow, [[spoiler: We're obviously meant to feel bad for the first Roy we're introduced to when he learns that he's actually a clone who was used as an infiltrator against the heroes, but he spends so much of the show being a nasty, belligerent little asshole mistreating everyone around him that it's impossible to feel bad for him.]]
* Batgirl in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheKillingJoke''. The prologue featuring Batgirl does very little to make her sympathetic, despite the writers' claims that it makes her a stronger character. Her character arc [[spoiler:revolves around her pining after Batman and then acting like a jilted lover. She irrationally attacks a man arguing with his girlfriend. And she displays very little of the independence and heroism often associated with the character, instead coming off like a thrill-seeking StalkerWithACrush.]] It doesn't help that personality-wise, she has [[InNameOnly nothing in common with her comic or TV counterparts]].
* The titular Mandy of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. There are plenty of episodes where something happens that affects her and, as a result, we're supposed to see her as sympathetic. The problem here is that she's the TokenEvilTeammate of the main protagonists and gets away with doing some absolutely ''despicable'' things, especially later on in the series' run, and comes off as a JerkSue. But wait, [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]]: some of the supposedly bad things that happen to her are a ''result'' of her being evil, and usually, ''she'' '''''still wins!''''' So, when something happens and she legitimately suffers, it's less "the main protagonist is having a hard time and you should feel bad for her" and more "this little douchebag is finally getting her comeuppance for once".
** It also tends to result in making characters like Grim, Billy, and Irwin UnintentionallySympathetic, since some of these situations are intended to have us side against them, but that's hard to do seeing how bad Mandy is and how she treats them when they ''aren't'' the bad guys.
* The king of Atlantis in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'' sequel ''Tentacolino''. He's intended to be a good guy, but he imprisons the main characters without telling them, makes them immortal, and forces them to stay in Atlantis forever. One tends to side with the [[UnintentionallySympathetic rat emperor]] more than the king of Atlantis. Having the king have a dark and foreboding appearance doesn't help matters either.
* Louis, the fat kid from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' mini-segment "Fatman and Boy Blubber." You see him get bullied for his fatness and the bullies try to steal his sweet bun, only for the titular characters to come to the rescue and beat up the bullies. However, after a long, winding pseudo-inspirational lecture, Fatman reveals that the problem isn't the bullies, but Louis' decisions, like being fat (despite that Fatman and Boy Blubber obviously) and always eating fattening sweet buns instead of sensible meals. This prompts them to try to confiscate the sweet bun to prevent Louis from attracting more bullies, but he refuses. This forces them to fight fire with fire, or in this case fight bullying by (unintentionally) bullying. This makes you wish Louis would just hand over the damn sweet bun, or see Fatman and Boy Blubber teach him a lesson despite how cruel it is. He really ''is'' a regular [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Wonka]] [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory kid]], don't you think?
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* The eponymous character of ''Fanfic/SylviaTheSylveon'' is admittedly a naive, frightened lost child, but more often than not comes off as selfish, willfully ignorant, and even TooDumbToLive. To put it into perspective, she encounters a human teenager who is DrivenToSuicide and makes no effort to approach her, and then proceeds to mentally pontificate about [[ItsAllAboutMe how everyone will hate her for not saving the human.]] She also abandons an elderly and dying human caretaker who was looking after her and other abandoned Pokemon without a second thought.



** The protagonist of "You Belong With Me". This is about a shy girl who has a crush on a boy who already has a girlfriend but, as the title suggest, [[EntitledToHaveYou she feels that he's obligated to be with her]] because she somehow understands him better, with no indication that she's said anything to him to indicate her interest in being more than friends. Then she [[SlutShaming criticizes his girlfriend for wearing high heels and short skirts]]. The video also portrays her as a [[StalkerWithACrush stalker]]. The whole song comes off as a more passive-aggressive version of Music/AvrilLavigne's "Girlfriend".
** "Better Than Revenge" is about a woman who is mad that another 'stole' her crush. It's quite easy to view the protagonist as [[VillainProtagonist very in the wrong]] though. There isn't even concrete proof that the woman took her boyfriend - they could have been in a steady relationship or in a flirtatious pre-dating state - but the protagonist is absolutely rabid at the other woman for having the guts to be interested in the same guy as her. There's a fair share of SlutShaming in the song and it's vague how far she'll go with her revenge but it doesn't sound like she'll go easy on the woman.
* The title character of Music/BruceSpringsteen's song "Johnny 99", who is sentenced to 99 years in prison for a murder he committed while drunk over the loss of his job. The song does its best to portray him as a victim of a broken system, even [[DesignatedVillain demonizing the judge who sentences him]], but that doesn't change the fact that he's still a killer and that most people who have been in his situation ''haven't'' killed anyone.
* The protagonist of .38 Special's tender ballad "Second Chance" really sells how sorry he is over a mistake he made, and the song pressures the subject to stop making such a big deal over it and take him back. The singer then proceeds to specify that the mistake was cheating on her, and defends it by saying this of the girl he cheated with: "I never loved her, I never needed her. She was willing and that's all there is to say." In other words, the guy didn't cheat because he's a flawed man who was tempted and gave in to his own weakness and selfish impulses; he cheated on her ''because he could'', and then tries to guilt his lover for holding that against him. It makes him seem more like a self-absorbed sociopath than a man who's genuinely contrite over what most people consider a '''very''' serious betrayal of trust.
* In the Music/{{Megadeth}} song "1,000 Times Goodbye", we're clearly supposed to sympathize with the protagonist, since his lover left him for another man. However, her voice clips make it clear that she's been suffering for ''years'' under him and tried repeatedly to make their relationship work, making the protagonist sound more like a narcissistic jerk than a jilted spouse.
* The Music/BulletForMyValentine album ''The Poison'' has several songs relating to finding out that a girlfriend or love interest is sleeping with other people, and how painful this is to experience. However, this becomes less sympathetic and more disturbing when the protagonist is revealed to be a violent stalker in "Hit the Floor" (one who has apparently put thought into how and when he could attack his target) and that his retaliation over her infidelity is to murder her and any man he catches her with (as shown in "Room 409" and "The Poison"). Yes, cheating is bad, but stalking and murder are usually considered to be far worse things.
* Music/{{Drake}}'s "Hotline Bling" is probably supposed to come off as the lamentations of an ex who feels a deep sense of disappointment and unfulfillment in regard to a failed relationship and can't stop being reminded of how much better than him his former partner seems to be doing. Instead, he comes off as a whiny, clingy, prudish, controlling BitchInSheepsClothing who can't come to terms with the fact that his ex has become her own person and deals with it by whining about how she's a lesser person for no longer being at his beck and call.
* The protagonist in "Before He Cheats" by Music/CarrieUnderwood. We're supposed to root for her when [[RefugeInAudacity she trashes her boyfriend's car]], giving him his just desserts as revenge for him cheating on her. The problem is we don't even know if he's cheating; she's acting on unfounded and unproven suspicions and seems to [[ForTheEvulz take pride in it]].
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* This is one of the main criticisms of ''Theatre/{{Rent}}.'' At best, the heroes--Mark and Roger in particular--are BrilliantButLazy and want the adoration that being a respected artist would bring, but have yet to actually produce anything to earn it. At worst, they're spoiled elitist brats who think working a regular job is beneath them and expect to stay in their apartment rent-free as they wait for inspiration to come to them.
* ''Theatre/MyFairLady'': When it was first made, Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle were each meant to be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold (i.e. NotSoDifferent from one another), but nowadays, it's common to view him as a [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk snobbish]], [[HeManWomanHater misogynistic]] villain unfairly putting down Eliza, because current values don't look well on characters like Higgins.
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* Carlos, Sarah's father, from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' falls under this. While he has his daughter's safety in mind, [[spoiler: his coddling dooms her]]. [[WhatAnIdiot It never occurs to him that she needs training with weapons, cooking skills, and anything else that would help her survive if he were to die.]] [[spoiler: He does.]]
** Arvo. Clementine and Jane first meet him when they're looking for a place for Rebecca to give birth to her baby. Here, you have a choice: you either rob him of his bag of medicine or you let him leave with it. If you steal it from him, he, justifiably, gathers his possee to attack you and your group. [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished If you let him leave with it, he gathers his possee to rob you, anyway.]] On the latter side, this makes it hard to sympathize with him as he gets the shit kicked out of him by [[JerkassWoobie Kenny]].
** Jane, at least in the final episode. Here, [[IdiotBall she makes her most bone-headed moves,]] which is strange for someone who survived this long. While Kenny becomes more dangerous over the course of the Season, Jane crosses the line by [[spoiler: a) [[BullyingADragon repeatedly bringing up his dead family during their fight in the truck]], b) instead of making amends, she FAKES AJ'S DEATH to "show Clementine his true nature", and then c) during her fight with Kenny, she expects to be saved (depending on the player's viewpoint, she might).]]
* Master Xehanort in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' is [[InformedKindness intended by both the narrative and his Reports]] to be a well-intentioned FallenHero who's ultimately gone JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. But in-game, he is an ObviouslyEvil {{Jerkass}} whose massive [[{{Hypocrite}} Hypocrisy]] regarding [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil Light and Darkness]] as well as his many KickTheDog moments make him act virtually nothing like his AffablyEvil-AntiVillain conveyance in said Reports -- and just makes Eraqus lot more ProperlyParanoid against Darkness. [[note]]When you're the very pinnacle of DarkIsEvil {{Sociopath}}y, you're not exactly the most credible guy around when calling your former best friend a LightIsNotGood KnightTemplar, especially when [[NotHelpingYourCase your very actions only keep reinforcing his very belief system in question]].[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''
** [[KnightTemplar The Catalyst]] is probably one of the most extreme examples. Both his presentation and creator commentary pretty much indicate that he is intended to come across as some sort of AntiVillain who had to resort to ''extreme'' measures in order to accomplish its task (i.e., [[spoiler:he created the [[AFateWorseThanDeath Reapers]] in order to end organic-synthetic conflicts]]), and that [[spoiler:the choices he gives you at the end are meant to be similarly extremely morally ambiguous acts for the greater good]]. However, to many a fan, his [[InsaneTrollLogic reasoning is extremely nonsensical at best]], and at worst exemplifying utter [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocrisy]]. Furthermore, the choices he gives pretty much throw the whole theme of the franchise down the toilet. The Extended Cut fixes this slightly by allowing you to question the Catalyst's logic (though only in somewhat vague therms), and it becomes clear that it's more a case of AIIsACrapshoot. The ''Leviathan'' DLC expounds on this further when [[spoiler:you meet the Catalyst's creators and realize it really ''was'' just following its protocol; they just forgot to program it to [[GoneHorriblyRight not turn on them, too]]]]. It leaves a less sour taste in player's mouths than the original scene, but [[BrokenBase caused debate]] as to whether this was intended from the start or if this was an [[AuthorsSavingThrow retcon to placate the angry fanbase]].
** Tevos, the asari councilor, becomes another example in the third game. While she's initially presented as the "good" councilor when compared to the {{Jerkass}} Sparatus and the more neutral Valern, her actions in the third game make her look like a colossal hypocrite. While refusing to send help to Earth to fight the Reapers could be seen as cold pragmatism to defend her own people, the fact that she denied Shepard's warnings about the Reaper threat throughout the two previous games, even after Shepard saved her life from one at the end of the first game, is the reason why all life in the galaxy is unprepared for the current Reaper attack to begin with. And while equal blame could be laid at the feet of all councilors, save Anderson, for refusing to listen to Shepard's warnings, the third game reveals [[spoiler:there's another prothean beacon on Thessia with information on the Reapers and that the asari have kept it hidden in order to insure their superiority over other races.]] This means that unlike the other two councilors, Tevos actually had the means to find out about the Reaper invasion and prepare, yet she did nothing. Yet, no matter what, Shepard is forced to feel sorry for her when [[spoiler:the Reapers cause the fall of Thessia]], even though that, as well as the all the deaths caused by the Reapers in this cycle, was only possible through her inaction.
* The Qun is a fictional quasi-religious philosophy and a major setting element in the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII second]] and [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition third]] games of the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series. The games try to depict it as the same mix of noble and flawed as the [[CrystalDragonJesus Andrastian Chantry]], but their success is debatable. Qunari society is, though somewhat egalitarian, utterly totalitarian. Careers and other life-choices are made for citizens by the state, gender roles are so strictly enforced that those who go outside them are effectively considered ''trans''-gender rather than, say, women who can fight, and mages [[MouthStitchedShut have their mouths sewn shut]] and are chained and collared. It disdains outsiders who refuse to be converted (the word for non-Qunari is "bas", [[ItIsDehumanizing literally translating to "thing"]]), and anyone who leaves the religion behind is hunted down for re-education or, if they are violent habitual offenders, lobotomization with a chemical called qamek. The intent was to create an alien society that would make sense to its members but not to outsiders (and vice-versa), but to many gamers they come across instead as frighteningly, chillingly evil.
** This disdain for the religion of the Qun does not translate to Qunari characters, however. Sten in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is seen as lovable for his FishOutOfWater characterization, and the Iron Bull in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is one of the most popular characters in the entire series. The latter is telling however, since many fans adore him for being such a relaxed and open-minded character and rejecting many Qunari conventions in his role as a mercenary and Ben-Hassrath, and the decision to [[spoiler: sacrifice a deal with the Qunari, save his mercenary company, and subsequently drive Bull out of the Qun]] is a no-brainer for many gamers [[spoiler:even before ''Trespasser'' was released and players learned that the Qunari and Bull himself will betray the Inquisitor if the Chargers were sacrificed]].
*** As mentioned above, Creator/{{BioWare}} seems to be catching on to how unpopular and frighteningly dogmatic the Qunari are, since they were cast as the primary antagonists in ''Trespasser'', in which they [[spoiler:planned to assassinate most of the leadership in southern Thedas in a plot eerily reminiscent of a terrorist attack and invade and forcibly convert the South]]. Perhaps the most chilling example of how deeply indoctrinated believers in the Qun are comes from [[spoiler:Iron Bull's potential betrayal of the Inquisitor (which occurs if the Chargers were sacrificed in the base game), which he does without a second thought once ordered by the Ben-Hassrath. He even refers to the Inquisitor as "bas" before he attacks. Cole remarks that Iron Bull felt absolutely no regrets betraying a person who trusted him and considered him a friend for years]].
*** At one point during the regular campaign of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' in a conversation Iron Bull has with the Inquisitor, while generally defending the Qun (claiming that for most people, they'd find no real difference in their lifestyle) he admits that free-spirited or strong-willed people such as Varric, Sera, and Leliana would end up being executed or lobotomized under Qunari authority, tending to indicate that even before ''Trespasser'', Bioware wasn't looking to provide a lot of sympathy in the player base for the Qun.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' also has the Mage-Templar conflict at the center of its plot. While the narrative tries ''really'' hard to portray the two factions as being morally grey, a common criticism of the game is that [[EvilVersusEvil both sides]] come off as deaf-to-reason [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]]. The one person they both are willing to listen to, Grand Cleric Elthina, gets this too; she's clearly ''supposed'' to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure desperately trying to keep things together and failing despite valiant efforts, but her refusing to do anything but talk about compromise (while refusing to come up with any picture of what a compromise might be) while both sides (and elements of her own church) pile up the atrocities comes off as HeadInTheSandManagement bordering on StupidNeutral.
* The dwarves in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' are supposed to come across as a race who has been victimized by [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters the excesses and the greed of humanity as a whole]], and call humans out on not being able to live in harmony with nature. The intent is to make the player feel bad for killing them, but the fact that the dwarves were [[MoralEventHorizon conducting an operation of ethnic cleansing]] on the fairies, while at the same time [[MoralDissonance doing the same things]] [[{{Hypocrite}} they accuse humans of doing]] prevents them from getting sympathy. The fact that the game itself fails to see the hypocrisy of it all, in favor of [[NeverMyFault putting all the blame on humans]], (even the fairies blame the humans, rather than the dwarves who are actively killing them) is a sore spot for many players.
** There's also the matter of the demihumans. They constantly try to push the GreenAesop the game has going, and often bash humans for not living "in harmony with nature" the way they (the demihumans) want. The aesop falls flat because humanity ''is'' kind to nature, having only one city, which is remarkably very clean and produces no visible pollution. But what really makes them this is an alternate ending where [[spoiler:they take the now-unoccupied areas humans used to live in and proceed to live there without changing anything, making them just as bad as the humans they hated so much.]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': The way that Vamp's death scene is set up, with Naomi cradling him in tears as he slowly passes away from his various wounds after having his immortality-inducing nanomachines suppressed, is also clearly meant to make the players feel sympathetic for him and his tortured existence. The problem is that Vamp is never depicted as anything but a complete bloodthirsty monster; murdering dozens of innocent people and inflicting immeasurable suffering to the main cast (including murdering Otacon's sister purely out of spite), and is completely unrepentant for his crimes. Vamp had a horrible past, and the nanomachines arguably made it even worse, but he's still such an awful human being that it's nearly impossible to actually feel sympathetic towards him (his DracoInLeatherPants-ing fangirls notwithstanding).
** Solid Snake even offers a counterpoint to the idea that a tragic past makes you sympathetic (in the same game, no less). When talking about the B&B Corps, Drebin retells the horrible lives of each of the members, but Snake shoots it all down by saying that, at some point, a terrible life stops being an excuse for your actions. Yet, ''[=MGS4=]'' expects that same line of logic to work on a character with more reason for the player to hate.
*** And speaking of which, Snake himself can consequently come across as this via BrokenAesop: While he has a point about people like Vamp, people like the B&B Corps are contrarily too insane and non-lucid to be in any sort of control over their actions (not to mention, you know, being hooked up to all sorts of technology that definitely doesn't do their minds any favors). NoSympathy much, Snake?
* Mostly features in the PlayableEpilogue (The Answer) of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''; while it can be attributed to SEES [[spoiler:falling apart due to their leader's (the main character) death]], a lot of them become abrasive or take on idiotic actions that contradict their behavior from the main story. Yukari in particular acts hostile the entire time, and when [[spoiler:the opportunity to possibly revive the MC is presented to them]], she [[LoveMakesYouCrazy immediately decides to take that chance]], despite the risks involved. Mitsuru is even worse - she supports Yukari because she [[HonorBeforeReason comforted her after her father's death]], and she wants to support her. Mitsuru is [[spoiler:the granddaughter of the man who spurred most of the game's events, and she spent most of the game trying to ''clean up after him and atone for it.'']] In a way, her actions are the most nonsensical out of everyone. The rest of the cast either acts rather passive about the entire affair, or acts like a boneheaded jerk, like Akihiko. It's very much a relief for many people when Aigis makes sure that nothing is reversed in the end, and even Yukari apologizes for her erratic behavior.
** From the original game Ken. Granted, he did lose his mother, but his planning to [[spoiler:kill Shinjiro and then himself]] isn't something that anyone, except maybe Takaya, wants. While [[spoiler:Shinjiro is guilty of manslaughter]], his popularity and the fact that [[spoiler:he's willing to accept being killed for what he's done, save for the fact that Ken will then have to live with the guilt Shinjiro bore for years (a lesson Ken ignores)]] makes him somewhat more sympathetic by comparison. The official English localization doesn't help, as it's implied that rather than feel [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone guilty]] over [[spoiler:Shinjiro's death]], Ken's angry that [[spoiler:he didn't get to kill Shinjiro himself]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Ryotaro Dojima comes off as this. Throughout the game, he often suspected the Protagonist of getting involved with the murder mystery. Okay, a bit understandable since the murders started around the same time he came to town, and it's his job as a detective to find the pieces. During his Social Link, he and the Protagonist start to bond, but all of his CharacterDevelopment immediately gets derailed when [[spoiler: the killer sends a threatening letter to the Dojima residence]]. Dojima's first instinct is to completely [[spoiler: distrust the Protagonist, regardless of whether you completed his Social Link or not]]. Then, in the biggest WhatAnIdiot moment in the game, he [[spoiler: takes the Protagonist to the police station to interrogate him, and leaves Nanako, his seven-year-old daughter with no self-defense experience, home alone]]. This leads to [[spoiler: Nanako getting kidnapped and put into a life-threatening coma]], and not once is he ever called out on his negligence. He was [[spoiler: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally going to have been the killer]]]], and with how he was written, it makes you wonder just how late in game's development the change was made.
** The fighting game ''Persona4ArenaUltimax'' gives us [[spoiler:Sho Minazuki,]] the main antagonist. It has been displayed that he has had a horrid upbringing, [[spoiler:which was actually similar to the upbringing of the orphans who would become Strega in ''Persona 3,'' and it's mentioned that his adoptive father, Shuji Ikutusuki, tried to kill him at one point.]] He's reprimanded through and through as he deserves, and is ultimately left to his own devices in the end. Seems all well and good, except for the fact that [[spoiler:Yu and Labrys, more or less the protagonists of their respective routes, continually forgive him and insist that because of his upbringing, and because Sho feels he cannot form bonds without fighting, Sho cannot be held at fault.]] Sure, he's under the thumb of [[BigBad the Malevolent Entity]] the entire time, but [[spoiler:Sho's]] been shown to be psychotic, unforgiving, gleeful in harming others, and ''extremely'' immature.
** From the same game is a far less extreme version, but Akihiko, at the end of ''Arena'', seems to find value in protecting others and chooses to live out that desire by becoming a police officer. In ''Ultimax's'' ending, he [[spoiler:plans to establish some connections with Officer Kurosawa for his job with the Shadow Operatives, despite the fact that he wants to leave that group someday. He regularly slacks off of college, desires to aimlessly train like he did at the start of ''Arena'' (which he ''dropped out of college'' to do), and is extremely rude towards Aigis, who's more or less been forced to babysit him for the classes that Mitsuru is paying for. Even with his connections, chances are high that he'd need said college education to become an officer (most police-related occupations in Japan do). If Mitsuru didn't value him so much, Akihiko would basically be an incredibly ungrateful moocher with no life goals.]]
* Yusuke Kitagawa, one of your allies in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', slips into this once he joins you. He's a talented young artist who had been raised by Madarame, his abusive mentor, since the age of three, and said mentor not only takes credit ''and'' the profits for his work, but he also [[spoiler:indirectly caused Yusuke's sickly mother to ''die.'']] Yusuke is anemic and poor because of all of this. That being said, once Madarame is out of the picture, any and all financial support that is offered to Yusuke (namely from a former disciple of Madarame's that offers to be his patron his Cooperation link) is rebuffed because Yusuke wants to be a [[StarvingArtist "true artist,"]] he continuously mooches off of his friends either for food or shelter (being genuinely surprised that, no, he simply ''can't'' stay with Ann Takamaki's family for free and on a whim despite having a scholarship and housing at his school), lacks the same need to [[TheAtoner help others]], claiming that he wants to be a Phantom Thief so he can find new subjects to paint in the other world (all of the other party members want to help others who were abused by their targets, and Madarame himself abused many), and [[NoSocialSkills has absolutely no social tact]]. Time will tell whether or not this will change, as a lot of his popularity stems from [[{{Bishonen}} his looks]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} having his head in the clouds.]]
** [[ButtMonkey Ryuji Sakamoto]] also counts. For one thing, he is ''[[NoIndoorVoice irritatingly loud]]'', lazy, [[JerkAss generally rude]] and talks in an unnecessarily abrasive manner, usually not bothering to think before he speaks. He also has a tendency to complain and [[NeverMyFault blame everyone else]] when things go wrong. Players are ''supposed'' to feel sorry for him because [[spoiler:his dad was an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] and [[AbusiveParents beat him up as a kid]]. His HairTriggerTemper caused him to punch Kamoshida, which directly led to the track and field team being dissolved and his former teammates blaming and hating him for it, and justifiably so.]] Made even worse by the fact that Ryuji barely gets any character development at all throughout the game and repeatedly makes [[TooDumbToLive stupid decisions.]] [[spoiler:Even when he [[DisneyDeath seemingly dies]] doing a HeroicSacrifice near the end of the game, and the girls all start to cry over him, the ''first'' thing he does when he shows up again is ''to make fun of their "ugly crying faces"''.]] WhatAnIdiot.
* Helena Harper from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6''. She's been blackmailed by villains who kidnapped her sister [[spoiler:and turned her into a monster while they were at it]]. Unfortunately, her actions trying to save her sister led to an entire college campus turning into zombies. Even if you ''do'' feel bad for her at first, watching [[InnocentBystander Liz]] die from the infection and her lovable [[GoodParents father]] fall apart into [[NarmCharm heart-breakingly narmy tears]] will make quick work of that pity. [[{{Wangst}} It also doesn't help that she whines about her sister for ]] ''[[{{Wangst}} the entire game.]]''
* [[BigBad Eveline]] from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' was [[spoiler:engineered to be a WalkingWasteland bioweapon and programmed to desire a family as a means of spreading her infection]]. Pretty sad setup, but when a character is lashing out at injustice and wants to keep the audience on their side, it's really important to set the amount of sadistic cruelty, arrogant taunting, and evil laughter they display as close to zero as possible. Eveline uses all three of those things to an excess, making it clear that she's well aware of the pain and suffering she causes, and that she ''enjoys'' it. When Eveline [[MoralMyopia whiningly asks why everyone hates her]] near the end, many players [[ShutUpHannibal had no trouble giving an answer]].
* Within the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series, the games generally did a good job portraying the heroes as heroes and the villains as villains. The third game, ''Neptunia Victory'', had a lot of problems with this matter.
** The eponymous main character Neptune has become even lazier than she was in ''Mk2'', spending YEARS without doing anything and being an ass to anyone who calls her out on her laziness. Even worse, she treats her beloved sister VERY badly, especially in the Good Ending (Spoiler: No, this ending isn't much of an ending at all...)
** Of course, we have Plutia, with one side of the fandom loving her endearing laziness and her HDD mode as sadistic Iris Heart, and the other side thinking that her normal form is a lazy idiot and her HDD form an overpowered and bitchy jackass whose only reason for existing is to rape everybody.
** This has the side effect of making the villains UnintentionallySympathetic, as not only are THEY the ones going up against insurmountable odds (seven random people who aren't the most united working together against PhysicalGods), their motivations of overthrowing the [=CPU=]s (who can be lazy, arrogant, sore losers and pretty illogical) can be pretty sound.
** [[spoiler:However, ONE villain has this problem. Rei, normally, is sympathetic. However, like Iris Heart, her HDD mode kills her character, making her an intolerable hypocrite unwilling to acknowledge her mistakes and actually DESERVING her ten thousand years of loneliness.]]
** The remake, ''Hyperdimension Neptunia RE;Birth 3'', is a big AuthorsSavingThrow that addressed many of these concerns. Neptune is much more eager to get things done, implies she's been on off-screen adventures during the timeskips, and has a '''much''' better relationship with her sister. Plutia was made less of a toxic influence, Iris' sadism was made much less sexual, and both forms are more emotionally intelligent than she's letting on. The villains make more satisfying antagonists by sheer dint of the heroes being more heroic. And where plot points demand the party do jerkass things, [[MediumAwareness the characters themselves]] heavily imply they know it's a recycled script and transparently try to get the scenes over with painlessly. For the most part, it seems to have worked.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'':
** Adam Malkovich is supposed to be a stern but fair leader who genuinely cares about the protagonist Samus Aran and a competent commander. However, his actions on screen show him treating Samus with a mixture of condescending rudeness and cold indifference. Despite the fact that at this point she has a successful career as a bounty hunter and as a mercenary for the Federation who destroyed the entire base of the pirates, he still doesn't consider her as his equal and allows her to join his crew on the Bottle Ship only if she strictly follows his orders. Which leads to the infamous ''Authorization System''. Samus cannot use any of her equipment, even her defensive gear, until Adam says she can. At one point of the game, Adam asks you to go to a lava-filled area ''without the Varia Suit'' (a suit that protects you from deadly heat and convection). Eventually Adam does something heroic when he saves Samus from a Metroid...[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext by shooting her in the back!]] [[spoiler: For those reasons, many players were apathetic during his death scene and horrified by the implications of him coming back as a computer in ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion''.]]
*** Something repeated about Adam, over and over, is that [[TheNeedsOfTheMany he's willing to sacrifice things that he cares about for the greater good]]. The game certainly shows a lot of him sacrificing things... not so much on the "cares about" front. There is never a point in the game where Adam exhibits any affection or care for those around him or under him (including his own family), nor is there a point where he grapples with the difficulty of sacrificing something important to him. Even in his "HeroicSacrifice," he states that the only reason he is sacrificing himself and not Samus is that Samus is more able to finish the mission. Because of this, Adam comes off less like a man willing to make hard decisions and more like a sociopath who views everything as disposable assets.
** Melissa Bergman/MB is regarded by Samus as a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, who was unfairly used by the Galactic Federation as [[PoweredByAForsakenChild a means for a telepathic army]]. While there's some truth to this, the story treats her as though all her megalomania came from their treatment from her, and not from [[spoiler:being a clone of Mother Brain, the archetypal [[AIISACrapshoot power-hungry AI]] of the ''Metroid'' series]]. Samus then claims MB killing all the staff aboard the Bottle Ship as her vengeance, wanting to merely "punish the foolish and conceited", but that's an overly excusing reading of a someone who murdered hundreds for the actions of a few and then ''planned galactic genocide''.
