Butt Monkey / Western Animation


  • The Adventures of Figaro Pho: The mailman is the victim of more Amusing Injuries than any other character. Also, in "Fear of Rivals", we see an Ambiguously Gay side of him.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Jimmy always gets the heat on him when it comes to anything that's not involving an invention. And when it DOES come to inventions...things always go wrong in some way.
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Coconuts (who actually was a monkey). He appeared the least out of the Badnik Trio, and when he did appear, he would always get defeated by Sonic and Robotnik would demote him to janitor duty. His catchphrase is even, "I hate (insert noun here)! Hate it, hate it, hate it, HATE IT!!!" In one episode he manages to perform better than Scratch and Grounder together at capturing Sonic.
  • Adventure Time:
    • The Ice King. Though in later episodes, after revealing his tragic backstory, he may have become somewhat of a woobie.
    • Lemongrab cranked this trope Up to Eleven in the span of 11 minutes. He gets pranked, insulted, assaulted, fed extremely spicy food, bullied by his own mother, falls out of a window, falls out of a tree...and at the end, he's fired, and his mom calls him a "butt." He has since nearly bled and starved to death.
  • Aladdin: Iago. "When in doubt, hurt the bird" was the actual mantra of the writing and animation teams.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Gumball sometimes falls into this territory.
  • American Dad!:
    • Steve. He's been beat up and/or tormented by nearly every other character in the show, like jocks at school, Roger, his friends, and even his dad in one episode.
    • Klaus is even worse, a professional skier whose brain was swapped with a goldfish's by the CIA (well, what was Stan supposed to do, just let Germany win the Olympics?). He is confined to a small empty bowl perpetually where he is routinely ignored, rebuked or abused by all five of the Smiths routinely, and has an increasing depression over his loneliness. He does swear revenge against Steve and Roger in one episode, but they trap him to avoid the revenge.
  • Animaniacs: Many characters either existed to be abused by the Warners or just can't catch a break in general. Examples are Dr. Scratchnsniff, the mime, Buttons, the goodfeathers (especially Squit), Rita and Runt, Mr. Skullhead, and Chicken Boo.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Carl seems to get injured, killed, or have his property destroyed by the Aqua Teens and their associates just for living next to them.
  • Archer:
    • The show seems to be one continuous Butt Monkey pecking order at times. Sterling is constantly abused for being a Jerkass, including getting shot multiple times and then flung through the front window of a car by Lana. Malory loves passing him up for assignments and once forced him to teach Cyril to be manly and cool enough for Lana. In any given assignment, it's all he can do to just barely do as he was told, and his constant semi-suicidal attempts to complete said missions are never actually acknowledged.
    • Archer abuses Woodhouse, seeing him as some kind of unbearable Bumbling Sidekick despite all evidence to the contrary. In one notable example, he is tied up in a hotel room by the villains. Archer is completing his mission, and suddenly realizes that Woodhouse is still tied up, alone, hungry, and probably dehydrated...and laughs his ass off.
    • Archer mistreats Carol/Cheryl/what's-her-name before, after, and during their various trysts. Pam is universally hated around the office. Cyril gets no respect from Lana and Archer. Almost all the abuse at the trio has to do with the fact that they're sluts (yes, Cyril too), but then again every member of the main cast is pretty promiscuous, so by any fair measure they're actually being treated cruelly for no real reason at all.
    • Brett, a colleague who simply acts as a stray-bullet-magnet, of which apparently there are many in ISIS' offices, more often than not coming from Archer's gun.
  • Arthur: Principal Haney. In one episode, two characters even related flashbacks which ended in him suffering some form of abuse, and when a third character related a flashback that did not, Arthur asks "Aren't you forgetting something?" Cue the continuation of that flashback in which, yes, Principal Haney suffers abuse.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Sokka, as a frequent source of comic relief throughout the series, is a victim of increasingly violent slapstick and harsh mockery. Aside from humor, he once fell for a princess, only to learn that she was engaged, which was a moot point once she got killed off and turned into the moon. Which was rough.. There was even an episode in the second season where he was stuck in a hole for the entirety of the episode. It comes to a head in the final season, where he leaves the group for a few weeks in an attempt to become a strong enough warrior to lose this status. Sokka's bad luck was Lampshaded in the Season 1 episode "The Fortuneteller," where the titular fortune-teller Aunt Wu tells Sokka "Your future is full of struggle and anguish ... most of it self-inflicted." Aunt Wu's point is soon demonstrated when Sokka, complaining about her prediction for him, vigorously kicks a small stone, which ricochets violently off a sign and strikes him.
    • Even though Zuko's suffering usually falls under Cosmic Plaything, just look at how many times he gets hurt in funny/sad/pathetic ways. In the second episode, he got nailed by Sokka's boomerang and ended up butt-up in the snow thanks to Aang. He's also splashed hot tea on his face, smashed his thumb with a hammer, fallen off a house, fallen off a lot of other things (repeatedly), gotten whacked in the head once every couple of episodes, and been tricked into knocking Mai into a fountain by Azula. Also, watch how many times he gets pummeled/slammed against the wall/slammed against the floor in "The Boiling Rock."
    • When the Cabbage Merchant appears, you know his cabbages are going to get destroyed. (MY CABBAGES!!!! *sobs*)
  • Avenger Penguins: Harry Slime is constantly abused verbally and physically by his evil boss, by Mr. Doom.
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • Whoever wants to be the Mayor of a Wretched Hive like Gotham is asking for it: Mayor Hill even once was framed up by the Clock King to be a Butt Monkey in revenge for an Advice Backfire.
    • Harley Quinn was a relatively rare female example before she Took a Level in Badass.
    • Harvey Bullock is an out-of-universe example. He's given token respect by the characters, but part of the fun for the audience of seeing any episode with Bullock in it is waiting for him to stuff junk food in his face or say or do something stupid. Kudos to Gotham for doing its part to salvage this much-maligned character.
  • The Batman: The Penguin seems to be the Butt Monkey of almost every episode he's ever made an apearence in, no matter how short it was. Heck, he was the movie's Butt Monkey! Though oddly enough, he wasn't one in "Team Penguin", simply because Killer Moth was.
