->''"In America, you destroy life. [[RussianReversal In Russia, life destroys you]]."''

In a given work of fiction featuring one or two token Russians, the Russians tend to get the short end of the stick. Whenever there's suffering to be had, they take the larger ration. Quite often, this isn't played [[ButtMonkey too seriously]], but sometimes [[TheWoobie it can be]]. They also have a tendency to be TheEeyore, especially in combination with these other elements.

The reasons for this trope may originate from what most Westerners assume actual Russians have been through, having lived under an EvilEmpire[[note]]which is in practice at least two {{Evil Empire}}s, since Tsarist Russia did not resemble a Heaven on Earth even remotely, and the U.S.S.R. is no workers paradise itself[[/note]]; [[SarcasmMode thus, any fictional suffering they might endure can't compare to what they've gotten in real life]]. In short, they're AcceptableTargets through being "overqualified".

It doesn't matter if the given Russian is a hero or a villain - if the plot causes them to suffer more often than not, they are an example. Russian characteristics, if not an explicit Russian background, can also merit inclusion in this trope.

However, this can end up a life's equivalent of TheSpartanWay, meaning MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Dhomochevsky from ''{{Blame}}'', while not ''actually'' Russian, his obviously Eastern European based name coupled with the fact that he suffers... quite a bit during his arc certainly qualifies him.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' -- Inverted and played straight -- [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Russia himself]] spends almost all his time tormenting his neighbors and showing ComedicSociopathy, but a few strips show this is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Russia thanks to his brutal history]], such as the building of the White Sea Canal and Bloody Sunday.
** {{Justified}}: Russia, as the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin personification of Russia]], had to have been plagued with the real country's tumultuous history and its often less-than-pleasant results in order to maintain [[NationsAsPeople the premise of the show]].
* ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' has a QuirkyMinibossSquad made up of a BloodKnight who wants to kill TheHero, an ElegantGothicLolita [[TeenGenius teen super-genius]] who wants to rule the universe with TheLancer, and a PunchClockVillain who subjected himself to medical experiments and commits daily genocide to support his dozen siblings, and a never-gonna-be-reciprocated-in-snowy-hell crush on the TeamMom of the group, Yoshino. The last guy's name? Ivan.
* Though ''everyone'' in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' had it quite hard in their backstories, Neo-Russian [[BigBrotherMentor Argo]] [[HuskyRusskie Gulskii]] stands out for being an ex [[GentlemanThief Gentleman Space Pirate]], now BoxedCrook with a [[ExplosiveLeash bomb strapped to his chest]], who's forced to fight by his government in exchange for his and his companions's freedom. [[spoiler: That said, he gets a happy ending despite not being the final victor; the bomb is removed and deactivated, his crew is freed by his handler, and said handler joins him as a pirate.]]
** Played more straight with ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'''s Sergei Smirnov. ''Seriously'', the man lost his wife and his son Andrei [[CallingTheOldManOut blames him for it]]. And then it got [[SelfMadeOrphan worse.]]
* In season 3 of ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', Yuriy takes a real beating, worse than any other character besides Kai.
* Warsman, the [[HollywoodCyborg Robo-Choujin]] from ''{{Kinnikuman}}'', seems to get undergo a lot of abuse. After being defeated by Kinnikuman, he gets beaten up by the 7 Devil Choujin, has his ears blown out by Stecase King, [[DeathIsCheap killed]] by Buffaloman, a victim of Planetman's HollywoodVoodoo, turned into a fighting area by the rest of the Devil Knights, punched out by Ashuraman, [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist killed again]] by Neptuneman, revived with incomplete memories by Dr. Bombe, which leads to him getting thrashed by the Manriki, and ambushed by Mammothman. And that's not counting the whippings he got from his TrainingFromHell at the hands of Robin Mask.
* ''YakitateJapan'' a bunch of Russian bakers get chewed out a lot by Pierrot, because their breads are considered incomplete.
* In {{Cyborg 009}}, the Russian Ivan/001 has one of the most dramatic backstories from the series. By extension, the same happens to a guy whose country was in the Easten Bloc: Albert/004 who's from EastGermany. [[spoiler: Disturbingly, they are also the only ones even slightly justifiable in that Black Ghost saved both of their lives. 001 is a baby who never knew life outside of constant experimentation (by his own father, prior to the team's escape. 004... hard to know where to start with ''him''.]]
