->''"Life is not fair. Get used to it."''
-->-- '''Bill Gates'''

"Life isn't fair. Deal with it." FictionIsntFair and neither is RealLife. Another one of those StockPhrases, usually particularly irritating to the character it's being told to. Another way of saying "deal with it". Sometimes used to respond to an accusation that the character wasn't fighting fair. Often said by a character guilty of going out of their way to ''make'' things unfair, as their way of '''gloating''' and rubbing the victim's nose in their plight.



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* In ''Anime/MonsterRancher'', Tiger tells Genki speech during their first meeting, while he and his Wild Pack are robbing the other Searchers;
-->'''Tiger:''' You're a very brave, and very ''foolish'' little human. You rush in head first not bothering to even think of the consequences. You don't understand that sometimes, bravery isn't enough. Life can be ''hard'', little human, hard and ''unfair''--and you must know this. Don't. Be. Reckless. You're young, brave, and you have a good heart--but in this world, that isn't enough. I know that better than anyone.
* In ''Anime/MacrossPlus'', Isamu snaps at Myung's self-pity by telling her that sometimes life isn't fair and that she needs to deal with it, instead of feeling sorry for herself.
* In the second season of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' (the dub only) Sartorious' henchman X tells Jaden this, telling him that you can't always get everything you want, emphasizing it by saying that when ''he'' was Jaden's age, he used to dream of being a pastry chef. (Of course, this sort of comes off as a BrokenAesop considering the [[{{Jerkass}} type of person X is]], and considering that he seems to love his actual job a little too much, that of an AmoralAttorney who is willing to use cruel and underhanded methods to crush the will of his opponent.)


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', when Spider meets with The Beast before the election, The Beast invokes this in spirit when Spider points out how unfair some of The Beast's views are.
-->'''Spider:''' That's sick.\\
'''The Beast:''' That's the way it is. Life sucks. Wear a hat.
* A suicidal woman tells this to ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' in the Grounded storyline. Much to her surprise, Superman agrees with her, but then adds that it isn't "unfair" either.


[[folder: Fanfiction]]
* A line from the song "Empath's Ballad" in the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' novel, sung by Empath about how unfair his life is.
-->''They say that life isn't fair.\\
All I can say to that is I don't care.\\
It's so easy when you took from me\\
The things I can't get back from you in time.''
* In ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'', Miranda has this opinion ([[DarkAndTroubledPast for a justified reason]]), as she tells Jade in the 12th chapter.
-->'''Miranda''': The only justice that I know is the one that people create and enforce. Everyone has their own definition of right and wrong, but [[MightMakesRight only strength determines which set of rights and wrongs prevails]].\\
'''Jade''': I don't believe in that. There is right, and there is wrong. [[BlackAndWhiteMorality As much as there is good and evil]]. It's how the world works.\\
'''Miranda''': Then you are as naïve as Elyon is. Or the Guardians and the Rebels, for that matter. There is no evil, just as there is no good. Life is cruel and ruthless, not wrong. Or right. It simply is.

[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Scar has this to say to a mouse he's caught:
-->'''Scar:''' Life's not fair, is it? You see, I ... well, I shall never be king. And you ... shall never see the light of another day. ''[[GratuitousFrench Adieu.]]''


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* Many times in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
-->"Who ever said life is fair? Where is that written? Life isn't always fair."
-->"Life is pain, your highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something."
* Cozy Carlisle from ''Film/DeadAgain'':
-->Hey, thumbdick, I was a damn good shrink. Nineteen years I worked with a lot of people through a lot of shit. OK, I slept with a patient or two. It's not like I didn't care about them. I loved being a doctor. I used to not charge half my patients. Then the fucking state comes along, they send in some bitch undercover, and I'm fucked. Life isn't fair, is it?
* Snape to Harry in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'':
-->"You and Black, you're two of a kind: sentimental children, forever whining about how bitterly unfair your lives have been. Well, it may have escaped your notice, but life isn't fair. Your blessed father knew that; in fact, he frequently ''saw to it''!"
* A variation in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl.'' Will complains that [[CombatPragmatist Jack]] only won their fight by cheating, and that he'd have lost a fair fight.
-->'''Jack:''' That's not much incentive for me to fight fair, then, is it?
* Davy Jones in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'':
-->"Life is cruel! Why should the afterlife be any different?"
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'':
-->'''Sarah:''' ''(for about the seventeenth time since the film started)'' That's not fair!\\
'''Jareth:''' You say that so often. I wonder what your basis for comparison is.
** She learns it after that, however. When Hoggle seems to think it's different when it's unfair in ''her'' favor, she quickly reminds him.
* Jason feels the need to bring this up to a recently orphaned girl in ''Film/MysteryTeam''.
-->'''Jason:''' Life isn't fair. If life was fair, I'd have gotten a new bike for Christmas, instead of a stupid car.
* Shows up in the Hindi movie Bollywood/{{Lagaan}}, where the [[EvilBrit Captain Russell]] puts the natives in an impossible position - play a cricket game against an experienced team and win to avoid taxes for the next few years - or lose and pay ''three times that amount''. His sister calls him out on it.
--> '''Elizabeth:''' This isn't fair, brother.
--> '''Russell:''' So is life.
** [[LaserGuidedKarma This comes back]] to [[ReassignedToAntarctica bite him in the ass later.]]


