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->'''Charlie:''' ...Whereas ''I'' am a well-known rascal. When I ''don't'' do the wrong thing, people are disappointed.\\
'''Alan:''' Was that supposed to make me feel better?\\
'''Charlie:''' No, the story was about ''me.'' God, you're such a narcissist!
-->-- ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''

Most of the time the big {{jerkass}} in a story is an antagonist, provoking delight when they are put in their place by the main characters. The Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist is where the main character has undesirable traits where they act cruel, sometimes [[VillainProtagonist even villainous]], to others, yet they are supposed to be rooted for and supposedly the hero of the story, despite being pretty much everything a human being shouldn't be... or [[ThisLoserIsYou everything a human being essentially is]]. If absolutely ''everyone'' is an unsympathetic jerkass, you are looking at a WorldOfJerkass.

There are a couple of things at the core of this trope, as well as [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible go to different extremes]]. Because much of comedy is derived from eliciting laughs at another's misfortune, the Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist is often crucial to the comedic formula. If horrible things happened to [[TheWoobie a character that the audience genuinely sympathized with]], the reaction to their plight would be shock and angry letters rather than guffaws and chortles. If the character [[HoistByHisOwnPetard brought the misfortune on themselves]], or just [[LaserGuidedKarma generally seemed like they deserved it]], the audience can disconnect from their pain and let loose the belly laughs when the character gets the inevitable PieInTheFace.

Sometimes the character behaves this way because they are the [[OnlySaneMan only moderately sane, intelligent person]] and has to deal with the mess caused by apparently nicer people. Alternatively he or she is someone whose loneliness and self-loathing make them, if not likable, at least pitiable, despite engaging in ComedicSociopathy. It's exactly this engagement that makes it entertaining when they are on the receiving end of it. In other cases, despite the name they do garner some sympathy via PetTheDog moments or showing signs of being TheAtoner and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but struggle to get past their own nature and continue to treat others poorly.

Nevertheless, it's not surprising when watchers actually take the "Unsympathetic" side of the character literally, with less than pleasant consequences for the {{fandom}} if they don't shut up about it, so it's not surprising that most try to avoid basing an entire series (at least where big money is involved) on this. This trope is often the difference between laughing ''with'' them and laughing ''at'' them, if there's any laughing at all. Despite all this, there are a few actors who try to make a living out of portraying these characters (e.g. Creator/WillFerrell, Creator/RickyGervais, Creator/AdamSandler), to extremely mixed results that relies heavily on the actor's ability to be charming (at least to the audience) and not over the top, which usually creates a "love them or hate them" response from the audience.

This seems to be more prevalent in [[BritCom British comedy]] than in US comedies. If it's an ensemble comedy with 4+ main characters, expect one of three things: 1) at least one of them to channel this role to some degree (and don't be surprised if they're also the TokenEvilTeammate); 2) for the role to jump around as the various plots demand; or 3) for some combination of the two.

Compare with JadedWashout about a specific social category that is a very popular choice as this in sitcoms, NominalHero about characters that do heroic things for all the wrong reasons, SmallNameBigEgo which is a flaw often present in these characters because its funny and easy to mock, and IneffectualSympatheticVillain which many of these types will be as well, being foul but also hilariously hopeless and pitiful (apart from a few competent ones). Contrast with DesignatedHero when the Unsympathetic part is unintentional and therefore the character becomes neither Karma's punching bag nor the audience's laughingstock.

Not to be confused with SociopathicHero or HeroicComedicSociopath; those pages are about [[ComedicSociopathy one way a character can be a horrible person]], while this page is about characters who are horrible people in a comedy (for that reason or otherwise) ''having bad things happen to them''.



* [[Advertising/SegataSanshiro SEGATA! SANSHIRO! SEGATA! SANSHIRO!]] An AxCrazy borderline RealityWarper with a HairTriggerTemper ready to beat up ''anyone'' [[DisproportionateRetribution who doesn't play enough Sega Saturn]], even if they're [[WouldHurtAChild just kids]].

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Oga from ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' is an arrogant, notoriously violent, good-for-nothing [[JapaneseDelinquent delinquent]] who has few redeeming qualities, yet his character is just so off the wall and his situation so hilariously weird and awful that you can't help but like him a little. [[{{Buttmonkey}} Furuichi]] counts, too. In the end, they're really just [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerks with hearts of gold]], though.
* The eponymous ''Manga/DesertPunk''. Bordering on VillainProtagonist quite often.
* Kogoro Mori on ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' who regularly punches, kicks, and berates Conan. If Conan were a REAL child, he would likely turn out to be some sort of severely messed up OmnicidalManiac from the treatment he got.
* The eponymous Haruhi from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is ([[CharacterDevelopment at least in the beginning]]) an unrepentant jerk who rarely thinks about what problems her actions cause for others. There is also little the other characters can do -- Haruhi has god-like powers unknown to herself, and everyone but Kyon is simply too scared of what would happen should Haruhi become depressed. TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt being the big possibility.
* Kanako in ''Manga/MariaHolic'' is a perverted, YuriFangirl who gets so many erotically-spawned {{Nosebleed}}s that a running joke involves her passing out from bloodloss. She is selfish, arrogant, dumb, and all-around obnoxious. Her perverted actions are so extreme that the constant abuse by Mariya and Matsurika actually come off as being warranted half the time.
* ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'': Hikigaya Hachiman starts the series as a bitter, cynical, somewhat sexist high schooler who prides himself on being a loner. This is tempered by the mockery he receives from everyone, as well as his own social experiences.
%% * Panty from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' is like this most of the time, and the other characters have their moments as well.
%% * Ataru Moroboshi (and quite a bit of the rest of the cast) on ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''.
* Reimu from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is already said to be lazy, but in ''Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit'' we see much more of her bad side. She frequently neglects her shrine maiden duties, preferring to engage in various get-rich-quick schemes instead. And because she's lazy, these schemes are often poorly thought out, and often backfired on her popularity at the end. This contrasts her portrayal in ''Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery'', where she's often on-duty and her competent side is shown more.
* Tomoko Kuroki from ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' She's self-centered, full of herself, lecherous, scornful, spiteful, and just plain mean-spirited and hypocritical all around. So when her ill-thought plans to become popular blow up in her face and leave her thoroughly humiliated, it's all too easy to laugh at her misfortune. Even so, she's still widely considered [[ThisLoserIsYou one of the most identifiable characters in manga]] thanks to her [[NoSocialSkills terrible social skills]] and crippling loneliness, all of which combine to make fans [[JerkassWoobie feel very sorry for Tomoko despite her unpleasant characteristics]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
%% * Victor Von Piro from ''ComicBook/MiniMonsters''. [[JerkAss Definitely]].
* ''ComicBook/ReidFlemingWorldsToughestMilkman'': Most of the people who interact with Reid, including almost all of the people on his route, are absolutely terrified of him. The only concessions towards making him sympathetic are: A) he's particularly vile to other jerkasses, like his supervisor, Mr. Crabbe, B) RuleOfCool, C) RuleOfFunny, and D) he's the World's. Toughest. ''Milkman!''
%% * Spider Jerusalem, outlaw journalist, badass, and relentless truth-hunter, of ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''.
%% -->"[[CatchPhrase Do I look like I give two tugs of a dead dog's cock!?]]"
* ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}} verges from this to an outright VillainProtagonist who schemes to murder and replace the Caliph who trusts him and considers him his best friend. And also aspires to become a tyrant and have people mutilated or impaled for the smallest of reasons.
* Gert from ''ComicBook/IHateFairyland'' walks a thin line between being this (with shades of HeroicComedicSociopath thrown in) and being a JerkassWoobie. On the one hand, it's clear being separated from her family and putting up with the [[SugarBowl overly]] TastesLikeDiabetes whimsy of Fairyland for the past 27 years has [[DrivenToMadness driven her crazy]]... but at the same time, she's so murderous (if not outright psychotic) that she probably deserves whatever troubles befall her.
* {{ComicBook/LeonardLeGenie}}: The titular inventor is as full of himself as humanly impossible and a BadBoss who will empty his blunderbuss at his hapless lackey at the slightest provocation.

%% [[folder:Fan Fic]]
%% * There are a good amount of examples in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', but [[ThePrankster Socrates]] stands out the most.
%% [[/folder]]

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* Gru from ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' is an interesting example. While he's already a VillainProtagonist to start, he happens to be a LaughablyEvil villain whose evil deeds are PlayedForLaughs, like using a {{freeze ray}} to [[MundaneUtility cut in line at a coffee shop]].
* Selfish, shallow Kuzco in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', and, even though he'd [[AesopAmnesia supposedly learned his lesson by the end]], the following TV series ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool''. He abuses his subjects, believes the world revolves around him, and is mean to people for no reason other than his own amusement.
%% * Oscar from ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'', also a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds example.
* The titled ManChild of ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}'' is a JerkAss to the only people who were nice to him and not to the people who [[TheChewToy abuse him]].
* [[AwesomeEgo Batman]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' spends the majority of the film being a massive {{Jerkass}} whom takes advantage of Robin (a kid whom he unknowingly adopted) by sending him on a dangerous mission for his own selfish needs, acts like an [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] ManChild towards his ParentalSubstitute Alfred (to the point where Alfred even had to punish him by reading a book on how to discipline bratty children), and inconsiderately breaks Superman's stuff in order to turn off the security system for the Phantom Zone projector. This becomes [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]], however, as everyone calls out Batman on his selfishness and even shows his [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold redeemable traits]] ''before'' his CharacterDevelopment.

