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** In "Pay Pal", Shauna Chalmers makes out with Gil Gunderson at the grocery store to stop his rambling:
-->'''Shauna''': If I make out with you, will you shut up?
-->'''Gil''': Ah, give it a shot.
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' provides examples of this with Ollie. He is treated like the standard {{Mook}} but shriek rewards him by giving him a vibrating fork that was specifically designed to stimulate the pleasure center of the brain. The results are disturbing. He gently presses the fork to the side of his head and within seconds he begins moaning pleasurably. Shriek turns off his [[DisabilitySuperpower suit]] and is unable to hear as result, but seconds after, Ollie stumbles around and falls over. By the time shriek leaves the room Ollie's mouth is wide open and he has a look of euphoric bliss on his face. Say...DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' had one instance of the usual {{Jerkass}} Squidward actually leading a band to an awesome glam-rock superbowl show that made his SmugSnake rival Squilliam ''have a heart attack''.
** And another episode has Spongebob destroy Squidward's house while he's trying to make it more fancy than Squillam's... only for the [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible resulting rubble]] to indeed beat Squilliam's house.
** A third example has Squidward managing to compose a musical piece for a competition, and having that piece selected to be played despite Spongebob/Patrick's general annoyingness. When the composition is actually PLAYED, it's revealed that he actually wrote the annoyingness INTO the piece, you'd expect this to be a YankTheDogsChain where everyone goes nuts over Spongebob, but then the people start cheering... for Squidward.
** The Tiki Island episode is pretty much dedicated to this. Even when it looks like it's undone in the end, it turns out that it's not.
** Another example occurs in an episode where he falls in love with a female octopus named Squilvia. Squidward turns to Spongebob for advice, but it goes wrong. When Squidward finally has enough, he starts yelling at Spongebob right in front of his girlfriend. At first, Squid thinks she's going to break up with him for said outbursts, but it ends up making her more attracted to him.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', he wants [[IChoosetoStay to stay on land in his Sour Note form]], but Spongebob wants to bring the whole gang back home. He's dismayed to be just an ordinary cashier again, but Spongebob, via page from magical book, made him keep his "rock-hard abs".
** Mrs. Puff and Plankton both get their wishes come true in "Wishing You Well". Mrs. Puff drives off with a brand new boat while Plankton has grown to several hundred feet and able to merrily crush buildings as he pleases.
** "Plankton's Pet" has Plankton get a pet [[AllAnimalsAreDogs water bear/ameoba]] he names Spot to cheer himself up after yet another failed attempt to get a Krabby Patty at the suggestion of Spongebob. It shows him love and he loves it, and the episode ends with Spot rescuing Plankton from trouble and showering a happy Plankton with love.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' provides examples of this with Ollie. He is treated like In the standard {{Mook}} but shriek rewards him by giving him a vibrating fork that was specifically designed to stimulate the pleasure center original storyboards of the brain. The results are disturbing. He gently presses ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Too Young," the fork to writers threw Lemongrab- who was punched in the side stomach and pushed onto the floor by the protagonists- a bone, by having him take a rice cake (he really likes bland foods) out of his head pocket and within seconds he begins moaning pleasurably. Shriek turns off his [[DisabilitySuperpower suit]] eat it, and is unable to hear as result, but seconds after, Ollie stumbles around and falls over. By the time shriek leaves the room Ollie's mouth is wide open and he has a look of euphoric bliss on his face. Say...DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' had one instance of the usual {{Jerkass}} Squidward
actually leading a band to an awesome glam-rock superbowl show that made his SmugSnake rival Squilliam ''have a heart attack''.
** And another episode has Spongebob destroy Squidward's house while he's trying to make it more fancy than Squillam's... only for the [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible resulting rubble]] to indeed beat Squilliam's house.
** A third example has Squidward managing to compose a musical piece for a competition, and having that piece selected to be played despite Spongebob/Patrick's general annoyingness. When the composition is actually PLAYED, it's revealed that he actually wrote the annoyingness INTO the piece, you'd expect this to be a YankTheDogsChain where everyone goes nuts over Spongebob, but then the people start cheering... for Squidward.
** The Tiki Island episode is pretty much dedicated to this. Even when it looks like it's undone in the end, it turns out that it's not.
** Another example occurs in an episode where he falls in love with a female octopus named Squilvia. Squidward turns to Spongebob for advice, but it goes wrong. When Squidward finally has enough, he starts yelling at Spongebob right in front of his girlfriend. At first, Squid thinks she's going to break up with him for said outbursts, but it ends up making her more attracted to him.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', he wants [[IChoosetoStay to stay on land in his Sour Note form]], but Spongebob wants to bring the whole gang back home. He's dismayed to be just an ordinary cashier again, but Spongebob, via page from magical book, made him keep his "rock-hard abs".
** Mrs. Puff and Plankton both get their wishes come true in "Wishing You Well". Mrs. Puff drives off with a brand new boat while Plankton has grown to several hundred feet and able to merrily crush buildings as he pleases.
** "Plankton's Pet" has Plankton get a pet [[AllAnimalsAreDogs water bear/ameoba]] he names Spot to cheer
enjoy himself up after yet another failed attempt for once- much to get a Krabby Patty at the suggestion puzzlement of Spongebob. It shows him love and he loves it, and his pranksters. Averted in the episode final cut of the episode, as the scene ends with Spot rescuing Plankton from trouble Lemongrab slumped over on the ground crying, and showering the pranksters running away happily.
** He gets one for real in "You Made Me" when Princess Bubblegum introduces him to
a happy Plankton clone of himself to reduce his psychotic loneliness over having a castle with love.no one else to keep him company.



