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A victim of a crime who is such a {{Jerkass}} that it is unlikely that the audience will have any sympathy for them. This can range from the victim merely being a dick to being a far worse criminal than the person they're a victim to.

This trope can show up for a variety of reasons, but a common one is to make the criminal (or NonMaliciousMonster) more sympathetic. This is especially likely if the Asshole Victim's dickery is what motivated the criminal to commit the crime in the first place. This often occurs in works that feature an AntiHero or VillainProtagonist; their victims are such horrible people that [[BlackAndGrayMorality the protagonist looks heroic by comparison]], and/or StartOfDarkness stories will have the protagonist's first victims be terrible people so they don't lose audience sympathy at the beginning of the tale.

Further, there are structural reasons for engaging in this trope: Given that, in many of these situations, the story requires either a VictimOfTheWeek or an early death to make clear the stakes, putting an asshole of some variety in the corpse-shaped hole in your plot brings up less of the "Tonight, someone will be killed for your entertainment" FridgeLogic. Also, establishing that the victim was widely despised makes for a more challenging mystery because of the sheer number of suspects with motives.

Murder mysteries with Asshole Victims are common enough to have their own trope: WhoMurderedTheAsshole.

Compare PayEvilUntoEvil, where otherwise evil actions are portrayed as OK as long as the victims deserve it. KickTheSonOfABitch is when the bad guy is genuinely malicious, but their victim just happened to be an asshole.

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* AssholeVictim/AnimeAndManga
* AssholeVictim/ComicBooks
* [[AssholeVictim/{{Film}} Films - Live Action]]
* AssholeVictim/{{Literature}}
* AssholeVictim/LiveActionTV
* AssholeVictim/VideoGames
* AssholeVictim/VisualNovels
* AssholeVictim/WebComics
* AssholeVictim/WesternAnimation


* One of the early Got Milk? commercials ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnIjgw5A-iI this one]]) starts with a business executive sadistically firing someone over his cell phone as he crosses the street. He's promptly hit by a truck and goes to "heaven" with all the cookies he could want, [[ThisIsntHeaven but all the milk cartons are empty.]] [[{{Hell}} Guess where he is...]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=301#comic Here,]] [[SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal apparently.]]

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/jackbeanstalk/stories/esbenwitch.html Esben and the Witch]]'' has Sir Red, who tries repeatedly to get Esben's brothers executed by lying that they told him they could fetch a wonderful or magical item (a dove with feathers of gold, a boar with bristles of silver and gold, a lamp that shines brightly enough to light seven kingdoms, a coverlet that is the most beautiful in the world, and if touched, sounds loudly enough to be heard in eight kingdoms). Sir Red is Hanged in the in end, "for his wickedness... and so he got the end he deserved." The brothers are assholes, but not victims; The witch's daughters are guilty of nothing more than being her daughters, and the thirteenth one in fact ''helps'' Esben, and gets baked for her efforts.
* Wicked stepmothers and stepsisters generally tend to be this, unless the heroine is kind enough to have them pardoned.

* "Goodbye, Earl" by the Music/DixieChicks.
* "Janie's Got A Gun" by Music/{{Aerosmith}} is about [[RapeAsDrama a teenage girl who shoots her father after being raped by him.]]
* "I Remember Larry" by Music/{{Weird Al|Yankovic}} has the eponymous Larry do all sorts of horrible things to his neighbor, who eventually snaps.
* Creator/MercedesLackey's filk "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night." The Countess, a talentless would-be musician, dies in a locked tower to which her husband has the only other key. But she was such an unpleasant person that:
-->And one fact most astounding to them quickly came to light--\\
That ''every'' moment of the Count was vouched for on that night.\\
The castle folk by ones and twos came forward on their own\\
To swear the Count had never once that night been all alone.\\
So though the Tower had been locked tight, with two keys to the door,\\
One his, one hers; the Count of guilt was plain absolved for sure.
* "38 Years Old" by The Tragically Hip is about a man imprisoned for murdering his sister's rapist.
* "Terror Starts at Home" by Beneath the Sky is another example of this. A man rapes his own daughter and she responds by cutting his penis off. The music video shows it in graphic detail.
** "Testicular Manslaughter" by Cattle Decapitation and "Blunt Force Castration" by CannibalCorpse are also about a rapist being castrated.
* Alt-Rapper Jesse Dangerously's song "Outfox'd (When Pacifists Attack)" is about one getting what's coming to him
--> "[[TechnicalPacifist You just got your ass kicked trying to play-fight a pacifist]]
--> Plus [[{{Angrish}} got called a Faggot by a Gay-Rights Activist]]
--> In broad daylight, hey guys
--> [[PassiveAggressiveKombat My place for a lesson in aggression in passiveness]]
* The girlfriend's father in ThePolice song "Once Upon A Daydream".
* Jimmy, from Music/{{Devo}}'s ''Smoothnoodlemaps'', is an animal abuser, a {{Domestic Abuse}}r, an {{Abusive Parent|s}}, liar, cheater, thief, CorruptCorporateExecutive and made a living by "trashing others' lives", but now he's in a wheelchair and Devo don't care.
* Music/InsaneClownPosse has the song "[[PaedoHunt To Catch a Predator]]", which has Violent J hunting and torturing pedophiles. In the last verse, he chases one onto the lawn and drags him back inside in full view of his neighbors and mailman. Nobody says anything because they know what the guy was.

