The Chew Toy: Western Animation

  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • Dexter, sometimes. Though he has nothing on the ice-cream man in "Ice Cream". Turns out ever since Dexter bought ice cream from him, and paid him in pennies, a series of unfortunate events had happened to him since, including chipping his tooth while trying to put them in the safe due to tripping on his laces after counting them, dumped by his girlfriend, having his car towed away, getting kicked out of his apartment and being forced to live under a highway because of this one act.
    • And to add insult to injury, once the Ice Cream Man forgives Dexter and allows him to purchase ice cream, Dexter pays the Ice Cream Man with a 100 dollar bill.
  • Who gets stuck with all the bad luck? No one, but Donald Duck.
  • His Looney Tunes counterpart, Daffy Duck, also qualifies as a Chew Toy. Especially in stories co-starring Bugs Bunny. Maybe it's got something to do with being a duck?
    • The earlier, more Screwy Squirrel-like Daffy was less of a Chew Toy; it seems that Chuck Jones' recasting Daffy as a foil to Bugs' Heroic Trickster spurred the move.
  • The MGM cartoon character Barney Bear went through this in almost every short he starred in—the outcome of his adventures never end positively for him. This is especially bad in "Barney's Hungry Cousin", where he's hauled off to jail by his own cousin after being framed by him for trying to feed him in a no-feeding area (by his cousin putting the sign there to begin with, after pestering Barney for his food the whole short, prompting Barney to offer the sandwich in defeat). His cousin doesn't even give Barney the pleasure of eating his stashed lollipop as he's dragged off!
  • Plucky Duck of Tiny Toon Adventures, as the Spiritual Successor to Daffy, is also a victim to this, especially around Buster and Babs Bunny, whenever he gets crushed by an anvil, shot out of a cannon, crushed by an anvil, beaten up over treasure, crushed by an anvil, flatten by a monster, lose the money he made in a boxing match, and lose an award to another monster. Did I mention he gets crushed by an anvil?
  • Wile E. Coyote, in Road Runner cartoons. The sheer unfairness of the clever, inventive Coyote always losing to an idiot bird capable of exactly one act in the most bizarre of ways makes it physically painful to watch. According to Chuck Jones, the "rules" of Road Runner cartoons are actually built to keep this theme lighthearted — the major one being that the Coyote could give up at any time but doesn't, making it partly his own fault.
    • Chuck Jones seemed to have a perverse fondness for Chew Toys: his version of Daffy, Wile E. Coyote, Claude Cat, the nameless and hapless guy in One Froggy Evening...
    • Sylvester the Cat is usually one of these.
  • Tom from Tom and Jerry is much the same way, and in an even more agonizing fashion: A large number of episodes have Tom chasing Jerry strictly so that Jerry will not mess up the house he's living in, thus resulting in not only Tom not getting dinner, but being beaten with whatever is handy by his owner. He never, ever succeeds. No matter how much one might come to the conclusion that that *** mouse deserves a beating.
    • Actually, Tom did win a few times. Those victories may be outnumbered by Jerry's victories, but they did occur. They occur particularly when Jerry initiates the fight with Tom - which is rare.
  • Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is a Chew Toy. In addition to generally acting as bait along with Scooby (despite their terror), he routinely has his food stolen from him by the latter. It's no wonder Shaggy is hungry - he rarely seems to manage to eat anything at all.
  • Kenny from South Park. He has been injuried, beheaded, burned, shot, run over,... hundreds of times, but there are times when it subverts.
    • Later Kenny was supposed to be replaced by Butters, but most audiences missed Kenny, so he was brought back. Butters was made into the show's standard Butt Monkey.
    • Recent seasons in particular have toned down Kenny's Chew Toy status and shifting it more toward Kyle. Why Kyle specifically? Apparently to milk sympathy.
    • Also, Nathan in "Crippled Summer".