[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* All the guys, but especially the Channel 4 news team, in ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'' are misogynists with ''very'' high opinions of themselves. Large portions of the film involve the new reporter on the block, Veronica Corningstone, putting them all in their place while all of them but Ron fail to land a date with her. And Ron ends up losing even that due to his vanity and fury at being upstaged by her.
* ''Film/{{Bruno}}'', who is a narcissistic, attention-seeking {{Jerkass}} that embodies virtually every negative gay stereotype imaginable.
%% * All the characters in the 2011 film ''Film/{{Carnage}}'' qualify as this.
* Pierre Brochant in ''Film/TheDinnerGame''. He and his friends organize dinners where they each have to bring one guest. What the guests don't know is that they're invited because they're considered idiots, that everyone is going to make fun of them behind their backs and that the guy who brings the "best" idiot wins. "Il est méchant Monsieur Brochant," ''vraiment''. When he gets stuck in his apartment with a bad back and the champion of idiots, he deserves ''nearly'' everything he gets.
* Ethan Tremblay from ''Film/DueDate''. He gets Peter Highman kicked off the plane for planting marijuana on him, gets Peter high against his will, randomly accuses Peter's best friend of sleeping with his wife ''to his face'' and it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:he stole Peter's wallet to force him to come with him across the country]] when Peter's wife is going into labor. The writers attempted to make him sympathetic by giving him dead Daddy issues but... nope still a douche.
* Lloyd ''Film/DumbAndDumber''. He is a complete and utter imbecile that willingly commits some rather malicious acts (such as poisoning Harry with laxatives, [[DisproportionateRetribution just because he supposedly stole Mary from him]]) and causes a ton of collateral damage and destruction, no thanks to his [[LethallyStupid mountainous stupidity]]. Not to mention that, while [[DumbIsGood Harry is well-meaning in his own way]], he comes off as rather insensitive for the most part (obliviously or not).
* The four main characters in ''Film/FourLions'' are jihadi terrorists, and the only thing that prevents them from being treated as monsters is their plainly visible incompetence and Series/MrBean-level bad luck, both of which the film milks for all they're worth.
* Britt Reid (Creator/SethRogen) in the 2011 film version of ''Film/TheGreenHornet''. He's a thick dunce who [[ItsAllAboutMe cares for no one but himself]] and doesn't see anything wrong with that. In addition, all of his plans are utterly stupid, and Kato (his sidekick) is the smarter one. The duo even gets into a fight over it and split up for a while. He's so dumb that as he sits there piecing together the villains' plan (after it has basically been spelled out for him), the villain asks if he's ok because apparently he was just staring into space with a pained look on his face for a good 30 seconds.
%% * All of the ''Film/TheHangover'' guys to a degree, but Phil ([[MrFanservice Bradley Cooper's]] character) most particularly.
* The protagonist of ''[[Film/TheHeartbreakKid1972 The Heartbreak Kid]]'', who sees a hot blonde on the beach ''on his honeymoon'' and decides to abandon his dowdy but affectionate new wife.
* Paul from ''Film/TheManhattanProject'', who has a nuclear bomb at his disposal and isn't afraid to use it to get his way.
%% * Vinnie Antonelli aka Todd Wilkenson, played by Creator/SteveMartin in ''Film/MyBlueHeaven''.
%% * Ronnie Barnhardt (also played by Rogen) in ''Film/ObserveAndReport'' qualifies too, though this is intentional to add to the CrapsackWorld depiction.
* ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd'' cranks it UpToEleven, by mixing this trope with AdamWesting and SelfDeprecation. The only reason Creator/JayBaruchel‎ and his friends are stuck on Earth is because they were too awful to be [[spoiler:raptured to Heaven]].
* All the main characters in ''Film/WithnailAndI'' are not exactly people. Even Marwood can't be all innocence and light.
%% * The main character of ''Film/TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou''.
* In addition to neglecting his children, Royal Tenenbaum of ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums'' even fakes cancer to trick his family into getting closer to him.
%% * Max Fischer in ''Film/{{Rushmore}}''.
* Creator/WCFields, in most of his films, like ''Film/TheBankDick'', in which he badgers his son-in-law into StealingFromTheTill.
* Both Neal and Katz in ''Film/{{Flakes}}'' spend much of the film sniping at each other and trying to undermine the other's efforts.
* Matashichi and Tahei from ''TheHiddenFortress'' are a pair of foolish, desperate, blubbering cowards whose motivations to join the group escorting the princess in disguise to her home land are driven entirely by greed. They [[DirtyCoward try to escape whenever possible]], they sell everyone out and they even [[AttemptedRape draw straws to see who molest the princess]] [[DudeShesLikeinaComa while she sleeps]].
* The mother and daughter protagonists of ''{{Film/Heartbreakers}}'' are con-women who make their money by seducing rich men. But the men they con are usually criminals or Jerkasses, making our "heroines" the lesser of two evils. The film also has no trouble pointing out that they are utterly horrible people though.
--> '''Dean:''' Do you have any idea how much therapy you people need?
* Beca Mitchell in "Film/PitchPerfect" start as a mild case. In the first part of the film she comes out as a self-centered snob, focusing only on her dream of becoming a music producer, being rude to her father and looking down on most of the people she mets. She only joins the Bellas because her father blackmails/bribes her into joining a club. She finally embraces her Bellahood during the bus trip to the second competition by, after some initial reluctance, belting out Party in the USA with the rest of the Bellas.

