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->''"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when ''you'' fall in an open sewer and die."''
-->-- '''Creator/MelBrooks'''

{{Comedy}}, as has been noted before, ain't pretty.

Creator/JohnCleese once noted, when talking about ''Series/FawltyTowers'', that comedy is very much like {{tragedy}}, the only difference being that comedy lacks sympathy towards the character. This is often because the character in question does not particularly merit sympathy; for example, Basil Fawlty lives a life full of hardships, annoyances and general misery, but because he is antisocial and offensive towards his guests and staff, often with little provocation, and most of his misery is caused by [[LaserGuidedKarma his own actions]], you find yourself laughing at him rather than mourning his misfortune. If Basil Fawlty were a decent person rather than an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist, ''Series/FawltyTowers'' would be a depressing exercise in watching a man tortured undeservedly (see also KafkaKomedy).

We sometimes laugh when we see someone else get hurt. [[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/schadenfreude Schadenfreude]] is a staple of humor, there's no question about that. But {{Slapstick}} is only acceptable in limited doses these days, and people just don't throw around banana peels like they used to. And so, in order for humor to be committed, writers must turn to the psychological equivalent.

This means that in any given situation, the ButtMonkey of the moment must be surrounded by people who are capable of making him miserable, whether intentionally or not. This capacity for cruelty and its lack of consequences comprise what we call Comedic Sociopathy.

Sociopathy, loosely, is a condition in which a person is indifferent to or unaware of the rights and feelings of other people. In comedy, these symptoms show up in the darnedest places. Any time a character needs to be trodden on, put upon, tongue-lashed, stung, bashed, insulted, dejected, neglected, and all kinds of other mean nasty ugly things, ''somebody's'' got to be there to do it to them. And so, regardless of the personalities of all the characters involved, everyone eventually develops these symptoms.

What's amazing about the way this plays out is not that there will be characters who are mean, and snarky, and sarcastic, and uncaring, but the behavior of the characters who are ''not''. In order for the appropriate level of hilarious misery to occur, other characters -- even kind, loving characters -- must temporarily lose their ability to sense, understand, or care about the emotional discomfort, pain, and suffering that the current Butt Monkey is experiencing. They may regain it when the plot calls for it, but for that critical moment of "gag," the character is essentially a sociopath. In the worst cases, when there's a WriterOnBoard, Comedic Sociopathy can cause characterization to break down completely, allowing close friends to deliver cutting remarks like casually thrown knives.

Comedic Sociopathy can be seen in nearly all comedy. It is the root of shows like ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', and ''Series/FawltyTowers'', but it shows up just as readily on ''Series/SesameStreet''.

A subtrope of the OutOfCharacterMoment. See also HeroicComedicSociopath, a character who does this all the time and loves it. This trope is what the SadistShow and BlackComedy live off of. This may result in NoSympathy in situations where the character is clearly deserving of it. TooFunnyToBeEvil coupled with RuleOfFunny is the basic principle that allows this trope to work. Compare to LaughWithMe or CringeComedy. See also DisproportionateRetribution because in comedy this is usually okay.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The Panda from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6iHCFiSqIw "Never Say No To Panda"]] adverts who gets angry at people who say no to eating his cheese. Usually it's just trashing the surrounding area, but in the hospital advert he pulls the drip from the patient.
* Similarly, Jack Link's Beef Jerky's "Messin' with Sasquatch" series has a few guys play pranks on a sasquatch, then watching as the big guy goes...well...Bigfoot on their behinds. Among other body parts.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' has Belldandy herself, who is a goddess, AllLovingHero, FriendToAllLivingThings (and nonliving things!), and TheEmpath. Belldandy is not omniscient, but she is powerfully sensitive to emotions, and always knows just the right thing to say or do to give everyone else the epiphanies they need to triumph. She is beautiful and compassionate and perfect in every way...except to Keiichi, the man she loves. With Keiichi, she literally cannot distinguish love from the flu. She says exactly the wrong things to cause Keiichi to panic about others finding out her secret, and never notices his fear or flusteration. She embarrasses him, throws unintentional jealous fits that cause earthquakes and paranormal activity, and generally causes as much stress and mayhem for Keiichi as the villains, or at least the other good guys. Belldandy is a perpetrator, however unintentionally, of Comedic Sociopathy of the highest order, and poor Keiichi is her unwitting victim.
* Mostly involving Shinji at the beginning of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Later on they drop the comedic part.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. If you can't maintain a sense of humor, you miss the point. Every one of the characters is a grade-A JerkAss at one point or another, even the saintly seeming Kasumi. It's all for the funny, but analyzing the series seriously puts every single character squarely into DysfunctionJunction.
* ''Manga/LoveHina''. If you can't stand ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', don't watch this anime. The manga is a little less so.
* Taken to extremes with ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokurochan''. Dokuro honestly thinks she's ''helping'' Sakura in spite of her frequent (and often deadly) physical assaults, constant demands for his attention, and having been (directly and indirectly) responsible for Sakura's social isolation.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has an ever growing array of characters representing various countries and territories from around the world. The number of Tsundere and Kuudere characters that result means the show runs on this trope.
** Most notable with Russia and the other Eastern European countries as they take DysfunctionJunction to levels UpToEleven.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': [[BlackComedyRape Sexual harassment?]] Check. Regularly abuses her best friends? Check. Blackmails people with photos of scandalous events ''she'' orchestrated? Check. Abducts people just because she thinks they're interesting? Check. Treats people as objects and is generally incapable of comprehending the fact that other people possess feelings that differ from her own? Check.
** While the series itself treats these actions as comedic, characters ''within'' the series (especially Kyon) see it as... well, incredibly selfish and annoying.
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' lives off of this. We have the perverted LoserProtagonist and his MagicalGirlfriend who electrocutes him regularly. The rest of the cast is more or less similar.
** [[Creator/RumikoTakahashi Noticing a pattern here?]]
* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' attempted to use the same formula as ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' and ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' but with a far more sympathetic protagonist, making the cruelty much more apparent and sometimes sparking an entirely different set of reactions.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''. Although, [[WildMassGuessing it could be argued]] that this whole angle was a BatmanGambit on Haruko's part to force Naota into the proper state of emotional turbulence needed to [[spoiler:free Atomsk]]... wait, that doesn't make it better at all, does it?
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' - ''especially'' ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. And lord, the ''Full Metal Panic: Overload'' manga turns this up [[UpToEleven thirty notches]].
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. Tsuna is the world's ButtMonkey.
* [[KarmaHoudini Mayuri]] [[MadScientist Kurotsuchi]] from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' in his Hueco Mundo appearance. An awkward case, as the fanbase remains divided as to whether it could be considered ''comedy'' or not. One side of the fence found it all very amusing, while the other found it repulsive. The latter because the ButtMonkey in that situation was a former enemy and the grandson of one of Kurotsuchi's many ForScience [[MoralEventHorizon victims]]. The former because not everyone who reads/watches ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' considers the whole thing SeriousBusiness, and finds Mayuri and his [[RefugeInAudacity unapologetic]] [[JerkAss sociopathy]] hilarious. Basically it comes down to MoodWhiplash; the last time we saw Mayuri, he was [[KnightOfCerebus anything but comedic]], so it was a bit weird seeing this [[{{Sadist}} sadistic]], [[DomesticAbuser abusive]], [[SerialKiller mass-murdering]] [[TheSociopath psychopath]] suddenly be PlayedForLaughs.
* In ''Anime/TonaGura'', Yuuji's intrusive, often juvenile pursuit of Kazuki, and his sister Marie's literally armed response to any and all signs of such lewdness. Possibly also Hatsune tying Marie up to stop her punishment of Yuuji, and her ignoring Kazuki's stated desire to stop her extreme efforts at matchmaking.
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Cross Marian's abusive treatment of his student Allen Walker is [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood played for laughs]].
* Combine this with HeroicComedicSociopath and you get Kogurashi from ''Manga/KamenNoMaidGuy''.
* Somehow, ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' manages to pull of the feat of playing Comedic Sociopathy for laughs... And, yes, this statement takes into consideration the fact that Comedic Sociopathy is already playing on sociopathy for laughs.
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', although Rosette is firmly portrayed as a very caring individual, she has several moments where she flies off the handle and doesn't think about how much destruction she's causing (or how much abuse she's putting poor Chrono through). This is {{justified|Trope}}, however--Rosette's HotBlooded enough that she's probably ''genuinely'' not realizing what she's doing in the heat of the moment, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Chrono can regenerate]] (and any major use of his powers hurts ''her'' more than him anyway), and whenever someone's shown as being actually hurt by her rambunctiousness, she's always portrayed as horrified and repentant.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Pique and Lilie's]] treatment of Ahiru in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' is sometimes cruel enough that it swerves into this trope. In fact, by the time the second season rolls around Lilie's love of drama has her {{flanderiz|ation}}ed into someone so obsessed with causing suffering so she can "comfort" the people who experience it that it's a RunningGag in the fandom that Lilie is actually a sadist.
