A subset of AcceptableTargets. These examples deal with targets that are often just very unlucky. These are things that could happen to just about anybody.

In a way, these might be even worse than other AcceptableTargets. While many people do show pride in their culture, ethnic group, nationality, etc. - people generally (with few exceptions[[note]]the Deaf culture being one[[/note]]) don't show pride in a disability, illness, or whatever hardship that they have. It's usually considered bad enough that they have the disability, illness, or any other hardship - that being discriminated for it would add insult to injury, so to speak.

Of course, in some cases, there's some [[CircularReasoning circular logic]] here -- they're only unlucky because they happen to be AcceptableTargets.



[[folder:Disabilities and disorders]]



Though with some luck, this just might be heading for DiscreditedTrope status, though there's still a very long way to go yet. See HeroicAlbino -- compare how short that page is next to the EvilAlbino one.

* The treatment of albinism in fiction is startlingly harsh. The condition seems to have been declared officially creepy with ''Literature/MobyDick'' (although the whale in question only had a white ''hump''). There are no ordinary people who happen to be albino; instead there are an assortment of insidious operatives and psychopathic killers. There is a sense of albinos [[DisabilitySuperpower having some kind of otherworldly powers]], when all they can really claim is poor vision and susceptibility to skin cancer.
* Played with in ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''. The Albino in that really only takes care of the Zoo of Death.
* In ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', it seems like Silas is this. Turns out, [[spoiler:that's ''exactly'' what he is]].

* Horrible {{truth in television}}, since the persecution of albinos is still widespread, especially in areas of Africa where witch doctors pay a fine fee for albino limbs to use in their concoctions.
* Averted, perhaps uniquely, by the Hopi people, an indigenous tribe that lives in Arizona. Due to a genetic quirk, albinism is very common among the Hopi, and since their traditional lifestyle involves working outside (the Southwest is very hot and sunny, so obviously not the greatest climate for someone with no melanin in their skin to protect against sunburn) they gave preferential treatment to albinos and had them do tasks that allowed them to stay indoors. Albinism is seen by them as special and a blessing rather than a deformity.


'''People with {{speech impediment}}s'''

Common speech problems such as the lisp, stutter, pronunciation of "r" as "w", or even funny accents, are still regularly used for comic effect. This can even extend all the way up to damaged vocal cords requiring the use of an external electronic voicebox, or complete loss of speech, which usually results in jokes about people having to [[TalkingWithSigns write down everything they say]]. Most WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes characters had "[[ElmuhFuddSyndwome amusing]]" speech impediments, but the classic examples have to be Creator/MichaelPalin's portrayal of Pontius Pilate in ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', and Peter Cook's Impressive Clergyman in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.

* Foreign/unusual accents and dialects are also typically considered speech impediments, and therefore become subjects of mockery. Examples include Film/{{Borat}}, [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]], [[Series/ILoveLucy Ricky Ricardo]], "Fes," ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'''s "Boomhauer," etc.
** It's hard to classify Boomhauer because nearly every character in the show can understand him perfectly, even if the audience can't.
** Boomhauer is also kind of a special case in that he's pretty clearly at least as smart as any other regular on the show, and arguably better adjusted to boot. He just has a strong Appalachian accent.
* Essentially the entire point of ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'', in which George VI is humiliated by his stutter.
* Spoiler alert! In the movie ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' directed by Roman Polanski. Used and then subverted. A Japanese gardener refers to the "grasses" but the detective (along with the audience) only identifies the gardener's bad grammar and so dismisses him as a humourous red herring with nothing valuable to offer. Later, the detective returns and comes to realizes an essential clue from the gardener, who wasn't saying "grasses" but "glasses". The error wasn't in grammar, but in pronunciation: [[JapaneseRanguage the 'r' and 'l' being commonly mispronounced by those Japanese who attempt to speak English]]. Shame on the detective for being so quick to dismiss an unsophisticated foreigner, eh?
* Another Michael Palin example, in ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', in which his character stutters like crazy, but only the villain makes fun of him for it. Palin based this aspect of the character partially on his father, who had a stammer. There now exists, in London, the Michael Palin Institute for Stammering Children.
* Worth noting that the actor who played the stuttering public attorney in ''Film/MyCousinVinny'' actually had a speech impediment in real life for years and only recently beat it before signing up for the role. He thought of his character having a speech impediment as a "sick joke."
* Subverted in ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' and used for horror, when [[spoiler:the character who stutters is told that he will not be tortured if he can count to three without stuttering. He can't, and is tortured.]]

