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13th Nov '17 4:58:38 AM Siempie
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* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' gets his chain yanked HARD: [[spoiler: Just after he gets back together with Princess Sally, not only does the Evil wizard Ixis Naugus return completely sane (thanks to the Chaos Emerald) with Geoffry who was his loyal servant the whole time, but he ends up turning most of the council and the people of the city against one of his friends due to her being BrainwashedAndCrazy a few issues ago. Then Eggman comes back with his brand new battleship of doom; The Death Egg Mk 2. Then during the attack on said Death Egg Sally get KILLED right before Eggman sets off a CosmicRetcon. Then after Sonic fixes it a la his Super Form and prevented her from being killed, she ends being robotized to save the rest of the world. Then after that Sonic gets flung from the Death Egg and is forced to leave Sally behind in order to save the city from one of Eggman's robot. Then after THAT, Ixis Naugus wins over the city by destroying the robot and (unintentionally) healing Bunny's robot part's and becomes KING! THEN AFTER THAT, the Battle Birds and the Babylon Rouges attack the city and blast a giant HOLE in the city in order to activate an ancient artifact. THEN AFTER THAT, when Max and his family try to leave the city Eggman attacks again, his Metal Sonic self-destructs and puts Antione in a coma]]!

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* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' gets his chain yanked HARD: [[spoiler: Just after he gets back together with Princess Sally, not only does the Evil wizard Ixis Naugus return completely sane (thanks to the Chaos Emerald) with Geoffry who was his loyal servant the whole time, but he ends up turning most of the council and the people of the city against one of his friends due to her being BrainwashedAndCrazy a few issues ago. Then Eggman comes back with his brand new battleship of doom; The Death Egg Mk 2. Then during the attack on said Death Egg Sally get KILLED right before Eggman sets off a CosmicRetcon. Then after Sonic fixes it a la his Super Form and prevented her from being killed, she ends being robotized to save the rest of the world. Then after that Sonic gets flung from the Death Egg and is forced to leave Sally behind in order to save the city from one of Eggman's robot. Then after THAT, Ixis Naugus wins over the city by destroying the robot and (unintentionally) healing Bunny's robot part's and becomes KING! THEN AFTER THAT, the Battle Birds and the Babylon Rouges attack the city and blast a giant HOLE in the city in order to activate an ancient artifact. THEN ''THEN AFTER THAT, THAT'', when Max and his family try to leave the city Eggman attacks again, his Metal Sonic self-destructs and puts Antione in a coma]]!


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** In ''Videogame/SonicForces'', Eggy ''finally'' gets rid of Sonic and conquers the world! Not only that, he learned from his past mistakes and prepared in case [[LaResistance the Resistance]] put up more of a fight than he expected. The only reason his plans failed was because of [[spoiler: Infinite's carelessness. He decided Sonic was NotWorthKilling, meaning the Resistance kept their most powerful member. He let the Avatar go after killing their teammates, leading them to join the Resistance and team up with Sonic. And most importantly, he [[ForWantOfANail dropped a Phantom Ruby Prototype]] during his fight with Silver, which was then found by the Avatar and used to cancel the ColonyDrop.]]
9th Nov '17 3:59:11 PM SparkPlugTheTroper
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* This is a RunningGag on ''Series/AlFondoHaySitio''. To give one example, as Nelly is about to brag to Francesca that she won the lottery, [[spoiler:she dies of a heart attack]]. The winning ticket flies away, too.
22nd Oct '17 12:48:24 AM TommyTiger
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''That'', right there, is the feeling and painful acknowledgment by the viewer that FailureIsTheOnlyOption. Why? Because TheWoobie is ''not'' going to get [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted to keep her money]] and move out of PerpetualPoverty. Because the [[GirlOfTheWeek Bond Girl]] is ''not'' going to stay HappilyMarried to Film/JamesBond and [[CartwrightCurse will be dead before the movie's over]]. The home that TheDrifter has been accepted into will promptly become a DoomedHometown, forcing him back on the road again. A character TrappedInAnotherWorld will find that his apparent chance to [[TheHomewardJourney get back home]] has fatal flaws or [[FriendOrIdolDecision comes at the cost of friends or innocents]]. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]], despite making it to the Top 4 of the SeasonFinale's TournamentArc, will lose to an unintroduced rival who owns OlympusMons. [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] will get the football yanked out from under him by Lucy once again just as he's about to kick it. [[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan]] (or someone else) will bungle the latest attempt by the crew of the ''Minnow'' to get rescued and get off the island. [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} The Brain]] will see Pinky's bumbling (or his own arrogance) ruin everything just when world domination seems within his grasp (yes, this trope applies to villains and {{Anti Villain}}s too). And deep down, we know it and expect it.