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' runs on this trope well, especially the way Bo-bobo treats all of his friends but Beauty.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' runs heavily on this and ToiletHumour.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'''s SociopathicHero Hiruma gleefully inflicts this on everyone else.
* Happens from time to time in ''Manga/PandoraHearts''. The main protagonist Oz can be kind of a jerk sometimes, but it's always played for laughs. Especially when it's aimed at Gilbert. ''Everyone'' (including the author) seems to delight in tormenting Gilbert.
* Knuckles' treatment in ''Anime/SonicX'' bordered into this trope on occasion as he gradually evolved into the ButtMonkey of the group. It wasn't that unusual to have rivals Sonic and Rouge or even bratty {{jerkass}}es like Amy winding him up, it was more so when [[PuritySue Cream and Cosmo]] joined in on it though. He got involved in the final season arc to stop the Meterax after the latter ''physically threatened him''.
* While almost everyone in ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' is a sociopath to some extent, due to varying levels of {{Jerkass}} and indifference, Hyatt is the only one who is actually oblivious to problems she causes to Watanabe.
** Even stronger in the manga where Hyatt flat-out doesn't care about the problems she causes him.
* Yukinari of ''Manga/GirlsBravo'' spends just about every episode of the first season being horribly abused by his 'best friend' for being an AccidentalPervert. On one occasion she kicked him so hard that his head hit the edge of his bathtub and he bled profusely. ''For having the audacity to walk into his own bathroom'' when his friend was borrowing his shower. And yet, it's all PlayedForLaughs. This show also includes instances of other horrible acts of violence and rampant attempted BlackComedyRape. Even in the second season her actions are questionable, like when she emotionally manipulated Yukinari into cross-dressing for an event and allowed him to get molested by [[CasanovaWannabe Fukuyama]] since it meant Fukuyama would pay her. Of course, that was played for comedy as well.
* Winry from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' throws a wrench at Ed every time he breaks his automail (that's often) and it's always supposed to be comedy. Despite the fact that it could actually be lethal.
* Some of the comedy in the series comes from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' taking Sakura's brutal super-powered punches, with zany music playing in the background. Also, on one occasion when Jiraiya was caught peeping on Tsunade bathing in his younger years, she proceeded to break both of his arms, six of his ribs, and ruptured a number of his organs as punishment. He himself states he came very close to ''dying''. This was also treated as comedy when Yamato warned Naruto if he peeked on Sakura while they were at the onsen she would probably do the same to him as punishment and Naruto gets BlankWhiteEyes and stays in the same spot in a HeroicBSOD state for the rest of the day.
* The relationship between Louise and Saito in ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' is distinctly ''unhealthy'' as Louise is, quite frankly, violently abusive towards Saito. She calls him her dog, but if she treated even an ''actual'' dog like that she'd be prosecuted for animal cruelty. At one point in the novels, she beats him with a whip ''after'' viciously beating him the night before. Not a riding crop, an actual ''whip.''
* Back to Creator/RumikoTakahashi, much of the comedy in ''Manga/InuYasha'' relies on sociopathy, with Miroku's lechery (including Sango's violent reactions), Shippo's pranks, Kagome's abuse of the "sit" command, and everyone's treatment of Myoga.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'': Shizuo is always throwing heavy things ([[MemeticMutation vending machines]], trash cans...) at anyone that made him angry; especially [[BerserkButton Izaya]]. However, Izaya doesn't seem to have any damage from it, and gives back as much in the form of fast moving cars, knife assaults, and hits on Shizuo's life. (It's a strange relationship.)
* Approximately 90% of humor associated with Hamel in ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' is built on this trope. [[MoodWhiplash Whenever the mood switches from serious to comedic]], he acts like an absolute asshole towards his companions, ''particularly'' the girl he secretly loves, as well as unfortunate bystanders. And like everything else in this manga, his Comedic Sociopathy is quite over the top. In other words, which half of his JerkWithAHeartOfGold personality is currently dominant depends on whether the scene is supposed to be humorous or not.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Lina Inverse falls somewhere between this and a [[NotInThisForYourRevolution more mercenary attitude]]. While she has a moral code that she abides by, her selfishness frequently causes her to be completely apathetic to issues of those around her (including charging a village to take care of a dragon...that she accidentally released). Her [[HairTriggerTemper multiple berserk buttons]] don't help either, though they are [[PlayedForLaughs done comedically]]
* ''LightNovel/BakaToTestToShoukanjuu''. It's one of the most extreme examples out there! The two men, Akihisa Yoshi and Yuuji Sakamoto are abused by their own admirers in just about every episode over the stupidest stuff! Yuuji's admirer Shouko is particularly nasty as she pokes out his eyeballs frequently so he can't look at other girls, tazes him, makes him go to school without his pants, and even drowns him just so she can give him CPR! What's more is that Yuuji's friends support the relationship and even sometimes encourages Shouko to beat on him! She's even popular among the fanbase!
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss.'' Let's start with Tomoe, Nanami's {{Kitsune}} familiar. His idea of a fair and proper fight involves ''torture'' with one good example being how combines BalefulPolymorph with FauxFlame; transforming his opponent into livestock with the intent to cook them alive and eat them. Then we have the main villian of the series, Akura-Ou, a PsychopathicManchild whose smiling happy-go-lucky and silly while committing war crimes. No, this is not a horror show; it's a RomanticComedy.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': [[AxCrazy Ladd]] [[PsychoForHire Russo]]. He dances like a maniac on the corpses of people he killed, {{Boom Headshot}}s a little kid, freaking ''skips'' when he hears someone getting killed, and shows his love for his fiance by regularly threatening to kill her (though to be fair, she's a DeathSeeker, and he really does care for her in his own way). His [[PerpetualSmiler huge, shit-eating grin]] doesn't hurt, either.
* ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'': Kuroki Tomoko is the embodiment of this more often than not. She's a creepy, anti-social loner with very few friends. The reader might feel sorry for her if she didn't ensure this would remain the case by constantly insulting people in her mind, and occasionally verbally as well. Her bad thoughts usually land her in trouble in one way or another, so most of her pain and suffering is actually her fault...and the reason she's not popular.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' lives off of this trope, especially with how the players and [[GameMaster Hackmasters]] relate to each other. {{Justified|Trope}}, as it's an outgrowth of the KillerGamemaster philosophy that dominated [[TabletopRPG roleplaying games]] the time period the comic parodies--Hackmasters were expected to show players no mercy and players were expected to twist the knife if they got even a smidgen of an advantage. This, however, only applies within the game... it's considered in very poor taste between the characters to invoke this trope in RealLife. {{Jerkass}}es like [[SmallNameBigEgo Stevil]] and [[TheRealMan Bob]] still pull it, but they're much more likely to get called on it.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is a very literal comedic sociopath. Some of his best moments are as hilarious as they are evil.
-->'''Robin:''' I have to admit, the barracuda down the pants was funny.
-->'''Batman:''' [[TheComicallySerious No, it wasn't.]]
* In ''ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'', Max's most common solution when he's given the reins may as well be "give the problem the coolest death possible."
* ''ComicBook/FunWithMilkAndCheese'' lives on this trope. The only reason the comic gets away with beating up senior citizens, stabbing bystanders, and incinerating furries is because it's too comedic to take seriously.
* Bad guy Schlich from one Creator/WilhelmBusch story is made of this. [[RunningGag Several times]], he comments "That's fatal - heh, heh, but not for me!"
* Calamity James of ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' is the world's unluckiest boy, and gets chewed up by life in every strip; sometimes the punishment comes from his pet lemming or even his mother. This trope makes it funny, though the poor boy wouldn't see it that way.
* Comicbook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac, in spades.
* {{Ultimate|Marvel}} Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}}, especially when he's [[TheUltimates written]] by MarkMillar.
* ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'' "I like shooting people."
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Iznogoud's cruelty and BadBoss tendencies towards Dilat are entirely played for laughs.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* Played with in FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi. Mukrezar's actions during his war with the Avatar left an entire continent devastated and populated by nothing but the undead. If the ''number'' of undead is any indication, casualties numbered in the millions easily. He tortures for pleasure and is inventive when doing so. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking He is also a terrible cook.]] Yet the only person who seems to actually find this funny is Mukrezar himself and his Butler. Everyone else hates and/or fears him. Despite all this, he is a genuinely funny and charismatic character and largely liked by those that follow the story.
