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19th Jun '16 2:09:07 PM AtticusOmundson
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* Kanako in ''Manga/MariaHolic'' is a perverted, YuriFangirl who gets so many erotically-spawned {{Nosebleed}}s that a running joke involves her passing out from bloodloss. She is selfish, arrogant, dumb, and all-around obnoxious. Her perverted actions are so extreme that it the constant abuse by Mariya and Matsurika actually come off as being warranted half the time.

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* Kanako in ''Manga/MariaHolic'' is a perverted, YuriFangirl who gets so many erotically-spawned {{Nosebleed}}s that a running joke involves her passing out from bloodloss. She is selfish, arrogant, dumb, and all-around obnoxious. Her perverted actions are so extreme that it the constant abuse by Mariya and Matsurika actually come off as being warranted half the time.
19th Jun '16 2:07:51 PM AtticusOmundson
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* Kaneko in ''Manga/MariaHolic'' is a perverted, YuriFangirl who gets so many erotically-spawned {{Nosebleed}}s that a running joke involves her passing out from bloodloss. She is selfish, arrogant, dumb, and all-around obnoxious. Her perverted actions are so extreme that it the constant abuse by Mariya and Matsurika actually come off as being warranted half the time.

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* Kaneko Kanako in ''Manga/MariaHolic'' is a perverted, YuriFangirl who gets so many erotically-spawned {{Nosebleed}}s that a running joke involves her passing out from bloodloss. She is selfish, arrogant, dumb, and all-around obnoxious. Her perverted actions are so extreme that it the constant abuse by Mariya and Matsurika actually come off as being warranted half the time.
19th Jun '16 2:04:26 PM AtticusOmundson
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* Kaneko in ''Manga/MariaHolic'' is a perverted, YuriFangirl who gets so many erotically-spawned {{Nosebleed}}s that a running joke involves her passing out from bloodloss. She is selfish, arrogant, dumb, and all-around obnoxious. Her perverted actions are so extreme that it the constant abuse by Mariya and Matsurika actually come off as being warranted half the time.
10th Jun '16 6:13:05 PM Vir
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* The Captain of the Jupiter42 in ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'' is ugly, crude, disgusting, sarcastic, depraved, and his crew never misses a moment to lampshade it. Not lampshaded yet is that his name, Chode, sounds much like the stretch of flesh between the testicles and asshole, which is where his mentality seems to reside.

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* The Captain of the Jupiter42 [=Jupiter42=] in ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'' is ugly, crude, disgusting, sarcastic, depraved, and his crew never misses a moment to lampshade it. Not lampshaded yet is that his name, Chode, sounds much like the stretch of flesh between the testicles and asshole, which is where his mentality seems to reside.
10th Jun '16 6:12:16 PM Vir
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* The entire main cast of ''WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel'' (except for Dave, Mildrid and Hatton) constantly push around others & put themselves before anyone else.

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* The entire main cast of ''WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel'' (except for Dave, Mildrid and Hatton) constantly push around others & and put themselves before anyone else.
4th Jun '16 4:41:46 PM Aquila89
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* ''Series/{{Veep}}'' gives us Vice President Selina Meyer. She treats all her subordinates like worthless {{Mooks}}, is hopelessly out-of-touch with her daughter, and is completly uncaring about anyone's interests but her own. She acts like Gary is an indentured servant, though he seems [[HappinessinSlavery all too willing to perform this function]] and even uses him to break up with ''her'' boyfriend when she cannot. It's a testamant to [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]] that she comes off as sympathetic the handful of times that she does.
** Some of the main cast tends to qualify due to the cutthroat nature of politics. Dan Egan is an overambitious, back-stabbing career guy whose schemes always backfire, while Jonah tends to be obnoxious enough to annoy everyone.

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* ''Series/{{Veep}}'' gives us Vice President Selina Meyer. She treats all her subordinates like worthless {{Mooks}}, is hopelessly out-of-touch with her daughter, and is completly uncaring about anyone's interests but her own. She acts like Gary Gary, her personal assistant is an indentured servant, though he seems [[HappinessinSlavery all too willing to perform this function]] and even uses him to break up with ''her'' boyfriend when she cannot. It's a testamant to [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]] that she comes off as sympathetic the handful of times that she does.
** Some of the main cast tends to qualify due to the cutthroat nature of politics. Dan Egan is an overambitious, back-stabbing career guy whose schemes always backfire, while Jonah Ryan tends to be obnoxious enough to annoy everyone.
14th May '16 4:28:57 PM Monolaf317
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** Homestar himself could be considered this as well, seeing how his general cluelessness has often drifted into to {{Jerkass}} territory

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** Homestar himself could be considered this as well, seeing how his general cluelessness has often drifted into to {{Jerkass}} territoryterritory.
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': Mackenzie, Shay, and Brittnay. They're AlphaBitch major characters, yet misfortune is always on their tails.



* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': Mackenzie, Shay, and Brittnay. They're AlphaBitch major characters, yet misfortune is always on their tails.
20th Apr '16 3:52:54 AM KJMackley
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A character (frequently the main one) in a comedy who is a huge {{Jerkass}} (or [[VillainProtagonist just a flat-out villain]]), yet is supposed to be rooted for, despite being pretty much everything a human being shouldn't be... or [[ThisLoserIsYou everything a human being essentially is]].