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''That'', right there, is the feeling and painful acknowledgment by the viewer that FailureIsTheOnlyOption. Why? Because TheWoobie is ''not'' going to get [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted to keep her money]] and move out of PerpetualPoverty. Because the [[GirlOfTheWeek Bond Girl]] is ''not'' going to stay HappilyMarried to Film/JamesBond and [[CartwrightCurse will be dead before the movie's over]]. The home that TheDrifter has been accepted into will promptly become a DoomedHometown, forcing him back on the road again. A character TrappedInAnotherWorld will find that his apparent chance to [[TheHomewardJourney get back home]] has fatal flaws or [[FriendOrIdolDecision comes at the cost of friends or innocents]]. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]], despite making it to the Top 4 of the SeasonFinale's TournamentArc, will lose to an unintroduced rival who owns OlympusMons. [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] will get the football yanked out from under him by Lucy once again just as he's about to kick it. [[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan]] (or someone else) will bungle the latest attempt by the crew of the ''Minnow'' to get rescued and get off the island. The Advertising/TrixRabbit won't get to enjoy his bowl of cereal. [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} The Brain]] will see Pinky's bumbling (or his own arrogance) ruin everything just when world domination seems within his grasp (yes, this trope applies to villains and {{Anti Villain}}s too). And deep down, we know it and expect it.



* All the Advertising/TrixRabbit wants is some Trix. [[CerealViceReward The kids will never let him have any]], because [[CatchPhrase "Silly Rabbit, Trix are for kids!"]] (and because KidsAreCruel)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plmFkZHjt6Y This]] commercial is probably the most cruel instance.
** There's also the one where the Rabbit dresses up like a kid, ''pays'' for a box of Trix, then the kids knock off his hat and steal the Trix.
** And the one where he wins a figure-skating competition for a box, and the kids steal both the Trix AND the trophy.
** There was also one where kids could vote on whether or not the Rabbit could have some Trix. He wins the election and the kids STILL wouldn't let him have any.

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* All the Advertising/TrixRabbit wants is some Trix. [[CerealViceReward The kids will never let him have any]], because [[CatchPhrase "Silly Rabbit, Trix are for kids!"]] (and because KidsAreCruel)
kids!"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plmFkZHjt6Y This]] Advertising/GotMilk commercial is probably the most cruel extreme instance.
** There's also the one where the Rabbit dresses up like a kid, ''pays'' kid and pays for a box of Trix, then and the kids knock off his hat and steal the Trix.
** And the one where he wins a figure-skating competition for a box, and the kids steal both the Trix AND and the trophy.
** There was also one where kids could vote on whether or not the Rabbit could have some Trix. He wins the election and the kids STILL still wouldn't let him have any.



* Steve in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' always gets this when it comes to trying to pursue relationships. The most brutal example is a Halloween episode, "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls", where he takes out his friend's sister for a trick or treating and both are forced to go on the run when he goes over the time limit to bring her home and Toshi tries to hunt them down and kill Steve (Yes he's ''that'' overprotective). Through the chase it seems the two are developing feelings for one another. But at the end, when they finally convince Toshi to back off. His sister's proclaims she has a boyfriend, a ''nine year old'' boyfriend. Just...wow, your can really feel the cruelty of the writers there.