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: In Myth/ClassicalMythology this is a reoccurring theme.
** Ouranos and Kronos lose any sympathy points when they are brutally overthrown due to their treatment of their kids. The Olympians often punished mortals for being complete assholes, but were not limited to this.
** Hercules was known for his rages involving lots of death. What sets him apart from some other Greek heroes is the victim usually loses some sympathy by cheating Hercules or being a complete asshole. Herc usually accepted punishment when he was in the wrong.
* Myth/NorseMythology is often very brutal with GreyAndGrayMorality. The gods usually come off slightly better by the giants who were being massive assholes first.\\
In one version of one story, the gods make a bet a giant to build a wall for Valhalla under a certain time limit, and put Freya, the goddess of love, up for stakes. When they realize that his very strong horse is helping him enough that he's likely to win, they... don't actually do anything. But then the giant decides that he should get the sun and the moon as winnings too, and that prompts the gods to tamper with the contest, and they slay the giant after he loses the bet. (In another version the sun and moon were part of the original deal.)
* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** Amnon and Absalom both fall under this heading. The former raped his half-brother Absalom's (half?) sister Tamar. Since his father David evidently felt his own philandering had undercut any authority he had to punish Amnon for this, Absalom eventually took matters into his own hands and had his men assassinate Amnon during a banquet. [[AmbitionIsEvil Drunk on his success]], Absalom later rebelled against David, whose TokenEvilTeammate Joab managed to catch Absalom at a vulnerable moment and kill him. As the final link in this chain of treachery and murder, David's heir Solomon, in accord with David's instructions on his deathbed, later put Joab to death at his earliest legal opportunity.
** Many later kings qualified, including (but by no means limited to): Nadab, Elah, Zechariah, Shallum, Pekahiah, and Pekah of Israel; Joash and Amon of Judah; Sennacherib of Assyria; and Co-Regent Belshazzar of Bablyon.
** Jehoram of Judah, whom God struck down with some kind of intestinal plague (possibly cholera). As noted in Chronicles, his death was [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Chronicles+21&version=NIV "...to no one's regret..."]]
** The earlier books feature entire cities' worth of Asshole Victims, most notably Sodom, Gomorrah, and Amalek. In the case of the first two, the two messengers from God could only find six people among their populations who weren't complete scum.
** The Amalekites were a culture of bandits who followed behind the Israelites during the whole "forty years wandering the desert" thing and picked off the children and elderly [[ForTheEvulz for the heck of it]]. Later, their civilizations were reduced to skidmarks on the pavement (err, desert) by Israel.