* Meta-example: Characters that fit this trope are often the subject of bashing by authors who like to file off the "comedic" part of the trope and turn up the "sociopathy" aspect by treating their behavior seriously. Does a girl smack around a guy for [[AccidentalPervert catching her coming out of a bath]] or for being just kind of a [[IdiotHero goofball]]? Treat her as if she's dangerously unhinged or make the slapstick violence cause real injuries. In some fandoms, treatment of this trope as DudeNotFunny is more common than playing it straight.
* The LemonyNarrator of [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]] seems to relish in this trope, though it's all PlayedForLaughs. [[BlackComedy But some of the things she chooses to make fun of even had the author admit they felt terrible for writing it.]]
* None of the characters from the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' ever seem to mind it when the author is being strangled during the stingers. Probably because they [[WhoWritesThisCrap have to read what he puts them through]]
* Socrates of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' specializes in this.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' has a few minor examples, which would be quite throwaway if they didn't [[BrokenAesop undermine the movies' central Aesop]]. "It's what inside that counts" is all fine and good - except that Shrek and Fiona will behave like [[TheHedonist hedonistic]] {{sociopath|icHero}}s whenever it doesn't affect the plot. (They get better)
** In the first movie, the couple have a cutesy scene where they're falling in love. They display their affections by blowing up a toad and a snake into balloons. It's [[RuleofFunny funny as heck]], but they just let the creatures float away, with little chance of deflating. Let's not even mention that poor bird.
** The honeymoon montage of the second movie is just full of this! It's bad enough that Fiona essentially commits murder by throwing [[TakeThat Ariel]] [[ThreateningShark to the sharks]]. Who could forget Shrek and Fiona's enjoying a mud bath while surrounded by fairies ''trapped in jars''?
** Dragon eating Farquaad doesn't count, [[JustDesserts though]]. Everybody loved her for that.
* Calhoun from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' gets one such moment toward the end of the film, when [[spoiler:''Princess'' Vanellope declares that everyone who was ever mean to her will be executed. It turns out Vanellope was joking, but Calhoun didn't know that at the time.]]
--> '''Felix:''' Oh, my land!
--> '''Calhoun:''' Oh-hoo... this place just got interesting.
* Although not entirely sociopathic, one of the reasons why ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' flopped was because of this trope. In the first few minutes, the main character believes the sky is falling, his father becomes ashamed of him, and the whole town mocks him for it, ''for a whole year''. And afterwards, when C.L. wants to be a baseball star like his dad, everyone except for Abby, Runt, and Fish discourage him. Until he gives his all and wins it for his home team, but then, aliens invade, and...
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', in some scenes. To the extent reaching disturbing levels.
* ''Film/KindHeartsAndCoronets'' involves several hilarious murders, and even the natural deaths are as funny.
* ''Film/MeetTheParents''. It's so horrible, that you start to feel sorry for Greg thirty minutes in.
* ''Film/AlongCamePolly'' makes light of a blind ferret who keeps hurting himself by running into walls.
* Creator/TheCoenBrothers' ''Film/ASeriousMan'' is a very good example of this. The premise is very Job-like, but many people have reported that the worse things get for him, the more you laugh out of the sheer ridiculousness of it all.
** ''Film/BurnAfterReading'' plays it more for laughs; the characters all suffer horribly (often due to their own idiocy) and it's ''hilarious''.
* The Filipino comedy/romance film ''"Ang Tanging Pamilya"'' has a lot of gags revolving around Comedic Sociopathy, with the victim being the [[TheWoobie American character]] (played by Sam Milby). Some of the said gags include:
** Being forced to ride his girlfriend's father's jeepney from weird angles (hang by the handlebars on the back door, then climb on ''top of the friggin' roof'', then hang ''below the jeepney a la Franchise/IndianaJones'').
** Being forced to clean said jeepney ''while a huge downpour of rain is happening''. The accompanied comment from [[ThoseTwoGuys those two characters]] ("That's just some mild rain.") just made it worse.
** Having to bring a pregnant woman to the hospital and ''assist'' her during delivery - while he himself has an appointment to make with his girlfriend.
** Stopping a fistfight on his way to the said appointment - ''and getting arrested along with the two quarreling dudes''. To add insult to the injury, he was set free ''several hours later'' just because he did not immediately say he was not part of the trouble (he was saying that fact ''all along, even during the arrest'').
** Finally, having an InnocentBystander faint ''right in front of him'' as he was to meet up with his girlfriend, prompting him to send the dude to the hospital (man, he's such a [[MessianicArchetype messiah]]).
* ''Film/HomeAlone'' is a TropeCodifier for recent times. Kids and teenagers might find it funny at the time, but after growing up and for the adults who were too old to catch it when they were kids, the FridgeHorror of all that bodily harm sets in.
** [[http://theweek.com/article/index/238037/diagnosing-the-home-alone-burglars-injuries-a-professional-weighs-in This article]], written by an ER doctor, details the horrific injuries the burglars would sustain from Kevin's traps if they weren't in slapstick comedy characters.
*** Hey, they chose to break into someone else's house, and chose not to withdraw when they found the house was occupied by someone prepared to defend it. Anything that happened to them thereafter they brought on themselves.
* ''Film/SkyHigh'': Boomer and Medulla partake in this on occasion.
* ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''. Lampshaded then deconstructed. While Worf was getting dropped into the ocean (in the holodeck...) as "reward" for promotion to Lieutenant Commander...
-->'''[[NoSenseOfHumor Data]]''': I am uncertain as to why someone falling into freezing water is amusing.
-->'''Beverly''': It's all done in good fun, Data. Get in the spirit of things.
-->'''Data''': Ah. ''(Cue Data pushing Beverly overboard, then wondering why no one is laughing)''
* ''Film/TheHangover Part II'' puts Alan in this territory by having him give Teddy some roofalin. [[spoiler:Teddy proceeds to sever his own finger while under the influence.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Ignatius Reilly from ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'' has a Master's degree in history and believes life peaked with medieval feudalism and has degenerated ever since. He announces this loudly while bouncing between menial jobs and managing his ''valve''.
* Bubba Rogowski in Dennis Lehane's Kenzie/Gennaro novels. He's weirdly cute when Angie makes him blush or when he asks Patrick to record all his TV shows (including ''Entertainment Tonight'') while he's [[spoiler: in prison for a year]]. Not so much when he's torturing someone for information or selling weapons to [[spoiler: child molesters]].
* Alec, in ''Literature/{{Swordspoint}}'', embodies this: he's the DeadpanSnarker and he knows it, but he's always at his most amusing when people are high or dying or suffering from severe heartache.
* Creator/CarlHiaasen's novels usually include at least one unlikely, terrible, imaginative and [[UndignifiedDeath painfully undignified]] death. A man dies during liposuction when the under-qualified surgeon (and bad guy) has a breakdown; another drowns after falling into a dolphin pool while the sexually-deviant dolphin has its way with him. What makes them hilarious is the bizarre circumstances and that it's the comeuppance of one of the book's villains.
* No one is nice to [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]]. The unwritten rule is that if things go wrong, all the other characters (sans [[TheJeeves Jeeves]]) will instantly turn on him, whether or not they're aware of the fact that he [[AFriendInNeed just spent the entire story trying to help them]]. Even Jeeves is a HeroicComedicSociopath who regularly puts Bertie through terrible situations in order to [[StatusQuoIsGod preserve the divine status quo]].
* ''Literature/KillTimeOrDieTrying'' thrives on this trope, particularly Nathan, who viciously insults strangers and friends alike.
* ''Literature/{{Filth}}'' by Irvine Welsh runs on this trope.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The description points out that this is just as likely to show up on ''Series/SesameStreet'' - for instance, the blue guy Grover always ends up waiting on ("[[OhNoNotAgain Oh, not you again]]!"). Poor guy usually just wants his lunch - but if you sympathize with him, the humor is lost. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C8nl8eBoq0 Here, watch the poor guy try to explain that he has a fly in his soup]].
** That's pretty much the dynamic between Bert and Ernie as well, with Ernie completely oblivious to how irritating he can be toward Bert.
*** Kermit the Frog is often a victim of this no matter what {{Muppet}} program he's on. Poor frog can't even get [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKNJLeVncug a t-shirt ]] on Sesame Street.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', a show around the farcical exploits of a wealthy family grappling with the loss of their fortune after the patriarch is arrested for many dubious dealings, leaving the OnlySaneMan Michael Bluth at the helm of a sinking ship... of fools.
* Showcased brilliantly in just about every episode of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''...until the end of the fourth season, when the Comedic Sociopathy of General Melchett and Field Marshall Haig [[DramaBombFinale ceases to be comedic]] and leads to an amazingly poignant finale.
** If you only replace ''Blackadder'' with ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', and those characters with [[RobotBuddy 790]], the same applies.