  • The Mystery Inc gang in Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. Unlike the past versions of themselves, they get pushed around and get shit-talked by any Asshole Victims around them.
  • Beavis And Butthead: The title characters, their teacher Mr. Van Dreissen, Tom Anderson, Principal McVicker, and Stewart. It even regularly used the term in the series before the trope namer used it on television.
  • Ben 10: Alien Force: Kevin can't catch a break with his Troubled, but Cute persona. On top of being too afraid macho to ask Gwen out, even after she kissed him, he gets his butt handed to him at least once an episode. In the premier, Ben thoroughly trounces him as Swampfire, and the Highbreed brushes off his attacks. Next episode, he winds up frozen and needs defrosting (Although to be fair, he was frozen along with Ben, Gwen and a police squad). Then he's chained down and turned into a giant chandelier and mined for crystal by Oompa Loompas little robot henchmen. Then his instant self-made armor gets blasted off of him by a sparkly blond prettyboy. Episode six gives him a break (though he does complain it's "the worst road trip ever"), but in seven it's back to being pounded, this time right into the ground by Gwen's grandmother. And in eight, he ends up being ripped into by an old school bully of Ben's who's possessed by a vicious metal armor. He was threatening in the original Ben 10. One wonders why he's respected by the rest of the cast...
  • Biker Mice from Mars: Greasepit.
  • The Boondocks: Tom Dubois is an upstanding citizen who tries to distance himself from the negative stereotypes associated with African-American males in his neighborhood (his wife is Caucasian and is heavily involved in many Black causes), but still gets the majority of mistreatment from Riley and the self-loathing Uncle Ruckus. In a recent episode, he became the unwilling host of the ghost of Colonel Stinkmeaner, and nearly wrecked his own reputation by acting completely out of character at the most inappropriate times. Soon, Tom finally tried to get over his fear of prison rape by taking the Woodcrest elementary students (inculding Huey and Riley) to a real prison and, during a riot, had to face a rapist called the "Booty Warrior"....and Tom kicked his ass! (well, with a a little help from a soap on the floor, but still.)
  • Bubble Guppies: Gil. It doesn't help that he's the Cowardly Lion (and his fears are often what grants him Butt Monkey status).
  • Camp Lazlo: Samson, Edward and Scoutmaster Lumpus. For the latter two, it's usually karmic retribution.
  • Cat of ''CatDog is constantly dragged around on Dog's misadventures literally! Not to mention, he receives bigger beatings from the Greasers than his brother. It's probably worth noting that about half the time its karma though.
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • Donald Duck frequently finds himself in this position, open to torment by various supporting characters or simply cruel fate. ("Who gets stuck with all the bad luck? No one but Donald Duck.") Other times, he brings on his own misery by virtue of being hot-headed and kind of a Jerkass.House of Mouse frequently showed short cartoons under the title of "Donald's Dynamite", in which Donald would find himself lumbered with a Cartoon Bomb that no matter how he tried, he couldn't get rid of. Inevitably, these would be about five minutes of watching Donald become increasingly desperate to escape the explosive before being blown up.
    • Goofy has developed a slight Butt Monkey status in a lot of his "How To" shorts. Whether it's Goofy himself or the many lookalikes that appear during these videos, most of them either end with or feature him getting hurt or beaten up. For example, the "How To Dance" video ends with him getting knocked over during an energetic dance on a crowded floor, causing him to get punched, kicked, and squished by the other people on the floor.
  • Code Lyoko:
    • Sissi is supposed to be the Alpha Bitch, but you would be hard pressed to find a character outside her cronies and father that doesn't enjoy constantly insulting her to her face. This gets awkward when the prequel comes around and it's revealed that she's basically involved in a kind of Vicious Cycle, acting like the Alpha Bitch in response to the bad treatment she gets from everyone else, which is essentially a response to her Alpha Bitch behavior. The Lyoko kids do manage to break this cycle in the finale, and Sissi does prove that she's been a Jerk with a Heart of Gold all along.
    • Odd gets little respect and is constantly failing at various goals he pursues, such as holding on to a girlfriend (though, to be fair, it doesn't help that he dates multiple girls at the same time). He also is notoriously bad at school that even the teachers mock him for it publically. Let's not forget the constant dissing he gets from his friends, most infamously them stealing his own virtual pet toy and giving it to Yumi's little brother, who soon afterwards breaks it. And also, as he himself lampshades, he's the sole character whose Lyoko form "looks like a nitwit".
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • The Toiletnator. Sure the guy has the power to control all toilets and has the coolest name but none of the other villains give him any respect and they all think of him as being annoying.
    • Numbuh 4 gets this treatment periodically, sometimes being self-inflicted due to his short temper and because he's very stupid. A notable example being when Sector V was all temporarily decommissioned.
    Numbuh 1: (speaking to Numbuh 2) Sure, you're smart, that's why you're not the one on the pole.
    Numbuh 4: (On the pole) Hey!
    • Numbuh 1, the main character of the show, also has his moments of Butt Monkeying, and is frequently mistreated or harassed by the Delightful Children from Down the Lane or his own teammates.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: The title character falls to this trope a lot. Eustace, however, is an even bigger one, and unlike Courage, Eustace mostly deserves it.
  • The Critic: Jay Sherman and his son Marty.
  • Danny Phantom: Tucker is dumped on quite a lot and has saved Danny more than once and yet, he only gets thanked once and it's a "thanks for being my friend" that Danny throws out to Sam as well. Although it's heartfelt, the execution of how that came about feels rather tacked on and awkward. Later seasons have him either virtually ignored or usually getting victimized.
  • Dan Vs.: Chris.
  • Daria:
    • Anthony De Martino. Ms. Barch has beaten him up several times, a classic rock DJ gave him a heart attack and broke his knee during a school-sponsored roller hockey game, he's seen two of his friends (the unnamed childhood friend from "Anti-Social Climbers" and Mr. O'Neill) get married to women he loathes (his mom and Mrs. Barch respectively), he once had to teach a sewing class as part of a deal on his teacher's contract, he grew up with a negligent mom who cared more about the men she dated more than her own son, he lost his car in a card game, he was forced to go on a casino cruise despite the fact that he's a recovering gambling addict, he has to deal with moronic students like Kevin and Brittany on a daily basis it's a wonder he was never committed to a mental hospital. The only times De Martino ever had a Throw the Dog a Bone moment were when he forced Ms. Li to sign the new teacher's contract that promised a 10% raise in salary, and the events of Is It Fall Yet?.
