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* ''Literature/TheCityOfNever'': Joe Candy is a seemingly unhinged thief who eventually resorts to murdering an innocent woman and tries to kill Daniel's children. He's later consumed by the Emperor of Ashen Rain, and isn't missed by anyone.


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** ''Literature/TailsOfFame'': Rast Racklyn's first two victims are a pair of pranksters who filmed him having sex with them and later humiliated him by leaking the video online and showing the video across their college campus. No one's remotely concerned about their disappearance even a month after they're murdered.
** ''Literature/TailsOfTheBountyHunter'': Boris Trovmar was involved in various embezzlement schemes and even sexually harassed multiple women. No one's even slightly upset when Milz Dillvor assassinates him.
** ''Literature/TailsOfTheSpaceGladiators'': In chapter 3, a dozen inmates are in the process of being transferred into the Gladiator Detention Facility, and one of them openly brags that he's a serial killer who murdered fifteen humans and consumed their brains. One of the guards wastes no time activating his ExplosiveLeash immediately afterwards.
* ''Literature/{{TOT}}'': Toby and his gang are all shot in the head by Maximus Slade, but all three of them were vandals and shameless bullies. Sheriff Umberton and Tully are also violently killed in the penultimate chapter, but given that they intentionally ignored phone calls from the Green Water division and later tried to cover up the massacre there, they deserved it.


* Discussed for laughs in an OutsideXbox LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/Hitman2016''. At one point, Mike kills a security guard and is penalised, since the game deducts points when you kill anyone but the assigned target(s). Mike lamely protests this:

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* Discussed for laughs in an OutsideXbox ''WebVideo/OutsideXbox'' LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/Hitman2016''. At one point, Mike kills a security guard and is penalised, since the game deducts points when you kill anyone but the assigned target(s). Mike lamely protests this:


Normally when something bad happens to an individual you feel some degree of pity for them. But then when that person is a {{Jerkass}}, when horrible things happen to them it is less sympathy and more satisfaction. They may not be directly responsible for THIS particular misfortune, as that would be LaserGuidedKarma, but their behavior means something like this was going to happen eventually. This can range from the victim merely being a dick to being a far worse criminal than the person he or she is a victim to.

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Normally when something bad happens to an individual you feel some degree of pity for them. But then when that person is a {{Jerkass}}, when horrible things happen to them it is it's less sympathy and more satisfaction. They may not be directly responsible for THIS particular misfortune, as that would be LaserGuidedKarma, but their behavior means something like this was going to happen eventually. This can range from the victim merely being a dick to being a far worse criminal than the person he or she is a victim to.


* Myth/NorseMythology is often very brutal with GreyAndGrayMorality. The gods usually come off slightly better by the giants who were being massive assholes first.\\
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In one version of one story, the gods make a bet a giant to build a wall for Valhalla under a certain time limit, and put Freya, the goddess of love, up for stakes. When they realize that his very strong horse is helping him enough that he's likely to win, they... don't actually do anything. But then the giant decides that he should get the sun and the moon as winnings too, and that prompts the gods to tamper with the contest, and they slay the giant after he loses the bet. (In another version the sun and moon were part of the original deal.)

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* Myth/NorseMythology is often very brutal with GreyAndGrayMorality. The gods usually come off slightly better by the giants who were being massive assholes first.\\
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In one version of one story, the gods make a bet a giant to build a wall for Valhalla under a certain time limit, and put Freya, the goddess of love, up for stakes. When they realize that his very strong horse is helping him enough that he's likely to win, they... don't actually do anything. But then the giant decides that he should get the sun and the moon as winnings too, and that prompts the gods to tamper with the contest, and they slay the giant after he loses the bet. (In another version the sun and moon were part of the original deal.)