* Series/{{Merlin}} is one of the most lovable characters ever, but it's still funny as hell when Arthur throws stuff at him -- until Merlin escapes Arthur's presence, and we see him with a character sympathetic to his plight. Suddenly, it isn't funny anymore. Until the next time, and then it's hilarious. The BelligerentSexualTension doesn't hurt with the funniness, though.
* Absolutely everyone in the world of ''Series/TheWorstWeekOfMyLife'' displays this attitude towards Howard.
* The female cast of ''Series/LasVegas'' frequently acts like this, often having Danny act as the OnlySaneMan. Of course, at least with Sam and Nessa, it was their ''job'' to do this. Still...
* ''KennyVsSpenny''. Specifically Kenny, but the crew engages in it from time to time.
* ''Series/{{Soap}}'''s rich cast of characters routinely, and hilariously, took turns humiliating themselves and each other. The mentally ill elderly war veteran, the guy trying to get out of the Mafia, the suicidal gay character, the ventriloquist convinced his dummy is real, the put-upon African-American butler, the promiscuous Tate daughters, the philandering husbands, the sexually dysfunctional Catholic priest, were all mined for loads and loads of comedy gold. In addition, the first season's storyline was based around the murder of a character's son, which of course, was committed in the most [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill hilariously over-the-top]] fashion possible.
* Sock from ''Series/{{Reaper}}'' pretty much exemplifies this.
* Nearly all the characters in ''Series/That70sShow'', especially in the later seasons, become prone to this in regards to Eric, from his best friends to his girlfriend to even (and sometimes especially) his parents.
** In fact, in one episode, Kelso takes personal offense to the way Hyde treats him after he falls off the water tower, and the fact that it all stemmed from Hyde criticizing the way he drew a pot leaf. Hyde then counters with a childhood story of when Kelso laughed as Kelso's dog bit Hyde, causing him to bleed and cry. Lesson learned by Kelso: [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "It's funny when friends get hurt."]]
*** "Close enough." - Hyde*
* ''Series/FawltyTowers'': Basil Fawlty himself is occasionally guilty of this. One example that comes to mind is when he tricks a deaf guest into turning her hearing aid all the way up -- and then shouts as loud as he can directly into it.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' and TheMovie, ''Film/InTheLoop'', practically have this trope as their guiding force.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' mostly used Frank Burns's misfortunes to this end, although he was never a terribly sympathetic character. Henry Blake also suffered a fair amount of comedic misfortune, though he was much more sympathetic than Frank.
* Howard Moon in ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' gradually became more a victim of cruel humour as the series progressed.
* Neil in ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', gratuitously so, although often subverted absurdly to give him the upper hand (i.e. Vyvyan throwing a petrol into his and Rik's bedrooms, only to have the rather positive side effect of clearing up his sinuses).
** Rik as well, often much more viciously and without any sympathy.
* ''Series/{{Titus}}'' is built on this trope, yet subverts it, in that even the father is somewhat sympathetic.
* ''Everyone'' on ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''.
* Pretty much everyone on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
* Pretty much everyone on ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm''.
* [[{{Jerkass}} Derek]] in ''LifeWithDerek''.
* [[VillainSue Megan]], to ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'''s titular characters.
** And Sam Puckett in its spiritual successor, ''Series/ICarly''.
** And while not to the same extent, Jade West on ''Series/{{Victorious}}''.
* Charlie Harper on ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' had big elements of this.
* The entire purpose of ''{{Series/Wipeout|2008}}'' is hearing the hilarious commentary while seeing contestants fail and wipeout on obstacles.
* Most [[WidgetSeries Japanese game shows]] have this in spades.
* The hosts of ''Series/MythBusters'', especially Adam, invoke this trope on a regular basis at their own expense.
* Dr. Series/{{House}} has moments of this. He managed to [[spoiler:redecorate a Jewish doctor's face on a poster into a Hitler ''in front of said Jewish doctor'', then knock out his girlfriend's nagging mother and his best friend with sedatives on the girlfriend's birthday dinner]] in a single episode. Definitely a [[SociopathicHero Heroic]]/Comedic sociopath.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}''. Practically every character is a {{Jerkass}}. Sue is the most notable, given her increasingly cartoonish acts of villainy.
* While almost everyone in ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' does quite a number on poor old Jerry, Leslie Knope is by far the most jarring since she is (usually) so upbeat, positive and kind to everyone.
* Fairly common on ''Series/{{Community}}''.
** Pierce deciding to ruin a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game the others were holding to ''{{avert a suicide}}'' just because he felt excluded.
** [=LeVar Burton's=] guest appearance, in which his reaction to his host ''breaking down'' over dinner and running away was "More fish for Kunta."
** Also, how everyone in the entire world treats [[http://community-sitcom.wikia.com/wiki/Ben_Chang Chang.]]
** And [[http://community-sitcom.wikia.com/wiki/Todd_Jacobson Todd.]]
* One episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has Barney ransacking their house, finding and stealing [[spoiler: but ultimately not actually watching]] a sex tape made by Marshall and Lily. In TV Land, the premise for wacky shenanigans; in RealLife, an egregious (not to mention felonious) violation of privacy.
** Some of Barney's past exploits should definitely count. He's pretty sure he once sold a woman.
* When Nadia's response to how she deals with stress is "lash out and take it out on [her] loved ones" on ''Series/BitchinKitchen'', you know she isn't the sweetest apple in the cart.
* This became a greater presence in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' in Season six as absolutely everyone treated J.D. horribly for almost no reason and complained when he lamented his crappy situation. Whats worse is that we are apparently supposed to agree with the Sociopaths that J.D. should stop whining and grow up (Regardless of the fact that he is an incredibly nice guy being put through absolute hell).
** The character most at fault would be the Janitor, who was comically merciless towards J.D. right from the beginning- and even mocks him about it.
* A prominent part of almost any ''Series/ColgateComedyHour'' episode featuring Creator/JerryLewis or [[Creator/AbbottAndCostello Lou Costello]].
* While generally a ManChild or Cloudcuckoolander Series/MrBean is often cruel and vicious, mocking patients at the hospital including a wheelchair bound person in a neck-brace, constantly running a Reliant Regal off the road, and generally being a selfish nuisance with zero concern for others. This balance between lack of understanding and actual malice varies from episode to episode, however.
* Really applies to pretty much every wizard and everything magic on ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''. Max shattering Stevie apparently didn't register with anyone as an accidental homicide; no one seems to see anything wrong with Justin creating a frankenstein-esque monster and setting her loose in school; and Stevie's sending Jeremy from Science down some magical hole to "no idea where" is purely played for laughs even though Harper implied he died. Compared to these offences, even though she's the perennial trouble maker Alex's petty pranks aren't actually all that bad (especially since she invariably ends up punished or apologising).
* The audience from ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''. Some of the series' funniest moments include Drew choking on a mint, Ryan accidentally breaking a light bulb with his head, and Chip injuring Ryan when jumping on his back.
* ''Series/DirkGently'': Dirk treats his partner like a dogsbody, refuses to pay his receptionist because that way she'll stop showing up to "work" in order to get her pay, lies to the police with a remarkable degree of enthusiasm, swindles his clients, pickpockets corpses, and gives the wrong address to a pizza business so that it will be late and he won't have to pay. That's all in one episode.
* ''Series/TheFerals'': This trope was the engine that made the entire show run. Most of the main characters are capable of an astonishing degree of selfishness and cruelty - theft, violence, running scams, and vandalism aren't incidental moments of bad behaviour, they're the Feral way of life. The plot to an entire episode is based on Rattus stealing everyone's money to bet on himself at a cheese-eating contest, before developing toothache just before the match - leading to increasingly violent and slapsticky attempts to get him to visit a dentist, up to and including knocking him unconscious with a baseball bat and tying him up.
--->'''Modi''': (brandishing said bat) Do you want me to wake him up? Do you? ''Do you?''
* On TheElectricCompany, the Corsican Twins were this - to each other. HilarityEnsues.
* ''Series/DontTrustTheBInApartment23'': Chloe, the titular Bitch in Apartment 23, is the epitome of comedic sociopathy. The only thing she cares about is herself and she has absolutely no qualms to abuse everyone around her to further her agenda. Examples include getting her love interest deported because she felt he didn't appreciate her enough, drugging her roommate to a two-day blackout because she missed having her around and setting said roommate up with her own father to get back at her paraplegic mother. Occasionally she does something genuinely nice, like getting June money to visit her parents on Christmas, but this always includes manipulation and scamming.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "Why Does This Always Happen To Me?" by Music/WeirdAlYankovic has the singer/narrator sing the titular chorus in an aggrieved fashion because horrific tragedies cause him to be slightly inconvenienced. [[http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/why-does-this-always-happen-to-me-lyrics-weird-al-yankovic/665687cae0a2f73048256d2e000ab017 Lyrics here.]]