    • Tom Sloane has been this sometimes (though he does not deserve it for obvious reasons, compared with De Martino). More specifically in "Psycho Therapy", where he was indirectly humiliated in front of a internet's webcam seen by several people.
  • Darkwing Duck:
    • The title character is routinely subjected to the sort of slapstick cartoon abuse that usually gets inflicted on the antagonists of a cartoon. And despite dealing with Ax-Crazy villains like NegaDuck, Dangerously Genre Savvy criminal masterminds like Taurus Bulba, evil scientists, demons, and being S.H.U.S.H.'s top freelance contractor and one of FOWL's worst enemies, he doesn't get an ounce of respect from the city he protects. He's constantly upstaged by Gizmoduck, and even when Darkwing wins a "Superhero of the Year" award, the award is a statue of Gizmoduck with his Cool Hat and cape attached, because Gizmoduck winning was considered a foregone conclusion.
    • Steelbeak takes a lot of abuse whenever he appears. You just know you're a Butt Monkey when you can upstage DW.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: Dexter suffers this greatly in alot of crazy forms. For example, his entire lab is completely destroyed, the earth is destroyed, Dexter is turned into a sandwich, etc. He also gets into big trouble from his mom and dad as well. Especially his backbone-lacking teenage/young adult self in "Ego Trip", who works for Mandark designing cubicles in the future.
  • DuckTales: Fenton Crackshell was extraordinarilly good at counting, and he did become the super hero Gizmoduck. But he also had a big case of bad luck and a tendency to screw things up, and he was beaten up by the Beagles four times in one episode alone. And he lived with his trailer trash mother, who would often care more about watching TV than listening to what her only son had to say. Not to mention that he was stuck with dating Gandra Dee, who often was ungrateful or cold-hearted towards him.
  • Doug: Doug can become this when he is the victim of Roger's pranks. Also, Roger himself can fall towards this trope when most of his schemes backfire on him and he ends up being on the receiving end himself.
  • Drawn Together: Many characters end up being Butt Monkeys in one way or another, given the deranged nature of the show. In particular, Ling Ling, Woldoor, and Toot suffer the worst effects.
  • Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy:
    • The three Eds, as almost everyone on the show hates them, they are constantly humiliated from their attempts to earn respect from their peers and doomed to fail at every money-making venture they've ever made. The one who brings it upon themself the most , however, is Eddy.
    • Jimmy is EXTREMELY accident-prone. The early episodes heavily lampshaded this. Virtually every scene he was in, he was sporting anything from bandages to arm casts and a neck brace from unseen injuries.
    • Jonny sometimes, if the subject is his big head.
    • May, particularly when Lee and Marie gang up on her. However, she does dish it back.
  • Eek! The Cat:
    • The entire purpose of the show was about placing an incredibly sympathetic, sincere, likable character in a series of gags designed to bring harm to him.
    • In later seasons Sharky the Shark Dog took over the role (though you could say much of the time he brings it on himself). In one short" Try Hard" he recruited his international cousins to try to eliminate the cat once and for all. Eek unwittingly thwarted their plans through sheer dumb luck.
  • The Fairly Oddparents:
    • Timmy. Parents who would rather go out for a night on the town and tend to discipline you with a cage, a bitchy and manipulative babysitter, a gray-skinned bully, and a spastic teacher who gives you "F"s for the hell of it? Good thing he has fairies.
    • Binky, a fairy whose every apperance has something bad happening to him. The fact that he seems to be Jorgen's assistant probably makes it worse.
    • Veronica, a member of the popular kids. Despite her status, most jokes involving her involve something painful happening to her.
    • Cosmo is somewhat of a Butt Monkey at times. Two words: Super Toilet.
      Cosmo: So much clogging! * gets into fetal position and sucks his thumb*
    • Mr. Crocker lives with his mother, has a hunch back, and his ears are on his neck, and he gets beaten and mauled by everyone on a regular basis.
  • Family Guy
    • Meg is one of the most infamous examples in Western Animation. She goes through all kinds of crap, primarily being ignored, neglected, and ridiculed by her own family. At first she was merely a Bratty Teenage Daughter indirectly humiliated by her family's well-intentioned bumbling or quirkiness. This evolved into the entire universe growing a profound hatred of her, with practically everyone - even her own family - showing a casual disregard for her well-being. Fortunately, it is starting to get toned down since season eight onward.
    • Brian. Beyond the fourth season, the writers started shackling him with a lot more bad luck and bodily harm. Every woman he date winds up dumping him either due to his own insecurities, bad advice and/or meddling from Stewie (who mind you is a baby and has only one dating experience which he asked for Brian's advice on) or just cause the plot says so. Always winds up falling to whatever Stewie is doing at the moment. Fails at pretty much any endeavor he tries. Mocked constantly, even getting berated by Quagmire of all people for his failings. And keep in mind Brian is supposed to be the intelligent one. Talk about a turn around of character.
    • Joe Swanson. The entire universe seems to hate him just becuae he's crippled. Peter prank-calls him in a fake voice just to insult him for being crippled. Everytime his wife Bonnie appears she's either having an affair or planning Joe's murder.
    • Peter is often being the subject of slapstick, especially in the cutaway gags.
  • Futurama:
    • Zoidberg is the most common recipient of the trope and serves as the show's walking punchline. He's always poor, hungry, lonely, lives in a dumpster, and is disliked and mistreated by all his co-workers, sometimes for no reason.
    • Kif Kroker is put upon a lot because Zapp blames him for his own failings, and he's gotten a bit depressive as a result.
    • Fry is the Loser Protagonist and regularly suffers a lot of physical comedy and Amusing Injuries.
  • Garfield and Friends:
    • Jon Arbuckle frequently finds himself in this role.
    • Jon's counterpart on U.S. Acres would be Wade. If anyone is bored on the farm (Roy more than anyone else), the solution is to make Wade run screaming in a fear-induced panic. And more often than not, Orson would then chew out Wade for falling for the prank rather that the perpetrator.