* Averted in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Kripke is a jerk to the main characters, but they never pick on his rhotacism. Of course, it's still pretty clearly intended.
** Sure? "What accent is that?"
*** The character that asks that was born in India and moved to America; it seems like the writers were re-asking a fan question.
** Played with in the episode, "The Discovery Dissipation", in which Kripke mercilessly mocks Sheldon over his retracted paper, calling him "The Wetwactor". Sheldon eventually tried to retaliate by mocking Kripke's speech impediment, much to the horror of everybody else present. Sheldon apologises and takes it back, only for Barry to triumphantly conclude, "Of course you do! Because you're the Wetwactor!"
* The Roman emperor Claudius stuttered due to cerebral palsy, and in ''Series/IClaudius,'' his family is presented as very cruel because of the way they shun him for this. He is able to overcome this impediment through a lot of training, although he continues to pretend to stutter prior to becoming emperor to preserve his public image as [[ObfuscatingStupidity "poor Claudius"]].
* Played with in ''Series/{{MASH}}'', when a wounded soldier with a bad stutter treated as an idiot by his commanding officer. However, the normally snobbish and rude Charles was very sympathetic and mentions that many very intelligent people also had stutters. At the end of the episode, it was revealed that Charles's sister also has a stutter.

* Japanese musicians are often mocked for their accents (''especially'' by racists or other haters, but occasionally even by fans) even if the musician is ''not'' a vocalist and the accent only shows up in interviews or at most stage patter. A sad example here is the hate Music/YoshikiHayashi gets for his accent -- while he does interviews on behalf of the band and talks/yells doing stage patter, he is a drummer, pianist, and occasional guitarist, ''none'' of which are affected by what remains of his accent, and his English is actually native-level for the most part.

* Going off on that, '''people with funny accents''', like ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'''s Coach Z or Zoidberg from ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}''.

* As mentioned above, [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill dang ol' Boomhauer, man]].
** Boomhauer doesn't seem to actually have a speech impediment in the usual sense of the word. He mumbles and slurs his words together in an exaggeration of an Appalachian accent (Mike Judge based it off of an irate caller complaining about ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', but the general impression he gives is that he just doesn't bother to try to enunciate better, not that he ''can't''.
*** Inverted in one episode where from his point of view, ''he'' is well-spoken and clearly enunciates, but everyone ''else'' mumbles and adds random 'dang ol' cruft. Which goes a long way to explaining why he talks the way he does.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. Almost all the characters have some type of speech impediment or verbal tic.


'''People with 'mild' disorders such as [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny ADHD]], [[SuperOCD OCD]] or [[UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome Asperger's]]'''

For the most part, people with Aspergers, ADHD, OCD, depression, etc. will get smacked from two angles. On the one hand, they'll be portrayed as stupid, incompetent, and foolish - the traditional way to do it. Then, they'll get attacked from the opposite angle - that they're actually perfectly fine and are either whiny or suffer from SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome. Drama queens in other words. Or that they're just trying to get special advantages on tests. There is a grain of truth here, like there is in a lot of things that gain public traction. There has been an over-diagnosis of various disorders over the years, with ADHD probably being the most notorious, which means people are even less likely to believe people who legitimately have the disorder(s). In addition, ADHD medicine often gets abused by people in high schools and on college campuses in order to stay up and study later. That said, people who actually have ADHD are often just as troubled by this behavior as everyone else, if not more, since the medicine that they actually need is at risk of being stolen and abused (not to mention the fact that it's really friggin' expensive and there are frequent shortages).


'''[[HollywoodTourettes Tourette's Syndrome]]'''

The "swearing disease", despite the fact that swearing tics occur in maybe ten percent of the cases. Pretty much whenever a character has Tourette's on TV, they'll have the rare swearing tic due to the RuleOfFunny.



* Subverted in ''Series/{{JAG}}'', wherein major character Bud Roberts gets a leg amputated as result of stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan, yet he's ultimately able to fully recover (with the aid of a prosthetic leg) and to live a happy family life.