* In the "Peter's Daughter" episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter treats Meg kindly after she goes into a coma.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Zuko is finally thrown a bone at the start of the third season; he's finally been accepted back into the Fire Nation by his father, he's restored the honor he's been fighting for two seasons and three years to get back, he's got a girlfriend, and his father has allowed him to sit at his side once more. The problem for Zuko is that he finally realizes that (aside from the girlfriend whom he loves) ''he doesn't want any of that'' anymore, that restoring his honor came at the price of betraying his uncle Iroh, that the Fire Nation [[HeelRealization really are the villains of this story]], and that being the good little prince beside his father is something that fundamentally goes against the man he has become (not to mention that this new title came as a result of a lie on his sister's part)....which leads to his true HeelFaceTurn.
** Sokka, the unlucky comic relief for most of the series, gets a bite in one late-series episode where a sword master accepts him for martial training. [[TookALevelInBadass It only gets better from there.]]
** In retrospect, the [[ButtMonkey Cabbage Guy]]. After years of having his cabbage cart smashed every time he appears on screen, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' shows that he becomes the founder of one of the most successful businesses in the world. His successor, unfortunately, inherits his bad luck when he gets framed for supplying the Equalists. "Not my Cabbage Corp!"
** Asami has [[TheWoobie suffered alot]], getting her heart broken twice by [[spoiler: Mako]], having her dad [[spoiler: turn out to be an equalist]], and losing her family wealth. While by the time the {{grand finale}} rolls around shes rebuilt her family's business, [[spoiler: her father who she had just reconciled with performs a {{heroic sacrifice}}, seemingly as a final screw you from the universe. On the plus side, she has a {{relationship upgrade}} [[BiTheWay with]] [[PhysicalGod Korra]]. ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' provides examples of this with Ollie. He is treated like the standard {{Mook}} but shriek rewards him by giving him a vibrating fork that was specifically designed to stimulate the pleasure center of the brain. The results are disturbing. He gently presses the fork to the side of his head and within seconds he begins moaning pleasurably. Shriek turns off his [[DisabilitySuperpower suit]] and is unable to hear as result, but seconds after, Ollie stumbles around and falls over. By the time shriek leaves the room Ollie's mouth is wide open and he has a look of euphoric bliss on his face. Say...DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'': Lumpus has a mad crush on Jane Doe, but his efforts to get her to realize that always backfire hilariously. Jane frequently misinterprets his motives, leading her to see him either as A) a friend, or B) a jerk. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Failure]] is Lumpus' only option, as Jane gets together with and even ''marries'' everyone except Lumpus. The second-to-last episode focuses on the two, and is called "Wedding Bell Blues". [[HappilyMarried Guess]] [[OfficialCouple what]] [[HappilyMarried happens]] at the end?
** Of course, the last episode then [[YankTheDogsChain yanks it away from him]] and he ends up in jail.
*** WordOfGod says Jane Doe bailed him out of jail.
* Happens frequently with ButtMonkey AlphaBitch Sissi on ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', particularly in the series finale.
* Penfold gets to shine in some ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episodes:
** "Chicken Run": As he and DM dodge the attack of giant chickens, Penfold dives into a vial of a growth formula, causing ''him'' to grow giant size and apprehend the villains, Greenback and Stiletto.
** "Public Enemy No. 1": For a brief time, Penfold takes a super speed pill and outwits DM (who has amnesia and is brainwashed by Greenback into thinking he's a master criminal).
** "Lost, Found And Spellbound": Penfold winds up finding the missing Prof. Squawkencluck while DM deals with a mischievous witch doctor (followed by his groping for an explanation to Colonel K and the narrator wondering if the show will be renamed for Penfold).
** "Beware Of Mexicans Delivering Milk": Penfold takes the initiative in stopping El Loco's plan to rob the Bank of England after DM's strength is drained by spiked milk. DM winds up stopping El Loco, but Penfold does get the last laugh at the end.
** "Turn Of The Tide": Penfold [[ItMakesSenseInContext sacrifices his eyebrows]] to save the earth and receives a new toy to replace his lost one. DM is bent out of shape because he has to pay to have the Mk. III repaired after it had been earlier damaged.
** "There's A Penfold In My Suit": A zig-zag--a mystical stone in the country of Bratyslovakia causes DM and Penfold to switch bodies.
* Tucker Foley, the PluckyComicRelief in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' who was unlucky with girls, usually got the short end of the stick, and suffered massive {{Flanderization}} finally caught a break in the GrandFinale when he became the youngest mayor in Amity Park history.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'', Dick Dastardly is thrown a bone in "Home Sweet Homing Pigeon." Klunk, Zilly and Muttley's discharges are imminent, so Dick gets them to sign his memory book. He tricks them--the three actually signed re-enlistment forms. The episode ends with Dastardly doing a Muttley snicker.
* During his "Ruler of Kongo Bongo" election campaign, [[WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry Donkey Kong]] promises [[TheBrute Krusha]] that he won't pummel him next time he tries to steal the [[MacGuffin Crystal Coconut]]. When Krusha ''does'' get his hands on the coconut, Donkey Kong ''keeps his promise'' and lets Krusha off the hook. As long as he returns the Crystal Coconut, of course.
* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' does this once with Swiper. In the Halloween episode, they successfully stop him from swiping (it's normally a crapshoot whether they succeed or not depending on where they want the episode to go). After the usual "Swiper no Swiping!" and "Awww, maaaan!" exchange, they teach him how to trick or treat, then proceed to give him some candy after he asks for some.
* Frizz and Nug of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', while always {{Harmless Villain}}s doomed to failure, at least finish off some episodes with the last laugh, usually when something terrible befalls [[SitcomArchNemesis Urpgor]]. Perhaps most prominent in "The Spidermobile", they spend the majority of the episode, for once, trouncing the heroes effortlessly and make off with the stone with comparatively few AmusingInjuries. They also manage to avoid a retaliation this time, instead watching amused as their abusive bosses take a HumiliationConga in their place.
* The ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' SeriesFauxnale "A Fistful of Ed" has Double D losing horribly to Jimmy in a one-on-one fight, then when the Kankers try to attack him Eddy stands up to them saying that Double D's had enough for the day.
** At least a couple of episodes end on the Eds trying a scam and actually making a profit.
** And of course the real GrandFinale.
** One episode ends with the Eds having to run from the other kids after a scam ends badly, but the episode itself actually ends on a positive note. The three escape from reach by ripping away a fire hydrant and letting the ensuing jet of water launch them into the air. They're shown acting like they're putting on a performance ("Thank you! Thank you! We'll be here all week!") and even Kevin seems impressed by it, noting that they aren't "half bad".
* Meg Griffin in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has several due of to be the major ButtMonkey of the show.
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In the "Peter's Daughter" episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter treats Meg kindly after she goes into a coma.