* Octave Parango in ''99 Francs'' is a habitually late, drug-abusing, infantile, misogynist, snobby jerk. TheFilmOfTheBook implies that he successfully performs a KarmaHoudini trick by vanishing before the authorities can have a word with him about his rampage in Miami. However, WordOfGod says that he serves jail time before the sequel.
%% * Literature/AdrianMole has been providing a typical British example of this for years.
* Mr Bagthorpe of Helen Cresswell's ''Bagthorpe Saga''. No other children's character comes near him for arrogance, misanthropy and sheer awfulness- but he's still hysterically funny.
* All of the main characters in the ''Literature/{{Clique}}'' series, with the tentative exception of Claire. Rude, bratty, spoiled rotten teenage girldom at it's finest and you'd better believe the author knows this and plays it up. Massie is an especially good example; she once justified her maid cleaning and refurbishing her private clubhouse (for free!) because the maid had to enjoy it, as "why else would she choose cleaning as her profession?"
* Georgia Nicolson of ''Literature/ConfessionsOfGeorgiaNicolson'', is this to a lesser extent: she's a bratty teenager who hates pretty much everything except for boys (and sometimes even boys), stalks the girlfriend of a boy she likes, gets mad at her friend for going out with a boy she likes (who she wasn't even dating anyway), skips class to hang out with popular girls, and is extremely rude to her caring family. Occasionally gets a PetTheDog moment.
* Greg Heffley, the title character in the ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' novels. Though he feels victimized by the world and ''is'' suffering at the hands of his obnoxious older brother Rodrick, Greg brings ''a lot'' of his problems on himself; he's always trying to take the easy road out of any difficult situation and lies and cheats to get ahead (though he rarely gets far). As the books consist of his journal entries, it's clear from reading them that he is oblivious to his flaws - and a fair amount of the comedy comes from the reader recognizing that.
%% * Pretty much everyone in ''Literature/DeadSouls''.
* Literature/DonQuixote: The first part of the novel settles Don Quixote characterization as a LordErrorProne: he almost kills the Biscayan at chapter IX and maimed for life the Licentiate at chapter XIX. This makes easier to read the continuous HumiliationConga in practically all the chapters for Don Quixote. MisaimedFandom insisted in seeing him as the much more sympathetic MadDreamer. The second part deconstructs the MadDreamer into a WideEyedIdealist that everyone else mocks mercilessly because HumansAreBastards.
* Harry Flashman, the "hero" of a series of historical novels by Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser. Outwardly, ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'' appears to be a stereotypical Victorian hero. But the books, which are told from Flashman's viewpoint, reveal he is an unprincipled coward who prospers through luck and deceit, not to mention opportunism and low cunning.
* Of similar vintage to the above, Billy Bunter of ''Literature/{{Greyfriars}}''. Originally a Unsympathetic Comedy Side-Character, Bunter, a FatBastard constantly on the scrounge for extra tuck, on the prowl for gossip, ready to giggle helplessly at another's misfortune, bragging of his possibly mythical titled relations, and saying the wrong thing at the worst possible moment, actually became so popular that he took on [[BreakoutCharacter title role]] for the series.
* John Self, protagonist of Martin Amis' novel ''Money'', is a drunken, loutish, womanizing boor. He's an advertising executive who creates stupid TV ads that insult the viewers' intelligence. For some reason, you quite like him anyway.
* Many of the engines in ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' are arrogant and rude, and prone to getting some sort of HumiliationConga at the end of each story as a result of their delusions of grandeur. Gordon, James and Sir Handel are arguably the most notable (though occasional redeeming moments keep them in check). This was kept up in early points of it's AnimatedAdaptation ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', though the later LighterAndSofter seasons usually allow them more moments of clarity and have them make amends after their wrongdoings, leaning most of them more into MrViceGuy territory.
* Creator/{{Saki}}'s stories usually have unsympathetic protagonists, typified by Clovis Sangrail. He is cruel, unprincipled, sly, and lives for mischief: the archetypal trickster.
* From ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', we have Toad of Toad Hall, who frequently swings from jerk to noble idealist in the space of as little as two paragraphs. Toad tends to be the focus of most TV & movie adaptations, but Mole is really the protagonist of the original novel. This is at least partially because Toad is seen as a broader, funnier character, while Mole's character arc tends to concern subtler, more wistful things.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Vince Clark from ''Series/FifteenStoreysHigh''. His flatmate Errol is kind, considerate, thoughtful whereas Clark is a misanthropic, cynical, borderline sociopath and Social Recluse. Some of the things he has done to Errol include: Gluing his hands to a fish tank, not allowing him to eat chicken or bring people over to his flat, not helping him get out of a room full of cactuses, and slicing his trainers in half and putting them on a ledge knowing full well that Errol suffers from Vertigo and thus will be unable to get them back.
%% * Eddie and Patsy in ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous''
%% * Peter Dragon in ''Series/{{Action}}''.
%% * In ''Series/AfterLately'', it's almost everyone, but Chelsea in particular.
* Archie Bunker from ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' stands as an extreme example, where many of the jokes derive from his extreme ignorance or outright bigotry. A dangerous device, if any bigots in the audience [[MisaimedFandom fail to get the joke]]. Although, for what it's worth, Archie is more sympathetic than he first appears; he often seems more ignorant than ill-intentioned, and in certain episodes, it's heavily implied that he's more a product of his environment than anything, and he seems to be a generally good, if misguided, person. For this, you don't have to look any farther than his speech at the end of the Klan episode.
** As any Brit or Aussie can tell you, the original model for Archie Bunker was Alf Garnett of ''Till Death Us Do Part''; a right 'orrible little man, but for some reason, sympathetic (sometimes, anyway). (The US show ''All in the Family'' and its equivalent character Archie Bunker were directly inspired by him.) The Aussies had their own equivalent with ''Kingswood Country'' in the early 1980s.
* Archie's black counterpart George Jefferson from ''Series/TheJeffersons''.
* GOB (HandsomeLech, manipulative), Lucille (abusive mom, manipulative), Lindsay (neglectful mom, SpoiledBrat), and George Sr. (abusive dad, criminal) in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' definitely apply. Buster, Tobias, George Michael, and Maeby tend to be in the middle; while they are much more likeable, and in the latter two cases, saner, than the first four, they are still flawed and can come off as this in comparison to Michael.
** Near miss for Michael, since he is the OnlySaneMan in a land of fools and tries to save his family from financial and legislative ruin. He is more of a [[HypocriticalHumor hypocrite]] than a JerkAss though. He keeps trying to do the right thing, but usually ends up have to do something wrong because of the position the rest of his family puts him in. And of course since he CantGetAwayWithNuthin any time he ''does'' act selfishly or immorally, it will blow up in his face even worse than usual. [[spoiler: This does apply more to both him and his son in the fourth season however, as they both have a notable increase in Jerkass levels and each commit some heavily unethical acts of their own volition. By the end of the season their relationship has fallen apart and neither is all that nice a person anymore.]]
%% * Pretty much everyone on ''Series/{{Becker}}''.
* [[InsufferableGenius Shel]][[ItsAllAboutMe don]] [[SpoiledBrat Coop]][[ControlFreak er]] of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Sheldon's self-centered egotism and condescending behavior is the source of conflict for any given episode, even just by being sick and asking for help (his obnoxious neediness at that stage is dreaded by everyone). The other main characters can be this DependingOnTheWriter.
* Bernard Black in ''Series/BlackBooks'': misanthrope, alcoholic, hates his customers who takes Manny for granted. Extremely unsympathetic. [[spoiler:At least until the last episode.]] The other characters aren't much better: Manny is a hopelessly incompetent ManChild, while Fran is just as much of a workshy drunk as Bernard.
* Edmund ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''.
** Blackadder, Blackadder – his life was almost done! Blackadder, Blackadder – who gives a toss? No one!
-->'''Mary:''' Edmund, do you have someone special in your life?
--> '''Blackadder:''' As a matter of fact, I do.
-->'''Mary:''' Who is it?
-->'''Blackadder:''' Me.
-->'''Mary:''' No, I mean someone you love and cherish, and want to keep safe from all the horror and the hurt.
-->'''Blackadder:''' Still me, really.
* Bill Bittinger (Dabney Coleman) in ''Series/BuffaloBill.''
* Jonty de Wolfe from Campus. He starts off from the first episode by calling Stephen Hawking a spastic and throughout the rest is thoroughly bigoted, rude and offensive.
%% * Gareth Blackstock on ''Series/{{Chef}}''
* Valerie Cherish of the short-lived HBO series ''The Comeback'' is a deeply vain, insecure, and self-absorbed D-list actress who desperately wants fame at any cost. She occasionally ventures into TheWoobie (or TheChewToy depending on your perspective), though, because as bad as she can get she constantly has to deal with people and situations that are even ''worse.''
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' has Pierce, who is racist, sexist, and rude and manipulative to his friends [[note]] DependingOnTheWriter on the last one, since he's also shown to be loyal and protective in some episodes, or just giving back the abuse he gets, in others[[/note]].
** Also, Jeff, who openly condescends to almost everyone, and only started the study group to get laid, and later in the series, Abed, who is not above manipulating people out of boredom, [[WrongGenreSavvy or because it's how it would have gone on television.]]
* Larry David in ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', where he stars AsHimself, and is portrayed as even a bigger jerk than his previous character from ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''; he is incredibly self-involved, he's very dishonest at some times and rudely honest at others, and he's so abrasive and annoying that few people can stand being around him.
%% * The title character of ''Series/DocMartin''.
* Drake Parker from ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' spends much of the time being a jerk, taking advantage of girls, and getting everything he wants, but somehow we all love him. It helps that occasionally he shows his [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold sensitive side]].
* ''Series/EastboundAndDown'': Kenny powers is a very extreme version of this, trying to break up a marriage in the first episode, for instance.
%% * Hollywood superagent Ari Gold from ''Series/{{Entourage}}'', and he hasn't got better after six seasons. The other cast members have their moments as well.
%% * Andy Millman (Creator/RickyGervais) in ''Series/{{Extras}}'' is saddled with a self-awareness that at times turns otherwise-ignorant actions into intentional cruelty.
* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' has this in spades, with the entire cast being this way, but especially with Ray and Debra. Ray is portrayed as lazy, whiny, and a selfish MommasBoy. Debra is portrayed as a shrieking harpy.
** Marie purposely enables Ray to continue as he while underhandly blaming Debra for not being a better wife, and when called on her bullshit plays the "I'm only trying to help" card to invoke sympathy. Frank will undermine any attempt of Marie's to find independence, because he's too used to her doting on him like a servant. Robert will constantly try to play any situation against Ray even if he has no stake in the original grievance, just to be petty to Ray for being their mother's favorite, often being blamed just for being in the vicinity of the argument.
* The title character from ''Series/FatherTed''. "JUST PLAY THE F***ING NOTE!" It's his interaction with Father Jack and Father Dougal that really bring it out of him, as he's portrayed as fairly normal - although still a bit of jerk - when he doesn't have to deal with them. He also stole money meant for sick children, which is how he wound up banished to Craggy Island. Although as he's always quick to claim the money was "just resting in his account".
