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* [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] is the Butt Monkey for the Marvel superheroic community. In ''multiple'' universes. And it's carried over into the animated adaptations too, thanks to ''UltimateAvengers''.
** In the Ultimate comics, CaptainAmerica gave him a serious beatdown for beating up his wife. Just an example.
** This has gotten kind of ridiculous in recent years, perhaps epitomized by this quote from ''Mighty Avengers'' #23 (to give it a certain amount of context, Iron Man has showed up and told Hank he's going to now lead Hank's newly assembled team):
-->'''Hank Pym:''' ''You'' can take over from here? ''You''? Tony Stark? Mister Fought-against-Cap-in-the-civil-war, shot-Hulk-into-space-and-caused-World-War-Hulk, gave-the-Skrulls-everything-they-needed-to-invade-Earth. ''You're'' taking over? Come on, give me ''one'' good reason why--\\
'''ComicBook/IronMan:''' Three words. You're. Hank. Pym.
** Speaking of that, during the Skrull's infiltration, one Skrull impersonated Pym. Then he complained to the Queen why Pym got no respect, because by impersonating Pym, he's got the butt-end of jokes by many heroes. The Queen's response? "Nobody cares about Pym/Ant Man"
** Pym ''does'' have his moments of awesome. For example, the efforts he went to in redeeming himself after his period of psychosis that brought about the original Yellowjacket identity, and his current run with the Mighty Avengers. However, these come so few and far between that it's like every "badass" period is just set up as another grace for him to fall from.
*** [[http://media.comics.ign.com/articles/106/1061476/img_7463859.html Like this cover image of the final issue of Mighty Avengers, for example.]]
*** Dan Slott claimed in interviews that he was going to redeem Pym as a character, after he'd been handed ButtMonkey status for so long. Since that interview, the comic's taken a huge swerve where we've seen Pym reduced to an obsessive, useless jackass, whose only good work was adaptations of other people's discoveries, and who has apparently been using a sentient gynoid he previously treated as a friend/daughter as a stand-in for his ex while not telling her he was trying to revive said ex using all of the apparent upgrades he'd given her. And as of the latest issues, the team has fallen apart under the opinion that he's lost his goddamn mind, and Ultron and even the infamous slap have been brought back yet again as further proof of his failures. What was that about redeeming the character, again?
*** His ''MarvelZombies'' counterpart was fairly respected amongst his comrades.
** Hank Pym's ButtMonkey status was cemented when he recently met Eternity, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of everything. The first thing Eternity does after saying "Hi!" is punch Hank in the gut. That's right: the universe itself is literally hostile to Hank Pym.
** {{Deadpool}} and {{Spider-Man}} recently had a "Yo Momma" battle and guess who was the punchline of the joke?
--->'''Deadpool:''' Your mother's so fat, Hank Pym had to beat her up in the back of a Quinn Jet.
** In the MarvelCinematicUniverse, Hank and TheWasp were the only founding Avengers not featured in [[Film/TheAvengers the movie]], and it's been confirmed that the upcoming ''Film/AntMan'' movie is not about Hank, but instead features Scott Lang as the lead.
* Cacofonix the bard in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' is the village punching bag. He gets beaten up whenever he tries to [[DreadfulMusician sing]], and quite often when he doesn't even try to sing, such as when Obelix accidentally uprooted his house. At the end of most stories he's BoundAndGagged. He tends to do better when he saves the day in some way (like in ''Asterix and the Normans''), or when the village is doing badly - a particularly sad sequence in ''The Roman Agent'' shows Cacofonix, who has not been involved in the events of the story so far, sitting at the feast table like he rarely gets to but, because the village is now consumed with suspicion and paranoia, feeling like he's on his own. Though, at the same time, when Cacofonix is under threat of the Romans, like in ''Asterix the Gladiator'' and ''The Mansion of the Gods'' the villagers do everything to rescue and/or defend him.