** The episode "Grimm Job" had Meg play the stepsister to Lois' Literature/{{Cinderella}}, joining Stewie in tearing apart her ball gown.
* Among the villains in ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003', Baxter Stockman was one that seemed to exist to be abused. Every time he failed, disobeyed, [[TooDumbToLive or defied]] the Shredder, he was punished by having part of his body removed, a process that, over the course of the series, eventually caused him to physically decay bit by bit until he was a BrainInAJar. Finally, his luck changed, when an AlternateReality version of Bishop not only offered to use his dimension's DNA technology to regenerate his body, but also give him an honest job using his Mouser technology for their agriculture. It seemed things were finally looking up.
* Kenny of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has the first Christmas episode, the first episode where he ''didn't'' die. The show teases his demise several times be forcing him through pointlessly dangerous situations, but he comes through unscathed each time. When the episode ends, Kenny cheers in triumph.
** It should be noted that, due to his [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] status, many fans [[BaitAndSwitch expected one of the letters of "Merry Christmas" to fall on him.]]
** In "Poor and Stupid", Kenny falls in the middle of a Nascar race track, two cars are coming straight a him at full speed, Kenny braces for the inevitable... and then the drivers notice him and manage to dodge him crashing and burning at the sides of Kenny.
*** Don't forget how (in TheMovie) Kenny [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence finally got his just reward]] for his years of ButtMonkey status, complete with [[HolyHalo little halo and glowing trail as he went to Heaven.]]
*** Not to mention ascending into a land of giant breasts in the clouds.
* Arnold of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' tried to give a nice day to the usually unlucky Eugene, but it's subverted as he fails continually. Then it's {{Double Subver|sion}}ted as Eugene at least ''thinks'' one good thing happened (getting a new fish), even though it was cancelled out (the fish was eaten while he wasn't looking).
** His performance in "Eugene, Eugene" counts, too.
** In "Helga's Love Potion" Brainy, after countless OffhandBackhand from Helga, is kissed by her (in his forehead). He faints.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' does this twice with Dib. The first time, he's visited by shoe aliens who give him superpowers. [[spoiler:Turns out it was [[LotusEaterMachine all a dream Zim put him]] in to [[LawOfDisproportionateResponse find out if he threw a muffin at his head.]] Really.]]. The second time, after dealing with Tak, Dib just happens to be able to scavenge her spaceship without any snapback. He would have gotten it fully operational and used it to visit other planets if the series hadn't been ScrewedByTheNetwork.
* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' does this once with Swiper. In the Halloween episode, they successfully stop him from swiping (it's normally a crapshoot whether they succeed or not depending on where they want the episode to go). After the usual "Swiper no Swiping!" and "Awww, maaaan!" exchange, they teach him how to trick or treat, then proceed to give him some candy after he asks for some.
* The episode "Setting a President" on ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' is this for Frankie, who not only manages to win an election to be in charge of the eponymous house, but then enforces regime changes everyone likes, punishes the {{Jerkass}} Bloo, and emphatically DOES NOT find out that it was harder than her old job. It's seemingly subverted when seeing Herriman suffering and struggling with a bagging job at the supermarket, and while she feels guilty for him, she's more put off by how her new job pays less than her old one. She then returns the job to its previous incumbent (also brought back to the house), and looks like a saint in doing it, with him claiming that he now owes her one.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'':
** The episode "Grimm Job" had Meg play the stepsister to Lois' Literature/{{Cinderella}}, joining Stewie in tearing apart her ball gown.
* Among the villains in ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003', Baxter Stockman was one that seemed to exist to be abused. Every time he failed, disobeyed, [[TooDumbToLive or defied]] the Shredder, he was punished by having part of his body removed, a process that, over the course of the series, eventually caused him to physically decay bit by bit until he was a BrainInAJar. Finally, his luck changed, when an AlternateReality version of Bishop not only offered to use his dimension's DNA technology to regenerate his body, but also give him an honest job using his Mouser technology for their agriculture. It seemed things were finally looking up.
* Kenny of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has the first Christmas episode, the first episode where he ''didn't'' die. The show teases his demise several times be forcing him through pointlessly dangerous situations, but he comes through unscathed each time. When the episode ends, Kenny cheers in triumph.
** It should be noted that, due to his [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] status, many fans [[BaitAndSwitch expected one of the letters of "Merry Christmas" to fall on him.]]
** In "Poor and Stupid", Kenny falls in the middle of a Nascar race track, two cars are coming straight a him at full speed, Kenny braces for the inevitable... and then the drivers notice him and manage to dodge him crashing and burning at the sides of Kenny.
*** Don't forget how (in TheMovie) Kenny [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence finally got his just reward]] for his years of ButtMonkey status, complete with [[HolyHalo little halo and glowing trail as he went to Heaven.]]
*** Not to mention ascending into a land of giant breasts in the clouds.
* Arnold of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' tried to give a nice day to the usually unlucky Eugene, but it's subverted as he fails continually. Then it's {{Double Subver|sion}}ted as Eugene at least ''thinks'' one good thing happened (getting a new fish), even though it was cancelled out (the fish was eaten while he wasn't looking).
** His performance in "Eugene, Eugene" counts, too.
** In "Helga's Love Potion" Brainy, after countless OffhandBackhand from Helga, is kissed by her (in his forehead). He faints.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' does this twice with Dib. The first time, he's visited by shoe aliens who give him superpowers. [[spoiler:Turns out it was [[LotusEaterMachine all a dream Zim put him]] in to [[LawOfDisproportionateResponse find out if he threw a muffin at his head.]] Really.]]. The second time, after dealing with Tak, Dib just happens to be able to scavenge her spaceship without any snapback. He would have gotten it fully operational and used it to visit other planets if the series hadn't been ScrewedByTheNetwork.
* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' does this once with Swiper. In the Halloween episode, they successfully stop him from swiping (it's normally a crapshoot whether they succeed or not depending on where they want the episode to go). After the usual "Swiper no Swiping!" and "Awww, maaaan!" exchange, they teach him how to trick or treat, then proceed to give him some candy after he asks for some.
*
The episode "Setting a President" on ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' ' is this for Frankie, who not only manages to win an election to be in charge of the eponymous house, but then enforces regime changes everyone likes, punishes the {{Jerkass}} Bloo, and emphatically DOES NOT find out that it was harder than her old job. It's seemingly subverted when seeing Herriman suffering and struggling with a bagging job at the supermarket, and while she feels guilty for him, she's more put off by how her new job pays less than her old one. She then returns the job to its previous incumbent (also brought back to the house), and looks like a saint in doing it, with him claiming that he now owes her one.



* After a long, long chain of failures, there are ''two'' occasions late in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' where the method home ''isn't'' irrevocably lost. In the first case, Jack is defeated by an invincible warrior guarding it... but the warrior spares his life and explicitly sees a FutureBadass Jack coming back to use the portal at some point ahead. In the second, the portal is destroyed (by Jack [[GrandTheftMe possessed by Aku's evil]]), but Jack is told that it will be rebuilt in due time, at which point he may use it. Sadly, neither one truly paid off because Cartoon Network let the show fall through.

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* After a long, long chain of failures, there are ''two'' occasions late in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' where the method home ''isn't'' irrevocably lost. In the first case, Jack is defeated ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Six Million Dollar Mon", Zoidberg stops Hermes from turning himself into a robot by an invincible warrior guarding it... but reminding him of his family (and by having saved Hermes' discarded body parts). Afterwards, Hermes' wife orders him to thank Zoidberg.
-->'''Hermes:''' But I hate him!\\
'''[=LaBarbara=]:''' We all do! But credit where credit's due!
** In fact, a lot of Zoidberg's appearances as of late have him doing better in a number of ways. One episode focuses on his relationship with
the warrior spares Professor, cementing their friendship, showing he's actually a brilliant doctor when not treating humans, and has the respect of ''Mom'' of all people. Another episode shows he's largely come to terms with his life financial situation (something he's shown a few times before), manages a zen-like outlook on both a windfall fortune and explicitly sees a FutureBadass Jack coming back to use losing it almost immediately, and ends the portal at some point ahead. In the second, the portal is destroyed (by Jack [[GrandTheftMe possessed by Aku's evil]]), but Jack is told that it will be rebuilt episode having formed a connection with Amy over her temporary poverty and dancing with her to his own theme tune.
** And a final bone throwing came
in due time, at which point he may use it. Sadly, neither one truly paid off because Cartoon Network let the show fall through."Stench and Stenchability"(The next last episode ''ever'') where old crabcakes was given a love interest. And unlike Edna, no last second dumping and death from mating. And thanks to being born without a sense of smell, getting a nose transplant, and never knowing a good smell from bad, she even loves his stank.