* Arietta from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. Despite being one of the villains, she's portrayed as a poor girl who lost her parents in the events of Hod years prior to the story, was [[RaisedByWolves raised by ligers]] and can talk to them, before being intergrated into human society. She's supposed to be seen as pitiful, because she used to be a Fon Master Guardian, but was removed from that position two years ago, making her feel thrown away from Ion, whom she loved. [[spoiler: The reason she was removed was because Ion died and was replaced with a replica, who had no memories, so it would have been easily discovered, had the new Ion not remembered the years he had spent with Arietta.]] Even the heroes feel sorry for Arietta. But she spends the game whining about how she lost her position, whining at Ion when she sees him and getting into petty fights with Anise, all while blaming Luke, Tear and Jade for having killed her adoptive liger mother and refusing to listen to any explanations. Arietta even killed people and paid a major part in the overtaking of the Tartarus, early in the game, so she's got blood on her hands. It's very difficult to like her [[spoiler: even when she dies later on]].
** A big reason for the BrokenBase surrounding Anise herself can be attributed to this trope as well. [[spoiler:She was blackmailed by Mohs to spy on the player's party with her gullible parents held hostage. This act of spying would eventually lead into Ion's death. Anise felt absolutely guilty over this, and rightfully so. However, her way to deal with Arietta was to spare her from the AwfulTruth about Ion, which Anise says would [[FateWorseThanDeath devastate Arietta's mind.]]]] The fans still hated Anise for this, and the hatred wasn't quite unfounded. After witnessing her party members growing so strong, she should have confessed to them without harming anyone. On top of that, Anise was on board in blaming Luke and giving snarky death suggestions on him after Akzeriuth, which was believed to be not quite Luke's fault (He pulled the trigger, but it was due to Vaan's manipulations), thus she's pegged as EasilyForgiven for [[spoiler:causing Ion to die.]]
*** On that note, many players felt like the party members blaming Luke is hypocritical as the major reason that Luke ended up trusting Vaan was because showing he's extremely sheltered and has no idea how the world works (including having to be taught the concept of bartering), they regularly ignored him and tell him to shut up and ''refused to explain why he shouldn't do the thing that lead to Akzeriuth or not trust Vaan''.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' is supposed to be a FallenHero [=/=] WellIntentionedExtremist wanting to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans create a utopia at any cost]]. In theory, it's a great idea that fits in with the game's overall OrderVersusChaos theme. The problem? He claims to be behind ''[[TheManBehindTheMan everything]]'' that we see in the story. This not only doesn't make much sense (considering that so many of the villains seem to be working against one another) but it also means that he is [[HoistByHisOwnPetard directly responsible for all of the corruption that he claims he is trying to stop]]. The fact that the full extent of his plan is not explained in the main story (instead being relegated to [[GuideDangIt many sidequests with obnoxious requirements]]) and the fact that his English voice, of all people, is Creator/DCDouglas - a man who ''excels'' at playing ObviouslyEvil {{Large Ham}}s, and who plays Alexei's LaughingMad DespairEventHorizon moment as a straight-up EvilLaugh - means that he comes across more as a cheesetastic over-the-top pantomime villain when he should be a tragic AntiVillain. While [[TropesAreNotBad this is not necessarily bad]] ''per se'', since Alexei's LaughablyEvil antics have become rather [[MemeticMutation memetic]] within the series' fandom, it's clear that the character really didn't come across as the writers intended him to.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2''
** Strangely enough, Alt!Milla is considered this In-Universe. She comes from [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an alternate]] dimension, where she managed to get rid of Exodus at a young age and, hence, did not need to be the Lord of the Spirits any longer and is living a rather human life with her sister Muzét. Said sister has been blinded by an attack while protecting Milla and denied re-entry to the Spirit Realm, which has resulted in her abusing Milla for the past fourteen years. When Alt!Milla gets accidentally transported into the prime dimension, she needs to deal with the reality that her world was not real, is now destroyed and [[spoiler: that her appearance has caused Prime!Milla to disappear into the abyss between dimensions, as well as]] that she actually has no real place in the prime dimension. Unfortunately, Alt!Milla decides to be repeatedly abrasive with others, whines about how her world is destroyed and in general does nothing but wallow in her misery. It gets to the point that Gaius calls her out on her behavior.
** Elle. She's a young girl, separated from her father and on a journey to the Land of Canaan. She's taken under Ludger's wing and tries to act adult, but is still a child in a situation that she isn't ready for and understandably lashes out, as a kid is wont to do. [[spoiler: She's also revealed to be part of a fractured dimension, meaning that she'll disappear if they wish for all fractured dimensions to disappear, leaving her to consider herself a fake, similar to Alt!Milla above.]] Exactly how sympathetic she is to people can vary, though some of her lashings out leave her looking beyond selfish for a child's standards.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'': The developers have stated that all of the factions are mostly neutral, including Demacia and Noxus. However, with how Noxus is portrayed as being filled with various {{SocialDarwinist}}s and sadists who are very brutal and sinister in doing their jobs, not to mention often taking the 'bad guy' role during cinematics... Well, we have a reason Noxus is often considered ''the'' AlwaysChaoticEvil faction.
* There is a version of this trope that led to a bit of a BrokenBase in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma''. [[HospitalHottie Litchi Faye-Ling]] has taken swing into AntiVillain [[ForcedIntoEvil against her will]] and her arcade shows that she has a big remorse in fighting her friends and is not pleased with her superiors. All in all, it led to her being 'sympathetic'. However, in story mode, [[spoiler:after having her attempts to be 'good' again was undone via time reset, she's later shown to still continue aiding Relius to 'recreate the world' under the goal of 'creating a world where Lotte Carmine exists', to dissuade her grief of losing him now that he couldn't be saved.]] At that point, the base broke: some still considers her sympathetic and tragic like what was intended in the Arcade Mode because among other things, [[spoiler:she's pushed beyond her limits and sees no other 'option' to save Lotte, and she still shows dislike and remorse to what she must do, proven with how she tried to stop Carl from joining her]], others follow this trope and lost any sympathy for her, thought she crossed the MoralEventHorizon because... [[spoiler:is saving one person and alleviating your own grief and guilt when no one else could worth aiding an equivalent to a genocide that involves herself and other characters that cared about her?]]
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** Michalis of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'' is supposed to be a TragicVillain, with the wise sage Gotoh expressing pity for the burden that his crimes have put on his soul. Trouble is, those crimes are killing his father so that he can seize the throne and ally Medon with the BigBad after too long chatting with [[ManipulativeBastard Gharnef]]. Then he dupes his little sister Maria and makes her a hostage in Doluna, with orders that she be killed if his other sister Minerva tries to pull a HeelFaceTurn. While it's understandable that Maria (who's a healer) would save her brother, it's hard for players to find his story all that sympathetic or his redemption arc in the sequel very satisfying. And to make matters worse, in the remake, once he's miraclously brought BackFromTheDead, rather than having an epiphany (which could have made his redemption having a meaning), he instead reverts to his tyrannical personality like nothing happened in the course of both games and got a happy end on top of it. Anyone wonders why they usually opt to leave him dead afterwards?
** Travant from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' is in a similar boat. He's intended to be a WellIntentionedExtremist, a good man at heart who's driven to extreme actions for the good of his country, which is suffering from extreme poverty. Unfortunately, we're introduced to him by seeing him ambush Quan and Ethlyn, massacring their armies, murdering Ethlyn in cold blood and talking their newborn child hostage to force Quan to disarm himself ''just so he can kill him more easily'', and taking the baby to raise as his own afterwards. And when we meet him in the second generation, he doesn't seem to show any hint of remorse for what he did. Most players cheer at having Quan's son Leif cut him down, rather than feel bad for him. The midquel ''Thracia 776'' seems to have realised this and tried to correct it. Unfortunately, the only way for them to do so was to reveal, [[AssPull out of nowhere]], that EvilerThanThou villains manipulated him into killing Quan and Ethlyn.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' has a villain example, Carlyle. The head of the Jehannan military, he nursed a BodyguardCrush on his country's beautiful Queen Ismaire, but eventually sells his country out to the Grado Empire when it becomes apparent she'll never reciprocate. He seems to be intended as a TragicVillain driven to evil by unrequited love, but in practice comes off more as an EntitledBastard who uses ImAManICantHelpIt as a justification for ''treason''.
** To a lesser extent, there's Dragon King Dheginsea in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius the tenth game]]. To avoid a prophecy that states TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt would come if all of Tellius went to war, he ordered his nation of Goldoa into a state of total isolationism, with Goldoans being forbidden from providing military aid to, conducting diplomacy with, or even trading with any other country, just so, in the event of a war, there would be one country that ''technically'' isn't involved. He does [[VillainHasAPoint turn out to be sort of right]], but he could've been less of a knob about it. What ''really'' seals this though is that [[spoiler: when the prophecy comes true and Ashera reawakens to destroy the world, he decides to side with her, despite having absolutely nothing to gain from this and contradicting his entire motivation before. It almost feels as if this was only done to give the player a dramatic boss fight.]] That last part is lampshaded and discussed: [[spoiler:the other Laguz rulers promptly lose sympathy for him upon this confrontation, and grief for Dheginsea is very thinly spread outside the dragon tribe. One in particular just barely chooses not to SpeakIllOfTheDead, but still assigns the deceased exactly as much blame as he deserves.]]
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' players sometimes end up taking a dim view of [[spoiler: Alicia]] because of her [[CursedWithAwesome melodramatic whining about her superpowers]]. Her life doesn't change ''at all'' after she becomes a Valkyria, the only difference is that she has the option of killing enemy soldiers with a lance instead of a rifle (and she's ''deadlier with the rifle''), and that since she's an orphan, she now has some idea of who her birth mother must have been. She ignores all of this and instead goes on to have a screaming temper-tantrum that very nearly burns her entire squad alive because she just wants to be normal... even though her powers are completely under her control and she can use them, or not use them, at her discretion, and she doesn't realize it until [[HystericalWoman her boyfriend tells her]] [[DeclarationOfProtection it's all gonna be okay]]. [[spoiler: Which is exactly what she does, she just never uses her powers again.]]
* [[spoiler:Mr Sohta]] from the horror RPG, {{Misao}}. In the end, the game tries really hard to make you feel sorry for, or at least forgive him due to his backstory, but by that point he has killed at least two girls and committed various other awful acts and it's generally considered too late. During his playthrough of the game, {{LetsPlay/Markiplier}} puts it best:
-->'''Markplier:''' (reading game text) "You're really a nice person [[spoiler: Mr. Sohta]]...just a little awkward sometimes. [[EasilyForgiven And I like you for who you are]]." [[SarcasmMode Even though you're a murdering psychopath]]!
* ''VideoGame/MermaidSwamp'' gives us the old man. He reveals that [[spoiler: he felt sorry for the 'mermaids' his family had kept for years and wanted to return them, but due to the strange fascination that they have on the men of the Tsuchida family, he was incapable of actually doing anything to them, so he used the protagonist and her friends to do it for him]]. While this could make the guy very sympathetic to some players, the fact that it's only revealed in the GoldenEnding makes it difficult to actually feel it, because [[GuideDangIt one is more likely to get any of the other endings, which are all bad, first]]. And the fact that said old man is anything ''but'' helpful in those endings makes him less sympathetic. [[spoiler: In the other endings, he's more inclined to abuse Rin's [[GoMadFromTheRevelation insane state]] than actually help her and kills some of the characters.]]
* The Kobali are put under the light in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''. They weren't particularly liked for their {{Grave Robb|ing}}er ways when they showed up in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', but the Kobali Battlezone missions as well as "Dust to Dust" make them even more unlikable as we come to find out that they've been [[spoiler:resurrecting dead Vaadwaur and the Vaadwaur want them back.]] It gets worse when it is revealed that [[spoiler:they have the body of the original Harry Kim.]] So much so that Harry Kim takes the Kobali to task for their actions, despite the fact that it goes against the Prime Directive and that they're supposed to be our allies.
* ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'': So a major conflict in the game is how Tails starts feeling like Sonic is beginning to lose faith in him in favor of Eggman, and just wants to be of use to his hero. However, this ignores the fact that 1) Eggman is the only one capable of disabling the machine since he was the one who made it. and 2) Tails makes no objections to even allowing him to help in the first place. In fact, this has the side effect of making Sonic UnintentionallySympathetic, as he's treated negatively for his earlier actions that kicked off the plot despite his genuine remorse and trying to make amends. The plot is firmly on Tails` side of the conflict and in the end, ''Sonic'' apologizes for "not trusting him enough". And the whole conflict ends up being moot anyway when Tails just randomly disables Eggman's machine to begin with.
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'': Easily this trope falls onto the Arcanist Victoria. So, she has had a terrible life as she had an incurable disease and that the local corrupt church would just abandon her to die. Her life was spared thanks to an experimental chemical treatment, but it comes with the side-effect of trapping her in a young girl's body despite being in her late teen's as well as periodic seizures. While that's sad and everything, these circumstances have turned her into a psychotic sadist willing to kill anyone even tangentially related to the corrupt church in the first place, even if it's simple pious innocents living far away from the church's center, or even just outright killing people for mistaking her for a little girl, ''which she does.''
* Nilin of ''VideoGame/RememberMe'' traces everything back to [[spoiler: her mother losing her leg in a car accident]] when she was a kid. The story definitely portrays Nilin as being an undeserving victim, but her character development over the rest of the game tends to undermine it. Her self-centered behavior in the game implies that her behavior as a child, and her willingness to use her remix ability to [[spoiler: just make Scylla out to be a bad driver and herself a perfect angel and]] dodge all the hard work and consequences, are not simple childishness or immaturity as much as they are inherent character flaws.
* While ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' tries very hard to make you feel sorry for Dr. Alphys, she came across more as a BitchInSheepsClothing to a few fans. [[spoiler:Not only does she run a MonsterProtectionRacket with Mettaton so she can insert herself into the player's adventure as a hero, but her experiments with determination and monster souls lead to the creation of both the Amalgamates and Flowey.]] Those still leave a bitter taste in a few fans' mouths, especially since she never apologies or even confesses to the former, despite it being entirely her fault. It's hard to blame her entirely for the latter, since it was an experiment ordered by King Asgore that had GoneHorriblyWrong, and she had no idea what would happen. Either way, she suffers no consequences for either of these behaviors in the game's GoldenEnding, while one of the more sympathetic characters ends up [[AndIMustScream suffering a terrible fate]], making a BittersweetEnding.
** To some extent, Undyne and the monsters who try to kill you, assuming you're not doing a Genocide or a very violent Neutral run. The story treats any killing of a monster as something horrible... But plenty of these monsters are also actively trying to kill a child. While the YouBastard comments are accurate when it comes to the player, and while the extent to which the lack of sympathy those monsters might elicit is unintentional at least partly depends on the player (there are comments in a Pacifist run that compliment the player for their willingness to TurnTheOtherCheek), In-Universe those monsters don't know that the player exists and don't know that you can reset (except Flowey and [[spoiler:Sans]]). Therefore, and even if BlueAndOrangeMorality is often at play, most of the monsters seem surprisingly okay when they have to murder a child. Also, Undyne's words about how you're an "evil" force standing in the way of everyone's "hopes and dreams" lose a lot of their impact, especially in a Pacifist run, when you remember that she's saying it to a child. (And contrary to other monsters, she has seen Human History / Anime, so she probably knows the difference between an adult human and a child.) For an anime fan, she doesn't seem to realize that [[WouldHurtAChild hurting children]] is almost always a trait displayed by the villains. The fact that she remains hostile even after you spare her and even if you continue a Pacifist run (until you [[spoiler:befriend her]] of course) may also make Undyne lose some sympathy.
* The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' prequel ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' wants you to feel sorry for [[CreatorsPet Genesis]], who is suffering a genetically degrading disease and is so desperate for a cure he's allowing Hollander [[spoiler:and Lazard]] to use him. Except he's an arrogant, long-winded jerk, the injury that triggered the disease is his own fault for showing off, and you could make a strong case that if he hadn't started his rebellion against Shinra, the events that set Sephiroth's StartOfDarkness in motion might not have happened. Hell, Genesis seems to be ''amused'' when he reveals Sephiroth's origins to him and watches him begin to fall apart for it, yet we're supposed to feel sorry for him.
* This trope is the reason why Nix from ''VideoGame/Infamous2'' is so [[TheScrappy disliked]] among the fandom. She's meant to be portrayed as a JerkassWoobie with a tragic past involving [[spoiler: the deaths of her parents at the hands of [[BigBad Bertrand]]]], but this FreudianExcuse is flimsy at best and does little to justify her violent streak. The Evil choices she advocates for Cole are [[ForTheEvulz outlandishly, stupidly evil]], and make her come off as a borderline sociopath. This is especially in contrast with Kuo and Zeke, who are far more sympathetic and have more character depth in general. [[note]]Zeke managed to be RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap for his CharacterDevelopment over the course of the game, and Kuo's JerkassWoobie behavior came across as far more justified after she was turned into AnIcePerson against her will.[[/note]]
* The ''VideoGame/AceAttorney'' series, with its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, has a number of folks who fall into this.
** The ThatOneLevel case of "Turnabout Big Top" has the murderer, [[spoiler: Acro]]. It's true the murder was [[spoiler: accidental, but he was intending to kill someone else. Namely, a 16 year old girl who, due to her sheltered upbringing, didn't understand the seriousness of a prank she played that put Acro's brother into a vegetative state. He would have killed his benefactor's only child]], and that made some fans think the SympatheticMurderer angle trying to be played was forced.
** Desiree Delite. [[spoiler: She's helpful to Phoenix]] and is definitely a nice person. [[spoiler: But she does, by the end of the game, advocate her husband's life of crime in order to satisfy her shopping habit,]] a habit she has no intention of stopping.
** Godot. He even lampshades how his screw up of [[spoiler: not going to Phoenix when he learned of Morgan's plan to kill Maya. This directly leads to the death of Misty Fey.]] Lots of fans believe [[spoiler: Misty's]] death wouldn't have been necessary if he hadn't [[spoiler: tried to get revenge for Mia's death and his own poisoning.]]
** ''VideoGame/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' has Justine Courtney in the second installment. She's supposed to come off as a merciless to lawbreakers and a servant to the law, coupled with being in a bad situation having to worry about [[spoiler: her kidnapped son]]. But in the 4th case, she [[spoiler: introduces fabricated evidence to convict Kay of a murder]], and later, [[spoiler: is discovered to have the opportunity to commit the crime, but she dismisses this out of hand, and no one else brings this up.]] To make things worse, she is a KarmaHoudini [[note]]Unless you count the stress of her adopted son's kidnapping in Case 5 as punishment in and of itself.[[/note]].
* Luka in ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101''. His mom died and he blames the superhero team the game is named after for not being able to save her. That part's fine and sympathetic. What isn't is how he [[spoiler:genuinely wants to ally with the GEATHJERK forces, who are trying to destroy Earth, and even aid them by leaking inside technology and weak points in the planet's defenses. Making matters worse is the timing of his Heel-Face Turn, which is after he finds out that his mom is technically alive through the defense robot Platinum Robo. Still wanting to side with GEATHJERK even after their Dragon reduced Blossom City to a pile of ruins floating in the sky speaks a lot about him.]] In spite of all of this, Wonder-Red and Wonder-Pink both bend over backwards to downplay his behavior and at worst he's supposed to be seen as misguided and driven too far with revenge (one of the game's main themes). He does make a full HeelFaceTurn [[spoiler:and even joins the team as Wonder-Goggles]], but it's hard to feel sorry for the kid who [[spoiler:was absolutely willing to destroy his entire planet all because he thought his mom died, and only went back to the heroes after finding out she isn't dead.]]
* Patroklos in ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur V'' is shown to be a self-righteous, sociopathic racist who remorselessly murders an innocent man in the opening cutscene of the game. He's also supposed to be [[DesignatedHero the protagonist]]. You're supposed to feel sorry for him because his mother is dead and his sister was abducted since childhood. His relationship with Pyyhra is supposed to be his redeemable trait, but that even gets thrown out the window when he finds out [[spoiler: she's the bearer of the Soul Edge]]. He runs away from their battle and vows to kill her if he ever saw her again.
* Nina Williams of the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' franchise is always, always, ''always'' presented as a super-cool badass who [[DesignatedHero we're supposed to root for]] in her rivalry against her twin sister Anna; the two animated films based on the series and the spinoff game ''Death by Degrees'' all depict Nina as the hero and Anna as a craven, pathetic villain. The main series, though, has shown Nina be extremely vicious, cruel and abusive towards her sister, even on occasions where Anna has sincerely tried in good faith to bury the hatchet between them, and has gone so far as to outright ''murder'' Anna --along with numerous other innocent people-- in at least one [non-canon] ending. If Nina's CharacterShilling weren't so obvious, it'd be easy to assume that we were meant to sympathize with [[UnintentionallySympathetic Anna]] instead (who's no saint herself, but comes off as amoral at worst instead of, y'know, ''evil'').
* Jake Conway in ''VideoGame/RideToHellRetribution''. We are supposed to sympathize and root for him because his brother has just been murdered by the Devil's Hand and decides to go against them as revenge for his brother's death. But the lengths he is willing to go and the sheer amount of innocent people he murdered to accomplish this [[HeWhoFightsMonsters makes him as bad, if not worse than the very bikers that he hated]]. Case in point, when he encounters an electric fence his solution to the problem is to kill a bunch of innocent truckers, steals their fuel truck, then drives it to the power plant, killing any police that tries to get in his way and when he entered there, he kills all the workers that tried to defend the dam, afterwards he proceeds to shoot he fuel tank in order to blow up the power plant that somehow managed to shut down the electric fence. [[InferredHolocaust Disregarding how much potential damage it could do by shutting down the power source for at least four states]], this plan is [[ComplexityAddiction needlessly elaborate]] and [[StupidEvil cruel]] considering that he could have just find a tree to jump over a fence or even use the truck just to ram a fence with minimal innocent casualties.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' has a few examples:
** Miranda, the First Sacred Sister and final party member. Her backstory would normally garner a lot of sympathy: She was unwanted (and beaten) by her mother. Her father was a lush who also beat her. She would run away and spend all of her time wandering a glacier until she was adopted by Queen Theresa. During the story, Rose is also a unwarranted bitch to Miranda, telling her Miranda isn't as capable with the [[spoiler: White Silver Dragoon Spirit that rejected Shana in favor of Miranda]] when [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Miranda is just as capable in the actual game.]] However, before we reach that part, we meet Miranda for a bit. She's shown to be hot-tempered, immature, and a poor leader.
** Miranda's mother, was supposedly trapped in a loveless marriage to a drunk. That's pretty sympathetic. However, she also beat her own child (who was an infant, no less) in order to deal with her pain.
** Rose can fall under this as well. She's hot-tempered and nasty to both Lavitz and Miranda, fairly arrogant, and begins to fall under TierInducedScrappy after Disc 1. Some players found her backstory not to justify her whining, and were grateful when Miranda slapped her in Disc 4.
* Chloe of ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'', to the point of being a BaseBreakingCharacter. The entire game revolves around Max's reconnection with her, in the form of Chloe dying and Max using her rewind powers to save her life. While she ''is'' supposed to be seen as flawed, her tragic backstory and BrokenBird tendencies aren't necessarily enough to redeem her selfish, arrogant attitude, or her tendency to do stupid things that get her killed. One infamous example was when David caught her with her weed, and if Max didn't hide, she'd [[DirtyCoward immediately throw Max under the bus]], but if the player denied it, the game will basically [[WhatTheHellHero guilt trip you]] for letting Chloe get in trouble. Another moment was when she asked Max if she could steal money from a fundraiser '''[[MoralEventHorizon that was supposed to help disabled students]]''' so she could pay off her debts that she got herself into. This also contributes to the player base reactions to the endings, since how much the player cares about Chloe, and Max's relationship with her, factors heavily in both of them.
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' has an example where sympathy is properly placed right up until going a step too far: [[spoiler:Lao. Initially he's an implied DeathSeeker because his wife and child were screwed out of their positions on the evacuation ship by rich and influential people who "bought" their way on board. This much is fine, as the characters are tactful and Lao doesn't {{Wangst}} in front of the player at all. No, his choice of action is to ''sell out humanity to a race openly bent on genocide''. When this is revealed, Lin and the PlayerCharacter will automatically stand in front of Lao to stop Elma shooting him - despite the fact that Elma would be completely justified in a field execution, and this act of mercy directly enables the destruction of humanity's best hope for the future - an outcome that could have been easily predicted.]] Needless to say, many players consider the traitor's ultimate fate to be [[KarmaHoudini a total slap on the wrist]].
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* Fuminori, the VillainProtagonist of ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'' is intended to inspire distaste from the audience later in the game, [[spoiler:when he loses himself completely to his "love" for Saya and starts to hurt people for her]]. From the beginning, though, many players find him repulsive. It's easy to understand why he wants to be close to Saya and even feels love for her, because she's the only thing he can see that doesn't look like a twisted mass of rotting flesh. Since she looks to him like a prepubescent child, though, and since he believes that's what she actually is, his decision to take her home and repeatedly have sex with her doesn't do much to set him up as a fundamentally decent victim of circumstance.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has [[StraightMan Ushiromiya George]], the eldest of the cousins. We're shown that he deeply loves and cares about his fiancée [[ShrinkingViolet Shanon]], and how despite being an servant/master relationship he's willing to go against his mother's will to marry her. He's crushed and traumatized each time Shanon is murdered, mourning their lost future and dreams together. However, in the flashbacks and even during the family conference we're shown that George is very manipulative of Shanon, taking delight in being able to make her feel however he pleases, bossing her around and [[ItsAllAboutMe going on and on in detail about the future he has planned for both of them while showing very little concern with Shanon's opinions or what actually Shanon could want]]. He's conscious of his manipulative tendencies, but sees nothing wrong with them.\\\
Later, we're also shown that he harbors a resentment towards [[HotBlooded Battler]] and [[GenkiGirl Jessica]] for being outgoing and popular, while he was rather shy and reserved, to the point of being considered boring by other people, and that traces of this can still be shown when he looks down on Battler and Jessica for not getting good grades as him or acting childish to play with [[CreepyChild Maria]]. In the flashbacks he even looks delighted when Battler leaves the family, rubbing into Shanon's face how her [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood crush]] will never, ever come back. Given that most of his issues are rooted in [[MyBelovedSmother Eva's]] overly controlling behavior towards him, going as far as to plan an arranged marriage for him and switching between guilt trips and praise to make him to do whatever she wants, you'd understand why he behaves like that, but for some fans that still doesn't quite balance the scales.
* ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'' has Julianna, the Duchess of Ursul. As the only openly-acknowledged Lumen, she's subject to a degree of FantasticRacism and, depending on whether Elodie bolsters the public acceptance of Lumens, may remain utterly hated by the masses; she even has a special segment in most of the epilogues and a number of special conversations suggesting [[TheWoobie that she's socially isolated because of her powers and feels guilty for not protecting Fidelia]]. To the player, her condescending, snobby attitude combined with her [[AdultsAreUseless utter unwillingness to actually do anything unless she can't avoid it]] makes it hard to feel bad for her.
* Clover from ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''. In the true route, Junpei is able to help her get over the emotions of [[spoiler:brother's death]], gets an emotional reunion scene when it turns out [[spoiler:her brother isn't actually dead]] and goes on in that route to remain as the bubbly character she started out out. However, in one of the other endings where Junpei isn't able to help her, she snaps and goes crazy with an ax, killing everyone. Some players who got this ending before the true ending find it impossible to think of Clover as anything but an ax-wielding psychopath.\\\
The developers themselves seemed to be aware of this problem. In the game's sequel, ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', during Luna's path during which it's revealed that Clover [[spoiler:confronted Luna over Alice's death, threatening her with an injection gun, the game throws in a few lines explaining that Clover didn't seem like she actually wanted to kill Luna, and that the gun fired by mistake during a struggle]]. It doesn't help in VLR that Clover's model has has a bug where instead of defaulting to a neutral expression, she slips into a smile when she's not emoting (and combined with [[IdiotBall taking a noticeable drop in intelligence from 999 to VLR]] -- from explaining the rather complex "The Ship of Theseus" thought experiment to Junpei to misreading "Pantry" as "Panties" in VLR, she ends up coming off as a Sociopathic Ditz
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has Sayaka Maizono, the super duper high school Idol. She reveals that she became an idol, because they fascinated her as a child and were loved by everyone, which she desperately wanted to have, having been left alone a lot as a child by her workaholic father and is terrified of losing her status as an idol and the friends she has made with it. Then it turns out that she [[spoiler: began to form a plan to commit a murder and having Naegi set up to take the fall, so Sayaka can leave the school. This included manipulating him and his obvious crush on her, getting the two to swap rooms for the night and her plan to backfire horribly and resulting in ''her'' death, rather than Leon's]]. After those revelations, Kirigiri tries to calm Naegi (and the player) down by saying that Sayaka wasn't as bad as this may have made her look, but the damage has been done in the player's eyes and Sayaka lost any sympathy, no matter what her FreudianExcuse of a sad past had attempted to build up.