* Walter The Softy and Cuthbert Cringeworthy from TheBeano have to undergo torment, harassment and bullying that would destroy any normal boy their age
** To say nothing of Calamity James!
* ComicBook/BlackCanary becomes this whenever she pairs with ComicBook/GreenArrow. Every. Single. God. Damn. Time. Their first pairing? Kidnapped by drug lords in a botched sting operation and physically tortured so badly she loses her fertility and her powers (which would eventually be restored). Rejoins Ollie after he gets resurrected? Her adopted daughter is kidnapped and Ollie himself makes her believe she's dead. Despite that, she still marries him - and proceeds to be reduced to a DistressedDamsel who's Canary Cry accidentally causes an innocent bystander's hearing loss. And then Ollie leaving to form a second Justice League team somehow devastates her so much that she breaks up the primary team that she the leader of. Suffice it to say, there are likely a lot of ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey fans who really really don't like seeing Dinah and Ollie together.
** She kept this ''in'' Birds of Prey, what with being held hostage by Savant and stuff like that.
* Sonny Tuckson from the BuckDanny series.
* After the controversial ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' storyline in Marvel Comics, several heroes who were on the side of registering metahumans were very unpopular among the fans and turned into Butt Monkeys. Tony Stark, leader of the pro-regs, spent every guest appearance for a month or two afterwards being yelled at and slapped around by other heroes, including getting [[NoHoldsBarredBeatDown beaten up]] by THOR; Tigra, who spied on the anti-regs while being pro-reg the entire time, was shot and beaten by the Hood while barely putting up a fight, constantly screaming "AIIEE", and being videotaped. She also joined [[YoungAvengers Stature]] in being kidnapped by Puppet Master, almost sold into slavery, and being forced to fight her rescuer, Ms. Marvel (and losing). Interestingly, she also has a relationship with Hank Pym around this time.
** The Hood is later retconned into having earth-shaking magic powers but... yeah.
*** Not really, in that same arc he transformed into a demon (the same demon he took the Hood from in his mini) and beat the crap of Wolverine. The only thing that was changed later was that he was an agent of Dormmamu and even then he did show magical abilities in his original mini (though he didn't fully control them then) and he was able to beat Shocker, Jack O'Lantern and Constrictor in said mini.
*** The Hank Pym Tigra slept with was revealed to be a Skrull and she's now pregnant.
* Surprise there's been no mention of this, but if anyone's a ButtMonkey in comic books, it's Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}. Daredevil is literally Marvel's deconstrtuction of the trope; Every. Single. One of his romantic interests has either been [[StuffedIntoTheFridge killed, mentally broken, or driven to physical or psychological torture]], his secret identity was learned by his archenemy, and his life has been generally hellish because ''everyone'' knows his secret identity.
* Weasel, Bob Agent of Hydra.... Any of {{Deadpool}}'s side-kicks really.
** With the possible exception of [[CoolOldLady Blind Al]], who dished it out as much as she took it.
*** [[WordOfGod The writers after Joe Kelly]] have all claimed that Blind Al was removed from the series, and won't be a fixture again, because of just how much she stole the show.
** Tryco Slatterus (a.k.a The Champion) in ''Deadpool Corps'' is also one. Considering he's always humiliated at the end of each issue he appears in.
** Deadpool himself is one too. Everyone hates him, He has awful luck with women and is subjected to all sorts of Slapstick.Oh and also , ya know being [[BlessedWithSuck living Stage 4 and all]]
* Corporal Udo Schmidt from ''ComicBook/TheDesertPeach''.
* Iggy from ''ComicStrip/DogsOfCKennel''.
* Wally West is kind of the go-to ButtMonkey for ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' writers. However bad any other speedster has it, they can always look at Wally and thank their lucky stars they're not ''him''.
* Peter Fox was proven to be the Butt Monkey of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' by the strip's first week.
* Manhog from ''ComicBook/{{Frank}}''. He is shown to be quite bitter about his lot in life but is usually too stupid to fix anything about it.