* One particularly grating recent example being [[http://www.nrc.nl/international/article2440740.ece/Disabled_poster_boy_banned_from_rail_stations Dutch Rail's refusal to display]] posters that show one of Marc Quinn's ''Complete Marbles'' sculptures at railway stations across the country. Before you ask, no, it wasn't the nudity they objected to. To put matters into perspective, this is a company that will happily plaster [[http://www.israbox.com/uploads/posts/2009-11/1257702410_anouk-for-bitter-or-worse-2009.jpg a close-up of a bloody face]] across its billboards.


'''People in wheelchairs'''


'''People with allergies'''

Especially ones that cause them to develop cold or flu - like symptoms from plants, animals, dust, etc. Like overweight people, their suffering and awkwardness is often just plain funny. It's often depicted as just one more indication that the character isn't Mr. or Miss Right for the protagonist. However, if a secondary protagonist is a [[LoserProtagonist Loser]], an allergy sufferer rejected by TheHero may be his last hope for wedded bliss. There's also a tendency to give nebbishy characters allergies in order to reinforce their wimpiness.

* Walter, Annie's fiance from SleeplessInSeattle, has many allergies including some foods. While he's not unsympathetically treated on the whole, it is presented as if it's a nerdy and less-than-sexy trait.
* Daniel Jackson in ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', on top of other nerdy traits, spends about half the movie sneezing because he gets allergies when he travels. This is done to make him stand out as different from the soldiers in the movie. This trait was dropped in the show, aside from a brief ShoutOut in the first episode.

* Carl [[MeaningfulName Wheezer]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius''.

* ''VeganArtbook'' dismisses allergies to vegan staples (along with limited ability to absorb non-heme iron) as nothing but [[LameExcuse lazy excuses]] concocted by [[LackOfEmpathy callous]] [[ItsAllAboutMe egotists]] in order to [[AuthorTract avoid going vegan]].

* See also, mouth breathers. Some people ''have'' to breathe through their mouth because they can't clear their nose out thanks to allergies. It's a Catch 22 all around...the second you clear it out, within 10 minutes, your nasal passages are blocked again and you ''have'' to breathe through your mouth.
* A lot are played through laughs, at least hay fever. Allergies like Nuts or Shellfish? ''No laughing matter''. Even people who complain about not being able to eat peanuts in an area that has a large no nuts sign is more than often shut up when they learn how ''severe'' peanut allergies can be.
* People who loudly and/or obnoxiously inform others -especially strangers- of their allergies are perfectly acceptable targets, regardless of the severity of said allergies.

[[folder:Physical traits]]



You must be dumb. End of story. Or lazy. Or greedy. Or gluttonous (in some TV shows fat characters never appear in a ''single scene'' without shoving food into their mouths). Or low-class trailer trash. Or a slob. Or sweaty, stinky, or otherwise sub-human. ''Especially'' if you happen to be [[DoubleStandard a woman]], in which case you'll likely be an AbhorrentAdmirer. Or, in an inversion, if you're American you must be a disgusting fat slob. Or, if you're fat, you're [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets American.]]


'''People with non-disabling deformities'''

Especially with the increase in the availability and use of plastic surgery, people who have noticeable disfigurements that are not actually disabling (or at least don't appear to be, regardless of whether they actually are) are subject to ridicule, if they're ever shown on television at all.

* ''Film/RedDragon'' was about a man teased all his life for his cleft palate, and [[FreudianExcuse eventually driven]] to become a SerialKiller. However, the few chapters about his childhood make him extremely sympathetic.
-->'''Graham''': As a child, my heart bleeds for him. As an adult, he's irredeemable.

* In Creator/HarryHarrison's ''[[Literature/WestOfEden Eden]]'' trilogy, Armun has a harelip which she covers with her hair, as it makes her a target for insults and names from her tribesmates.
* In ''HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Gilderoy Lockhart actually justifies putting a Memory Charm on a witch and taking credit for her work just because she had a cleft lip. Averted in that Lockhart is making himself out to be a horrible person to the reader.

* Women with flat chests ''and'' women with huge breasts are often the subject of ridicule. The former are often accused of being immature, while the latter are often accused of being slutty.

* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' at one point featured Stewie having a recollection about a man with a cleft lip, who he referred to as a harelip - an offensive term for the condition.
** Not to mention Jake Tucker and his upside down face.
* Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' (the main villain of Season 1) has a nasty burn scar on his face, which was given to him by [[AbusiveParents his own father]]. [[spoiler:He does get a HeelFaceTurn in Season 3, though.]]
** Zuko is an interesting example, as his scar doesn't prevent him from being MrFanservice.


