* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'':
** At the end of ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and The Cauldron'', the eponymous (money-filled) cauldron falls off a cliff onto the pirates' ship. The panel even has a caption reading "And for once, the pirates are happy!" (though Asterix and Obelix DID kick their asses as usual earlier in the book, [[ReformedButRejected albeit unjustly]]).
** There are also a few occasions in which [[DreadfulMusician Cacofonix]] saves the day with his dreadful music, and the villagers reward him by letting him participate in the victory feast (as opposed to tying him up to prevent him from singing as per the usual RunningGag) - most notably ''Asterix and the Normans'', where he actually gets to perform for the village with the OneShotCharacter whose life he saved (although he still isn't allowed to sing). Also, when he's been having a run of especially bad luck to the point where the other characters picking on him further would make them unlikeable, they tend to let him sing as an AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moment - his usual nemesis [[CausticCritic Fulliautomatix]] asks him to sing for him to cheer him up in ''The Secret Weapon'' after the village women run him out of town, and in ''The Falling Sky'', where he has had the worst luck he's ever had and ended up losing all of his possessions due to EthnicScrappy [[BizarroEpisode aliens immolating his house and then erasing everyone's memory of it]], he's even allowed to ''sing'' at the banquet, even though everyone else is obviously in intense pain.
** At the end of ''Asterix at the Olympics Games'', the Romans Glutius Maxmus and Veriambitius, after spending the entire book being upstaged and humiliated by the Gauls' antics, are given the Palm of Victory Asterix won to present to Caesar. A caption reads, as Caesar rewards the Legionaries, "For once, Caesar is pleased!"
* DonaldDuck did get the upper hand on [[JerkAss Gladstone]] [[BornLucky Gander]] about 10% of the time in [[Creator/CarlBarks classic Disney Duckverse comics]].
** Creator/DonRosa loved doing this to Donald. ''The Duck Who Never Was'' did it as a sixtieth birthday present to the character via ItsAWonderfulPlot, while ''The Magnificent Seven (Minus Four) Caballeros'' sees Donald's foreign friends from ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'' make a return and take him on an adventure to cure his depression.
* There was a brief scene in ''Gotham Knights'' where for once, Franchise/{{Batman}} accepted the Spoiler, even telling her that he doesn't mind the company.
* In Volume 5 of ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' Emp (kidnapped along with a bunch of the Superhomies' celebrity doubles) [[BoundAndGagged wriggles out of her restraints]], dons her [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman super suit]] (which she'd wrapped around her waist) and tells off the double who insulted her earlier. Then for once, just once, she actually ''smiles'' in anticipation because the mooks have no idea what's coming.
* The tract Stinky from ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'' has a mild example: The [[PunchClockVillain title demon]] after failing his task, is seen happily slacking and relaxing at the end while his master is being punished by his boss, {{Satan}}. What makes this special is that all previous tracts ended with all the bad guys, without exception, being thrown to Hell or punished for their failure.
* Because of {{Spider-Man}}'s status as one the first {{Chew Toy}}s of the MarvelUniverse, occasionally writers will throw him a bone here and there. Such as Creator/StanLee giving him a motorcycle, introducing him to Mary Jane, and generally making his life better after Stan's fellow plotter Creator/SteveDitko quit Marvel.
** One of the biggest changes is in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' where in J.Jonah Jameson stops hating Spidey and becomes pro Spider-Man! Plus he knows that he's Peter Parker and vows to never reveal his identity to anyone!
* After watching over and over again as Kid-Loki tries to remember [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor his brother]]--and after that have the memories but no one else does, and watch everyone call Tanarus his brother to his face while Loki's clearly getting angrier and more distraught, Loki manages to recover Mjolnir and gain his first ally in the search for his brother. Who is this ally? '''[[spoiler: The ComicBook/SilverSurfer.]]'''
* A very unintended side effect from the ScrewedByTheLawyers-mandated CosmicRetcon of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' as Sonic comes back from his [[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide adventure with Mega Man]] to find out Mobius has changed for the better - all the damage done by years of war against Robotnik and Eggman have been undone, the injuries and sadnesses and heartache that came from these adventures never occured. It hits home initially when he finds out that King Max Acorn isn't a massive jerk like he was in the old universe and the bones just keep being tossed at him.
* At the end of ''Comicbook/TheSuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'', after being the butt of all sorts of jokes as well as the recipient of all sorts of crap, Shocker ends up [[spoiler:defeating the Punisher in a single blow and is installed by Silvermane as the new boss of the Maggia]]. Similarly, Speed Demon ends up successfully suing Iron Fist for an injured ankle and also ends up wealthy.
* In ''ComicBook/BoosterGold'' #1,000,000 (a tie-in with ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion''), a series of events that make Booster an epic-level ButtMonkey has him quit Rip Hunter's team and halfway to retiring from heroics entirely when he gets a call from Batman. Bruce shows Booster photographs from [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke the night Joker paralyzed Barbara Gordon]], revealing that he knows Booster tried to save her ([[YouCantFightFate but sadly failed]]), and admits that he was wrong to think Booster was just a greedy idiot. He tells Booster "[[ObfuscatingStupidity Let the world think you're crazy]] if that's what it takes to be the best you can be" and adds that if he ever needs someone to just talk to, he'll be there. Then when Booster goes back to Rip to rejoin, he finds his sister Michelle alive and well, thanks to Rip bending the rules of time travel to save her. As they leave to eat lunch, Rip smiles and says "Keep it up, Dad" quietly, and the ending narration notes that despite the fact that Booster Gold is considered the BlackSheep of the Carter family, every photograph of him shows him smiling happily.
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