** This is true of nearly all Weird Al's original songs; the narrator is almost always some kind of sociopath or weirdo. See also "Those Were The Good Old Days," which reads like something out of Ed Gein's childhood; and "Alburqueque," the surreal journey of a strange violent man to the titular New Mexico city.
*** "I Remember Larry" - both Larry (whose pranks often cross the line into criminal territory) and the narrator (who gets back at Larry by [[spoiler: breaking into his house late at night and murdering him]]). The narrator believes Larry would consider this a "pretty good gag."
* In the Music/VelvetUnderground's "Sister Ray", when Cecil shoots the sailor, the narrator's only reaction is "Oh, you shouldn't do that/Don't you know you'll stain the carpet/Now don't you know you'll mess the carpet."
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'': Pretty much anyone who has ever interacted with Charlie Brown. Seriously, there was ''a whole town'' full of people [[IGotARock who gave Charlie Brown rocks when he went trick-or-treating.]]
-->'''Charles Schulz''': The nature of comedy is tragedy. It's funny... it's funny because it's happening to somebody else.
* Much of the parents' Daryl and Wanda's misfortunes could be explained by this trope in ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues''.
* Dogbert from ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''.
* Hobbes from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' enjoys beating the stuffing out of Calvin without being provoked. After one such beating, he criticized Calvin for 'moving upwind'. Calvin moved because he could hear Hobbes coming.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''.
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[[folder: New Media]]
* ''ILoveBees'': Durga, a vengeful {{AI|IsACrapshoot}}, often humorously decides to punish people (for offenses like doing their jobs and annoying people she likes) by hacking into their accounts and changing details to make it look like they committed various crimes. She also makes a guy lose his job for interrupting her conversation, which he has no way of knowing was happening.
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[[folder: Roleplay ]]
* In a meta example, many of the members on ''Roleplay/ThisIsWar'' act like this
** A fair few characters live up to this, however, with events like Logan burning Tex's clothes and making her walk home through crowded London streets in her underwear
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The entire premise of Aristophanes' ''{{Theatre/Lysistrata}}''.
* ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' features a ''song'' titled "Schadenfreude"
-->''Do you ever clap when a waitress falls and drops a tray of glasses?''
-->''And ain't it fun to watch figure skaters fall down on their asses?''
-->''And don'tcha feel all warm and cozy, watching people out in the rain!''
-->''That's... '' Schaaaaaadenfreude! ''People taking pleasure in your pain!''
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* {{Grief|er}}ing in general. Recording the gameplay and watching their reactions on YouTube leads to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUPzN7tp7bQ hilarious results.]]
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' features HK-47, an assassination droid that was designed with a love of violence and hatred of anything living.
** This is largely because even though he wants to kill almost everybody he sees, and says so, he cannot act on these desires without your orders.
-->'''HK-47 [after a harmless Jawa asks for the player's help]:''' Translation: 98% probability that members of the miniature organicís tribe are being held by Sand People, master. Doubtless he wishes assistance. [There is also a] 2% probability that the miniature organic is simply looking for trouble and needs to be blasted. That may be wishful thinking on my part, master.
* Later in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' the sociopathy belongs to dark side sith. For the inquisitor, [[LightningCanDoAnything there is literally nothing Lightning cannot do]], including shock foes, kill of quest givers, and keep mouthy companions in line.
** Brief example: During a quest to interrogate a prisoner on the tutorial planet, you can shock him to force him to sing. Yes. It goes that far.
* HK-47 has a spiritual successor in Shale, from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' - after [[AndIMustScream thirty years frozen in the middle of a village square]], she's arrived at the [[MaddenIntoMisanthropy logical conclusion of the phrase "familiarity breeds contempt."]] And her first act after being recruited into your party? Stomping on a chicken.
* With ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', we have the Komato, to whom "right to bear arms" is a religious tenet [[note]]as long as you pay for them[[/note]] and "public safety"... is not.
** They play Marco Polo in ''minefields''. {{Rocket Jump}}ing is not only a ''sport'', but they add Rocket '''Juggling'''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' game features advice during the tutorial such as "Go ahead, break all of [[TheChewToy Carl's]] windows. They're not yours anyway."
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': Renegade Shepard is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PjTuSQNLI4 unfeeling jerkass]] which leads to some damn hilarious moments.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuRance'': Rance. The only thing saving him from being a VillainProtagonist PlayedForLaughs is that the BigBad is even ''worse'' (like [[spoiler:raping his daughter and mutilating her at the same time, or having prepubescent Kouhime gangraped instead of just killing her]]) and, unlike Rance, has no redeeming qualities.
* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy'' has this in spades, especially when the game focuses on Ulrika's workshop. Special mention goes to [[DarkChick Chloe]], who loves to spam her [[strike:curses]] incantations on people around her and is having fun watching how said incantations work (usually [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]]).
* Between the amount of room for... [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential creativity]]... heavy reliance on the ChunkySalsaRule, and copious ASCII {{gorn}}, this is basically half the fun of ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress''.
** Heh. ''[[EarnYourFun Fun]]''.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. You can say two very true things about the main cast: 1. They are all funny as hell. 2. They are all highly-paid mercenaries of questionable mental stability, hired to repeatedly kill their alter-egos on the other team (or lately, fight armies of killer robots).
** The Scout is a {{Trash Talk}}ing [[MustHaveCaffeine soda-chugging]] blur with a [[BatterUp baseball bat]], the Soldier is AxCrazy, the Demoman is a [[TheAlcoholic drunk]] MadBomber, the Spy seems to have ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, the Pyro is a {{pyromaniac}}, the Heavy Weapons Guy is a BoisterousBruiser, the Medic is a MadScientist, and the Sniper is an antisocial [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] from the Australian Outback... The Engineer seems to be the calmest and most friendly of them all, until you notice his creepy smile (and the fact that you never see his eyes behind the goggles, at least not in the game).
*** The Scout trained himself to run faster just because so that he could get a head start on beating on people.
*** The Soldier (who never actually was in the army because no branch of the US military wanted the madman) is a jingoistic, nationalistic, homophobic, xenophobic, paranoid schizophreniac who in his youth went on a Nazi killing spree in Poland, starting in 1945 and ending in 1949... oh, and he collect severed heads of enemies and talks to them.
*** The Pyro can't really talk comprehensibly, but the fact that [[AmbiguousGender s/he]] still goes out to set people on fire when s/he's taken in enough smoke and asbestos that s/he can't talk ''through a breathing mask'' says enough. And as s/he is spreading fire and chaos, s/he sees it as spreading rainbows and happiness.
*** The [[BigBeautifulMan Heavy Weapons Guy]] has built a bed for his minigun [[ICallItVera Sasha]] and gets paranoid and aggressive about people touching his weapon. He holds mock conversations with his [[GratuitousRussian sandvich]] (pretending that it urges him to kill people), and repeatedly calls the enemy team "babies". He is actually quite laid-back and friendly off the battlefield, but if he is [[UnstoppableRage angered]] he will rip people limb from limb with his bare hands.
*** The Demoman is a [[ScaryBlackMan black]] [[ViolentGlaswegian Scottish]] [[EyepatchOfPower cyclops]] who handles high explosives while perpetually drunk.
*** The Engineer's motto is "use a gun, and if that don't work, use [[MoreDakka more gun!]]"
*** The RED team's Medic, while operating on the Heavy, jokes about a [[NoodleIncident previous operation]] where he completely removed the patient's skeleton. Said operation cost him his medical license. He also keeps a flock of doves flying around in the surgery room, one of which (Archimedes) seems to enjoy roosting [[{{Squick}} in human guts]]. He also kept the severed (but still alive) head of the enemy Spy in his fridge.
--->Spy: "Kill me."
--->Medic: "''Later''." (closes fridge door)
--->Medic: "Can you feel [[GratuitousGerman ze Schadenfreude?]]"
--->Medic: "Whoops. Zhat was not medicine. ''Zhat'' was doctor-assisted homicide."
*** The Sniper's Motto, "Be polite, be efficient, have a plan to kill everyone you meet." (which is a take on a motto out of [[SemperFi The US Marines]]m change "efficient" to "professional"). Also, he stores his piss in jars and throws it at people.
---> Sniper: "Boom, Headshot."
*** The Spy tends towards the repeat backstabbing part of things a bit too much and ''really'' enjoys screwing around with his victims more than he should.
** Even the Engineer exhibits massive WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer tendencies. The Sniper, interestingly, vociferously denies being a "crazed gunman" and insists on being called an assassin, arguing that the difference is "one's a job and the other's mental sickness!"
** To be fair, nearly everyone in the Team Fortress 2 universe seems to be a sociopath.
*** [[TheVoice The Administrator]] runs both teams, [[LargeHamAnnouncer runs commentary on the violence]] and she clearly enjoys sending the teams to blow each other to bits with the goal of a perpetual stalemate, while the Respawn machine makes sure they cannot die permanently.