Because much of comedy is derived from eliciting laughs at another's misfortune, the UCP is often necessary to the comedic formula. If horrible things happened to [[TheWoobie a character that the audience genuinely liked]], the reaction to their plight would be sympathy and angry letters rather than guffaws and chortles. But if the character in question is irredeemable, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard brought the misfortune on themselves]], or just generally seemed like they deserved it, the audience can disconnect from their pain and let loose the belly laughs when the character gets the inevitable PieInTheFace.

Sometimes the character is presented as the [[OnlySaneMan only moderately sane, intelligent person in a land of fools]]. Alternatively he or she is someone whose loneliness and self-loathing make them, if not likeable, at least pitiable, despite engaging in ComedicSociopathy. Nevertheless, it's not surprising when watchers actually take the "Unsympathetic" side of the character literally, with less than pleasant consequences for the {{fandom}} if they don't shut up about it, so it's not surprising that most try to avoid basing an entire series (at least where big money is involved) on this. This trope is often the difference between laughing ''with'' them and laughing ''at'' them, if there's any laughing at all. Despite all this, there are a few actors who try to make a living out of portraying these characters (e.g. Creator/WillFerrell, Creator/RickyGervais, Creator/AdamSandler), to extremely mixed results that relies heavily on the actor's ability to be charming (at least to the audience) and not over the top, which usually creates a "love them or hate them" response from the audience.

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A Most of the time the big {{jerkass}} in a story is an antagonist, provoking delight when they are put in their place by the main characters. The Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist is where the main character (frequently the main one) in a comedy who is a huge {{Jerkass}} (or has undesirable traits where they act cruel, sometimes [[VillainProtagonist just a flat-out villain]]), even villainous]], to others, yet is they are supposed to be rooted for, for and supposedly the hero of the story, despite being pretty much everything a human being shouldn't be... or [[ThisLoserIsYou everything a human being essentially is]].

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There are a couple of things at the core of this trope, as well as [[TropesAreFlexible go to different extremes]].
Because much of comedy is derived from eliciting laughs at another's misfortune, the UCP Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist is often necessary crucial to the comedic formula. If horrible things happened to [[TheWoobie a character that the audience genuinely liked]], sympathized with]], the reaction to their plight would be sympathy shock and angry letters rather than guffaws and chortles. But if If the character in question is irredeemable, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard brought the misfortune on themselves]], or just [[LaserGuidedKarma generally seemed like they deserved it, it]], the audience can disconnect from their pain and let loose the belly laughs when the character gets the inevitable PieInTheFace.

Sometimes the character is presented as behaves this way because they are the [[OnlySaneMan only moderately sane, intelligent person in a land of fools]]. person]] and has to deal with the mess caused by apparently nicer people. Alternatively he or she is someone whose loneliness and self-loathing make them, if not likeable, likable, at least pitiable, despite engaging in ComedicSociopathy. In other cases, despite the name they do garner some sympathy via PetTheDog moments or showing signs of being TheAtoner and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but struggle to get past their own nature and continue to treat others poorly.

Nevertheless, it's not surprising when watchers actually take the "Unsympathetic" side of the character literally, with less than pleasant consequences for the {{fandom}} if they don't shut up about it, so it's not surprising that most try to avoid basing an entire series (at least where big money is involved) on this. This trope is often the difference between laughing ''with'' them and laughing ''at'' them, if there's any laughing at all. Despite all this, there are a few actors who try to make a living out of portraying these characters (e.g. Creator/WillFerrell, Creator/RickyGervais, Creator/AdamSandler), to extremely mixed results that relies heavily on the actor's ability to be charming (at least to the audience) and not over the top, which usually creates a "love them or hate them" response from the audience.



* Michael Scott from ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' can come off as this depending on the episode. Although Michael is portrayed as more of a genuine ManChild who just wants to be liked and doesn't always fully understand the consequences of his actions despite his best intentions.

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* Michael Scott from ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' can come off as this depending on the episode. Although Michael is portrayed as more of a genuine ManChild who just wants to be liked and doesn't always fully understand the consequences of his actions despite his best intentions. He's quick to say what is on his mind regardless if it is appropriate, and more often induces CringeComedy with his [[SmallNameBigEgo own sense of self-importance]].


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* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' loves playing with this. The main character Earl starts off trying to correct [[TheAtoner a lifetime of bad behavior]] when his life hit rock bottom and seeing that good deeds improve his life. Extensive flashbacks show him to be every bit as bad as he makes himself out to be, but instead of being despicable it is offset by his attempts to make things better in the present day. In the third season he relapsed and goes back to the way he used to behave for a couple of episodes, and the same behavior ceases to be funny.
8th Apr '16 6:08:10 AM Shadowgazer
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A character (frequently the main one) in a comedy who is a huge {{Jerkass}} (or just a flat-out villain), yet is supposed to be rooted for, despite being pretty much everything a human being shouldn't be... or [[ThisLoserIsYou everything a human being essentially is]].

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A character (frequently the main one) in a comedy who is a huge {{Jerkass}} (or [[VillainProtagonist just a flat-out villain), villain]]), yet is supposed to be rooted for, despite being pretty much everything a human being shouldn't be... or [[ThisLoserIsYou everything a human being essentially is]].
7th Apr '16 7:37:03 PM ading
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