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* Website/GoAnimate "[[YouAreGrounded Grounded]]" videos: The parent characters who are punishing the trouble-making kids, particularly those of "baby show" characters such as WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}} and WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer. The makers of these videos intend for the viewers to side against Caillou and Dora (who, truth to tell, [[TookALevelInJerkass aren't the wholesome lovable heroes that they are]] canonically, themselves) and with their parents. But in all honesty, the measures the parents take to teach Caillou and Dora their lessons often come off as [[DisproportionateRetribution overly cruel]]. Even so much as hitting a sibling can lead to getting grounded or even murdered (directly or indirectly) by their parents. Additionally, sometimes the parents even do stuff without Caillou and Dora just to be mean (sometimes even before the kid has even caused any trouble) and, in extreme cases, even tell them to their faces how much they and the world hates them. In the end, the parents frequently come off as [[AbusiveParents incredibly abusive]] [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]] not worth rooting for over the [[JerkassWoobie Jerkass Woobies]] Caillou and Dora.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': Some felt this way about Trixie. She acts incredibly smug, arrogant, and condescending throughout the entire series, has no qualms about trying to get Rainbow Dash wrongly prosecuted simply for revenge on Twilight, and repeatedly prioritizes revenge over the truth. She's meant to get a CryForTheDevil in the form of [[spoiler:black Psyche-locks]], but these are [[InformedAttribute never significantly explained or elaborated on]]. Phoenix at times says she's doing certain things for noble purposes, but virtually every one of these instances is actually explainable by Trixie just serving her own selfish ends. She even savors [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash's guilty verdict]], rubbing it in Twilight's face and declaring that she felt on top of the world afterwards. She never even apologizes or shows remorse for what she did, not even when Phoenix [[spoiler:generously helps her out and saves her career]]. The only really noble thing she ever does, [[spoiler:write a secret, reluctant thank-you note to Phoenix]], came at no cost to herself whatsoever, and as far as she knew, would not be discovered by anypony.
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* Hazel from ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'': The author, Danielle Corsetto, [[WordOfGod has said]] that she deliberately writes her as a flawed character to make her more believable and relatable. However, many times this crosses into Hazel being downright unlikable. It came to the point were many readers cheered when Zach broke up with her, even though it was portrayed as a very sad thing in the webcomic.
* A large chunk of the cast of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' come off as this, which is one of the main reasons for the series' rather large hatedom. Luna, Melna and Dominic himself are probably the biggest offenders, though Melna at least has a FreudianExcuse to explain her behaviour even if it doesn't justify it for many fans.
* Therkla, of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' fame. She's only in the comic briefly, but she's more or less every negative stereotype of modern teenage girls in human form: she compromises her mission because she has a crush on a boy, she's overly dramatic about her home life (treating the fact that her parents are sickeningly in love on the same level of harsh and disgusting as being a ChildByRape), her primary complaint about the lack of reconciliation between her crush and her mentor (who are on opposite sides of a good-vs-evil conflict) is that it means she never gets her way, and she ends up committing a variation on suicide because a boy wouldn't dump his girlfriend for her. It's sad that she died young, but she spent most of her time acting like a brat with levels in Ninja. The Giant says that Therkla represents the neutral in the good vs. evil conflict, but her idea of compromise is basically asking the good guys to let the evil guys (including herself, since she's complicit in the actions of her evil mentor) get away with the murder of dozens, if not hundreds, of innocent people.
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* A number of characters in Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG:
** Rotor was introduced by Atton Rand in an attempt to undo his earlier {{Demonization}} of realists with a sympathetic realist character. At first, Rotor wasn't so bad. Even when he made it clear that he was willing to exploit Kate Bishop as a means to getting to Wallace Bishop, who seemed to be the most dangerous enemy on the island at the time, it was an understandably realist outlook on being willing to do what must be done. And then, he's scolding his T-1 Typhoon crew for not being willing to do what must be done; okay, fair enough, Greybeard's done it before... wait a second, is he ordering his own men to be ''executed by firing squad'' by means of KangarooCourt? And now he's torturing prisoners, with a heavy dose of subtext that he doesn't even believe that they have the info he seeks; he might just be doing it ForTheEvulz? We're supposed to ''like'' this guy? He's no better than any of the previous realists Atton Rand introduced!
*** Fortunately, Rotor finally regained some sympathy when he started to clean up his act. That, and the fact that the two following Unintentionally Unsympathetic characters were introduced and made ''him'' look sympathetic in comparison...
** Atton Rand had, to a certain extent, intended Trigger to be a sort of SpiritualSuccessor to Dust, inspired by his popularity to attempt to write an anti-hero of his own. Unfortunately he had the opposite reception which Atton had intended. He did attempt to salvage some dignity by at least giving Trigger a memorable [[spoiler:death scene]], but whether that succeeded is debatable.
** Snake is a similar deal, as like his namesake he was intended to be likeable despite being an uncaring anti-hero. This backfired horrendously, especially when he was meant to look honorable in comparison to Plastic Serpent, who, to add insult to injury, became UnintentionallySympathetic instead.
* Rosalina from ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' falls into this territory whenever she values the needs of Jeffy, a highly unintelligent kid, over Mario's. Sure, she is more caring towards Jeffy than Mario is [[MamaBear and is quick to call Mario out if he abuses Jeffy in any way]], but because a lot of fans find Jeffy's behavior more annoying than funny, they would rather side with Mario. She also tends to take the side of other people besides Mario despite seeing what Mario was really doing. Such examples include "Jeffy's Cellphone!", wherein she believes that Mario called a prostitute and beat him up [[MistakenForCheating for allegedly cheating on her]], despite the fact that he was watching ''Franchise/StarWars'' with her the entire time and Jeffy got a iPhone around that time, and "Jeffy's Bad Word!", wherein she witnesses Mario spank Jeffy for repeatedly saying the F-word (The ''other'' F-word) and tells Brooklyn T. Guy that Mario likes to hit Jeffy on the butt, very hard, multiple times. Also, in "Happy Merry Christmas!", when Mario shows her a montage of some of the bad things Jeffy did to him to prove he is a bad kid who deserves coal[[note]]which includes clips from two of the most disliked episodes, "Jeffy's Bad Word!" and "Locked Out"[[/note]], she instead blames Mario for making bad video ideas.
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* The [[SoBadItsGood infamous]] [[Creator/DingoPictures Dinosaur Adventure]] has several. One of them is Cree the pterodactyl. His relationship with Tio the baby T-Rex is supposed to be sweet and cute. Instead, Cree comes off more like a pedophile than a close friend.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones I Yabba-Dabba-Doo]] has Pebbles. Bam-Bam writes a poem for her but the moment she reads "Dear Pebbles", she [[TooDumbToLive assumes]] it's a DearJohnLetter and ends it until Bam-Bam stops her and shows her the rest. Later, Bam-Bam jokes about her father being a cheapskate, and [[HairTriggerTemper Pebbles turns it into a one-sided argument]], with Bam-Bam keeping a cool head and trying to calm her down. She breaks it off again and tells her family that they fought about everything. In the end, [[NeverMyFault it's Bam-Bam, not Pebbles, who apologizes.]]
* Sonic in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' can come across as this, with the villains being {{The Chew Toy}}s of the series, and Sonic, like any traditional slapstick hero, taking perverse pleasure exacerbating it for them. [[LaserGuidedKarma Then again]], Robotnik and his minions ''are'' trying to enslave the Mobians.
* Stan Smith in the later seasons of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' comes across as this for how he treats his family (especially Hayley and Steve) as well as causing his own problems only to learn a lesson that [[AesopAmnesia he will immediately forget]] [[StatusQuoisGod by the following episode]]. "The Scarlett Getter" and "Old Stan in the Mountain" to name a few are prime examples of this trope in action.
** Roger also counts for the same reason as Stan (learning a lesson that will never resonate by the next episode) as well as his derailment/Flanderization into being a complete psychopath who very rarely suffers any consequences for his actions nowadays.
** The rest of the Smith family also step into this, usually serving as foils to Stan or Roger's behaviour, despite having equally self serving and callous moments that (unlike even the former two) don't get called out. Hayley in particular is essentially a leftist version of Stan, with all the same self righteousness and callous hypocrisy, but whenever the two argue, Stan is almost always given AnAesop about mistreating her.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has lead female character Lana Kane. She is supposed to come off as the OnlySaneMan in a cast of highly dysfunctional idiots, but her NeverMyFault tendencies in relationships, undeserved arrogance, utter hypocrisy, and behavior that could charitably be considered as abusive made her extremely disliked, particularly as the show went on. With the show's other characters, they are all fairly convincingly insane and / or sociopathic and thus a lot of their actions are somewhat understandable.... but Lana does many of the same things, and is mentally stable enough that she really ''should'' know better.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** D.W. in the infamous "Arthur's Big Hit". The audience is supposed to feel sorry for her because Arthur hit her, but the problem is, she loses any sympathy she may have received by a) repeatedly bothering Arthur when he is trying to build his model plane (even ruining the paint job ''after'' she had been told not to touch anything), b) ''throwing the model out of the window'', even though she had absolutely no right whatsoever to touch it, and c) blaming Arthur for building a plane that can't fly, instead of apologizing for her actions.
** Another example involving D.W. is "D.W.'s Very Bad Mood", wherein the audience is supposed to sympathize with her because she didn't get invited to a birthday party that Lisa, one of her classmates, is throwing. However, throughout the episode, rather than act sad about it, D.W. has a violent temper tantrum that lasts several days, wherein she screams at the top of her lungs, insults her brother and parents, and slams the doors through the house all through the night, among other things. Adding to that is Jane and David [[KarmaHoudini do not punish her in any meaningful way]], forcing Arthur to enlist Francine's help in finding out what's wrong with her. And as if all of that isn't enough, D.W. even considers wrecking Lisa's birthday party in an ImagineSpot before Francine cheers her up by inviting her to her own birthday party.
* To a large number of fans, Dodie from ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' is the definition of a "toxic friend"; however the show itself doesn't treat her nearly as bad as the fans see her. She rarely gets her just desserts for doing stuff like trying to break up her best friend's romance or tattling what kids have lice, and Ginger never abandons her for being overly clingy and back-stabbing. Most notably when she and Marcie cross the MoralEventHorizon by conspiring with Miranda to break up Ginger and Darren and Courtney helps Ginger find out, the episode ends on an ominous note...and then nothing next time. For a series with strong continuity it's a shocking thing to ignore.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse''
** Ben's ego and immaturity had already started to get on the fans' nerves in season 3 of Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, but this was still somewhat balanced by him acting intelligent and selfless on occasion. But now that he has been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] to the point he takes next to nothing seriously, acts incredibly stupid and seems to care more about having fun than actually helping people, many consider he has become downright unlikable to the point that fans prefer to [[RootingForTheEmpire root for whatever enemy]] is fighting Ben, even [[BigBad Vilgax]] himself.
** Azmuth to a lesser extent. He is supposedly this wise and benevolent ruler of Galvanic Prime, but it is repeatedly shown that he can be as much of a jerk as Ben. A prime example is the ''Duel of the Duplicates'' arc when he [[spoiler: punishes Albedo by permanently trapping him in the form of 10-year-old Ben.]] While Albedo was clearly meant to deserve that, many fans saw that as a needlessly petty KickThemWhileTheyreDown moment, especially as one of the reasons for Albedo's StartOfDarkness was being fed up by Azmuth's treatment of him.
** Blukic and Driba to many fans. The many problems they cause by acting stupid and irresponsible don't exactly make them come off as charming, and their comments on Cerebrocrustacean's intelligence come off as flat out [[FantasticRacism racist]]. The two of them being [[CreatorsPet Creator's Pets]] do not help.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': In "Double Cross My Heart," a guy named Gregor shows interest in [[SoapBoxSadie Sam Manson]], while the hero Danny is suspicious of him. Sam calls him out for being suspicious and spying on them and yells at him, but this completely neglects that a) [[{{Hypocrite}} she did the same thing in the previous episode]] and received [[KarmaHoudini no criticism for it]], b) this had happened before to someone else (Danny's sister) and her life was at stake, and c) Danny ended up being right for the wrong reasons (Gregor wasn't a bad guy, just an egotistical brat). Unlike when Sam spied on Danny, Danny actually had a legitimate reason to spy on them: they knew nothing about Gregor so he may as well be a spy, he just didn't know he was jealous at the time. Sam spied on him solely out of jealousy. And while Danny apologizes for the act, Sam does not apologize for snapping at him. Rather, we're meant to assume that she can only get a boyfriend if he's a phony.
** There are a lot of examples of this involving Sam throughout the series. While she does have her positive moments, such as calling out Danny and Tucker for thinking she can't play video games [[GamerChick because she's a girl]], or admitting she keeps her family's wealth a secret so she can have real friends, it can be hard to see her as sympathetic when she does things like winning a beauty pageant only to proclaim it's stupid in front of all the girls who actually ''wanted'' to win, or trying to show off her individuality as an "ultra-recyclo vegetarian" by forcing everyone else at school to eat what is essentially grass on a bun (and this was the ''first episode'').
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' could slide into this trope when she was being especially bitchy and misanthropic. Thankfully she's confronted about this in-universe most of the time, so this is a very mild example.
* Dee Dee from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' whenever Dexter either destroys something of hers or yells at her to get out of his lab. The total disregard she shows for Dexter's things and even for Dexter himself at times makes Dexter's actions unintentionally cathartic to the viewers, especially since a lot of those instances were [[AssholeVictim justified/well-deserved retaliations for something she did]].
* The Land of Dreams in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' on occasion. We are meant to side with the heroes because Zordrak and the Urpneys keep trying to give them nightmares. Except that the Urpneys are Zordrak's {{Slave Mook}}s who get ''tortured or executed'' if they don't follow orders. The heroes resultantly look {{Wangst}}y and [[SeriousBusiness petty]], especially in cases their retribution gets [[DisproportionateRetribution particularly excessive]]. That they could [[MilesGloriosus rarely back it up whenever the villains really were dangerous]] didn't help. Later episodes at least fixed their characterisations and gave them proper mortal stakes, though they still had [[TheWoobie Frizz]] [[TheDragAlong and]] [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Nug]] as their main provocateurs.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy:'' Kevin was this in ''This Won't Hurt an Ed.'' The viewer is supposed to feel sorry for him because Eddy kept exploiting his fear of needles. However, when you consider all the shit Kevin did to Eddy in previous episodes, such as the infamous ''[[KickTheDog Your Ed Here]]'', it seemed like a well-deserved KickTheSonOfABitch moment on Eddy's part.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Let's face it. Of all the times Vicky has tortured Timmy and has even laughed at his pain and embarrassment, are we really supposed to sympathize with her when she finally gets a taste of her own medicine in the episode where she regresses to a five-year-old while Timmy supplants her position as the babysitter? Also, keep in mind that her treatment towards Timmy is DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale that's even ''PlayedForLaughs''. So it's only fair that Vicky shares Timmy's treatment.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** When Glenn Quagmire called Brian Griffin out on everything in one episode, he became this to half the fanbase (the other half seeing it as a neat TakeThatScrappy), as many found it hypocritical for Quagmire to be saying these things to Brian and felt he had no right to. That his hatred for Brian got [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] since then, with Brian coming out more sympathetic in their encounters, hasn't helped.
*** Badly beating Brian for unknowingly [[spoiler:sleeping with Quagmire's post sex change father]] and you know, being a huge sex-maniac and TRYING to take the moral high ground doesn't help his case.
*** Which brings up Stewie's beating towards Brian earlier on, in which Brian was supposedly the one in the wrong but one can sympathize for him. Downplayed in that the rest of this episode actually has him worried of what Brian will do in retaliation.
*** This reached its height in "Tiegs For Two", after a feud over dating, the two take part in a heated EscalatingWar where they are both portrayed as equally vindictive and petty towards the other.
*** In the end, Quagmire is an odd case where the writers seem to still want him to come off as sympathetic despite claiming outright that he's a remorseless rapist. His father was a celebrated war veteran and a true man's man (ironic in that he later ends up being transgender) setting up unrealistic expectations for Quagmire as to what masculinity was, while his mother was described as being as much of a sexual deviant as he is now, skewing how he views relationships. In addition, the only two woman Quagmire ever loved in his life (Lois, who he lost to Peter, and Cheryl Tiegs) both left him, causing him to lose all respect for women in general. While all of this may classify as a FreudianExcuse, though, Quagmire is still a sleazy rapist who knowingly and gleefully shares his numerous STD's with the women he sleeps with (lying about wearing protection if he needs to), making him extremely unsympathetic to the audience despite how many times the show tries to give him sympathetic episodes (his sister being in an abusive relationship, him being tricked into marrying a prostitute, him being trapped in an abusive relationship with a "female Quagmire", etc.)
** In "Roasted Guy", Peter wishes to have a roast, but gets insulted by his friends, and becomes friends with three women. He then gets back at them when he finds out they insult him behind his back. The audience is expected to sympathize with Peter for being insulted even though he knows full well what a roast is and specifically told his friends to "Leave no punches", and we're apparently supposed to see his payback towards the girls (which included paying a busboy to stab the groom for Karen's daughter on her wedding night) as justified even though [[DisproportionateRetribution all they did was insult him]].
** Also, in "Dial Meg For Murder", Meg, after her long stay in prison, becomes rebellious and ruthless. When she returns home, she beats up Peter and even ''rapes him in the shower''. Yet despite that, considering how Peter has treated Meg in episodes prior to this, ain't no way he's earning any sympathy from the viewers.
* Oberon from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' may never been intended to be a sympathetic character to begin with, but he come across as such a [[JerkassGods conceited, impulsive dick]] that he becomes [[RonTheDeathEater much more hated character than he was intended to be]], to the point that [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=3161 Greg Weisman had to defend and explain Oberon's actions in The Gathering]].
* From ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', there are so many characters that are sympathetic, but these are the ones that aren't:
** Ford Pines, Stan's brother. After Stan had spent over thirty years trying to bring him back through the portal, risking arrest and death at several points, Ford greets him with a punch to the face. Yes, Ford ended up in the portal in the first place thanks to Stan's mistake; yes, Stan ''has'' been impersonating Ford and using his old lab as a tourist trap for the last thirty years; yes, he's ended up getting the unwanted attention of the MenInBlack; and yes, it's soon revealed that by ignoring Ford's warnings and using the portal [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Stan has inadvertently given Bill Cipher a means to invade reality]]. All understandable... except none of this would have happened if Ford had been able to see past his self-imposed mission and realize that condescendingly treating Stan as a means of keeping one of the Journals safe was inevitably going to upset him - especially considering the two of them had been estranged for the last ten years - hence the fight that ended with Ford accidentally getting shoved into the portal. Ford's refusal to forgive or thank Stan at the end of the episode only soured first impressions further. Later episodes [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap helped to soften Ford's character and make him more sympathetic]], but his continued refusal to reconcile with Stan - combined with his [[InnocentlyInsensitive short-sighted disregard]] for Mabel's feelings - was a sore point for many fans. The finale eventually hauled him further out of the Scrappy Heap by demonstrating the lengths he was prepared to go to in order to save the world and keep Dipper and Mabel safe, and even concluded with the two brothers finally reconciling and embarking on their dream of traveling the world in pursuit of mysteries and treasure. Only problem? While most agree that [[spoiler: the scene in which Ford is forced to erase Stan's memories in order to destroy Bill is undeniably heartbreaking]], some fans believe that the resolution to their dispute left too many underlying issues unaddressed (see below for similar problems with Mabel).
** The episode ''[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E16RoadsideAttraction Roadside Attraction ]]'' shows all the girls Dipper practiced on getting mad at Dipper for "flirting" with a different girl at every new tourist trap are this. We're supposed to feel bad for them and know that Dipper is in the wrong for his unfaithful flirtations, but considering each girl only had one simple, non-romantic conversation with him, gave Dipper their numbers to keep in touch, and really had no expectations to ever see him again, the idea that they would assume they were now anything more than friends and get mad at Dipper for hanging out with other girls is ''absolutely ridiculous''. By domino effect, this causes Candy's more justifiable hurt to ''also'' become unsympathetic, because Mabel, Candy, and Grenda's anger at Dipper is based entirely on [[MistakenForCheating the other girls' words rather than anything Dipper did wrong]], but the situation is never addressed as anything other than Dipper's fault, with Mabel even hissing "''Betrayer!''" at him when he tries to apologize.
** Mabel Pines, Dipper's twin sister developed a BrokenBase in season two. She is supposed to be an AllLovingHero who cares about everyone around her (especially her own brother), but her selfishness, her IgnoredEpiphany towards [[AesopAmnesia any lessons]] learned and her constant taking advantage of Dipper -- [[VillainHasAPoint something that even BILL CIPHER calls her out on]] -- caused many fans to question whether she is as kind as the narrative treats her. This came to a head in the GrandFinale, with a number of fans seeing the twin's reconciliation as another case of Dipper giving up his goals for Mabel and were annoyed that her role in causing [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Weirdmageddon]] was never addressed.
* Towards the end of the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' episode, "Mickey Vs. Shelby", Donald glues Baby Shelby to the stage so he can't run away from him or Mickey anymore. As it is time for him to perform, Shelby gets [[PerformanceAnxiety stage fright]] in front of the guests at the House of Mouse. The audience is expected to feel sorry for Shelby and see the following moment, wherein Mickey performs with him, as a heartwarming moment. The problem is, Shelby has done nothing other than run away from, tease, and torture Mickey and especially Donald throughout the episode; not just in the wraparounds, but also both the ''Mouse Works'' shorts.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'':
** Jerrica can come off as a two-faced jerk who hides it under a facade. For example, when she meets The Misfits she outright calls them "trash" when they did little to her besides being a bit rude and arrogant. She also flirts with and kisses her boyfriend as Jem despite the fact he is utterly clueless about them being the same person.
** We're meant to at least somewhat sympathize with Pizzazz's father; however, most Misfits fans can't. We're supposed to see him as a father who had difficulties taking care of his daughter after his wife left, being unable to deal with Pizzazz's behavior and also being overworked. Instead he comes off as [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] and the source of most of her issues. He didn't show her enough affection and thus she now tries to get the attention she lacked as a child by being the top rock group out there, which is why she gets so mad that Jem is more popular. Pizzazz's father doesn't want Pizzazz bothering him when it's obvious she just wants attention from him,
** Rio is supposed to be Jerrica's lovable boyfriend. He's a CrazyJealousGuy who gets mad easily. He's in love with Jerrica but also has an affair with Jem and this is treated in a lighthearted manner. It's hard to see why Jerrica is so hung up on him. His IDW comics version is seen in a far more favorable light as he isn't so jealous, is more mellow, and doesn't cheat.
** The Misfits themselves undergo a clumsy HeelFaceTurn at the end of the show despite spending most of it endangering lives including one instance when they kidnapped Jerrica's sister Kimber and left her in a volcano. WordOfGod says it was only a temporary truce however that doesn't stop it from being awkward.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': WordOfGod has stated that Project Cadmus, the [[GovernmentConspiracy anti-Justice League government think tank]] in the fourth season, were supposed to be sympathetic {{Anti Villain}}s with [[VillainHasAPoint a strong point]] about the dangers of unrestricted superhumans. In fact, the writers found Cadmus so sympathetic that they introduced a ConflictKiller in the form of Brainiac so he could be revealed as having been manipulating both sides to [[DebateAndSwitch avoid having to paint either Cadmus or the League as in the wrong]]. Fans, on the other hand, overwhelmingly sided with the League, considering Cadmus's deeds included attempting to nuke an inhabited island simply to kill Superman and Doomsday, creating Doomsday to begin with, manufacturing an army of cloned SlaveMooks and sending them to massacre the League (including the completely innocent Watchtower staff), and teaming up with supervillains including ComicBook/LexLuthor, all before the League had done much of anything to them.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** Hank, particularly in the later seasons. The audience is supposed to sympathize with how he feels about anything new, untraditional, or otherwise out of his comfort zone. But it's difficult to take that in when most of the people who are "against" him are straw stereotypes, the show goes to ridiculous lengths to make him the OnlySaneMan by [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderizing]] most of the recurring cast, and how he starts narrowing down what he finds an "acceptable" lifestyle to his son Bobby until he will nearly-only accept it if Bobby becomes just like him. The fact that the show ends not by Hank finally accepting Bobby for who he is ([[AesopAmnesia again]]) but instead with Bobby turning out to have a talent related to Hank's interests does not help matters at all.
** Bill. He has been through a bad divorce and is the show's regular ButtMonkey, except that his emotional attatchment can sometimes border on creepy levels. Especially how he's implied to be stalking Peggy on more than one occasion. This reaches its peak when he's put in charge of a flood shelter: He goes mad with power, puts the blame on Hank (who, by contrast, has been acting as a reasonable and responsible shelter leader the entire time) before locking him up, allows the people inside to waste supplies, and was even implied to keep everyone in after the flood ended. On top of that, he pulls a KarmaHoudini and he's seen as a hero by almost everyone involved. The one time where it seems like his leading methods are going to backfire on him, where everyone complains that they ran out of cinnamon sticky buns, he simply blames Hank for eating them all and everything's fine again. The reason why he's supposed to be sympathetic is because he got to be a respected leader once in his life, but his selfishness and carelessness throughout the episode makes it hard to feel sorry for him.
** Bill's affair with Reverend Stroup ends with much the same result. Even though she genuinely cared for Bill enough to step down from Arlen Methodist just to be with him and it seemed as if he'd finally found love, Bill dumps her because without the ForbiddenFruit aspect of the relationship, he found it boring. It's hard to feel sorry for him constantly whining about how lonely he is from there on when he had a shot at happiness with a good woman, and he threw it away for an incredibly selfish and stupid reason.
** Even Dale occasionally qualifies. He's an acknowledged CloudCuckoolander, but the show treats [[MoralityPet his relationship with Nancy and Joseph as his saving grace]]. He undoubtedly loves them, but considering a) the sheer amount of crap he subjects Nancy to, b) that his "raising" Joseph involves either spoiling him rotten or setting a terrible example ("Vision Quest" comes to mind), his intended PetTheDog moments often fall flat. When John Redcorn (Joseph's biological father) basically tells Nancy that he can't trust Dale to raise Joseph, [[JerkassHasAPoint it's hard to argue]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
** The title character was seen by some fans as more of a JerkJock than the well meaning but naive CuteBruiser the show's writers intended, due to her boisterous and sometimes belligerent nature. Thankfully, CharacterDevelopment kicks in and she gets better.
** While not disliked enough to be TheScrappy, a number of fans never warmed up to Suyin Beifong, the long lost half-sister of Lin Beifong introduced in season 3. Due to her rather unapologetic attitude about her criminal past, which included disfiguring Lin and getting away with it, a number of fans saw Suyin as a smug KarmaHoudini instead of the cool, complex older lady that the show's writers obviously wanted them to see her as being, and for some her less than sincere apology to Lin at the end of ''Old Wounds'' came off as unintentionally funny.
*** This has only gotten worse in Season 4, where it's rather sharply debated if Suyin's decision not to get involved with reuniting the Earth Kingdom was a principled attempt to not force her ideals on others or selfishly abandoning everyone outside her city to the mercy of bandits and warlords and refusing to lift a finger to help the barely-trained Airbenders doing their best to assist the situation. The season's BigBad Kuvira can have her ascendency at least partially blamed on Suyin's BystanderSyndrome, although her exact culpability is a very divisive point among fans.
** Mako remains one of the most divisive characters in the series because of this. He spends the first season in a LoveTriangle between himself, Korra, and Asami, and while things often don't work out for him, fans often wonder if his rather stupid behavior toward one or the other is the reason for it. His problems being seen as his own fault and the way the LoveTriangle was poorly received in general made him this. This is eventually lampshaded in Season 4.
--->'''Mako:''' Well, me and Asami were never officially back together.\\
'''Tu:''' Really? That again? Ya' know, it seems like you're so afraid to disappoint anyone, that you end up disappointing everyone.
** And then there's Bataar Jr. [[spoiler:He was more than happy to help Kuvira take over the Earth Kingdom and was more than happy to disown his family and treat them like stupid children to get what he wanted. Yet, we're supposed to feel bad for him after Kuvira attempts to sacrifice him to kill her enemies after which he shows no remorse for his actions, only bemoaning how Kuvira didn't love him as much as he thought. Suyin forgives him despite the fact that he's equally guilty of terrible crimes and only defected from Kuvira when he realized that while Kuvira may love him, she loves her vision more. At best he was a jerk and at worst he's shown to be a DirtyCoward, and Suyin being so quick to forgive him while being a petty bully towards a spiritually broken and genuinely regretful Kuvira reflects badly on her as well.]] That the audience never really got to know Bataar Jr. in season three certainly doesn't help him his case.
** Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that grumpy old granny Toph Bei Fong also has some of this going for her. We're supposed to feel bad for her when she and Lin are finally together again for the first time in thirty years and things don't exactly go smoothly. Although Toph does admit she was a bad mother and says she's proud of Lin, it does not change the fact that Toph still acts like a nasty, arrogant old woman who is generally disrespectful towards people because she thinks it's funny. And it is still her fault that the estrangement happened in the first place due to her insensitive hypocrisy.
** Much of the spirits of the Spirit World also become this in "Operation Bei Fong", refusing to ally themselves with Korra to protect Republic City from Kuvira's super weapon because they don't want to involve themselves in humans' wars. From how it's pointed out that Korra is attempting to exploit the spirits for human purposes just like Kuvira has been, we're clearly meant to see their point, but seeing as we were told that humans and spirits and their respective worlds are now "harmoniously co-existing" and thus are now expected to help one another in their lives, the spirits instead come off as self-centered jerks who think little of the humans they co-exist with and feel they're not worth risking their necks for under any circumstance.