---> '''Administrator''': Oh, I ''love'' this.
*** Her secretary, Miss Pauling, seems like a charming, mousy young woman in sensible shoes and glasses... until you see her executing a man in cold blood by luring him into an abadoned mine on the order of the Administrator, shooting him and then burying his corpse under quicklime.
*** Saxton Hale, CEO of Mann Corporation (who only appears in the [=TF2=] comics), is a [[TheAce big burly bare-chested boisterous]] Australian who runs around beating people up, fire-bombs hippies, kills endangered wildlife with his bare hands, pushes around his employees, jumps out of flying airplanes (while beating up "evil-doers"), and in general is as self-centered as you can be. Also, he promotes his manly deeds by appearing as the titular character in self-published Saxton Hale comics he sells.
*** Redmond and Blutarch Mann, the insane and scheming twin brothers who ran the corporations that owned RED and BLU team, respectively, never cared for anyone but themselves. After inheriting their father's land together, they tried for 120 years to outlive each other (with the help of MadScience), employing mercenaries to do the dirty work for them, making them true psychopaths who considered other people as mere tools. Even graverobbing wasn't below them. [[spoiler: They finally met their end when they met their third twin-brother, Gray Mann, and his knife.]]
* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' is this trope taken to eleven, especially with Max. And he gets to be the president of the US for two seasons!
-->'''Max''': Gratuitous acts of senseless violence are ''my'' forte.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' derive much of their BlackComedy from this trope.
** The first game makes an extended joke out of Aperture Science's and [=GLaDOS=]' apparent total disregard for the sanity and well-being of their test subjects. It helps that you don't actually see all the other people that died horribly to bring things to their present state.
** The sequel shows that Aperture Science was practically ''built'' on this, with CEO Cave Johnson being a lunatic with an obsession with pointless and dangerous experiments to the point that he nearly ran his company into the ground.
--->'''Cave Johnson:''' "Don't have any tumors? Well, unless you were wearing lead underpants when you sat on the chairs in our lobby, we took care of that too."
** Wheatley makes a point of observing that the [[AdorableEvilMinions turrets]] that you've been disposing of so cavalierly throughout both games are programmed to be able to feel pain. (Worse, there's no reason to create a gun turret that feels pain.)
*** This is doubly disturbing [[FridgeHorror when you consider]] several of the lines the turrets utter upon "death" such as "Whyyyyyyyy?!" and "I don't hate you." To say nothing when you start making them get rejected in ''Portal 2'' ("Whee...OH NO!", "I did everything you ASKED...!").
** In co-op, the player characters are robots so that when they die due to ineptitude or griefing, the deaths are [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman funny rather than scary]]. It also helps that DeathIsCheap, due to the fact that, as a robot, they just make you a new body, reload your memories, and drop you back into the action. And when you finish a level, they just take you apart again [[spoiler:or just blow you up where you stand, at the end of a testing series]].
** [=GLaDOS=] even references this trope: She says that Chell's messed up situation of being held captive and asleep for an unknown amount of time is humorous because,
--> '''[=GLaDOS=]''': Comedy is [[TooSoon tragedy plus time]]. So when you think about it, its actually pretty funny when you do the math.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' has an Orc Dark Brotherhood member that recounts his murder of a five-year old if you talk to him before your first contract. While this sounds horrible, it's actually quite hilarious in the way that he recounts it.
-->'''Gogron gro-Bolmog''': The great thing about killing a target up close and personal is you can talk to 'em before you do it! You know, say something scary! For example, this one time I had a contract to kill a little Nord girl at her birthday party. She asked me if I was the jester! So I said to her, "No, I am a messenger of death." You should have seen the look on her face! Ha ha ha ha! Anyway, she won't be seeing age six!
* Extremely common in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', but [[BigBad Handsome Jack]] and [[MegaCorp Hyperion]] easily take the cake for sheer [[ForTheEvulz unnecessary]] cruelty delivered dripping with BlackComedy.
-->'''Handsome Jack''': This is Handsome Jack, thanking you, loyal test subject for helping bring Pandora into the future. The experiments you'll be put through will help us uncover new uses for Eridium, new cures for medicine and- Seriously? *chuckles* Why are you having me read this crap? This is freaking hilarious. They know we're gonna [[BodyHorror mutate the hell out of 'em]], why lie to 'em? [[WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties *static*]]
* In the stages of ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}},'' [=McPixel's=] task is to make sure the bomb doesn't blow up, no one said anything about making sure bystanders don't get hurt or used as battering rams.
* ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'', guest starring The Heavy from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', has him gleefully regale his fellow players with the story of him finding an Engineer who had previously killed the Heavy's whole team, shoving the Engineer's wrench down the man's throat and ripping all his fingers off, while he laughs his head off through the whole story. Even Max the sociopathic bunny is squicked out.
* ''VideoGame/HectorBadgeOfCarnage'' lives off this trope.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' has Arcueid doing this to the protagonist in spades, from her visiting his high school and attempting to get his attention by waving wildly in the middle of the grounds (and admitting that she was just about to jump directly up to the third floor window by his desk to talk to him during class) to her barging/sneaking into the Tohno Mansion on a regular basis to meet him (''not'' a very wise thing to do, considering Akiha's jealously).
** She does have some justification for this. Part of it is because she's naive enough to literally not understand what she's doing wrong, and part of it is because her mission (tracking down Roa) is just that important. While most examples of her bad behaviour from original visual novel (and corresponding manga/anime) can explained by naivety or desperation, later works portray her as [[{{Jerkass}} genuine troll]] to everyone around her (including Shiki), just because she can.
** The creepiest moment is probably when she considers breaking Shiki's glasses (something she ''knows'' would drive him insane) just because he was given them from another woman.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has cases of this as well, such as when Saber seriously attempted to convince Shirou to let her go with him everywhere, including school, so she can protect him (note that she considers full body armor as casual dress).
** Ironically, from what does happen, this actually would have been a good idea despite the stress it would have caused.
** Shirou sometimes does this as well, as Issei 'did-you-just-tell-me-to-take-off-my-clothes?!' Ryudo can attest.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.roosterteeth.com/media/viewItem.php?id=472 Griffon Ramsey]], wife of Geoff Ramsey of ''Creator/RoosterTeeth'', is a sadist.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d [[http://key.shadilyn.com/pages/extras8.html here]] by Key.
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' practically lives on this trope, particularly with Aubrey and [=PeeJee=] early on.
* A significant portion of the characters created for the BlackComedy Webcomics ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' and ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' do unimaginably cruel, horrible, and evil things, which is of course PlayedForLaughs.
* Richard from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' could very well be [[RhymesOnADime the pope of this trope.]] [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/60 Comic #60 pretty much gets the point across.]]
* Belkar Bitterleaf of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has both the archetype of the HeroicComedicSociopath and Comedic Sociopathy at the core of his character. There are too many examples of his behavior to chronicle here, but you don't have to read too far into the comic before he starts displaying his hilariously sadistic self full-tilt. In one recent arc, he force-fed a guard in a gladiatorial arena another man's internal organs, which had been neatly sliced out by his cat. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Then he pulled them out the other end.]]
* Every iteration of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''s Jack Noir starts out as this, particularly Spades Slick and the post-scratch kid's Jack Noir. A lot of times, it [[MoralEventHorizon becomes a lot less funny later on]].
** Almost all antagonists in Homestuck are prone to humorous actions or dialog at some point. This makes it all the more jarring when they [[MoodWhiplash commit horrific atrocities]]. Case in point: [[spoiler: Caliborn]]
** [[TheHyena Terezi]] exhibits this early in the comic, when many had her chalked up as a LawfulEvil character. Her courtroom FLARP intro scene did nothing to dispel this impression. Later, it turns out she's not [[LawfulGood anywhere near as bad as she seems]].
** Vriska. Dear god, Vriska.
-->'''AT[[note]]Tavros[[/note]]:''' [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004250 sORRY FOR WHAT,]]
-->'''AG[[note]]Vriska[[/note]]:''' For 8eing crippled, you ass!
-->'''AT:''' yOU WANT ME TO APOLOGIZE,
-->'''AT:''' fOR BEING PARALYZED,
-->'''AG:''' [[BluntYes Yes.]]
-->'''AG:''' Say you're sorry.
-->'''AT:''' i DON'T MEAN TO BE RUDE, oR bORING,
-->'''AT:''' bUT THAT'S RIDICULOUS, gIVEN,
-->'''AT:''' uH, tHE CIRCUMSTANCES,[[note]]Vriska is ''the one who paralyzed him''.[[/note]]
* Mal in ''Webcomic/HeadTrip'' is this trope, crossed with SociopathicHero.
* Nearly every character in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' embodies this trope, either on the giving or receiving end. The main four characters have all been on the giving end at some point (well, except [[TokenGoodTeammate Fighter]]--he's a casualty).