* Basil Fawlty on ''Series/FawltyTowers''. Basil desires to move up in social standing and attract a better class of customer to his hotel, but he's also verbally abusive to the help, only superficially nice to his guests, and his HairTriggerTemper and [[FawltyTowersPlot persistent zany schemes built on webs of lies]] keep getting him into all kinds of trouble. Were Basil simply more honest and maybe a little cooler-headed, most of his problems would disappear, but [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk any attempts to dig beneath the surface show how petty and shallow he is]], and [[AesopAmnesia any lessons he learns are quickly forgotten]]. Creator Creator/JohnCleese has said that, were Basil a good person, ''Fawlty Towers'' would be the greatest tragedy ever made.
** Interestingly, Basil is based on a real person (a hotelier named Donald Sinclair), whom his wife said was nothing like what was portrayed on the show, until a bunch of previous guests wrote the media saying "Oh yes he was!"
* Josie and Kingsley from ''Series/FreshMeat''. The first series makes them out to be the [[OnlySaneMan only sane people]] compared to their eccentric flatmates. By the second series, Kingsley has become a pretentious wanker with a soul patch, while Josie tried performing dental work whilst hung over and [[MoralEventHorizon puncturing her patient's face]].
%% * All the main characters from ''Series/{{Frontline}}'' except for Emma.
* Rachel Berry from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' is an [[ItsAllAboutMe extremely self-absorbed]] member of Glee Club who not only believed she was the only singer worthy of having solo numbers (which is only partially true, as she did have more technical training than the other members), acted as if any attempt to give them to other members was a personal attack. While there are relatable aspects of her character, it's hard to feel sorry for the comedic bullying she suffers when she herself does things like [[spoiler:tricking a rival singer into going to a crackhouse, and never really being apologetic about it]]. She gets better in the later seasons, to [[IgnoredEpiphany an]] [[AesopAmnesia extent]].
* Eleanor Shellstrop from ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' was an extremely selfish and rude person who eagerly took a job selling fake medicine to elderly people and constantly blew off anyone who tried to befriend her or get her to do anything that didn't directly benefit herself. Much of the comedy of the first season comes from her having to learn, or at least pretend, to ''not'' be a selfish jerk to avoid getting sent to [[{{Hell}} the Bad Place]] after being accidentally sent to [[{{Heaven}} the Good Place]] instead. [[spoiler:In fact, her unsympathetic traits were exactly what caused her to be sent to the Bad Place as one of the four people Michael planned to use to torture one another in a false "Good Place".]]
* Tony Hancock from ''Hancock's Half Hour''. In that show Hancock was playing a twisted version of himself. He is pompous, rude to pretty much everyone around him, venal, self-centred and a really nasty piece of work. In the episode "The Cruise" a woman is trying to come on to him and all he can do is be obscenely rude at her.
* Barney from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' manages to be the most popular character on the show, despite being a CorruptCorporateExecutive, misogynistic womanizer, and a borderline sociopath in general. For most viewers, he avoids becoming truly unlikable partly because he ''does'' have a sensitive, caring side (even if it only comes up once or twice a season), and partly because he uses and manipulates people with so much style that he enters MagnificentBastard territory.
* Needless to say, the [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler main character]] of the OneEpisodeWonder ''Series/HeilHoneyImHome''.
* [[TheLadette Samantha "Sam" Puckett]] in ''Series/ICarly'' is part of a ThreeAmigos group rather than being ''the'' main protagonist, but one wonders why the other two would still have anything to do with her. Freddie especially-it's a small miracle that nothing she's done to him has resulted in a permanently disabling injury.
* Steve Coogan's ''Series/ImAlanPartridge'' persona. Egomaniacal (despite no observable talent), treats everyone around him with utter contempt whilst expecting complete loyalty in return, given to constant hideous faux pas, ignorant, clearly doesn't care about anyone but himself and anything but his career, and bigoted in every conceivable way. Not content with merely talking down to and humiliating his guests on Series/KnowingMeKnowingYouWithAlanPartridge, he even kills one of them live on air.
** Later Partridge media plays with this in an interesting way. In his in-universe autobiography ''I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan'' he massively plays up tiny unpleasant incidents in his childhood such as his parents having a very mild argument about VAT receipts or being told to clear out the garage on a sunny day into severely traumatic experiences - and being Alan, he goes out of his way to specify that he's not exaggerating anything because his publishers thought his childhood might be boring - and later in his life recounts his "Toblerone addiction" as if it's heroin addiction. However, life events that are genuinely unpleasant like living in a Travel Tavern for six months after his wife left him and his children have no interest in him, and to a lesser extent the resultant nervous breakdown, are if anything played down and given a positive spin. Of course, still being Alan, he annihilates any potential sympathy it might create in the reader by remaining a generally loathsome human being throughout: for instance, recounting how his assistant Lynn helped him get back on his feet after his breakdown to the point of offering to help him shower, he marvels at how much time she dedicated to him and thought she must not be getting any actual work done, and thus knocked her temporarily down to a part-time wage when he already pays her a pittance.
** Made especially funny because the show will occasionally give us a reason to sympathize with him or at least feel sorry for him...and then he'll do something even more ridiculous and/or awful
* The main cast of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' are all extremely self-centered, lack any sense of empathy or decency, and manipulate even their best friends for the sake of their own amusement:
** Dennis is obsessed with his own appearance and intelligence, and routinely lies to women to trick them into sleeping with him.
** Mac has delusions of grandeur and moral superiority, and lies to ''the same women'' after Dennis is done with them, for the same reasons.
** Charlie is generally the most morally upright character, but he has his moments, such as his constant attempts to manipulate the the Waitress into sleeping with him [[spoiler: culminating in his using a perfectly nice woman who actually liked him to make the Waitress jealous, then informing the girl of this fact and dumping her in the most cold-blooded manner possible]].
** Frank is a drug addict who frequently screws the rest of the Gang over for his own benefit or amusement, or simply to "teach them a lesson."
** Dee, originally the OnlySaneWoman, [[CharacterizationMarchesOn has developed]] into just as much a self-serving, abusive jerk as the rest of the Gang, abusing government programs for personal gain, treating her friends like crap, and acting like she's better than everyone around her.
* Roy from ''Series/TheITCrowd''. He does so much to get out of his job unless the person who's asking him is a hot chick, has slapped a police officer for ruining a twist in a film, has told Moss all of his inventions are worthless, tried stealing 20 pounds from his knocked out boss (who was faking, but he didn't know that) and tried sabotaging Jen's speech for kicks.
** Then again, the people he works for are idiots who can't seem to work out the most simple functions of computers while still mostly treating him as a dogsbody because he can, the police officer was throwing the book at him and Moss for copyright violation but didn't seem interested in the fact that the person they were with was a ''cannibal'', the 20 pounds actually was ''his'' in the first place and he tried to sabotage Jen's speech because Jen had become utterly DrunkWithPower after being nominated for an award (largely on the backs of Roy and Moss) and was due for a bit of ego-puncturing. He's not the only jerk around.
** And tricking Jen into thinking that 'googling Google' would break the internet was pretty awesome.
** And laughing at his girlfriend's grandfather's funeral, and telling a midget barista that he's too short to be one! Let's just say that his absurdly huge ButtMonkey status is mostly provoked.
* The eponymous character of ''Series/TheJackBennyProgram''.
** Though every once in a while (such as the "It's Jack's birthday!" episodes) the rest of the cast would acknowledge that Jack was a particularly harmless, even endearing example of this type. Then things would go back to normal by the next show.
*** Jack was always pretty benign in his show, being portrayed as much more [[SmallNameBigEgo self-absorbed]] and [[TheScrooge stingy]] as opposed to out-and-out malicious, and his character rarely strayed into JerkAss territory. In RealLife, Jack Benny could not have been any farther from his on-air persona -- apparently he was very much a man who'd give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it.
%% * Jackie Thomas in ''The Jackie Thomas Show''.
* Kim from ''Series/KathAndKim''. She's bratty, whiny, irresponsible, self-centered and treats everybody around her like crap. She's just a horrible, horrible person.
* Hyacinth from ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances''. Big time. Although her relatives are supposed to be completely pathetic slobs, they come off as quite admirable when contrasted with Hyacinth. This isn't an accident.
%% * Larry Sanders and his sidekick, Hank Kingsley in ''Series/TheLarrySandersShow''.
%% * Nearly every main character in ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' plays this trope UpToEleven.
* Rick Spleen in ''Lead Balloon'' is another case where the character arguably worsened over time, with him being slightly sympathetic in season one and then doing a massive KickTheDog at the beginning of season two. However, in season two there was also an episode that focused on him doing a good deed by supporting a charity with no evident ulterior motive...and it still [[KafkaKomedy blew up in his face]].
** Given how he can't even save a man from committing suicide without it all going wrong its no wonder he's such a misanthropic guy. Life just hates poor Rick so he's obviously decided to hate it right back
%% * With the possible exception of Taco, pretty much everyone on ''Series/TheLeague'' is like this from time to time, with Ruxin probably being the least sympathetic.
* Baber in ''Series/LittleMosqueOnThePrairie'' who may be a retired economics professor, but he's still unapologetically the Islamic version of Archie Bunker.
** Actually most-if not all-of the cast have pretty sketchy morals at times. Fortunately, the sketchy moments are divided more or less evenly between the Christian and Muslim characters.
* Al Bundy of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. All of the Bundys could qualify, but none of them are as callous and uncaring as Al. Although considering just how miserable his life is, how he is arguably the most moral of his whole family and the fact he never wins, sometimes you honestly can't blame him for ending up that way.
%% * The titular Marc ''Series/{{Maron}}''
* Howard Moon and Vince Noir of ''Series/TheMightyBoosh''. Howard is a prickly, asocial, know-it-all; Vince is vain, shallow, and flighty. Howard is the more sympathetic of the two, being the ButtMonkey of the show.
%% * The cast of the British puppet series ''Series/{{Mongrels}}'' except (sometimes) for [[CampStraight Nelson]], though especially Vince.
* Series/MrBean is so self-centred, he is usually unconcerned about the harm his off-the-wall methods of solving mundane problems do to others. A lot of the show's humour comes from his ability to [[KarmaHoudini slip out of situations where anyone would want to punch him]]. He gets little better in the cartoon series, but still qualifies as this trope.
* ''Series/MrD'''s title character. In the anti-bullying episode he shows himself to be the worst bully in the school.
* The three main characters from ''Series/NathanBarley'', particularly the eponymous Nathan, who WordOfGod described as a "strutting, meaningless cadaver-in-waiting" who "genuinely deserves to die".
** Some measure of the writer's feelings towards Barley can be gleaned from its origin, a fictional program on Charlie Brooker's ''TV Times''-parody website Website/TVGoHome, simply named ''Cunt''.
* Christine Campbell on ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfOldChristine.'' She's obnoxiously neurotic, clingy, dishonest, desperate, meddling, a [[MyBelovedSmother helicopter parent]], shallow and a borderline alcoholic. And those are her more charming qualities.
* Jill Tyrell from ''Series/NightyNight''. She is a Narcissistic, selfish, devious, manipulative, passive-aggressive and violent. She is without guilt or morals and will do anything to get what she wants, even killing people.