  • G.I. Joe: Renegades: Tunnel Rat. Not only is he wanted for a crime he didn't commit, but most of his team mates are always annoyed with him. They don't even treat him with respect.
  • The Goode Family: Gerold Goode is the show's cross between Dogged Nice Guy and The Ditz. He was this in the radio episode, "Trouble in Store" and "Gerold's Way or The High Way"
  • Goof Troop:
  • Gravity Falls: Dipper Pines, while a more subtle example than most, qualifies. It seems to be a pretty big factor when it comes to his trust issues. Another instance would be Thompson, who is very literally the butt-monkey of his friend group (although maybe not the show), doing things such as eating run-over waffles or having ice dumped down his pants. Let's not forget Toby Determined gets zero respect from any of the townspeople.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • Grim despite being The Grim Reaper, is subjected to a life as eternal Chew Toy friend to a complete meathead with uncontrollable destructive tendencies and a Machiavellian sociopath of a girl. The Grim Reaper as Straight Man? How ironic.
    • Billy gets a lot of physical abuse.
    • Pud'n seems to be a dumping ground for the weirdest, most horrible incidents that Maxwell Atoms can think of.
    • Irwin is in love with Mandy, who hates him and hurts him commonly; he goes through torture like being eaten, made fun of, physically attacked in every way, ended up in a few downer endings, and more; he got caught in the tub twice both in court and a warp hole. He's like the black equivalent to Milhouse.
  • Harvey Beaks: Princess may be a whiny and spoiled Rich Bitch, but karma is also a bitch.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • Eugene. Almost every episode has him in some form of pain.
    • Brainy is always behind Helga "breathing" and gets punched in the face as a result.
  • I Am Weasel: I. R. Baboon fits the trope perfectly, but with a bonus. As a baboon with no pants, he's about as close to a literal Butt Monkey as you can get.
  • Invader Zim:
    • Dib is the butt of everyone's jokes, due to his perceived insanity regarding the paranormal (as well as the size of his head). An interesting example as he is the show's designated protagonist. His father is generally absent, using the little time he has with Dib to bemoan his "insanity" and pressure him to study "real science"; his younger sister, Gaz, is eternally unsympathetic to him and often turns horribly violent if Dib, for example, takes her last piece of pizza or talks too much. One could say the Halloween episode "Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom" quite literally "put him through Hell." (In a twist, by the end of the episode he was the only character who wasn't injured).
    • Zim. Like for Dib, he's regarded as being a freak by his classroom. Being a "Failure Is the Only Option" show, you can imagine what happens to him a lot of times and... well, his leaders sent him to Earth (not even knowing its existence) just to not see him anymore. And they gave him GIR. And now is regarded by them both like a pain and a joke. However, they do have their reasons—-with the odd exception of Earth, which Zim cannot destroy, Zim's presence on a planet tends to cause lots of destruction and death.
    • Keef is an overly-friendly child who wants nothing more than to be friends with Zim and Dib, yet his attempts usually end with him being horribly hurt. However he is only significant in two episodes, one of which was unfinished and unaired. Iggins, who only appears in one episode, could also be called a Butt Monkey, though there is a reason for his admittedly over-the-top suffering (taking a video game that rightfully should have been Gaz's).
  • James Bond Jr.: Trevor Noseworthy IV, who always tries to get the titular character into trouble, only to hilariously fail time and time again.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes:
    • Samy Garvin. Though, what else do you expect of a Yes-Man to Lucius?
    • Lucius. But being an expy of the Satan, he has it coming.
    • Heloise thanks to the second season with episodes like "Panda-monium" or "What's Up With Heloise".
    • Jimmy himself falls under this at times like in "Chez Beezy" and "Meet the Gnomans".
    • Like Jimmy, Beezy sometimes fell under this. Particularly good examples are "Carnival Lucius" and "Pet Rockey".
  • Johnny Bravo: Let's not even get started on the title character himself.
  • Johnny Test: Dukey tends to be on the receiving end of any shenanigans Johnny gets into.
  • Justice League: The Flash tends to be seen as a clown and buffoon whose interest in the ladies far exceeds his ability to impress them. However, it's mitigated by the fact that when push comes to shove his teammates really do trust and respect him.
  • Kim Possible:
    • Ron gets no respect, villains never remember his name, gets ignored by everyone in favor of Kim. Of course he ends up dating Kim, so it's hard to feel bad for him.
    • Dr. Drakken is driven out of university after being incessantly laughed at by his friends, constantly and vigorously mocked by his sidekick who is undeniably superior to him in just about every way, constantly and repeatedly beaten by Kim (who often takes little or no effort to do it), and occasionally reminded that Professor Dementor has a more impressive reputation than him as a villainous Mad Scientist. Like Ron, he ends up with his female partner, so it does even out in a way.
  • King Arthur's Disasters: Pick a male character. Anyone will do.
  • King of the Hill:
    • Bill Dauterive is a divorcee, a loser, and a source of many, many jokes. Illustrated most poignantly in "Soldier of Misfortune," where the villain smacks him when Boomhauer mouths off. Made almost worse when he doesn't get a real happy ending in the Grand Finale. Either that or in "Unfortunate Son" where a running gag that has almost nothing to do with the main plot has Bill get repeatedly attacked by a falcon.
  • La Linea: The entire premise of nearly every short is the main character, Mr. Linea, being tormented by his surroundings and even directly by the animator himself sometimes.
  • League of Super Evil: Dr. Frogg. His inventions constantly backfire and/or hurt him, and he's constantly being attacked and/or eaten by the team dog, Doomageddon.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • Bolin has pretty much taken over where Sokka has left off. About 70% of the show's comedy revolves around Bolin either getting physically bashed in some manner or making awkward and/or ridiculous remarks in otherwise serious situations. On the plus side, he's compensated by being a Badass Earthbender who can seriously kick ass at the right time and place. And the other 30% you ask? That's Tenzin in regards to his children, specifically Ikki and Meelo.
    • Mako gets hit with this hard in the later seasons. He gets a door airbent into his face, is getting tossed around by Korra during an airbender performance and is subject to general teasing in season 3. Season 4 has him be the bodyguard of Upper-Class Twit Prince Wu, which he is not happy about. Considering how Mako was The Scrappy for the first few seasons, his Butt Monkey status is one of the ways the writers are trying to save him from Scrappydom.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles : Darth Vader suffers all kinds of humiliation.