* [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] achieved this trope in two of the animated specials: ''It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown'' (where, in spite of [[NeverMyFault being blamed for causing his team to lose a football game]], he actually gets to kiss [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen The Little Red-Haired Girl]]) and ''It's Magic, Charlie Brown'' (where he takes advantage of being turned invisible and actually kicks Lucy's football. Lucy is not amused.).
** A nod to the football gag was used by ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in one episode. In a cutaway gag, Lucy yanks the football away as Charlie Brown tries to kick it, causing Peter to appear and ''beat the crap out of Lucy'' for toying with Charlie Brown all this time and forces her to hold the football in place. Charlie Brown kicks it and cheers in glee, while Peter delivers a final kick for Lucy for not being a professional psychiatrist. TropesAreNotGood this time, though. The [[WouldHurtAChild idea of a child getting beat up by an adult]] is just uncomfortable to watch.
*** Also used in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' when Charlie Brown stops at the last minute and kicks Lucy. [[LaserGuidedKarma "That's for years of humiliation,]] [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch!"]]
** Notably ''not'' employed in the comics themselves, though, where any and all triumphs Charlie Brown achieves are ''always'' dragged down or retconned, such as an example where he hit a home run and won the baseball game, yet it later turned out this was only because the female pitcher had a crush on him. Another time, a winning run was walked in because the pitcher couldn't pitch strikes to Linus' toddler brother Rerun (who thought they were [[ComicallyMissingThePoint playing for the Stanley Cup]]). Sadly, a "youth sports commission" [[AcceptableTargets not unlike the Mafia]] forces Charlie Brown to forfeit the victory after it's revealed Snoopy had money on the game.
*** Charlie Brown does get at least one victory in the comics. During the last part of its run, he helps Rerun by defeating a bully in a game of marbles.
*** Another time was when Lucy was berating Charlie Brown at her psychology booth for wasting his life when he spent the morning cleaning his closet shelf. To prove her point, she asked Linus what he was doing that morning. When he said he just watched TV, Lucy is humiliated seeing her argument explode in her face while Charlie Brown makes the most of this great turn of events with a smug "My closet shelf is real clean!"
** There was also a comic where Violet was bragging to Charlie Brown about how much better her dad is than his dad. Charlie Brown interrupts her and takes her to his dad's barber shop, pointing out how his dad is always ready to wave to him, giving him that little amount of time, any time. This shuts Violet up, and is one of the few times Charlie Brown gets the last word in over anyone.
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'': Lumpus has a mad crush on Jane Doe, but his efforts to get her to realize that always backfire hilariously. Jane frequently misinterprets his motives, leading her to see him either as A) a friend, or B) a jerk. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Failure]] is Lumpus' only option, as Jane gets together with and even ''marries'' everyone except Lumpus. The second-to-last episode focuses on the two, and is called "Wedding Bell Blues". [[HappilyMarried Guess]] [[OfficialCouple what]] [[HappilyMarried happens]] at the end?
** Of course, the last episode then [[YankTheDogsChain yanks it away from him]] and he ends up in jail.
*** WordOfGod says Jane Doe bailed him out of jail.

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* [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] achieved this trope in two of Toby Determined from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is a wannabe newspaper reporter that is constantly insulted for his dorky appearance by his peers, including the animated specials: ''It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown'' (where, in spite object of [[NeverMyFault being blamed for causing his team to lose a football game]], infatuation, television reporter [[HotScoop Shandra Jimenez]]. In the SeriesFinale, he actually gets to kiss [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen The Little Red-Haired Girl]]) a makeover as "Bodacious T" and ''It's Magic, Charlie Brown'' (where he takes advantage joins Jimenez's crew as a sports reporter.
* Arnold
of being turned invisible and actually kicks Lucy's football. Lucy is not amused.).
** A nod
''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' tried to give a nice day to the football gag was used by ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in one episode. In a cutaway gag, Lucy yanks the football away as Charlie Brown tries to kick it, causing Peter to appear and ''beat the crap out of Lucy'' for toying with Charlie Brown all this time and forces her to hold the football in place. Charlie Brown kicks it and cheers in glee, while Peter delivers a final kick for Lucy for not being a professional psychiatrist. TropesAreNotGood this time, though. The [[WouldHurtAChild idea of a child getting beat up by an adult]] is just uncomfortable to watch.
*** Also used in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' when Charlie Brown stops at the last minute and kicks Lucy. [[LaserGuidedKarma "That's for years of humiliation,]] [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch!"]]
** Notably ''not'' employed in the comics themselves, though, where any and all triumphs Charlie Brown achieves are ''always'' dragged down or retconned, such as an example where he hit a home run and won the baseball game, yet it later turned out this was only because the female pitcher had a crush on him. Another time, a winning run was walked in because the pitcher couldn't pitch strikes to Linus' toddler brother Rerun (who thought they were [[ComicallyMissingThePoint playing for the Stanley Cup]]). Sadly, a "youth sports commission" [[AcceptableTargets not unlike the Mafia]] forces Charlie Brown to forfeit the victory after
usually unlucky Eugene, but it's revealed Snoopy had money on the game.
*** Charlie Brown does get
subverted as he fails continually. Then it's {{Double Subver|sion}}ted as Eugene at least ''thinks'' one victory in the comics. During the last part of its run, he helps Rerun by defeating good thing happened (getting a bully in a game of marbles.
*** Another time
new fish), even though it was when Lucy cancelled out (the fish was berating Charlie Brown at her psychology booth for wasting his life when he spent the morning cleaning his closet shelf. To prove her point, she asked Linus what he was doing that morning. When he said he just watched TV, Lucy is humiliated seeing her argument explode in her face eaten while Charlie Brown makes the most of he wasn't looking).
** His performance in "Eugene, Eugene" counts, too.
** In "Helga's Love Potion" Brainy, after countless OffhandBackhand from Helga, is kissed by her (in his forehead). He faints.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' does
this great turn of events twice with a smug "My closet shelf is real clean!"
** There was also a comic where Violet was bragging to Charlie Brown about how much better her dad is than his dad. Charlie Brown interrupts her and takes her to his dad's barber shop, pointing out how his dad is always ready to wave to him, giving him that little amount of
Dib. The first time, any time. This shuts Violet up, and is one of the few times Charlie Brown gets the last word he's visited by shoe aliens who give him superpowers. [[spoiler:Turns out it was [[LotusEaterMachine all a dream Zim put him]] in over anyone.
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'': Lumpus has
to [[LawOfDisproportionateResponse find out if he threw a mad crush on Jane Doe, but muffin at his efforts to get her to realize that always backfire hilariously. Jane frequently misinterprets his motives, leading her to see him either as A) a friend, or B) a jerk. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Failure]] is Lumpus' only option, as Jane gets together head.]] Really.]]. The second time, after dealing with Tak, Dib just happens to be able to scavenge her spaceship without any snapback. He would have gotten it fully operational and even ''marries'' everyone except Lumpus. The second-to-last used it to visit other planets if the series hadn't been ScrewedByTheNetwork.
* Henry of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam!'' was given this in an
episode focuses on the two, and is called "Wedding Bell Blues". [[HappilyMarried Guess]] [[OfficialCouple what]] [[HappilyMarried happens]] at the end?
** Of course, the last episode then [[YankTheDogsChain yanks it away from him]]
where June's pranks finally pushed him too far and he ends up in jail.
*** WordOfGod says Jane Doe bailed
quit the show. He goes on to start a highly successful restaurant while the show suffers without him. He eventually comes back after seeing that June genuinely misses him out and regrets what she did.
* [[spoiler: The 87th episode]]
of jail.''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' had [[CosmicPlaything Stumpy]] win for once, without cheating.