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* None of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} have it easy, but [[GentleGiant Colossus]] seems to get the shaft even more often than most. Between [[TraumaCongaLine having each member of his family die horribly one by one, falling in love with an alien woman who sacrificed herself to save him, getting his brother back only to see him sentence himself to eternity in a parallel dimension to protect him from their]] [[RasputinTheMadMonk psychotic ancestor]], and most recently [[PutOnABus seeing the love of his life put herself on a giant space bullet]] days after [[SexEqualsDeath they finally consummated their relationship]]...it's a wonder the "Gentle" part stays with this GentleGiant at all.
** Let's not forget the time he died, but was then brought back to life so he could experimented on for two years by a fanatic BloodKnight alien who thought Colossus was going to destroy his planet (which turned out to be a scheme implanted by ANOTHER insane alien who WANTED Colossus to destroy the planet because it was full of AxCrazy AbsoluteXenophobe types who said second alien felt DESERVED to die, ergo Colossus suffered for the sake of being a pawn). At least he got his girlfriend back...only for her to break up with him because he accepted the powers of the Juggernaut during ''Comicbook/FearItself.'' Yeah, it sucks to be Colossus...but considering he's now a superstrong mutant who ALSO possesses the literal [[TheJuggernaut Juggernaut]] powers, it's going to suck even MORE for whoever's in front of him should he snap.
*** And then finding out that his little sister intentionally manipulated him into accepted the power of the Juggernaut, just to make him a monster.
* Unlike most of his comrades, [[{{Stormwatch}} Nikolas Andreyvitch Kamarov aka Winter]], did survive the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph-invasion]] of Skywatch but shortly afterwards suffered a horrible FateWorseThanDeath [[HurlItintotheSun after piloting the Xenomorph-infested Skywatch-station into the sun]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* The Russian enforcer in ''Film/RighteousKill'', whose survival sets up the climax of the movie. Quoth the doctor: "I pulled three bullets out of him from the attack, and three more that were already in there!"
* Taken to hilarious extremes with the two Russian goons in ''Film/RockNRolla''. A whole scene is devoted to their trying to outdo each other in the hideousness of their scars. The main character shows his utter disbelief at their seeming indifference to massive physical damage.
* ''Film/{{Snatch}}'' has Boris the Blade, an Uzbekistanian who's captured, run over, and takes an entire [[HandCannon Desert Eagle]] clip to be killed.
* Zangief in ''Film/StreetFighter'' works hard and enthusiastically [[spoiler: and he doesn't even get paid,]] then subverts the hell out of it by getting a HeelRealization, [[HeelFaceTurn switching sides]], [[BigDamnHeroes saving the heroes]], and being the only one of [[BigBad M. Bison's]] {{Mooks}} not to be dead, arrested, or on the run.
* In ''[[Film/TwentyTwelve 2012]]'' there are several Russian characters. Let's just say the trope is played straight here.
* Boris in ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' as the [[ButtMonkey long-suffering sidekick]] to the eponymous wolf-dog. [[LampShade Lampshaded]] at one point:
-->'''Boris''': Spending days in bitter cold, facing wild animals, risking death from exposure...is like holiday in [[TheOldCountry old country]].
* Russian dancing instructor Kolenkhov in ''Film/YouCantTakeItWithYou'' when asked about what's going on back home, says "No one writes to me. They're all dead."
* This is played for laughs in the film ''Film/WristcuttersALoveStory''. The second main protagonist, Eugene, is a Russian man who is already suffering in the limbo of the afterlife from having committed suicide. But it turns out that his entire family lives (in a house) with him, meaning every member of his family has offed him or herself. It is implied in the film that this is the only case of an entire family having committed suicide. Yes, the Russian guy suffers most.
* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' features a Russian cosmonaut who has spent so much time in space alone that he has gone rather mad.
-->[[PunctuatedPounding "THIS! IS HOW! WE FIX THINGS! ON RUSSIAN! SPACE STATION!"]]