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* Steve in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' always gets this when it comes to trying to pursue relationships. The most brutal example is a Halloween episode, "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls", where he takes out his friend's sister for a trick or treating and both are forced to go on the run when he goes over the time limit to bring her home and Toshi tries to hunt them down and kill Steve (Yes he's ''that'' overprotective). Through the chase it seems the two are developing feelings for one another. But at the end, when they finally convince Toshi to back off. His sister's proclaims she has a boyfriend, a ''nine year old'' boyfriend. Just...wow, your can really feel the cruelty of the writers there.



* Near the end of season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The ObstructiveBureaucrat who ran the Earth Kingdom's secret police has been arrested! The real leader has promised them support against the Fire Nation! Sokka's finally seeing his dad after two years, and his girlfriend's in town! Toph's mom wants to reconcile with her! Aang is going to train to master the Avatar state!... Wait, there's still two episodes left. And as soon as Sokka says "[[TemptingFate Everything's gonna be perfect, now and forever]]," you know something's gonna happen. Sure enough, before ''this'' episode is even out: the secret police are still loyal to the man they "arrested"; Toph was tricked and captured by bounty hunters hired to drag her home; and it's not Sokka's girlfriend that's in town, it's TheDragon in disguise -- and the king, not knowing better, welcomes her with open arms. And in those next two episodes, things get worse.

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* Near the end of season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The ObstructiveBureaucrat who ran the Earth Kingdom's secret police has been arrested! The arrested, the real leader has promised them support against the Fire Nation! Nation, Sokka's finally seeing his dad after two years, and his girlfriend's in town! town, Toph's mom wants to reconcile with her! her, Aang is going to train to master the Avatar state!... Wait, state... But there's still two episodes left. And as soon as Sokka says "[[TemptingFate Everything's gonna be perfect, now and forever]]," you know something's gonna happen. Sure enough, before ''this'' episode is even out: the secret police are still loyal to the man they "arrested"; "arrested", Toph was tricked and captured by bounty hunters hired to drag her home; home and it's not Sokka's girlfriend that's in town, it's TheDragon in disguise -- disguise, and the king, not knowing better, welcomes her with open arms. And in those next two episodes, things get worse.



* This ALWAYS happens to Brandy in ''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers'' when she is about to make it home.

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* This ALWAYS always happens to Brandy in ''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers'' when she is about to make it home.



* This is pretty much standard for the [[BlackAndNerdy nerdy]] ButtMonkey Tucker from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. He usually ends up getting the short end of the stick either through his numerous failures to pick up girls or constantly getting the most emotional/physical abuse due to his comic relief character setting. The best shown is "King Tuck" where he [[DorkhorseCandidate runs for school president]] in order to get some respect from others--including his friends. After Danny and Sam get AnAesop that they should listen to Tucker once in a while, they promptly, ''in seconds'', ignore it and walk off when Tucker rambles about his interests. Worse, for no reason other then to play up his ButtMonkey status, the writer gets two popular girls to chase after him with intent to do some bodily harm. Poor guy can't catch a break.

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* This is pretty much standard for the [[BlackAndNerdy nerdy]] ButtMonkey Tucker from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. He usually ends up getting the short end of the stick either through his numerous failures to pick up girls or constantly getting the most emotional/physical abuse due to his comic relief character setting. The best shown is "King Tuck" where he [[DorkhorseCandidate runs for school president]] in order to get some respect from others--including others, including his friends. After Danny and Sam get AnAesop that they should listen to Tucker once in a while, they promptly, ''in seconds'', ignore it and walk off when Tucker rambles about his interests. Worse, for no reason other then to play up his ButtMonkey status, the writer gets two popular girls to chase after him with intent to do some bodily harm. Poor guy can't catch a break.