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'':
-->'''Bella''': Hasn't anyone ever told you? Life isn't fair.
* Anita Blake from ''Literature/AnitaBlakeVampireHunter'':
-->No, life isn't fair, but I try to be.
* ''Literature/{{A Series of Unfortunate Events}}'':
-->'''Count Olaf''': (stuck in a cage, talking to the distraught Baudelaire children) Life isn't fair.
* Many times in ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''.
-->"Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something."
-->"Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all."
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', CrustyCaretaker Albert explains that Susan is the only eligible replacement for [[TheGrimReaper Death]], and being a typical teenager at heart Susan eventually resorts to complaining "It's not fair!" Albert retorts, dripping with sarcasm, that she can go explain that to the universe at large and see how far it gets her. This gets referred back to at the end of the book, when she's trying to save Buddy:
---> You could say to the universe, this is not ''fair''. And the universe would say: Oh, isn't it? Sorry.\\
You could save people. You could get there in the nick of time. And something could snap its fingers and say, no, it has to ''be'' this way. Let me tell you how it has to be. [[YouCantFightFate This is how the legend has to go.]]
** This is also seen earlier in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' when protesting the unfairness of someone's death.

[[folder: There is no fair. There is no justice. There is just [[The Grim Reaper me ]]


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Carlton in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' combines this with a ShoutOut:
-->Life isn't fair, Will. I mean, was it fair when Disney/{{Bambi}}'s mother died?
* In one episode of ''Series/BabylonFive'', Marcus the Ranger expresses a rather enlightened outlook on the subject:
-->You know, I used to think that it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life ''were'' fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually ''[[LaserGuidedKarma deserve]]'' them? [[TheAntiNihilist So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.]]
* The CentralTheme of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. Hell, it's even stated in the theme song!
* Life in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' pretty much sucks, as noted by Crais.
-->'''Crais''': There is much in life that is unfair. We are all proof of that.
** And John expresses the sentiment later when Chiana is upset that she can't see her long-lost (and previously presumed dead) brother.
--->'''Chiana''': (pleading) I want to go to him.
--->'''John''': I know... But since when do people like us get what we want?
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third'' gives us this:
--->'''Blackadder''': But you know Baldrick, the world isn't fair. If it was, things like ''this'' wouldn't happen, would they?
---> ''(smacks Baldrick around the head for no reason)''


[[folder: Music ]]

* Young Jeezy in "Soul Survivor":
--> "[[BoastfulRap A hundred grand on my wrist]]; [[SarcasmMode yea, life sucks]]."
* Music/RelientK's "Be My Escape" uses the phrase to invert the message.
-->And this life sentence that I'm serving\\
I admit that I'm every bit deserving\\
But the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair
* Music/PapaRoach in "She LovesMeNot":
-->I don't know\\
If I care.\\
I'm the jerk;\\
Life's not fair.
* The chorus of the Black Box Recorder song "Child Psychology" goes like this:
-->Life is unfair\\
Kill yourself or get over it.
* Music/MitchBenn's plea to be abducted by aliens:
-->People are stupid and life isn't fair,\\
''Series/DoctorWho'''s finished and [[UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson Boris]] is mayor!


