When a character has suffered some humiliating setback, and tries to console himself by saying that at least he has something or someone still likes him, this is often a cue for that someone to leave them or that something to be destroyed.

A variation has the character reporting a sob story to a friend, who tries to cheer him up by saying what happened wasn't so awful, only for the story to progress from the merely disappointing on to the truly horrific.

A subtrope of TemptingFate. This trope also makes the character the ultimate ButtMonkey of the story. Compare RockBottom.



[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/{{UHF}}'', the protagonist George discovers at one point that he is broke, can't pay the rent, and has just run his uncle's business into the ground, with no hope of being employed by anyone in the city (as he's already been fired from every business and his uncle will certainly not offer him another job after he's ruined his TV station). He recalls his girlfriend, saying, "Well, at least I have Terri..." Cue phone call from Terri calling to tell him that he is an insensitive creep for failing to show up at the birthday dinner he promised, and that she never wants to see him again.
* In ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', a caviar factory owned by Film/JamesBond's [[EnemyMine former enemy turned ally]] Valentin Zukovsky is the site of a lengthy battle between Bond and several {{mooks}}. While surveying the damage done to the factory after the battle ends, Zukovsky comments to his assistant that, "we may not have a roof, but at least, we still have four good walls." Seconds later, all four walls simultaneously collapse.
-->'''Valentin Zukovsky''': The insurance company is ''never'' going to believe this!
* At the climax of ''Film/MouseHunt'', the Smuntz's last attempts to drive the mouse away result in the house getting flooded and several walls being destroyed. And this happens in the middle of the auction to sell the house. All the would-be buyers start to leave...
-->'''Ernie Smuntz:''' Hey! Don't go! ''[waves an arm at the flooded house]'' A demonstration of how durable a [=LaRue=] really is! Now you know this house will last '''forever'''!\\
''[As if on cue, the house collapses.]''
* In ''Film/TheRoom'', after [[spoiler:Johnny's]] suicide, [[spoiler:Lisa]], leaning against [[spoiler:Mark]], sobs, "[[spoiler:Johnny's]] dead, but I still have you, right?" This is a little TooSoon after [[spoiler:Johnny's]] death for [[spoiler:Mark]] (they're ''standing over his corpse''), and he recoils in disgust, saying that she doesn't "have him".
* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'', Corbin Dallas is eating lunch when he gets a message. He points out to the window-to-window chef that the last two messages were from his wife, who was leaving him, and from his lawyer, who was also leaving him ''with'' his wife. The chef responds with some words of wisdom: "Grandfather say, 'it never rains every day'. This one is good news! I bet you lunch!" Of course, his next line as he reads the message is "You are fired". At least Corbin got a free lunch?


[[folder: Literature ]]

* One Literature/DaveBarry column offered this ParodyCommercial for a soft drink:
-->''(The scene opens up with a boy in a Little League uniform, looking very sad. His father walks up.)''\\
'''Father''': What's the matter, Son?\\
'''Son''' ''(bursting into tears)'': Oh Dad, I struck out and lost the big game. ''(Sobs.)''\\
'''Father''' ''(putting his arm around the boy's shoulders)'': Forget it! Let's have a nice cold can of BiteTheWaxTadpole!\\
'''Son''': And then I murdered a policeman.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/HellsKitchen'': In season 11.
** When Susan's team considered her for nomination because of her failure on the steaks, she defended herself by saying she felt like she was a huge contributor to the team. She then said that was her opinion and she didn't know if anyone else agreed with her. She waited for someone to confirm her belief. Nobody did.
** After being completely lost during the first service due to her inexperience in the brigade system, Danielle ranted about how so few restaurants used a brigade system. She then rhetorically asked the dorm how many cooks there ever cooked in a brigade system. Cue almost every cook on the blue team raising their hands.
* In one episode of ''Series/FullHouse'', Joey has a lucky day. First there's a newspaper strike, delaying publication of a review of a disastrous comedy show the night before, he wins two tickets to a concert after getting a call from a radio station and correctly getting the answer right, gets a date with the attractive cable lady who also installs a channel the household didn't have, free of charge, and he is given the opportunity to audition to replace a longtime children's TV show host. However, Joey doesn't know that the host HatesBeingTouched and after he's hired gives him a big hug, after leaving the host tells Danny that Joey is fired. This then starts his bad luck, as the newspaper strike is settled, he doesn't qualify for the prize tickets due to a relative being employed at the radio station, the cable lady has to uninstall the free channel and breaks off their date upon hearing that he can't have the tickets, which gets Joey to mention to Danny that he at least he got [[DramaticIrony the job that he's unaware he was fired from]], right before Danny breaks the news to him.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In ''Theatre/OnceInALifetime'', when George's movie appears to be a fiasco, May tells him that "we've got a gold dinner set, anyway. A hundred and six pieces, and every piece with your initials in diamonds. That's not bad for two months' work." This is the cue for two pages to appear, carrying said dinner set out.
* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'': When Hamilton publishes the Reynolds pamphlet, declaring while his wife was away he had an affair with Maria Reynolds, his wife's sister Angelica returns all the way from London [[note]] DAAAYUM!! [[/note]] as soon as she hears.
-->'''Hamilton''': Angelica, thank God somebody understands what I'm struggling here to do.
-->'''Angelica''': I'm not here for you.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' has a deconstruction in form of [[spoiler:Oersted. After everyone turned his back on him because of an accident he committed (killing the king), he is convinced (by his remaining friend, who died soon after) that there's one person that believed in him: The Princess. So long as she believes in him, he kept fighting. So he set off to save her, only to find out that the accident was orchestrated by a jealous friend, and when he killed the friend, the Princess said that she already lost faith on him and committed suicide in front of him. Oersted in turn ''[[DespairEventHorizon snaps]]''. Then in retaliation, [[FallenHero he becomes the Demon King that he fought all this time]] [[FaceHeelTurn and then killed everyone there and then tried to kill everyone from different timelines]].]]