* Tucker Foley, the PluckyComicRelief in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' who was unlucky with girls, usually got the short end of the stick, and suffered massive {{Flanderization}} finally caught a break in the GrandFinale when he became the youngest mayor in Amity Park history.



* In the original storyboards of the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Too Young," the writers threw Lemongrab- who was punched in the stomach and pushed onto the floor by the protagonists- a bone, by having him take a rice cake (he really likes bland foods) out of his pocket and eat it, and actually enjoy himself for once- much to the puzzlement of his pranksters. Averted in the final cut of the episode, as the scene ends with Lemongrab slumped over on the ground crying, and the pranksters running away happily.
** He gets one for real in "You Made Me" when Princess Bubblegum introduces him to a clone of himself to reduce his psychotic loneliness over having a castle with no one else to keep him company.
* Henry of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam!'' was given this in an episode where June's pranks finally pushed him too far and he quit the show. He goes on to start a highly successful restaurant while the show suffers without him. He eventually comes back after seeing that June genuinely misses him and regrets what she did.
* After being a ButtMonkey for nearly ten seasons, Kirk Van Houten (Milhouse's dad from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'') finally caught a break in a recent season when he married Luanne again and moved back to his old home, and essentially, recovering his good old life.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck gets one in "Ducking The Devil", he spends
the original storyboards majority of the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' short frantically trying to lead the escaped Tasmanian Devil back to his zoo cell for a reward of $5000. He actually succeeds, and on top of that, when Taz swipes a dropped dollar, Daffy charges in to fight him for it ''and wins''! It should be noted this short was made long after Daffy had evolved into a pompous fall guy.
-->'''Daffy:''' I'm a coward, but I'm a ''greeeedy'' little coward!
** Excluding ''WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc'', [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone seeing he felt remorse in that one]], there have been only been two cartoons where Elmer Fudd won against WesternAnimation/BugsBunny (''Hare Brush'', and ''Rabbit Rampage'') and two others (''Fresh Hare'' and ''Bugs' Bonnets'') that ended in a draw.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** A RunningGag in the
episode "Too Young," "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" involves Rainbow Dash not being able to get a cup of the writers threw Lemongrab- who was punched in the stomach and pushed onto the floor Apple family's homemade apple cider because they always run out by the protagonists- time she reaches the booth, or in one instance because she spilled the cup (leading her to ''shove the dirt it was spilled on into her mouth''). She finally gets a bone, mug at the very end of the episode. And she gets the mug from none other than Pinkie Pie, who up until that point, had been hoarding mugs of cider and unintentionally rubbing it in Rainbow Dash's face about how good the cider tasted.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'', Spike, a character who's often the butt of many jokes, is celebrated as a hero
by having him take a rice cake (he really likes bland foods) out the denizens of the Crystal Empire, and gets to save the day there a second time after going through ''two'' humiliating experiences.
* Charlie Brown from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' achieved this trope in two of the animated specials: ''It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown'' (where, in spite of [[NeverMyFault being blamed for causing
his pocket team to lose a football game]], he actually gets to kiss [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen The Little Red-Haired Girl]]) and eat it, ''It's Magic, Charlie Brown'' (where he takes advantage of being turned invisible and actually enjoy himself for once- much kicks Lucy's football. Lucy is not amused.).
** A nod
to the puzzlement football gag was used by ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in one episode. In a cutaway gag, Lucy yanks the football away as Charlie Brown tries to kick it, causing Peter to appear and ''beat the crap out of his pranksters. Averted Lucy'' for toying with Charlie Brown all this time and forces her to hold the football in place. Charlie Brown kicks it and cheers in glee, while Peter delivers a final kick for Lucy for not being a professional psychiatrist. TropesAreNotGood this time, though. The [[WouldHurtAChild idea of a child getting beat up by an adult]] is just uncomfortable to watch.
*** Also used in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' when Charlie Brown stops at the last minute and kicks Lucy. [[LaserGuidedKarma "That's for years of humiliation,]] [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch!"]]
** Notably ''not'' employed
in the final cut comics themselves, though, where any and all triumphs Charlie Brown achieves are ''always'' dragged down or retconned, such as an example where he hit a home run and won the baseball game, yet it later turned out this was only because the female pitcher had a crush on him. Another time, a winning run was walked in because the pitcher couldn't pitch strikes to Linus' toddler brother Rerun (who thought they were [[ComicallyMissingThePoint playing for the Stanley Cup]]). Sadly, a "youth sports commission" [[AcceptableTargets not unlike the Mafia]] forces Charlie Brown to forfeit the victory after it's revealed Snoopy had money on the game.
*** Charlie Brown does get at least one victory in the comics. During the last part of its run, he helps Rerun by defeating a bully in a game of marbles.
*** Another time was when Lucy was berating Charlie Brown at her psychology booth for wasting his life when he spent the morning cleaning his closet shelf. To prove her point, she asked Linus what he was doing that morning. When he said he just watched TV, Lucy is humiliated seeing her argument explode in her face while Charlie Brown makes the most of this great turn of events with a smug "My closet shelf is real clean!"
** There was also a comic where Violet was bragging to Charlie Brown about how much better her dad is than his dad. Charlie Brown interrupts her and takes her to his dad's barber shop, pointing out how his dad is always ready to wave to him, giving him that little amount of time, any time. This shuts Violet up, and is one
of the episode, as few times Charlie Brown gets the scene ends with Lemongrab slumped last word in over on anyone.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan cute, ridiculously-nice Jeremy]] embodies this trope for [[ButtMonkey Candace]]; many episodes have Candace accidentally putting herself through all sorts of grief trying to bust her brothers, only for Jeremy to show up in
the ground crying, last sixty seconds and somehow manage to make her day brighter. Later, she becomes his official girlfriend.
** [[MadScientist Doofenshmirtz]] also gets this occasionally, usually either from his FriendlyEnemy [[AnimalSuperhero Perry]] or his PerkyGoth [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter daughter]] [[MoralityPet Vanessa]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' gave Angelica a bone in the episode "Tommy
and the pranksters running away happily.
** He gets one for real in "You Made Me"
Secret Club" when Princess Bubblegum introduces Tommy bails out on her own club and starts his own. She ends up timidly approaching him to a clone of himself to reduce and asking if she can join in, which Tommy agrees because in his psychotic loneliness over having club, everyone's in.
* After
a castle with no one else to keep him company.
* Henry
long, long chain of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam!'' was given this failures, there are ''two'' occasions late in an episode ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' where June's pranks finally pushed him too far the method home ''isn't'' irrevocably lost. In the first case, Jack is defeated by an invincible warrior guarding it... but the warrior spares his life and he quit explicitly sees a FutureBadass Jack coming back to use the show. He goes on to start a highly successful restaurant while portal at some point ahead. In the second, the portal is destroyed (by Jack [[GrandTheftMe possessed by Aku's evil]]), but Jack is told that it will be rebuilt in due time, at which point he may use it. Sadly, neither one truly paid off because Cartoon Network let the show suffers without him. He eventually comes back after seeing that June genuinely misses him and regrets what she did.
fall through.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
**
After being a ButtMonkey for nearly ten seasons, Kirk Van Houten (Milhouse's dad from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'') dad) finally caught a break in a recent season when he married Luanne again and moved back to his old home, and essentially, recovering his good old life.



* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko is finally thrown a bone at the start of the third season; he's finally been accepted back into the Fire Nation by his father, he's restored the honor he's been fighting for two seasons and three years to get back, he's got a girlfriend, and his father has allowed him to sit at his side once more. The problem for Zuko is that he finally realizes that (aside from the girlfriend whom he loves) ''he doesn't want any of that'' anymore, that restoring his honor came at the price of betraying his uncle Iroh, that the Fire Nation [[HeelRealization really are the villains of this story]], and that being the good little prince beside his father is something that fundamentally goes against the man he has become (not to mention that this new title came as a result of a lie on his sister's part)....which leads to his true HeelFaceTurn.
** Sokka, the unlucky comic relief for most of the series, gets a bite in one late-series episode where a sword master accepts him for martial training. [[TookALevelInBadass It only gets better from there.]]
** In retrospect, the [[ButtMonkey Cabbage Guy]]. After years of having his cabbage cart smashed every time he appears on screen, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' shows that he becomes the founder of one of the most successful businesses in the world. His successor, unfortunately, inherits his bad luck when he gets framed for supplying the Equalists. "Not my Cabbage Corp!"
** Asami has [[TheWoobie suffered alot]], getting her heart broken twice by [[spoiler: Mako]], having her dad [[spoiler: turn out to be an equalist]], and losing her family wealth. While by the time the {{grand finale}} rolls around shes rebuilt her family's business, [[spoiler: her father who she had just reconciled with performs a {{heroic sacrifice}}, seemingly as a final screw you from the universe. On the plus side, she has a {{relationship upgrade}} [[BiTheWay with]] [[PhysicalGod Korra]]. ]]
* Happens frequently with ButtMonkey AlphaBitch Sissi on ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', particularly in the series finale.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan cute, ridiculously-nice Jeremy]] embodies this trope for [[ButtMonkey Candace]]; many episodes have Candace accidentally putting herself through all sorts of grief trying to bust her brothers, only for Jeremy to show up in the last sixty seconds and somehow manage to make her day brighter.
** Also, every now and then this is also delivered by her brothers themselves.
** [[MadScientist Doofenshmirtz]] also gets this occasionally, usually either from his FriendlyEnemy [[AnimalSuperhero Perry]] or his PerkyGoth [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter daughter]] [[MoralityPet Vanessa]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko is finally thrown a bone at Kenny of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has the start of first Christmas episode, the third season; he's finally been accepted back into the Fire Nation by his father, he's restored the honor he's been fighting for two seasons and three years to get back, he's got a girlfriend, and his father has allowed him to sit at his side once more. The problem for Zuko is that he finally realizes that (aside from the girlfriend whom he loves) ''he doesn't want any of that'' anymore, that restoring his honor came at the price of betraying his uncle Iroh, that the Fire Nation [[HeelRealization really are the villains of this story]], and that being the good little prince beside his father is something that fundamentally goes against the man he has become (not to mention that this new title came as a result of a lie on his sister's part)....which leads to his true HeelFaceTurn.
** Sokka, the unlucky comic relief for most of the series, gets a bite in one late-series
first episode where a sword master accepts he ''didn't'' die. The show teases his demise several times be forcing him for martial training. [[TookALevelInBadass through pointlessly dangerous situations, but he comes through unscathed each time. When the episode ends, Kenny cheers in triumph.
**
It only gets better from there.should be noted that, due to his [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] status, many fans [[BaitAndSwitch expected one of the letters of "Merry Christmas" to fall on him.]]
** In retrospect, "Poor and Stupid", Kenny falls in the [[ButtMonkey Cabbage Guy]]. After middle of a Nascar race track, two cars are coming straight a him at full speed, Kenny braces for the inevitable... and then the drivers notice him and manage to dodge him crashing and burning at the sides of Kenny.
*** Don't forget how (in TheMovie) Kenny [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence finally got his just reward]] for his
years of having his cabbage cart smashed every time he appears on screen, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' shows that he becomes the founder of one of the most successful businesses in the world. His successor, unfortunately, inherits his bad luck when he gets framed for supplying the Equalists. "Not my Cabbage Corp!"
** Asami has [[TheWoobie suffered alot]], getting her heart broken twice by [[spoiler: Mako]], having her dad [[spoiler: turn out to be an equalist]], and losing her family wealth. While by the time the {{grand finale}} rolls around shes rebuilt her family's business, [[spoiler: her father who she had just reconciled with performs a {{heroic sacrifice}}, seemingly as a final screw you from the universe. On the plus side, she has a {{relationship upgrade}} [[BiTheWay with]] [[PhysicalGod Korra]]. ]]
* Happens frequently with
ButtMonkey AlphaBitch Sissi on ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', particularly status, complete with [[HolyHalo little halo and glowing trail as he went to Heaven.]]
*** Not to mention ascending into a land of giant breasts
in the series finale.
clouds.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan cute, ridiculously-nice Jeremy]] embodies this trope for [[ButtMonkey Candace]]; many episodes have Candace accidentally putting herself through all sorts ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' had one instance of grief the usual {{Jerkass}} Squidward actually leading a band to an awesome glam-rock superbowl show that made his SmugSnake rival Squilliam ''have a heart attack''.
** And another episode has Spongebob destroy Squidward's house while he's
trying to bust her brothers, make it more fancy than Squillam's... only for Jeremy the [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible resulting rubble]] to indeed beat Squilliam's house.
** A third example has Squidward managing to compose a musical piece for a competition, and having that piece selected to be played despite Spongebob/Patrick's general annoyingness. When the composition is actually PLAYED, it's revealed that he actually wrote the annoyingness INTO the piece, you'd expect this to be a YankTheDogsChain where everyone goes nuts over Spongebob, but then the people start cheering... for Squidward.
** The Tiki Island episode is pretty much dedicated to this. Even when it looks like it's undone in the end, it turns out that it's not.
** Another example occurs in an episode where he falls in love with a female octopus named Squilvia. Squidward turns to Spongebob for advice, but it goes wrong. When Squidward finally has enough, he starts yelling at Spongebob right in front of his girlfriend. At first, Squid thinks she's going to break up with him for said outbursts, but it ends up making her more attracted to him.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', he wants [[IChoosetoStay to stay on land in his Sour Note form]], but Spongebob wants to bring the whole gang back home. He's dismayed to be just an ordinary cashier again, but Spongebob, via page from magical book, made him keep his "rock-hard abs".
** Mrs. Puff and Plankton both get their wishes come true in "Wishing You Well". Mrs. Puff drives off with a brand new boat while Plankton has grown to several hundred feet and able to merrily crush buildings as he pleases.
** "Plankton's Pet" has Plankton get a pet [[AllAnimalsAreDogs water bear/ameoba]] he names Spot to cheer himself up after yet another failed attempt to get a Krabby Patty at the suggestion of Spongebob. It shows him love and he loves it, and the episode ends with Spot rescuing Plankton from trouble and showering a happy Plankton with love
* Among the villains in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003', Baxter Stockman was one that seemed to exist to be abused. Every time he failed, disobeyed, [[TooDumbToLive or defied]] the Shredder, he was punished by having part of his body removed, a process that, over the course of the series, eventually caused him to physically decay bit by bit until he was a BrainInAJar. Finally, his luck changed, when an AlternateReality version of Bishop not only offered to use his dimension's DNA technology to regenerate his body, but also give him an honest job using his Mouser technology for their agriculture. It seemed things were finally looking up.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' episode "Percy's Lucky Day" more or less revolves around this happening to Percy. After a rather bad day, Stephen gives him a lucky charm. The next day goes perfectly, he gets chosen for special jobs he doesn't screw up, and just for good measure, he is praised after saving Bill and Ben during an accident. It's revealed that Percy had actually left without the lucky charm, he had just got a genuine stroke of luck.
** Every now and then, [[SmallNameBigEgo Gordon and James]] ''don't'' suffer a BreakTheHaughty moment and get
to show up what splendid engines they genuinely are. Gordon in the last sixty seconds and somehow manage to make her day brighter.
** Also, every now and then this is also delivered by her brothers themselves.
** [[MadScientist Doofenshmirtz]] also
particular gets this occasionally, usually either from his FriendlyEnemy [[AnimalSuperhero Perry]] or his PerkyGoth [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter daughter]] [[MoralityPet Vanessa]].several moments it seems he will be upstaged by another engine, only for a dilemma to occur and an opportunity for him to their place in a special train, resulting in him being showered with praise (eg. "Paint Pots and Queens", "Gordon and Spencer", "Thomas and the Runaway Car").