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Lampshaded in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''
-->'''Calvin's dad:''' The world is isn't fair, Calvin.\\
'''Calvin:''' I know, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?
* Played with in ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey''. Beetle complains that he's got kitchen detail again, and Sarge tells him that no one ever said that life was fair. Beetle points out that Sarge is the one deciding who gets put on kitchen detail, and Sarge tells him that no one ever said that ''he'' (Sarge) was fair, either.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon sums up this trope in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xOcCYCFnrk this promo.]]


[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]

* Creator/GeorgeCarlin had a bit in one his stand up routines where he not only expounded on how unfair life was, but also noted "Everyone who ever told me that life was fair died horribly before age 35."
* A famous joke by Johnny Carson: "If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and [[ElvisImpersonator all the impersonators]] would be dead."


[[folder: Theater ]]

* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Giovanni says this to Ash in the climax.
-->'''Ash:''' It's not ''fair''! What kind of creature is that?\\
'''Giovanni:''' Welcome to the ''world'', Ash Ketchum!


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Tali's stance in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' :
-->'''Tali:''' I don't think life is about what you deserve.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Inverted in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' when [[spoiler: Faye]] [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01282006.shtml died]]:
-->'''Doctor''': I'm so sorry. I know this is hard and she was so young. Sometimes it just doesn't seem fair.
-->[[spoiler:'''Fred:''']]: Miss, I had almost forty years with the most amazin' woman in the world. If life is unfair, it was unfair in my favor.
* Invoked and played with in [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/1757.htm this]] ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' strip. To Arthur and his crew "life isn't fair" is a reason to work at making it fairer.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "What is Reality?", the Riddler's final challenge to Batman before his virtual world shuts down is: "If the planet were equitable, I'd still have my old job." This actually has a double meaning; since he previously had told Batman that his criminal career was a personal matter (in the previous episode he appeared in), he's saying if life were fair, his old employer would never have cheated and fired him. But it's also a riddle that tells the hero where he is: [[spoiler:The sentence can be rephrased to say, "If the world was fair, I'd still have my ex-position", meaning he's at the World's Fair Exposition.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', when [[spoiler: Peridot]] starts to complain that she won the battle and is irritated that the [[spoiler: Pearl]] gets praised instead, she gets a variant of this from Garnet:
--> Welcome to Earth.
* "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boatride", the fourth ever episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' brings this up when Mr Garrison gives Stan an A- for an incredibly half-assed oral report on ancient cultures (he literally made it up on the spot and said that "ancient cultures has plagued our fragile Earth for many years"). Cartman, who turned in an equally half-assed report but got an F, complains bitterly, and Mr Garrison says that Stan gets preferential treatment because he's the star quarterback of the football team.
--> '''Cartman''': That's not fair!
--> '''Mr Hat''': Life's not fair, tubby, get used to it!
--> '''Cartman''': Stupid puppet...
** This is especially ironic considering Cartman's CharacterDevelopment in later seasons where he'll move heaven and Earth if he thinks he's been even slightly wronged.
** Butters bitterly complains about this to himself in the episode "Professor Chaos", after he's been "fired" as the boys fourth friend, thinking about how he did all the humiliating, painful things they asked and they still rejected him. As such, he decides to take on the mantle of TinTyrant supervillain Professor Chaos (and is joined by the equally mistreated Dougie as General Disarray) as a way to take revenge on the world. Unfortunately for Butters, he really IS just as lame and and wimpy as the boys think, and all his evil plans just amount to pathetically minor acts of vandalism like switching around soup orders in a diner or trying to flood the world with a garden hose.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Used and abused to hell and back, [[UpToEleven then back to hell and back again]]. {{Troll}}s, {{Griefer}}s, and '''especially''' TheSocialDarwinist, using either this or [[ParodyRetcon "satire"]] to excuse JerkAss behavior.
** Ironic since TheSocialDarwinist oft perpetrates [[YouFailLogicForever the "Just World" fallacy]].
* Commonly used by parents and authority figures... usually to excuse JerkAss behavior.
* On the more positive side of things, ''wanting'' life to be fair and thus striving towards an admittedly impossible ideal is seen as a virtue of our race.
* Almost anyone dealing with someone that is complaining about whatever is bothering them will tell the person to deal with it, much to the annoyance of the person doing the complaining.
* Often told to those suffering from depression. To those who know someone who is depressed, [[DrivenToSuicide saying this is a]] ''[[DrivenToSuicide bad]]'' [[DrivenToSuicide idea]].