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->''"What I see here is a dozen people, all trying to make each other miserable. [[BileFascination You disgust me, but it's also faintly amusing]]. Carry on."''
-->-- '''Quote from an attorney in a Dutch court (translated)'''

There's a German word, ''{{Schadenfreude}}.'' It means "the joy you get at seeing other people's misfortune" (Schaden = "damage", Freude = "joy"). The SadistShow is built on it. In this kind of show, there are no sympathetic characters whatsoever, and nobody will ever PetTheDog. Everybody is both obnoxious and incompetent, beyond even the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist. The audience can't really root for them, so the fun is in seeing the characters [[DeusAngstMachina suffer more than they deserve]], more than [[Literature/TheBible Job]], [[TheChewToy more than possibly everybody in the history of the human race combined]]. In short, it's a comedy, but not in the Shakespearean sense.

And not just any old misfortune, like getting an AnvilOnHead. The agony in a SadistShow is a very sharp kind, the one that reminds you how totally unfair life is. It isn't a SadistShow unless the characters suffer the very opposite of poetic justice. For instance, if our UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist has been mugged, that's not enough. If the poor dope runs to report the mugging, and is arrested for jaywalking, and has to sit in jail while the mugger walks past their cell every day, that's the SadistShow.

Sometimes, there will be a character who the audience kind of sort of roots for, but not really. One form is the NoRespectGuy (like Frylock from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'') who tries to act decent but fails. However, the audience doesn't exactly root for them, because they're so ineffective, and they're usually a bit of a stick in the mud too. Another form is a [[HeroicComedicSociopath Heroic Sociopath]], who is as vile as the rest of the cast, but is at least competent (like Brock Sampson from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''). But they're too evil to really cheer for, and how sympathetic can they be if they're stuck with the rest of these losers? ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', with its emphasis on failure, reminds us that Brock may be competent, but he's in a pointless dead-end gig, and one that he is so over-qualified for that it's humiliating.

Note that this can be somewhat subjective, depending on how sympathetic and/or interesting one finds a character, a cast, or a situation.

This kind of show almost always has NegativeContinuity, so the writers can inflict any kind of torment they like (including [[TheyKilledKenny killing them off over and over again]]) without affecting future episodes.

Often overlaps with the GrossoutShow. An ImmoralRealityShow will usually be this in-universe. May be the [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil result]], [[HumansAreBastards cause]] or overlap a WorldHalfEmpty. Essentially the basic premise of a DarkFic. Compare KafkaKomedy. Compare and contrast PointAndLaughShow (RealLife {{Jerkass}}es, but dispensing with the torture in favor of just laughing at their existence) and CringeComedy. The natural habitat of the LethalKlutz.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': It's like ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', Japanese Anime Style.
* Pick a harem series. Any. You'll be lucky if it ''isn't'' this trope.
** ''Manga/LoveHina'', featuring the classic and [[FollowTheLeader pioneering]] example of an endlessly comedically tormented harem protagonist.
** ''Manga/GirlsBravo'' does this with a protagonist who's literally allergic to women. HilarityEnsues.
** The anime of ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' is a more full-fledged example; all the main characters are total jackasses, especially the male lead, and most of the appeal of the series comes from [[spoiler:the multi-horrific-murder ending, because by that point you ''want'' everyone to die]].
* ''Ultimate Girls''. UFO Man has revived three girls by sacrificing much of his own life force, so now they're in charge of protecting Tokyo. Oh, but growing 50 feet tall is only the half of this show. While most fellow fanservice shows just feature embarrassment as a natural emotion of being seen naked, this show actively goes out of its way to utterly humiliate the protagonists. It's not enough that embarrassment becomes the girls' power source as their magical spandex wears out (''very'' quickly). Oh no. When they revert back to their normal size, they don't even get their clothes back, even though said embarrassment has already served its purpose.
* ''Manga/AlienNine''. Yuri got chosen for the Alien Party completely against her will. And there is no way out of it for her (except maybe killing herself).
* Grrl Power! One half-hour OAV which focuses on convincing this one guy to go to school. How do the girls do it? [[spoiler: Set him up for all kinds of miserable tasks, and when he asks for payment, explain that it's not a part-time job. The girls are saving up to set up a new country at some island.]] Oh, and there's also this one man who the girls refuse to do a damn thing for, for no explained reason, even though they make a point of helping everyone else who can pay up.
* ''Anime/BloodC'' chances are if you're not an ally of the BigBad or Saya prepare to die ''[[CruelAndUnusualDeath horribly]]''.