  • The Transformers mythos has Waspinator, who was crushed, blown up or shredded in nearly every episode of Beast Wars. In multi-part episodes, Waspinator is often blown apart just as he's finished putting himself back together. It happens so much he actually quits the Predacons in a furious rant over getting blown to scrap all the time... which earns him one last dose of chew toy treatment. In the final episode, he got his reward, left alone by the other Transformers and being worshiped by a tribe in a tropical paradise; naturally, this was reversed when the sequel series started up. Waspinator is referred to as the "chew-toy of fate" or other such nicknames often amongst fans, and thus this entry is partly in his honor. He was slated to be Killed Off for Real in the second season, but his popularity with the fans spared his life... or prolonged his suffering, depending on how you look at it. The funny thing about the quote in the Quotes page is that it comes from one of the few episodes where he didn't blow up.
    • He was originally chosen for this kind of role because the story editors didn't like how he talked and felt it took up too much time. Since they had to have him appear regularly, they decided the best course of action was to have him make these appearances in pieces. When they want a Predacon to be seen in a mirrored alien pod and shredded by Rhinox? Waspinator. Someone needs to get his shiny metal ass fragged by a flying island? Waspinator (OK, and Terrorsaur, but mainly Waspinator). They weren't counting on this constant abuse making him popular with the fans, though.
    • Though Waspinator is most remembered for this, in the first season Terrorsaur and Scorponok seem to be blown up just as much as he did. Then at the beginning of the second season they died in the same accident that was originally supposed to kill him, leaving him to take the abuse for all three of them.
      • As if to rub it in, it's worth noting that he garners no sympathy even from his fellow Predacons (when Waspinator reported he was being damanged by a protohuman, Megatron shrugged it off as business as usual). Half the time, they're the ones who blow him up (Wonder why one time he was bent on tearing Tarantulus a new waste disposal unit? Tarantulus locked him in a room with a bomb!). The rest of the time, they just ignore him ("Oh sure, don't mind Waspinator. Waspinator just lie here and suffer, drag himself to CR tank!").
    • Transformers Animated has Sari's Tutor Bot, who's smashed in most of his appearances, and who Sari seems to dislike. For example he was crushed under some dinosaur models that would later become the Dinobots, then the few functioning parts that were being repaired were incinerated by the same Dinobots. When Bulkhead's body was stolen, they gave him Tutor Bot's and presumably decapitated him off screen. Tutor Bot is a regular robot, and thus, unlike Waspinator, doesn't feel any pain. Incidentally, he got his revenge of sorts when he was upgraded by a villain to fire powerful lasers. They also have their version of Waspinator (known simply as "Wasp"), but is more of a Cosmic Plaything as the extent of his misfortune is much more serious.
      • Another character that happens to be this is Jerkass Sentinel Prime. It seems everytime Sentinel tries to enforce his order onto others, something bad seems to happen to him. From getting crushed by a building, to falling off a highway, to even losing his head to The Headmaster. Maybe if he was a little nicer, he wouldn't be in this rut. Oh well, that's Reverse Karma for ya.
      • Yet another example is Starscream.
    • The original series has Cosmos, who, in almost every appearance he makes, manages to crash and/or have something even more horrible happen to him — such as getting eaten alive by metallic weeds or spending an episode paralyzed and worshipped by primitives. One of the few times he doesn't crash made it seem like Optimus Prime was tempting fate by sending Cosmos out three times on a dangerous mission against his will. Poor, poor Cosmos.
      • Cosmos seemed to be infectious, too, often anyone around him will suffer a similar fate. Even the awesome and magnificent Sky Lynx wasn't immune.
  • Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo: Beast Boy all the way.
    • Basically this tends to be the case in Teen Titans period.
  • In the Ice Age movies, Scrat. All he wants is to have his acorn in peace. The Ice Age world will never let him have it.
  • Jay Sherman of The Critic has had his fair share of troubles.
  • Both Milhouse Van Houten and his father Kirk in The Simpsons are frequently used as chew toys.
    • Good old Gil was used as a chew toy in every episode that featured him.