*** This is not helped by the fact that first case of spirits and humans co-existing boiled down to spirits, largely hostile and racist, ruling the world while humans were forced into exile on the Lion-Turtles. And when humans tried to find a place for themselves outside the Lion-Turtles the spirits almost immediately affected them for daring to cut down trees and defend themselves. The attempted grey conflict fails since one side acts more like a xenophobic invading empire driving the other to near extinction. Even the supposedly "good" spirit of order Raava at first cares little for human life.
** Tenzin regularly wanders into this territory. While he is positioned as the voice of reason, his actual views are often extremely regressive and to favor a non-egalitarian status quo; even when the audience knows the other side of the argument is a WellIntentionedExtremist being set up to be a season's BigBad, Tenzin has a tendency to reject their valid complaints for the wrong reasons well before any direct evidence of their villainy comes to light.
*** Theres's also his and Korra's fathers keeping Korra [[GildedCage confined to her confined to her training camp]] and misleading her into thinking it was Avatar Aang's wish, only admitting the truth [[WhatTheHellHero when called out on it]]. It's only the next season when they seemingly {{retcon}} in a reason; [[spoiler:she was targeted by a kidnapping attempt]]. That Korra's quick enough to accept that reason makes it more questionable why they didn't tell her sooner, [[PoorCommunicationKills before it caused problems]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' series of animated cartoons could sometimes fall victim to this (not that it made them any less funny, of course!):
** "WesternAnimation/CannedFeud": Are we actually supposed to ''root'' for the mouse that pointlessly torments Sylvester left and right (with the intent of ''starving him to death'' no less)? Mind you, Sylvester had no intention of hurting him.
*** The character, referred to as Brownie Mouse by some sources, appeared in several other Sylvester shorts, most of them only nominally better than the above. Brownie was essentially [[TomAndJerry Jerry]] with the negative aspects punctuated, being a smug little vermin who had nothing against taking his offense above and beyond self defense or even, as in "Canned Feud", just skipping the "he started it" mentality altogether. He even got away with tormenting Bugs Bunny in "WesternAnimation/RhapsodyRabbit".
** Also "Gonzales Tomales" where, angered by Speedy stealing their girls, the male mice trick Sylvester into thinking he's called him out for a fight. Sylvester dares him to just try it, upon which he gladly beats him to a pulp. Sylvester, the supposed villain of the story, was the only sympathetic character of the bunch (among Speedy's home wrecker tendencies and the rest of the mouse population resorting to murderous measures of revenge), yet still ended up the sole loser.
*** "Mexican Cat Dance": Speedy, despite being the supposed "good guy" in this cartoon, is little more than a bully, constantly tormenting and humiliating Sylvester for no reason other than sheer entertainment.
** "WesternAnimation/LongHairedHare": While nobody would argue that Giovanni Jones is anything more than a violent hot-head and pompous {{Jerkass}}, the rather extreme measures WesternAnimation/BugsBunny takes to exact revenge on him (the ending borders on murder!) make it ''very'' hard to root for him.
*** In fact, this trope is what led to the creation of Yosemite Sam. Elmer Fudd was so pathetic that Bugs came off as more mean spirited, so the animators needed an even bigger and more belligerent {{Jerkass}} to be Bugs' victim.
*** Early Bugs Bunny shorts are even worse, where Bugs is a ScrewySquirrel tormenting others, who aren't trying to even hurt him, seemingly for his own amusement. "Wabbit Twouble" and "Elmer's Pet Rabbit" are pretty bad in this regard. Directors made restraints on the character afterwards, making clear [[KarmicTrickster he couldn't attack with being victimized first]] ([[DisproportionateRetribution though to what degree varied]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'':
** In the episode, "[[Recap/TheLoudHouseS1E11ButterflyEffectTheGreenHouse The Green House]]", [[UpToEleven every single character]] falls victim to this;
*** Mrs. Johnson and Lincoln's class for chastising Lincoln's family's energy usage in the red zone when they know he has ten sisters.
*** The Loud House's red zone isn't just because the Loud Family is big, but because all ten of the Loud sisters are wasting energy, usually for frivolous purposes such as Lori talking to Bobby on multiple electronic devices, Leni turning on the bathroom water without even using it, or Luan baking multiple pies just to throw them at herself or other people, which also wastes food. This forces Lincoln to help them find other, less energy-wasting solutions.
*** Clyde for not helping Lincoln with his energy-saving goal and arguably making his situation worse by mentioning their computer game tournament.
*** Two of the boys from Lincoln's class decide to join in the tournament at Lincoln's house because they're in the green, effectively saving energy at their own homes just to waste someone else's energy and tell Lincoln they can't be seen with him when the girls resume their old energy-wasting ways.
*** And finally, Lincoln himself for [[ExtremeDoormat not having the guts to kick the other boys out of his house]].
** Luan came across as this in "[[Recap/TheLoudHouseS1E18AprilFoolsRulesCerealOffender April Fools Rules]]", as she holds the entire family hostage to various pranks and booby traps every year around the house, many of them clearly painful in nature and clearly out for her own amusement rather than sharing it with the rest of the family as she normally tries to. So over-the-top are her traps that the entire family, including [[PushoverParents her parents]] suit up and cancel their plans out of fear of what Luan's traps may do to them. When the day finally comes, Lincoln discovers that Ronnie Anne is coming over to see him, which is later found out that Luan put her up to it just to help her prank Lincoln harder. Expecting disaster, Lincoln volunteers himself to [[TakingTheBullet set off every trap to spare both Ronnie Anne and his sisters from Luan's mischief]]; by the time he is done, he's pretty badly injured, having had wild raccoons let loose upon him among many other things. Although Ronnie Anne pays her back with a [[PieInTheFace pie to the face]] in gratitude to Lincoln, Luan otherwise [[KarmaHoudini receives nothing for having tormented Lincoln and the others]] strictly for her own amusement.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Babs Seed from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E4OneBadApple "One Bad Apple"]] had a FreudianExcuse for bullying the Cutie Mark Crusaders which ''should'' have made you feel sorry for her... except her characterization bordered the realms of TheSociopath, who gleefully tormented the CMC [[ItAmusedMe far beyond what]] [[BecomingTheMask Diamond Tiara's peer pressure demanded]]. Thankfully [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E9AppleFamilyReunion "Apple Family Reunion"]] and the comic series (where she felt she still had to prove she was reformed) have painted her in a far more positive light and gained her quite a bit of popularity.
** Rainbow Dash in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E5TanksForTheMemories Tanks for the Memories]]". She takes advantage of her position as a weather manager and uses various methods to try to stop Winter in Ponyville and when they don't work, she gets the idea to sneak into the Cloudsdale Weather Factory in an attempt to stop Winter for all of Equestria just to ensure Tank wouldn't hibernate. When said attempt [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]], she nearly destroys Ponyville with a giant snowball and their residents are forced to get out of its way. To top it all off, she shows no remorse for what happened and [[KarmaHoudini doesn't even get any comeuppance for it outside of having to say goodbye to Tank]].
** Diamond Tiara in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E19CrusadersOfTheLostMark "Crusaders of the Lost Mark"]]. According to this episode, [[AbusiveParents her mother]] is constantly pressuring her to be the best at everything, and to know her place (on top of the heap) and everyone else's (below her). The trouble is, we never saw Diamond Tiara's mother until this episode... and, more importantly, [[AssPull we never had even the slightest hint that Diamond Tiara herself had any qualms about what she was like and what kind of things she was doing]]. And yet, she pulled a HeelFaceTurn at the end and is now best friends with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, inspiring many fans to write her off as an EasilyForgiven KarmaHoudini.
** Starlight Glimmer was hit with this badly in the Season 5 finale. Her FreudianExcuse was poor at best (losing a ''single'' friend in her childhood, and not even shown trying to keep in touch with him) while her actions were downright abominable in comparison. Telling is that her immediate next appearance has her [[LampshadeHanging questioning why get off so easily and if she deserved it]].
* Benson from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is supposed to be sympathetic because he always has to deal with Mordecai and Rigby's antics, but he doesn't really handle the situations professionally. He berates them to their faces by often calling them idiots, puts them under harsh working conditions with little instruction, and can be an UngratefulBastard when the two save his life on multiple occasions, and yet still threatens to fire them. The last one was eventually lampshaded in ''A Bunch of Full Grown Geese'' when the mother duck calls him out for his ungratefulness.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Frank Grimes from "Homer's Enemy". To explain, one of the main premises of this episode was [[{{Deconstruction}} the concept of a real person having to put up with Homer Simpson]]. But Frank is far from a "real" person in that [[DeusAngstMachina his life is just exaggerated misery after misery]], such as his parents abandoning him and waving goodbye all the way to losing a sweet position in the power plant to a ''dog''. And Homer's annoying tendencies and stupidity [[{{Flanderization}} were amped up a lot more than he usually was]] as if the writers were specifically trying to make Homer so obnoxious the viewers would have no choice but to sympathize with Frank. But it's hard to feel sympathy when Frank is overly wound up already. To make matters worse, Frank came off as something of a pompous, uptight jerk long before he ever met Homer, making him rather unlikable to begin with. The episode falls more into DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.
*** Adding to the problem is that Homer actually invites Frank into his house and makes an attempt at being friendly, and Frank outright rejects this out of rage over seeing how much better Homer's living conditions are than his. Add to that only Mr Burns' treatment of Frank is all that callous (dooming him into a dead end job after losing interesting in him and blaming him for mistakes Homer makes), the other residents of Springfield are generally friendly to him, just his contempt for Homer goes over their heads. The coldest thing they do to him (laugh at Homer's antics during his funeral) is after he's been put out of his misery. Of course, since this episode is (somewhat) more realistic than the others, it could just be an [[ThisIsReality honest examination]] of [[InherentInTheSystem fundamental social injustices that people to not bother to correct or even realize are there]], and how these circumstances can lead to misanthropy and derangement on the part of the disadvantaged despite everyone's best intentions. In this light, perhaps Frank Grimes is best understood as a classically Greek tragic hero, [[CosmicPlaything doomed to fail by the cosmos itself]]. Indeed the DVD commentary labels it "a study in frustration" more than anything else.
** Seymour Skinner is a broken-down ExtremeDoormat MommasBoy, but any sympathy felt for him can wear thin when he's repeatedly offered a chance to change his circumstances and shoots it down. The biggest offender was his relationship with Edna Krabappel, whom he drove away with his fear of change and commitment; while his subsequent trying to win her back could be seen as a MyGodWhatHaveIDone, it could get grating when the viewers realized he probably wouldn't try any harder than he had before.
** Lisa Simpson, despite having valid reasons to feel like an outcast and complain about her family, can fall into this when she takes it too far. Even more so when her efforts to make the world and her town a better place fall into WellIntentionedExtremist territory and it takes her the whole episode to realize she's gone overboard and apologize. Granted, she's still a kid and even smart kids don't know their limits, but really doesn't help that the writers tend to exploit her OnlySaneMan status as a way to [[WriterOnBoard pontificate on their own personal views]], making her come off as an annoying SoapboxSadie much of the time.
** Homer's half-brother Herb, a wealthy car tycoon, hires Homer in "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" to design a car that will save Powell Motors. The resulting car is such a disaster that it destroys Powell Motors overnight, and Herb blames Homer for the failure. This is continued in Herb's return in "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?" where we're expected to sympathize with Herb, who Homer supposedly owes a chance to rebuild his fortune. Unfortunately, the first episode clearly indicated that Powell Motors was in serious trouble long before Homer came along, Herb repeatedly blew off his engineers' warnings that Homer's ideas were unworkable, Herb never did his job as CEO in supervising the project that would make or break his company, and Homer himself wasn't sure he would be able to do it, until Herb badgered him into doing it. Homer only ever did anything Herb asked him to. As a result, Herb blaming Homer for Powell Motors' downfall makes him look like a self-centered asshole who [[NeverMyFault refuses to accept responsibility for his own incompetence]], and makes it questionable as to whether he even ''deserves'' a chance to rebuild his fortune. Possibly admitted in a later gag, where it's suggested Herb has made a habit out of losing and regaining his fortune, seemingly without Homer's involvement. Those who still hated him because of this and that heard years later that [[spoiler:Herb became broke again, this time without anything involving Homer, saw this as LaserGuidedKarma for his unsympathetic act.]]
** Luann van Houten following her divorce. The writers felt the need to make her ex-husband Kirk into as much of a deadbeat dad as they possibly could, having Luann espouse he was no good while going off to live a new and exciting life without him weighing her down. This is all despite the events which led to their divorce including that they were mutually unhappy with each other for a variety of reasons. So rather than making it look like Luann is an unhappy woman reinventing herself from a failed marriage, she comes across as a callous and selfish bitch unwilling to admit she had an equal role to play in the dismal quality of her marriage and content to dump the blame all on Kirk.
** Marge, of all people, fills this role in "A Star is Burns." Springfield hosts a film festival with a panel of judges headed by Marge and [[WesternAmination/TheCritic visiting New York film critic Jay Sherman]] - and Homer, jealous of the affection Jay has been receiving from the Simpson family, insists that he be put on the panel too. At the festival, the films are all short and locally produced, and frankly not very good in either form or content. Despite this, Marge and Jay gush about an [[OscarBait obviously "serious" and "dramatic"]] documentary by Barney Gumble about his alcoholism, even though it makes Barney look a lot more self-pitying than socially conscious. Homer prefers a much more upbeat film called ''Man Getting Hit By Football'', which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Marge scolds him for picking the "wrong" movie, and the narrative indirectly lumps him in with most of the other judges, who eagerly take bribes from Mr. Burns in exchange for casting votes for his propaganda film - so Homer is made to look not only stupid, but also vaguely immoral. This is unfair: Homer is ''not'' insensitive to Barney's problem; and he does not want the football film to win because he'll be monetarily rewarded for it, but because he ''honestly'' thinks it is better (That and the fact that he didn't even stick around to watch Barney's film due to getting snacks). The fact that ''Man Getting Hit By Football'' is of poor quality and lowbrow in subject matter should be irrelevant, but ''so are all of the other films''! (Indeed, if one is to judge purely on production values, then Mr. Burns's film ''did'' deserve to win, his ethical failings notwithstanding, if only because he was able to afford a semi-mainstream director.) When Homer eventually changes his mind after watching Barney's film again, allowing it to break the judges' deadlock and win, Marge praises him...for not voting for the "wrong" movie, as if anyone's opinion is to be considered inferior in the context of a small-town festival that is getting almost no media attention. (Ironically, Homer is vindicated the next year, when a big-budget adaptation of ''Man Getting Hit By Football'' wins the Academy Award for Best Picture, beating out Burns's entry.)
*** Marge actually falls victim to this a fair bit in the earlier seasons. While she is constantly depicted as long suffering in her doting over Homer and the kids and their hijinks, she herself can often be very priggish, controlling and close minded. She has occasionally lashed out on Homer [[TheUnfairSex for hypocritical reasons]] (eg. ogling the opposite sex or revealing embarrassing secrets to the public, both of which she is guilty of in far more excess) and has shown zealot level lack of acceptance towards things remotely daunting or different. It reached the point that even the show itself lampshades that a world domineered by a wet blanket like Marge would be even more unbearable than one burned to the ground by Homer's incompetence.
** Krusty the Clown in "Bart the Fink". We're supposed to pity him when his life is destroyed by the IRS, but he committed tax fraud - a ''very'' serious crime - so the hell he goes through after being exposed is well-deserved.
* Sonic's incarnation in ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm'', while ''much'' more sympathetic against Robotnik compared to his ''Adventures'' counterpart, often teases or undermines his friends (even [[{{Jerkass}} Antoine]] sometimes fails to be provocative enough), man handles (and has supposedly damaged) Sally's sentient computer NICOLE out of irritance, and frequently almost gets the rest of the team killed in [[NiceJobBreakingItHero an arrogant stunt]]. Add to that [[SmallNameBigEgo his inability to stop talking about how awesome he is]] for all of a minute, Sonic's characterization leans towards a JerkJock.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodies this numerous times. For instance, when Eric Cartman contracts HIV he constantly reminds people of it for sympathy, and any time something bad happens to Cartman, he attempts to milk sympathy and fails.
-->'''Cartman''': I'm not just sure: I'm HIV positive.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** The plot of the episode "Too Far" is centered around Amethyst having her feelings hurt by Peridot; joking about how a gem like her would normally be much bigger and stronger than she is, with her form essentially being a defect. The rest of the episode is centered around Peridot learning about how to interact with people and when apologies are owed, with Amethyst treated as a pure victim of the situation. This is undermined fairly significantly by the moments preceding the unintended insult consisting of Amethyst laughing her ass off and shouting encouragement while Peridot mercilessly mocks her family members for their most precious traits and deepest insecurities. Making her come off less as someone deserving an apology, and more a hypocritical jerk who can't take what she throws out. The fact that Peridot honestly didn't know any better (being entirely new to life outside the homeworld) and what she said being a product of Amethyst egging her on and an ''attempted compliment'' doesn't help.
** Pearl as a whole has moments of this. Many of her actions come off as super smug, which while meant to make us think, "oh it's because she thinks so lowly of herself" doesn't really always work. The Week of Sardonyx as a whole divided many fans given it is meant to make us get a better look into Pearl. Yet in the end despite trying to put Pearl on the spot for her actions, though it briefly does, she essentially escapes any real consequences for her horrific actions. Which isn't helped by having Steven have a Leaning on the Fourth Wall moment in "Historical Friction" that kinda side steps the pain Pearl's caused by focusing on how flaws are neat and make her a better character...and "Keystone Motel" vaguely trying to make it seem like Ruby's being stubborn for not wanting to forgive Pearl, bypassing any real hope of punishment for Pearl with Sapphire saying that Ruby has to forgive Pearl.
** All three Crystal Gems, particularly Garnet, come off as this in the episode "It Could Have Been Great". When the Crystal Gems investigate Pink Diamond's moon base, they come across a computer showing plans that show what would've happened had the Diamonds successfully colonized Earth. Peridot, still loyal to Homeworld despite her alliance with the Crystal Gems, beings gushing over them and insulting Rose's rebellion, enraging the Crystal Gems, particularly Garnet, who would've nearly poofed her or worse had Steven not intervened. While Peridot was unambiguously in the wrong, to many fans, the Crystal Gems' response was completely and needlessly disproportionate and made them come off as jerks. Especially since they never apologize for their actions nor explain why colonization of Earth was bad and the episode treats it as it was just Peridot in the wrong. Thankfully all of them get better in the next episode.
** [[CreepyChild Onion]] as a whole also comes off as this. He's meant to be portrayed as a mischievous-but-harmless prankster with a HiddenHeartOfGold, but to many fans, he comes off as a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] EnfantTerrible whose actions come off as borderline criminal. Case in point: The episode "Onion Trade" had him stealing Steven's prized action figure and later using it to trick Steven into trading it for Pearl's replicator, which he promptly used to wreak havoc on Beach City, even trying to outright '''''murder''''' the Crystal Gems when they try to stop him. Yet despite all this, he's never called out for his actions and is treated as if he did nothing wrong. While he does have a FreudianExcuse as his father Yellowtail is too busy working to spend time with him and his mother Vidalia doesn't seem to be too interested in taking care of him, this excuse is flimsy at best when you consider that Steven had never even ''met his mother'', yet turned out to be one of the kindest members of the cast. That said, the episode "Onion Gang" paints him in a far more kinder and sympathetic light than in previous appearances.
* Patrick Star from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is meant to be an adorkable ditz who acts as one of Spongebob's best friend but his {{Jerkass}} acts to Sponebob and the other citizens and his selfishness makes fans wonder why are they [[WithFriendsLikeThese best friends]]. "Stuck in the Wringer" is the best example of this case, with Spongebob lashing out at him is supposed to be some kind of horrible, MoralEventHorizon with the [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass citizens rooting for Patrick]], but considering Patrick was the cause of everything bad that happened in that episode many people would rather side with Spongebob.
* Despite being ObliviouslyEvil and not wanting to hurt animals, Elmyra Duff from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' annoys the show's characters and the viewers alike with her childish mannerisms. Her victims also make it very clear that they want her to stop strangling them, but she doesn't seem to pay much attention. While she does frequently lose, it's very rare that her victims manage to escape from her unscathed. Her StalkerWithACrush tendencies towards Montana Max in episodes such as "Prom-ise Her Anything" also tick viewers off, but not as much as when she goes after animals.
* The second half of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' sometimes gets flak for this. While he is often the defending character being chased or victimized by Tom, this is often due to taking the role of thief, with Tom merely acting as a house cat ordered to prevent Jerry from stealing food. In addition Jerry could occasionally be sadistic, attacking Tom with minimal or no provocation whatsoever. Allegedly, MGM recieved fan letters siding with Tom over Jerry so began to moderate the formula with LaserGuidedKarma, with Tom usually acting more vindictive, and actually allowed to [[TeamRocketWins get the last laugh on Jerry]] whenever the latter took his offense to an unsympathetic level.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama:''
** Cody in ''World Tour''. We are supposed to feel sorry for him because of the fact that Sierra is obsessing over him and barging in on his personal space and sympathize with him whenever he pushes her away. However, this instead makes him look like a complete hypocrite because of how by this point in the series he became a [[SingleTargetSexuality Gwensexual ]]and was basically treating her the same way he was being treated by Sierra. There's also the fact that his spot in the semi-finals felt undeserved since he did nothing worthy all season and was essentially carried (both figuratively and literally) to that point by Sierra. Without her, he would have been eliminated as early (if not sooner) as he was in ''Island''.
** ''Revenge of the Island'' and ''All-Stars'' have moments where the audience is supposed to feel sorry for Chris (such as when he was stuck in a septic tank, or when Duncan blew up his [[InsistentTerminology cottage]]) but these happen ''after'' most of the fanbase agreed he'd passed the MoralEventHorizon.
** Courtney [[JerkassWoobie has had a lot of crap thrown at her]], but several of her actions such as bullying Beth and Lindsay, ''suing'' her way into the contest, and cheating someone else out of it, her treatment of Gwen and Duncan even ''before'' the cheating scandal, [[spoiler:plan to backstab Scott and Gwen]], her extremely aggravating [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] attitude and of course, her threatening to send Owen, DJ, Cody, and Tyler to their deaths for the sake of a million dollars have caused her to become more and more hated over the years.
** Mike. We're supposed to feel for him because of his MPD making it hard for him to get the girl he actually wants. However, the portrayal of said MPD is viewed as insulting and poorly-researched to people with real with problems. Not to mention the fact he never tells anyone about his MPD and most find out on their own. This hurt Zoey & would have hurt Anne Maria as well, not that we see.
** Dave, in a manner very similar to Cody, does little to nothing to help his team out and instead spends most of his time creeping on Sky or whining about getting dirty. When Sky rejects him in "Hurl and Go Seek!" it's supposed to be a sad moment, but most viewers felt the rejection was justified and that Dave was being {{Wangst}}y. And when he [[spoiler:votes himself off, it's solely because he was rejected by Sky, and we're still supposed to sympathize with him the whole time]]. However, [[spoiler: it may not have been as unintentional as expected, considering his [[SanitySlippage act]][[FaceHeelTurn ions]] in the finale.]]
** Shawn could be viewed as this due to his entire character revolving around a rather annoying gimmick, as well as being partially at fault for ruining his relationship with Jasmine, and being extremely reluctant to split the million dollars with her. Though some do feel for him since his dream for a zombie bunker is kind of his life goal, and he did end up seeing the light eventually by voluntarily agreeing to split the money with her, due to being weighed down by his own guilt.
** Sky also falls into this boat due to how harshly she treats Dave late in the season. Granted she never wanted a relationship to begin with, but many thought her actions that resulted in shattering Dave were really uncalled for.
* The "Breakdown" episode that deals with Cyclops's origins on ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''. Though meant to gain the viewer's sympathy by showing what a tragic and awkward life he's suffered all the episode really does is kill what little credibility Cyclops was meant to have by portraying him first as an incompetent idiot who couldn't do anything right without Jean Grey there to hold his hand and then portraying him as a petty, insecure boyfriend who completely lost control of himself when Wolverine started hitting on Jean. True, Wolverine was being a jerk but Cyclops's reaction was way out of line.
** And yet, in classic DoubleStandard fashion, it's perfectly okay for Jean to rough up Emma Frost when she sees the blonde getting too friendly with Cyclops.
** Speaking of Wolverine, his CanonSue tendencies actually make ''him'' less sympathetic during the series, while most of the X-Men fail to generate sympathy with the viewers due to not getting enough characterization to really warrant any.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', Lance's romantic subplot with Kitty starts with him saving her life -- from an accident that ''he caused''. He had also previously attempted to attack Kitty, and due to the nature of his powers, he tends to cause a lot of collateral damage (sometimes near schools populated by children who [[FridgeHorror are never confirmed to have gotten out alive]]). To some people, all this makes it kind of hard to believe that Kitty would want him for a boyfriend. This also puts him in the somewhat unusual situation of being a common victim of both RonTheDeathEater AND DracoInLeatherPants.
** A weird inversion actually happens because of this. The time Avalanche ''did'' attempt a HeelFaceTurn, Scott doesn't buy it and proceeds to mistrust him. This is made out to be wrong of Scott, except, he '''is''' completely justified in mistrusting him: Lance was actually his biggest rival and ''had'' pulled crap on him and others before. While we (as the audience) knew that Lance ''was'' trying to [[LoveRedeems do good things for Kitty's sake]], Scott simply lacked such knowledge since Lance ''had'' given him reason to be antagonistic, and thus it's understandable to have him not trust Lance off the bat, and it would've been OutOfCharacter otherwise.
*** The fact that Lance doesn't try very hard to convince Scott otherwise doesn't help him either. And the fact that Lance rejects Scott's heartfelt apology (after Scott found out that he had been wrong about Lance) and goes back to the Brotherhood really doesn't help.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' fell into this trap a few times without even realizing it. Neither Superboy nor his designated ''mentor'' Superman come off being particularly sympathetic, albeit for different reasons. We're obviously meant to sympathize with Superboy because Superman refuses to spend any time with him because he's creeped out by the fact that someone cloned him without him knowing it, but Superboy is such a rage prone whiner that after awhile it's hard to feel bad for him. Superman, meanwhile, is portrayed as a shallow, superficial DirtyCoward and {{Jerkass}} for refusing to overcome his personal issues to help the obviously troubled Superboy... and the show does absolutely '''NOTHING''' to actually develop a relationship between them outside of a cheap "good job kid" moment at the end of season one and then doing a time skip to avoid doing any actual character development, making their "brotherly" interactions in season 2 look inherently false.
** Then there's Roy Harper, AKA: Speedy, AKA: Red Arrow, [[spoiler: We're obviously meant to feel bad for the first Roy we're introduced to when he learns that he's actually a clone who was used as an infiltrator against the heroes, but he spends so much of the show being a nasty, belligerent little asshole mistreating everyone around him that it's impossible to feel bad for him.]]
* Batgirl in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheKillingJoke''. The prologue featuring Batgirl does very little to make her sympathetic, despite the writers' claims that it makes her a stronger character. Her character arc [[spoiler:revolves around her pining after Batman and then acting like a jilted lover. She irrationally attacks a man arguing with his girlfriend. And she displays very little of the independence and heroism often associated with the character, instead coming off like a thrill-seeking StalkerWithACrush.]] It doesn't help that personality-wise, she has [[InNameOnly nothing in common with her comic or TV counterparts]].
* The titular Mandy of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. There are plenty of episodes where something happens that affects her and, as a result, we're supposed to see her as sympathetic. The problem here is that she's the TokenEvilTeammate of the main protagonists and gets away with doing some absolutely ''despicable'' things, especially later on in the series' run, and comes off as a JerkSue. But wait, [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]]: some of the supposedly bad things that happen to her are a ''result'' of her being evil, and usually, ''she'' '''''still wins!''''' So, when something happens and she legitimately suffers, it's less "the main protagonist is having a hard time and you should feel bad for her" and more "this little douchebag is finally getting her comeuppance for once".
** It also tends to result in making characters like Grim, Billy, and Irwin UnintentionallySympathetic, since some of these situations are intended to have us side against them, but that's hard to do seeing how bad Mandy is and how she treats them when they ''aren't'' the bad guys.
* The king of Atlantis in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'' sequel ''Tentacolino''. He's intended to be a good guy, but he imprisons the main characters without telling them, makes them immortal, and forces them to stay in Atlantis forever. One tends to side with the [[UnintentionallySympathetic rat emperor]] more than the king of Atlantis. Having the king have a dark and foreboding appearance doesn't help matters either.
* Louis, the fat kid from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' mini-segment "Fatman and Boy Blubber." You see him get bullied for his fatness and the bullies try to steal his sweet bun, only for the titular characters to come to the rescue and beat up the bullies. However, after a long, winding pseudo-inspirational lecture, Fatman reveals that the problem isn't the bullies, but Louis' decisions, like being fat (despite that Fatman and Boy Blubber obviously) and always eating fattening sweet buns instead of sensible meals. This prompts them to try to confiscate the sweet bun to prevent Louis from attracting more bullies, but he refuses. This forces them to fight fire with fire, or in this case fight bullying by (unintentionally) bullying. This makes you wish Louis would just hand over the damn sweet bun, or see Fatman and Boy Blubber teach him a lesson despite how cruel it is. He really ''is'' a regular [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Wonka]] [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory kid]], don't you think?