* The ''When They Cry'' series, due to the [[spoiler:HatePlague]].
* All characters in the movie version of ''{{X1999}}'' die either in the first 5 minutes after they're introduced or at least before the end of the movie.
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga''. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Everything Il Palazzo assigns to his henchgirls ends up in failure]], Hyatt is [[IllGirl so ill that she continually dies and comes back to life]], [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption all of Menchi's attempts to escape Excel's ownership end in failure]], [[ButtMonkey Mr. Pedro]] lost ties with his family to Gomez, Nabeshin is prone to lose loved ones only moments after he reunites with them, and Excel's neighbors are led by one hell of an iron-fisted bitch.
* ''Anime/AmazingNurseNanako''. One of the few shows starring a female ButtMonkey. And it's played for laughs, too.
* ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'', the semi-real tales of a mangaka who went through a lot of humiliation and abuse.
* '' KeroroGunsou''. Being a space frog with inferiority complex, while trying to take over Earth, only to be at the mercy of the pink-haired Natsumi Hinata, who you live under and forces you to do chores can suck big time.
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent''. This applies to the lives of nearly every main character that is featured in each episode, up until Lil' Slugger comes by and puts them out of their misery.
* ''Anime/DGrayMan'': Allen Walker is the universe's chew toy whose rather depressing life is played off for laughs.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. The main characters frequently fight and/or scheme against each other (largely in [[LoveMakesYouCrazy the name of love]]), and Ranma is constantly smacked around by his fiance for [[NotWhatItLooksLike things]] that [[AccidentalPervert aren't his fault]]. This is all mostly played [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]], especially in the anime.
* ''Super Cruel and Terrible Tales of Mangaka''. It's a semi-documentary manga about the lives of typical down-on-their-luck mangaka, and it's darkly hilarious: between dysfunctional workplace, overbearing editor, and general sad state of the manga industry in Japan, it comes out as something that is genuinely funny. For example, [[spoiler:one of the mangaka just lost his position in a prestigious magazine and is forced to draw for no-name hentai publication for a shitty amount of money. To avoid unwanted children he can't afford to raise, he force his wife to only do oral. This in turn make the wife sick of him, and she abandoned her. The mangaka is now jobless and gets no sex at all.]] Hahaha.
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'', with a ThisLoserIsYou protagonist, his loser {{otaku}} friend who tries to help him but unwittingly makes his life even worse, and the girl who also tries to help him [[spoiler:(surprise surprise, she's just as much of a socially inept dork as he is, and suicidal to boot)]]. Played half for comedy, half for drama.
* ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan'', which is about an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent and the insane MagicalGirl who kills him repeatedly. Removing her halo causes massive bouts of diarrhea. Another angel shows up and tries to kill protagonist-boy with a cattle prod because he's going to invent immortality in the future...but only for women, and it makes them all look twelve, so everyone decides he's a pedophile. Very much a CrossesTheLineTwice sort of show.
* A common complaint about ''EurekaSeven'' was how mean-spirited it was towards the protagonist. The first half of the series had Renton being humiliated and abused by the rest of the Gekkostate (especially from [[JerkAss Holland]] and [[BrattyHalfPint Eureka's children]]). Most of the time, it was PlayedForLaughs, but many saw it as DudeNotFunny.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* The comics in ''Magazine/{{Mad}} Magazine'' featuring Monroe, a whiny, ugly teenage loser. His stories often end with something nasty and painful being done to him.
* Also Mad's ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy'', originally by Antonio Prohias. Unlike in the golden age cartoons such as WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry, one or the other of the two spies suffers a gruesome and usually fatal injury.
* ''{{Ziggy}}'', the eponymous character is always getting the short end of the stick, and the other human characters he comes across are sarcastic and indifferent towards him at best, and cruel to him at worst. No wonder he only has animals as friends-- but then again his pet parrot Josh isn't all that nice to him either.
* ''FunkyWinkerbean'' started as a standard humor comic strip, and eventually morphed into a treatise on existential despair and the futility of life.
* SpiderMan can tend this way, DependingOnTheWriter. At the best of times, writers make sure to show how his superheroic life makes his mundane life more difficult. At the nasty end of the scale, he can't keep a girlfriend ([[OneMoreDay or wife]]), job, or residence; he's roundly hated and on the run from both the police, the mob, and a veritable army of {{Super Villain|s}}; all of his friends are dead, insane, on drugs, insane AND on drugs, or refuse to take his phone calls because he's so unreliable; and he intermittently suffers injuries, power fluctuations, web-fluid shortages, and costume damage. [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan And at one point, his heroism winds up killing him!]]]]