* ''Film/MissionImpossible'': ''Ghost Protocol'', the Russians get hit really hard when the Kremlin was destroyed, while later the team was able to stop a nuclear attack on San Francisco. In the meantime, the Russian agents after Ethan get their butts kicked by him, until they realize they're on the same side at the end.
* ''Film/PacificRim'': The Russian Jaeger pilots. While Crimson Typhoon and Striker Eureka have a quick head crush and explosion respectively, Cherno Alpha's pilots are shown screaming and drowning as two Kaiju tear the Jaeger apart.
* ''Film/ThePunisher2004'': [[TheDeterminator The Russian]], endures quite the fight with the hero. The whole fight is essentially a [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp battle]] with the Russian winning. He DOES take a few hits, including a stab, but nothing fazes him until he is burned with boiling hot water and tackled down a flight of stairs.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Averted by Sanya in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Of the first three Knights of the Cross we see (one American, one Japanese, and one Russian), he's the only one still alive and in good health.
** Not altogether averted. He's the only one not to suffer onscreen, thus far, but he has by far the darkest backstory of the three. Part of which is directly related to being black in Russia.
* Investigator Arkady Renko in the ''Literature/GorkyPark'' series of books. His first wife cheats on him. He falls in love with a political dissident, ends up fleeing the country to protect her and eventually marries her, only for her to [[DroppedABridgeOnHim catch a bridge]] due to a documented penicillin allergy that the nurse at their clinic was too lazy to notice in her records. When he finally decides to [[DespairEventHorizon end it all]], he is interrupted by a would-be hitman sent to kill him and ends up using his instrument of suicide to [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption kill the hitman in self-defense.]] Dude can't even catch a break when he tries to off himself. This is in addition to the various times he's been arrested, beaten, stabbed, shot at, or nearly frozen to death (more than once!).
* This trope is essentially the focus of every single work of classical Russian literature.
* ''The39Clues'': Irina Spasky.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/StargateSG1'', most Russians don't end up so well. When SG-1 went on a mission with four Russians, just one of them survived -- The FinalGirl.
** Colonel Chekov suffers the same fate. In the end, Russia's only battle cruiser, commanded by him, gets destroyed by the Ori.
** And let's not forget about an entire Russian base wiped out by sentient water. You're not going to see that happen at the SGC.
** And the entirety of the all-Russian SG-4 gets killed in "Metamorphosis."
** In "Absolute Power", a power-crazed Daniel has Moscow nuked in what turns out to be a DreamSequence.
* Similarly, Chekov of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' gets injured. A lot.
** Walter Koenig called ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Wrath of Khan]]'' "Star Trek II: Chekov Screams Again."
** In "The Deadly Years", Chekov is the only one of the landing party who doesn't fall prey to the aging disease, which would seem to be a good thing. However, what it really means is that he's forced to go through numerous painful and annoying tests so [=McCoy=] can figure out why he wasn't affected.
** Worf, [[TropeNamer namer]] of TheWorfEffect, was raised by Russian Slavs.
* Susan Ivanova of ''Series/BabylonFive''. To the point where the creator had to specify that she has NO MORE FAMILY TO KILL OFF! [[spoiler: So after she gets involved with Talia Winters and then finds out she's a Manchurian Candidate for the [=PsyCorps=], she gets together with Marcus! Oops, that didn't work out so well after all.]] On a lighter note, she also seems to be the station's go-to person for receiving TooMuchInformation.
* In ''TheManFromUNCLE'' Illya Kuryakin seemed to spend a lot of time chained up and tortured.
* Mikhail of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' was beaten up every time he appeared, but always seemed to survive until he was shot with a harpoon and blown up with a grenade. Must've been the EyepatchOfPower.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Waters of Mars", [[spoiler: the Russian guy is one of only two survivors from Bowie Base One.]]
* Played for laughs in an episode of NotGoingOut (albiet not technically with a Russian) where the main female character plans to marry an eastern european car mechanic being threatened with deportation to his conflict wracked native land so he can stay in England. The woman's family and friends strenuously warn her against it but are won over by the mechanic's stories of the suffering (including his family surviving on the milk of a lactating cat when they couldn't afford a pig and his grandma being burnt alive when the fire she fuelled with her wooden leg got out of control). Even the main character and woman's flatmate Lee who has a thing for her and has been working hard to ensure she didn't go through with the marriage is moved to tears and sets up a plan B marrying the mechanic to his accident prone and incompetent cleaner (on the grounds that the mechanic is obviously used to everything he owns being destroyed)
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[[folder: Music]]
* Unintentionally evoked by Russia's 2010(?) entry to the eurovision song contest by Peter Nalitch and Friends- 'Lost and Forgotten' an anthem of Russian melancholy and despair. Youtube it.
