"Do the right thing; Karma will get you laid!"
If fictional characters knew that being good gets you good sex
, there might not be any villains. One common way this shows up, especially in Comedy
, is with Sexual Karma. Though not just in the sense of "you give good sex, you get good sex back" (which can certainly come into play, but is not the end of it). What happens is that good characters will, through wacky and unpredictable happenstance, usually end up falling into a veritable harem of highly desirable and willing members of their preferred gender
, while the Jerk Ass
will be dumped into a veritable harem of their least
favored members of their (un)preferred gender. While in chains.
Where no one can hear them scream. Incidentally, said harem of undesirable people is composed of people who will sexually assault them.
Implementation varies, they don't always fall through a skylight onto a pile of cushions with various scantily clad concubines (though that is
the classic). Even sex need not be involved, it might just be a single guy ending up alone with a bus full of volleyball players they helped save
and who are grateful enough to flirt with and/or dote on him. Or the good character might mope that, after spending all the movie helping the lead solve his or her love problems they're still single... to the unbearably attractive bar-person who happens
to be single! Alternately the wingman and winggirl of the two leads may become
a happy Beta Couple
. Depending on the rating, they may only be implied to start dating, get it on, or actually
get it on screen. This may occasionally be shown as one of rewards given to The Woobie
at the end, if s/he manages to survive everything the universe throws at them.
In contrast, most Jerk Asses
(and a fair number of heroic Butt Monkeys
) will somehow find themselves socially or physically trapped alone with one (or more!)
overly amorous people of a group that isn't just outside their target demographic, but may well scare or repulse them
. Of course, to these people, "no means yes" and their struggles just set them in the mood. For extra points, he or she will have previously insulted or put down the same person or people that he or she is now trapped with due to their own actions
. If the jerkass was kicking dogs
, rape is implied to happen
It's not always a person, though; animals, "monsters", or aliens can also be substituted in either case.
Even a Nice Guy
may have to endure a dry-humping pet of their Love Interest
's as part of the romance. Extra points if it's a gorilla, which is a favorite.
Depending on how it's used, this trope may carry Unfortunate Implications
. Please don't ask us to elaborate, therapy isn't cheap.
Subtrope of Laser-Guided Karma
and supertrope to Karmic Rape
. See also Redemption Equals Sex
. Since this is often an Ending Trope
, beware of unmarked spoilers.
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Anime & Manga
- In Jura Tripper, instead of being requited by any of his love interests, Jerk Ass God only receives affection from pet dinosaur Miyu.
- Sanji from One Piece ends up on an island full of cross-dressers after Bartholomew Kuma rockets the Straw Hat Pirates away from each other. He spends a lot of time unknowingly saying that he likes dressing in women's clothing to a cross-dresser he believed was a beautiful woman. Hilarity Ensues.
- Also, Absalom's molestation and ogling of Nami/Robin is repaid with the affections of Lola. Who is a zombie. And ugly. And a warthog. This is more detailed in the anime.
- Luffy, on the other hand, for being such a good hearted moron, wins the affections of Boa Hancock, the World's Most Beautiful Woman, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, and leader of the all-woman kingdom Amazon Lily, which means her subjects love him too. Being Luffy, he doesn't quite 'get' how lucky he is.
- A Yakuza member in Yamatogawa/Witchcraft is dropped into a pit full of bored homunculi. We don't see precisely what happens to him, but the homunculi were created for sex, and despite their feminine forms, they have penises rather than vaginas.
- In Ernie, a sleazy boss tries to get Doris to sleep with her, threatening to fire her if she don't go along. She beats him up and quits on her own. However, this was apparently not enough punishment for some people (the next strip is of the artist being chewed out by his wife and banished to the couch because the sleaze "got away with it"), so the boss is later on vacation and tries the hot tub... which is then occupied by several recently-conceiving mothers. Uh, yeah. If this seems a bit convoluted to you, you're not alone.
- Starr in Preacher orders an incompetent minion to set him up with a prostitute. He gets a male one who does not take no for an answer. This is actually quite early in Starr's Humiliation Conga.
Films — Animated
- In Don Bluth's Anastasia, Rasputin's bat sidekick abandons him at the climax and is awarded a female bat at the end with no explanation.
- At the end of Shrek 2, the handsome but awful Prince Charming is grabbed and forcibly kissed by the ugly step-sister.
Films — Live-Action
- Subverted in Castle in the Air. One would think being banished with two amorous fat, overly emotional women would be the djinn's punishment for kidnapping princesses to fill his harem, but he realizes that he actually finds overweight women very attractive. On their part, the women find his scales and claws to be personal Fetish Fuel and thus it becomes more Pair the Spares.
- The wife of David Hopkins, author of Jack, was stalked for a while by her creepy ex. Apparently, among other problems, the creepy ex had bragged to her about his habit of finding beached dolphins and doing unpleasant things with their blowholes. She and Dave got their revenge on this guy by putting a cameo of a thinly-veiled avatar of him in the comic's Ironic Hell setting, condemned to be raped by dolphins for eternity.
- In Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv) right after Light says how much fun killing people is Ryuk notices how pretty his eyes are.
- Solange of the Whateley Universe gets the ultimate in Crystal Hall.
- The fandom promptly exploded after the section where it happens was posted, dividing into three groups: the first felt that Solange deserved it and it was hilarious; the second felt that, no matter what Solange had done, she didn't deserve that; the third felt that while it was a terrible thing that no one — not even Solange — deserved, she did sign a contract that gave a telepath complete control of her body for a whole weekend, in a dorm that was completely hostile to her and if she didn't see the potential consequences inherent in that, then she was being incredibly stupid when she agreed to the terms. Bringing it up can still result in a more... heated... response than you might otherwise expect.
- Discussed in an episode of King of the Hill; when an attractive female exterminator shows up and spends time with Dale, Nancy (his wife) remarks that it would be pretty karmic if, after she spent years cheating on Dale and only recently broke off the affair, Dale ran off with the other woman.
- The Legend of Korra: Mako has a problem with dithering behavior concerning his romances with Asami and Korra which ultimately ended up sinking both. He is also the only member of Team Avatar not paired up with a significant other by series end; even Bolin finds love in Opal's arms. Ironically, the two women with whom he had messy relationships ended up together in the end.
- In an episode of South Park, an antagonist who repeatedly tries to get Jimmy killed is raped by a shark. On-screen. Twice.
- Kid-friendly example: In the TaleSpin episode "The Time Bandit", Baloo's punishment for almost getting Rebecca executed with one of his Zany Schemes is having to go on a date with a woman who really likes him — but happens to be as fat as Baloo himself.