An occupation of a main character, where the author wants to portray them as a loser, without offending other fields. So, the author makes the character's occupation their own.
if the loser cartoonist can't draw
, the writer has an obviously Mary-Sue version of him/herself
, or some other type of Stylistic Suck
. These characters may also be prone to extreme Writer's Block
, which can justify the times that they aren't working/don't have a job.
be where a character's career is the same as the author
of the work. A hack writer main character in a novel would be an example, but a hack writer in an animated show or a cartoonist in a novel would not be.
Compare Acceptable Targets
, Take That Me
and Write What You Know
Anime And Manga
- Jon Arbuckle, Garfield's owner. Over time, the loser aspect completely overshadowed the fact that he even had a job.
- Stephen Pastis, the cartoonist responsible for Pearls Before Swine, sometimes inserts himself into the strip as a 40-year old smoking loser cartoonist who often gets abused by the other characters, especially Rat. See this strip for an example.
- Darby Connley was portrayed as an EXTREME one of these in these◊three◊ strips◊ of his own Get Fuzzy.
- A great many Franco-Belgian Comics portray comic authors and artists as wretched slaves toiling away to produce art under the iron rule of a heartless evil editor obsessed with productivity.
- In Allegro Non Troppo, all of the animation is supposedly being made by one lowly cartoonist shackled to his desk.
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. repeatedly uses the character Kilgore Trout, a failed sci-fi writer, in his novels as an Author Avatar of the self deprecating variety, though he's admitted that Trout is also influenced by Theodore Sturgeon.
- Gary, the main character from Ménage à 3. However, this isn't his main job, but a side talent. His actual job gets minimal importance, while his drawing is supposed to be a loser attribute. It just so happens that several potential love interests find it an endearing or useful talent.
- Zach Wiener of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal likes to portray himself as this.
- In The Simpsons, the creator of "Itchy and Scratchy" is betrayed and turned into a bum, though a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, eventually. The guy who does the ripping off, Roger Myers Jn., although extremely successful, is shown to be amoral, cruel to his employees (insulting them and sacking them on a whim) and utterly uninterested in the quality of the series as long as ratings and profits are high. Other famous "artists" are near universally egotistical and/or hacks, such as Krusty.
- Andy from Mission Hill. There was even an episode dedicated to the fact that Andy was broke, couldn't get any of his cartoons published, couldn't even get anyone to understand his cartoons, and was working a dead-end job that barely even put food on the table.