* Popular Russian song Den Pobedy (''Victory Day''). Nowadays, it is played with much martial pomp on May 9, commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany that doesn't quite recapture how sad the original lyrics are, which are about old veterans of World War II commiserating about how few of them came back from the miserable war, not about the glory of victory.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff, who is actually Croatian but played a Russian character, ''twice'' on [=PPV=] got {{Squash|Match}}ed either after singing the Soviet National Anthem or when he was attempting to sing it.
** At WWE's ''The Wrestling Classic'' PPV, which was a meaningless tournament with a Hogan-Piper match thrown in, he faced the Dynamite Kid in the first round. Volkoff sang the anthem, and Dynamite came off the top with a missile dropkick and pinned Volkoff in 8 seconds.
** At ''[=WrestleMania=] VI'', the Bolsheviks (Volkoff and Boris Zhukov) faced the Hart Foundation. Volkoff started to sing the anthem and the Harts interrupted him and hit him with the Hart Attack for the pin in 19 seconds.
** He had turned face in 1990, significantly over a year before the fall of the Soviet Union, and stayed that way until he left in 1992. He came back in 1994, and it was explained that he was low on money due to the collapse of the Soviet Union and thus he had to become [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase "The Million-Dollar Man" Ted [=DiBiase=]]]'s [[FallenOnHardTimesJob "property."]]
* WWE's Wrestling/{{Aksana}} is, legitimately, Lithuanian, but, she seems to qualify for this as well. She doesn't win too many matches. There was a 7-on-7 WWE Divas Elimination Match on the November 25, 2013 ''Raw.'' Aksana suffered a WardrobeMalfunction, which WWE was able to keep from airing, and was the first Diva to be eliminated from the match.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', unsurprisingly, turns this up to 11 with ''Russian Army Suffers Most''. The force based on the Red Army is notable for its love of human wave attacks, mine clearance by infantry advance, and generalised pointless slaughter, even by the [[DarkerAndEdgier standards]] of the setting.
** That does apply for Valhalla in general, although in another way in general, since these tactics are the ones favored by Commander Chenkov of the Tundra Wolves regiment, who is notorious for these tactics. This trope in general more applies to Valhallans when on the defense (which they specialize in, pretty much), due to their unwavering stoicism and the fact that they can take even the most traumatizing losses without breaking. Indeed, they rarely ever surrender a position, and it is noted in the Imperial Guard codex that the enemy often has to wipe out the defending Valhallan forces completely in order to assure victory.
** This reputation is lifted straight from the RealLife (and not exactly justified) reputation of the Red Army in the WWII. [[CiaphasCain Valhallan 597'th]] made a lot to [[BadassArmy change it]], though.
** Other Russian-based regiments, such as Vostroyan Firstborn, show different approaches to the army's character, but no one ever loses its main side -- the everlasting [[TheStoic stoicism]].
* In Warhammer the fantasy counterpart culture of medieval Russia - the Kislevites - seem to suffer the worst of all the Old World nations when the Hordes of Chaos decide to launch one of their regular apocalyptic invasions. This is in no small part because the Hordes of Chaos normally reside to the far north of the Old World, and Kislev is the first human nation in their way as they travel south. The last Great War Against Chaos, in the early 2300s, saw the Kislevite city of Praag obliterated, its site forever after tainted, and pretty much the entire country turned into a bloody wasteland for several years. The final battle, at the gates of the capital, saw the embittered remnants of Kislev's fighting forces team up with Imperial, Dwarf and Elf armies to end the war, the Tzar of Kislev proving stoical and unwavering to the end.
* Russia is statistically the second-most likely power to be eliminated in ''TabletopGame/{{Diplomacy}}'', despite starting the game with one more unit than anyone else.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Everybody's first instinct is to shoot at the Heavy... [[MightyGlacier but he can take it.]] ShootTheMedicFirst, [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/9/21/ you idiots]]!