* The life of Remy Lebeau alias ComicBook/{{Gambit}} (X-Men) starts by not being Remy LeBeau - he was kidnapped as a baby because of a prophecy and will never know his real parents. He was brought up as a thief, never having a chance to a normal life and we don't know about normal education. He was regularly targeted by the Assassins Guild and other bad people because he was designated a successor to his "adoptive" father, the head of the Thieves Guild. Then he had to marry his best childhood friend out of political reasons, only to be ordered to a duel by her evil brother which he couldn't refuse without banishment. He took the duel, killed the brother and... was banished. Later it is revealed that his wife even planned all that and was very happy about it, no matter making his life hell for years and trying to kill him. His powers are burning him out, so he gets a power limiter, only the price for that is leading people somewhere where these people kill a whole folk - the Morlocks- without knowing. He saves one kid who will become a mass murderer later. When he tries to steal paintings, he meets Storm who is made into a kid and stumbles into danger. Later he joins the X-Men but is never really a part of it, always an outsider among the outsiders. He falls in love with the only women never able to touch (Rogue) who plays on- and- off with him, dumping him regularly for other people (Joseph, Fantomex, etc.) leaving him to die in Antarctica. Now he is a character that hardly appears at all, only to have his love life telepathically broadcasted by Rogue, who he can now touch but who dumped him yet again. On top of all of that, he has spent the majority of hero-life wearing a pink breast plate, what made him ambivalent among X-Men fans.
* Jon Arbuckle of {{Garfield}} is an extreme example, as seen to the right.
* Hacken from Comicbook/{{Hitman}}, perhaps the best defining moment of his crappy luck was when the characters were fighting their way out of an aquarium full of zombie sea animals (Long Story) he gets his hand bitten by a baby seal and in panic chops it of only to find out a few scenes later that these zombies aren’t contagious, cue to panel of him staring sadly at his new stump.
* Garryn Bek from ''L.E.G.I.O.N.'' is almost always the most picked on member of the cast. Nobody in the whole galaxy takes as much punishment and humiliation as Garryn Bek, at least for the first forty issues or so.
* One of the last good things about ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' after all its old regular artists and writers started dying like flies, Monroe's title character is a definite example of a Butt Monkey, with ridiculously neglectful parents, a cruel bully who constantly leaves him battered and bloody, his only friend is a nerdy toadlike kid who is the only person liked even less than him, and any spot of hope for him is usually destroyed by the end of the story.
* Charlie Brown from ''{{Peanuts}}''. Woodstock and Snoopy have their moments as well.
** WordOfGod says that Charles Schulz based Charlie Brown's eternal pessimism and butt monkey qualities off himself. So Charlie Brown is an AuthorAvatar.
* Herr Starr from ''{{Preacher}}'' is the recipient of ever-increasing quantities of humiliating violence. As a child, he has one of his eyes put out and goes bald; during the plotline of the comic, he gets [[BlackComedyRape raped by a male prostitute]], has a large scar carved into his head (which makes it look like a [[FreudWasRight giant... Uh...]]), has one ear shot off, narrowly escapes cannibals who eat his leg, and finally has his genitals eaten by a Rottweiler, leading to his forlorn use of the phrase "my cock is in the bitch's mouth and not in a good way".
** And finally, to add insult to injury - literally - at the crescendo of his crusade of vengeance against Jesse Custer, he is handed prank binoculars and winds up addressing his troops for his final battle with black circles inked around his eyes.
** Though one wonders why a trained military man, who never goes unarmed, who is the second most powerful man in the entire WORLD...could get overtaken by a male prostitute.
* Detective Soap from the Garth Ennis era of ''ThePunisher''. Just a few of many examples; Assigned to a joke squad to catch the Punisher after the brass is blackmailed. Sleeps with a convict and his own mother, both of which could have been avoided if the one person he thought was his friend said anything. Intimidated by the Punisher into feeding him info on crooks to kill. Regularly gets splashed in bodily fluids. Gets blackmailed himself, left and right. His love interest turns out to be gay. As a CHILD... dropped on his head as a baby, avoided rape because the pastor thought he was ugly... In the end, though, he gets his just rewards. It [[spoiler:turns out he has a huge penis and is now a porn star.]].
* Brainy Smurf of ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' is the village's butt monkey.