** How pathetic can it get? There was a three issue run in the early 90s where, because Peter had been so busy with superheroics ''and'' his mundane life, he forgot to do laundry and had to fight crime in a dirty, slightly mildewed costume. ''Everyone'' he encountered commented on the smell and made remarks about his personal hygiene.
* ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell''. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. Lots of the humor revolves around Garfield, Jon, and Odie (usually the latter two) being injured. In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1998/ga980111.gif one strip]], Garfield [[RunningGag kicks Odie off the table,]] ''[[CrossesTheLineTwice then drops a freaking vase on him.]]''
* ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'', particularly when the eponymous character deals with his wife Helga.
* ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'', mainly for the parents.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}''. Originally, Jeremy and his parents were both on even ground, with the parents embarrassing Jeremy and Jeremy being your typical teenager, annoying the parents in return. In later years, however, Jeremy is shown a lot less sympathetically, by insulting his parents left and right, being one of the laziest teenagers ever created, and all-in-all, being a complete JerkAss son to the point that it's any wonder why his parents don't punish him.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''. Everything that happens to [[ChewToy Charlie]] [[ButtMonkey Brown]]. Linus is not much better off, having such a tyrannical big sister as [[{{Jerkass}} Lucy]].
* ''TheLockhorns''. [[MeaningfulName Their last name says it all:]] They argue and berate each other about ''everything''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The ''Film/FinalDestination'' film series pits normal humans against an immortal, undefeatable, omnipresent force explicitly identified as TheGrimReaper. The humans escaped their original deaths due to unexplained premonitions of their demises. Death wants to balance his books, and he goes about it in a spectacularly sadistic way. As a result the series mostly revolves around figuring out in what horrific ways the protagonists end up dying.
* ''Film/BigBully''. So, if you've tattled on your childhood bully, he gets sent away to reform school, and you get to move away and live a happy life where you can be a successful novelist, right? Nope. People are more interested in the new Creator/StephenKing book, you're divorced, your son hates you because of that, and that childhood bully is back, and he can get away with messing with your life again, as good things happen to ''him''.
* ''Film/MeetTheParents'' and its sequels have one thing after another go wrong for Creator/BenStiller's character. Even after his [[EarnYourHappyEnding happy ending]] in the first movie, he is embarrassed once more during the credits.
* ''Film/TheMuppets''. Have you ever seen a group of characters get shat upon as badly as Kermit and the gang does in this movie? Even the ending is more or less a depressingly unhappy one.
* ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'': Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', "it only shows a man being tortured for 2 hours".
* ''Film/TheKarateKid'': Giving us plenty of scenes of Daniel being beaten and tortured, and bad guys being pathetically punished.
* ''Film/{{Drive}}'' is the story of an amiable getaway driver who finds love with his pretty neighbor and her young son... and then has that love cruelly snatched away when the neighbor's ex-con husband comes back from jail, and he decides to do what he thinks is right by helping the husband get out of a jam. Naturally, his attempt to do the right thing goes horribly wrong...
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/DanielPinkwater's story ''Literature/YoungAdultNovel'' has the StoryWithinAStory "Kevin Shapiro, Boy Orphan," the lugubriously sad tale of a thirteen-year-old boy straight out of DysfunctionJunction, whose problems have included everything from [[OrphansOrdeal orphanhood]] to drug addiction to homosexuality to [[MisterSeahorse becoming pregnant]]. Kevin fails so completely to fix his messed-up life that he often gets killed off in frustration; of course, NegativeContinuity lets him always come back to life in the next chapter.
* The early novels of Evelyn Waugh are sadist shows. In the first few pages of Decline and Fall, for instance, Paul Pennyfeather gets debagged, expelled from Oxford, fined five and sixpence for two cigarette burns in his room, cheated out of his inheritance by his guardian, and sent to work in the worst school in England. No wonder he's upset. ('God damn and blast them all to hell,' said Paul meekly to himself as he drove to the station, and then he felt rather ashamed, because he rarely swore.')
* When Creator/PhilipKDick was going through his darkest days of depression and insanity, he wrote some ''very'' painful stories, most of which consist of him bashing down his protagonists so that even suicide seems like a happy option.
* ''The Gap Cycle''. Hooooo, boy, ''and HOW''. It's even represented by an ''actual'' sadist show in which a large-breasted woman ''cuts off her breasts'' with a rusty knife, then guts herself. [[FridgeHorror On a nightly basis, thanks to future technology - but she still feels everything.]]