    • Hans Moleman, who seems to have very narrowly escaped death (or not) several times by now.
  • The incredibly minor, infrequently recurring character Invader Skooge from Invader Zim is absolutely nothing but a chew toy. In his few appearances, he was assigned to the planet of the slaughtering rat people; shot out of an orbital cannon; and in an episode designed to showcase Zim being a Jerkass, he was pushed into a canyon, attacked by the Meat-Thirsty Hogulus, landed on by a drill sergeant and wedged in his rear, then used as a weapon to bludgeon the aforementioned Hogulus.
    • Most of the characters on Invader Zim can be thought of as chew toys, especially Zim himself. That's what happens when you live in a Crapsack World.
  • Meg from Family Guy, in order to compensate for her lack in popularity, is often abused and injured to the point of being a Butt Monkey. There are those Family Guy fans who love Meg, and there are those fans who love to see Meg suffer.
    • Mort and Neil Goldman never catch a break.
    • Brian suffers this in later seasons to the point he becomes the second "Meg" (which was even lampshaded at one point). Has no luck with women due to bad luck, his own insecurities, or bad dating advice (thank you Stewie). An attempt to get someone to like him ends in a "The Reason You Suck" Speech (by the most hypocritical person on the show no less). Never finished college costing him a posh job. His book bombs horribly and the people who'll celebrate it are "special" kind of readers, and any projects he tries to go for always ends in ruin. Granted some of these actions are well deserved due to either being cocky or following along with someone he likes who go against his beliefs. But half the time, the writers just seem to make him the designated victim for no reason solely to get some cruel laughs.
      • The audience seems to like the abuse Brian goes through due to various Anvilicious episodes led by him.
  • Every character in Drawn Together falls under this category at one point or another.
    • Xandir especially is Captain Hero's favorite Chew Toy.
  • Pete, from Goof Troop falls victim to painful accidents or embarrassing situations about every five minutes, often caused accidentally by Goofy. This is the standard structure for almost all of his focus episodes, mainly as retribution for being a Jerkass in other characters' focus episodes.
  • Iago is this throughout the entire franchise of Disney's Aladdin. He truly was the writers' designated Butt Monkey (their mantra was "When in doubt, hurt the bird"), but what keeps him from being a Designated Monkey is that he often brings it on himself from being a greedy manipulative Jerk Ass, albeit one with a heart of gold at times since his Heel-Face Turn.
  • The N.I.G.E.L. unit in Godzilla: The Series, destroyed at least once an episode, to its creator's dismay.
    • Adding the amusement is that it's usually Godzilla that does it.
  • Sokka from Avatar: The Last Airbender is a prime example. He's been smashed, splashed, slammed, tripped, bonked, nearly killed by his own master (this may not have been as bad as he thought), slapped, kicked, punched, jumped & tied-up (by his future girlfriend, no less), squished, gotten drunk/high on cactus juice, thwacked, and buried alive, just to begin the list, and all for our sadistic amusement. And that's only the show proper — the shorts involve Sokka being mangled in ways that would make Wile E. Coyote cringe. Though one may expect him to be The Woobie, and to a minor degree he is in some circles, the fact that he's shown to be able to take more physical damage than any other character in the series, combined with his cocky attitude and general c'est-la-vi demeanor, make for more hilarity than tragedy.
    • He even lampshades it in the season 3 opening episode:
      Sokka: The Universe just loves proving me wrong doesn't it?
      Toph: You make it too easy!
      • Ironically, this turned out to be a subversion.
    • In fact, there was a full episode where Sokka gets stuck in a hole in the ground, unable to move... while the baby moose-lion (Foofoo Cuddlypoops, Aang. Aang, Foofoo Cuddlypoops) that he was hunting sticks around to keep him company, including sleeping on his head.
      • In the Avatar Extras, the creators had planned an episode were Sokka and Aang were handcuffed together for the whole episode but the idea was dropped later.
    • Any time the Cabbage Merchant shows up, you know something horrible is about to happen to a wagon full of cabbages.