** Every Creator/{{Valve|Software}} 'Meet The Team' video except his own includes poor Heavy [[TheWorfEffect getting it from the featured class]]. [[BoomHeadshot Headshots]], facestabs, Sticky-bombs, sentry guns, mugged for his lunch... The BLU Heavy, anyway. When the RED Heavy takes center stage[[note]] Meet the Heavy, Meet the Sandvich, Meet the Medic[[/note]] ''[[InvertedTrope everyone else]]'' suffers.
** In Meet the Medic, the RED Heavy does have to endure a full-awake operation that includes having the Medic's pet dove inside his organs (and the Medic telling said dove to not do that because it's filthy in there), having his extracted heart ''explode'' because it couldn't stand the ubercharge, having said heart replaced with a Mega Baboon heart and accidentally breaking off a piece of rib while keeping his ribcage open (though the results of the operation seem to have been worth it).
** Heck, there's even an achievement for getting hurt a whole lot in one life as a Heavy (and using medkits to heal), and [[RasputinianDeath one for being hurt in almost every way it is ''possible'' to be hurt in one life.]]
** [[VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory 'Beat me once, shame on me. Beat me twice, also shame on me. Beat me three times? I am sent to my death.']]
* In the BLGame ''Absolute Obedience'', the KGB spy [[SensualSlavs Zhores Barsoukova]] manages to have the crappiest life in a game where everyone has a crappy life. Forced to be a HoneyTrap in his sister's place, he gets horribly topped, and also [[spoiler:manages to be one of only two characters who can possibly die during the game. He also manages to have the second worse item stuck up his ass in the entire game.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'', both of Carlos's teammates, Nicholai and Mikhail, are Russian - the first of the two [[spoiler: turns out to be a sociopath persistent enough to survive a small explosion and is finally either blown up again in a helicopter or punched full of holes by Nemesis's CombatTentacles]] and the second is first encountered half dead in a makeshift safehouse, finally [[spoiler: dying via HeroicSacrifice]]. Carlos lives to the end of the game without having to go through too much. Officially, Nicholai survived.
* Olga Gurlukovich in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', the two members of the Cobra Unit - sans of course The Boss - with the most fleshed out and tragic backstories are The Sorrow and The Fury. Guess what nationality both those men have in common?
* Virtually every character in ''VideoGame/{{Singularity}}'' is Russian, and from all the tapes and audio logs and other files we find, they ''really'' get put through the wringer.
* We don't really see the rest of the world, but the inhabitants of ''VideoGame/{{Metro 2033}}'' certainly don't have it easy.
* It isn't really apparent in the ''CommandAndConquer: Red Alert'' series but the Soviets have become something of a JerkassWoobie lately. Yes they start the wars but even their attitude in doing so is fatalistic. As the ''Uprising'' manual explains, their defeat in ''RedAlert3'' popularised a phrase that amounts to "Hey, we tried".
** And can you blame them? Between corrupt leaders suffering from ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and getting their asses handed to them by the Allies, they don't really have it easy.
* The ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' series...''three'' games about sad Russians being shot to death or turning into mutants, and every ending involves you getting a HopeSpot then dying horribly. Great advertising for the tourist industry!
** {{Subverted}}, in that the game takes place in the Ukraine, not Russia, but it's a meta-assumption by the player much larger than ''STALKER'' itself. The Chernobyl Disaster, and nuclear horror in general, is so synonymous with the Soviet Union that most people outside the former Eastern Bloc have no idea that Pripyat isn't actually in Russia.
* Dr. Cossack in ''VideoGame/MegaMan4'' goes through a ''lot'' of horrible moments during the game, when you think about it. His daughter is kidnapped by Dr. Wily and he's forced to take credit for his crimes, converting his own robots for combat purposes and/or build new ones in an attempt to destroy Mega Man. Then he watches as Mega Man destroys all of his robots. Finally, he's forced to fight Mega Man himself. It's telling that when the battle with Dr. Cossack starts, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vm4ZEsxgqs there's actually a few seconds where he stands idle not doing anything]], suggesting that Dr. Cossack doesn't want to go through with this.