* ''Justine'' by the Creator/MarquisDeSade is nothing but a SadistShow (written by the guy who gave rise to the very ''word'' "sadism", no less!) punctuated by philosophical monologues. The world is not just indifferent, but actively malevolent. Justine is [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished consistently punished for her decent behavior]] while her persecutors experience nothing but boons for their cruelty and selfishness.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/QueenForADay'' is a show in which five female contestants describe in excruciating detail their horrible RealLife problems (such as deaths in the family, cancer, job loss, poverty, homelessness, even ''mental illness'') in order to win prizes, the host viciously belittling and ridiculing them as the audience laughed at their predicaments. When the winner was announced, the other contestants were ushered off the stage and given ''nothing'', not even bus fare home. This passed for family entertainment for ''twenty years'' on American TV.
* The re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' plays this for drama. It got excruciatingly (and brilliantly) dark at points.
* Teen soaps are prone to this half of the time, apparently to show you that some TeensAreMonsters. {{Nickelodeon}} usually leads this trope, as well as DanSchneider shows that employ AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale.
** The DanSchneider shows ''Series/ICarly'' and ''DrakeAndJosh'' are poster-children for ComedicSociopathy, each having a massive KarmaHoudini in the form of Megan, and Sam with their targets DrakeAndJosh, and Freddie.
* Almost any Indonesian TV.
* The series ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' finds its characters, particularly Michael Bluth, constantly having brief opportunities at success yanked away from them. Often times, it will be the culmination of the decisions of everyone in the house working against each other to completely void any progress they may have made. The mildly likable Michael Bluth often finds that as soon as he himself is willing to be the slightest bit lax in his principles he is karmically punished, as when he condemns his family for spending their shares of company stock only to have it immediately revealed that he has used his shares to buy a new car.
* The humor in the BBC TV series ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' and ''{{Series/Extras}}'' comes from the continual humiliation of the main characters, especially the second series of Extras. The US adaptation of ''TheOffice'' will occasionally flirt with this, but seldom rely on it. The same goes for ''TheITCrowd'', often in a big way.
* The BritCom ''{{Bottom}}'' (as well as its spiritual predecessor ''The Young Ones'') exists entirely so the audience can watch two only-slightly-sympathetic {{Loser Protagonist}}s sharing an apartment, arguing, dreaming up {{Zany Scheme}}s that inevitably fail, beating the hell out of each other, and suffering fatal injuries at least once every three episodes. Edmondson, Mayall, and Planer also joined forces for ''FilthyRichAndCatflap''. This sort of show is really Edmondson and Mayall's specialty.
* ''PeepShow'' is another BritCom to fit this trope, a cringingly awkward black comedy following, once again, two only-slightly-sympathetic {{Loser Protagonist}}s as they ruin their own chances in life and love.
* ''MarriedWithChildren''. What redeeming moments the characters had were very few and far between, and such moments were almost always the exclusive purview of Al and to a lesser extent Bud.
* Somewhat inverted on ''{{Frasier}}'', which was an extremely well-written show with sympathetic characters, but it was very rare for the eponymous character or his brother to ever come out ahead by the end of the episode. This made the series a bit of a "''Masochist'' Show."
%%* ''TheWorstWeekOfMyLife''
%%* ''Series/{{MADtv}}''
%%* ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'', to some extent. There are no more than token efforts to solve the DysfunctionJunction situation. Ray is a wuss when it comes to standing up to his wife and mother, although he does get better at this in the later seasons; Frank is an insensitive JerkAss; Deborah is a mean, overly angry housewife; Robert is a self-loathing whiner who expresses {{Wangst}} despite the fact that he's in his forties; and Marie is simply the personification of the devil who uses guilt to get what she wants in addition to being meddlesome.
* ''DinnerImpossible'' could be fairly accurately summarized as "Food Network tries to kill Robert Irvine." ''RestaurantImpossible'' allows him to spread the suffering around a bit more. That said, he enjoys the sadism a bit as he doesn't perform so well in other shows.
** From the same network, a lot of the "Food Network Specials" basically consist of the audience waiting for the cake to fall over.
** Or shows like ''Series/{{Chopped}}'' and ''Series/CupcakeWars'' which is a stage by stage elimination show where 3 out of 4 chefs dreams gets crushed one chef at a time.