** Special mention must be made of the "Invasion of Dwarfland" arc, which is pretty much the best example of this trope in almost any media, giving such lines as:
-->"Their faces are being eaten by beard-shaped parasites!"
-->"Kill 'em all and let the flames sort them out!"
-->"Why everything I love is combustible!
::and the ever-favorite
-->"Now you're just doing it to annoy me, you don't even ''have'' heat vision!"
** The ironic aspect of this is that they're not merely sociopaths, who have no concept of morality or ethics, but are also incapable of any self-control, even when they stand to benefit. During one arc their only goal is to make a profit by doing "side-quests." This begins with attempting to work for a mob boss, who they soon overthrow; they then end trying to extort the police, but end up killing them; they try to extort the towns people, but end up killing them; and finally fail to even hold onto their power because Black Mage blows the whole town to hell.
** Red Mage doesn't seem like a sociopath for several hundred strips. [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2006/03/23/episode-676-supernatural-selection/ Then he starts doing horrible things to chocobos.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Blazen}}'''s AlternateCharacterInterpretation of Litchi definitely qualifies. She's an [[FauxAffablyEvil Bad]] [[GoodBadGirl Bad Girl]] {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch who [[spoiler:tricked Tao into carving up the body of a dead hooker and then ''[[ImAHumanitarian made meat-buns out of her before feeding them to Tao and Ragna]]'']]. Although, Comedic Sociopathy pretty much sums most of the comedy in Blazen. Just look at Jin and Hazama...
* Mike from ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' lives and breathes this trope. If it weren't for this and the fact that most of his stunts [[CrossesTheLineTwice Cross The Line Twice]], he would be the most heinous of villains. Instead he's one of the strip's most popular characters. [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-4/06-ways-to-tell/manfruit/ See for yourself.]]
* The Black Hat Guy of ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' exemplifies this, as shown [[http://xkcd.com/356/ here.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Punintended}}'''s comics demonstrate this on occasion, as seen [[http://punintended.thecomicseries.com/comics/20/ here]]. [[http://punintended.thecomicseries.com/comics/39/ Vegetable]] and the banter between the authors makes one ask if the authors themselves are somewhat examples of this.
* Fuzzy from ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' could very well be the patron saint of this trope.
* Wray of ''Webcomic/{{Snowflakes}}'' is a lovably intense bully who fancies herself a Viking warrior. Her arsenal includes the insane amount of devotion she brings to these activities almost always CrossesTheLineTwice, transforming what would normally be [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood a traumatizing childhood experience into pure hilarity]].
* Every Spark who isn't an outright Villain in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. Even the well-intentioned ones when they're in their madness place. Then there's the Jaegerkin and [[GeniusLoci Castle Heterodyne]].
* Just about all the humor in ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'' is this (particularly Axel, Zexion, and Darth Maul, usually to [[ButtMonkey Riku]].) The '''very first strip''' involves Axel burning down an orphanage, then a courthouse.
* The entire premise of ''Webcomic/TwoGuysAndGuy'' revolves around its [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist three sociopathic main characters]].
* Nearly all of the characters in ''Webcomic/TheSnailFactory'' are completely apathetic to the suffering and horrible maiming of others.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2007-08-08 Squigley explains humor is tragedy -- bad things happening to others -- and Slick demonstrates on him.]]
* The eponymous main character of [[http://www.interrobangstudios.com/comics-display.php?strip_id=31 A Girl Named Bob]].
* Neko from [[http://nekothekitty.smackjeeves.com/ Neko the Kitty]]. So very much.
* After winding up in a TeleporterAccident, CK from ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' decides to [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/11/08/failure-is-status-quo/ run the next test]] on his BumblingSidekick, [[TheSlacker Mittens]]. Adding insult to injury, CK has a pair of [[Series/MythBusters shockwatch stickers]] slapped to him.
* Sim in Webcomic/CthulhuSlippers has no problem sending [[http://cthulhuslippers.com/comic/customer-services-double-update/ lethal products to his customers]] and field testing his only friend's body armour while the friend is still wearing it.
* Marissa from ''Webcomic/SturgeonsLaw'' follows this trope closely. Unlike many webcomics, though, she's called out for it and considered more than just a whimsical DeadpanSnarker.
* ''WebComic/MuhPhoenix'': Everybody at some point, but the Phoenix Force speaks like this constantly.
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* PlatformHell games, the majority of which are ROM hacks or otherwise non-commercially made, lend themselves to this. See [[LetsPlay Let's Plays]] of games like ''VideoGame/KaizoMarioWorld'' and ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy''.
** Most [[LetsPlay Let's Plays]] about games with a lot of violence or carnage get most of their humour from the player laughing like a maniac while slaughtering things needlessly. And quite a few games without a lot of violence or carnage too.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aBCEiQBzBk this]] video one of the reviewers basically abandons the other in a pit full of metroids, and even taunts him "suck it in wuss!". Also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml0gNUnDWgc this]] two [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWPMAhJdCwQ&feature=related part]] parody is entirely made of this trope.
* The ''Website/DesuDesBrigade'' especially Vixen and Mal, but notably in the Christmas Special. Tentacle Violations for all!
* Thalia, the Muse of Comedy, in ''ThaliasMusings'':
--> "I try to help my [worshippers] by providing a series of comic mishaps in their lives. They never seem very appreciative." [[http://thaliasmusingsnovels.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/1-5-let-the-games-begin/]]
* In ''Roleplay/TouhouAGlimmerOfAnOutsideWorld'', this is possibly the most likely response to any situation where a character can get hurt: it's going to end up hilarious.
* ''LetsPlay/{{Gronkh}}'' shows some examples of this:
** He often is cruel to ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' animals for laughs.
** His entire mini-LP of the game "Die Polizei" was about being a racist, sadist, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking foul-mouthed]] [[DirtyCop asshole]], to emphasize the bad quality of the game and spice it up.
* Creator/{{Tobuscus}} displays this in "Safety Torch", in which he terrorizes a little kid with imaginary monsters and encourages him to burn down his house so he can extort him for money.
* The whole premise of WebAnimation/LlamasWithHats. Paul whines at Carl for whatever horribly violent things he's done just prior to the episode.
* Neville gets treated ''horribly'' by everyone in ''WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals''--especially Ron, Hermione and Harry, three of his best friends in canon. It gets to the point where [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide he decides]] [[RuleOfFunny he'll just explode]].]]
* [[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv Kpts4tv's Death Note Abridged]] has been known to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_QhsRInEbM&t=6m57s make the occasional use of this]]
* More or less the premise of the first five seasons of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. Wyoming shooting a captive? Cruel. Caboose blowing Church up with a tank? ''Hilarious.'' The Beaver Creek Reds and Blues slaughtering each other in a parody of the video game the show is set in? ''One of the best episodes.'' Pelican crushes Donut? ''Lulz ensue.'' Donut stuck by Tex? ''Still a meme a decade later.''
* LetsPlay/TheStrawhatNO:
** Most of the love letter sidequest in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' is spent laughing at Cawlin's misfortune.
-->'''Thorn''': "I'm gonna sit here and laugh at you! Ha! Ha-ha!"
-->'''Travis''': "So tell me how you feel, 'cause I don't care!"
** The entire ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'' LetsPlay is this. Travis causes more than a ridiculous amount of pain, murder and destruction to the citizens of Hong Kong (innocent and otherwise), and the trio spend the whole time cracking up over it.
* ''WebVideo/RedLetterMedia'' is fond of this trope. Mr. Plinkett is a SerialKiller who reviews movies in great detail, and Jay and Mike from ''WebVideo/HalfInTheBag'' only seem to care about making money, and barely know what "guilt" is. This is all PlayedForLaughs.
* Chonny from ''WebVideo/{{yourchonny}}'' is often a victim of this in his skits, courtesy of the parents that he is portraying.
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* Half the shows on ''Creator/AdultSwim''. At least.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'': Dethklok.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'''s The Warden.
** ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' deserves a lifetime achievement award for this trope. While we expect [[ButtMonkey Carl]] to suffer his end of abuse, it gets really irritating when even [[OnlySaneMan Frylock]] exhibits this behavior towards [[TheDitz Meatwad]].
*** Averted with [[{{Jerkass}} Master Shake]]; he tries to invoke this trope but most of the time he gets [[WhatTheHellHero called out by the other cast members]] and/or is frequently [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hoisted by his own petard]]. Master Shake only gets away with it due to evil karma [[KarmaHoudini constantly smiling upon him]]. [[ButtMonkey Except when it doesn't.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''.
