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

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

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

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

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

Compare KarmicJackpot, EarnYourHappyEnding. Contrast with TeamRocketWins.

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* ThrowTheDogABone/{{Web Comics}}
* ThrowTheDogABone/{{Web Original}}
* ThrowTheDogABone/{{Western Animation}}



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

[[folder:Fan Works]]

* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fanfic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'' (part of ''Fanfic/ProjectDarkJade''), [[VillainProtagonist Jade]] ends up hiring the Enforcers, and [[BenevolentBoss pays them regular wages (at one point, they mock the heroes by saying it's more than Section 13 pays them), and even when she fires them she gives them severance pay and all their belongings]]. When they realize that Jackie isn't there yet, [[GenreSavvy they decide to flee the country and get away from magic and the chaos involving it that they keep getting mixed up with once and for all]]. [[spoiler: [[YankTheDogsChain And then they get arrested almost immediately afterwards.]]]]
* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], after reaching an [[spoiler: emotional catharsis of sorts to get over her jealousy and grudge over Celestia]], the LemonyNarrator [[spoiler: finds her happiness, that being a couch, a good stock of Doritos, and her coltfriend, [[CrazyHomelessPerson Crazy Larry]] at her side.]] This is after countless failures in her life, like messing up on a relatively easy love potion, somehow catching syphilis, her countless academic failures, and general inability to find self-worth. Even though she [[JerkAss hadn't exactly]] been TheWoobie throughout the fic and many of her challenges seemed to be self-deserved, she [[spoiler: [[EarnYourHappyEnding found her own happy ending.]]]]
* The story ''[[Fanfic/TheNonBronyverse No, I am NOT a Brony, GET ME OUTTA EQUESTRIA!]]'' has a FourthWallMailSlot chapter in which [=BronyWriter=] pulls the hero, TD Powell back to Earth for the purposes of the Q&A, and while he makes it clear that he'll be sending TD back to Equestria for future chapters, he lets him have his date with his longtime crush Danae first.
* In ''ThoseLackingSpines,'' Vexen has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder [[ItMakesSenseInContext after his encounter with the Lazy Town Cake Song]] among other things. [[spoiler:He spends most of Chapter 10 relaxing in a lounge while Lexaeus and Xaldin are fighting Bishounen Gutless.]]
* In the ''Space Quest Incinerations'' fan game, General Bruce Havok, one of the most badass guys in the galaxy, says to Roger Wilco, savior of the galaxy yet perpetual [[TheChewToy Chew Toy Extraordinaire]], that he knows of Roger's heroism and is a big fan. While he did treat Roger like crap earlier, it's largely because it's been many years since Roger's exploits have occurred and thus Bruce didn't realize he was dealing with ''that'' Roger Wilco, and Roger is something of a JerkAss when he's not saving the galaxy.
* In the {{Manga/Bleach}} story ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8987477/1/A-Black-Heart A Black Heart]]'' Ichigo lets [[LovableSexManiac Kon]] takeover his body to get laid while Ichigo takes care of some business.
* In ''Fanfic/UninvitedGuests'', after enduring 41 chapters of craziness, Toshiro Hitsugaya is happy when Nanao Ise takes over as his lieutenant, a partner who actually does her job. The narration even points out that the universe may throw you a bone if you work hard and never give up.
* In the WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom fanfiction, ''FanFic/{{Harmless}}'', [[IJustWantToHaveFriends Klemper]] now has the ghost dog, Cujo. At last, the lonely ghost has some friends.
* In one WesternAnimation/KimPossible fanfiction, Drakken complains about his plan going wrong and his base being destroyed on his birthday. So Ron convinces him to use a machine to drop several gallons of oil on the fighting Kim and Shego; in exchange, Ron would hold off on destroying the base for a while. Upon seeing the [[MudWrestling results]], Drakken declares it his best birthday ever.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10623866/15/Sekirei-Is-that-some-new-species-of-little-sister Sekirei? Is that some new species of little sister?]]'' Naruto routinely unwings Sekirei then blocks their ability to be winged either to save them from abusive Ashikabi and/or allow them to make their own decisions without being influenced by their bond. While Minato has been the ButtMonkey for most of the story, including both [[LovableSexManiac Matsu]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Tsukiumi]] finding him pathetic once they weren't drawn to him, [[FirstGirlWins Musubi]] still loved him after her bond was severed. In fact, neither knew it was severed until they kissed and she didn't sprout wings.
* ''Fanfic/GodSlayingBladeWorks'' has several omakes where Kariya Matou, one of the biggest {{Butt Monkey}}s of ''LightNovel/FateZero'', gets to earn his happy ending, and one where the 4th Holy Grail War's Lancer gets to die a heroic death just like he wanted instead of getting betrayed and killed like a dog.

* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'''s ''Monroe'' is occasionally thrown a bone, though they often YankTheDogsChain in the very same comic. Two examples:
** Getting to make out with his Irish cousin. When his parents find out, they force him to sleep in his roofless tree house in the pouring rain.
** Having the school bully steal his date at the cinema, but then getting him to eat a rotten hot dog he found on the floor of ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' screening next door.

* "Even the Losers" by Music/TomPetty.
-->Baby, even the losers get lucky sometime\\
Even the losers keep a little bit of pride\\
They get lucky sometime...
* Averted with "At Seventeen", Janis Ian's 1975 pop classic about teenage elitism and being shunned, where the narrator is '''''not even so much as thrown a bone''''' while all of her popular classmates get all of the attention, accolades and the cream off the crop of boys.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* A ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'' comic showed '''everything''' going right for Dagwood, like the inversion of a HumiliationConga: Mr. Dithers praised him and gave him a raise for some particularly skilled work, Blondie prepared his favorite meal and then smilingly waved him off to poker night, where he can't seem to get a bad hand.... The final panel shows Blondie, sitting up in bed, smiling out at the reader (and looking '''hot''' in her nightie) and saying something to the effect that "[[BreakingTheFourthWall after X years in this comic strip]], he deserves a day like this!"
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', Jon is finally now dating Liz the veterinarian, after crushing on her without success for, what? Thirty years?
** Before that, he actually managed to get a real date. Granted, the woman in question was a bit of a {{Gonk}}, but despite that she had a lovely personality, and they both had a wonderful time.
* One strip of ''ComicStrip/TheBornLoser'' had the protagonist having a moment of good luck for once. ''Once.''
* In ''{{Peanuts}}'', Charlie Brown had some success in the '90s after decades of constant failure; he managed to hit a home run and win the game for his team not once but twice; he [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1995/04/11 defeated]] a bully named Joe Agate in marbles; and he might even [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1999/10/24 kicked the ball for once.]]
** In ''You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown'', Charlie Brown winds up winning a motocross race despite every force in the universe seemingly indicating that he wouldn't. Goes into ShaggyDogStory territory when the intended prize--Pro Bowl tickets--is replaced by five free haircuts. His hair is not very plentiful and his father is a barber.
** ''It's Magic, Charlie Brown'' throws two bones at Charlie Brown after Snoopy makes him disappear. When Charlie Brown sees Lucy playing with her football, he takes the opportunity to kick it from her and then ''taunt her about it''. Later on after Snoopy brings him back, Lucy tells him he can't prove that he kicked the football. Snoopy retaliates by suspending her in midair and leaves, happily skipping away with together with Charlie Brown.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Howard Finkle, Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ring announcer during the 90s and early 2000s, was a ButtMonkey almost any time he had any role in any storyline. However, during a feud between the mutually mulleted Wrestling/{{X-Pac}} and Wrestling/JeffJarrett, Jarrett bullied Finkle (who was bald) as part of the buildup. After X-Pac won the hair versus hair match, Finkle got to help him shave Jarrett's head.
* Wrestling/StacyKeibler was a DesignatedMonkey for almost the entirety of her WWE career, despite being (mostly) a {{face}}: [[ShamefulStrip stripped]], [[SpankTheCutie spanked]], bullied by both men and women, beaten to within an inch of her life on several occasions, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking constantly negatively compared to more "traditionally" beautiful Divas]] such as Wrestling/TorrieWilson and Wrestling/TrishStratus. And to top it all, she won only three matches over the course of a four-year run. But there was a brief period late in 2004 when she TookALevelInBadass, ascended to main-event status, and - arguably her proudest moment - entered a Divas' Battle Royal at that year's ''Taboo Tuesday'' and managed to stay in the ring for more than two-thirds of the match, outlasting every other face Diva.