    • Zuko gets it a little less frequently, but much more harsh and emotional than Sokka's physical comedy. His life has been dominated by getting worked over and failing.
  • XR from Buzz Lightyear of Star Command was - inside the canon - created to be destroyed. Usually by exploding. In fact, other characters have a tendency to think the 'X' stands for 'eXpendable'.note 
  • In Animaniacs, Buttons from the Buttons and Mindy shorts gets thoroughly abused trying to keep his charge from getting killed, and then gets yelled at by Mindy's mom for some minor infraction at the end.
    Narrator: And so everyone in Acme Falls got his or her wish... [safe drops on Mime] except for the Mime, that is.
    Yakko: I don't know about him, but that sure was my wish.
    • Scratchensniff is also one.
    • Mr. Skullhead. Noted in "Good Idea/Bad Idea" segments. Though he seems generally unlucky no matter where he is. Not that it's likely he feels pain anyway being a merely a walking skeleton.
  • In Futurama, Fry was initially cast as a Fish Out of Temporal Water unfamiliar with all the strange and very dangerous things his new-found friends had grown up with. As the series progressed, this was gradually turned Up to Eleven as the show decided to throw every possible outlandish scenario directly into his face. He's also a case of someone who can encompass both this trope and The Woobie, as his fellow employees' berating of the aloofness, ignorance and absent-mindedness that continually harm his friendships and self-esteem—all of which he sometimes does his best to overcome—garners a lot of viewer sympathy.
    • "Don't forget, you still have Zoidberg! YOU ALL STILL HAVE ZOIDBERG!"
    • Zoidberg's Chew Toy status can be easily summed up by this exchange:
    (A blind Leela flies the ship through the roof, creating a big hole.)
    Hermes (points at Zoidberg): That's coming out of your pay!
    Zoidberg: (bursts into tears)
  • Mr. Bump and Little Miss Calamity from The Mr. Men Show. Since it's a sketch comedy show, almost all the characters experience this from time to time, but these two have their characters entirely built around being the chew toy.
    • Most of Little Miss Calamity's misfortunes were caused by her failed attempts to bring misfortune to others, so she deserves it.
  • Calling Cat-22, a series of 90-second shorts dealing with the eponymous secret agent being sent undercover to figure out the many and various weird and disgusting habits of dogs. No matter how much he tries to avoid danger, or even the assignments themselves, every event surrounding his missions seems to end in his getting injured somehow. The last short - about burying bones, oddly enough - does indeed throw him a bone at the end.
  • Batman Beyond has a recurring character, a soft-spoken, hapless bald businessman, who never seems to show up but to find himself somehow inconvenienced or terrorized by whatever threat has reared its head that day.
  • Misery from Ruby Gloom. Name notwithstanding, she somehow takes it all in stride.
  • H.E.L.P.E.R. from The Venture Bros..
  • Plankton, Patchy, Squidward, Mrs. Puff, and Gary from Spongebob Squarepants.
    • SpongeBob himself is one when he's not causing it on other people. One of the biggest examples is "Party Pooper Pants", where he gets locked out of his house, and spends the rest of the episode trying to get back in. He gets his metal door slammed in his face by Patrick, his fingers broken when Larry closes the bathroom window, stomped on by everyone doing the bunny hop, then he gets sent to jail for the night by police officers for a hilariously childish reason (not inviting them to his party). When he gets back to his house in the morning, he finally realizes the key was under the doormat the entire time. All this might be somewhat justified, because he was an (unintentional) jerkass during the party.
  • Eugene from Hey Arnold!.
  • Happy Tree Friends. EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. Except Splendid ( so far he's only died once), Cro-Marmot (with his ice block acting as a shield), and Buddhist Monkey (who never even died yet).
  • Binky on The Fairly OddParents. And Timmy.
    • And Chester, and Crocker, and sometimes Cosmo.
  • Mort on The Penguins of Madagascar - a bit of a Zoidberg-esque example, as he happily accepts the role of The Chew Toy since it means he gets noticed.