  • Lippy The Lion And Hardy Har Har: Hardy the hyena often gets sucked into zany schemes of his lion friend Lippy and usually suffers from Guilt by Association Gag. Hardy frequently crosses over into woobie territory due to his status as The Eeyore and the abuse he has to put up with and the fact that he can't laugh without hurting.
  • Little Princess: Poor Puss is clearly a cat that is not cut out for life with a Little Princess. Whether it's being drafted as a replacement for her favorite teddy bear or getting sneezed on when she has a cold, he can't catch a break. What potentially keeps him from descending into Woobie territory is that he seems to revel in any indignities that might happen to the show's dog, Scruff.
  • Looney Tunes: The team, particularly Chuck Jones, liked to pit "winners" against "losers", which meant that many of the villains or antagonists (Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, and sometimes Daffy Duck) routinely got the stuffing kicked out of them on both a physical and personal level. However, the defining character of this trope is undeniably Wile E. Coyote, who has never once had a chance to be anything BUT a Butt Monkey. Jones always pointed out that what kept the humor from turning to tragedy was the fact that at any given time, any of the Butt Monkey characters like Wile E. could walk away from the chase/protagonist unharmed. (Wile E is never really in any danger of starving, so he doesn't need to catch/eat the roadrunner). Thus, he's really just bringing it on himself by not cutting his losses and giving up when it's clear to everyone that the world, and anvils, have it in for him.
  • Loonatics Unleashed: Fate seems especially cruel to Danger Duck.
  • The Mighty B!: Bessie. The show's Terrible Trio (Portia, Gwen and Penny) seem to enjoy seeing her suffer.
  • Mr. Bogus: Mr. Bogus is very often at the receiving end of comedic abuse that comes his way, despite being the main character. This is highly evident in the original Belgian-produced claymation shorts that the show itself was based on.
  • The Mr. Men Show: Mr. Persnickety often falls victim to this.
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey:
    • Adam Lyon. Everytime Jake Spidermonkey does one of his shennigans Adam is usually the poor sap who has to go along with it.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: While the show isn't afraid to subject any of its characters to all manner of physical abuse in the name of comedy and emotional abuse in the name of personal growth, Spike is the one character who can't seem to catch a break. And if he ever starts to notice, watch out, because it means he's probably about to dig himself even deeper. Sometimes, it even happens in ways that aren't evident until you think about it and probably weren't intentional at all, like being mysteriously absent from Twilight Sparkle's birthday party, or not being invited to the Crystal Empire after becoming its savior and national hero (he's left behind so he can be deprived of his jewel cake, poor thing). He finally gets his Crowning Moment of Awesome in The Equestria Games, and it's one of the awesomest things done by any character in the entire series, but he still had to go through a G-Rated Trauma Conga Line first.
  • The Oblongs: Everyone living in the Valley. Helga and James get the absolute worse treatment though. Bob also doubles as a Chew Toy. Remember when that gargoyle the Oblongs bought on Dump Day crushed him repeatedly every time he tries to put it on the roof of the house?
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches: Every character except Olivia.
  • Phineas and Ferb
    • Candace. She gets trampled, attacked, lost, falls down, and just generally suffers way too much. Her universe hates her. Besides, she usually gets the boy (Jeremy) in the end, so it's hard to feel too sorry for her.
    • Doofenshmirtz has it worse. His parents weren't there when he was born, he was forced to be a lawn gnome, and his brother is the favourite of his mother. However, this is all played for laughs since Doofenshmirtz is the bad guy (even though he's more pathetic than evil).
    • Adyson in "The Great Indoors". Oh so much.
    • Stacy received this treatment in "Spa Day".
    • How can we forget Baljeet? Just as an example, he apparently has to spend all of his allowance replacing wedgied underwear every single week.
  • The Proud Family:
    • Oscar Proud is a natural born loser, his own mother hates him, and he constantly make terrible decision that turn badly for him, and every success the family makes, he is excluded from it.
    • Penny Proud is second to Oscar. She has friends who ditch her, her father embarrasses her and keeps her from dating, and is often in bad situations.
    • Puff the Dog is getting injured in some way, usually by Bebe and Cece.
    • The Chang Triplets and Camp Gay Michael.
  • Recess: Gus Griswald, to the point where he's The Woobie.
  • Regular Show: Most characters get to play this, but the seat's got a brass plate on it that says "Rigby". At least until Thomas was introduced.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: Rocko. Ed Bighead even more so but most of the time he deserves it.
  • Scaredy Squirrel
  • Scooby-Doo: Shaggy is the victim of practically every unfortunate occurence in the series, from Fred's insane plans to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. More than one instance sees him as literal live bait.
  • Sidekick: Eric Needles is always troubled by Professor Pamplemoose and Vanna Glama.
  • The Simpsons:
    • The writers never seem to run out of new afflictions to plague Milhouse with. Perhaps the greatest insult to Milhouse comes from behind the scenes. In the movie's DVD commentary, the writers stated that originally Milhouse was going to be portrayed as "finally getting a break" with Lisa, even getting to the point where he would help save Lisa and the rest from the angry mob and generally being all around useful in the second half. However, due to fear that Milhouse' long, long-time infatuation with Lisa would go over viewers' heads... this story was toned down and Milhouse was replaced with Colin... now making the subplot seem tacked on. It just really isn't ever coming up for poor Milhouse, is it?
    • Lisa, sometimes. Her family is a bunch of idiots, she gets insulted for her gifted status, she is a loner and an outcast, and in an episode where Lisa finds out one of her ancestors helped a black slave become free, she tries to use that. However, Milhouse, who had loved Lisa, and married her in the future (if the latest episode on the future counted) said that her ancestor didn't do that, called the story a fairy tale and a fake, and basically betrayed her. The only redeeming part is that it wasn't her ancestor Eliza, but Mabel who freed the slave and coincidentally helped make the Simpson family 1/64th black.
    • Hans Moleman. The only character to canonically be killed multiple times.
    • From about seasons 9/10, Moe and Kirk van Houten become two of the major Butt Monkeys of the show.