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** The protagonist of "You Belong With Me". This is about a shy girl who has a crush on a boy who already has a girlfriend but, as the title suggest, [[EntitledToHaveYou she feels that he's obligated to be with her]] because she somehow understands him better, with no indication that she's said anything to him to indicate her interest in being more than friends. Then she [[SlutShaming criticizes his girlfriend for wearing high heels and short skirts]]. The video also portrays her as a [[StalkerWithACrush stalker]]. The whole song comes off as a more passive-aggressive version of Music/AvrilLavigne's "Girlfriend".
** "Better Than Revenge" is about a woman who is mad that another 'stole' her crush. It's quite easy to view the protagonist as [[VillainProtagonist very in the wrong]] though. There isn't even concrete proof that the woman took her boyfriend - they could have been in a steady relationship or in a flirtatious pre-dating state - but the protagonist is absolutely rabid at the other woman for having the guts to be interested in the same guy as her. There's a fair share of SlutShaming in the song and it's vague how far she'll go with her revenge but it doesn't sound like she'll go easy on the woman.
* The title character of Music/BruceSpringsteen's song "Johnny 99", who is sentenced to 99 years in prison for a murder he committed while drunk over the loss of his job. The song does its best to portray him as a victim of a broken system, even [[DesignatedVillain demonizing the judge who sentences him]], but that doesn't change the fact that he's still a killer and that most people who have been in his situation ''haven't'' killed anyone.
* The protagonist of .38 Special's tender ballad "Second Chance" really sells how sorry he is over a mistake he made, and the song pressures the subject to stop making such a big deal over it and take him back. The singer then proceeds to specify that the mistake was cheating on her, and defends it by saying this of the girl he cheated with: "I never loved her, I never needed her. She was willing and that's all there is to say." In other words, the guy didn't cheat because he's a flawed man who was tempted and gave in to his own weakness and selfish impulses; he cheated on her ''because he could'', and then tries to guilt his lover for holding that against him. It makes him seem more like a self-absorbed sociopath than a man who's genuinely contrite over what most people consider a '''very''' serious betrayal of trust.
* In the Music/{{Megadeth}} song "1,000 Times Goodbye", we're clearly supposed to sympathize with the protagonist, since his lover left him for another man. However, her voice clips make it clear that she's been suffering for ''years'' under him and tried repeatedly to make their relationship work, making the protagonist sound more like a narcissistic jerk than a jilted spouse.
* The Music/BulletForMyValentine album ''The Poison'' has several songs relating to finding out that a girlfriend or love interest is sleeping with other people, and how painful this is to experience. However, this becomes less sympathetic and more disturbing when the protagonist is revealed to be a violent stalker in "Hit the Floor" (one who has apparently put thought into how and when he could attack his target) and that his retaliation over her infidelity is to murder her and any man he catches her with (as shown in "Room 409" and "The Poison"). Yes, cheating is bad, but stalking and murder are usually considered to be far worse things.
* Music/{{Drake}}'s "Hotline Bling" is probably supposed to come off as the lamentations of an ex who feels a deep sense of disappointment and unfulfillment in regard to a failed relationship and can't stop being reminded of how much better than him his former partner seems to be doing. Instead, he comes off as a whiny, clingy, prudish, controlling BitchInSheepsClothing who can't come to terms with the fact that his ex has become her own person and deals with it by whining about how she's a lesser person for no longer being at his beck and call.
* The protagonist in "Before He Cheats" by Music/CarrieUnderwood. We're supposed to root for her when [[RefugeInAudacity she trashes her boyfriend's car]], giving him his just desserts as revenge for him cheating on her. The problem is we don't even know if he's cheating; she's acting on unfounded and unproven suspicions and seems to [[ForTheEvulz take pride in it]].
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* This is one of the main criticisms of ''Theatre/{{Rent}}.'' At best, the heroes--Mark and Roger in particular--are BrilliantButLazy and want the adoration that being a respected artist would bring, but have yet to actually produce anything to earn it. At worst, they're spoiled elitist brats who think working a regular job is beneath them and expect to stay in their apartment rent-free as they wait for inspiration to come to them.
* ''Theatre/MyFairLady'': When it was first made, Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle were each meant to be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold (i.e. NotSoDifferent from one another), but nowadays, it's common to view him as a [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk snobbish]], [[HeManWomanHater misogynistic]] villain unfairly putting down Eliza, because current values don't look well on characters like Higgins.
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* Carlos, Sarah's father, from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' falls under this. While he has his daughter's safety in mind, [[spoiler: his coddling dooms her]]. [[WhatAnIdiot It never occurs to him that she needs training with weapons, cooking skills, and anything else that would help her survive if he were to die.]] [[spoiler: He does.]]
** Arvo. Clementine and Jane first meet him when they're looking for a place for Rebecca to give birth to her baby. Here, you have a choice: you either rob him of his bag of medicine or you let him leave with it. If you steal it from him, he, justifiably, gathers his possee to attack you and your group. [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished If you let him leave with it, he gathers his possee to rob you, anyway.]] On the latter side, this makes it hard to sympathize with him as he gets the shit kicked out of him by [[JerkassWoobie Kenny]].
** Jane, at least in the final episode. Here, [[IdiotBall she makes her most bone-headed moves,]] which is strange for someone who survived this long. While Kenny becomes more dangerous over the course of the Season, Jane crosses the line by [[spoiler: a) [[BullyingADragon repeatedly bringing up his dead family during their fight in the truck]], b) instead of making amends, she FAKES AJ'S DEATH to "show Clementine his true nature", and then c) during her fight with Kenny, she expects to be saved (depending on the player's viewpoint, she might).]]
* Master Xehanort in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' is [[InformedKindness intended by both the narrative and his Reports]] to be a well-intentioned FallenHero who's ultimately gone JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. But in-game, he is an ObviouslyEvil {{Jerkass}} whose massive [[{{Hypocrite}} Hypocrisy]] regarding [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil Light and Darkness]] as well as his many KickTheDog moments make him act virtually nothing like his AffablyEvil-AntiVillain conveyance in said Reports -- and just makes Eraqus lot more ProperlyParanoid against Darkness. [[note]]When you're the very pinnacle of DarkIsEvil {{Sociopath}}y, you're not exactly the most credible guy around when calling your former best friend a LightIsNotGood KnightTemplar, especially when [[NotHelpingYourCase your very actions only keep reinforcing his very belief system in question]].[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''
** [[KnightTemplar The Catalyst]] is probably one of the most extreme examples. Both his presentation and creator commentary pretty much indicate that he is intended to come across as some sort of AntiVillain who had to resort to ''extreme'' measures in order to accomplish its task (i.e., [[spoiler:he created the [[AFateWorseThanDeath Reapers]] in order to end organic-synthetic conflicts]]), and that [[spoiler:the choices he gives you at the end are meant to be similarly extremely morally ambiguous acts for the greater good]]. However, to many a fan, his [[InsaneTrollLogic reasoning is extremely nonsensical at best]], and at worst exemplifying utter [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocrisy]]. Furthermore, the choices he gives pretty much throw the whole theme of the franchise down the toilet. The Extended Cut fixes this slightly by allowing you to question the Catalyst's logic (though only in somewhat vague therms), and it becomes clear that it's more a case of AIIsACrapshoot. The ''Leviathan'' DLC expounds on this further when [[spoiler:you meet the Catalyst's creators and realize it really ''was'' just following its protocol; they just forgot to program it to [[GoneHorriblyRight not turn on them, too]]]]. It leaves a less sour taste in player's mouths than the original scene, but [[BrokenBase caused debate]] as to whether this was intended from the start or if this was an [[AuthorsSavingThrow retcon to placate the angry fanbase]].
** Tevos, the asari councilor, becomes another example in the third game. While she's initially presented as the "good" councilor when compared to the {{Jerkass}} Sparatus and the more neutral Valern, her actions in the third game make her look like a colossal hypocrite. While refusing to send help to Earth to fight the Reapers could be seen as cold pragmatism to defend her own people, the fact that she denied Shepard's warnings about the Reaper threat throughout the two previous games, even after Shepard saved her life from one at the end of the first game, is the reason why all life in the galaxy is unprepared for the current Reaper attack to begin with. And while equal blame could be laid at the feet of all councilors, save Anderson, for refusing to listen to Shepard's warnings, the third game reveals [[spoiler:there's another prothean beacon on Thessia with information on the Reapers and that the asari have kept it hidden in order to insure their superiority over other races.]] This means that unlike the other two councilors, Tevos actually had the means to find out about the Reaper invasion and prepare, yet she did nothing. Yet, no matter what, Shepard is forced to feel sorry for her when [[spoiler:the Reapers cause the fall of Thessia]], even though that, as well as the all the deaths caused by the Reapers in this cycle, was only possible through her inaction.
* The Qun is a fictional quasi-religious philosophy and a major setting element in the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII second]] and [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition third]] games of the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series. The games try to depict it as the same mix of noble and flawed as the [[CrystalDragonJesus Andrastian Chantry]], but their success is debatable. Qunari society is, though somewhat egalitarian, utterly totalitarian. Careers and other life-choices are made for citizens by the state, gender roles are so strictly enforced that those who go outside them are effectively considered ''trans''-gender rather than, say, women who can fight, and mages [[MouthStitchedShut have their mouths sewn shut]] and are chained and collared. It disdains outsiders who refuse to be converted (the word for non-Qunari is "bas", [[ItIsDehumanizing literally translating to "thing"]]), and anyone who leaves the religion behind is hunted down for re-education or, if they are violent habitual offenders, lobotomization with a chemical called qamek. The intent was to create an alien society that would make sense to its members but not to outsiders (and vice-versa), but to many gamers they come across instead as frighteningly, chillingly evil.
** This disdain for the religion of the Qun does not translate to Qunari characters, however. Sten in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is seen as lovable for his FishOutOfWater characterization, and the Iron Bull in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is one of the most popular characters in the entire series. The latter is telling however, since many fans adore him for being such a relaxed and open-minded character and rejecting many Qunari conventions in his role as a mercenary and Ben-Hassrath, and the decision to [[spoiler: sacrifice a deal with the Qunari, save his mercenary company, and subsequently drive Bull out of the Qun]] is a no-brainer for many gamers [[spoiler:even before ''Trespasser'' was released and players learned that the Qunari and Bull himself will betray the Inquisitor if the Chargers were sacrificed]].
*** As mentioned above, Creator/{{BioWare}} seems to be catching on to how unpopular and frighteningly dogmatic the Qunari are, since they were cast as the primary antagonists in ''Trespasser'', in which they [[spoiler:planned to assassinate most of the leadership in southern Thedas in a plot eerily reminiscent of a terrorist attack and invade and forcibly convert the South]]. Perhaps the most chilling example of how deeply indoctrinated believers in the Qun are comes from [[spoiler:Iron Bull's potential betrayal of the Inquisitor (which occurs if the Chargers were sacrificed in the base game), which he does without a second thought once ordered by the Ben-Hassrath. He even refers to the Inquisitor as "bas" before he attacks. Cole remarks that Iron Bull felt absolutely no regrets betraying a person who trusted him and considered him a friend for years]].
*** At one point during the regular campaign of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' in a conversation Iron Bull has with the Inquisitor, while generally defending the Qun (claiming that for most people, they'd find no real difference in their lifestyle) he admits that free-spirited or strong-willed people such as Varric, Sera, and Leliana would end up being executed or lobotomized under Qunari authority, tending to indicate that even before ''Trespasser'', Bioware wasn't looking to provide a lot of sympathy in the player base for the Qun.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' also has the Mage-Templar conflict at the center of its plot. While the narrative tries ''really'' hard to portray the two factions as being morally grey, a common criticism of the game is that [[EvilVersusEvil both sides]] come off as deaf-to-reason [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]]. The one person they both are willing to listen to, Grand Cleric Elthina, gets this too; she's clearly ''supposed'' to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure desperately trying to keep things together and failing despite valiant efforts, but her refusing to do anything but talk about compromise (while refusing to come up with any picture of what a compromise might be) while both sides (and elements of her own church) pile up the atrocities comes off as HeadInTheSandManagement bordering on StupidNeutral.
* The dwarves in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' are supposed to come across as a race who has been victimized by [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters the excesses and the greed of humanity as a whole]], and call humans out on not being able to live in harmony with nature. The intent is to make the player feel bad for killing them, but the fact that the dwarves were [[MoralEventHorizon conducting an operation of ethnic cleansing]] on the fairies, while at the same time [[MoralDissonance doing the same things]] [[{{Hypocrite}} they accuse humans of doing]] prevents them from getting sympathy. The fact that the game itself fails to see the hypocrisy of it all, in favor of [[NeverMyFault putting all the blame on humans]], (even the fairies blame the humans, rather than the dwarves who are actively killing them) is a sore spot for many players.
** There's also the matter of the demihumans. They constantly try to push the GreenAesop the game has going, and often bash humans for not living "in harmony with nature" the way they (the demihumans) want. The aesop falls flat because humanity ''is'' kind to nature, having only one city, which is remarkably very clean and produces no visible pollution. But what really makes them this is an alternate ending where [[spoiler:they take the now-unoccupied areas humans used to live in and proceed to live there without changing anything, making them just as bad as the humans they hated so much.]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': The way that Vamp's death scene is set up, with Naomi cradling him in tears as he slowly passes away from his various wounds after having his immortality-inducing nanomachines suppressed, is also clearly meant to make the players feel sympathetic for him and his tortured existence. The problem is that Vamp is never depicted as anything but a complete bloodthirsty monster; murdering dozens of innocent people and inflicting immeasurable suffering to the main cast (including murdering Otacon's sister purely out of spite), and is completely unrepentant for his crimes. Vamp had a horrible past, and the nanomachines arguably made it even worse, but he's still such an awful human being that it's nearly impossible to actually feel sympathetic towards him (his DracoInLeatherPants-ing fangirls notwithstanding).
** Solid Snake even offers a counterpoint to the idea that a tragic past makes you sympathetic (in the same game, no less). When talking about the B&B Corps, Drebin retells the horrible lives of each of the members, but Snake shoots it all down by saying that, at some point, a terrible life stops being an excuse for your actions. Yet, ''[=MGS4=]'' expects that same line of logic to work on a character with more reason for the player to hate.
*** And speaking of which, Snake himself can consequently come across as this via BrokenAesop: While he has a point about people like Vamp, people like the B&B Corps are contrarily too insane and non-lucid to be in any sort of control over their actions (not to mention, you know, being hooked up to all sorts of technology that definitely doesn't do their minds any favors). NoSympathy much, Snake?
* Mostly features in the PlayableEpilogue (The Answer) of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''; while it can be attributed to SEES [[spoiler:falling apart due to their leader's (the main character) death]], a lot of them become abrasive or take on idiotic actions that contradict their behavior from the main story. Yukari in particular acts hostile the entire time, and when [[spoiler:the opportunity to possibly revive the MC is presented to them]], she [[LoveMakesYouCrazy immediately decides to take that chance]], despite the risks involved. Mitsuru is even worse - she supports Yukari because she [[HonorBeforeReason comforted her after her father's death]], and she wants to support her. Mitsuru is [[spoiler:the granddaughter of the man who spurred most of the game's events, and she spent most of the game trying to ''clean up after him and atone for it.'']] In a way, her actions are the most nonsensical out of everyone. The rest of the cast either acts rather passive about the entire affair, or acts like a boneheaded jerk, like Akihiko. It's very much a relief for many people when Aigis makes sure that nothing is reversed in the end, and even Yukari apologizes for her erratic behavior.
** From the original game Ken. Granted, he did lose his mother, but his planning to [[spoiler:kill Shinjiro and then himself]] isn't something that anyone, except maybe Takaya, wants. While [[spoiler:Shinjiro is guilty of manslaughter]], his popularity and the fact that [[spoiler:he's willing to accept being killed for what he's done, save for the fact that Ken will then have to live with the guilt Shinjiro bore for years (a lesson Ken ignores)]] makes him somewhat more sympathetic by comparison. The official English localization doesn't help, as it's implied that rather than feel [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone guilty]] over [[spoiler:Shinjiro's death]], Ken's angry that [[spoiler:he didn't get to kill Shinjiro himself]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Ryotaro Dojima comes off as this. Throughout the game, he often suspected the Protagonist of getting involved with the murder mystery. Okay, a bit understandable since the murders started around the same time he came to town, and it's his job as a detective to find the pieces. During his Social Link, he and the Protagonist start to bond, but all of his CharacterDevelopment immediately gets derailed when [[spoiler: the killer sends a threatening letter to the Dojima residence]]. Dojima's first instinct is to completely [[spoiler: distrust the Protagonist, regardless of whether you completed his Social Link or not]]. Then, in the biggest WhatAnIdiot moment in the game, he [[spoiler: takes the Protagonist to the police station to interrogate him, and leaves Nanako, his seven-year-old daughter with no self-defense experience, home alone]]. This leads to [[spoiler: Nanako getting kidnapped and put into a life-threatening coma]], and not once is he ever called out on his negligence. He was [[spoiler: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally going to have been the killer]]]], and with how he was written, it makes you wonder just how late in game's development the change was made.
** The fighting game ''Persona4ArenaUltimax'' gives us [[spoiler:Sho Minazuki,]] the main antagonist. It has been displayed that he has had a horrid upbringing, [[spoiler:which was actually similar to the upbringing of the orphans who would become Strega in ''Persona 3,'' and it's mentioned that his adoptive father, Shuji Ikutusuki, tried to kill him at one point.]] He's reprimanded through and through as he deserves, and is ultimately left to his own devices in the end. Seems all well and good, except for the fact that [[spoiler:Yu and Labrys, more or less the protagonists of their respective routes, continually forgive him and insist that because of his upbringing, and because Sho feels he cannot form bonds without fighting, Sho cannot be held at fault.]] Sure, he's under the thumb of [[BigBad the Malevolent Entity]] the entire time, but [[spoiler:Sho's]] been shown to be psychotic, unforgiving, gleeful in harming others, and ''extremely'' immature.
** From the same game is a far less extreme version, but Akihiko, at the end of ''Arena'', seems to find value in protecting others and chooses to live out that desire by becoming a police officer. In ''Ultimax's'' ending, he [[spoiler:plans to establish some connections with Officer Kurosawa for his job with the Shadow Operatives, despite the fact that he wants to leave that group someday. He regularly slacks off of college, desires to aimlessly train like he did at the start of ''Arena'' (which he ''dropped out of college'' to do), and is extremely rude towards Aigis, who's more or less been forced to babysit him for the classes that Mitsuru is paying for. Even with his connections, chances are high that he'd need said college education to become an officer (most police-related occupations in Japan do). If Mitsuru didn't value him so much, Akihiko would basically be an incredibly ungrateful moocher with no life goals.]]
* Yusuke Kitagawa, one of your allies in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', slips into this once he joins you. He's a talented young artist who had been raised by Madarame, his abusive mentor, since the age of three, and said mentor not only takes credit ''and'' the profits for his work, but he also [[spoiler:indirectly caused Yusuke's sickly mother to ''die.'']] Yusuke is anemic and poor because of all of this. That being said, once Madarame is out of the picture, any and all financial support that is offered to Yusuke (namely from a former disciple of Madarame's that offers to be his patron his Cooperation link) is rebuffed because Yusuke wants to be a [[StarvingArtist "true artist,"]] he continuously mooches off of his friends either for food or shelter (being genuinely surprised that, no, he simply ''can't'' stay with Ann Takamaki's family for free and on a whim despite having a scholarship and housing at his school), lacks the same need to [[TheAtoner help others]], claiming that he wants to be a Phantom Thief so he can find new subjects to paint in the other world (all of the other party members want to help others who were abused by their targets, and Madarame himself abused many), and [[NoSocialSkills has absolutely no social tact]]. Time will tell whether or not this will change, as a lot of his popularity stems from [[{{Bishonen}} his looks]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} having his head in the clouds.]]
** [[ButtMonkey Ryuji Sakamoto]] also counts. For one thing, he is ''[[NoIndoorVoice irritatingly loud]]'', lazy, [[JerkAss generally rude]] and talks in an unnecessarily abrasive manner, usually not bothering to think before he speaks. He also has a tendency to complain and [[NeverMyFault blame everyone else]] when things go wrong. Players are ''supposed'' to feel sorry for him because [[spoiler:his dad was an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] and [[AbusiveParents beat him up as a kid]]. His HairTriggerTemper caused him to punch Kamoshida, which directly led to the track and field team being dissolved and his former teammates blaming and hating him for it, and justifiably so.]] Made even worse by the fact that Ryuji barely gets any character development at all throughout the game and repeatedly makes [[TooDumbToLive stupid decisions.]] [[spoiler:Even when he [[DisneyDeath seemingly dies]] doing a HeroicSacrifice near the end of the game, and the girls all start to cry over him, the ''first'' thing he does when he shows up again is ''to make fun of their "ugly crying faces"''.]] WhatAnIdiot.
* Helena Harper from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6''. She's been blackmailed by villains who kidnapped her sister [[spoiler:and turned her into a monster while they were at it]]. Unfortunately, her actions trying to save her sister led to an entire college campus turning into zombies. Even if you ''do'' feel bad for her at first, watching [[InnocentBystander Liz]] die from the infection and her lovable [[GoodParents father]] fall apart into [[NarmCharm heart-breakingly narmy tears]] will make quick work of that pity. [[{{Wangst}} It also doesn't help that she whines about her sister for ]] ''[[{{Wangst}} the entire game.]]''
* [[BigBad Eveline]] from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' was [[spoiler:engineered to be a WalkingWasteland bioweapon and programmed to desire a family as a means of spreading her infection]]. Pretty sad setup, but when a character is lashing out at injustice and wants to keep the audience on their side, it's really important to set the amount of sadistic cruelty, arrogant taunting, and evil laughter they display as close to zero as possible. Eveline uses all three of those things to an excess, making it clear that she's well aware of the pain and suffering she causes, and that she ''enjoys'' it. When Eveline [[MoralMyopia whiningly asks why everyone hates her]] near the end, many players [[ShutUpHannibal had no trouble giving an answer]].
* Within the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series, the games generally did a good job portraying the heroes as heroes and the villains as villains. The third game, ''Neptunia Victory'', had a lot of problems with this matter.
** The eponymous main character Neptune has become even lazier than she was in ''Mk2'', spending YEARS without doing anything and being an ass to anyone who calls her out on her laziness. Even worse, she treats her beloved sister VERY badly, especially in the Good Ending (Spoiler: No, this ending isn't much of an ending at all...)
** Of course, we have Plutia, with one side of the fandom loving her endearing laziness and her HDD mode as sadistic Iris Heart, and the other side thinking that her normal form is a lazy idiot and her HDD form an overpowered and bitchy jackass whose only reason for existing is to rape everybody.
** This has the side effect of making the villains UnintentionallySympathetic, as not only are THEY the ones going up against insurmountable odds (seven random people who aren't the most united working together against PhysicalGods), their motivations of overthrowing the [=CPU=]s (who can be lazy, arrogant, sore losers and pretty illogical) can be pretty sound.
** [[spoiler:However, ONE villain has this problem. Rei, normally, is sympathetic. However, like Iris Heart, her HDD mode kills her character, making her an intolerable hypocrite unwilling to acknowledge her mistakes and actually DESERVING her ten thousand years of loneliness.]]
** The remake, ''Hyperdimension Neptunia RE;Birth 3'', is a big AuthorsSavingThrow that addressed many of these concerns. Neptune is much more eager to get things done, implies she's been on off-screen adventures during the timeskips, and has a '''much''' better relationship with her sister. Plutia was made less of a toxic influence, Iris' sadism was made much less sexual, and both forms are more emotionally intelligent than she's letting on. The villains make more satisfying antagonists by sheer dint of the heroes being more heroic. And where plot points demand the party do jerkass things, [[MediumAwareness the characters themselves]] heavily imply they know it's a recycled script and transparently try to get the scenes over with painlessly. For the most part, it seems to have worked.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'':
** Adam Malkovich is supposed to be a stern but fair leader who genuinely cares about the protagonist Samus Aran and a competent commander. However, his actions on screen show him treating Samus with a mixture of condescending rudeness and cold indifference. Despite the fact that at this point she has a successful career as a bounty hunter and as a mercenary for the Federation who destroyed the entire base of the pirates, he still doesn't consider her as his equal and allows her to join his crew on the Bottle Ship only if she strictly follows his orders. Which leads to the infamous ''Authorization System''. Samus cannot use any of her equipment, even her defensive gear, until Adam says she can. At one point of the game, Adam asks you to go to a lava-filled area ''without the Varia Suit'' (a suit that protects you from deadly heat and convection). Eventually Adam does something heroic when he saves Samus from a Metroid...[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext by shooting her in the back!]] [[spoiler: For those reasons, many players were apathetic during his death scene and horrified by the implications of him coming back as a computer in ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion''.]]
*** Something repeated about Adam, over and over, is that [[TheNeedsOfTheMany he's willing to sacrifice things that he cares about for the greater good]]. The game certainly shows a lot of him sacrificing things... not so much on the "cares about" front. There is never a point in the game where Adam exhibits any affection or care for those around him or under him (including his own family), nor is there a point where he grapples with the difficulty of sacrificing something important to him. Even in his "HeroicSacrifice," he states that the only reason he is sacrificing himself and not Samus is that Samus is more able to finish the mission. Because of this, Adam comes off less like a man willing to make hard decisions and more like a sociopath who views everything as disposable assets.
** Melissa Bergman/MB is regarded by Samus as a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, who was unfairly used by the Galactic Federation as [[PoweredByAForsakenChild a means for a telepathic army]]. While there's some truth to this, the story treats her as though all her megalomania came from their treatment from her, and not from [[spoiler:being a clone of Mother Brain, the archetypal [[AIISACrapshoot power-hungry AI]] of the ''Metroid'' series]]. Samus then claims MB killing all the staff aboard the Bottle Ship as her vengeance, wanting to merely "punish the foolish and conceited", but that's an overly excusing reading of a someone who murdered hundreds for the actions of a few and then ''planned galactic genocide''.
* Arietta from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. Despite being one of the villains, she's portrayed as a poor girl who lost her parents in the events of Hod years prior to the story, was [[RaisedByWolves raised by ligers]] and can talk to them, before being intergrated into human society. She's supposed to be seen as pitiful, because she used to be a Fon Master Guardian, but was removed from that position two years ago, making her feel thrown away from Ion, whom she loved. [[spoiler: The reason she was removed was because Ion died and was replaced with a replica, who had no memories, so it would have been easily discovered, had the new Ion not remembered the years he had spent with Arietta.]] Even the heroes feel sorry for Arietta. But she spends the game whining about how she lost her position, whining at Ion when she sees him and getting into petty fights with Anise, all while blaming Luke, Tear and Jade for having killed her adoptive liger mother and refusing to listen to any explanations. Arietta even killed people and paid a major part in the overtaking of the Tartarus, early in the game, so she's got blood on her hands. It's very difficult to like her [[spoiler: even when she dies later on]].
** A big reason for the BrokenBase surrounding Anise herself can be attributed to this trope as well. [[spoiler:She was blackmailed by Mohs to spy on the player's party with her gullible parents held hostage. This act of spying would eventually lead into Ion's death. Anise felt absolutely guilty over this, and rightfully so. However, her way to deal with Arietta was to spare her from the AwfulTruth about Ion, which Anise says would [[FateWorseThanDeath devastate Arietta's mind.]]]] The fans still hated Anise for this, and the hatred wasn't quite unfounded. After witnessing her party members growing so strong, she should have confessed to them without harming anyone. On top of that, Anise was on board in blaming Luke and giving snarky death suggestions on him after Akzeriuth, which was believed to be not quite Luke's fault (He pulled the trigger, but it was due to Vaan's manipulations), thus she's pegged as EasilyForgiven for [[spoiler:causing Ion to die.]]
*** On that note, many players felt like the party members blaming Luke is hypocritical as the major reason that Luke ended up trusting Vaan was because showing he's extremely sheltered and has no idea how the world works (including having to be taught the concept of bartering), they regularly ignored him and tell him to shut up and ''refused to explain why he shouldn't do the thing that lead to Akzeriuth or not trust Vaan''.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' is supposed to be a FallenHero [=/=] WellIntentionedExtremist wanting to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans create a utopia at any cost]]. In theory, it's a great idea that fits in with the game's overall OrderVersusChaos theme. The problem? He claims to be behind ''[[TheManBehindTheMan everything]]'' that we see in the story. This not only doesn't make much sense (considering that so many of the villains seem to be working against one another) but it also means that he is [[HoistByHisOwnPetard directly responsible for all of the corruption that he claims he is trying to stop]]. The fact that the full extent of his plan is not explained in the main story (instead being relegated to [[GuideDangIt many sidequests with obnoxious requirements]]) and the fact that his English voice, of all people, is Creator/DCDouglas - a man who ''excels'' at playing ObviouslyEvil {{Large Ham}}s, and who plays Alexei's LaughingMad DespairEventHorizon moment as a straight-up EvilLaugh - means that he comes across more as a cheesetastic over-the-top pantomime villain when he should be a tragic AntiVillain. While [[TropesAreNotBad this is not necessarily bad]] ''per se'', since Alexei's LaughablyEvil antics have become rather [[MemeticMutation memetic]] within the series' fandom, it's clear that the character really didn't come across as the writers intended him to.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2''
** Strangely enough, Alt!Milla is considered this In-Universe. She comes from [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an alternate]] dimension, where she managed to get rid of Exodus at a young age and, hence, did not need to be the Lord of the Spirits any longer and is living a rather human life with her sister Muzét. Said sister has been blinded by an attack while protecting Milla and denied re-entry to the Spirit Realm, which has resulted in her abusing Milla for the past fourteen years. When Alt!Milla gets accidentally transported into the prime dimension, she needs to deal with the reality that her world was not real, is now destroyed and [[spoiler: that her appearance has caused Prime!Milla to disappear into the abyss between dimensions, as well as]] that she actually has no real place in the prime dimension. Unfortunately, Alt!Milla decides to be repeatedly abrasive with others, whines about how her world is destroyed and in general does nothing but wallow in her misery. It gets to the point that Gaius calls her out on her behavior.