'''Males with small penises'''

Guys with a TeenyWeenie. As the popular perception goes, BiggerIsBetterInBed, and a large penis is symbolic of virility and all-around masculinity. Those that have smaller-than-average "equipment" are usually perceived as weak, pathetic, and not truly a man. This main perception is the core reason why CompensatingForSomething is widely considered an insult and why it's called "''compensating'' for something".

* The Music/LilyAllen song "Not Big". After her boyfriend breaks up with, the protagonist responds by saying she's not upset because he was sexually inadequate.
* The infamous OneHitWonder "Short Dick Men" by Gilette, back in the mid 1990's. The bowdlerized version changed that part of the lyrics for "Short ''Short'' Men", which not only misplaced the singers complaint to another AcceptableTarget (men of small size), but also because the "tiny weenie" lyrics weren't edited out the target became "short men with small equipement".


'''People of short stature'''

People of smaller-than-average height, especially males, face discrimination in several facets. Physically, they are smaller, so they may be seen as "small" in other ways due to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_effect Halo effect]]. Mentally, their personality is considered weak no matter what it is; if they are timid, they are weak all-around; if they are aggressive, they must suffer from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_complex Napolean Complex]]. Sexually, men in particular face serious difficulties in the dating arena; studies have shown that height matters more to women on average (as polled through dating sites) than money, fitness, or personality. This general sentiment means they will often be cast in sexually unappealing roles.

* In {{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}, Lord Farquaad's height is ridiculed on several occasions. It doesn't help that he's the villain and must be [[Main/CompensatingForSomething compensating for something]], or that he's incompetent, or sexually abusive, or (laundry list of his character flaws).
** Especially egregious since [[BrokenAesop the movie is meant to have the message of accepting people for their physical appearance and that there are different types of beauty.]]


'''People with physical features that some just don't happen to personally find attractive'''

If someone finds a person unpleasant for any reason, it's not uncommon for the complainer to, while ranting about this person they find unpleasant, also throw in "[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh, and they also have a big nose/a weird chin/creepy eyebrows/chubby cheeks/are fat/too hairy/etc]]".

* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has Gai and Lee, who are frequently made fun of for their BigOlEyebrows and their oddly shaped eyes and lashes, in {{canon}}, {{fanon}}, and just the fandom in general. The jumpsuit, haircut and poses are all their own choices, though, so those don't count.

* ''Film/{{Roxanne}}'' is a modern adaptation of ''Cyrano De Bergerac'' starring Creator/SteveMartin. Instead of a knight, he's a firefighter. Since it takes place in the modern day where you can find dozens of plastic surgeons in even the smallest town in America, his current condition is justified in that he's allergic to anesthesia. [[ThereAreNoTherapists But he does go to therapy]].

* The entire driving plot of ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'' is that despite being a smooth talking literary genius who has a way with words, he couldn't get a girlfriend to save his life because he has a big nose. We're not talking a slightly-larger-than-average Roman nose. We're talking about an epic schnozzola that has defined the very real former Gascogne knight and playwright for over 300 years.

'''[[HeldBackInSchool People who were held back a year in school]]'''

Commonly portrayed as a JerkAss Bully, being ''much'' bigger than the class, being ''incredibly'' stupid, and most fiction examples won't cover any potential examples for being held back (such as how they were held back because they spent too much of the school year in the hospital recovering from a severe illness or injury). They also are ''never'' shown as taking school seriously; frequently giving up and not even ''trying'' to do their schoolwork so they can catch up.


'''Community college'''

The ultimate butt of education jokes. Whether a series takes place in high school, "real" college, or the outside world, expect at least one joke about a character attending community college.(Extra points if it's referred to as "13th grade.") Despite the fact that many educational professionals agree attending community college for two years and then transferring to a four-year school is an excellent financial decision, pop culture and society at large have not gotten over the fact that "anyone can get into community college." Community college students are seen as A) poor, B) lazy, C) stupid, or D) all of the above.
* And this despite the fact that many community colleges offer an excellent education with some even offering programs not available at the local universities. In particular, many community colleges offer courses covering technical content not available at most public four-year schools. For example, a traditional four-year school might offer enough lecture courses to get you a mechanical engineering degree, but community colleges are more likely to offer ''actual hands-on courses on machining and welding'', leading to a more practical understanding of the trade. Engineering in particular is notorious for involving designs that look good on paper but don't perform that well in practice. The hands-on experience can be invaluable.
** Also, at a university, in some fields you're unlikely to get to actually ''ask questions of'' any instructor who isn't a grad student for the first two years anyway. The guy teaching the 300 person lecture class will probably be a Ph.D., but he might as well be a video for all the interaction you'll get from him. Community Colleges don't ''have'' grad students, so most of your interaction will be with people who at least have a postgraduate degree (and, often, actual real world experience to boot) right from the start.