    "Hooray! I'm expendable!"
    • Kowalski also has his fair share of Amusing Injuries, too. He's been beaten, thrown halfway across the zoo, shrunk, blown up and had his inventions backfire on him constantly.
    • Skipper once explained to Private that he is one of these because he is both "gullible and expendable!"
  • Henry on KaBlam, though other fans view him as The Woobie.
    • Same goes with Meltman from the Action League Now! sketches.
    • Prometheus of Prometheus and Bob.
    • The Boolie brothers in Race Rabbit.
    • Fondue (And, at times, Sniz).
  • Po from Kung Fu Panda. An interesting case because he's the lead character. Partially justified in that he lives in a place which is not at all designed for his size, but there are times when it's pure Rule of Funny.
  • Gorillaz's 2D. He got run over twice in a single year, by the same person. And that was only the start of his problem.
  • Owen of Total Drama Island has fallen of a cliff (several times), impaled his foot on a rake, been stung by swarms of hornets multiple times in the same episode, had some contrived coincidence cause one bad thing happening to him make something even worse happen two seconds later more times than I can count, and in general has had ridiculously bad luck, even more so than the rest of the cast.
    • Trent gets the raw end of the deal as well. He's been shoved out of a plane, without a parachute, knocked unconscious by Owen throwing a crate of oranges at him, and eaten a blowfish prepared by Lindsay, who took, but never passed, biology, gotten stuck in quicksand, and Heather pretends to kiss him to set Gwen off her game, and everyone votes him out.
    • One of the times he fell off a cliff had him alternately hit his head and his groin off of very improbable objects on the way down.
    • That was all during Island, though. In Action, it was Harold and Justin who suffered physically while Owen became a Creator's Pet. In World Tour, it seems to be Tyler's turn, shared with Blainley. Blainey is even called this once!
  • Timon in Timon & Pumbaa.
  • The main cast of King Arthur's Disasters. Hey, it's called King Arthur's DISASTERS for a reason, you know.
  • Jimmy in Ed, Edd n Eddy.
    • Eddy always falls into this trope. Edd falls into this at times, and Ed occasionally.
    • "Cry Ed" had Eddy and Jimmy compete over who was the bigger Chew Toy and therefore deserved the most attention from the kids. The episode ended with Eddy beaten up by Rolf and Kevin (again) while Jimmy was mauled by a dog.
  • In Phineas and Ferb, both Candace and Doofenshmirtz frequently find themselves under this trope.
  • Archer may qualify as a Sadist Show, but Cyril Figgis and Trinette stand out even in that beleaguered cast as characters who get dumped on by the entire universe. There's also the random ISIS employee who is constantly getting hit by Archer's stray gunfire offscreen, screaming. After a few episodes, Archer finally takes notice and learns the guy's name. Worst of all though has to be Woodhouse, Archer's personal butler. Archer, being Archer, subjects him to all kinds of humiliating and degrading treatments, such as eating a bowl of spider webs.
  • Steve Smith from American Dad!. The guy's been attacked by bees, beaten up by cheerleaders and jocks with baseball bats, pantsed and given a swirlie at the prom, and had a beautiful woman willing to have sex with him killed, twice.
    • Francine also seems to be getting this treatment more frequently as the show goes on, starting with "Flirting With Disaster" where she gets her face melted off with acid.
    • Klaus, because everybody forgets he exists. He's something of The Artifact.
  • Dan's Car and Chris from Dan Vs..
  • Fuzzy Snuggums from Spliced seems to exist solely for the sake of getting beaten up by scenery and/or the other characters.
  • Nothing ever seems to go right for Mr. Ed Bighead on Rocko's Modern Life. But, he usually deserves it for his Jerkass behavior. But even when he's NOT being a jerkass, like in the golf episode, he'll still get blamed for something that wasn't his fault and get horribly injured by it.
    "I hate my life."