** Elle. She's a young girl, separated from her father and on a journey to the Land of Canaan. She's taken under Ludger's wing and tries to act adult, but is still a child in a situation that she isn't ready for and understandably lashes out, as a kid is wont to do. [[spoiler: She's also revealed to be part of a fractured dimension, meaning that she'll disappear if they wish for all fractured dimensions to disappear, leaving her to consider herself a fake, similar to Alt!Milla above.]] Exactly how sympathetic she is to people can vary, though some of her lashings out leave her looking beyond selfish for a child's standards.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'': The developers have stated that all of the factions are mostly neutral, including Demacia and Noxus. However, with how Noxus is portrayed as being filled with various {{SocialDarwinist}}s and sadists who are very brutal and sinister in doing their jobs, not to mention often taking the 'bad guy' role during cinematics... Well, we have a reason Noxus is often considered ''the'' AlwaysChaoticEvil faction.
* There is a version of this trope that led to a bit of a BrokenBase in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma''. [[HospitalHottie Litchi Faye-Ling]] has taken swing into AntiVillain [[ForcedIntoEvil against her will]] and her arcade shows that she has a big remorse in fighting her friends and is not pleased with her superiors. All in all, it led to her being 'sympathetic'. However, in story mode, [[spoiler:after having her attempts to be 'good' again was undone via time reset, she's later shown to still continue aiding Relius to 'recreate the world' under the goal of 'creating a world where Lotte Carmine exists', to dissuade her grief of losing him now that he couldn't be saved.]] At that point, the base broke: some still considers her sympathetic and tragic like what was intended in the Arcade Mode because among other things, [[spoiler:she's pushed beyond her limits and sees no other 'option' to save Lotte, and she still shows dislike and remorse to what she must do, proven with how she tried to stop Carl from joining her]], others follow this trope and lost any sympathy for her, thought she crossed the MoralEventHorizon because... [[spoiler:is saving one person and alleviating your own grief and guilt when no one else could worth aiding an equivalent to a genocide that involves herself and other characters that cared about her?]]
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** Michalis of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'' is supposed to be a TragicVillain, with the wise sage Gotoh expressing pity for the burden that his crimes have put on his soul. Trouble is, those crimes are killing his father so that he can seize the throne and ally Medon with the BigBad after too long chatting with [[ManipulativeBastard Gharnef]]. Then he dupes his little sister Maria and makes her a hostage in Doluna, with orders that she be killed if his other sister Minerva tries to pull a HeelFaceTurn. While it's understandable that Maria (who's a healer) would save her brother, it's hard for players to find his story all that sympathetic or his redemption arc in the sequel very satisfying. And to make matters worse, in the remake, once he's miraclously brought BackFromTheDead, rather than having an epiphany (which could have made his redemption having a meaning), he instead reverts to his tyrannical personality like nothing happened in the course of both games and got a happy end on top of it. Anyone wonders why they usually opt to leave him dead afterwards?
** Travant from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' is in a similar boat. He's intended to be a WellIntentionedExtremist, a good man at heart who's driven to extreme actions for the good of his country, which is suffering from extreme poverty. Unfortunately, we're introduced to him by seeing him ambush Quan and Ethlyn, massacring their armies, murdering Ethlyn in cold blood and talking their newborn child hostage to force Quan to disarm himself ''just so he can kill him more easily'', and taking the baby to raise as his own afterwards. And when we meet him in the second generation, he doesn't seem to show any hint of remorse for what he did. Most players cheer at having Quan's son Leif cut him down, rather than feel bad for him. The midquel ''Thracia 776'' seems to have realised this and tried to correct it. Unfortunately, the only way for them to do so was to reveal, [[AssPull out of nowhere]], that EvilerThanThou villains manipulated him into killing Quan and Ethlyn.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' has a villain example, Carlyle. The head of the Jehannan military, he nursed a BodyguardCrush on his country's beautiful Queen Ismaire, but eventually sells his country out to the Grado Empire when it becomes apparent she'll never reciprocate. He seems to be intended as a TragicVillain driven to evil by unrequited love, but in practice comes off more as an EntitledBastard who uses ImAManICantHelpIt as a justification for ''treason''.
** To a lesser extent, there's Dragon King Dheginsea in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius the tenth game]]. To avoid a prophecy that states TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt would come if all of Tellius went to war, he ordered his nation of Goldoa into a state of total isolationism, with Goldoans being forbidden from providing military aid to, conducting diplomacy with, or even trading with any other country, just so, in the event of a war, there would be one country that ''technically'' isn't involved. He does [[VillainHasAPoint turn out to be sort of right]], but he could've been less of a knob about it. What ''really'' seals this though is that [[spoiler: when the prophecy comes true and Ashera reawakens to destroy the world, he decides to side with her, despite having absolutely nothing to gain from this and contradicting his entire motivation before. It almost feels as if this was only done to give the player a dramatic boss fight.]] That last part is lampshaded and discussed: [[spoiler:the other Laguz rulers promptly lose sympathy for him upon this confrontation, and grief for Dheginsea is very thinly spread outside the dragon tribe. One in particular just barely chooses not to SpeakIllOfTheDead, but still assigns the deceased exactly as much blame as he deserves.]]
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' players sometimes end up taking a dim view of [[spoiler: Alicia]] because of her [[CursedWithAwesome melodramatic whining about her superpowers]]. Her life doesn't change ''at all'' after she becomes a Valkyria, the only difference is that she has the option of killing enemy soldiers with a lance instead of a rifle (and she's ''deadlier with the rifle''), and that since she's an orphan, she now has some idea of who her birth mother must have been. She ignores all of this and instead goes on to have a screaming temper-tantrum that very nearly burns her entire squad alive because she just wants to be normal... even though her powers are completely under her control and she can use them, or not use them, at her discretion, and she doesn't realize it until [[HystericalWoman her boyfriend tells her]] [[DeclarationOfProtection it's all gonna be okay]]. [[spoiler: Which is exactly what she does, she just never uses her powers again.]]
* [[spoiler:Mr Sohta]] from the horror RPG, {{Misao}}. In the end, the game tries really hard to make you feel sorry for, or at least forgive him due to his backstory, but by that point he has killed at least two girls and committed various other awful acts and it's generally considered too late. During his playthrough of the game, {{LetsPlay/Markiplier}} puts it best:
-->'''Markplier:''' (reading game text) "You're really a nice person [[spoiler: Mr. Sohta]]...just a little awkward sometimes. [[EasilyForgiven And I like you for who you are]]." [[SarcasmMode Even though you're a murdering psychopath]]!
* ''VideoGame/MermaidSwamp'' gives us the old man. He reveals that [[spoiler: he felt sorry for the 'mermaids' his family had kept for years and wanted to return them, but due to the strange fascination that they have on the men of the Tsuchida family, he was incapable of actually doing anything to them, so he used the protagonist and her friends to do it for him]]. While this could make the guy very sympathetic to some players, the fact that it's only revealed in the GoldenEnding makes it difficult to actually feel it, because [[GuideDangIt one is more likely to get any of the other endings, which are all bad, first]]. And the fact that said old man is anything ''but'' helpful in those endings makes him less sympathetic. [[spoiler: In the other endings, he's more inclined to abuse Rin's [[GoMadFromTheRevelation insane state]] than actually help her and kills some of the characters.]]
* The Kobali are put under the light in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''. They weren't particularly liked for their {{Grave Robb|ing}}er ways when they showed up in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', but the Kobali Battlezone missions as well as "Dust to Dust" make them even more unlikable as we come to find out that they've been [[spoiler:resurrecting dead Vaadwaur and the Vaadwaur want them back.]] It gets worse when it is revealed that [[spoiler:they have the body of the original Harry Kim.]] So much so that Harry Kim takes the Kobali to task for their actions, despite the fact that it goes against the Prime Directive and that they're supposed to be our allies.
* ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'': So a major conflict in the game is how Tails starts feeling like Sonic is beginning to lose faith in him in favor of Eggman, and just wants to be of use to his hero. However, this ignores the fact that 1) Eggman is the only one capable of disabling the machine since he was the one who made it. and 2) Tails makes no objections to even allowing him to help in the first place. In fact, this has the side effect of making Sonic UnintentionallySympathetic, as he's treated negatively for his earlier actions that kicked off the plot despite his genuine remorse and trying to make amends. The plot is firmly on Tails` side of the conflict and in the end, ''Sonic'' apologizes for "not trusting him enough". And the whole conflict ends up being moot anyway when Tails just randomly disables Eggman's machine to begin with.
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'': Easily this trope falls onto the Arcanist Victoria. So, she has had a terrible life as she had an incurable disease and that the local corrupt church would just abandon her to die. Her life was spared thanks to an experimental chemical treatment, but it comes with the side-effect of trapping her in a young girl's body despite being in her late teen's as well as periodic seizures. While that's sad and everything, these circumstances have turned her into a psychotic sadist willing to kill anyone even tangentially related to the corrupt church in the first place, even if it's simple pious innocents living far away from the church's center, or even just outright killing people for mistaking her for a little girl, ''which she does.''
* Nilin of ''VideoGame/RememberMe'' traces everything back to [[spoiler: her mother losing her leg in a car accident]] when she was a kid. The story definitely portrays Nilin as being an undeserving victim, but her character development over the rest of the game tends to undermine it. Her self-centered behavior in the game implies that her behavior as a child, and her willingness to use her remix ability to [[spoiler: just make Scylla out to be a bad driver and herself a perfect angel and]] dodge all the hard work and consequences, are not simple childishness or immaturity as much as they are inherent character flaws.
* While ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' tries very hard to make you feel sorry for Dr. Alphys, she came across more as a BitchInSheepsClothing to a few fans. [[spoiler:Not only does she run a MonsterProtectionRacket with Mettaton so she can insert herself into the player's adventure as a hero, but her experiments with determination and monster souls lead to the creation of both the Amalgamates and Flowey.]] Those still leave a bitter taste in a few fans' mouths, especially since she never apologies or even confesses to the former, despite it being entirely her fault. It's hard to blame her entirely for the latter, since it was an experiment ordered by King Asgore that had GoneHorriblyWrong, and she had no idea what would happen. Either way, she suffers no consequences for either of these behaviors in the game's GoldenEnding, while one of the more sympathetic characters ends up [[AndIMustScream suffering a terrible fate]], making a BittersweetEnding.
** To some extent, Undyne and the monsters who try to kill you, assuming you're not doing a Genocide or a very violent Neutral run. The story treats any killing of a monster as something horrible... But plenty of these monsters are also actively trying to kill a child. While the YouBastard comments are accurate when it comes to the player, and while the extent to which the lack of sympathy those monsters might elicit is unintentional at least partly depends on the player (there are comments in a Pacifist run that compliment the player for their willingness to TurnTheOtherCheek), In-Universe those monsters don't know that the player exists and don't know that you can reset (except Flowey and [[spoiler:Sans]]). Therefore, and even if BlueAndOrangeMorality is often at play, most of the monsters seem surprisingly okay when they have to murder a child. Also, Undyne's words about how you're an "evil" force standing in the way of everyone's "hopes and dreams" lose a lot of their impact, especially in a Pacifist run, when you remember that she's saying it to a child. (And contrary to other monsters, she has seen Human History / Anime, so she probably knows the difference between an adult human and a child.) For an anime fan, she doesn't seem to realize that [[WouldHurtAChild hurting children]] is almost always a trait displayed by the villains. The fact that she remains hostile even after you spare her and even if you continue a Pacifist run (until you [[spoiler:befriend her]] of course) may also make Undyne lose some sympathy.
* The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' prequel ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' wants you to feel sorry for [[CreatorsPet Genesis]], who is suffering a genetically degrading disease and is so desperate for a cure he's allowing Hollander [[spoiler:and Lazard]] to use him. Except he's an arrogant, long-winded jerk, the injury that triggered the disease is his own fault for showing off, and you could make a strong case that if he hadn't started his rebellion against Shinra, the events that set Sephiroth's StartOfDarkness in motion might not have happened. Hell, Genesis seems to be ''amused'' when he reveals Sephiroth's origins to him and watches him begin to fall apart for it, yet we're supposed to feel sorry for him.
* This trope is the reason why Nix from ''VideoGame/Infamous2'' is so [[TheScrappy disliked]] among the fandom. She's meant to be portrayed as a JerkassWoobie with a tragic past involving [[spoiler: the deaths of her parents at the hands of [[BigBad Bertrand]]]], but this FreudianExcuse is flimsy at best and does little to justify her violent streak. The Evil choices she advocates for Cole are [[ForTheEvulz outlandishly, stupidly evil]], and make her come off as a borderline sociopath. This is especially in contrast with Kuo and Zeke, who are far more sympathetic and have more character depth in general. [[note]]Zeke managed to be RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap for his CharacterDevelopment over the course of the game, and Kuo's JerkassWoobie behavior came across as far more justified after she was turned into AnIcePerson against her will.[[/note]]
* The ''VideoGame/AceAttorney'' series, with its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, has a number of folks who fall into this.
** The ThatOneLevel case of "Turnabout Big Top" has the murderer, [[spoiler: Acro]]. It's true the murder was [[spoiler: accidental, but he was intending to kill someone else. Namely, a 16 year old girl who, due to her sheltered upbringing, didn't understand the seriousness of a prank she played that put Acro's brother into a vegetative state. He would have killed his benefactor's only child]], and that made some fans think the SympatheticMurderer angle trying to be played was forced.
** Desiree Delite. [[spoiler: She's helpful to Phoenix]] and is definitely a nice person. [[spoiler: But she does, by the end of the game, advocate her husband's life of crime in order to satisfy her shopping habit,]] a habit she has no intention of stopping.
** Godot. He even lampshades how his screw up of [[spoiler: not going to Phoenix when he learned of Morgan's plan to kill Maya. This directly leads to the death of Misty Fey.]] Lots of fans believe [[spoiler: Misty's]] death wouldn't have been necessary if he hadn't [[spoiler: tried to get revenge for Mia's death and his own poisoning.]]
** ''VideoGame/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' has Justine Courtney in the second installment. She's supposed to come off as a merciless to lawbreakers and a servant to the law, coupled with being in a bad situation having to worry about [[spoiler: her kidnapped son]]. But in the 4th case, she [[spoiler: introduces fabricated evidence to convict Kay of a murder]], and later, [[spoiler: is discovered to have the opportunity to commit the crime, but she dismisses this out of hand, and no one else brings this up.]] To make things worse, she is a KarmaHoudini [[note]]Unless you count the stress of her adopted son's kidnapping in Case 5 as punishment in and of itself.[[/note]].
* Luka in ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101''. His mom died and he blames the superhero team the game is named after for not being able to save her. That part's fine and sympathetic. What isn't is how he [[spoiler:genuinely wants to ally with the GEATHJERK forces, who are trying to destroy Earth, and even aid them by leaking inside technology and weak points in the planet's defenses. Making matters worse is the timing of his Heel-Face Turn, which is after he finds out that his mom is technically alive through the defense robot Platinum Robo. Still wanting to side with GEATHJERK even after their Dragon reduced Blossom City to a pile of ruins floating in the sky speaks a lot about him.]] In spite of all of this, Wonder-Red and Wonder-Pink both bend over backwards to downplay his behavior and at worst he's supposed to be seen as misguided and driven too far with revenge (one of the game's main themes). He does make a full HeelFaceTurn [[spoiler:and even joins the team as Wonder-Goggles]], but it's hard to feel sorry for the kid who [[spoiler:was absolutely willing to destroy his entire planet all because he thought his mom died, and only went back to the heroes after finding out she isn't dead.]]
* Patroklos in ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur V'' is shown to be a self-righteous, sociopathic racist who remorselessly murders an innocent man in the opening cutscene of the game. He's also supposed to be [[DesignatedHero the protagonist]]. You're supposed to feel sorry for him because his mother is dead and his sister was abducted since childhood. His relationship with Pyyhra is supposed to be his redeemable trait, but that even gets thrown out the window when he finds out [[spoiler: she's the bearer of the Soul Edge]]. He runs away from their battle and vows to kill her if he ever saw her again.
* Nina Williams of the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' franchise is always, always, ''always'' presented as a super-cool badass who [[DesignatedHero we're supposed to root for]] in her rivalry against her twin sister Anna; the two animated films based on the series and the spinoff game ''Death by Degrees'' all depict Nina as the hero and Anna as a craven, pathetic villain. The main series, though, has shown Nina be extremely vicious, cruel and abusive towards her sister, even on occasions where Anna has sincerely tried in good faith to bury the hatchet between them, and has gone so far as to outright ''murder'' Anna --along with numerous other innocent people-- in at least one [non-canon] ending. If Nina's CharacterShilling weren't so obvious, it'd be easy to assume that we were meant to sympathize with [[UnintentionallySympathetic Anna]] instead (who's no saint herself, but comes off as amoral at worst instead of, y'know, ''evil'').
* Jake Conway in ''VideoGame/RideToHellRetribution''. We are supposed to sympathize and root for him because his brother has just been murdered by the Devil's Hand and decides to go against them as revenge for his brother's death. But the lengths he is willing to go and the sheer amount of innocent people he murdered to accomplish this [[HeWhoFightsMonsters makes him as bad, if not worse than the very bikers that he hated]]. Case in point, when he encounters an electric fence his solution to the problem is to kill a bunch of innocent truckers, steals their fuel truck, then drives it to the power plant, killing any police that tries to get in his way and when he entered there, he kills all the workers that tried to defend the dam, afterwards he proceeds to shoot he fuel tank in order to blow up the power plant that somehow managed to shut down the electric fence. [[InferredHolocaust Disregarding how much potential damage it could do by shutting down the power source for at least four states]], this plan is [[ComplexityAddiction needlessly elaborate]] and [[StupidEvil cruel]] considering that he could have just find a tree to jump over a fence or even use the truck just to ram a fence with minimal innocent casualties.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' has a few examples:
** Miranda, the First Sacred Sister and final party member. Her backstory would normally garner a lot of sympathy: She was unwanted (and beaten) by her mother. Her father was a lush who also beat her. She would run away and spend all of her time wandering a glacier until she was adopted by Queen Theresa. During the story, Rose is also a unwarranted bitch to Miranda, telling her Miranda isn't as capable with the [[spoiler: White Silver Dragoon Spirit that rejected Shana in favor of Miranda]] when [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Miranda is just as capable in the actual game.]] However, before we reach that part, we meet Miranda for a bit. She's shown to be hot-tempered, immature, and a poor leader.
** Miranda's mother, was supposedly trapped in a loveless marriage to a drunk. That's pretty sympathetic. However, she also beat her own child (who was an infant, no less) in order to deal with her pain.
** Rose can fall under this as well. She's hot-tempered and nasty to both Lavitz and Miranda, fairly arrogant, and begins to fall under TierInducedScrappy after Disc 1. Some players found her backstory not to justify her whining, and were grateful when Miranda slapped her in Disc 4.
* Chloe of ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'', to the point of being a BaseBreakingCharacter. The entire game revolves around Max's reconnection with her, in the form of Chloe dying and Max using her rewind powers to save her life. While she ''is'' supposed to be seen as flawed, her tragic backstory and BrokenBird tendencies aren't necessarily enough to redeem her selfish, arrogant attitude, or her tendency to do stupid things that get her killed. One infamous example was when David caught her with her weed, and if Max didn't hide, she'd [[DirtyCoward immediately throw Max under the bus]], but if the player denied it, the game will basically [[WhatTheHellHero guilt trip you]] for letting Chloe get in trouble. Another moment was when she asked Max if she could steal money from a fundraiser '''[[MoralEventHorizon that was supposed to help disabled students]]''' so she could pay off her debts that she got herself into. This also contributes to the player base reactions to the endings, since how much the player cares about Chloe, and Max's relationship with her, factors heavily in both of them.
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' has an example where sympathy is properly placed right up until going a step too far: [[spoiler:Lao. Initially he's an implied DeathSeeker because his wife and child were screwed out of their positions on the evacuation ship by rich and influential people who "bought" their way on board. This much is fine, as the characters are tactful and Lao doesn't {{Wangst}} in front of the player at all. No, his choice of action is to ''sell out humanity to a race openly bent on genocide''. When this is revealed, Lin and the PlayerCharacter will automatically stand in front of Lao to stop Elma shooting him - despite the fact that Elma would be completely justified in a field execution, and this act of mercy directly enables the destruction of humanity's best hope for the future - an outcome that could have been easily predicted.]] Needless to say, many players consider the traitor's ultimate fate to be [[KarmaHoudini a total slap on the wrist]].
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* Fuminori, the VillainProtagonist of ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'' is intended to inspire distaste from the audience later in the game, [[spoiler:when he loses himself completely to his "love" for Saya and starts to hurt people for her]]. From the beginning, though, many players find him repulsive. It's easy to understand why he wants to be close to Saya and even feels love for her, because she's the only thing he can see that doesn't look like a twisted mass of rotting flesh. Since she looks to him like a prepubescent child, though, and since he believes that's what she actually is, his decision to take her home and repeatedly have sex with her doesn't do much to set him up as a fundamentally decent victim of circumstance.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has [[StraightMan Ushiromiya George]], the eldest of the cousins. We're shown that he deeply loves and cares about his fiancée [[ShrinkingViolet Shanon]], and how despite being an servant/master relationship he's willing to go against his mother's will to marry her. He's crushed and traumatized each time Shanon is murdered, mourning their lost future and dreams together. However, in the flashbacks and even during the family conference we're shown that George is very manipulative of Shanon, taking delight in being able to make her feel however he pleases, bossing her around and [[ItsAllAboutMe going on and on in detail about the future he has planned for both of them while showing very little concern with Shanon's opinions or what actually Shanon could want]]. He's conscious of his manipulative tendencies, but sees nothing wrong with them.\\\
Later, we're also shown that he harbors a resentment towards [[HotBlooded Battler]] and [[GenkiGirl Jessica]] for being outgoing and popular, while he was rather shy and reserved, to the point of being considered boring by other people, and that traces of this can still be shown when he looks down on Battler and Jessica for not getting good grades as him or acting childish to play with [[CreepyChild Maria]]. In the flashbacks he even looks delighted when Battler leaves the family, rubbing into Shanon's face how her [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood crush]] will never, ever come back. Given that most of his issues are rooted in [[MyBelovedSmother Eva's]] overly controlling behavior towards him, going as far as to plan an arranged marriage for him and switching between guilt trips and praise to make him to do whatever she wants, you'd understand why he behaves like that, but for some fans that still doesn't quite balance the scales.
* ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'' has Julianna, the Duchess of Ursul. As the only openly-acknowledged Lumen, she's subject to a degree of FantasticRacism and, depending on whether Elodie bolsters the public acceptance of Lumens, may remain utterly hated by the masses; she even has a special segment in most of the epilogues and a number of special conversations suggesting [[TheWoobie that she's socially isolated because of her powers and feels guilty for not protecting Fidelia]]. To the player, her condescending, snobby attitude combined with her [[AdultsAreUseless utter unwillingness to actually do anything unless she can't avoid it]] makes it hard to feel bad for her.
* Clover from ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''. In the true route, Junpei is able to help her get over the emotions of [[spoiler:brother's death]], gets an emotional reunion scene when it turns out [[spoiler:her brother isn't actually dead]] and goes on in that route to remain as the bubbly character she started out out. However, in one of the other endings where Junpei isn't able to help her, she snaps and goes crazy with an ax, killing everyone. Some players who got this ending before the true ending find it impossible to think of Clover as anything but an ax-wielding psychopath.\\\
The developers themselves seemed to be aware of this problem. In the game's sequel, ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', during Luna's path during which it's revealed that Clover [[spoiler:confronted Luna over Alice's death, threatening her with an injection gun, the game throws in a few lines explaining that Clover didn't seem like she actually wanted to kill Luna, and that the gun fired by mistake during a struggle]]. It doesn't help in VLR that Clover's model has has a bug where instead of defaulting to a neutral expression, she slips into a smile when she's not emoting (and combined with [[IdiotBall taking a noticeable drop in intelligence from 999 to VLR]] -- from explaining the rather complex "The Ship of Theseus" thought experiment to Junpei to misreading "Pantry" as "Panties" in VLR, she ends up coming off as a Sociopathic Ditz
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has Sayaka Maizono, the super duper high school Idol. She reveals that she became an idol, because they fascinated her as a child and were loved by everyone, which she desperately wanted to have, having been left alone a lot as a child by her workaholic father and is terrified of losing her status as an idol and the friends she has made with it. Then it turns out that she [[spoiler: began to form a plan to commit a murder and having Naegi set up to take the fall, so Sayaka can leave the school. This included manipulating him and his obvious crush on her, getting the two to swap rooms for the night and her plan to backfire horribly and resulting in ''her'' death, rather than Leon's]]. After those revelations, Kirigiri tries to calm Naegi (and the player) down by saying that Sayaka wasn't as bad as this may have made her look, but the damage has been done in the player's eyes and Sayaka lost any sympathy, no matter what her FreudianExcuse of a sad past had attempted to build up.
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* Website/GoAnimate "[[YouAreGrounded Grounded]]" videos: The parent characters who are punishing the trouble-making kids, particularly those of "baby show" characters such as WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}} and WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer. The makers of these videos intend for the viewers to side against Caillou and Dora (who, truth to tell, [[TookALevelInJerkass aren't the wholesome lovable heroes that they are]] canonically, themselves) and with their parents. But in all honesty, the measures the parents take to teach Caillou and Dora their lessons often come off as [[DisproportionateRetribution overly cruel]]. Even so much as hitting a sibling can lead to getting grounded or even murdered (directly or indirectly) by their parents. Additionally, sometimes the parents even do stuff without Caillou and Dora just to be mean (sometimes even before the kid has even caused any trouble) and, in extreme cases, even tell them to their faces how much they and the world hates them. In the end, the parents frequently come off as [[AbusiveParents incredibly abusive]] [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]] not worth rooting for over the [[JerkassWoobie Jerkass Woobies]] Caillou and Dora.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': Some felt this way about Trixie. She acts incredibly smug, arrogant, and condescending throughout the entire series, has no qualms about trying to get Rainbow Dash wrongly prosecuted simply for revenge on Twilight, and repeatedly prioritizes revenge over the truth. She's meant to get a CryForTheDevil in the form of [[spoiler:black Psyche-locks]], but these are [[InformedAttribute never significantly explained or elaborated on]]. Phoenix at times says she's doing certain things for noble purposes, but virtually every one of these instances is actually explainable by Trixie just serving her own selfish ends. She even savors [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash's guilty verdict]], rubbing it in Twilight's face and declaring that she felt on top of the world afterwards. She never even apologizes or shows remorse for what she did, not even when Phoenix [[spoiler:generously helps her out and saves her career]]. The only really noble thing she ever does, [[spoiler:write a secret, reluctant thank-you note to Phoenix]], came at no cost to herself whatsoever, and as far as she knew, would not be discovered by anypony.
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* Hazel from ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'': The author, Danielle Corsetto, [[WordOfGod has said]] that she deliberately writes her as a flawed character to make her more believable and relatable. However, many times this crosses into Hazel being downright unlikable. It came to the point were many readers cheered when Zach broke up with her, even though it was portrayed as a very sad thing in the webcomic.
* A large chunk of the cast of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' come off as this, which is one of the main reasons for the series' rather large hatedom. Luna, Melna and Dominic himself are probably the biggest offenders, though Melna at least has a FreudianExcuse to explain her behaviour even if it doesn't justify it for many fans.
* Therkla, of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' fame. She's only in the comic briefly, but she's more or less every negative stereotype of modern teenage girls in human form: she compromises her mission because she has a crush on a boy, she's overly dramatic about her home life (treating the fact that her parents are sickeningly in love on the same level of harsh and disgusting as being a ChildByRape), her primary complaint about the lack of reconciliation between her crush and her mentor (who are on opposite sides of a good-vs-evil conflict) is that it means she never gets her way, and she ends up committing a variation on suicide because a boy wouldn't dump his girlfriend for her. It's sad that she died young, but she spent most of her time acting like a brat with levels in Ninja. The Giant says that Therkla represents the neutral in the good vs. evil conflict, but her idea of compromise is basically asking the good guys to let the evil guys (including herself, since she's complicit in the actions of her evil mentor) get away with the murder of dozens, if not hundreds, of innocent people.