%% * Lee and Tim in ''Series/NotGoingOut'' decay into this in some episodes of the third season.
* Michael Scott from ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' can come off as this depending on the episode. Although Michael is portrayed as more of a genuine ManChild who just wants to be liked and doesn't always fully understand the consequences of his actions despite his best intentions. He's quick to say what is on his mind regardless if it is appropriate, and more often induces CringeComedy with his [[SmallNameBigEgo own sense of self-importance]].
** When Andy took over Michael's job, he was originally clueless but lovable. However, in the final season, the writers decided to turn him into such a Michael/David clone that he's now displaying {{Jerkass}} behavior and even shows genuine disdain for coworkers Nellie and, all of a sudden, Toby (Get it? Because Michael hated him too). He also treats his once-seeming-true-love Erin with contempt but punishes her new boyfriend who has the misfortune of working for him. Some of this can be attributed to his dormant anger issues welling up.
* David Brent (also played by Gervais) in the TransatlanticEquivalent of ''Series/TheOfficeUK''.
** Series creators Gervais and Merchant claim that Brent is not a horrible person, despite the things he does in the show; he's just an idiot, a fallible human being who is star-struck by the {{Mockumentary}} film crew, which drives him to act the way he does to get attention. By the end of the second series his true colours are shown and he is much more sympathetic, [[spoiler:no more so than when he breaks down when he is about to be made redundant and practically begs for his job back]]. WordOfGod also says that the character of [[JerkAss Chris Finch]] was introduced so Brent would appear less of a wanker by comparison.
*** Brent's 'Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist' status was also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and explored in ''TheOffice'' Christmas Specials as being at least partially a consequence of the {{Mockumentary}} format of the show; he bitterly notes how the documentary crew 'stitched him up' in order to make him look bad, arguing that they overlooked or downplayed his achievements and benevolent qualities and presented an uneven focus on his incompetence and stage-hungry nature in order to present him in the worst possible light for the sake of ratings. That same episode also ultimately showed Brent in a more positive light -- hinting that he was actually quite a talented salesman (if not actually management material), showing him manage to charm a woman and actually managing make the staff laugh in genuine good humour at one of his impressions -- almost as if the fictional documentary makers were trying to make it up to him.
* Victor Meldrew from ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave''. Though he does fall in the "at least pitiable" category sometimes, after all he does end up in [[WeirdnessMagnet the oddest predicaments]] which does go some way explain his eternal grumpiness.
* Averted with Del Boy from ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''. He has many of the common traits of the typical UCP, including ambition that far exceeds his ability, criminal tendencies, substance abuse (of the cigarettes and alcohol variety), is a JerkAss and has a complete shopping list of personality flaws. However, his unflappable optimism, [[PapaWolf highly protective attitude to his friends and family]] and the occasional glimpse that under the surface he can actually be quite sensitive make him a very sympathetic character for all his failings.
** Boycie plays this trope straight, he's sleazy and smug and there really isn't an awful lot to like about him. Also his moustache is stupid.
*** One could argue he became ''slightly'' more sympathetic once he had his own turn in the spotlight via the SpinOff ''Series/TheGreenGreenGrass''. His attempts (and eventual success) to conceive a son were also something a [[MoralityPet small redeeming aspect]].
* ''Series/PeepShow'' -- between Jeremy eating a girl's dog in an attempt to have sex with her and Mark attempting to get out of his wedding by hiding in the church balcony both of these guys are about as unsympathetic as it gets.
** Its not just them either. Pretty much every character on the show gets a moment that makes you wonder how no one has killed them.
** However, the "point of view" nature of the show prevents this trope from applying completely. Mark's underdog nature and, to a lesser extent, Jeremy's equally present insecurities, allow the audience to often sympathise with them even when they're doing horrible things to each other and everybody else. Take the moment where Mark has a breakdown about the boiler after receiving the most devastating news in his life, or the "minimal water damage" scene.
%% * Sgt. Bilko of ''Series/ThePhilSilversShow'' is an early example from American TV.
* The horrible, horrible Lynda Day of ''Series/PressGang'', who blackmails her bosses and employees alike, steals her ex-boyfriend's passport, attempts to push her childhood best friend out of a window... and still keeps the audience on her side.
* Shawn in ''Series/{{Psych}}'' often butts up against this with his self-centered man-child shtick. Lassiter could count as well.
* Rimmer from ''Series/RedDwarf''. To a lesser extent, the rest of the cast.
** Lister, despite being a slob and not that bright is a pretty sympathetic character. And Rimmer for all his faults has PetTheDog moments now and then. The best example is the Cat...shallow, self interested, vain and selfish. And we wouldn't want him any other way.
** He's shallow, self interested, vain and selfish...with a great ass!!!
%% * Rigsby in ''Series/RisingDamp''.
%% * Roseanne of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''.
%% -->"Hear that, Dan? All these years people thought I was being a bitch; [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall but I was just showing an opinionated, blue collar outlook!]]"
%% * Creator/SarahSilverman of ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram''.
* In ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'', Albert Steptoe was the nasty one and Harold Steptoe was actually a good guy. All Harold wanted to do was move up from the grog heap of his life into something better. But his father did everything he could to prevent Harold, his son, improving himself—especially if it means him leaving home. Albert was also lazy, stubborn, narrow-minded, foul-mouthed, and had revolting personal habits. Worse still, he was far more ''competent'' than Harold at all of the things Harold wanted to do.
* Pretty much all the main characters in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', with a special mention reserved for George Costanza, who is selfish, insensitive, untrustworthy, abrasive, cowardly, dishonest, annoying, cheap, lazy and stupid. Creator/JasonAlexander himself feels that Seinfeld is "a very dark show about very dark people".
** In a bit of LampshadeHanging, in the episode "The Fatigues", Jerry acknowledges that he's not the nicest guy in the world:
--->'''Abby''': I need someone I can trust.\\
'''Jerry''' ''(disappointedly)'': Oh.
** Also lampshaded, of course, in the final episode, when they're actually put on trial for their selfishness.
* Carrie Bradshaw (and, to a point, the other ladies) of ''Series/SexAndTheCity''. Self-absorbed: check. Shallow: check. Materialistic: check. Immature: check. Was there anything redeemable?
* Frank Gallagher in Series/ShamelessUS. He lives only to drink, get high, sponge money and/or drinks off of his friends and family to the point everyone hates his guts.
%% * Almost everyone in the main cast of Series/SlingsAndArrows, especially in the first season. Richard Smith-Jones is probably the most egregious example.
%% * The entire point of ''Series/StrangersWithCandy''
%% * ''Everyone'' in ''Series/TheThickOfIt''. The most sympathetic character is a complete [[MagnificentBastard bastard]], which says a lot about the rest of them.
* Liz Lemon of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is portrayed as a lovable nerd, but she is constantly doing evil things played for laughs. She frequently lies and manipulates to get a man, tried to split up a couple so she could adopt their baby, heroically refused a flu shot since they weren't available for everyone only to get one in secret, and went to her high school reunion to meet the classmates she used to bully and then bullied them all over again.
** Most of the cast is a little on the unsympathetic side. Jenna perhaps more than most. She's the kind of actress backstage people dread working with.
* Most of the cast of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', particularly Charlie, who manipulates, lies, and cheats, because he's bored, to get laid, etc...
* Every character save for one and ''maybe'' two from ''Unhitched'' is a horrible, horrible excuse for a human being.
* ''Series/{{Veep}}'' gives us Vice President Selina Meyer. She treats all her subordinates like worthless {{Mooks}}, is hopelessly out-of-touch with her daughter, and is completly uncaring about anyone's interests but her own. She acts like Gary, her personal assistant is an indentured servant, though he seems [[HappinessinSlavery all too willing to perform this function]] and even uses him to break up with ''her'' boyfriend when she cannot. It's a testamant to [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]] that she comes off as sympathetic the handful of times that she does.
** Some of the main cast tends to qualify due to the cutthroat nature of politics. Dan Egan is an overambitious, back-stabbing career guy whose schemes always backfire, while Jonah Ryan tends to be obnoxious enough to annoy everyone.
%% * This is the entire point of ''We Can Be Heroes'' and ''Summer Heights High''.
* Despite being a drug dealer, Nancy from ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' was for the most part still a fundamentally good person and quite sympathetic in the early seasons. This largely changed from Season 4 onward. And her accountant Doug was a horrible person from the start.
* Al of ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow'' managed to be an effective one despite CBS [[ExecutiveMeddling trying to aim the show at small children]]. This universe's version of Al is a selfish, rude, and inconsiderate jerk who lies to his friends, ditches them for people he thinks are "cooler", yells at them for his own mistakes, and berates them for not living up to his standards. The ''real'' Al made a running joke in the DVD commentary about what an unlovable cretin his character was on this show. In fact, the only times he wasn't this annoying was in two episodes, each with a one-shot character who was a bigger {{Jerkass}} than he was, making Al seem kind and considerate by comparison.
* Grace from ''Series/WillAndGrace''. Just barely has enough morals to not be a {{Jerkass}}, but still [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup broke up with someone for having an extra toe]], admitted that it was because she was shallow, then ''asked for sympathy''.
* AntiHero Alex Russo from ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' is lazy, irresponsible, selfish, openly mocks authority, and treats her best friend like a servant.
* All main characters in ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' (except perhaps Neil, sometimes). According to DVD commentary for the pilot, when it was shown to American networks the writers were asked which of the characters was supposed to be the "hero" the audience sympathizes with, and had to explain that none of them really were and that that was sort of the point.
** To elaborate a little, Rik is an insufferable left-intellectual poseur and artist wannabe, Mike is a sleazy con artist, Vyvyan is completely psychotic and regularly violent and Neil is constantly passive-aggressive and constantly attempts to guilt-trip everyone around him.
** Not to mention the Balowski family. But Vyvyan was a particularly good example of this, arguably one of the most likable ''"complete bastards"'' in the history of British comedy, precisely because he was a totally unpredictable ''bastard''.
** Both the protagonists of Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson's (Rik and Vyvyan) next collaboration ''Series/{{Bottom}}'' were even less sanitary, well-adjusted and sympathetic than their characters in ''Series/TheYoungOnes''.
** For that matter, [[Series/TheYoungOnes every]] [[Series/FilthyRichAndCatflap single]] [[Series/TheNewStatesman character]] ever played by Rik Mayall. Including ''himself'' in his not-entirely-serious ego-trip of an autobiography, ''Bigger Than Hitler, Better Than Christ''.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' loves playing with this. The main character Earl starts off trying to correct [[TheAtoner a lifetime of bad behavior]] when his life hit rock bottom and seeing that good deeds improve his life. Extensive flashbacks show him to be every bit as bad as he makes himself out to be, but instead of being despicable it is offset by his attempts to make things better in the present day. In the third season he relapsed and goes back to the way he used to behave for a couple of episodes, and the same behavior ceases to be funny.