    • Homer himself has his moments of Butt Monkeying. From his frequent injuries (which reached the point that the Behind the Music parody stated that Homer became addicted to painkillers due to said injuries), humiliating situations (such as losing his clothing, getting covered in mud, running into other campers which led to him being chased and captured, and being examined by scientists because they thought he was Big Foot) and general bad luck and mistreatment. Granted he usually really deserves it (and most of the time causes it).
      • Many of the couch gags end with him killed, maimed, or humiliated.
      (family sits on the couch)
      Lisa: (looks at the camera) What? Can't we just sit on the couch with anything weird happening?
      Homer: (hit by a spear) Do'h!
    • Frank Grimes. Right to the grave.
    • Perhaps the most notable recurring example is that of Gil, a character whose only reason to exist is to fail at everything he does.
    • From the Show Within a Show we have Scratchy of Itchy And Scratchy, the perfectly amiable and good-natured cat whose sole reason for existing is to be the perpetual victim of the psychopathic, needlessly malevolent whims of the brutal mouse Itchy.
    • Sideshow Bob becomes the family's Butt Monkey in "Great Louse Detective".
    Bart: I don't know how we ever had fun without him.
    • Bart has his moments as the Butt Monkey. He often gets strangled by his father, nearly killed by Sideshow Bob for 20+ years, was almost killed by Mr. Burns twice (Burns ran him over with his car in one episode, and later, locked him in a safe and sunk him to the bottom of the lake), and has been subject to really hurtful shamings by the whole town (as seen in "Bart's Girlfriend," "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace," and the notorious "The Boys of Bummer." "The Telltale Head" is a gray area. On the one hand, you have the entire town going after Bart for decapitating the Jebediah Springfield statue. On the other hand, Bart apologized for what he did and, in a TV-exclusive scene, shamed the mob for losing their way as Springfield citizens).
    • Bumblebee Man, in-universe on his own show, exists for this purpose.
  • The Smurfs:
    • Gargamel suffers this along with his cat Azrael. Justified because they are the villains. All Gargamel's plans are always dooomed to fail.
    • Brainy is the village's Butt Monkey.
  • Sonic SatAM: Antoine was the usual butt of Sonic's jokes, constantly reprimanded, and only Tails ever listened to his stories. Then came the episode Ro-Becca, which was an entire episode dedicated to having him get injured or humiliated in hilarious, cartoonish, and slapstick-y ways.
  • South Park
    • Butters is a naive, wide-eyed, sweet-hearted little boy who Matt and Trey exhaust their imaginations thinking of new torments to inflict upon, including beatings, attempted murder by his mother, a ninja star in the eye (which was ignored in favor of everyone being outraged over Cartman being naked in public), etc. The character he has effectively replaced, Kenny, was also a prime example of a Butt Monkey.
    • Pip, the little British kid from the earlier seasons was the resident Butt Monkey before he was phased out of the show. He was so unpopular that one episode had the other school kids see who could spit on him the most while another episode had Cartman make fun of him because his parents are dead. Like Butters, he had a polite and pleasant disposition and generally took all the abuse with good nature. In fact, Pip seemed to be aware of his status as the Butt Monkey, as he told Damien that the other kids stopped picking on Cartman once Cartman started picking on him (which gives Damien the idea to start abusing Pip to get the other kids to like him). Word of God says that Pip stopped appearing because Butters worked better as an example of this trope.
    • Cartman, as he's the character that the other boys make fun of the most. ("Wow, this place is huge!" "Yeah, it's almost as big as Cartman's ass!") The pilot episode is literally about things going into and coming out of Cartman's ass. Of course, he stopped being a Butt Monkey when he started to actually deserve all the bad stuff that happened to him.
    • Kenny used to be the show's resident Chew Toy/Butt Monkey. In much earlier seasons he dies at the end of nearly every episode. It's lampshaded in the Thanksgiving short with Jay Leno making a guest appearance. Not only was Kenny dying every episode, but he and his family were constantly mocked by the other characters because they were so poor. It was mostly Cartman who joked about it, but the others would always laugh along.
    • Clyde in some episodes.
    • Kyle has had his moments, mostly having to do with being the center of Cartman's torment around him being a Jew.
    • Stan is not spared of frequent, strong abuse either. Shelly would constantly beat him up in the earlier episodes from Season 1 and throughout the whole episode "Over Logging", and has been put to blame even when it wasn't his fault in the episodes Stanley's Cup and Butterballs. This is Played for Drama in You're Getting Old/Assburgers. Even so, his mother Sharon will abuse him every now and then. Sharon's abuse towards Stan was most prominent in Season 2. She contaminated Stan with chickenpox on purpose (and failed to contain her excitement for Stan to be oblivious to) in the episode "Chickenpox" and she threw a violent verbal tantrum at Stan for his gender because she just fought with her husband (Randy) and is in a mood of misandry, at the time Stan just wanted to get a cookie in the episode "Clubhouses". Many episodes completely focused on Stan being a helpless victim of bullying or other forms of biased aggression including "Asspen", "Go God Go", "Stanley's Cup", "You've Got 0 Friends", and "Douche and Turd". He's been spit on, capped a Dunce Cap, taken a bullet in the shoulder, had his bike confiscated and the list goes on and on.
    • Leslie, a female 4th grader who debuted in Season 19 (who is actually an ad in human form), is the most frequent target of PC Principal's wrath, always screaming at her to shut up whether she's whispering to her friend or if she's actually quiet. PC Principal even resorted to call the police to take Leslie out of a school assembly for talking (which she didn't do) in "Naughty Ninjas".
  • Spongebob Squarepants:
    • Squidward. The worst things tend to happen to him: his head exploded, shot out of a cannon, set on fire twice, been squished by a boulder, stampeded by a crowd, attacked multiple times by a seabear, zapped multiple times by the Flying Dutchman, exploded after eating too many Krabby Patties, a piebomb was accidentally thrown in his face, got his toenail ripped off, forced to turn the pages for SpongeBob's lyric book as his only means of performing in a live concert, and seems generally hated by everyone in Bikini Bottom, including inanimate objects. At one point, he actually asks, "Will I ever win?" In fact, only five episodes ("Band Geeks", "Suction Cup Symphony" ,"Love That Squid", "Enchanted Tiki Dreams", and "House Fancy") have ever played out in his favor.