** ''Series/HellsKitchen'', getting eliminated early there is practically suicide for your career in the culinary field, you will be stuck working for slave wages after this at a low quality dining place if you were eliminated early.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. All the fans watch it to see the Winchesters suffer and see how Dean will fall apart this week (except for the [[FanDumb portion of the fandom]] [[MisaimedFandom that thinks Dean is a saint]]). And everyone loves to watch Sam and Dean [[ManlyTears cry]].
* ''EverybodyHatesChris''. The name speaks for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin itself]].
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' was practically built around this idea. "No hugging, no learning" was the mantra in the show's formative years.
** Likewise, ''CurbYourEnthusiasm.''
* ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' is this trope in ''spades''. The main cast of five has virtually no redeeming qualities and their attempts to improve anything ''always'' makes it worse. Sweet Dee was originally conceived as the voice of reason, but very quickly lost that aspect of her character and is now just as horrible as the rest of them.
* ''{{Lexx}}'' is another WorldHalfEmpty example. The characters are less than sympathetic, and while you'd kinda root for them at first, by the third series you'd wish [[KillItWithFire they died in the pilot]], for the ''entire Universe's'' sake. The third series tries to redeem them, but some even consider [[spoiler:[[CrossesTheLineTwice blowing up Heaven and Hell planets]]]] to deserve them the fate above. Fourth series goes to [[spoiler:Earth]], which doesn't have that much luck or sympathy either, and is destroyed chunk by chunk [[spoiler:until it is blown up and between the survivors manage to wind up [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Buffoon]], the MadScientist partly responsible for Earth's destruction (and his {{Fangirl}}s), and of course, [[{{Satan}} the devil himself]]]].
* TheBBC show ''{{Mongrels}}''
* ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'':
** The show is wall-to-wall power struggles and emotional warfare. The rule on that show is that whatever makes the characters (especially Malcolm) the most miserable is what will happen. Just two examples: the episode that ends with Francis dragged naked behind a Zamboni on a skating rink (after trying to stop getting deeper in debt to his evil employer), and the episode that ends with Malcolm being insulted, a lot, by a girl, having a crying jag, and drying his tears with poison oak.
** There was an in-universe example of this as well... In one episode, Francis babysits his brothers and sets up a "contest" to see which brother loves him most by doing random tasks for him. This quickly devolves into a brawl, and Francis briefly cuts in, saying something to the effect of "Whoa, whoa. This was supposed to be about love, and you've turned it into something ugly! ...Carry on." He then sits down with a drink and watches his brothers fighting, saying "This, too, pleases me."
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' is a relentlessly cynical, sadistic show about [[DirtyCoward dirty cowards]] and a near VillainProtagonist. The characters who aren't self-serving and malicious are hideously incompetent, and they all inhabit a realm where idealism goes to die.
* ''{{Cheaters}}''. The show's purpose is to be a private investigator service for people who think their significant other is being unfaithful. [[{{Dissimile}} Except without the "private" portion.]] If the SO is indeed cheating, you don't have to pay any fees for hiring the show, but you are expected to confront them and the Other (Wo)Man in public with the host and camera crew trailing behind like {{Ambulance Chaser}}s, getting in the broken-hearted peoples' faces and asking "How do you feel?" Never once have they shown an investigation that exonerated the SO or had a happy ending. Is it any wonder the host was once stabbed on-camera by an enraged man?
* ''{{Naeturvaktin}}''/''{{Dagvaktin}}''/''{{Fangavaktin}}''/''{{Bjarnfredarson}}'' are about a DysfunctionJunction ComicTrio unintentionally (and occasionally intentionally) making each others's lives worse in a CrapsackWorld. ''{{Dagvaktin}}'' is the most extreme, dealing with the cast committing or enduring rape, murder and child abuse, as well as embarking upon a MushroomSamba and breaking the index finger of a {{Jerkass}} surgeon with million-dollar hand insurance.
* ''Series/OohLaLaCouple'', a 2012 KoreanDrama, constantly has its characters in awkwardly funny situations that should generally be serious and heartbreaking, but are juxtaposed to hilarious reactions.
* ''Series/ANTFarm''. While the main character isn't too bad, everyone else is either an inconsiderate jerk or a complete idiot.
* ''Series/BlackBooks'' is nothing more than an embittered Irish drunk taking out his anger and frustration on the world, usually in the form of [[ButtMonkey Manny]]. It's good.
* Much of the appeal of ''DirtyJobs'' is seeing Mike Rowe get absolutely filthy and try (and mostly fail) to perform tasks that would make most people cringe while his hosts (who do this for a living) look on with amusement. One of the most popular episodes involves Mike getting bitten by snakes. Multiple times.