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%% * The title character in ''ComicStrip/BigNate'', more often than not.
%% * Steve Dallas in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' and its spinoffs.
* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' is a selfish arrogant {{Jerkass}} and a major SpoiledBrat who gets angry when he gets in trouble even if he brought it on himself, even [[NeverMyFault blaming them for his misfortunes]].
%% * Duke in ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}''.
%% * Jason Fox in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. Of course, he also gets plenty of PetTheDog moments.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. {{Jerkass}}, NominalHero, and considered one of America's greatest cartoon characters.
%% * Bucky Katt in ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy''.
* Though audience reactions to him vary wildly, Charles Schultz always intended for Charlie Brown of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' to be this. While it's easy to feel bad for him being such a ButtMonkey, if not a full-blown CosmicPlaything, the thing a lot of people miss is that between his constant wallowing in self-pity and apparent refusal to just stay the hell away from things that cause him trouble he deserves a good chunk of the misery he gets and very often brings it on himself. These days, though, most of the hate he gets is from people who despise him for being a StalkerWithACrush to the little red haired girl.
%% * Rat in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', as contrasted with Pig, the strip's resident {{Pollyanna}}

* Charles Prentiss in ''Radio/AbsolutePower''. According to Creator/StephenFry "There's not much to say that's nice about him, except that there is some pleasure in watching a natural born killer at work and knowing whatever happens he will win."
* Nebulous in ''Radio/{{Nebulous}}'', a [[InsufferableGenius pretentious]] NominalHero who ''thinks'' he's a lonely [[Series/DoctorWho Tenth Doctor-style]] ByronicHero struggling with guilt from all the DirtyBusiness he must do to protect people, but in actual fact most of his [[ShootTheDog Dog Shooting]] could be easily avoided if he didn't resort to NukeEm as virtually the first solution.
* Thomas in ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'' takes this to ridiculous levels to the point where ''Satan'' (himself an example in this show) is shocked by how evil he is at times.
* Ghost of ''Radio/TrueCapitalist Radio'' is at best an obnoxious blowhard, at worst a demented KnowNothingKnowItAll with serious mental health issues, but one thing is for sure: Most people only tune in to [[PointAndLaughShow laugh at his horrible behavior being relentlessly mocked by trolls]].

* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's character Falstaff from ''Theatre/HenryIV'', his most popular and beloved by far. How popular? The play had two sequels and a spinoff starring Falstaff, called "The Merry Wives Of Windsor," reputed to be commissioned by Queen Elizabeth herself.
* Of a sort: Mr Punch of the traditional puppet show Theatre/PunchAndJudy is a thoroughly vile fellow given to outrageous acts of villainy. He beats his wife and mistreats their child. He solves all his problems by repeated application of a big stick: he is convinced that's the way to do it, and says so frequently. He violently resists any attempt by any form of authority to bring him to justice or impose any kind of richly deserved punishment - whether that authority be the local policeman, or the devil himself. Throughout all this the audience watching cheers and laughs.