** The first couple episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TwelveOunceMouse'' are all about this. Less so in later episodes, though still plenty present. Considering some of Shark's comments about a ShowWithinAShow later in the series, Mouse's initial behavior may be a deliberate {{Deconstruction}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' showcased this with Uncle Owen in one of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' specials, with him whispering something to Beru and prompting a laugh. The joke was [[spoiler: "I guess that makes him Comicstrip/LittleOrphanAnnie!"]], with Owen citing the "Tragedy + Time = Comedy" formula (and blithely ignoring [[spoiler: the corpse of Anakin's mother RIGHT THERE]]). [[BrickJoke This comes back to bite him in the ass]] ''hard'' later on, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', holy mother of God, ''Drawn Together''. Special mention has to go to Captain Hero, whose actions might be better described as Comedic Psychopathy.
--> '''Captain Hero:''' YES! Captain Hero ONE! Billions of innocent Zebulonians... um... dead... oh. Uh... I...''[Slinks off]''
* Frequently used in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** The [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments most spectacular moment]] has to be when Sokka gets rid of the crew of an airship by luring them into the bomb-bay with the promise of "[[TheCakeIsALie hot cakes and sweet cream]]" to celebrate a crew member's birthday (''[[RuleOfFunny which it really was]]'') and then opens the doors, dumping them into the ocean. Of course, when your opponents are under a guy who is trying to ''[[OmnicidalManiac incinerate a continent]]'', non-lethal trickery is downright gentle.
** "[[RunningGag MY CABBAGES!]]"
** In the BeachEpisode, [[VillainsOutShopping Zuko, Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee]] dabble in a little of it themselves at the end by barging in on a party that was terrible and destroying the building with a combination of firebending and acrobatics.
* 99% of the time Goofy in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' is completely oblivious to how much destruction and pain his clumsiness inflicts, especially to his neighbor Pete.
* Of the central characters on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', perhaps only [[{{Jerkass}} Bender]] really qualifies as a true sociopath. Nevertheless, the characters all show tremendous disregard for each other's feelings. And [[MemeticMutation everyone's sociopathic for]] Zoidberg.
** Zapp Brannigan is utterly selfish and narcissistic, and not even in an endearing way like Bender.
* Practically everyone in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter most prominently.
** Lois may be a more notable example if only for her rather contrasting persona compared to {{Jerkass}} Peter; she still seems to be established as the caring and intelligent housewife of the family, though depending on the gag, can switch between nurturing and loving her kids endlessly or being as abusive and neglectful to them as Peter.
** Needless to say, nearly all of [[ButtMonkey Meg's]] treatment in later seasons leans towards this trope.
* It's rampant in ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends''; the basis of the series is cute little critters [[MoodWhiplash dying hideous deaths]]. The average character's reaction upon another's death is either disinterest or running or shifting away to try not to get involved with it. Considering [[CrapsaccharineWorld the universe, that's probably wise...]]
* Although many characters in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fit this trope, the most obvious example would have to be Cartman, who freely manipulates and uses everybody around him according to whichever whim has him at the moment. As an example: In the episode "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginger_Kids Ginger Kids]]", Cartman freely advocates denying all [[RedHeadedStepchild ginger kids]] basic human rights. After Stan and Kyle conspire to turn Cartman into a ginger with makeup, convinced that it is [[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn the only way he'll learn]] fairness, Cartman proceeds to instantly convert to the ginger cause and quickly advocates the total ''genocide'' of all ''non''-gingers, especially the gingers who are "faking it" with make up.
** He ''killed a guy's parents and fed them to him''. Adding insult to injury by [[PokeThePoodle making his favourite band laugh at him]].
*** He was upset with that after learning that was ''his'' father... [[spoiler: making him half-ginger.]]
** [[ButtMonkey Butters and Pip]] are frequent victims of Comedic Sociopathy; you would expect a {{Jerkass}} like Cartman to exploit or bully the unfortunate souls, but be less expectant of Stan and Kyle (and sometimes even [[OnlySaneMan Chef]]) acting as {{Manipulative Bastard}}s around them (anti-bigoted Kyle even went into long winded rant at 'Frenchy little frog' Pip that earned him a broken nose). In later episodes this treatment toned down slightly with closer to Earth characters acting more sympathetic towards Butters and Pip being put OutOfFocus until he was squashed by Mecha-Streisand.
-->'''Everyone''': Shut up Pip!
* If it weren't for AmusingInjuries, [[spoiler: Eddy's Brother]] from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' would step over from this to just plain sociopath, though it stopped being amusing due to how far his ''brother'' took the abuse and how it's implied he's been abusing his brother since he was a kid.
** Just about every kid in the show, from the GirlNextDoor (Nazz) to the AmbiguouslyGay girly boy (Jimmy), beats the crap out of/brutally mauls another kid. With most of it happening to the Eds. [[AbhorrentAdmirer The Kanker Sisters]] supply the [[BlackComedyRape sexual harassment]] part in regards to the Eds. Of course, it's PlayedForLaughs.
* Often on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. [[EnfantTerrible Heloise]] in particular is fond of engaging in sadistic actions for fun, including sucking up all the water around a tree so it will wilt and [[BuriedAlive attempting to bury]] someone alive.
* The Henry and June wraparounds on ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''. It's about a slightly ditzy ten-year-old boy and his {{Jerkass}} admirer/best friend who LOVES beating this kid up. On top of that, he's constantly beat up by a sasquatch. [[TheWoobie He needs so much hugging]]. Most likely enforced, it ''is'' a comedy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', many of Tom's injuries which are intended to be funny are sometimes downright cruel such as [[AnvilOnHead anvils or a heavy blunt object landing on his head]], getting poked in the eyes, stabbed with knives or pitchforks, getting shot with guns, heavy objects dropped onto his feet, getting his teeth smashed or pulled out, mauled by Spike, etc. No wonder some viewers end up RootingForTheEmpire.
** In fairness, they at least shown the Comedic Sociopathy was non discriminate at times, with Jerry or some other character getting it even worse whenever Tom became more sympathetic.
** This particular instance is heavily parodied and sometimes lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', specifically with ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow''.
*** ''Itchy And Scratchy'' in fact based itself more on the ''HermanAndKatnip'' series, which takes the cat and mouse formula and rises the slapstick violence UpToEleven.
* In one of Creator/CartoonNetwork's ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' shorts, an old man drags his two grandkids away from a video game to tell them a rambling, nonsensical story about the time he defeated the aliens. Near the end, he starts trailing off; after a worried second, the girl asks if he's dead, and her brother responds that no, he just turned down Gramps' oxygen. Then they go off and play the video game while their grandfather slumbers away with the very real possibility that he'll suffocate because the selfish little brats wanted to play a game.
* As one of the series' resident {{Butt Monkey}}s, Bill is on the receiving end of a fair bit of this on ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''.
* Random!Blitzwing of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. He rips off Ratchet's HAND at one point. And it is ''hilarious''.
* The creepy old claymation guy on ''WesternAnimation/GrizzlyTalesForGruesomeKids'' could barely go a host segment without abusing his pet spider in some morbidly humorous way.
* Roger of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' dishes this out to ''everybody''.
** ''AmericanDad'' is ALL ABOUT this trope. Every one of the main characters exhibits this at multiple points.
* [[CreepyChild Gaz]] in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is something of a Comedic Sociopath. The entire show is essentially this.
* Louise from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' definitely qualifies. In the first episode alone, she convinces the town that their restaurant uses [[ImAHumanitarian human flesh]] in their burgers and at the point where Bob is close to defusing the situation, convinces the crowd to turn on him.
* Everyone on ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', but Archer and Lana deserve special mention.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' became this after the movie. All characters have had shades of this (excluding Sandy), especially Mr. Krabs; after his marked Flanderization following the movie, he's actually a Comedic Sociopath, insensitive and immoral, arguably the kid's show equivalent of Cartman. Even to the extent that gets to have very disturbing moments, including "One Coarse Meal", where he nearly ''[[DrivenToSuicide drives Plankton to suicide]]''.
** And in fact, the most frequent victims of Comedic Sociopathy are Squidward, Plankton and Gary, who are often injured or humiliated by most other characters.
* Almost everything that the Blue Beetle AI says in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' is an insanely violent overreaction to the current situation.
* And ''then'' there's WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, especially in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''. He can get downright dethpicable.
* The Urpneys are regularly beaten, squashed, fried and otherwise comically decimated by everyone from their BadBoss, their MadScientist rival, to the messianic Dream Maker, his Noop {{Kid Sidekick}}s and their pet dog fish in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', largely for being shanghaied into a villainous mission they don't even want to be part of. Played (at least partially) less comedically in the opening of the pilot episode, [[YouHaveFailedMe where it is shown clearly that an Urpney can ultimately be killed]].
* Dan of ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' The whole show is built around Dan going to great lengths to exact revenge on anyone and anything he feels has wronged him. He even maintains a [[EnemiesList list]].
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