    Squidward: "Why must every eleven minutes of my life be filled with misery?! Why?!"
    • Plankton who's had just as bad luck as Squidward in his many meager attempts to find out the secret behind a Krabby Patty. He runs virtually no business at his restaurant, The Chum Bucket, because the food is horrendous.
    • Patchy the Pirate gets this almost all the time. It's usually Potty who abuses him.
    • Mrs. Puff, Barnacle Boy, etc; all as a result of Spongebob and Patrick not understanding what leave me alone means.
    • Fred, a background character and a greenish brown fish who wears brown pants, is always getting injured (complaining "My leg!" off-screen).
    • Spongebob and Patrick also had their moments in being a Butt Monkey. Don't believe it, watch the episode "Pre-Hibernation Week" and the end of "Suds".
    • The health inspector from the episode "Nasty Patty".
  • Squirrel Boy: Andy's dad Bob Johnson due to Rodney's shenanigans mixed with his own bad luck. Unsurprisingly, he hates his son's friendship with Rodney.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Lapis Lazuli. First she spends thousands of years trapped in a mirror. Then when she gets out and tries to go home she gets captured and dragged back. She thinks she's betrayed when her one and only friend doesn't come back to rescue her. Then the ship she's abandoned in blows up and crashes. Then after surviving the crash, she's forced into a (self imposed) prison at the bottom of the sea to keep a big bad tied up, and in the process loses her sense of self and gets merged into a rage monster. Girl cannot catch a break.
    • Peridot too. She gets stuck on the planet that she was supposed to be just checking on, and then is consistently thwarted and humiliated by the Crystal Gems.
  • Superjail!:
    • Jared, especially when he's seriously injured. The guy just can't catch a break from anyone, be it his fellow staff members, his boss, or the inmates. Whenever it looks like things will look up for him, Negative Continuity applies and he goes back to being miserable, either that or there will be actual in-story events or reasoning to undo any bone thrown at him.
    • Ash is a lesser example in seasons 2 and 3. He gets bullied and mocked by the other inmates, especially Nicky, for his childish fears or (in the season 3 finale) poor communication leading to them believing he was going to betray them all.
    • The TWINS get a moment of being the Butt Monkeys now and then in the show. In "Time Police, Part 2", they foolishly accept a porn director's invitation to go "take test shots", then wind up locked in his van and presumably raped (they're later shown to be traumatized and with their clothes ripped up, and only tell Jared "We don't want to talk about it"). In "The Trouble with Triples", the entire episode is spent with them being the butt monkeys to their elder brothers (The Triplets) and winding up with their luck worsening in all sorts of ways to the point where they're forcibly taken home and physically tortured to "study" to become overlords. Of course, it could have all been avoided if they didn't lie to their brothers.
  • Tak and the Power of Juju: Tak, saving the fact that's he's troubled by Chief and Lok. Both the Chief and Lok would also count.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): Michelangelo. Donnie is also getting shades of this— to the point where fellow nerd Leo gets on his case about Techno Babble, and Mikey takes literal and figurative swings at him in a decidedly non-Annoying Younger Sibling way. That's not even mentioning the out-of-the-blue insults and general smacking around by Raphael.
  • Teen Titans:
  • Teen Titans Go!: Robin is generally disrespected by the other Titans and is mocked, injured, or ignored at least Once per Episode.
  • Timon & Pumbaa: Timon, though a lot of what Timon goes through is karmic retribution for some recent act of Jerkassery, usually by being overly rude, selfish, or proud. When using his powers for good, he generally ends up okay.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Plucky is the biggest one, followed by Furrball (called "unlucky" in the intro) and, to a lesser extent, Hamton.
  • Tom and Jerry: Tom. Sometimes this will catch up to Jerry, too (Most notably when Tom gets his revenge on him).
  • Tom Goes To The Mayor: Tom Peters. His wife is hateful and grotesque, he can't connect to his step-sons on any level, he's an utter failure as an entrepreneur, and his every plan is doomed to failure merely by his association. When other characters are in a position to help him they never do. While it seems that Tom meets the mayor for the first time in every episode due to Negative Continuity, it's also hinted that Tom is so tragically insignificant that the mayor simply forgets who Tom is. The sole instance Tom was actually successful he turned into a complete Jerkass.
  • Toonerville Trolley cartoons: Mr. Bang. He's always on the receiving end of others antics!
  • Total Drama:
    • After his first run-in with physical abuse, the writers of Total Drama Action seemed to make it a point to have Justin hit at least once per episode.
    • In the Total Drama series, everybody is a butt monkey at some point in time (even Chris). Some of the better examples would be Cody, Trent, Owen, Tyler, Ezekiel, Sam, Scott, and especially Duncan! The man has been chucked off cliffs, hit in the groin hundreds of times, electrocuted by eels and crushed by Owen countless times along with many other painful injuries that would kill a normal person!
  • Totally Spies!: A good idea for a drinking game. If you happen to be watching a Totally Spies! marathon or are watching the show on DVD, take a drink every time something bad happens to Clover. You won't be sober for long. There are some occasions where Sam or Alex gets this end of the stick, though.
  • Transformers Animated:
    • Optimus Prime is always getting bullied by Jerkass Sentinel Prime. Optimus is often shamed for having failed to save Elita-One and therefore washed out of Autobot Academy by Ultra Magnus. Sentinel thrives on Optimus's past failures and keeps insulting that Optimus never will amount to anything while he himself is a golden medal winner. If you get annoyed by Sentinel, just wait five minutes and something nasty will happen to him. Usually it's related to Earth's weather/inhabitants/road structure, but he's also had his body stolen by a human, been humiliated in front of his comrades, screamed like a little girl when encountering organics, failed at driving in the rain, and been wrong in pretty much every arrogant assertion he's made.