* The SketchComedy series ''CameraCafe'' is this UpToEleven. The two main characters are {{Anti Role Model}}s {{Villain Protagonist}}s with no redeeming qualities. Everyone else is a jerk, a ChewToy, an idiot or all three of them. It's a show where DomesticAbuse is PlayedForLaughs and everybody believes ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption.
%%* ''Series/Girls'' in spades.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'' is this, being set in Hell and all.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' has one of the most consistently and gleefully sadistic rule sets imaginable, as everything and everyone is stacked against the players, including each other. The backup clones each player receives does less to mitigate the cruel dooms than it does to encourage the GM and players to heap even more on each other. Players participate with the guarantee that they will get to spread their share of sadism around and enjoy the suffering of their friends.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* ''Whacked!'' No matter what the specifics are for any given round, it will ''always'' involve slaughtering your opponents with baseball bats, meat cleavers, exploding rubber duckies, oversized shish kabobs, cacti, missiles, and plenty more! [[DeathIsCheap Again, and again, and again!]]
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' is about the title character going through several situations that involve very dark humor, and occasionally very dark trama. The only non-indicative word of the title is "fur", since very little has anything to do with his fur so much as his acid-trippy trials and tribulations, which are ultimately topped off with his life being ruined.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Hawke is caught smack dab in the middle of having an apostate (or being an apostate) on the run from Templars and insane blood mages and have absolutely no way to make anything better. Only the way they approached one bad thing after another. Either by being pragmatic/sarcastic/angry.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' is a form of Sadist Webcomic that is more about characters surviving their lives while the world continues to spit at them. (Of course, how sympathetic you think they are depends on how you view the [[TheEeyore passive-aggressiveness]] and sadism they react with.)
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has an entire cast of idiots, sadists, and idiotic sadists. The main characters are Fighter, a nimrod who manages to be TooDumbToLive and [[NoOneShouldSurviveThat too stupid to die]] at the same time ([[ObfuscatingStupidity or maybe not]]); Black Mage, a psychotic murderer who kills any- and everyone that gets in his way (and a few others just for the hell of it); Red Mage, a {{Munchkin}} powergamer blissfully unaware of his own idiocy with no regard for anyone elses' well-being; and Thief, a duplicitous, greedy elf supremacist with no conscience. All their opponents are of matching idiocy, and the king of the local kingdom wears the literal interpretation of BlackComedy for shoes. In fact, the most sympathetic main character other than White Mage, the voice of reason, is Black Mage, as he's at least tried to change. Well, before it was revealed that in order to obtain his doomsday attack, he sacrificed orphans to a dark god. Said doomsday attack is also powered by love; i.e. it siphons love out of the universe, and the divorce rate goes up by a few percent every time he uses it. Even White Mage is becoming more of a {{Jerkass}}, with her refusing to heal Black Mage when he has a spear through his head (though to be fair, it's Black Mage). Also, to add insult to injury, Thief almost never gets his comeuppance, whereas Black Belt (an actually slightly sympathetic character) is the only character yet to have been KilledOffForReal (even the [[BigBad Big Bads]] turn up in Hell occasionally).
* The webcomic ''AnsemRetort'', which tells the tale of a sadistic {{Fox}} reality show.
* [[http://garfieldminusgarfield.net/ Garfield minus Garfield]] forces this trope into being, but that's somewhat the point.
* ''NanasEverydayLife'' is basically about how long you can keep a character alive without putting her out of her misery...
* Every protagonist in ''ContemplatingReiko'' is a sadistic demon girl.
* ''Webcomic/TheSnailFactory'' features characters which eat each other on a fairly regular basis.
* ''Webcomic/{{Prequel}}'' takes ''extreme'' pleasure in torturing its main character, Katia. Its subtitle is "Making a Cat Cry: The Adventure".
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* "Hello, I'm the WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, I remember it so ''you'' don't have to!" He's even said once that he can't stop torturing himself. Also, he's [[YouBastard cursed the audience]] for [[TheChewToy just wanting to see him suffer]].
** Like WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, it's not just a case of being [[SuckinessIsPainful hurt with a bad movie]] anymore. He's a frequently unhappy, lonely man who only reviews because he has nothing else and that's the only thing he can be proud of.
%%* WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall sometime dips into this.
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd is all about watching the eponymous Nerd play through [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible craptastic]] games just to show us everything that's wrong with them. Doing so must cost him his sanity and self-respect.