* Consul Karl Baumer in ''Theatre/MarginForError'' is a Nazi of the least likable sort. When UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler is making a speech, he turns up the volume on the radio so loud that nobody hears the gunshot that kills him.
* Pirelli in ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', a SnakeOilSalesman who passes off "piss and ink" as a hair tonic, beats Toby, and [[MuggingTheMonster tries to blackmail Sweeney]]. Also, Beadle Bamford and eventually, Judge Turpin. And at the end, Mrs. Lovett and [[VillainProtagonist Sweeney Todd.]]
* The title character in ''Theatre/{{Agamemnon}}'' tried to sacrifice his daughter to the gods, and ends up murdered by his wife and her paramour Aegisthus.
* Aegisthus himself qualifies as an Asshole Victim in ''Theatre/TheLibationBearers''. Oh, and by the way? Aegisthus also [[PayEvilUntoEvil murdered Agamemnon's father, Atreus, for]] [[MoralEventHorizon feeding Aegisthus' half-brothers to their father]], Atreus' brother Thyestes. This family is one Asshole Victim after another.
* Played with in "The Cell Block Tango" in ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''; all the ladies but The Hunyak swear up and down that they didn't do it but if they ''did'', their victims were such bastards that they utterly deserved it. Whether they are to be believed is open to question. (All The Hunyak says is that she didn't do it.)
* In ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'', Audrey II's first ''live'' victim is the emotionally abusive father figure Mr. Mushnik, who's not much less of a jerk. At any rate, the plant [[LampshadeHanging uses the line]] "A lot of folks ''deserve'' to die" during the "Feed Me" number.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Subverted in ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'': one example of play in the second edition rulebook involved an attack on the concept of Treachery that relied on [[RealityWarper warping reality]] so that a nice person who had been murdered by her boyfriend [[RetCon retroactively]] ''became'' an Asshole Victim. This would, apparently, have undermined Treachery by mixing in justice where it wasn't supposed to be, undermining reality itself. ([[HumanoidAbomination Excrucians]] are frequently nice people, but one must never take that to mean they're ''[[AffablyEvil good]]'' [[OmnicidalManiac people]].)
* A shroud's preferred victim in ''TabletopGame/{{Anathema}}'' is almost certainly this, at least from that individual shroud's perspective. Especially considering that killing a preferred victim actually increases your will to live.
* A background paragraph in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' concerns a duel between a Chaos Champion named Gharad the Ox and an Imperial Elector Count. As the Champion appeared to be winning, the townsfolk (mostly the women) started cheering ''him'' on rather than the Count. After his victory, Gharad left the town intact, feeling "[[GoodFeelsGood obscurely pleased]]".
* There's a bunch of these in the book for ''TabletopGame/PsionicsTheNextStageInHumanEvolution''.
** A racist bully is telekinetically slammed into a locker so hard he has to be hospitalized.
** An alpha bitch dies of an overdose.
** A manipulative bastard working for a shadowy government agency is pushed off the top of a stage.
** A child molester is burned to death.
** An entire building full of torture technicians is killed by the poor kid they were experimenting on.
** Someone who works for the same organization as said torture technicians is brutally maimed by an esper that they were trying to torture/brainwash into submission.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'', Slaanesh claims all unprotected Eldar souls upon death and subjects them to indescribable torments. It's a little hard to feel sorry for the Eldar Empire since it was their murderous depravity that spawned Slaanesh in the first place. The Craftworld and Exodite Eldar are sympathetic since they were the few Eldar who rejected the hedonism of the rest of the Empire. Indeed, their physical and metaphorical distance from that mess is the reason they survived the initial massacre when Slaanesh was born. The Dark Eldar on the other hand have sunk even further into depravity, placating Slaanesh with the souls and suffering of their victims just so they can have their cake and eat it too. If anyone truly deserved to become Slaanesh's plaything for eternity, it's the Dark Eldar.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the WebSerialNovel ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the first people that the Slaughterhouse Nine (Superpowered Psychopaths) attack in the city are The Merchants, a gang of violent, drug dealing assholes.
* Parodied in this article of The Onion: http://www.theonion.com/content/node/51380
* Variant in ''Podcast/BlackJackJustice'': The Stopped Clock, where the wrongly accused ''killer'' is the asshole.
* All of Cody's victims in ''Literature/AngelOfDeath'' are criminals, and were killed in the process of committing crimes. In particular, he has stopped at least one rape and at least one mugging.
** Then again, the narrative doesn't really treat them like they had it coming, only like they're the best option available for Cody because killing them means saving someone else.
* While many characters in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' [[KillTheCutie clearly don't deserve getting killed]], there are also many who are enough of a {{Jerkass}} to the point where it's hard to sympathize with them. Some of these border on KarmicDeath, such as Anthony Burbank (who was repeatedly stabbed [[GroinAttack in the groin]] by the same cousin who he had bullied) and Philip Ward (beaten to death by [[MilesGloriosus Jimmy Brennan]], a character he had previously beaten up in a hockey game in [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters pre-game]]). A notable aversion, though, would be Monty Pondsworth of v4 pre-game. Although he was the most prominent {{Jerkass}} in pre-game, he did not make an appearance on the island, much to the disappointment of many handlers.
* ''WebOriginal/JeffTheKiller'': Jeff's first kills were Randy, Keith, and Troy, a trio of bullies who went around mugging kids and threatening them with knives. After Jeff beat the crap out of them, they got his brother sent to Juvy, and later attacked him at a birthday party to try and kill him, threatening to shoot anyone if they interfered.