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* A number of characters in Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG:
** Rotor was introduced by Atton Rand in an attempt to undo his earlier {{Demonization}} of realists with a sympathetic realist character. At first, Rotor wasn't so bad. Even when he made it clear that he was willing to exploit Kate Bishop as a means to getting to Wallace Bishop, who seemed to be the most dangerous enemy on the island at the time, it was an understandably realist outlook on being willing to do what must be done. And then, he's scolding his T-1 Typhoon crew for not being willing to do what must be done; okay, fair enough, Greybeard's done it before... wait a second, is he ordering his own men to be ''executed by firing squad'' by means of KangarooCourt? And now he's torturing prisoners, with a heavy dose of subtext that he doesn't even believe that they have the info he seeks; he might just be doing it ForTheEvulz? We're supposed to ''like'' this guy? He's no better than any of the previous realists Atton Rand introduced!
*** Fortunately, Rotor finally regained some sympathy when he started to clean up his act. That, and the fact that the two following Unintentionally Unsympathetic characters were introduced and made ''him'' look sympathetic in comparison...
** Atton Rand had, to a certain extent, intended Trigger to be a sort of SpiritualSuccessor to Dust, inspired by his popularity to attempt to write an anti-hero of his own. Unfortunately he had the opposite reception which Atton had intended. He did attempt to salvage some dignity by at least giving Trigger a memorable [[spoiler:death scene]], but whether that succeeded is debatable.
** Snake is a similar deal, as like his namesake he was intended to be likeable despite being an uncaring anti-hero. This backfired horrendously, especially when he was meant to look honorable in comparison to Plastic Serpent, who, to add insult to injury, became UnintentionallySympathetic instead.
* Rosalina from ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' falls into this territory whenever she values the needs of Jeffy, a highly unintelligent kid, over Mario's. Sure, she is more caring towards Jeffy than Mario is [[MamaBear and is quick to call Mario out if he abuses Jeffy in any way]], but because a lot of fans find Jeffy's behavior more annoying than funny, they would rather side with Mario. She also tends to take the side of other people besides Mario despite seeing what Mario was really doing. Such examples include "Jeffy's Cellphone!", wherein she believes that Mario called a prostitute and beat him up [[MistakenForCheating for allegedly cheating on her]], despite the fact that he was watching ''Franchise/StarWars'' with her the entire time and Jeffy got a iPhone around that time, and "Jeffy's Bad Word!", wherein she witnesses Mario spank Jeffy for repeatedly saying the F-word (The ''other'' F-word) and tells Brooklyn T. Guy that Mario likes to hit Jeffy on the butt, very hard, multiple times. Also, in "Happy Merry Christmas!", when Mario shows her a montage of some of the bad things Jeffy did to him to prove he is a bad kid who deserves coal[[note]]which includes clips from two of the most disliked episodes, "Jeffy's Bad Word!" and "Locked Out"[[/note]], she instead blames Mario for making bad video ideas.
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* The [[SoBadItsGood infamous]] [[Creator/DingoPictures Dinosaur Adventure]] has several. One of them is Cree the pterodactyl. His relationship with Tio the baby T-Rex is supposed to be sweet and cute. Instead, Cree comes off more like a pedophile than a close friend.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones I Yabba-Dabba-Doo]] has Pebbles. Bam-Bam writes a poem for her but the moment she reads "Dear Pebbles", she [[TooDumbToLive assumes]] it's a DearJohnLetter and ends it until Bam-Bam stops her and shows her the rest. Later, Bam-Bam jokes about her father being a cheapskate, and [[HairTriggerTemper Pebbles turns it into a one-sided argument]], with Bam-Bam keeping a cool head and trying to calm her down. She breaks it off again and tells her family that they fought about everything. In the end, [[NeverMyFault it's Bam-Bam, not Pebbles, who apologizes.]]
* Sonic in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' can come across as this, with the villains being {{The Chew Toy}}s of the series, and Sonic, like any traditional slapstick hero, taking perverse pleasure exacerbating it for them. [[LaserGuidedKarma Then again]], Robotnik and his minions ''are'' trying to enslave the Mobians.
* Stan Smith in the later seasons of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' comes across as this for how he treats his family (especially Hayley and Steve) as well as causing his own problems only to learn a lesson that [[AesopAmnesia he will immediately forget]] [[StatusQuoisGod by the following episode]]. "The Scarlett Getter" and "Old Stan in the Mountain" to name a few are prime examples of this trope in action.
** Roger also counts for the same reason as Stan (learning a lesson that will never resonate by the next episode) as well as his derailment/Flanderization into being a complete psychopath who very rarely suffers any consequences for his actions nowadays.
** The rest of the Smith family also step into this, usually serving as foils to Stan or Roger's behaviour, despite having equally self serving and callous moments that (unlike even the former two) don't get called out. Hayley in particular is essentially a leftist version of Stan, with all the same self righteousness and callous hypocrisy, but whenever the two argue, Stan is almost always given AnAesop about mistreating her.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has lead female character Lana Kane. She is supposed to come off as the OnlySaneMan in a cast of highly dysfunctional idiots, but her NeverMyFault tendencies in relationships, undeserved arrogance, utter hypocrisy, and behavior that could charitably be considered as abusive made her extremely disliked, particularly as the show went on. With the show's other characters, they are all fairly convincingly insane and / or sociopathic and thus a lot of their actions are somewhat understandable.... but Lana does many of the same things, and is mentally stable enough that she really ''should'' know better.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** D.W. in the infamous "Arthur's Big Hit". The audience is supposed to feel sorry for her because Arthur hit her, but the problem is, she loses any sympathy she may have received by a) repeatedly bothering Arthur when he is trying to build his model plane (even ruining the paint job ''after'' she had been told not to touch anything), b) ''throwing the model out of the window'', even though she had absolutely no right whatsoever to touch it, and c) blaming Arthur for building a plane that can't fly, instead of apologizing for her actions.
** Another example involving D.W. is "D.W.'s Very Bad Mood", wherein the audience is supposed to sympathize with her because she didn't get invited to a birthday party that Lisa, one of her classmates, is throwing. However, throughout the episode, rather than act sad about it, D.W. has a violent temper tantrum that lasts several days, wherein she screams at the top of her lungs, insults her brother and parents, and slams the doors through the house all through the night, among other things. Adding to that is Jane and David [[KarmaHoudini do not punish her in any meaningful way]], forcing Arthur to enlist Francine's help in finding out what's wrong with her. And as if all of that isn't enough, D.W. even considers wrecking Lisa's birthday party in an ImagineSpot before Francine cheers her up by inviting her to her own birthday party.
* To a large number of fans, Dodie from ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' is the definition of a "toxic friend"; however the show itself doesn't treat her nearly as bad as the fans see her. She rarely gets her just desserts for doing stuff like trying to break up her best friend's romance or tattling what kids have lice, and Ginger never abandons her for being overly clingy and back-stabbing. Most notably when she and Marcie cross the MoralEventHorizon by conspiring with Miranda to break up Ginger and Darren and Courtney helps Ginger find out, the episode ends on an ominous note...and then nothing next time. For a series with strong continuity it's a shocking thing to ignore.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse''
** Ben's ego and immaturity had already started to get on the fans' nerves in season 3 of Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, but this was still somewhat balanced by him acting intelligent and selfless on occasion. But now that he has been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] to the point he takes next to nothing seriously, acts incredibly stupid and seems to care more about having fun than actually helping people, many consider he has become downright unlikable to the point that fans prefer to [[RootingForTheEmpire root for whatever enemy]] is fighting Ben, even [[BigBad Vilgax]] himself.
** Azmuth to a lesser extent. He is supposedly this wise and benevolent ruler of Galvanic Prime, but it is repeatedly shown that he can be as much of a jerk as Ben. A prime example is the ''Duel of the Duplicates'' arc when he [[spoiler: punishes Albedo by permanently trapping him in the form of 10-year-old Ben.]] While Albedo was clearly meant to deserve that, many fans saw that as a needlessly petty KickThemWhileTheyreDown moment, especially as one of the reasons for Albedo's StartOfDarkness was being fed up by Azmuth's treatment of him.
** Blukic and Driba to many fans. The many problems they cause by acting stupid and irresponsible don't exactly make them come off as charming, and their comments on Cerebrocrustacean's intelligence come off as flat out [[FantasticRacism racist]]. The two of them being [[CreatorsPet Creator's Pets]] do not help.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': In "Double Cross My Heart," a guy named Gregor shows interest in [[SoapBoxSadie Sam Manson]], while the hero Danny is suspicious of him. Sam calls him out for being suspicious and spying on them and yells at him, but this completely neglects that a) [[{{Hypocrite}} she did the same thing in the previous episode]] and received [[KarmaHoudini no criticism for it]], b) this had happened before to someone else (Danny's sister) and her life was at stake, and c) Danny ended up being right for the wrong reasons (Gregor wasn't a bad guy, just an egotistical brat). Unlike when Sam spied on Danny, Danny actually had a legitimate reason to spy on them: they knew nothing about Gregor so he may as well be a spy, he just didn't know he was jealous at the time. Sam spied on him solely out of jealousy. And while Danny apologizes for the act, Sam does not apologize for snapping at him. Rather, we're meant to assume that she can only get a boyfriend if he's a phony.
** There are a lot of examples of this involving Sam throughout the series. While she does have her positive moments, such as calling out Danny and Tucker for thinking she can't play video games [[GamerChick because she's a girl]], or admitting she keeps her family's wealth a secret so she can have real friends, it can be hard to see her as sympathetic when she does things like winning a beauty pageant only to proclaim it's stupid in front of all the girls who actually ''wanted'' to win, or trying to show off her individuality as an "ultra-recyclo vegetarian" by forcing everyone else at school to eat what is essentially grass on a bun (and this was the ''first episode'').
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' could slide into this trope when she was being especially bitchy and misanthropic. Thankfully she's confronted about this in-universe most of the time, so this is a very mild example.
* Dee Dee from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' whenever Dexter either destroys something of hers or yells at her to get out of his lab. The total disregard she shows for Dexter's things and even for Dexter himself at times makes Dexter's actions unintentionally cathartic to the viewers, especially since a lot of those instances were [[AssholeVictim justified/well-deserved retaliations for something she did]].
* The Land of Dreams in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' on occasion. We are meant to side with the heroes because Zordrak and the Urpneys keep trying to give them nightmares. Except that the Urpneys are Zordrak's {{Slave Mook}}s who get ''tortured or executed'' if they don't follow orders. The heroes resultantly look {{Wangst}}y and [[SeriousBusiness petty]], especially in cases their retribution gets [[DisproportionateRetribution particularly excessive]]. That they could [[MilesGloriosus rarely back it up whenever the villains really were dangerous]] didn't help. Later episodes at least fixed their characterisations and gave them proper mortal stakes, though they still had [[TheWoobie Frizz]] [[TheDragAlong and]] [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Nug]] as their main provocateurs.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy:'' Kevin was this in ''This Won't Hurt an Ed.'' The viewer is supposed to feel sorry for him because Eddy kept exploiting his fear of needles. However, when you consider all the shit Kevin did to Eddy in previous episodes, such as the infamous ''[[KickTheDog Your Ed Here]]'', it seemed like a well-deserved KickTheSonOfABitch moment on Eddy's part.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Let's face it. Of all the times Vicky has tortured Timmy and has even laughed at his pain and embarrassment, are we really supposed to sympathize with her when she finally gets a taste of her own medicine in the episode where she regresses to a five-year-old while Timmy supplants her position as the babysitter? Also, keep in mind that her treatment towards Timmy is DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale that's even ''PlayedForLaughs''. So it's only fair that Vicky shares Timmy's treatment.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** When Glenn Quagmire called Brian Griffin out on everything in one episode, he became this to half the fanbase (the other half seeing it as a neat TakeThatScrappy), as many found it hypocritical for Quagmire to be saying these things to Brian and felt he had no right to. That his hatred for Brian got [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] since then, with Brian coming out more sympathetic in their encounters, hasn't helped.
*** Badly beating Brian for unknowingly [[spoiler:sleeping with Quagmire's post sex change father]] and you know, being a huge sex-maniac and TRYING to take the moral high ground doesn't help his case.
*** Which brings up Stewie's beating towards Brian earlier on, in which Brian was supposedly the one in the wrong but one can sympathize for him. Downplayed in that the rest of this episode actually has him worried of what Brian will do in retaliation.
*** This reached its height in "Tiegs For Two", after a feud over dating, the two take part in a heated EscalatingWar where they are both portrayed as equally vindictive and petty towards the other.
*** In the end, Quagmire is an odd case where the writers seem to still want him to come off as sympathetic despite claiming outright that he's a remorseless rapist. His father was a celebrated war veteran and a true man's man (ironic in that he later ends up being transgender) setting up unrealistic expectations for Quagmire as to what masculinity was, while his mother was described as being as much of a sexual deviant as he is now, skewing how he views relationships. In addition, the only two woman Quagmire ever loved in his life (Lois, who he lost to Peter, and Cheryl Tiegs) both left him, causing him to lose all respect for women in general. While all of this may classify as a FreudianExcuse, though, Quagmire is still a sleazy rapist who knowingly and gleefully shares his numerous STD's with the women he sleeps with (lying about wearing protection if he needs to), making him extremely unsympathetic to the audience despite how many times the show tries to give him sympathetic episodes (his sister being in an abusive relationship, him being tricked into marrying a prostitute, him being trapped in an abusive relationship with a "female Quagmire", etc.)
** In "Roasted Guy", Peter wishes to have a roast, but gets insulted by his friends, and becomes friends with three women. He then gets back at them when he finds out they insult him behind his back. The audience is expected to sympathize with Peter for being insulted even though he knows full well what a roast is and specifically told his friends to "Leave no punches", and we're apparently supposed to see his payback towards the girls (which included paying a busboy to stab the groom for Karen's daughter on her wedding night) as justified even though [[DisproportionateRetribution all they did was insult him]].
** Also, in "Dial Meg For Murder", Meg, after her long stay in prison, becomes rebellious and ruthless. When she returns home, she beats up Peter and even ''rapes him in the shower''. Yet despite that, considering how Peter has treated Meg in episodes prior to this, ain't no way he's earning any sympathy from the viewers.
* Oberon from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' may never been intended to be a sympathetic character to begin with, but he come across as such a [[JerkassGods conceited, impulsive dick]] that he becomes [[RonTheDeathEater much more hated character than he was intended to be]], to the point that [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=3161 Greg Weisman had to defend and explain Oberon's actions in The Gathering]].
* From ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', there are so many characters that are sympathetic, but these are the ones that aren't:
** Ford Pines, Stan's brother. After Stan had spent over thirty years trying to bring him back through the portal, risking arrest and death at several points, Ford greets him with a punch to the face. Yes, Ford ended up in the portal in the first place thanks to Stan's mistake; yes, Stan ''has'' been impersonating Ford and using his old lab as a tourist trap for the last thirty years; yes, he's ended up getting the unwanted attention of the MenInBlack; and yes, it's soon revealed that by ignoring Ford's warnings and using the portal [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Stan has inadvertently given Bill Cipher a means to invade reality]]. All understandable... except none of this would have happened if Ford had been able to see past his self-imposed mission and realize that condescendingly treating Stan as a means of keeping one of the Journals safe was inevitably going to upset him - especially considering the two of them had been estranged for the last ten years - hence the fight that ended with Ford accidentally getting shoved into the portal. Ford's refusal to forgive or thank Stan at the end of the episode only soured first impressions further. Later episodes [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap helped to soften Ford's character and make him more sympathetic]], but his continued refusal to reconcile with Stan - combined with his [[InnocentlyInsensitive short-sighted disregard]] for Mabel's feelings - was a sore point for many fans. The finale eventually hauled him further out of the Scrappy Heap by demonstrating the lengths he was prepared to go to in order to save the world and keep Dipper and Mabel safe, and even concluded with the two brothers finally reconciling and embarking on their dream of traveling the world in pursuit of mysteries and treasure. Only problem? While most agree that [[spoiler: the scene in which Ford is forced to erase Stan's memories in order to destroy Bill is undeniably heartbreaking]], some fans believe that the resolution to their dispute left too many underlying issues unaddressed (see below for similar problems with Mabel).
** The episode ''[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E16RoadsideAttraction Roadside Attraction ]]'' shows all the girls Dipper practiced on getting mad at Dipper for "flirting" with a different girl at every new tourist trap are this. We're supposed to feel bad for them and know that Dipper is in the wrong for his unfaithful flirtations, but considering each girl only had one simple, non-romantic conversation with him, gave Dipper their numbers to keep in touch, and really had no expectations to ever see him again, the idea that they would assume they were now anything more than friends and get mad at Dipper for hanging out with other girls is ''absolutely ridiculous''. By domino effect, this causes Candy's more justifiable hurt to ''also'' become unsympathetic, because Mabel, Candy, and Grenda's anger at Dipper is based entirely on [[MistakenForCheating the other girls' words rather than anything Dipper did wrong]], but the situation is never addressed as anything other than Dipper's fault, with Mabel even hissing "''Betrayer!''" at him when he tries to apologize.
** Mabel Pines, Dipper's twin sister developed a BrokenBase in season two. She is supposed to be an AllLovingHero who cares about everyone around her (especially her own brother), but her selfishness, her IgnoredEpiphany towards [[AesopAmnesia any lessons]] learned and her constant taking advantage of Dipper -- [[VillainHasAPoint something that even BILL CIPHER calls her out on]] -- caused many fans to question whether she is as kind as the narrative treats her. This came to a head in the GrandFinale, with a number of fans seeing the twin's reconciliation as another case of Dipper giving up his goals for Mabel and were annoyed that her role in causing [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Weirdmageddon]] was never addressed.
* Towards the end of the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' episode, "Mickey Vs. Shelby", Donald glues Baby Shelby to the stage so he can't run away from him or Mickey anymore. As it is time for him to perform, Shelby gets [[PerformanceAnxiety stage fright]] in front of the guests at the House of Mouse. The audience is expected to feel sorry for Shelby and see the following moment, wherein Mickey performs with him, as a heartwarming moment. The problem is, Shelby has done nothing other than run away from, tease, and torture Mickey and especially Donald throughout the episode; not just in the wraparounds, but also both the ''Mouse Works'' shorts.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'':
** Jerrica can come off as a two-faced jerk who hides it under a facade. For example, when she meets The Misfits she outright calls them "trash" when they did little to her besides being a bit rude and arrogant. She also flirts with and kisses her boyfriend as Jem despite the fact he is utterly clueless about them being the same person.
** We're meant to at least somewhat sympathize with Pizzazz's father; however, most Misfits fans can't. We're supposed to see him as a father who had difficulties taking care of his daughter after his wife left, being unable to deal with Pizzazz's behavior and also being overworked. Instead he comes off as [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] and the source of most of her issues. He didn't show her enough affection and thus she now tries to get the attention she lacked as a child by being the top rock group out there, which is why she gets so mad that Jem is more popular. Pizzazz's father doesn't want Pizzazz bothering him when it's obvious she just wants attention from him,
** Rio is supposed to be Jerrica's lovable boyfriend. He's a CrazyJealousGuy who gets mad easily. He's in love with Jerrica but also has an affair with Jem and this is treated in a lighthearted manner. It's hard to see why Jerrica is so hung up on him. His IDW comics version is seen in a far more favorable light as he isn't so jealous, is more mellow, and doesn't cheat.
** The Misfits themselves undergo a clumsy HeelFaceTurn at the end of the show despite spending most of it endangering lives including one instance when they kidnapped Jerrica's sister Kimber and left her in a volcano. WordOfGod says it was only a temporary truce however that doesn't stop it from being awkward.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': WordOfGod has stated that Project Cadmus, the [[GovernmentConspiracy anti-Justice League government think tank]] in the fourth season, were supposed to be sympathetic {{Anti Villain}}s with [[VillainHasAPoint a strong point]] about the dangers of unrestricted superhumans. In fact, the writers found Cadmus so sympathetic that they introduced a ConflictKiller in the form of Brainiac so he could be revealed as having been manipulating both sides to [[DebateAndSwitch avoid having to paint either Cadmus or the League as in the wrong]]. Fans, on the other hand, overwhelmingly sided with the League, considering Cadmus's deeds included attempting to nuke an inhabited island simply to kill Superman and Doomsday, creating Doomsday to begin with, manufacturing an army of cloned SlaveMooks and sending them to massacre the League (including the completely innocent Watchtower staff), and teaming up with supervillains including ComicBook/LexLuthor, all before the League had done much of anything to them.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** Hank, particularly in the later seasons. The audience is supposed to sympathize with how he feels about anything new, untraditional, or otherwise out of his comfort zone. But it's difficult to take that in when most of the people who are "against" him are straw stereotypes, the show goes to ridiculous lengths to make him the OnlySaneMan by [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderizing]] most of the recurring cast, and how he starts narrowing down what he finds an "acceptable" lifestyle to his son Bobby until he will nearly-only accept it if Bobby becomes just like him. The fact that the show ends not by Hank finally accepting Bobby for who he is ([[AesopAmnesia again]]) but instead with Bobby turning out to have a talent related to Hank's interests does not help matters at all.
** Bill. He has been through a bad divorce and is the show's regular ButtMonkey, except that his emotional attatchment can sometimes border on creepy levels. Especially how he's implied to be stalking Peggy on more than one occasion. This reaches its peak when he's put in charge of a flood shelter: He goes mad with power, puts the blame on Hank (who, by contrast, has been acting as a reasonable and responsible shelter leader the entire time) before locking him up, allows the people inside to waste supplies, and was even implied to keep everyone in after the flood ended. On top of that, he pulls a KarmaHoudini and he's seen as a hero by almost everyone involved. The one time where it seems like his leading methods are going to backfire on him, where everyone complains that they ran out of cinnamon sticky buns, he simply blames Hank for eating them all and everything's fine again. The reason why he's supposed to be sympathetic is because he got to be a respected leader once in his life, but his selfishness and carelessness throughout the episode makes it hard to feel sorry for him.
** Bill's affair with Reverend Stroup ends with much the same result. Even though she genuinely cared for Bill enough to step down from Arlen Methodist just to be with him and it seemed as if he'd finally found love, Bill dumps her because without the ForbiddenFruit aspect of the relationship, he found it boring. It's hard to feel sorry for him constantly whining about how lonely he is from there on when he had a shot at happiness with a good woman, and he threw it away for an incredibly selfish and stupid reason.
** Even Dale occasionally qualifies. He's an acknowledged CloudCuckoolander, but the show treats [[MoralityPet his relationship with Nancy and Joseph as his saving grace]]. He undoubtedly loves them, but considering a) the sheer amount of crap he subjects Nancy to, b) that his "raising" Joseph involves either spoiling him rotten or setting a terrible example ("Vision Quest" comes to mind), his intended PetTheDog moments often fall flat. When John Redcorn (Joseph's biological father) basically tells Nancy that he can't trust Dale to raise Joseph, [[JerkassHasAPoint it's hard to argue]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
** The title character was seen by some fans as more of a JerkJock than the well meaning but naive CuteBruiser the show's writers intended, due to her boisterous and sometimes belligerent nature. Thankfully, CharacterDevelopment kicks in and she gets better.
** While not disliked enough to be TheScrappy, a number of fans never warmed up to Suyin Beifong, the long lost half-sister of Lin Beifong introduced in season 3. Due to her rather unapologetic attitude about her criminal past, which included disfiguring Lin and getting away with it, a number of fans saw Suyin as a smug KarmaHoudini instead of the cool, complex older lady that the show's writers obviously wanted them to see her as being, and for some her less than sincere apology to Lin at the end of ''Old Wounds'' came off as unintentionally funny.
*** This has only gotten worse in Season 4, where it's rather sharply debated if Suyin's decision not to get involved with reuniting the Earth Kingdom was a principled attempt to not force her ideals on others or selfishly abandoning everyone outside her city to the mercy of bandits and warlords and refusing to lift a finger to help the barely-trained Airbenders doing their best to assist the situation. The season's BigBad Kuvira can have her ascendency at least partially blamed on Suyin's BystanderSyndrome, although her exact culpability is a very divisive point among fans.
** Mako remains one of the most divisive characters in the series because of this. He spends the first season in a LoveTriangle between himself, Korra, and Asami, and while things often don't work out for him, fans often wonder if his rather stupid behavior toward one or the other is the reason for it. His problems being seen as his own fault and the way the LoveTriangle was poorly received in general made him this. This is eventually lampshaded in Season 4.
--->'''Mako:''' Well, me and Asami were never officially back together.\\
'''Tu:''' Really? That again? Ya' know, it seems like you're so afraid to disappoint anyone, that you end up disappointing everyone.
** And then there's Bataar Jr. [[spoiler:He was more than happy to help Kuvira take over the Earth Kingdom and was more than happy to disown his family and treat them like stupid children to get what he wanted. Yet, we're supposed to feel bad for him after Kuvira attempts to sacrifice him to kill her enemies after which he shows no remorse for his actions, only bemoaning how Kuvira didn't love him as much as he thought. Suyin forgives him despite the fact that he's equally guilty of terrible crimes and only defected from Kuvira when he realized that while Kuvira may love him, she loves her vision more. At best he was a jerk and at worst he's shown to be a DirtyCoward, and Suyin being so quick to forgive him while being a petty bully towards a spiritually broken and genuinely regretful Kuvira reflects badly on her as well.]] That the audience never really got to know Bataar Jr. in season three certainly doesn't help him his case.
** Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that grumpy old granny Toph Bei Fong also has some of this going for her. We're supposed to feel bad for her when she and Lin are finally together again for the first time in thirty years and things don't exactly go smoothly. Although Toph does admit she was a bad mother and says she's proud of Lin, it does not change the fact that Toph still acts like a nasty, arrogant old woman who is generally disrespectful towards people because she thinks it's funny. And it is still her fault that the estrangement happened in the first place due to her insensitive hypocrisy.
** Much of the spirits of the Spirit World also become this in "Operation Bei Fong", refusing to ally themselves with Korra to protect Republic City from Kuvira's super weapon because they don't want to involve themselves in humans' wars. From how it's pointed out that Korra is attempting to exploit the spirits for human purposes just like Kuvira has been, we're clearly meant to see their point, but seeing as we were told that humans and spirits and their respective worlds are now "harmoniously co-existing" and thus are now expected to help one another in their lives, the spirits instead come off as self-centered jerks who think little of the humans they co-exist with and feel they're not worth risking their necks for under any circumstance.
*** This is not helped by the fact that first case of spirits and humans co-existing boiled down to spirits, largely hostile and racist, ruling the world while humans were forced into exile on the Lion-Turtles. And when humans tried to find a place for themselves outside the Lion-Turtles the spirits almost immediately affected them for daring to cut down trees and defend themselves. The attempted grey conflict fails since one side acts more like a xenophobic invading empire driving the other to near extinction. Even the supposedly "good" spirit of order Raava at first cares little for human life.
** Tenzin regularly wanders into this territory. While he is positioned as the voice of reason, his actual views are often extremely regressive and to favor a non-egalitarian status quo; even when the audience knows the other side of the argument is a WellIntentionedExtremist being set up to be a season's BigBad, Tenzin has a tendency to reject their valid complaints for the wrong reasons well before any direct evidence of their villainy comes to light.
*** Theres's also his and Korra's fathers keeping Korra [[GildedCage confined to her confined to her training camp]] and misleading her into thinking it was Avatar Aang's wish, only admitting the truth [[WhatTheHellHero when called out on it]]. It's only the next season when they seemingly {{retcon}} in a reason; [[spoiler:she was targeted by a kidnapping attempt]]. That Korra's quick enough to accept that reason makes it more questionable why they didn't tell her sooner, [[PoorCommunicationKills before it caused problems]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' series of animated cartoons could sometimes fall victim to this (not that it made them any less funny, of course!):
** "WesternAnimation/CannedFeud": Are we actually supposed to ''root'' for the mouse that pointlessly torments Sylvester left and right (with the intent of ''starving him to death'' no less)? Mind you, Sylvester had no intention of hurting him.
*** The character, referred to as Brownie Mouse by some sources, appeared in several other Sylvester shorts, most of them only nominally better than the above. Brownie was essentially [[TomAndJerry Jerry]] with the negative aspects punctuated, being a smug little vermin who had nothing against taking his offense above and beyond self defense or even, as in "Canned Feud", just skipping the "he started it" mentality altogether. He even got away with tormenting Bugs Bunny in "WesternAnimation/RhapsodyRabbit".
** Also "Gonzales Tomales" where, angered by Speedy stealing their girls, the male mice trick Sylvester into thinking he's called him out for a fight. Sylvester dares him to just try it, upon which he gladly beats him to a pulp. Sylvester, the supposed villain of the story, was the only sympathetic character of the bunch (among Speedy's home wrecker tendencies and the rest of the mouse population resorting to murderous measures of revenge), yet still ended up the sole loser.
*** "Mexican Cat Dance": Speedy, despite being the supposed "good guy" in this cartoon, is little more than a bully, constantly tormenting and humiliating Sylvester for no reason other than sheer entertainment.
** "WesternAnimation/LongHairedHare": While nobody would argue that Giovanni Jones is anything more than a violent hot-head and pompous {{Jerkass}}, the rather extreme measures WesternAnimation/BugsBunny takes to exact revenge on him (the ending borders on murder!) make it ''very'' hard to root for him.
*** In fact, this trope is what led to the creation of Yosemite Sam. Elmer Fudd was so pathetic that Bugs came off as more mean spirited, so the animators needed an even bigger and more belligerent {{Jerkass}} to be Bugs' victim.