** Eddy is ALWAYS a victim of this when it comes to his scams, even though he does deserve it sometimes.

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** Eddy is ALWAYS always a victim of this when it comes to his scams, even though he does deserve it sometimes.



** In the episode "Peter's Daughter", Peter vows to treat Meg better if she wakes up from a coma, which she's in because he made her go into the kitchen to save his beer when the house flooded. Meg gets a sweet, affectionate, (over-)protective father, as well as a boyfriend, because she starts dating a med student who was there when she woke up. Then Peter accidentally ruins her relationship ... then she finds out she's pregnant ... But then Michael (her boyfriend) proposes to her, saying he loves her and wants to be there for her. [[ShotGunWedding Ignoring the fact that her dad was there with a rifle]]. So Meg's going to get married ... [[spoiler:except on the day of the wedding, she realizes she isn't pregnant, and isn't sure she can go through with it. Her mother tells her to do what she thinks is right, ("Thanks, Mom. I love you." "I, uh, you too.") and Meg tells Michael the truth when she gets to the altar, prompting him to run out of the church.]]

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** In the episode "Peter's Daughter", Peter vows to treat Meg better if she wakes up from a coma, which she's in because he made her go into the kitchen to save his beer when the house flooded. Meg gets a sweet, affectionate, (over-)protective father, as well as a boyfriend, because she starts dating a med student who was there when she woke up. Then Peter accidentally ruins her relationship ... then she finds out she's pregnant ... But then Michael (her boyfriend) proposes to her, saying he loves her and wants to be there for her. [[ShotGunWedding Ignoring the fact that her dad was there with a rifle]]. So Meg's going to get married ...married... [[spoiler:except on the day of the wedding, she realizes she isn't pregnant, and isn't sure she can go through with it. Her mother tells her to do what she thinks is right, ("Thanks, Mom. I love you." "I, uh, you too.") and Meg tells Michael the truth when she gets to the altar, prompting him to run out of the church.]]



** And we can say [[TwoWordsObviousTrope three words]] for the main instance: "''[[Recap/FamilyGuyS10E2SeahorseSeashellParty Seahorse Seashell Party]]''".
* Fry on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', all the damn time.

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** And we can say [[TwoWordsObviousTrope three words]] for the main instance: "''[[Recap/FamilyGuyS10E2SeahorseSeashellParty In "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS10E2SeahorseSeashellParty Seahorse Seashell Party]]''".
Party]]", she manages to [[CallingTheOldManOut chew out her family]], but at the end she learned she should be the family's "lightning rod" (if she's not abused, they will try to kill each other).
* Fry on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', all the damn time.



** Then there's poor Candace. OncePerEpisode she'll have solid proof of her brothers' schemes (which actually shares fun and joy to the neighborhood more than it harms), only to find that it's vanished or ruined when she shows her mother. Other times, any special moment with Jeremy will be interrupted by something (possibly just by Candace herself), and any attempt to impress him will backfire in a humiliating fashion.

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** Then there's poor Candace. OncePerEpisode she'll have solid proof of her brothers' schemes (which actually shares fun and joy to the neighborhood more than it harms), only to find that it's vanished or ruined when she shows her mother. Other times, any special moment with Jeremy will be interrupted by something (possibly just by Candace herself), and any attempt to impress him will backfire in a humiliating fashion.



*** During their TrainingFromHell montage in Season 5, one of the Daughters of Aku (Ashi) sneaks away to marvel at the outside world. [[TheHeavy Her mother]] catches her and begins talking about how the beauty of the world was given to them by Aku and how that is what they are trying to defend... before she grabs Ashi by the throat, berates her for her lack of focus, and tosses her to a GiantMook for "[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown discipline]]''.