* In the thoroughly-scripted ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' TutorialMission, you have a squad of an Argentinian, an American, a Japanese and a Russian. By the end of the mission, you lose everyone except [[spoiler:the Argentinian]]--but the first one to go? The Russian dude. With a point-blank shotgun blast to the chest ''and'' a grenade for a good measure.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''BadMachinery'': Mrs. Biscuits, an old woman that Mr. Kropotkin is trying to force out of her home to build a football stadium on the site, and also Mr. Kropotkin, a mining oligarch.
--> '''[[http://www.scarygoround.com/?date=20091014 Mrs. Biscuits]]''': I come from Russia years ago. In Soviet Russia, you have ''nothing!'' Here I have home. Will Russia take it from me? No!\\
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'''[[http://www.scarygoround.com/?date=20091022 Kropotkin]]''': In Russia, I make fortune mining lithium. Initially with bare hands. Then a teaspoon. Other miners laugh! They could not break my spirit. When I feel sad, eat some lithium, feel better. After a week, I earn enough money to buy shovel. Now I own many mines. Laughing miners? Today they are broken men, too tough to cry.
* Alexi and her brother Isaac from ParallelDementia, including both believing the other one is dead.
* In the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' FanWebComic ''TheCobraDays'', though there are three Russians, the Sorrow, who speaks broken English for the first story arc and is most obviously Russian, suffers at the hands of the series creator who [[WordOfGod admitted herself]] that she enjoys seeing him get hurt. In almost every strip, he is either hurt or sporting an injury from a previous strip. This was even going to continue past where the series stopped, and during her finale video, she showed an image where the Fear had been beaten for being a [[spoiler: Catholic [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} Gypsy]]]]. The soldiers in the background were holding a badly-injured Sorrow, and the creator said that she couldn't remember why they'd beaten the Sorrow but assumed it was just for fun.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Russia's fate in far too many AlternateHistory scenarios is even worse than in RealLife. Especially if the writer has a bone to pick and wants to "punish" it for whatever (usually political) reason.
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[[folder:Web Video]]
* WebVideo/BroTeamPill's review of ''Videogame/{{Singularity}}'' says you can tell it's a good game because it's Russian, then followed by
-->You know how you know it's Russian? Because there's monsters, ghosts, shit's all fucked up, there's time travel, gas masks, and radiation is all over the place. [[foldercontrol]]

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Tezz Volitov of ''HotWheelsBattleForce5'' got stuck on a Red Sentient Moon when he was nine years old and was in his late teens by the time he was able to return to Earth. He spent the duration of his ordeal barely scraping by, if his emaciated look is anything to go by.
* Dr. Jumba Jookiba of ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' is one of a ButtMonkey duo. While an alien, he is nonetheless Russian-accented.
** With the voice of [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Cogsworth]], and many many more, such as Pocahontas' Radcliffe, and his sidekick Wiggims, no less.
** This is also Jumba's CrowningMomentOfFunny:
---->'''Stitch''': Hey! Gambooka gably!
---->'''Jumba''': WHAAAAAAT?! After everything you put me through, you expect me to help you- Just like that? ''JUUUSSST LIIIIKE THAAAAAT?!''
---->'''Stitch''': Ih.
---->'''Jumba'''': Fine.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'''s Grizzlikof.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision: As noted above, Russia itself. NapoleonicWars, Crimean War, WW1, WW2 ...
** And the ÷godei Khan's conquest of Europe as well.
** For Russians themselves, there's the [[DirtyCommies communist]] years, the [[TsaristRussia tsarist]] years, the [[FromBadToWorse Mongol years]], and so on, and so on, and so on -- although each is the subject of BrokenBase in the country. The communist era is '''not''' inherently better or worse than any of the others, just as nasty, brutish and long.
** Many historians have argued that Russian culture and mentality were irreparably damaged (in a HeWhoFightsMonsters sort of way) during the oppressive rule of Mongol conquerors in TheHighMiddleAges, when Russians lived in a constantly violent and wary symbiosis with them. The post-Genghis Khan "Golden Horde" empire turned Russians from conquered territories into bullied subjects, while the few Russian principalities that managed to hold on to independence became locked in a never-ending CycleOfRevenge with the empire. After the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kulikovo Battle of Kulikovo Field]] in the late 14. century, the Russians finally managed to liberate their territories and kicked out the remaining Mongol overlords. This eventually paved the road to the [[FromBadToWorse bloody unification of the principalities]] into a single tsardom and the [[StartOfDarkness highly expansionist nature]] of the future [[TsaristRussia Russian empire]].