* A RunningGag in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" involves Rainbow Dash not being able to get a cup of the Apple family's homemade apple cider because they always run out by the time she reaches the booth, or in one instance because she spilled the cup (leading her to ''shove the dirt it was spilled on into her mouth''). She finally gets a mug at the very end of the episode.
** And she gets the mug from none other than Pinkie Pie, who up until that point, had been hoarding mugs of cider and unintentionally rubbing it in Rainbow Dash's face about how good the cider tasted.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'', Spike, a character who's often the butt of many jokes, is celebrated as a hero by the denizens of the Crystal Empire, and gets to save the day there a second time after going through ''two'' humiliating experiences.
* During his "Ruler of Kongo Bongo" election campaign, [[WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry Donkey Kong]] promises [[TheBrute Krusha]] that he won't pummel him next time he tries to steal the [[MacGuffin Crystal Coconut]]. When Krusha ''does'' get his hands on the coconut, Donkey Kong ''keeps his promise'' and lets Krusha off the hook. As long as he returns the Crystal Coconut, of course.
* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode "The Six Million Dollar Mon", Zoidberg stops Hermes from turning himself into a robot by reminding him of his family (and by having saved Hermes' discarded body parts). Afterwards, Hermes' wife orders him to thank Zoidberg.
-->'''Hermes:''' But I hate him!\\
'''[=LaBarbara=]:''' We all do! But credit where credit's due!
** In fact, a lot of Zoidberg's appearances as of late have him doing better in a number of ways. One episode focuses on his relationship with the Professor, cementing their friendship, showing he's actually a brilliant doctor when not treating humans, and has the respect of ''Mom'' of all people. Another episode shows he's largely come to terms with his financial situation (something he's shown a few times before), manages a zen-like outlook on both a windfall fortune and losing it almost immediately, and ends the episode having formed a connection with Amy over her temporary poverty and dancing with her to his own theme tune.
** And a final bone throwing came in "Stench and Stenchability"(The next last episode ''ever'') where old crabcakes was given a love interest. And unlike Edna, no last second dumping and death from mating. And thanks to being born without a sense of smell, getting a nose transplant, and never knowing a good smell from bad, she even loves his stank.
* Frizz and Nug of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', while always {{Harmless Villain}}s doomed to failure, at least finish off some episodes with the last laugh, usually when something terrible befalls [[SitcomArchNemesis Urpgor]]. Perhaps most prominent in "The Spidermobile", they spend the majority of the episode, for once, trouncing the heroes effortlessly and make off with the stone with comparatively few AmusingInjuries. They also manage to avoid a retaliation this time, instead watching amused as their abusive bosses take a HumiliationConga in their place.
* WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck gets one in "Ducking The Devil", he spends the majority of the short frantically trying to lead the escaped Tasmanian Devil back to his zoo cell for a reward of $5000. He actually succeeds, and on top of that, when Taz swipes a dropped dollar, Daffy charges in to fight him for it ''and wins''! It should be noted this short was made long after Daffy had evolved into a pompous fall guy.
-->'''Daffy:''' I'm a coward, but I'm a ''greeeedy'' little coward!
* The ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' SeriesFauxnale "A Fistful of Ed" has Double D losing horribly to Jimmy in a one-on-one fight, then when the Kankers try to attack him Eddy stands up to them saying that Double D's had enough for the day.
** At least a couple of episodes end on the Eds trying a scam and actually making a profit.
** And of course the real GrandFinale.
** One episode ends with the Eds having to run from the other kids after a scam ends badly, but the episode itself actually ends on a positive note. The three escape from reach by ripping away a fire hydrant and letting the ensuing jet of water launch them into the air. They're shown acting like they're putting on a performance ("Thank you! Thank you! We'll be here all week!") and even Kevin seems impressed by it, noting that they aren't "half bad".
* Penfold gets to shine in some ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episodes:
** "Chicken Run": As he and DM dodge the attack of giant chickens, Penfold dives into a vial of a growth formula, causing ''him'' to grow giant size and apprehend the villains, Greenback and Stiletto.
** "Public Enemy No. 1": For a brief time, Penfold takes a super speed pill and outwits DM (who has amnesia and is brainwashed by Greenback into thinking he's a master criminal).
** "Lost, Found And Spellbound": Penfold winds up finding the missing Prof. Squawkencluck while DM deals with a mischievous witch doctor (followed by his groping for an explanation to Colonel K and the narrator wondering if the show will be renamed for Penfold).
** "Beware Of Mexicans Delivering Milk": Penfold takes the initiative in stopping El Loco's plan to rob the Bank of England after DM's strength is drained by spiked milk. DM winds up stopping El Loco, but Penfold does get the last laugh at the end.
** "Turn Of The Tide": Penfold [[ItMakesSenseInContext sacrifices his eyebrows]] to save the earth and receives a new toy to replace his lost one. DM is bent out of shape because he has to pay to have the Mk. III repaired after it had been earlier damaged.
** "There's A Penfold In My Suit": A zig-zag--a mystical stone in the country of Bratyslovakia causes DM and Penfold to switch bodies.
* Steve Smith of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' practically embodied DidNotGetTheGirl for almost 10 seasons. Maybe because of sheer bad luck, it never worked, with the exception of Debbie (who broke up with Steve after he confessed that he stole money from her ex-boyfriend's bar mitzvah, though there was a deleted scene at the end where she did get back together with him). Until "Spelling Bee My Baby" when he lands Akiko. No last second dumping, no having his hand numb from anesthesia, he finally gets one.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'', Dick Dastardly is thrown a bone in "Home Sweet Homing Pigeon." Klunk, Zilly and Muttley's discharges are imminent, so Dick gets them to sign his memory book. He tricks them--the three actually signed re-enlistment forms. The episode ends with Dastardly doing a Muttley snicker.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' gave Angelica a bone in the episode "Tommy and the Secret Club" when Tommy bails out on her own club and starts his own. She ends up timidly approaching him and asking if she can join in, which Tommy agrees because in his club, everyone's in.
* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' episode "Percy's Lucky Day" more or less revolves around this happening to Percy. After a rather bad day, Stephen gives him a lucky charm. The next day goes perfectly, he gets chosen for special jobs he doesn't screw up, and just for good measure, he is praised after saving Bill and Ben during an accident. It's revealed that Percy had actually left without the lucky charm, he had just got a genuine stroke of luck.
** Every now and then, [[SmallNameBigEgo Gordon and James]] ''don't'' suffer a BreakTheHaughty moment and get to show what splendid engines they genuinely are. Gordon in particular gets several moments it seems he will be upstaged by another engine, only for a dilemma to occur and an opportunity for him to their place in a special train, resulting in him being showered with praise (eg. "Paint Pots and Queens", "Gordon and Spencer", "Thomas and the Runaway Car").
* Excluding ''WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc'', [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone seeing he felt remorse in that one]], there have been only been two cartoons where Elmer Fudd won against WesternAnimation/BugsBunny (''Hare Brush'', and ''Rabbit Rampage'') and two others (''Fresh Hare'' and ''Bugs' Bonnets'') that ended in a draw.
* Toby Determined from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is a wannabe newspaper reporter that is constantly insulted for his dorky appearance by his peers, including the object of his infatuation, television reporter [[HotScoop Shandra Jimenez]]. In the SeriesFinale, he gets a makeover as "Bodacious T" and joins Jimenez's crew as a sports reporter.
* [[spoiler: The 87th episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' had [[CosmicPlaything Stumpy]] win for once, without cheating.
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* [[Spoiler: The 87th episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' had [[CosmicPlaything Stumpy]] win for once, without cheating.