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/MenInHats'':
** [[http://www.meninhats.com/d/20040507.html Jeriah tells Gamal a story]] about finding a quarter and losing his book of poems that only gets worse despite Gamal's attempts to reassure him:
--->'''Jeriah''': Actually, the quarter turned out to be a worthless iron shard.\\
'''Gamal''': Oh, well... At least you still have your health.\\
'''Jeriah''': The shard gave me tetanus.
** In [[http://meninhats.com/d/20031231.html this strip]], Gamal talks about fantasy novels. After Aram gets bored and leaves him, he tells the fantasy novel at least it still likes him. "Actually I don't," the novel says.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries'':
** In episode 11, after being put down by Kakashi, Sakura comments, "At least I still have my fans." Sasuke immediately interjects [[TakeThat "What fans?"]]
** In episode 13, after being ignored by all the other characters, Kabuto consoles himself with, "At least Orochimaru still loves me." Cut to Orochimaru saying, "You're creepy, go away."
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', after Yugi and the others leave Mako Tsunami (and call him a "freaky fishguy"), Mako comments, "At least the ocean will never leave me. Right, Ocean?" The ocean predictably doesn't respond, positive or negative, but in a later episode he has divorced the ocean and is now dating the Domino Aquarium. [[spoiler:He gets back together with the ocean in the end.]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In a Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', after an army of Homer clones destroys [[ButtMonkey Old Gil's]] farm, Old Gil sighs and says "At least I still have my health." Cue the Homers eating him alive. His skeleton is left behind to say "Awwww..."
** In "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can", Lisa enters a spelling bee but loses in the finals. On the way back home, Homer tries to console her by saying "You're the number one speller in this car, or in that car, or in that car, or... er, don't look in that car..." as a car drives by with the champion and his trophy in it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': In [[Recap/TransformersPrimeS2E4OperationBumblebeePart1 "Operation Bumblebee Part 1"]], the kids try to make Bumblebee feel better about the loss of his vehicle mode by playing a [[EpicFail racing video game.]]
** And when that doesn't work, they decide to watch TV...
---> '''Commercial Announcer:''' The new [[CoolCar Urbana 500.]] It won't just rock your world...it will ''transform'' it.
** And when Raf tries telling 'Bee that he's "just as amazing without wheels," Jack and Arcee roll in from a drive.
---> '''Jack:''' Personal best, Arcee! You hit 120, easy!
---> '''Bumblebee:''' *DeathGlare*
---> '''Jack & Arcee:''' Oh / Uh-oh.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'':
--> '''Tino:''' Um, is this dinner or a science experiment?
--> '''Tino's mom:''' Go on. It won't bite you.
--> '''Tino:''' That works out nicely, since I don't plan to bite it either.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Faith and Dope", Stan tries to convert his atheist friend Brett by having him suffer so he'll turn to Jesus by blowing up his house and sabotaging his restaurant with ipecac. Afterwards, Brett looks on the bright side that he's still got his family.
-->'''Stan''': Yeah, I thought you'd say that.\\
''(Brett's wife comes up to him)''\\
'''Brett's wife''': Brett, I've realized I'm a lesbian, so I'm leaving you and taking the children.\\
'''Brett''': What?! When did you become a lesbian?!\\
'''Brett's Wife''': That is so ignorant! You don't ''become'' a lesbian! It's not like somebody shot an experimental beam into my head, and suddenly I'm gay!\\
''(Stan gives AsideGlance)''
* At the end of ''[[WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck Daffy Duck's Quackbusters]]'' Daffy is completely bankrupt and can't pay his rent, and a repo crew come in to take all his stuff. Daffy then says "One thing's for sure, I've got nowhere else to go but up!", then a wrecking ball crashes in his office [[ExactWords and sends him flying]].