* While not a comedy example, Film/{{Rudy}} is told that he must build his academic record at a community college before he will be eligible to apply to Notre Dame. The inference is that these institutions are dumping grounds for Ivy League rejects.
** He's explicitly being told to go there to "build up his academic record", i.e. prove that he's smart/dedicated/whatever enough to make it at Notre Dame. Sounds more like a refinery than a "dumping ground".
* In ''Film/IronMan'', Tony threatens to donate Dummy to a community college, the implication being that it would be a most embarrassing fate for the poor AI/robot.

* In Creator/ChristopherPike's ''Final Friends'' series, the heroine finds out that she'll be unable to get into a "real" college due to her abysmal SAT scores and will have to go to community college instead. She says it's "like going to summer camp after you expected to climb Mt. Everest" and eventually decides to give up on academics entirely rather than suffer the humiliation.

* Played with in the episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'', with Richard Speight Jr guest-starring as an intelligent guy who didn't get into a great college because his classmate stole the test, got a really high score and offset everything. The classmate then lorded it over him at a reunion.
* Played for laughs on the TV sitcom ''Series/{{Community}}'', set in a community college.
** The show lampshaded this in one episode where the main characters try to find a way to get Highschool Students attending the campus for college credits to stop making fun of them for being in a community college.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon looks down on Penny for attending (and dropping out of) a community college. Though in this case, it's less that the show itself attacks community colleges and more that Sheldon is an InsufferableGenius who looks down on everyone - including his other friends and colleagues, many of whom have earned Masters and Doctorates from "proper" universities. None of the other characters seem to have a problem with it.

* Bonus Points as sometimes, community colleges are better in some courses than "real" colleges, only cost ''much'' less. (For example, the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, arguably one of the best culinary arts schools in the country, is part of Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.)
* Laney College in Oakland, UsefulNotes/{{California}} is increasingly regarded as one of the best theater schools in Northern California, as its actors frequently land top spots in universities--or, you know, get picked by theaters ''as soon as they graduate''. Unfortunately it has the double-whammy of being a community college in ''Oakland,'' which is stereotyped as being dangerous, poor, and riddled with drug dealers.

* Unless, of course, the character comes from a poor background, like Luanne Platter from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', where her going to Community College is celebrated by her family.
* Hayley on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' attends a community college, which is often the butt of some jokes ("I got a check-plus. That's like a C at Arizona State!").
* [[TooDumbToLive Patrick Star]] from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' claims to have attended community college in the episode "The Bully."


'''Trade School'''

By people who have not been to trade schools.

* Astronauts actually ''did'' get people understanding them, before [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Nowak Lisa Nowak]] went after that woman her boyfriend was having an affair with.



'''Mouth Breathers'''

It's ''always'' used to describe people who are dumb in some way. Admit it...you've heard it used to describe that JerkJock or that big-ass bully with more muscle than brain in high school, those stupid customers who ask stupid questions, the slovenly basement dwellers talking shit on message boards and online games, or that big fat motherfucker of a bouncer with a squashed, bulldog-like face that you just ''know'' was caused by him getting his nose smashed one too many times. Some of us have to breathe through our mouth because we have a cold, sinus infection, the flu, or really bad allergies (and we all know 90% of Allergy Medications don't work). OI!

[[AC: Comics]]
* Marvel's Weasel is a mouth breather, and a creepy nerdy loser criminal on top of it.

[[AC: {{Film}}]]
* Uhura calls Kirk one in ''Film/StarTrek'', although considering her talented ears, it may just have been an accurate descriptor - breathing through your mouth is of course quieter, and he was trying to hide.