  • Hack and Slash of ReBoot, who were smashed in nearly every episode they appeared in. It's only done for drama in the third season, but afterward it's right back to laughs with these guys. You could say they were Mainframe Entertainment's prototypes for Waspinator.
  • Eustace Bagge from Courage the Cowardly Dog. In spades.
  • Oscar Proud from The Proud Family when he does NOTHING to deserve it.
  • The two titular characters from The Ren & Stimpy Show.
  • Everyone in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
    • Grim often gets the very worst of it, given his luck from episode one, where he loses a bet to two children and is stuck their best friend forever- after Mandy pulled a dirty trick on him. From there, he's doomed to be a Designated Victim over and over, getting smashed apart, beaten, set on fire. Finally, it hits Humiliation Conga territory in the later seasons—most evident when he's given a thorough pummeling by underworld executives with flails and bats, incinerated until he's completely charred black, extinguished, and drenched with every executive's cup of hot coffee.
    • Billy, is by far, the reigning champ of the Chew Toys. He's subjected to all of the following: fathering a spider egg by accident (he's deathly afraid of spiders), undergoing occasional Body Horror in the form of grotesque mutations like a squid tentacle nose or tumorous growth that morphs into a mini-Billy named "Yop Yop" and sprouts free, possessed by an evil power and rejected by an equally evil underworld, attacked by plagues from a mummy's curse that leave him butt-naked, set on fire, transformed into a were-alien, blown up, electrocuted, and lots of horribly over-the-top beatdowns. A look-see into a future ruled by Mandy reveals, he's so prone to bad luck, the old Billy is now long gone and lives on as a clone... until said clone is promptly wasted by some form of disaster, resulting in the unfreezing of one of tens of thousands of Billy clones to replace that one, which get progressively dumber down the line... over and over again.
    • Likewise, Irwin is prone to every form of humiliation and injury this show can dish out, (including his long-awaited kiss with Mandy, which gives him mono and cooties)- until the Grand Finale movie rolls around and he takes a major level in badass (his combo of mummy/vampire powers inherited from Dracula and a mummy as a mommy manifests). Said movie was going to be a spinoff that showcased this. Too bad it never got off the ground.
    • The Boogey-Man eventually gets this after his status as a Karma Houdini finally gives way to Laser-Guided Karma in his expository movie as the Big Bad. By the end, he's suffered the ultimate Humiliation Conga, turning him into a laughingstock to his own men, and left so badly banged up by his utter pulverizing and dethroning moment of suck, he, the fear-monger of humans, suffers trauma-induced amnesia and becomes afraid of everything. Even himself.
    • Not even Mandy is immune. She's had her moments of Chew Toy agony, too. The one time she forced a smile, it was so unnatural and impossible it broke reality, had herself bodyjacked by resident idiot Billy and humiliated by his acts while using her body (though she got sweet revenge), stuck on the other side of a phone portal barefoot (shoes don't fit through phone portals) in a world of crank calling monsters with no escape, and terrorized by the Boogey-Man by seeing her worst nightmares brought to life- one being her turned fat and cheerful and married to Irwin.
  • General Skarr in Evil Con Carne suffered this role every time he tried to formulate his own plans to take over the world behind Con Carne's back, or simply followed Con Carne's orders. It always led to no end of suffering for him. When he finally quit after being fed up with his dumbbell dictator, he migrated over to The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy... and, you guessed it- his luck got worse... MUCH worse.
  • Rigby in Regular Show is frequently beaten up by everyone.
  • Sometimes Mojo Jojo and Fuzzy Lumpkins in Powerpuff Girls.
  • Scratch and Grounder from The Adventuresof Sonicthe Hedgehog, thanks to their Genre Blindness.
  • Principal McVicker, Stewart Stevenson and sometimes Van Driessen and Beavis from Beavis And Butthead.
  • Daddy Moo from The Moo Family Holiday Hoedown.
  • The Owl & Co largely revolves around the Owl suffering various mishaps, including being dismembered, often due to the stupidity of the other animals.