** Their suffering continues to the present day. Right now, there's about a ''12 year'' difference in the life expectancy of male and female Russians, largely because the Russian male response to the country's sorry state of affairs is to drink copious amounts of anything alcoholic as a socially acceptable means of suicide.
*** What's interesting, during the Soviet times, especially in TheSeventies and part of TheEighties, when the economic situation was ''much'' better that in TheNineties, and political oppression almost disappeared, the median life expectancy for males ''never'' exceeded 65 years, which is, in a curious coincidence, a pension age for the non-privileged professions. Some {{Conspiracy Theorist}}s believe that TheGovernment intentionally created such a situation to reduce the amount of pensions paid. It dropped some five years after that and finally overcame the "65 years" figure in TheNewTens.
** When the FromBadToWorse page has an entry under RealLife that says the history of Russia can be summed up as "Somehow, things got worse", you know luck isn't on their side.
** They have long history of having some the [[TotalitarianUtilitarian nastiest leaders]] running their country, Ivan the Terrible, Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin...
*** In all honesty, Lenin himself had a good idea on where to lead the country. Unfortunately, the whole rest of the party just carried on the Russian tradition of being a massive tumor on everything they control. And there was a Civil War going on, which is not exactly the thing you fight in white kid gloves.
*** And once again in all honesty, Ivan IV, PeterTheGreat and Stalin were undoubtedly cruel and did not care about how many subjects would die in their projects, but at least these deaths were not in vain: the country accomplished a lot during their rules. What's worse than a [[TotalitarianUtilitarian competent but uncaring tyrant]] is [[TheCaligula an incompetent, uncaring nitwit and nincompoop]], and Russia has had more than enough of them. Yeltsin. Nicholas II. Peter III. Pseudo-Demetrius. The list goes on.
* A [[RussianHumor Russian joke]] involves a Brit, a Frenchman, and a Russian debating the definition of happiness. The Russian says true happiness is when the KGB kicks down the door of your shabby apartment ... and it turns out they're after somebody else.
** There are many more like this. [[BlackComedy Grim]] and [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]] humor is a Russian staple.
*** During WorldWarII, there was a black comic song sung by Russian tankers. One of the verses was "Our legs are torn off, and our faces are on fire!"
*** There's also a popular old sad Russian folk song about tanks that often serves as a freakin' ''[[VodkaDrunkenski drinking song]]''. It's about a tank commander who was killed in action, how they bury him and notify his next of kin. Here are some of the verses: "The tank was hit with armor-piercer / Now say goodbye to the Guards crew / Just four more corpses on the hillside / will add to fair morning view / So they'll extract us from the remains / They'll put our coffin on the clay / And rumbling fire from the main-guns / Escort us on our final way". Here's an English variant.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeb3ZLb-wJ4 1]]
** [[http://www.enemies.com/gnostic-jokes/what-nationality-were-adam-eve/ A similar joke]] involves people of various ethnicities looking at a painting of Adam and Eve and giving reasons why Adam and Eve must really have been their ethnicity. The punchline is, [[spoiler: "No clothes, no shelter," the Russian points out, "they have only an apple to eat, and they're being told this is paradise. They are Russian."]]
* In Mandarin Chinese, Russia is  ("…guů"). The Chinese word for "Hungry" is  ("»"). Thus, in spoken Chinese, Russia is literally called "Hungry Kingdom/Country". A curious designation with at least some accuracy.
* Some special operations units are known for their cunning or their high tech gear, but the Spetsnaz alone are infamous in Western media (with the emphasis on ''Western media'') for the brutality of their selection and training. Interestingly, actual Russian Spetsnaz units, from Internal Affairs to Army to airborne, almost never advertise their training as "brutal", instead stressing their professionalism and devotion to military honor. Their selectiveness is treated as a given, since historically every elite in the Soviet union was supposed to form in a centralized fashion (i.e. by multi-level selection) - from theater and science to military, sports and even art.
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