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17th Jul '17 10:06:47 AM Aesteluna
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* Though audience reactions to him vary wildly, Charles Schultz always intended for Charlie Brown of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' to be this. While it's easy to feel bad for him being such a ButtMonkey, if not a full-blown CosmicPlaything, the thing a lot of people miss is that between his constant wallowing in self-pity and apparent refusal to just stay the hell away from things that cause him trouble he deserves a good chunk of the misery he gets and very often brings it on himself. These days, though, most of the hate he gets is from feminists who despise him for being a StalkerWithACrush to the little red haired girl.

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* Though audience reactions to him vary wildly, Charles Schultz always intended for Charlie Brown of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' to be this. While it's easy to feel bad for him being such a ButtMonkey, if not a full-blown CosmicPlaything, the thing a lot of people miss is that between his constant wallowing in self-pity and apparent refusal to just stay the hell away from things that cause him trouble he deserves a good chunk of the misery he gets and very often brings it on himself. These days, though, most of the hate he gets is from feminists people who despise him for being a StalkerWithACrush to the little red haired girl.
16th Jul '17 12:35:29 AM LinTaylor
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* Reisen from the ''VideoGaim/{{Touhou}}'' franchise is an odd example. Having come from the "perfect" Lunarian society, she tends to be very rude and condescending towards Earthlings, and WordOfGod has even said that she's '''not''' a good person, just good at acting the way people expect her to. As a result, the abuse she endures (severe pranking from Tewi and punishments from her mentor Eirin) come off as karmic punishment. Even so, plenty of fans are still fond of her and feel that she gets DisproportionateRetribution.
** The odd part is that this only really applies in stories where Reisen isn't actually the protagonist, but rather a supporting character. In works where she's a main character[[note]]like ''[[Manga/TouhouBougetsushou Inaba of the Moon & Inaba of the Earth]]'' and ''Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom''[[/note]] her primary character traits are being a BeleagueredAssistant and OnlySaneWoman, meaning the aforementioned abuse makes her TheWoobie instead. And even this may be changing as of ''Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom'', where [[CharacterDevelopment Reisen has seemingly lost a lot of her earlier arrogance]] and even refers to herself as "an Earth Rabbit who came from the Moon" rather than a Moon Rabbit.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''[='s=] protagonist Reimu Hakurei is a strange example of this, because the unsympathetic part only really shines through in stories where she's ''not'' the protagonist -- something that's outright [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in her profile in the official magazine ''Strange Creators of Outer World''. In the actual video games she's painted in a more heroic light, since she's doing her job of protecting [[FantasticNatureReserve Gensokyo]] from people who want to upset the balance. In canon side materials like ''[[Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery Forbidden Scrollery]]'' and ''[[Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit Wild and Horned Hermit]]'', however, she's "off the clock" and her less positive traits come to the forefront, meaning she comes off as a {{Greed}}y LazyBum who's constantly attempting harebrained {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s to draw worshipers and donations to the Hakurei Shrine.
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Reisen from Udongein Inaba]] is another character who has this unusual dichotomy going on. A lot of the ''VideoGaim/{{Touhou}}'' franchise is an odd example. Having come from the "perfect" Lunarian society, time when she tends to be very rude appears, she's antisocial and condescending towards Earthlings, and engages in rather arrogant CulturalPosturing, with WordOfGod has even said saying that she's '''not''' a good person, just good at acting the way people expect her to. As a result, the abuse she endures (severe pranking from Tewi and punishments her superiors (punishments from her mentor Eirin) Eirin and severe pranking from Tewi) come off as karmic punishment. Even so, plenty of fans are still fond of her and feel that she gets DisproportionateRetribution.
** The odd part is that this only really applies
karma. However, in stories where Reisen isn't actually the protagonist, but rather a supporting character. In works where she's a main character[[note]]like the central character like ''[[Manga/TouhouBougetsushou Inaba of the Moon & Inaba of the Earth]]'' and ''Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom''[[/note]] Kingdom'', her primary character traits are being a BeleagueredAssistant and OnlySaneWoman, meaning the aforementioned abuse makes her TheWoobie instead. And even this may be changing as of ''Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom'', ''[=LoLK=]'', where [[CharacterDevelopment Reisen has seemingly thanks to CharacterDevelopment she's lost a lot of her earlier arrogance]] arrogance and even refers to herself as "an Earth Rabbit who came from the Moon" rather than a Moon Rabbit.
4th Jul '17 9:09:27 AM MagiMecha
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** WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer and her family, to the point where it seems like a strange CycleOfRevenge.
21st Jun '17 8:07:07 PM MagiMecha
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* Nearly every main character of a typical Website/GoAnimate [[YouAreGrounded Grounded]] video is this to some extent, whether they are a trouble-maker looking to cause trouble for their own amusement or a parent character who grounds the trouble-makers for huge periods of time or give them [[TraumaCongaLine Punishment Days]].