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* [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: The 87th episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' had [[CosmicPlaything Stumpy]] win for once, without cheating.
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* [[Spoiler: The 87th episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' had [[CosmicPlaything Stumpy]] win for once, without cheating.
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** A nod to the football gag was used by ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in one episode. In a cutaway gag, Lucy yanks the football away as Charlie Brown tries to kick it, causing Peter to appear and ''beat the crap out of Lucy'' for toying with Charlie Brown all this time and forces her to hold the football in place. Charlie Brown kicks it and cheers in glee, while Peter delivers a final kick for Lucy for not being a professional psychiatrist.

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** A nod to the football gag was used by ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in one episode. In a cutaway gag, Lucy yanks the football away as Charlie Brown tries to kick it, causing Peter to appear and ''beat the crap out of Lucy'' for toying with Charlie Brown all this time and forces her to hold the football in place. Charlie Brown kicks it and cheers in glee, while Peter delivers a final kick for Lucy for not being a professional psychiatrist. TropesAreNotGood this time, though. The [[WouldHurtAChild idea of a child getting beat up by an adult]] is just uncomfortable to watch.
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** She amazingly gets one in the episode ''A Fustful Of Meg'' when she used her unattractive features to fight off a school bully named Mental Mine. ''And won''!

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** She amazingly gets one in the episode ''A Fustful Of Meg'' when she used her unattractive features to fight off a school bully named Mental Mine.Mike. ''And won''!
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** She amazingly gets one in the episode "A Fustful Of Meg" when she used her unattractive features to fight off a school bully named Mental Mine. "And won"!

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** She amazingly gets one in the episode "A ''A Fustful Of Meg" Meg'' when she used her unattractive features to fight off a school bully named Mental Mine. "And won"!''And won''!
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** She amazingly gets one in the episode "A Fustful Of Meg" when she used her unattractive features to fight off a school bully named Mental Mine. "And won"!
30th Jun '16 3:12:45 PM Benthelame
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' provides examples of this with Ollie. He is treated like the standard {{Mook}} but shriek rewards him by giving him a vibrating fork that was specifically designed to stimulate the pleasure center of the brain. The results are disturbing. He gently presses the fork to the side of his head and within seconds he begins moaning pleasurably. Shriek turns off his [[DisabilitySuperpower suit]] and is unable to hear as result, but seconds after, Ollie stumbles around and falls over. By the time shriek leaves the room Ollie's mouth is wide open and he has a look of eurphoric bliss on his face. Say...DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?


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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' provides examples of this with Ollie. He is treated like the standard {{Mook}} but shriek rewards him by giving him a vibrating fork that was specifically designed to stimulate the pleasure center of the brain. The results are disturbing. He gently presses the fork to the side of his head and within seconds he begins moaning pleasurably. Shriek turns off his [[DisabilitySuperpower suit]] and is unable to hear as result, but seconds after, Ollie stumbles around and falls over. By the time shriek leaves the room Ollie's mouth is wide open and he has a look of euphoric bliss on his face. Say...DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?
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*''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' provides examples of this with Ollie. He is treated like the standard {{Mook}} but shriek rewards him by giving him a vibrating fork that was specifically designed to stimulate the pleasure center of the brain. The results are disturbing. He gently presses the fork to the side of his head and within seconds he begins moaning pleasurably. Shriek turns off his [[DisabilitySuperpower suit]] and is unable to hear as result, but seconds after, Ollie stumbles around and falls over. By the time shriek leaves the room Ollie's mouth is wide open and he has a look of eurphoric bliss on his face. Say...DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?
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