* Erica Pierce from ''SolarManOfTheAtom'' is a rather unlucky woman. First off, she was with Solar when he had his accident in the reactor which gave her powers as well (she doesn't notice...at first), she later tries to have sex with the titular Solar but is turned down, Solar takes Erica with him outside the universe where she ends up cracking up do to her self-esteem issues, she tries to kill Solar due to the previous trip, Solar later on goes haywire which results in the universe being sucked into a black hole, [[spoiler: she survives along with Solar, both of them being sent into a new universe]]. In the new universe, it's revealed that Erica (a another one albeit the same) has a abusive husband who impregnated her, said baby coming to life with powers similar to Solar, the baby ends up killing herself due to its power which traumatizes Erica even more, and finally she kills her husband in a fit of rage. [[spoiler: She is then killed by the Erica from the previous universe, who takes her son Albert with her into hiding]].
* Tails in the Fleetway ''SonicTheComic''. He's frequently the victim of Sonic's "[[{{Jerkass}} strange sense of humour]]" and the people he rescues tend to complain that [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike they wanted to be saved by Sonic]].
* Some writers seem to think that the biggest appeal of ''{{Spider-Man}}'' is that things constantly go wrong for him. As a result, we get countless stories of Peter suffering humiliation, lack of money, sickly aunt, girl trouble and just all around unpleasantness, to the point that reading the stories can actually get a little depressing. Note that after John Romita Sr started working on the title with StanLee, the book became much LighterAndSofter than it had been recently, a move which led most fans to label it as the golden age of Spider-Man.
** Originally, Peter Parker and Scott Summers of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} had something in common, their characters were supposed to be guys who things often tended go wrong for, but not ''just for the sake of that'', and they were impressive, each in his own way, in how they dealt with it. But too many writers just can't grasp the difference between that and 'kick them harder!'
** J. Jonah Jameson, the Shocker, the Jason Macendale Hobgoblin, and others have all shared this role at different times over the years. Jason Macendale had it worse as it seemed he couldn't do anything right, up to getting a power boost from a demon. He was ultimately put down by the Roderick Kingsley Hobgoblin, tired of his failures.
* In ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy'', Whenever the Grey spy makes the scene, the black and white spies lose every time. When she isn't present, though, whenever one spy wins, the other looks fitting for this trope. But since the victor alternates, this randomly switches.
* The aforementioned Stature really deserves her own bullet. Her former team, the Young Avengers, were anti-reg and the others stayed anti-reg after she left. It's possible that the popularity of other members over her and the former cohesiveness of the team made her betrayal seem particularly outrageous, which would explain her treatment in the later comics. Stature was kidnapped by Puppet Master, almost sold into slavery and had to fight Ms. Marvel. During this fight, she had a [[CarFu car hit her in the face]]. She joined a superhero boot camp some unspecified time after Civil War. Other instructors included former supervillains, including Taskmaster, who had fought Stature's superhero dad (Ant Man). New Ant Man [[JerkAss Eric O'Grady]] mocked the former Ant Man to ingratiate himself with Taskmaster. Stature promptly [[WhosLaughingNow tried to kill him]], only for O'Grady to grow to giant size and smack her with a bus. They both were taken down by Taskmaster without Stature hitting O'Grady once. Later at the camp, a clone gone wrong combined with an alien weapon ran around maiming and beating trainees, including her. When she was eventually sent home, she had a screaming fight with her mother and stepfather and accidentally crippled her stepfather during a fight with a supervillain. Just prior to the ''Siege'' crossover, she discovered that her teammate Scarlet Witch was really Loki in disguise, but was unable to reveal this potentially life-saving information to her teammates because of a magical mental gag that was placed on her. And then after the Avengers reformed, she tried out to become the nanny of [[LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] and ComicBook/JessicaJones' baby, and was even denied that. The only good things were off-screen reconciliations with the other Young Avengers and some EpiphanyTherapy. Keep in mind that the last time we were updated on her age, ''she wasn't even fifteen''.
** Though after she returned to the Young Avengers full time, things did finally start picking up for her. The biggest win for her? During the ''Children's Crusade'', she was able to reunite with her dead father after he was resurrected by the real Scarlet Witch. And then she died.
* As depicted on www.{{superdickery}}.com, almost anyone that ol' [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Supes]] encounters becomes a Butt Monkey -- he forces Lois and Jimmy to marry apes, leaves civilians in mortal peril (or just refuses to untie them) while he goes to hunt the bad guys....