* Mentioned in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', with the stupid thug Banjo who "looked as though he was living on invisible plankton".
** Who is, [[SubvertedTrope in fact,]] a sympathetic [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments - and surprisingly well-treated]] - character.

* Jack Donaghy of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is liable to call you one if he thinks you're stupid. He's called Kenneth a mouth-breather at least once.
* Jaye's supervisor is nicknamed this by her and her family on ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}''. He doesn't take kindly to it, telling Jaye that it's due to an undeviated septum, but this doesn't stop her from using it. It should be noted that she rather dislikes him anyway, due to being younger but promoted over her, and for being annoyingly upbeat at their retail job.

* Not to mention when it's caused not by a temporary sickness or allergy, but a permanent deformation of the internal sinus passages.



There's usually a good reason for it in RealLife, but in sitcoms they're often depicted as lazy, ignorant, etc., or else the ButtMonkey[=/=]CosmicPlaything. It's really interesting when the lower-class (usually) guy falls for the RichBitch and has to deal with the vast ocean of differences between the social classes. HilarityEnsues.


'''Male Sexual Harassment Victims'''

Did you know that Sexual Harassment can actually happen to ''men'' too? Or that women can actually commit Sexual Harassment...and actually do it to ''a man'' and not another woman? Or that men can actually commit Sexual Harassment against ''other men''? Most places don't actually realize this and force men who are targets of harassment to "take it like a man" and that anyone who tries to do something about the harassment is "PC Bullshit" or "a wimp." See also DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale.

* Averted in ''Manga/KinouNaniTabeta'', the lawyer protagonist took a case in which a big guy is abused by his small girlfriend, it is portrayed realistically.

* The treatment of Dale (played by Charlie Day) in ''Film/HorribleBosses'' zig-zags this. On one hand, his friends don't seem to think that his problem--his sex-crazed and very hot (played by Creator/JenniferAniston) boss constantly hitting on him at work--is all that bad. On the other hand, the creators go out of their way to make her seem insane and kind of creepy, and make him seem like a really nice guy happily engaged to his fiancee and not in the least bit interested in any other woman--which accentuates the horror.

* An episode of ''Series/WhatWouldYouDo'' tested peoples' reactions to abuse by different sexes, by having two actors playing a couple alternate being abusive. When the man was the one yelling and being rough, more often than not people stepped in to stop it. When the woman was the abuser, most people did nothing -- in fact, several women who saw it happening looked satisfied, including one who did a little fist-pump after she passed them. When asked her about her reaction, she said [[DeathByWomanScorned she assumed he had it coming]].

* Pretty much the whole message of Michael Crichton's ''Literature/{{Disclosure}}'' and the MacGuffin for the book. He also waxes at length on the (presumably correct for the time) statistics and what they mean.

* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Hank Hill's reaction to being told he can sue for "Male on Male Sexual Harassment" is... "BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!" followed by his shocked expression. The other person he shows it to also is too afraid to admit it. It's amazing how [[TruthInTelevision real]] it can be.
** Another episode had him being borderline-stalked by a female cop with the hots for him, which wasn't shown as being the least bit acceptable. Yet still played for laughs.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had Peter being sexually harassed by his boss, to the point that she demanded he come to her house and have sex with her. While she was clearly shown as being in the wrong, the whole thing was PlayedForLaughs, and Lois outright refused to believe that a woman could sexually harass a man (mostly because AllMenArePerverts). Later on, the boss tells Peter she's a virgin because she was [[InformedDeformity too ugly to get laid]], itself an {{Acceptable Target|s}}.


'''Minimum Wage Employees'''

Anyone who works a low-paying job. Bonus points if it's "menial" labor or customer service. See also BurgerFool. Overlaps with AcceptableProfessionalTargets.


'''{{Silent Majorit|y}}ies'''

To many, the term "VocalMinority" doesn't exist, they forget it exists, or they are too ignorant to say it exists. If there is a "VocalMinority" in your group causing havoc to society, oftentimes much of everyone else will [[GuiltByAssociationGag lump you and the other innocent people in your group]] and [[MisBlamed you will be lambasted for your group's]] VocalMinority regardless if you were never apart of it or were even against it. This goes double for fandoms, triple if it involves politics, race, nationality, and/or religion. For example, if you are American, [[EagleLand you are a stupid fat slob who disgraces society]]. If you are an American who is smart, slim, and nice, you do not exist to these people. No exceptions.