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*** During their TrainingFromHell montage in Season 5, one of the Daughters of Aku (Ashi) sneaks away to marvel at the outside world. [[TheHeavy Her mother]] catches her and begins talking about how the beauty of the world was given to them by Aku and how that is what they are trying to defend... before she grabs Ashi by the throat, berates her for her lack of focus, and tosses her to a GiantMook for "[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown discipline]]''.discipline]]".



* Squidward from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. Sure he's [[SmallNameBigEgo an egomaniac]] and a jerk, but [[JerkassWoobie you kinda feel sorry for him]] [[ButtMonkey after a while.]]

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* Squidward from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. Sure he's [[SmallNameBigEgo an egomaniac]] and a jerk, but [[JerkassWoobie you people kinda feel sorry for him]] [[ButtMonkey after a while.]]



** The single biggest moment goes to Plankton in the episode "Plankton's Regular": the episode starts with a man that regularly eats in the Chum Bucket and refuses to even eat a single Krabby Patty. Because of Mr. Krabs being jealous of him, he and [=SpongeBob=] try everything to steal said customer from Plankton, to the point of trying to steal Plankton's recipe for chum. However, at the end of the episode, it's revealed that said customer was paid by Karen to eat in the Chum Bucket so Plankton would stop complaining about his lack of success, but he couldn't eat more chum anymore, regardless of the money (they already pumped his stomach many times). Plankton is left in tears while Krabs laugh at his misery. Note that, even having only one customer, Plankton immediately stopped trying to steal the Krabby Patty formula.

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** The single biggest moment goes to Plankton in the episode "Plankton's Regular": the episode starts with a man that regularly eats in the Chum Bucket and refuses to even eat a single Krabby Patty. Because of Mr. Krabs being jealous of him, he and [=SpongeBob=] try everything to steal said customer from Plankton, to the point of trying to steal Plankton's recipe for chum. However, at the end of the episode, it's revealed that said customer was paid by Karen to eat in the Chum Bucket so Plankton would stop complaining about his lack of success, but he couldn't eat more chum anymore, regardless of the money (they already pumped his stomach many times). Plankton is left in tears while Krabs laugh at his misery. Note that, even having only one customer, Plankton immediately stopped trying to steal the Krabby Patty formula.
16th Oct '17 3:04:47 PM Iris
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* ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'' crosses this with CharacterDevelopment and HopeSpot to truly heartbreaking effect. After years of miserable loneliness, the universe seems to give John a break-he falls unexpectedly for the local GoodBadGirl and she gives him a rare taste of ease and connection. [[spoiler:She becomes a casualty of the SerialKiller ''he brought to town'']], and he spends the next book trying to escape the pull of a sanity-shattering DespairEventHorizon as a result.
29th Sep '17 6:30:09 PM WillBGood
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* In Creator/RoosterTeeth's ''Rage Quit'' videos, Creator/MichaelJones frequently points out an [[FakeDifficulty unfairly hard]] game's tendency to do this. For example, in the ''WebVideo/MortalKombat9'' video:

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* In Creator/RoosterTeeth's ''Rage Quit'' videos, Creator/MichaelJones frequently points out an [[FakeDifficulty unfairly hard]] game's tendency to do this. For example, in the ''WebVideo/MortalKombat9'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' video:
29th Sep '17 6:22:45 PM WillBGood
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* Normally, it's not the villain that is the most sympathetic character, however Shylock is more of a victim than a villain. So Scene 4 of Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' is very depressing. For example, Shylock believes that he will finally get his revenge thanks to the law, which he puts so much faith in. It looks like he will, and it seems as if the doctor Balthasar (really Portia in disguise) is actually on his side, and that he will actually get to have his revenge for Antonio being so cruel to him. However, Portia was only pretending to be on his side, and then said that he could have flesh without blood. This is clearly ridiculous, for you can't have flesh without blood, but the kangaroo court accepts it. Then, Shylock's faith in the law really gets crushed when Portia brings out the Alien Edict against him. Then Shylock loses almost everything, including his religion. Then Portia asks him cruelly if he is content. I even imagine her laughing when she asks him. Broken, Shylock says that he is content. Portia and everyone else were clearly toying with him, and that's allowed. Why because he is a Jew. Basically, in the Merchant of Venice, which is my favorite play, the villains are victimized and are more virtuous then the heroes! Antonio should have died! Poor guy!