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* ZigZagged with Vincent, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}''. He's an unassuming, unambitious 30-something IT guy caught between his pushy girlfriend Katherine and young fling [[spoiler:(read: succubus)]] Catherine. Though his indecisiveness and cheating tendencies aren't treated with much sympathy, he comes across as far more heroic in the game's "Nightmare" sections, and in the good endings he successfully redeems himself.
* Rufus of ''VideoGame/{{Deponia}}'' is a selfish lazy bum who mooches off his ex-girlfriend and generally annoys everyone in town.
* Travis Touchdown, the protagonist from ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''. A [[HeroicComedicSociopath sociopathic]] ByronicHero who kills people largely for fun while generally being a repugnant asshole, his character flaws are ''so'' pronounced that he ends up [[CrossesTheLineTwice becoming hilarious]]. His screwed-upness is perfectly summed up in a single quote from Desperate Struggle: "Everybody deals with grief differently, right? Some people fuck at funerals. I cut off heads". By the end of ''Desperate Struggle'', when he realizes [[spoiler:how many lives the UAA has destroyed]], and decides he has had enough with the assassination scene, instead vowing to destroy the UAA because of this.
* In ''VideoGame/SengokuRance'' Rance himself qualifies for this trope. Anything he does is out of amusement for us audiences. [[spoiler: Except for the part where Sill gets frozen.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SimonTheSorcerer'' the player character is a little bland but generally sympathetic. This all changes by the second game when he acts like a sexist, mean-spirited, stubborn, self-loathing, whiny, sadistic jerk to everyone he meets. Many of the game's puzzles require Simon to screw over the game's other characters in order to get his own way. This continues in the third game where, when tasked with assembling four specific characters, he discovers that three of them are people that he has variously killed, crippled and turned into a frog in his adventures up to that point. The fourth he simply leered at whilst making near-constant remarks about her large chest and [[ChainmailBikini revealing outfit]]. It helps that Simon gets dumped on almost as often as he messes with everyone else, preventing him from becoming a monster and generally leading to hilarity. Bonus points for the fact that in the first game, he is voiced by Chris Barrie, who played the similar character Rimmer in the Red Dwarf example above.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''[='s=] protagonist Reimu Hakurei is a strange example of this, because the unsympathetic part only really shines through in stories where she's ''not'' the protagonist -- something that's outright [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in her profile in the official magazine ''Strange Creators of Outer World''. In the actual video games she's painted in a more heroic light, since she's doing her job of protecting [[FantasticNatureReserve Gensokyo]] from people who want to upset the balance. In canon side materials like ''[[Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery Forbidden Scrollery]]'' and ''[[Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit Wild and Horned Hermit]]'', however, she's "off the clock" and her less positive traits come to the forefront, meaning she comes off as a {{Greed}}y LazyBum who's constantly attempting harebrained {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s to draw worshipers and donations to the Hakurei Shrine.
** [[MoonRabbit Reisen Udongein Inaba]] is another character who has this unusual dichotomy going on. A lot of the time when she appears, she's antisocial and engages in rather arrogant CulturalPosturing, with WordOfGod even saying that she's '''not''' a good person, just good at acting the way people expect her to. As a result, the abuse she endures from her superiors (punishments from her mentor Eirin and severe pranking from Tewi) come off as karma. However, in stories where she's the central character like ''[[Manga/TouhouBougetsushou Inaba of the Moon & Inaba of the Earth]]'' and ''Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom'', her primary character traits are being a BeleagueredAssistant and OnlySaneWoman, meaning the aforementioned abuse makes her TheWoobie instead. And even this may be changing as of ''[=LoLK=]'', where thanks to CharacterDevelopment she's lost a lot of her earlier arrogance and even refers to herself as "an Earth Rabbit who came from the Moon" rather than a Moon Rabbit.
%% * Wario in both the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' and ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' games.
%% * Tak from ''VideoGame/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'' would fall into this category at times.
* Just about everybody in ''VideoGame/OhSirTheInsultSimulator'' is a {{Jerkass}} who says nasty (but most of the time outright bizarre) things to one another, and the game makes sure that none of them are sympathetic enough to not feel the need to insult them to your heart's content.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Strong Bad of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', who openly fantasizes about killing other characters.
** Homestar himself could be considered this as well, seeing how his general cluelessness has often drifted into to {{Jerkass}} territory.
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': Mackenzie, Shay, and Brittnay. They're AlphaBitch major characters, yet misfortune is always on their tails.
* Mickey the Dick of ''WebAnimation/WackyGameJokez4Kidz'' doesn't have a whole lot of redeeming qualities. A grade-A {{Jerkass}} that started as a petty thief kidnapped into doing a web show he despises, which would qualify him as a AntiHero if he were to oppose it.
* Nearly every main character of a typical Website/GoAnimate [[YouAreGrounded Grounded]] video is this to some extent, whether they are a trouble-maker looking to cause trouble for their own amusement or a parent character who grounds the trouble-makers for huge periods of time or give them [[TraumaCongaLine Punishment Days]]. There are two major characters that are quite notable for being this:
** Boris, WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'s father. Boris will happily ground Caillou for even the pettiest of reasons. He will torture Caillou violently, sometimes leading to his death, has NoSympathy for his plight, even if it wasn't his fault or wasn't as bad as it was shown, treats his daughter Rosie as the favorite child and can even leave Caillou to die at times.
** [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Fred Jones]]. Unlike his kind-hearted myth-hunting self, Fred is a self-centered jerk who is abusive to everyone, especially his girlfriend Daphne. He's an InUniverse StopHavingFunGuy who will shut down any sort of attempt to have fun, [[TheScrooge is incredibly cheap]] and will dish out "Concussion Times" for anyone who crosses him.
** WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer and her family, to the point where it seems like a strange CycleOfRevenge.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Many webcomic authors settle for making their main character an Unsympathetic {{Jerkass}} DeadpanSnarker, to the point it's becoming one of the internet's [[UndeadHorseTrope most widespread and recognizable clichés]].
* Ethan from ''WebComic/CtrlAltDel''. Seriously, could you stand being around such a PsychopathicManchild for more than a few seconds?
** Lucas has his moments too, especially where relationships are involved.
* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/02/08/and-now-our-story/ CK establishes himself as]] [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/02/22/whatwhawhat/ this early on.]] [[CharacterDevelopment He grows out of it later, though.]]
* The main character of ''WebComic/{{Concerned}}''. He's well meaning, but he's such an [[TooDumbToLive idiot]] he causes pain to many people.
* All four of the Light Warriors in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' are very much this. Or at least they should be, as many fans ''do'' sympathize with the OmnicidalManiac Black Mage. It helps that [[CrapsackWorld the rest of the world is just as unsympathetic]], save for exceptions like Onion Kid (who becomes as much of a jerk as others when he growns up) and White Mage.
* All four main characters of ''WebComic/ExterminatusNow'' (a [[{{Jerkass}} jerk]], an [[TooDumbToLive idiot]], a [[AxCrazy sociopath]], and a [[SmallNameBigEgo egotist]] respectively).
* Hazel Tellington of ''WebComic/GirlsWithSlingshots'' varies from DeadpanSnarker to JerkWithAHeartOfGold to JerkSue to this, depending on the story line. Although some of the setbacks she encounters, such as losing a great job, are not her fault, most of the problems in her life result from her immaturity, irresponsibility, and constant drunkenness. Occasionally lampshaded in the comic by different characters, mainly her friend/former boss Clarice, and ex-boyfriend Zach.
* Rayne from ''WebComic/LeastICouldDo'', in spades. The character is incredibly rude, selfish and arrogant, yet is held up to be the object of admiration for men and a sex god for women. The typical storyline is 90% Rayne trying to bed hot girls, live out his GaryStu fantasies, and/or insulting his friends, and 10% him "being awesome", which usually involves getting the cast out of sticky situations that he got them into in the first place. While he does have some redeeming traits (like unconditional love for his niece Ashley) these only tend to crop up in AuthorsSavingThrow moments just when the audience is wondering why nobody's shot the asshole yet.
* Virtually the entire cast of ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' are less than perfectly sympathetic -- but the comic tends to be relatively subtle about this. For example, Gary is a kind-hearted, nervous geek, who is also passive and manipulable to the point of irresponsibility; Zii takes her ManicPixieDreamGirl tendencies to the point of manipulating other people for her sexual amusement; and [=DiDi=] is an open-hearted {{ditz}} who breaks countless men's hearts without even knowing it. This leads to minor ValuesDissonance problems for some readers, who complain when people they thought they were supposed to like do somewhat despicable things. The {{alternative|CharacterInterpretation}} way of looking at this is that the cast are all flawed human beings; other readers claim to find them ''more'' sympathetic for their sometimes-large failings, because, like real people, they make mistakes, but are worth tolerating for their better moments as well as their comedy value.
* Belkar Bitterleaf of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is an excellent example. He's outright ''evil'', a murderous sociopath with no redeeming qualities. He still remains hilarious to read for two main reasons. First, his teammates (who are actual heroes) have learned how to use him like a weapon; they point him in the direction of their good intentions and let him off the leash, because Belkar doesn't care who he's killing so long as he's killing ''somebody''. Secondly, because he's the guy who doesn't care about anyone or anything, he's in position to get a lot of the funniest jokes.
** It's even Lampshaded when Belkar is under the influence of the [[RestrainingBolt Mark of Justice]] and its curse. Lord Shojo appears to him and basically tells him that if he keeps going like this he is heading into [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] territory and that the only cure is CharacterDevelopment or at least to fake it.
%% * Polkster from ''WebComic/PolkOut''.
* ''WebComic/SomethingPositive'' averts this trope in regards to Davan. He has enough humanizing moments to keep him sympathetic, misanthropic bastard that he is. Aubrey and Pee-Jee invoke an awful lot ComedicSociopathy, beating up friend or even strangers for kicks in the early years, but both have plenty of moments in which they show themselves to be kind and sympathetic. Peejee in particular, ''gives Jhim $1,000'' so that he can move away from Boston and be happy, despite the fact that [[spoiler:she has a major crush on him and is shown crying after he leaves]]. She also friggin' ''moves to Texas'' just to help and support Davan [[spoiler:who must go home to take care of his father Fred, who has developed Alzheimer]]'s, and her continual kindness is pretty much the sole reason for Mike's HeelFaceTurn, even though he insulted her repeatedly and never believed that she was just trying to help him before she finally got fed up gave him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, which caused said HeelFaceTurn. Aubrey is less prolific in her good deeds, but she still finds time to worry about Davan and specifically try to make him happy, to the point of sending Nerdrotica girls on a flight to Texas in order to make Davan look impressive at his high school reunion, since she knew full well he would be miserable at it. She is also [[spoiler: a loving wife to Jason, and chooses to adopt a baby, citing that she could give an orphaned child a home, rather than have a new child]].
* ''WebComic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'': Both of the eponymous characters establish themselves as this ''very'' quickly. Hell, pretty much every character present leans into this (except maybe [[LivingProp Geromy]]).
* All three of the [[ComedicSociopathy slightly sociopathic]] main characters of ''WebComic/TwoGuysAndGuy''.
** Frank is TheStoic MadScientist. He doesn't care about anyone but himself and is shown to be more interested in his experiments than the well-being of others.
** Guy is a FieryRedhead. Even when she was on pills for her anger issues, she decided to act like a {{Jerkass}}. The only difference is that she's doing out of free-will than anger. She also loves abusing Wayne and considers him her best friend because she only mildly dislikes him.
** Wayne is TheSlacker. He's rude, but not to the extent of the other two. He once insulted a woman for complementing him because [[EvilCanNotComprehendGood he has no idea when someone's being nice to him for a change]] and thought she was sarcastic. He also treats his cousin Lars badly. [[NoodleIncident And he once urinated on a cat]], [[CallItKarma which may or may not have resulted in another cat peeing on his labtop]].
* Graham, the 'hero' of ''Webcomic/WizardSchool'', is a misandrist JerkAss whose main occupations are sex, alcohol, and sarcasm. Justified, since he was deliberately chosen by the BigBad to be as useless a [[TheChosenOne "chosen one"]] as possible.
* Black Hat Guy in ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' who is a complete sociopath fond of DisproportionateRetribution.
* Gogo from ''{{Webcomic/Bomango}}''. She's a smelly violent jerk who speaks broken English and has anger issues. Her flaws are PlayedForLaughs.
* [[ItsAllAboutMe Tara]] [[SmallNameBigEgo Dunning]] of ''Webcomic/TheScumthorpeFiles'' is so shallow, obnoxious, and self-obsessed that she would be a perfect AlphaBitch if she were in a teen movie. She tends to whine when [[WrongGenreSavvy the "rules" of said teen movies are broken]]. The fact that the universe itself (and [[DeadpanSnarker Davina]]) likes to frequently shatter her world view does make her a little sympathetic on occasion, though.
* In neraly every strip of ''Webcomic/TheBedfellows'', Sheen regularly abuses his roommate/boyfriend Fatigue and everyone else around him, and is a promiscuous and {{depraved bisexual}}.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Tom from ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'' is a total ass to everyone, especially Zack.
%% * White Whine is this, in a meta sense, for its posters. ''F My Life'' is probably more KafkaKomedy.
* ''WebVideo/PittsburghDad'', a constant complainer and malcontent, is constantly giving his wife and kids a hard time for various annoyances. Even his favorite activity ([[SeriousBusiness watching the Steelers play]]) is rife with criticism.
* All the characters in the early seasons of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', especially Church.
** And Doc might be an exception. Well, [[SharingABody he's halfway in this trope]].
** It's telling that by the time Church lightens up [[spoiler: through Epsilon]] the show has gotten much darker.
* Creator/DougWalker originally intended WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic to be this, however, he actually became a lot more sympathetic as the series progressed, falling more into JerkassWoobie territory. And the things he did in the Scooby-Doo review and WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee show that he had actually drifted far away from this trope, which is even discussed [[spoiler: between creator and character]] in the latter. He seems to have become one again after the Uncancellation, though.
** Many of his fellow reviewers, on the other hand, are this through and through.
* Jobe Wilkins of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. The Jobe stories are hilarious, and all from Jobe's point of view, but there's no mistaking he's an obnoxious jerk even for a sociopathic MadScientist.
* Donnie Hoyle in ''WebVideo/YouSuckAtPhotoshop''. Occasionally goes into KafkaKomedy mode, but it's mostly Donnie's [[FreudianExcuse mental issues]] and [[{{Jerkass}} awful personality]] which lead to his bad luck.
* Captain James B. Pirk of ''WebAnimation/StarWreck'' is intentionally the exact opposite of the character he's parodying, [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries James T. Kirk]]. That is, he is a cowardly, loud-mouthed bully who gets incredibly lucky. The writers thought he was too nice in the fifth film of the series (where he actually seemed motivated to save the world besides his own skin) and made sure that he was his own nasty self in [[Film/StarWreckInThePirkinning the feature film]].
* Jace Connors of ''WebVideo/DeagleNation'' -- a self-important ManChild whose deluded worldview leads him into trouble constantly.
* ''WebVideo/PokemonPals'': Ash. Nearly every problem the group faces is his own fault. Whenenver he is given good advice, he completely ignores it. He is also a complete idiot.
* Rusty from ''WebAnimation/PokemonRusty'' is hilarious despite, and also because of, the fact that he's pretty much everything a Pokemon Trainer should ''[[SmallNameBigEgo not]]'' [[WalkingDisasterArea be]].
* Black Yoshi from ''WebOriginal/SuperMarioLogan is a [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] jerk who mooches off [[ButtMonkey Mario]], is incredibly lazy and never pays for anything, usually breaks the law and steals frequently, and is willing to do things like [[MoralEventHorizon kill Toad]] [[DisproportionateRetribution over a game of Call Of Duty.]]
* Almost everybody in ''WebOriginal/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', especially [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney Kaiba]], [[TheCaligula Yami]], [[BigBrotherBully Joey]].
* Charmander from ''WebOriginal/StarterSquad'' is more of a psychopathic jerkass who acts demanding to Bulbasaur and Squirtle and treats them as his property, but most of it is played for comedy and he somewhat develops a bit out of the jerk part.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Many "classic" characters in animated shorts fit the bill: WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker, WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry, ScrewySquirrel, etc.
* Allen and his father, Richard in ''WesternAnimation/AllenGregory''. Allen constantly hits on the principal (who is an obese 60 year old woman), insults his teacher, and lashes out against his sister and his father's life partner. Richard is a complete attention seeker like Allen is and is even more so if any of that attention is on his life partner, Jeremy. Richard is also never wrong, despite what everyone else tells him.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''