** In the Nightmare on Elm Street game review, he's being stalked by Freddy Krueger throughout the episode. When confronted face to face he finds out that Freddy IS him, Freddy states that since he chooses to play the crappy games of his own free will, he is his own nightmare.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick will dip into this, especially when she reviewed the {{Interquel}} to her all-time favourite Disney movie, ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. She didn't have fun.
** Increasingly so as the character develops, really taking off with her [[AllTakeAndNoGive casual abuse of her best friend]]. The Chick has coalesced into a geeky shut-in [[ClosetGeek in denial about her nerdy nature]], and an insecure KnowNothingKnowItAll who [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex needs to beat down her friends to boost her]] own [[BrokenBird broken self-esteem]]. The "Dark Nella Saga" tried breaking her down instead, but she was too oblivious for it to work.
* ''HappyTreeFriends'': Everyone gets killed horribly in every episode.
* ''MariKari'': Itís like the paranormal ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' meets the vulgar, blood and guts & mayhem of WesternAnimation/SouthPark.
--> "MARI, MARI! Sweeter than a cherry. Head is kinda airy. SHE LOVES YOU!!! KARI, KARI! Horrible and Scary! If you mess with Mari; SHE'LL KILL YOU!!"
--> -- The Theme Song of Mari-Kari.
* ''YouSuckAtPhotoshop'' is about an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist going through a complete mental, emotional and life breakdown, while making faux-snarky Photoshop tutorial videos because being able to Photoshop is all he has.
* Several HarryPartridge shorts have characters suffering in BloodyHilarious and occasionally [[NightmareFuel disturbing]] ways.
* TheOnion's RealityTV parody ''Sex House'' starts out as, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a parody of reality TV]]. However, with its gradual GenreShift and its increasingly indistinct SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror, it plays this trope out pretty fully in later episodes.
* ''WebAnimation/TheNekciMenijShow'' is a cattier version of this. [[spoiler: Complete with murder and kidnapping!]]
* ''[[Creator/StuartAshen Ashens]]'' is the story of one man's struggle with constantly disappointing products. Unlike most examples, his suffering is ''genuine'', as he often suffers from food poisoning, SensoryAbuse and lacerations on camera, to our amusement.
* ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange''. Possibly the only series ever to make cutting guest characters in half a OnceAnEpisode gag.
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* ''ClassicDisneyShorts'': DonaldDuck. In his own words "You can't win. You just can't win."
* Several shows like ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', the ''Creator/TexAvery'' shorts and ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' have their source of humor based on this trope, complete with violence that is over-the-top but still family-friendly (no blood or gore involved).
** A notable example was 'The Ducksters', featuring a ShowWithinAShow 'Truth or AAAAAAAAH!'. The penalties for missing answers on that show were ... probably not going to make it past the FCC these days.
* WesternAnimation/HeyArnold! became into this starting with Pigeon Man. They're a bunch of other episodes that provide this example such as the post season 1 episodes. A huge example would be in Arnold Betrays Iggy , the Helga episodes (mainly the ones where Helga goes through a lot of envy), Girl Trouble, and New Bully on the Block
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', as well as other Creator/AdultSwim shows, are very liberal in regards of characters suffering disgrace and misfortune for the sake of it.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': A megalomaniac alien, a deranged hedonistic robot, a paranormal-obsessed lunatic and his self-centered, sociopath sister in a ignorant, cybergothic CrapsackWorld. Vasquez has managed, through no small amount of effort in both writing the show and fighting to get his ideas aired by the censor-happy Nickelodeon network, to create a world wherein ''everyone'' fails at ''everything'' they try '''all the time'''. The only ones who come out okay are the ones who don't care about anything. Dib tries to foil Zim's latest plan to destroy Earth? Dib probably succeeds, Zim's plan fails, ending up with Zim learning nothing, Gir having destroyed half the lab (again), Dib taking the blame for whatever damage Zim wrought on the world, and Gaz rubbing salt in his wounds by calling him a kook. [[PyrrhicVictory Pyrrhic victories]] all around, nobody grows, and the world is worse off. In ''every episode''. Vasquez is a misanthropic ''savant.''
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' - From about Season 4 and onwards.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The series is the only show ever to have a famous running gag involving ''child abuse''. And everything that happens to [[TheChewToy Hans Moleman and Milhouse]]. "Homer's Enemy" and "The Boys Of Bummer" are some noteworthy examples.
** TreehouseOfHorror. It's easier to justify constant examples of TookALevelInJerkass and TookALevelInDumbass in episodes where AnyoneCanDie
** [[ShowWithinAShow The Itchy & Scratchy Show]], in which Itchy the mouse comes up with a sadistic new way each episode to kill Scratchy, who's just minding his own business.
