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->''"Waspinator happy at last."''
--> -- '''[[TheChewToy Waspinator]]''', giving the very last line of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' [[spoiler: [[YankTheDogsChain It didn't last.]]]]

So they've been constantly injured, the [[ButtMonkey butt of every joke and misfortune]], [[TheChewToy much to the audience's amusement]], and it seems [[CosmicPlaything the universe itself just likes screwing with him]]. So what's happening now? Huh... he's happy?

Yes, it seems that fate/God/the writers finally decided to Throw The Dog A Bone. It can be them ultimately coming out ahead, or just having a break for once, but it's generally very satisfying to whoever it happens to and [[TheWoobie any fans that had felt sorry for him]].

One way this can happen is if the "Dog" character [[SexualKarma gets into a relationship]]. This can be very irritating to fans of the other character if it comes across as a [[StandardHeroReward reward]] and objectifies - in particularly bad versions of this; they might come across as - by this trope's very metaphor - a "[[FreudWasRight bone]]." (Even "better", listen to [[UnpleasableFanbase fans complain]] if this [[EntitledToHaveYou doesn't happen]].)

If the bone is thrown only to be cruelly snatched away later, then this becomes YankTheDogsChain, a set-up for the writers to further toy with the hapless character.

Compare KarmicJackpot, EarnYourHappyEnding. Contrast with TeamRocketWins.

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* ThrowTheDogABone/{{Anime And Manga}}
* ThrowTheDogABone/{{Comic Books}}
* ThrowTheDogABone/{{Film}}
* ThrowTheDogABone/{{Literature}}
* ThrowTheDogABone/LiveActionTV
* ThrowTheDogABone/{{Video Games}}
* ThrowTheDogABone/{{Web Comics}}
* ThrowTheDogABone/{{Web Original}}
* ThrowTheDogABone/{{Western Animation}}
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[[folder:Advertisement]]
* The {{Trix}} rabbit is occasionally given a chance to actually ''try'' the cereal depending on the outcome of a poll. People vote for him to get it ''every time'', and by now you would think the company would get that people [[TheWoobie really feel sorry for the guy]] and hate those [[CerealViceReward greedy kids]].
** They probably do and know that sympathy for the rabbit makes people remember the commercials more.
** Of course the audience is supposed to sympathize with the rabbit--they're supposed to want the cereal as bad as he does.
*** The message seems to be that the audience is supposed to sympathize with the kids, and feel ridiculously entitled to their cereal, thus becoming more insistent on buying it. Unfortunately, most kids seem to have a moral core that rates "don't be a jackass animal abuser" above "I deserve cereal because the kids become jackass animal abusers for it." Score one for basic human decency.
*** There have been a small number of ads where he did actually get to eat the cereal -- One of them is found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9wrx8YHH8A Here]]. In another, he tastes it, goes into his usual "description" monologue, and looks up to see that [[UnfortunateImplications the bowl is now empty]].
* One Christmas-themed Cocoa Pebbles commercial ends with the real Santa showing up, and [[TheFlintstones Fred and Barney]] for a change sharing a bowl of the cereal as friends.
* After attempting to get back together with the woman who rejected him for a Swiffer Wet-Jet (buying flowers, dedicating radio songs to her), the broom finally found a new girlfriend - the rake.
* A priceless [[SuperBowlSpecial Super Bowl]] Coke commercial where Macy Balloons of [[FamilyGuy Stewie]] and WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}} are fighting (aka bumping into each other) in order to get that balloon of a Coke bottle. Eventually, the bottle starts to float away. Both characters turn and see a round shape on the horizon. It's [[{{Peanuts}} CHARLIE]] [[TheWoobie BROWN]], who then wins the prize. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiMf5cCDy1I here]].
** Even better, he gets it in full view of a little girl in a blue dress and carrying a football (hint hint).
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[[folder:Fan Works]]

* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fanfic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'' (part of ''Fanfic/ProjectDarkJade''), [[VillainProtagonist Jade]] ends up hiring the Enforcers, and [[BenevolentBoss pays them regular wages (at one point, they mock the heroes by saying it's more than Section 13 pays them), and even when she fires them she gives them severance pay and all their belongings]]. When they realize that Jackie isn't there yet, [[GenreSavvy they decide to flee the country and get away from magic and the chaos involving it that they keep getting mixed up with once and for all]]. [[spoiler: [[YankTheDogsChain And then they get arrested almost immediately afterwards.]]]]
* The story ''[[Fanfic/TheNonBronyverse No, I am NOT a Brony, GET ME OUTTA EQUESTRIA!]]'' has a FourthWallMailSlot chapter in which [=BronyWriter=] pulls the hero, TD Powell back to Earth for the purposes of the Q&A, and while he makes it clear that he'll be sending TD back to Equestria for future chapters, he lets him have his date with his longtime crush Danae first.
* In ''ThoseLackingSpines,'' Vexen has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder [[ItMakesSenseInContext after his encounter with the Lazy Town Cake Song]] among other things. [[spoiler:He spends most of Chapter 10 relaxing in a lounge while Lexaeus and Xaldin are fighting Bishounen Gutless.]]
* In the ''Space Quest Incinerations'' fan game, General Bruce Havok, one of the most badass guys in the galaxy, says to Roger Wilco, savior of the galaxy yet perpetual [[TheChewToy Chew Toy Extraordinaire]], that he knows of Roger's heroism and is a big fan. While he did treat Roger like crap earlier, it's largely because it's been many years since Roger's exploits have occurred, and thus Bruce didn't realize he was dealing with ''that'' Roger Wilco, and Roger is something of a JerkAss when he's not saving the galaxy.
* In the {{Manga/Bleach}} story ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8987477/1/A-Black-Heart A Black Heart]]'' Ichigo lets [[LovableSexManiac Kon]] takeover his body to get laid while Ichigo takes care of some business.
* In ''Fanfic/UninvitedGuests'', after enduring 41 chapters of craziness, Toshiro Hitsugaya is happy when Nanao Ise takes over as his lieutenant, a partner who actually does her job. The narration even points out that the universe may throw you a bone if you work hard and never give up.
* In the WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom fanfiction, ''FanFic/{{Harmless}}'', [[IJustWantToHaveFriends Klemper]] now has the ghost dog, Cujo. At last, the lonely ghost has some friends.
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[[folder:Magazines]]
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'''s ''Monroe'' is occasionally thrown a bone, though they often YankTheDogsChain in the very same comic. Two examples:
** Getting to make out with his Irish cousin. When his parents find out, they force him to sleep in his roofless tree house in the pouring rain.
** Having the school bully steal his date at the cinema, but then getting him to eat a rotten hot dog he found on the floor of ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' screening next door.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "At Seventeen" by Janis Ian. Inverted in the 1975 pop classic about teenage elitism and being shunned, where the main character -- this song's told in first person -- '''''not even so much as thrown a bone''''' while all of her popular classmates get all of the attention, accolades and the cream off the crop of boys.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* One strip of ''TheBornLoser'' had the protagonist having a moment of good luck for once. ''Once.''
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Howard Finkle, Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ring announcer during the 90s and early 2000s, was a ButtMonkey almost any time he had any role in any storyline. However, during a feud between the mutually mulleted X-Pac and Jeff Jarrett, Jarrett bullied Finkle (who was bald) as part of the buildup. After X-Pac won the hair versus hair match, Finkle got to help him shave Jarrett's head.
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[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', after [[RunningGag constantly getting interrupted every time he tried before]], Rex finally manages to propose to Amanda during the FinalBattle. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this quickly turned into a case of YankTheDogsChain when Amanda was suddenly killed off a few posts later.]]
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** After years of being the game's ButtMonkey, shown [[RedShirt dying in droves]] in the fluff, getting saddled with unplayable units, and being to some extent incompatible with the current core rules, around the transition to 4th Edition the [[BadassNormal Imperial Guard]] finally got a decent codex. Their 5th edition update brought such treats as support gunships and the ability to field more tanks than any other army, pushing the guard into full WhosLaughingNow territory.
** The [[EvilCounterpart Dark]] [[SpaceElves Eldar]] went over a ''decade'' without an update to their extremely limited and increasingly dated model range and notoriously unforgiving rulebook, before finally getting not just a codex packed full of background fluff and viable units, but some of the most detailed models Creator/GamesWorkshop has ever produced.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* [[http://www.inquisitr.com/342012/victim-of-school-prank-becomes-homecoming-princess-town-rallies-to-fight-bullying/ Whitney Kropp, a bullying victim at Ogemaw Heights High School]], was nominated for homecoming princess by her tormentors as a Literature/{{Carrie}}-inspired prank. The prank [[NiceJobFixingItVillain backfires]] and it got the town to ''support'' Whitney and Whitney ends up ''winning'' the crown for Homecoming princess! [[WhosLaughingNow Take that, bullies.]]
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