* Captain Haddock, Cuthbert Calculus and Thomson and Thompson are the Buttmonkeys from ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''.
* ''Transhuman'' by JonathanHickman has a group of literal butt-monkeys. That is they are supposedly the showcase for a new type of genetic modification designed to give you superpowers, yet upon being sent to recapture a group of escaped, enhanced intelligence monkeys, they are captured and anally raped these monkeys live on TV. People make jokes about this, even to their faces, for the rest of their lives. The genetic modifications eventually have horrible side effects as well.
* In the German comic ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'': Meister Röhrich. %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* ''{{Ziggy}}.''
* Filler Bunny from various JhonenVasquez comics was created purely to entertain the audience by being tortured. Appropriately enough, at one point he has a monkey climb up his butt.
** Don't forget Todd (Squee) from Jhonen's comic ''{{Squee}}''; throughout the series, he gets frequently harassed by space aliens who want to probe him, a gigantic dust mite, and his cyborg-Grandpa; his parents continuously ignore him, the worst offender being his dad, who constantly says stuff like, "I haven't smiled since the day you were born" (at one point he's even seen watching a video of Squee's birth being played in reverse); his classmates constantly pick on him and laugh at him for no apparent reason whatsoever; his only real friends are Shmee (his stuffed bear), Pepito (the son of Satan), and Johnny (Nny); heck, [[spoiler:at the end of the series, his parents place him in a mental institution!]]
* Marvel's Trapster, favored punchline of heroes (especially Spider-Man), despite being reasonably dangerous with his glue-based weaponry. He simply [[NeverLiveItDown can't live down]] his initial moniker of "Paste-Pot Pete" (or the costume he wore with it). Just [[BerserkButton calling him "Pete"]] usually puts the fight half in the bag.
** The Ringmaster flirts with this status as well; he was once beaten by ''Comicbook/HowardTheDuck''.
** Speedball is a bit of a [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] simply for his ridiculous power. He's often referenced, at least in the Ultimate line of comics, where he doesn't even EXIST.
** The Wrecking Crew are the universe's punching bag, despite being super strong with reasonably threatening powers, they exist solely to be beaten up by every hero they are up against.
* ComicStrip/{{Jommeke}}: Filiberke, who is often ridiculed by Flip and put down by Jommeke for his often bizarre role-playing, like pretending to be a kangaroo.
* ComicStrip/QuickAndFlupke: Agent 15 is always the foil of Quick and Flupke's jokes.
* ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske: Lambik, who is always beaten up, falling down or ridiculed by the others for being vain and arrogant.
* ComicStrip/{{Nero}}: Meneer Pheip, a HenpeckedHusband who is domineered by his wife, but also ridiculed by the others for being arrogant and unable to speak Dutch without intertwining it with GratuitousFrench.
* ComicBook/{{Urbanus}}: Dikke Herman, an obese child with glasses and buck teeth who is frequently and sometimes (but not always) undeservedly the victim of other people's violence.
* ComicStrip/DeKiekeboes: Balthazar, an incompetent villain who is more a nuisance than a help to his fellow criminals.
* ComicBook/LuckyLuke: Averell Dalton, a dumb and hungry outlaw who is always a source for Averell's irritation and anger.
* ComicStrip/{{Becassine}}: Bécassine, whose naivité and clumsiness makes her somewhat of TheWoobie too.
* ComicBook/{{Cubitus}}: Balthazar the neighbour cat. Cubitus always thinks up crafty ways to find an excuse to beat him up. Though, the cat often deserves it and Cubitus himself sometimes gets his comeuppance.
* ComicBook/TomPoes: Olivier B. Bommel, whose impulsiveness always gets him in trouble. Marquis de Canteclaer looks down upon him because Bommel is beneath his noble heritage and Officer Bulle Bas always suspects Bommel to be the suspect of every possible crime.
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has Glue-Gun, an obvious {{Expy}} of Paste-Pot Pete. If something embarrassing happens to a villain in Astro City, odds are good Glue-Gun will be the victim.