** Subtly {{deconstructed|Trope}} with Stan Smith. If you pay attention, Stan's recurring fear [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes (other than seagulls)]] is if his friends and family still actually love him or not.
** Roger. In one early episode, it's revealed that because of his alien physiology, he ''has'' to treat people like crap. Acting nice would literally kill him. Then an episode later on reveals that he's a jerk even by his species' standards.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has, well, just about everyone in the main cast, which includes:
** Sterling Archer, a selfish, vain, childish, alcoholic nymphomaniac man child who screws up pretty much everything he can and treats everyone around him like crap,
** Lana Kane, who despite often being the OnlySaneMan, is a shockingly petty person willing to let her fellow agents be brutally beaten and tortured in front of her due to snippiness or insulting her fashion,
** Cyril Figgis, who despite often being portrayed as the relatively moral one, is still a nymphomaniac who has killed several innocent people through his recklessness as an agent,
** Malory Archer, a racist, elitist BadBoss responsible for numerous acts of treason against the United States whose [[AbusiveParents abusive parenting]] is the reason Archer is so messed up and who is arguably the primary conflict creator throughout the series,
** Cheryl Tunt, a probably clinically insane PsychopathicManchild who gets off not only on [[TooKinkyToTorture getting the shit beaten out of her]], but also on taunting others to do the same in addition to being a repeat arsonist,
** Pam Poovey, a violent-tempered DepravedBisexual [[spoiler:heroine addict]] who has killed people in underground bum-fights and [[spoiler:[[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale raped Cyril several times]]]],
** Dr. Algernop Krieger, a deranged MadScientist who tapes bum fights, experiments on people without their consent, freely sells ISIS weapons to gangs and criminals to fund his lab operations, [[ExactWords denies he's a...]] ''[[ExactWords serial]]'' [[ExactWords killer]], and may or may not actually be a clone of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler,
** Woodhouse, a heroin addict whose method of "raising" Archer was shown in Season 4 to involve much of the same mistreatment Archer heaps on him now,
** And Ray Gilette, who while usually the OnlySaneMan has still done his fair share of bad things, like [[spoiler:faking paralysis]] ''twice'' and is implied to have [[spoiler:[[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale raped Cyril numerous times]]]]
* Everyone on ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' is willing to kill, steal, or cheat for whatever reason the plot demands that episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' are both deliberately rude and childish to everyone they meet.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' has Robert Freeman and his grandson Riley. Robert is a {{greed}}y [[DirtyOldMan womanizer]] who [[AbusiveParents habitually uses corporal punishment]] against Riley, a juvenile {{delinquent}} who frequently gets himself into big trouble. The other grandson [[OnlySaneMan Huey]] has to put up with his brother's and grandfather's antics, which often cause them a hell lot of problems.
%% * Brandy Harrington from ''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers''.
%% * All of the main cast on ''WesternAnimation/{{Brickleberry}}''.
%% * Scoutmaster Lumpus from ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo''.
* The eponymous conjoined brothers from ''WesternAnimation/CatDog''. The former is a greedy, arrogant {{Jerkass}} willing to take advantage of his brother for what he wants, while the latter is a [[LethallyStupid reckless, thoughtless moron]] whose penchant for causing mayhem leads to endless suffering for his brother.
%% * Wilshire Pig from ''Claymation Comedy of Horrors''.
%% * Jay Sherman on ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''.
* Dan of ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' He's a [[HairTriggerTemper short-tempered]], [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]], [[RevengeBeforeReason vengeance-obsessed]] [[VillainProtagonist lunatic]]. The only thing that even comes ''close'' to making him sympathetic is the occasional PetTheDog moment and that the guys he seeks revenge on are sometimes [[EvilVersusEvil worse than he is]].
* Daria Morgendorffer from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''. She's outright bitchy to everyone in existence, but the other people in the series are exaggerated stereotypes of annoying things found in high school and suburban America, so she's a much more {{justified|Trope}} example.
* The entire cast of ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''. Running down the main character list, we have:
** Captain Hero, the narcissistic superhero who rapes dead bodies and uses teenage girls as a shield against bullets, despite being impervious to them.
** Foxxy Love, who, despite being the [[NormalPeople most normal]], is still a total black slut who can't even turn down Al Roker.
*** She even has a grandchild, despite being in her mid twenties.
** Xander, a video game character who isn't really a bad guy, just an extremely offensive gay stereotype.
** Wooldoor Sockbat, an insane [=SpongeBob=]-esque cartoon character who has done MANY unforgivable things over the course of the series.
** Spanky Ham, a internet porn pig who regularly bullies Wooldoor, kills animals, enslaves immigrants, and escapes all punishment with flatulence.
** Princess Clara, a girl who starts off as an [[InnocentBigot oblivious racist and homophobic]] Disney princess, and gradually grows worse over time.
** Toot, who, after being unable to become the sex symbol of the house due to changing standards of beauty, decides to become "the bitch".
** Ling Ling, a psychotic Pokémon-esque being who killed/mercilessly attacked his master and uses skulls as sex toys.
%% * Jason Alexander supplied the voice for another one in ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}''.
* Eric the Cavalier from ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'', for a given value of Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist. Since MoralGuardians and ExecutiveMeddling meant that nothing good could ever really happen to him until [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong he relented and went along with the group,]] he was definitely ''meant'' to be unsympathetic, even though he was the most sympathetic character in the show because he was the only one reacting realistically to their situation, and many of the bad things that happen to him are distinctly slapstick, since he has to survive to agree to go along with the group's plans later.
* Eddy of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is [[AmbitionIsEvil always out for people's money]]. He scams the other kids constantly and even treats his own friends like crap.
* Peter Griffin on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. He constantly undermines his wife (who, herself, isn't too fine and dandy of a character either), scolds Chris when he finds out he has a larger penis than him, [[ButtMonkey constantly bullies and mistreats his own daughter]], and has apparently put all of his kids in a coma while hiding it from his wife and not taking them to a hospital.
** Lois isn't any better than Peter. She acts like a jerkass to her own children, especially Meg.
** Possibly Glenn Quagmire too. Actually, there isn't a single member of the main cast who hasn't been [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] into being a Jerkass.
** Brian has especially become this really badly after his [[DisneyDeath death]] and [[CosmicRetcon revival]]. He's supposed to be the most likable, relatable, and sanest member of the cast, but his worst actions include screwing underage teenagers, murdering a little girl's parents to stop them from calling the cops, and [[MoralEventHorizon giving herpes to several people, including Chris and Stewie, for absolutely no reason whatsoever]].
* Fred Flintstone from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' was often rude to his wife and best friend and blatantly negligent towards his child([[CousinOliver ren]]).
* Bloo from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' manipulates his best (perhaps only) friend and blatantly ignores the feelings and opinions of every other character.
* Xander Crews from ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo''. Probably moreso than the "villain", Killface. Of course, Killface may be the [[VillainProtagonist protagonist]] of the series. But pretty much every character fits this trope anyway!
* Bender, of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': "Bite my shiny metal ass." Most of the main cast have strong {{Jerkass}} tendencies, actually, except for [[IdiotHero Fry]] and [[ButtMonkey Zoidberg]], though even they occasionally have their moments.
* All three main characters of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. Mandy is a VillainProtagonist who, despite having no supernatural powers, is evil enough to terrify most beings who do. Grim, though generally a NiceGuy, is still TheGrimReaper, and not afraid to murder people when the urge strikes him. Billy, while ostensibly the TokenGoodTeammate, would come off as quite a {{Jerkass}} in almost any other team, only seeming like the good guy because the other two are so evil.
* Helga Pataki of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' She's often abrasive, and gives others (especially Arnold, her secret crush) a hard time. However, many of her flaws stem from an unhappy childhood as TheUnfavourite. Often times, she still remains the OnlySaneMan among classmates, lamenting their stupidity.
* Coach [=McGuirk=] on ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies''; he seems to regard himself as a father figure to Brendan, but he's a beer-swilling lout who dispenses lots of spurious advice.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is trying to conquer/destroy the Earth and everything on it, but because (in Gaz's words) "he's so ''[[IneffectualSympatheticVillain bad]]'' at it", his machinations are more amusing than mortifying. Being a LargeHam doesn't hurt.
%% * George Jetson from ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''.
* Heloise and, to a lesser extent, Beezy in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Heloise is a sadistic scientist who works for [[{{Satan}} Lucius Heinous VII]], while Beezy is a lazy, idiotic hedonist, making Jimmy the TokenGoodTeammate.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', a TooDumbToLive CasanovaWannabe, though he does have some decent points. His stupidity was [[{{Flanderization}} more apparent]] in later seasons than in the first season.
* June from ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', who is featured doing her thing in the page image. While she's quite likable and has a big heart underneath her [[{{Moe}} cute]] but [[BadassAdorable tough]], [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] exterior, it's not uncommon for her to give her best friend / implied crush [[ButtMonkey Henry]] hell - whether he deserves it or not. And if you think what she's doing in the page image is bad, just [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNCVJW0youE check this out]]. While her {{Jerkass}} qualities tend to [[DependingOnTheWriter vary from writer to writer]] - and the cake scenes are from season 3, in which she TookALevelInJerkass (but was [[DefrostingIceQueen toned down]] for season 4) - she more than qualifies for this trope.
* Hank Hill from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' can wander into this territory, especially in regards to his son, who he sometimes seems to think is completely worthless, for no reason other than being different from Hank.
** His wife [[SmallNameBigEgo Peggy]] also takes the reins, seeing herself as the smartest person in any given situation and thereby rightfully the one who should be in charge, even if it was her actions (that she'll refuse to admit) that started said situation. Peggy is/was a substitute Spanish teacher, who doesn't know Spanish (well, she could say words, but not in the correct order, phrasing or usage) and an entire episode was devoted to how that was the cause of and also the reason for her release from prison.
* Tim of ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfTim''. A slight twist in that he isn't a character who goes out looking for awful things to do, but in almost every single episode he goes along unquestioningly with the awful things that his friends do and then gets surprised that it gets him into trouble.
%% * ''WesternAnimation/MadJackThePirate''.
%% * The entire band Dethklok from ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''.
%% * Bessie Higgenbottom from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB''; notably, there was an episode [[ItMakesSenseInContext where she accused people of stealing a locket]].
* On her bad days, Rainbow Dash of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' can be this. Examples include the episode "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" where she's little more than a loudmouth braggart who can't back up her boasts, and the episode "28 Pranks Later" where, let's just say, she had it [[AssholeVictim coming]].
* Kaz from ''WesternAnimation/NeoYokio'' is a jerk to many of his friends and generally to anyone who needs anything from him. He dislikes having to work despite his family depending on him and only begrudgingly accepts requests when forced by his aunt, complaining during the whole time and when he faces drama, he acts with so many levels of {{Wangst}} that it's hard to care or even not laugh at him.
%% * King Julien from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''.
* Oscar Proud from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'' is a cheapskate who tends to be either a {{Jerkass}} to most people, including his family and his mother in particular (though she's almost as much of a Jerkass as him), or otherwise extremely neglectful and/or apathetic.
%% * Rip from ''WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends''.
* The entire main cast of ''WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel'' (except for Dave, Mildrid and Hatton) constantly push around others and put themselves before anyone else.
%% * Everyone in ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' except [[OnlySaneMan Dr. Quinn]] (especially in episodes like [[http://www.jibjab.com/view/221029 "I, Robot"]])
* Everyone on ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'' is a {{Jerkass}} with almost no concern for those around them.
* Homer and Bart on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Homer is often abusive towards his wife and children and his reckless stupidity causes many of the problems on the show. Bart is a mischievous self-admitted hellion who often bullies those closest to him.
* Eric Cartman from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is a VillainProtagonist who is willing to do things like feed a kid his own parents or even cause the end of the world to get revenge for minor wrongdoings against him. Most people in South Park are a lesser version of this trope.
** Second to Cartman is Randy Marsh, who more and more regularly gets himself and often his family (or even the entire town, starting with joining the PC bro fraternity) involved in some narcissistic driven need for attention because he believes he's smarter than he actually is (more so in the last five years or so, as in early seasons he was often a voice of reason to the kids or situation, except in instances where being an idiot adult and ignoring the smarter child was funny, only being a outside witness to the events instead of the instigator).
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Mr. Krabs, [[TookALevelInJerkass especially in post-movie episodes]].
** As of post-movie episodes, [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick Star can be seen as this DependingOnTheWriter. However, they are more InnocentlyInsensitive than jerks. Sometimes, they unintentionally pester and cause pain to other characters (Squidward and Mrs. Puff for example), and rarely [[IdiotHoudini get their comeuppance for their actions]].
%% * Early Cuyler on ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}''.
%% * Rodney J. Squirrel from ''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy'', a ButtMonkey[=/=]IdiotHero hybrid.
%% * Stroker on ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop''.
* The Warden in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' He goes from ultraviolent sadistic Cloudcuckoolander to potentially becoming an ultra-violent sadistic Nazi-esque overlord in a possible future- just in the space of ten episodes. He spends most of the first season drunk, sick, oblivious to everything around him, angrily berating and abusing his assistant for not properly honoring him, terrifying his staff and inmates alike, [[NightmareFuel giving birth to grotesque manifestations of his inner child through his anus]], and following [[ChurchOfHappyology sex-crazed alien cult leaders]] around. Of course, the viewers don't mind this at all. He's toned down a bit in the later seasons, becoming more of a simple ManChild but still causes trouble for the jail, such as burning it down in the season 3 finale.
** Alice can also be seen as this, as even if she does have an unfortunate backstory and a [[PetTheDog kinder moment here and there]], she's also admittedly described as a "sadistic bully" by the creators, and will abuse her power to force inmates to have sex with her as well as also bullying Jared.
** Basically all the cast have elements of this, even [[NotSoAboveItAll Jared]] here and there.
* The team themselves in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', which exaggerates their traits from the original 2003 series; Robin is an obsessed control freak whose leadership is often ridiculed, Beast Boy and Cyborg are idiots with ''very'' stubborn streaks in their recklessness and Raven is much snarkier than before and even willing to put her friends in harm's way on a few occasions. Starfire somewhat averts this as mostly her naïveté is played up and usually when she does any action, it's not for a selfish reason.
* Both ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' are this. The former is a SuperPersistentPredator who would throw the first punch at times and, on occasions, has tormented Jerry just for kicks, and the latter, while usually attacking Tom out of self-defense, has also tormented Tom for no other reason other than to see him suffer and/or took his retaliation towards said cat too far.
%% * Brain Newport from ''WesternAnimation/ThisJustIn''.
* The Captain of the [=Jupiter42=] in ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'' is ugly, crude, disgusting, sarcastic, depraved, and his crew never misses a moment to lampshade it. Not lampshaded yet is that his name, Chode, sounds much like the stretch of flesh between the testicles and asshole, which is where his mentality seems to reside.
** And the rest of the crew aren't exactly sympathetic either. Apart from Six who, ironically as she's an android, is the only one who seems to actually have a heart.
*** And a brain, in addition to a lot of common sense. As a matter of fact, most sex droids on this show tend to be built to be remarkably smarter than their owners.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Rusty Venture fits the trope perfectly. Greedy and selfish, the BrilliantButLazy super scientist regularly neglects his sons as well as takes them around the world on dangerous adventures. [[spoiler: The bigger reason why he is so neglectful is because he knows that when they die (they have died a LOT) he can just clone new ones. He becomes much more protective once he loses his backup clones.]]
%% * Nestor from ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfQuest''.
%% * Yin and Yang from ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo''.