*** Early Bugs Bunny shorts are even worse, where Bugs is a ScrewySquirrel tormenting others, who aren't trying to even hurt him, seemingly for his own amusement. "Wabbit Twouble" and "Elmer's Pet Rabbit" are pretty bad in this regard. Directors made restraints on the character afterwards, making clear [[KarmicTrickster he couldn't attack with being victimized first]] ([[DisproportionateRetribution though to what degree varied]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'':
** In the episode, "[[Recap/TheLoudHouseS1E11ButterflyEffectTheGreenHouse The Green House]]", [[UpToEleven every single character]] falls victim to this;
*** Mrs. Johnson and Lincoln's class for chastising Lincoln's family's energy usage in the red zone when they know he has ten sisters.
*** The Loud House's red zone isn't just because the Loud Family is big, but because all ten of the Loud sisters are wasting energy, usually for frivolous purposes such as Lori talking to Bobby on multiple electronic devices, Leni turning on the bathroom water without even using it, or Luan baking multiple pies just to throw them at herself or other people, which also wastes food. This forces Lincoln to help them find other, less energy-wasting solutions.
*** Clyde for not helping Lincoln with his energy-saving goal and arguably making his situation worse by mentioning their computer game tournament.
*** Two of the boys from Lincoln's class decide to join in the tournament at Lincoln's house because they're in the green, effectively saving energy at their own homes just to waste someone else's energy and tell Lincoln they can't be seen with him when the girls resume their old energy-wasting ways.
*** And finally, Lincoln himself for [[ExtremeDoormat not having the guts to kick the other boys out of his house]].
** Luan came across as this in "[[Recap/TheLoudHouseS1E18AprilFoolsRulesCerealOffender April Fools Rules]]", as she holds the entire family hostage to various pranks and booby traps every year around the house, many of them clearly painful in nature and clearly out for her own amusement rather than sharing it with the rest of the family as she normally tries to. So over-the-top are her traps that the entire family, including [[PushoverParents her parents]] suit up and cancel their plans out of fear of what Luan's traps may do to them. When the day finally comes, Lincoln discovers that Ronnie Anne is coming over to see him, which is later found out that Luan put her up to it just to help her prank Lincoln harder. Expecting disaster, Lincoln volunteers himself to [[TakingTheBullet set off every trap to spare both Ronnie Anne and his sisters from Luan's mischief]]; by the time he is done, he's pretty badly injured, having had wild raccoons let loose upon him among many other things. Although Ronnie Anne pays her back with a [[PieInTheFace pie to the face]] in gratitude to Lincoln, Luan otherwise [[KarmaHoudini receives nothing for having tormented Lincoln and the others]] strictly for her own amusement.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Babs Seed from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E4OneBadApple "One Bad Apple"]] had a FreudianExcuse for bullying the Cutie Mark Crusaders which ''should'' have made you feel sorry for her... except her characterization bordered the realms of TheSociopath, who gleefully tormented the CMC [[ItAmusedMe far beyond what]] [[BecomingTheMask Diamond Tiara's peer pressure demanded]]. Thankfully [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E9AppleFamilyReunion "Apple Family Reunion"]] and the comic series (where she felt she still had to prove she was reformed) have painted her in a far more positive light and gained her quite a bit of popularity.
** Rainbow Dash in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E5TanksForTheMemories Tanks for the Memories]]". She takes advantage of her position as a weather manager and uses various methods to try to stop Winter in Ponyville and when they don't work, she gets the idea to sneak into the Cloudsdale Weather Factory in an attempt to stop Winter for all of Equestria just to ensure Tank wouldn't hibernate. When said attempt [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]], she nearly destroys Ponyville with a giant snowball and their residents are forced to get out of its way. To top it all off, she shows no remorse for what happened and [[KarmaHoudini doesn't even get any comeuppance for it outside of having to say goodbye to Tank]].
** Diamond Tiara in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E19CrusadersOfTheLostMark "Crusaders of the Lost Mark"]]. According to this episode, [[AbusiveParents her mother]] is constantly pressuring her to be the best at everything, and to know her place (on top of the heap) and everyone else's (below her). The trouble is, we never saw Diamond Tiara's mother until this episode... and, more importantly, [[AssPull we never had even the slightest hint that Diamond Tiara herself had any qualms about what she was like and what kind of things she was doing]]. And yet, she pulled a HeelFaceTurn at the end and is now best friends with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, inspiring many fans to write her off as an EasilyForgiven KarmaHoudini.
** Starlight Glimmer was hit with this badly in the Season 5 finale. Her FreudianExcuse was poor at best (losing a ''single'' friend in her childhood, and not even shown trying to keep in touch with him) while her actions were downright abominable in comparison. Telling is that her immediate next appearance has her [[LampshadeHanging questioning why get off so easily and if she deserved it]].
* Benson from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is supposed to be sympathetic because he always has to deal with Mordecai and Rigby's antics, but he doesn't really handle the situations professionally. He berates them to their faces by often calling them idiots, puts them under harsh working conditions with little instruction, and can be an UngratefulBastard when the two save his life on multiple occasions, and yet still threatens to fire them. The last one was eventually lampshaded in ''A Bunch of Full Grown Geese'' when the mother duck calls him out for his ungratefulness.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Frank Grimes from "Homer's Enemy". To explain, one of the main premises of this episode was [[{{Deconstruction}} the concept of a real person having to put up with Homer Simpson]]. But Frank is far from a "real" person in that [[DeusAngstMachina his life is just exaggerated misery after misery]], such as his parents abandoning him and waving goodbye all the way to losing a sweet position in the power plant to a ''dog''. And Homer's annoying tendencies and stupidity [[{{Flanderization}} were amped up a lot more than he usually was]] as if the writers were specifically trying to make Homer so obnoxious the viewers would have no choice but to sympathize with Frank. But it's hard to feel sympathy when Frank is overly wound up already. To make matters worse, Frank came off as something of a pompous, uptight jerk long before he ever met Homer, making him rather unlikable to begin with. The episode falls more into DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.
*** Adding to the problem is that Homer actually invites Frank into his house and makes an attempt at being friendly, and Frank outright rejects this out of rage over seeing how much better Homer's living conditions are than his. Add to that only Mr Burns' treatment of Frank is all that callous (dooming him into a dead end job after losing interesting in him and blaming him for mistakes Homer makes), the other residents of Springfield are generally friendly to him, just his contempt for Homer goes over their heads. The coldest thing they do to him (laugh at Homer's antics during his funeral) is after he's been put out of his misery. Of course, since this episode is (somewhat) more realistic than the others, it could just be an [[ThisIsReality honest examination]] of [[InherentInTheSystem fundamental social injustices that people to not bother to correct or even realize are there]], and how these circumstances can lead to misanthropy and derangement on the part of the disadvantaged despite everyone's best intentions. In this light, perhaps Frank Grimes is best understood as a classically Greek tragic hero, [[CosmicPlaything doomed to fail by the cosmos itself]]. Indeed the DVD commentary labels it "a study in frustration" more than anything else.
** Seymour Skinner is a broken-down ExtremeDoormat MommasBoy, but any sympathy felt for him can wear thin when he's repeatedly offered a chance to change his circumstances and shoots it down. The biggest offender was his relationship with Edna Krabappel, whom he drove away with his fear of change and commitment; while his subsequent trying to win her back could be seen as a MyGodWhatHaveIDone, it could get grating when the viewers realized he probably wouldn't try any harder than he had before.
** Lisa Simpson, despite having valid reasons to feel like an outcast and complain about her family, can fall into this when she takes it too far. Even more so when her efforts to make the world and her town a better place fall into WellIntentionedExtremist territory and it takes her the whole episode to realize she's gone overboard and apologize. Granted, she's still a kid and even smart kids don't know their limits, but really doesn't help that the writers tend to exploit her OnlySaneMan status as a way to [[WriterOnBoard pontificate on their own personal views]], making her come off as an annoying SoapboxSadie much of the time.
** Homer's half-brother Herb, a wealthy car tycoon, hires Homer in "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" to design a car that will save Powell Motors. The resulting car is such a disaster that it destroys Powell Motors overnight, and Herb blames Homer for the failure. This is continued in Herb's return in "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?" where we're expected to sympathize with Herb, who Homer supposedly owes a chance to rebuild his fortune. Unfortunately, the first episode clearly indicated that Powell Motors was in serious trouble long before Homer came along, Herb repeatedly blew off his engineers' warnings that Homer's ideas were unworkable, Herb never did his job as CEO in supervising the project that would make or break his company, and Homer himself wasn't sure he would be able to do it, until Herb badgered him into doing it. Homer only ever did anything Herb asked him to. As a result, Herb blaming Homer for Powell Motors' downfall makes him look like a self-centered asshole who [[NeverMyFault refuses to accept responsibility for his own incompetence]], and makes it questionable as to whether he even ''deserves'' a chance to rebuild his fortune. Possibly admitted in a later gag, where it's suggested Herb has made a habit out of losing and regaining his fortune, seemingly without Homer's involvement. Those who still hated him because of this and that heard years later that [[spoiler:Herb became broke again, this time without anything involving Homer, saw this as LaserGuidedKarma for his unsympathetic act.]]
** Luann van Houten following her divorce. The writers felt the need to make her ex-husband Kirk into as much of a deadbeat dad as they possibly could, having Luann espouse he was no good while going off to live a new and exciting life without him weighing her down. This is all despite the events which led to their divorce including that they were mutually unhappy with each other for a variety of reasons. So rather than making it look like Luann is an unhappy woman reinventing herself from a failed marriage, she comes across as a callous and selfish bitch unwilling to admit she had an equal role to play in the dismal quality of her marriage and content to dump the blame all on Kirk.
** Marge, of all people, fills this role in "A Star is Burns." Springfield hosts a film festival with a panel of judges headed by Marge and [[WesternAmination/TheCritic visiting New York film critic Jay Sherman]] - and Homer, jealous of the affection Jay has been receiving from the Simpson family, insists that he be put on the panel too. At the festival, the films are all short and locally produced, and frankly not very good in either form or content. Despite this, Marge and Jay gush about an [[OscarBait obviously "serious" and "dramatic"]] documentary by Barney Gumble about his alcoholism, even though it makes Barney look a lot more self-pitying than socially conscious. Homer prefers a much more upbeat film called ''Man Getting Hit By Football'', which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Marge scolds him for picking the "wrong" movie, and the narrative indirectly lumps him in with most of the other judges, who eagerly take bribes from Mr. Burns in exchange for casting votes for his propaganda film - so Homer is made to look not only stupid, but also vaguely immoral. This is unfair: Homer is ''not'' insensitive to Barney's problem; and he does not want the football film to win because he'll be monetarily rewarded for it, but because he ''honestly'' thinks it is better (That and the fact that he didn't even stick around to watch Barney's film due to getting snacks). The fact that ''Man Getting Hit By Football'' is of poor quality and lowbrow in subject matter should be irrelevant, but ''so are all of the other films''! (Indeed, if one is to judge purely on production values, then Mr. Burns's film ''did'' deserve to win, his ethical failings notwithstanding, if only because he was able to afford a semi-mainstream director.) When Homer eventually changes his mind after watching Barney's film again, allowing it to break the judges' deadlock and win, Marge praises him...for not voting for the "wrong" movie, as if anyone's opinion is to be considered inferior in the context of a small-town festival that is getting almost no media attention. (Ironically, Homer is vindicated the next year, when a big-budget adaptation of ''Man Getting Hit By Football'' wins the Academy Award for Best Picture, beating out Burns's entry.)
*** Marge actually falls victim to this a fair bit in the earlier seasons. While she is constantly depicted as long suffering in her doting over Homer and the kids and their hijinks, she herself can often be very priggish, controlling and close minded. She has occasionally lashed out on Homer [[TheUnfairSex for hypocritical reasons]] (eg. ogling the opposite sex or revealing embarrassing secrets to the public, both of which she is guilty of in far more excess) and has shown zealot level lack of acceptance towards things remotely daunting or different. It reached the point that even the show itself lampshades that a world domineered by a wet blanket like Marge would be even more unbearable than one burned to the ground by Homer's incompetence.
** Krusty the Clown in "Bart the Fink". We're supposed to pity him when his life is destroyed by the IRS, but he committed tax fraud - a ''very'' serious crime - so the hell he goes through after being exposed is well-deserved.
* Sonic's incarnation in ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm'', while ''much'' more sympathetic against Robotnik compared to his ''Adventures'' counterpart, often teases or undermines his friends (even [[{{Jerkass}} Antoine]] sometimes fails to be provocative enough), man handles (and has supposedly damaged) Sally's sentient computer NICOLE out of irritance, and frequently almost gets the rest of the team killed in [[NiceJobBreakingItHero an arrogant stunt]]. Add to that [[SmallNameBigEgo his inability to stop talking about how awesome he is]] for all of a minute, Sonic's characterization leans towards a JerkJock.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodies this numerous times. For instance, when Eric Cartman contracts HIV he constantly reminds people of it for sympathy, and any time something bad happens to Cartman, he attempts to milk sympathy and fails.
-->'''Cartman''': I'm not just sure: I'm HIV positive.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** The plot of the episode "Too Far" is centered around Amethyst having her feelings hurt by Peridot; joking about how a gem like her would normally be much bigger and stronger than she is, with her form essentially being a defect. The rest of the episode is centered around Peridot learning about how to interact with people and when apologies are owed, with Amethyst treated as a pure victim of the situation. This is undermined fairly significantly by the moments preceding the unintended insult consisting of Amethyst laughing her ass off and shouting encouragement while Peridot mercilessly mocks her family members for their most precious traits and deepest insecurities. Making her come off less as someone deserving an apology, and more a hypocritical jerk who can't take what she throws out. The fact that Peridot honestly didn't know any better (being entirely new to life outside the homeworld) and what she said being a product of Amethyst egging her on and an ''attempted compliment'' doesn't help.
** Pearl as a whole has moments of this. Many of her actions come off as super smug, which while meant to make us think, "oh it's because she thinks so lowly of herself" doesn't really always work. The Week of Sardonyx as a whole divided many fans given it is meant to make us get a better look into Pearl. Yet in the end despite trying to put Pearl on the spot for her actions, though it briefly does, she essentially escapes any real consequences for her horrific actions. Which isn't helped by having Steven have a Leaning on the Fourth Wall moment in "Historical Friction" that kinda side steps the pain Pearl's caused by focusing on how flaws are neat and make her a better character...and "Keystone Motel" vaguely trying to make it seem like Ruby's being stubborn for not wanting to forgive Pearl, bypassing any real hope of punishment for Pearl with Sapphire saying that Ruby has to forgive Pearl.
** All three Crystal Gems, particularly Garnet, come off as this in the episode "It Could Have Been Great". When the Crystal Gems investigate Pink Diamond's moon base, they come across a computer showing plans that show what would've happened had the Diamonds successfully colonized Earth. Peridot, still loyal to Homeworld despite her alliance with the Crystal Gems, beings gushing over them and insulting Rose's rebellion, enraging the Crystal Gems, particularly Garnet, who would've nearly poofed her or worse had Steven not intervened. While Peridot was unambiguously in the wrong, to many fans, the Crystal Gems' response was completely and needlessly disproportionate and made them come off as jerks. Especially since they never apologize for their actions nor explain why colonization of Earth was bad and the episode treats it as it was just Peridot in the wrong. Thankfully all of them get better in the next episode.
** [[CreepyChild Onion]] as a whole also comes off as this. He's meant to be portrayed as a mischievous-but-harmless prankster with a HiddenHeartOfGold, but to many fans, he comes off as a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] EnfantTerrible whose actions come off as borderline criminal. Case in point: The episode "Onion Trade" had him stealing Steven's prized action figure and later using it to trick Steven into trading it for Pearl's replicator, which he promptly used to wreak havoc on Beach City, even trying to outright '''''murder''''' the Crystal Gems when they try to stop him. Yet despite all this, he's never called out for his actions and is treated as if he did nothing wrong. While he does have a FreudianExcuse as his father Yellowtail is too busy working to spend time with him and his mother Vidalia doesn't seem to be too interested in taking care of him, this excuse is flimsy at best when you consider that Steven had never even ''met his mother'', yet turned out to be one of the kindest members of the cast. That said, the episode "Onion Gang" paints him in a far more kinder and sympathetic light than in previous appearances.
* Patrick Star from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is meant to be an adorkable ditz who acts as one of Spongebob's best friend but his {{Jerkass}} acts to Sponebob and the other citizens and his selfishness makes fans wonder why are they [[WithFriendsLikeThese best friends]]. "Stuck in the Wringer" is the best example of this case, with Spongebob lashing out at him is supposed to be some kind of horrible, MoralEventHorizon with the [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass citizens rooting for Patrick]], but considering Patrick was the cause of everything bad that happened in that episode many people would rather side with Spongebob.
* Despite being ObliviouslyEvil and not wanting to hurt animals, Elmyra Duff from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' annoys the show's characters and the viewers alike with her childish mannerisms. Her victims also make it very clear that they want her to stop strangling them, but she doesn't seem to pay much attention. While she does frequently lose, it's very rare that her victims manage to escape from her unscathed. Her StalkerWithACrush tendencies towards Montana Max in episodes such as "Prom-ise Her Anything" also tick viewers off, but not as much as when she goes after animals.
* The second half of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' sometimes gets flak for this. While he is often the defending character being chased or victimized by Tom, this is often due to taking the role of thief, with Tom merely acting as a house cat ordered to prevent Jerry from stealing food. In addition Jerry could occasionally be sadistic, attacking Tom with minimal or no provocation whatsoever. Allegedly, MGM recieved fan letters siding with Tom over Jerry so began to moderate the formula with LaserGuidedKarma, with Tom usually acting more vindictive, and actually allowed to [[TeamRocketWins get the last laugh on Jerry]] whenever the latter took his offense to an unsympathetic level.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama:''
** Cody in ''World Tour''. We are supposed to feel sorry for him because of the fact that Sierra is obsessing over him and barging in on his personal space and sympathize with him whenever he pushes her away. However, this instead makes him look like a complete hypocrite because of how by this point in the series he became a [[SingleTargetSexuality Gwensexual ]]and was basically treating her the same way he was being treated by Sierra. There's also the fact that his spot in the semi-finals felt undeserved since he did nothing worthy all season and was essentially carried (both figuratively and literally) to that point by Sierra. Without her, he would have been eliminated as early (if not sooner) as he was in ''Island''.
** ''Revenge of the Island'' and ''All-Stars'' have moments where the audience is supposed to feel sorry for Chris (such as when he was stuck in a septic tank, or when Duncan blew up his [[InsistentTerminology cottage]]) but these happen ''after'' most of the fanbase agreed he'd passed the MoralEventHorizon.
** Courtney [[JerkassWoobie has had a lot of crap thrown at her]], but several of her actions such as bullying Beth and Lindsay, ''suing'' her way into the contest, and cheating someone else out of it, her treatment of Gwen and Duncan even ''before'' the cheating scandal, [[spoiler:plan to backstab Scott and Gwen]], her extremely aggravating [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] attitude and of course, her threatening to send Owen, DJ, Cody, and Tyler to their deaths for the sake of a million dollars have caused her to become more and more hated over the years.
** Mike. We're supposed to feel for him because of his MPD making it hard for him to get the girl he actually wants. However, the portrayal of said MPD is viewed as insulting and poorly-researched to people with real with problems. Not to mention the fact he never tells anyone about his MPD and most find out on their own. This hurt Zoey & would have hurt Anne Maria as well, not that we see.
** Dave, in a manner very similar to Cody, does little to nothing to help his team out and instead spends most of his time creeping on Sky or whining about getting dirty. When Sky rejects him in "Hurl and Go Seek!" it's supposed to be a sad moment, but most viewers felt the rejection was justified and that Dave was being {{Wangst}}y. And when he [[spoiler:votes himself off, it's solely because he was rejected by Sky, and we're still supposed to sympathize with him the whole time]]. However, [[spoiler: it may not have been as unintentional as expected, considering his [[SanitySlippage act]][[FaceHeelTurn ions]] in the finale.]]
** Shawn could be viewed as this due to his entire character revolving around a rather annoying gimmick, as well as being partially at fault for ruining his relationship with Jasmine, and being extremely reluctant to split the million dollars with her. Though some do feel for him since his dream for a zombie bunker is kind of his life goal, and he did end up seeing the light eventually by voluntarily agreeing to split the money with her, due to being weighed down by his own guilt.
** Sky also falls into this boat due to how harshly she treats Dave late in the season. Granted she never wanted a relationship to begin with, but many thought her actions that resulted in shattering Dave were really uncalled for.
* The "Breakdown" episode that deals with Cyclops's origins on ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''. Though meant to gain the viewer's sympathy by showing what a tragic and awkward life he's suffered all the episode really does is kill what little credibility Cyclops was meant to have by portraying him first as an incompetent idiot who couldn't do anything right without Jean Grey there to hold his hand and then portraying him as a petty, insecure boyfriend who completely lost control of himself when Wolverine started hitting on Jean. True, Wolverine was being a jerk but Cyclops's reaction was way out of line.
** And yet, in classic DoubleStandard fashion, it's perfectly okay for Jean to rough up Emma Frost when she sees the blonde getting too friendly with Cyclops.
** Speaking of Wolverine, his CanonSue tendencies actually make ''him'' less sympathetic during the series, while most of the X-Men fail to generate sympathy with the viewers due to not getting enough characterization to really warrant any.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', Lance's romantic subplot with Kitty starts with him saving her life -- from an accident that ''he caused''. He had also previously attempted to attack Kitty, and due to the nature of his powers, he tends to cause a lot of collateral damage (sometimes near schools populated by children who [[FridgeHorror are never confirmed to have gotten out alive]]). To some people, all this makes it kind of hard to believe that Kitty would want him for a boyfriend. This also puts him in the somewhat unusual situation of being a common victim of both RonTheDeathEater AND DracoInLeatherPants.
** A weird inversion actually happens because of this. The time Avalanche ''did'' attempt a HeelFaceTurn, Scott doesn't buy it and proceeds to mistrust him. This is made out to be wrong of Scott, except, he '''is''' completely justified in mistrusting him: Lance was actually his biggest rival and ''had'' pulled crap on him and others before. While we (as the audience) knew that Lance ''was'' trying to [[LoveRedeems do good things for Kitty's sake]], Scott simply lacked such knowledge since Lance ''had'' given him reason to be antagonistic, and thus it's understandable to have him not trust Lance off the bat, and it would've been OutOfCharacter otherwise.
*** The fact that Lance doesn't try very hard to convince Scott otherwise doesn't help him either. And the fact that Lance rejects Scott's heartfelt apology (after Scott found out that he had been wrong about Lance) and goes back to the Brotherhood really doesn't help.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' fell into this trap a few times without even realizing it. Neither Superboy nor his designated ''mentor'' Superman come off being particularly sympathetic, albeit for different reasons. We're obviously meant to sympathize with Superboy because Superman refuses to spend any time with him because he's creeped out by the fact that someone cloned him without him knowing it, but Superboy is such a rage prone whiner that after awhile it's hard to feel bad for him. Superman, meanwhile, is portrayed as a shallow, superficial DirtyCoward and {{Jerkass}} for refusing to overcome his personal issues to help the obviously troubled Superboy... and the show does absolutely '''NOTHING''' to actually develop a relationship between them outside of a cheap "good job kid" moment at the end of season one and then doing a time skip to avoid doing any actual character development, making their "brotherly" interactions in season 2 look inherently false.
** Then there's Roy Harper, AKA: Speedy, AKA: Red Arrow, [[spoiler: We're obviously meant to feel bad for the first Roy we're introduced to when he learns that he's actually a clone who was used as an infiltrator against the heroes, but he spends so much of the show being a nasty, belligerent little asshole mistreating everyone around him that it's impossible to feel bad for him.]]
* Batgirl in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheKillingJoke''. The prologue featuring Batgirl does very little to make her sympathetic, despite the writers' claims that it makes her a stronger character. Her character arc [[spoiler:revolves around her pining after Batman and then acting like a jilted lover. She irrationally attacks a man arguing with his girlfriend. And she displays very little of the independence and heroism often associated with the character, instead coming off like a thrill-seeking StalkerWithACrush.]] It doesn't help that personality-wise, she has [[InNameOnly nothing in common with her comic or TV counterparts]].
* The titular Mandy of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. There are plenty of episodes where something happens that affects her and, as a result, we're supposed to see her as sympathetic. The problem here is that she's the TokenEvilTeammate of the main protagonists and gets away with doing some absolutely ''despicable'' things, especially later on in the series' run, and comes off as a JerkSue. But wait, [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]]: some of the supposedly bad things that happen to her are a ''result'' of her being evil, and usually, ''she'' '''''still wins!''''' So, when something happens and she legitimately suffers, it's less "the main protagonist is having a hard time and you should feel bad for her" and more "this little douchebag is finally getting her comeuppance for once".
** It also tends to result in making characters like Grim, Billy, and Irwin UnintentionallySympathetic, since some of these situations are intended to have us side against them, but that's hard to do seeing how bad Mandy is and how she treats them when they ''aren't'' the bad guys.
* The king of Atlantis in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'' sequel ''Tentacolino''. He's intended to be a good guy, but he imprisons the main characters without telling them, makes them immortal, and forces them to stay in Atlantis forever. One tends to side with the [[UnintentionallySympathetic rat emperor]] more than the king of Atlantis. Having the king have a dark and foreboding appearance doesn't help matters either.
* Louis, the fat kid from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' mini-segment "Fatman and Boy Blubber." You see him get bullied for his fatness and the bullies try to steal his sweet bun, only for the titular characters to come to the rescue and beat up the bullies. However, after a long, winding pseudo-inspirational lecture, Fatman reveals that the problem isn't the bullies, but Louis' decisions, like being fat (despite that Fatman and Boy Blubber obviously) and always eating fattening sweet buns instead of sensible meals. This prompts them to try to confiscate the sweet bun to prevent Louis from attracting more bullies, but he refuses. This forces them to fight fire with fire, or in this case fight bullying by (unintentionally) bullying. This makes you wish Louis would just hand over the damn sweet bun, or see Fatman and Boy Blubber teach him a lesson despite how cruel it is. He really ''is'' a regular [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Wonka]] [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory kid]], don't you think?
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17th Apr '17 5:55:31 PM ThestralDawn
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** Wally West, AKA: Kid Flash, was often a spazzy, unfunny little jerk, and his character development was... erratic to put it nicely. [[spoiler:Most of the sympathy over his death in the series finale probably stems less from what few merits he had in the show and more from the fact that he was a long standing DC character and was actually the primary Flash for 20 some years, an honor he was strangely denied.]]
17th Apr '17 1:36:01 PM Allronix
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* ''Film/TronLegacy'' Flynn lost a lot of sympathy in the fanbase once they checked out the ExpandedUniverse; he is something of a jerk to his friends and family, taking their devotion for granted, lies to everyone (including his wife!) about what he's up to, blows off multiple warnings about The Grid's instability, the Program/Iso tensions, Clu's ambition, etc. Top it off with being something of a [[JerkassGod Jackass User]] and not healing [[WesternAnimation/TronUprising Dyson]] ([[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal which caused Dyson to sign on as of Clu's lieutenants during the coup]]). Top it off with deciding to self-imprison himself in the Outlands and devote everything to protecting Quorra while the Programs are left to Clu's dubious mercy, justifying it with a throwaway line about how resisting Clu would somehow make him "stronger" when Clu already has full run of The Grid.

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* ''Film/TronLegacy'' Flynn lost a lot of sympathy in the fanbase once they checked out the ExpandedUniverse; he is something of a jerk to his friends and family, taking their devotion for granted, lies to everyone (including his wife!) about what he's up to, blows off multiple warnings about The Grid's instability, the Program/Iso tensions, Clu's ambition, etc. Top it off with He was also being something of a [[JerkassGod Jackass User]] and User]], not healing [[WesternAnimation/TronUprising Dyson]] ([[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal which caused Dyson to sign on as of Clu's lieutenants during the coup]]). Top it off with deciding to self-imprison himself in the Outlands and devote everything to protecting Quorra while the Programs are left to Clu's dubious mercy, justifying it with a throwaway line about how resisting Clu would somehow make him "stronger" when Clu already has full run of The Grid.
15th Apr '17 2:20:40 AM CalSantiago
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** [[ButtMonkey Ryuji Sakamoto]] also counts. For one thing, he is ''[[NoIndoorVoice irritatingly loud]]'', lazy, [[JerkAss generally rude]] and talks in an unnecessarily abrasive manner, usually not bothering to think before he speaks. He also has a tendency to complain and [[NeverMyFault blame everyone else]] when things go wrong. Players are ''supposed'' to feel sorry for him because [[spoiler:his dad was an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] and [[AbusiveParents beat him up as a kid]]. His HairTriggerTemper caused him to punch Kamoshida, which directly led to the track and field team being dissolved and his former teammates blaming and hating him for it, and justifiably so.]] Made even worse by the fact that Ryuji barely gets any character development at all throughout the game and repeatedly makes [[TooDumbToLive stupid decisions.]] [[spoiler:Even when he [[DisneyDeath seemingly dies]] doing a HeroicSacrifice near the end of the game, and the girls all start to cry over him, the ''first'' thing he does when he shows up again is ''to make fun of their "ugly crying faces"''.]] WhatAnIdiot.
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