[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', after [[RunningGag constantly getting interrupted every time he tried before]], Rex finally manages to propose to Amanda during the FinalBattle. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this quickly turned into a case of YankTheDogsChain when Amanda was suddenly killed off a few posts later.]]

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** After years of being the game's ButtMonkey, shown [[RedShirt dying in droves]] in the fluff, getting saddled with unplayable units, and being to some extent incompatible with the current core rules, around the transition to 4th Edition the [[BadassNormal Imperial Guard]] finally got a decent codex. Their 5th edition update brought such treats as support gunships and the ability to field more tanks than any other army, pushing the guard into full WhosLaughingNow territory. They are the ''largest unified military force in the galaxy'' and get to act it.
** The [[EvilCounterpart Dark]] [[SpaceElves Eldar]] went over a ''decade'' without an update to their extremely limited and increasingly dated model range and notoriously unforgiving rulebook, before finally getting not just a codex packed full of background fluff and viable units, but some of the most detailed models Creator/GamesWorkshop has ever produced.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* [[http://www.inquisitr.com/342012/victim-of-school-prank-becomes-homecoming-princess-town-rallies-to-fight-bullying/ Whitney Kropp, a bullying victim at Ogemaw Heights High School,]] was nominated for homecoming princess by her tormentors as a Literature/{{Carrie}}-inspired prank. The prank [[NiceJobFixingItVillain backfires]] and it got the town to ''support'' Whitney and Whitney ends up ''winning'' the crown for Homecoming princess! [[WhosLaughingNow Take that, bullies.]]
* The ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse'' has been helpful to actors and characters.
** Creator/HenryCavill was '''[[ButtMonkey infamous]]''' from getting snubbed on getting major roles from various studios in favor of other actors, most notably by Creator/RobertPattinson for the role as Edward Cullen in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' film series (which even surprised series creator Creator/StephenieMeyer, who initially thought that Cavill fit the bill better). That all changed when Zack Snyder hired him to play Superman in ''Film/ManOfSteel''.
** Wonder Woman ''finally'' getting to appear in a live-action film after years of the movie project going nowhere - especially considering that Warner Bros. executives were on the fence about letting her have a movie, leading to the now infamous Tweet from Brett White about how DC didn't want to do Wonder Woman because it was too confusing, while Marvel was working on ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', which has a raccoon using machine guns. Taken even further once it was confirmed that she would be getting a standalone film before Marvel could release [[Film/CaptainMarvel a female-led movie]].
** Story goes Creator/BenAffleck was vying to be Batman during the period between ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' and ''Film/BatmanBegins'', but because of the DevelopmentHell he took on ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' as the closest thing. His career tanking from ''Film/{{Gigli}}'' didn't help, either. Even after rebuilding his career by being both actor and director, he admitted to being surprised when he was approached to be Batman because he was getting older and couldn't play a 20-something or 30-something Batman, and was delighted to learn they were going in the ''[[ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns Dark Knight Returns]]'' direction for ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.
* Creator/MichaelBell, who voiced Prowl and Swoop among others, in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', expressed interest in returning to the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise for years, auditioning to reprise the roles of Prowl and Swoop for ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', and for Ratchet and William Fowler for ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', but these never panned out (''Animated''!Prowl went to Creator/JeffBennett, Animated!Swoop was TheSpeechless, and ''Prime''!Ratchet and Fowler were voiced by Creator/JeffreyCombs and Creator/ErnieHudson respectively). This was until he was cast as High Tide in ''Prime''[='=]s sister series ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots''. Along with Creator/PeterCullen, Creator/FrankWelker, Creator/GreggBerger, Dan Gilvezan, he also returned for ''VideoGame/TransformersDevastation'', reprising the roles of Sideswipe and Scrapper.