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* Nearly every main character of a typical Website/GoAnimate [[YouAreGrounded Grounded]] video is this to some extent, whether they are a trouble-maker looking to cause trouble for their own amusement or a parent character who grounds the trouble-makers for huge periods of time or give them [[TraumaCongaLine Punishment Days]]. There are two major characters that are quite notable for being this:
** Boris, WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'s father. Boris will happily ground Caillou for even the pettiest of reasons. He will torture Caillou violently, sometimes leading to his death, has NoSympathy for his plight, even if it wasn't his fault or wasn't as bad as it was shown, treats his daughter Rosie as the favorite child and can even leave Caillou to die at times.
** [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Fred Jones]]. Unlike his kind-hearted myth-hunting self, Fred is a self-centered jerk who is abusive to everyone, especially his girlfriend Daphne. He's an InUniverse StopHavingFunGuy who will shut down any sort of attempt to have fun, [[TheScrooge is incredibly cheap]] and will dish out "Concussion Times" for anyone who crosses him.
17th Jun '17 10:43:48 PM MagnusForce
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* Many "classic" characters in animated shorts fit the bill: WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker, Tom, Jerry (from WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry), ScrewySquirrel, etc.

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* Many "classic" characters in animated shorts fit the bill: WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker, Tom, Jerry (from WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry), WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry, ScrewySquirrel, etc.



%% * Cat from ''WesternAnimation/CatDog''.

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%% * Cat The eponymos conjoined brothers from ''WesternAnimation/CatDog''.''WesternAnimation/CatDog''. The former is a greedy, arrogant {{jerkass}} willing to take advantage of his brother for what he wants, while the latter is a reckless, selfish moron whose penchant for causing mayhem leads to endless suffering for his brother.



* George Jetson from ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''.
* Heloise and, to a lesser extent, Beezy in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Heloise is a sadistic scientist who works for [[{{Satan}} Lucius Heinous VII]], while Beezy is a lazy, idiotic hedonist.

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%% * George Jetson from ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''.
* Heloise and, to a lesser extent, Beezy in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Heloise is a sadistic scientist who works for [[{{Satan}} Lucius Heinous VII]], while Beezy is a lazy, idiotic hedonist.hedonist, making Jimmy the TokenGoodTeammate.
17th Jun '17 10:16:15 PM MagnusForce
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%% * Rudy Tabootie from ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone''.



* Heloise and, to a lesser extent, Beezy in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Heloise is a serial killer who works for {{Satan}}, while Beezy is a lazy, idiotic hedonist.

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* Heloise and, to a lesser extent, Beezy in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Heloise is a serial killer sadistic scientist who works for {{Satan}}, [[{{Satan}} Lucius Heinous VII]], while Beezy is a lazy, idiotic hedonist.
4th Jun '17 2:29:03 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* All three main characters of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. Mandy is a VillainProtagonist who, despite having no supernatural powers, is evil enough to terrify most beings who do. Grim, though generally a NiceGuy, is still the Grim Reaper, and not afraid to murder people when the urge strikes him. Billy, while ostensibly the TokenGoodTeammate, would come off as quite a {{Jerkass}} in almost any other team, only seeming like the good guy because the other two are so evil.

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* All three main characters of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. Mandy is a VillainProtagonist who, despite having no supernatural powers, is evil enough to terrify most beings who do. Grim, though generally a NiceGuy, is still the Grim Reaper, TheGrimReaper, and not afraid to murder people when the urge strikes him. Billy, while ostensibly the TokenGoodTeammate, would come off as quite a {{Jerkass}} in almost any other team, only seeming like the good guy because the other two are so evil.
4th Jun '17 2:20:04 PM Vir
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* All three main characters of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. Mandy is a VillainProtagonist who, despite having no supernatural powers, is evil enough to terrify most beings who do. Grim, though generally a NiceGuy, is still the Grim Reaper, and not afraid to murder people when the urge strikes him. Billy, while ostensibly the TokenGoodTeammate, would come off as quite a {{Jerkass}} in almost any other team, only seeming like the good guy because the other two are so evil.



* Heloise and, to a lesser extent, Beezy in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Heloise is a serial killer who works for {{Satan}}, while Beezy is a lazy, idiotic hedonist.



* On her bad days, Rainbow Dash of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' can be this. Examples include the episode "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" where she's little more than a loudmouth braggart who can't back up her boasts, and the episode "28 Pranks Later" where, let's just say, she had it [[AssholeVictim coming]].



* All three main characters of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. Mandy is a VillainProtagonist who, despite having no supernatural powers, is evil enough to terrify most beings who do. Grim, though generally a NiceGuy, is still the Grim Reaper, and not afraid to murder people when the urge strikes him. Billy, while ostensibly the TokenGoodTeammate, would come off as quite a {{Jerkass}} in almost any other team, only seeming like the good guy because the other two are so evil.
* Heloise and, to a lesser extent, Beezy in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Heloise is a serial killer who works for {{Satan}}, while Beezy is a lazy, idiotic hedonist.
* On her bad days, Rainbow Dash of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' can be this. Examples include the episode "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" where she's little more than a loudmouth braggart who can't back up her boasts, and the episode "28 Pranks Later" where, let's just say, she had it [[AssholeVictim coming]].
18th May '17 10:22:06 PM TrueShadow1
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* Reimu from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is already said to be lazy, but in ''Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit'' we see much more of her bad side. She frequently neglects her shrine maiden duties, preferring to engage in various get-rich-quick schemes instead. And because she's lazy, these schemes are often poorly thought out, and often backfired on her popularity at the end. This contrasts her portrayal in ''Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery'', where she's often on-duty and her competent side is shown more.
17th May '17 10:23:43 PM DrWillHatch63
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* Ghost of ''Radio/TrueCapitalist Radio'' is at best an obnoxious blowhard, at worst a demented KnowNothingKnowItAll with serious mental health issues, but one thing is for sure: Most people only tune in to [[PointAndLaughShow laugh at his horrible behavior being relentlessly mocked by trolls]].
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