Longed to succeed to be taken seriously, but got famous as a laughingstock.
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This character longed to succeed so that he or his message would at last be taken seriously. Then he does become successful, getting fame and maybe a lot of money... as a clown who nobody would dream of taking seriously. Contrast Unwanted False Faith, where a character instead bets taken FAR more seriously than he's comfortable with, and Springtime for Hitler, where the goal was to remain unsuccessful.