    • From season 2 onward, Starscream becomes a Butt Monkey. It starts with the infamous "Starscream Death Montage" with Megatron killing him over and over again (with the AllSpark fragment on his head being the only thing keeping him alive). All of his plans always fail and in the finale in which may be his Crowning Moment of Butt Monkery, his clones (with one heavily implied to represent his self-loathing) betray him for Megatron. He spends the majority of season 3 as a disembodied head trapped with Megatron aboard Omega Supreme, and just when he fnally gets a new body, Megatron blasts him (He recovers). And in the finale, The AllSpark fragment that was keeping him alive is pulled out, thus killing him. And if you count the comic adaptation, he gets humiliated and blackmailed by Professor Princess. One can't help but feel a bit sorry for him.
    • According to supplementary material, Beachcomber.
    • Tutor Bot, as well.
    • Skyfire from the original series, an 'old friend' of Starscream's who is revived and used by the Decepticons, and then seems to heroically sacrifice himself to save the Autobots. Only a sequel episode shows that he didn't actually die, but was buried in some ice to the extent where it took the Autobots seconds to dig him back up, they just didn't bother until they needed him to fly somewhere. In that episode, he befriends Thundercracker for all of about thirty seconds, until the Decepticons shoot him. He's then routinely ignored by the other Autobots unless they need carting around the world, and forgotten about entirely when the Aerialbots arrive towards the end of the second series.
    • Waspinator is by far the biggest example in Beast Wars, though Scorponok and Terrorsaur almost had it as bad early on.
    • Terrorsaur and Scorponok were co-Butt Monkeys before they met their fate at the start of season 2, then Waspinator became arguably the sole Butt Monkey (Inferno has been picked on a bit as well).
    • Rattrap becomes kind of a Butt Monkey in Beast Machines, at the beginning. In Beast Wars he was considered slightly obnoxious but otherwise a valuable robot to have on your side. Then along comes Beast Machines and the only thing standing between Rattrap and getting thrown off a cliff is Optimus. When Optimus gets put out of commission temporarily, everyone gets downright hostile, even after he learns to transform again, because he doesn't offer anything in the way of firepower (Cheetor even says they're only keeping him around because he sits on the outside fringes of being "one of us", and therefore they're not ditching him). Then they're surprised when he turns to Megatron for a little sympathy and weaponry.
    • From the Transformers verse are Ransack and Crumplezone, a Team Rocket-like duo. Ransack perhaps more so than his partner. Quoth Crumplezone:
      "When he [Optimus] sees our real strength and feels our vengeance, he'll regret beating us over and over and over and..."
    • From the same series as these two, Thundercracker. Dear Primus, Thundercracker. Having the worst boss ever doesn't help. He gets lit on fire by Scourge twice. ("Would somebody please put me out?") At the end, after Ransack, Crumplezone, and Thunderblast go back on their Heel Face Turns and sneak off in a homemade rocket, poor Thundercracker gets shanghaied aboard when goes to investigate. The Hasbro version of his toy's mold was a major-league example of quality-control failure. (PRIMUS DAMNIT HASBRO!)
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy: Larry never gets a break from Snaptrap blasting him or sending him into the shark tank. In fact, everyone in the series are all this, including Dudley, Kitty, Keswick, the Chief, and even Snaptrap.
  • Tutenstein: Luxor, the Servile Snarker.
  • VeggieTales: Mr. Lunt is often cast as the villain's sidekick, and occasionally as an incompetent villain himself. When cast in a positive role, Mr. Lunt is infallibly the Butt Monkey. On at least two occasions he cross-dresses, once portrayed Gollum (Middle-Earth's butt monkey), and once lamented the fact that his entire life only included one half hour of happiness. The only story in which Mr. Lunt has not been the Butt Monkey was in the Don Quixote story.
  • The Venture Bros.: Everyone is a loser, more or less. But Billy Quizboy is the true Butt Monkey. Everybody treats him like crap and mocks his pathetic attempts to exaggerate his own abilities. "The Invisible Hand Of Fate" played it a bit more seriously and arguably made him The Woobie, if only for one episode.
  • Wallace & Gromit: The former often gets hurt because of how absent-minded that he is while the latter often gets hurt by how his master is really Too Dumb to Live.
  • Winx Club: Mirta, mostly in the first season. Her best friend is constantly tearing her apart for not wanting to fit in and be a bitch like the Trix. She's the only attempted homicide in the first season (and there are a lot) that can't possibly be explained as anything vaguely related to the Trix's master plan or taking out the Winx; Darcy tries to suffocate her with a blob of goo because Mirta disagrees with her about how she feels about fairies. When she finally does try to do something good, she gets turned into a pumpkin BECAUSE SHE HAS ONE ON THE FRONT OF HER SHIRT though considering that the Trix tried to send several people to Hell, drown Bloom, and feed the other four Winx to a giant tornado all around that time, she should probably consider herself relatively lucky on that count. Flora decides to try and undo the curse, which is fortunate because none of the teachers seem to give a rat's ass whether or not she ever gets better; considering that one of them Wizgiz teaches Alfea students how to control their shapeshifting powers, this seems pretty cold. Flora keeps her in the room she shares with Bloom and her pet stomach-with-legs Kiku, who's been known to nibble on Flora's plants from time to time. And it's not like she can't tell Kiku's sniffing around her, because she's been shown to be able to perceive her surroundings from time to time. It's not until she speaks for the only time for most of her time there that she gets moved to the greenhouse, and that's probably got more to do with the fact that she's seen Flora and Bloom naked and it creeps them out. While she does get restored to human form in the end of the season, the Winx seem to forget about her unless they need to go to Cloud Tower for something; seeing as Musa, Tecna, and Stella still owe her a life debt, it seems a little harsh. She's last seen in Season Five as the only person from the last three years at Alfea who's still there, and not in a teaching position like the Wins; apparently she hasn't come close to gaining an Enchantix, or no one has let her try.
  • Wander over Yonder: In the episode The Big Job, Wander himself is protryed as this consider that the crackpot team that recruited Sylvia don't actually like him and are annoyed by him.
  • Woody Woodpecker: Wally Walrus would more often than not wind up as this, with him being at the mercy of Woody Woodpecker's antics.
  • World of Quest: Prince Nestor always seems to have something slimy and gross cover him multiple times in an episode. The rivalry he and Quest have is pretty one-sided, as Quest is big and muscular and, well, an adult, therefore usually always prevailing over poor Nestor.
  • Zig & Sharko: Zig.

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