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* Normally, it's not the villain that is the most sympathetic character, however Shylock is more of a victim than a villain. So but thanks to ValuesDissonance, Scene 4 of Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' is very depressing. For example, Shylock believes that he will finally get his revenge thanks to the law, which he puts so much faith in. It looks like he will, in, and it seems as if the doctor Balthasar (really Portia in disguise) is actually on his side, and that he will actually get to have his revenge for Antonio being so cruel to him. However, Portia was only pretending to be on his side, and then said that he could have flesh without blood. This is clearly ridiculous, for you can't have flesh without blood, but the kangaroo court accepts it. Then, Shylock's faith in the law really gets crushed when Portia brings out the Alien Edict against him. Then Shylock loses almost everything, including his religion. Then Portia asks him cruelly if he is content. I even imagine her laughing when she asks him. Broken, Shylock says that he is content. Portia and everyone else were clearly toying with him, and that's allowed. Why because he is a Jew. Basically, in the Merchant of Venice, which is my favorite play, the villains are victimized and are more virtuous then the heroes! Antonio should have died! Poor guy!
17th Sep '17 2:34:49 PM Gemser
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* ''Film/TheWorldOfKanako'': The narrator is bullied constantly and when he meets Kanako he finally seems to overcome his sucky life. It turns out that [[spoiler:Kanako just manipulates and corrupts him, and he gets killed after a series of even more suffering]].
22nd Aug '17 10:33:59 PM TommyTiger
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** There's also the one where the Rabbit dresses up like a kid, ''pays'' for a box of Trix, then the kids (read: little abominations) knock off his hat and steal the Trix.

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** There's also the one where the Rabbit dresses up like a kid, ''pays'' for a box of Trix, then the kids (read: little abominations) knock off his hat and steal the Trix.



** The single biggest moment goes to Plankton in the episode "Plankton's Regular": the episode starts with a man that regularly eats in the Chum Bucket and refuses to even eat a single Krabby Patty. Because of Mr. Krabs being jealous of him, [=SpongeBob=] and Krabs try everything to steal said customer from Plankton, to the point of trying to steal Plankton's recipe for chum. However, at the end of the episode, it's revealed that said customer was paid by Karen to eat in the Chum Bucket so Plankton would stop complaining about his lack of success, but he couldn't eat more chum anymore, regardless of the money (they already pumped his stomach many times). Plankton is left in tears while Krabs laugh at his misery. Note that, even having only one customer, Plankton immediately stopped trying to steal the Krabby Patty formula.

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** The single biggest moment goes to Plankton in the episode "Plankton's Regular": the episode starts with a man that regularly eats in the Chum Bucket and refuses to even eat a single Krabby Patty. Because of Mr. Krabs being jealous of him, he and [=SpongeBob=] and Krabs try everything to steal said customer from Plankton, to the point of trying to steal Plankton's recipe for chum. However, at the end of the episode, it's revealed that said customer was paid by Karen to eat in the Chum Bucket so Plankton would stop complaining about his lack of success, but he couldn't eat more chum anymore, regardless of the money (they already pumped his stomach many times). Plankton is left in tears while Krabs laugh at his misery. Note that, even having only one customer, Plankton immediately stopped trying to steal the Krabby Patty formula.
6th Jul '17 3:10:31 AM Liamdurf
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* The ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' movies, particularly the [[Film/SawIII third one]].
6th Jul '17 3:06:43 AM Liamdurf
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** The end of Season 6 ''may'' rectify this. Considering the above, "wait and see" is the best policy.
*** The trope was then painfully executed over the course of Season 7, driving House even further from happiness.
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