** And then there's an in-universe example being that Japanese game show in ''Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo'', which involves things like skunks, human pinatas, lightning, volcanoes, and scorpions.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' - Especially in the third season, when it stopped pretending to be a comedy.
* ''{{Sealab 2021}}''
* ''FriskyDingo''
* Pick one of the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' derived series from WB in the 90s and tell yourself it isn't sadistic, you won't be able to.
* When ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' isn't about taking the piss out of RealityTV (the original premise which it pretty much dropped in the second season) or [[AnimationTropes cartoons]], it's about heaping abuse on the dysfunctional housemates. Fortunately, they all retain strong {{Jerkass}} tendencies, so there's little room for sympathy save for Captain Hero, who was originally the biggest of the Jerkasses but developed into the most sympathetic character.
* ''StressedEric'': The entire point of this show was to have ''every single thing'' in the protagonist's life go horribly wrong. At the end of every episode he collapses of a heart attack or some other such stress related malady.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' More on show page.
* ''CatDog''. [[YankTheDogsChain They never succeed]], and they live in a CrapsackWorld.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. It's a rare occasion that the neighborhood kids did something positive toward the Eds. [[spoiler: It changed by the end of the movie--the neighborhood kids actually start liking the Eds at that point.]] In most of the episodes, a character gets hurt practically every five seconds. The show practically revolves around pain.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' - the moral of the show appears to be "Life sucks, then you die. Then life continues to suck, and you die ''again''." And if you are a reasonable child SurroundedByIdiots, you're going to get the short end of the stick quite often.
* From it's second season and onward, ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' often wound up being this.
* A majority of ''TheBuzzOnMaggie'' has the eponymous character treated like crap by her parents, her JerkJock older brother Aldrin, the teachers, the AlphaBitch Dawn, and occasionally, her younger brother Pupert and her best friend Rayna. [[spoiler:The only time that the odds were in Maggie's favor was when she was forced to babysit her baby sister Bella while trying to win memorabilia of her favorite band]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' goes as far as being hosted by a sadist. By the time of the fourth season, the original cast is so sick of all the hellacious torture they've gone through that many have sworn to never be on the show again in any capacity, only participating because of their legally binding contracts. DJ ''freaked'' when he found himself back at Camp Wawanakwa in the fourth season for a challenge, and he was there as a ''judge''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' seems to have become this in its later seasons, due to SeasonalRot.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheDrinkyCrowShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'': It has a sadist Willy Wonka looking character for a prison warden.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', though to a lesser extent than ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* ''TheLifeAndTimesOfTim'': When [[ButtMonkey Tim]] isn't the victim of his own social ineptitude, he's suffering for being too meek and unassertive to turn down his friends and coworkers' terrible ideas.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{MAD}}'' does this to its character ''and'' the celebrities they mock within their sketches.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': In the future, EverythingIsTryingToKillYou. And the [[OnlySaneMan only one who minds]] is a [[{{Cyclops}} one-eyed]] [[spoiler:sewer mutant]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''. The whole show seems to revolve around ways to just to torture Timmy in the most cruelest ways possible. Heck, his parents get in on the act more often then not. It's a miracle the kid hasn't broken down after all the crap he gets into. In fact, his life being hell is why he has Fairy God parents in the first place, Timmy has two Fairy God Parents who grant his every want at any possible second, Timmy despite parental and babysitter abuse can still live in total paradise whenever he wants. As long as he makes smart wishes and keeps them under control.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' certainly qualifies.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad''. Almost all of the humour comes from the main characters being complete dicks to each other- Tuddrussel abuses Larry, Larry tries to kill Otto, Otto attacks Tuddrussel etc. The most vicious cases of this is when the writers had decided to make entire episodes dedicated to making sure that Otto is completely miserable, like have him abandoned on islands only inhabited by blood-thirsty baboons. If it's not the main guys- you can bet that some of the jokes come from ether Tuddrussel beating people up for stuff they didn't even do or historical figures being stupid or jerks and their inventions or ideas cause mayhem.
* The heroes and sidekicks of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'' are so horrible it almost makes you wish XOX would just destroy the world already.
%%* Fraidy Cat. The premise alone is cosmically sadistic.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko has been pushed and stepped on by almost everyone even his friends tend to get him injured.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': No matter where they go, or what they do, Mordecai and Rigby will never get out of their boring work as park groundskeepers.
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