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* Consul Karl Baumer in ''Theatre/MarginForError'' is a Nazi of the least likable sort. When UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler is making a speech, he turns up the volume on the radio so loud that nobody hears the gunshot that kills him.
* Pirelli in ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' is a SnakeOilSalesman who passes off "piss and ink" as a hair tonic, beats Toby, and [[MuggingTheMonster tries to blackmail Sweeney]].
** Beadle Bamford snaps the neck of a bird Anthony wanted to give to Johanna, sends her to Fogg's Asylum on Judge Turpin's orders, and was responsible for the arrest and transportation of Sweeney himself back when he was Benjamin Barker. And Judge Turpin, the main target of Sweeney's vengeance, is an even bigger bastard, with his creepy lust toward both Sweeney's wife and his daughter kicking off the plot in earnest, as well as doing things like sentencing an eight-year-old boy to death by hanging while not giving a blessed damn about his actual guilt or innocence.
** And in the end, Mrs. Lovett thoroughly deserves her end for [[spoiler:locking Toby in the evil basement so that she can have Sweeney kill him, and not letting Sweeney know that his wife was still alive -- even leading him to believe that she was dead -- because she wanted Sweeney for herself]]. And after [[spoiler:every murder he's committed aside from Judge Turpin, Beadle Bamford, Pirelli and Mrs. Lovett]], Sweeney Todd himself also qualifies.
* The title character in ''Theatre/{{Agamemnon}}'' tried to sacrifice his daughter to the gods, and ends up murdered by his wife and her paramour Aegisthus.
* Aegisthus himself qualifies as an Asshole Victim in ''Theatre/TheLibationBearers''. Oh, and by the way? Aegisthus also [[PayEvilUntoEvil murdered Agamemnon's father, Atreus, for]] [[MoralEventHorizon feeding Aegisthus' half-brothers to their father]], Atreus' brother Thyestes. This family is one Asshole Victim after another.
* Played with in "The Cell Block Tango" in ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''; all the ladies but The Hunyak swear up and down that they didn't do it but if they ''did'', their victims were such bastards that they utterly deserved it. Whether they are to be believed is open to question (of course their flip-flopping makes it clear that they are obviously lying through their teeth. All The Hunyak says is that she didn't do it which makes her more believable.)
-->'''The Six Merry Mudresses:''' "[singing] He had it coming! He had it coming! He only had himself to blame! If you'd have been there, if you'd have seen it,..."
--> '''Velma:''' "...I BET YA YOU WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME!
** Fred Caisley, the man Roxie Hart killed, is a straight example. While Roxie herself is a fully unrepentant VillainProtagonist, Fred constantly lied to her about having a contact at the cabaret who would get her a spot singing, and he did all of it behind the back of his wife and children.
* In ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'', Audrey II's first ''live'' victim is the emotionally abusive father figure Mr. Mushnik, who's not much less of a jerk. Orin Scrivello is another one, for Seymour. Audrey II even [[LampshadeHanging uses the line]] "A lot of folks ''deserve'' to die" during the "Feed Me" number when talking about him.
* In ''{{Theatre/Lizzie}}'', the title character murders her father and stepmother. While her stepmother is ambiguous enough that it's hard to say whether she qualifies as this trope or not, her father ''absolutely'' does. An abusive father that's been molesting his younger daughter since her childhood? Yeah, ain't ''no one'' crying over this guy.
* In the song "I've Got A Little List" from ''Theatre/TheMikado'', Ko-ko announces that most of the people he would execute as Lord High Executioner would be people of this nature, people that won't be missed. Since the original lyrics can fall under ValuesDissonance or not make sense to modern audiences, the lyrics in modern productions tend to be changed to more topical or understandable examples.
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* Consul Karl Baumer in ''Theatre/MarginForError'' is a Nazi of the least likable sort. When UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler is making a speech, he turns up the volume on the radio so loud that nobody hears the gunshot that kills him.
* Pirelli in ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' is a SnakeOilSalesman who passes off "piss and ink" as a hair tonic, beats Toby, and [[MuggingTheMonster tries to blackmail Sweeney]].
** Beadle Bamford snaps the neck of a bird Anthony wanted to give to Johanna, sends her to Fogg's Asylum on Judge Turpin's orders, and was responsible for the arrest and transportation of Sweeney himself back when he was Benjamin Barker. And Judge Turpin, the main target of Sweeney's vengeance, is an even bigger bastard, with his creepy lust toward both Sweeney's wife and his daughter kicking off the plot in earnest, as well as doing things like sentencing an eight-year-old boy to death by hanging while not giving a blessed damn about his actual guilt or innocence.
** And in the end, Mrs. Lovett thoroughly deserves her end for [[spoiler:locking Toby in the evil basement so that she can have Sweeney kill him, and not letting Sweeney know that his wife was still alive -- even leading him to believe that she was dead -- because she wanted Sweeney for herself]]. And after [[spoiler:every murder he's committed aside from Judge Turpin, Beadle Bamford, Pirelli and Mrs. Lovett]], Sweeney Todd himself also qualifies.
* The title character in ''Theatre/{{Agamemnon}}'' tried to sacrifice his daughter to the gods, and ends up murdered by his wife and her paramour Aegisthus.
* Aegisthus himself qualifies as an Asshole Victim in ''Theatre/TheLibationBearers''. Oh, and by the way? Aegisthus also [[PayEvilUntoEvil murdered Agamemnon's father, Atreus, for]] [[MoralEventHorizon feeding Aegisthus' half-brothers to their father]], Atreus' brother Thyestes. This family is one Asshole Victim after another.
* Played with in "The Cell Block Tango" in ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''; all the ladies but The Hunyak swear up and down that they didn't do it but if they ''did'', their victims were such bastards that they utterly deserved it. Whether they are to be believed is open to question (of course their flip-flopping makes it clear that they are obviously lying through their teeth. All The Hunyak says is that she didn't do it which makes her more believable.)
-->'''The Six Merry Mudresses:''' "[singing] He had it coming! He had it coming! He only had himself to blame! If you'd have been there, if you'd have seen it,..."
--> '''Velma:''' "...I BET YA YOU WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME!
** Fred Caisley, the man Roxie Hart killed, is a straight example. While Roxie herself is a fully unrepentant VillainProtagonist, Fred constantly lied to her about having a contact at the cabaret who would get her a spot singing, and he did all of it behind the back of his wife and children.
* In ''Theatre/{{Heathers}}'', JD (and less directly, Veronica) kills Heather Chandler, Kurt, and Ram, but not until after the three spent years bullying and abusing their fellow students without an sign of remorse.
* In ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'', Audrey II's first ''live'' victim is the emotionally abusive father figure Mr. Mushnik, who's not much less of a jerk. Orin Scrivello is another one, for Seymour. Audrey II even [[LampshadeHanging uses the line]] "A lot of folks ''deserve'' to die" during the "Feed Me" number when talking about him.
* In ''{{Theatre/Lizzie}}'', the title character murders her father and stepmother. While her stepmother is ambiguous enough that it's hard to say whether she qualifies as this trope or not, her father ''absolutely'' does. An abusive father that's been molesting his younger daughter since her childhood? Yeah, ain't ''no one'' crying over this guy.
* In the song "I've Got A Little List" from ''Theatre/TheMikado'', Ko-ko announces that most of the people he would execute as Lord High Executioner would be people of this nature, people that won't be missed. Since the original lyrics can fall under ValuesDissonance or not make sense to modern audiences, the lyrics in modern productions tend to be changed to more topical or understandable examples.
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->''And it turns out he was a missing person\\

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->''And the weeks turned by and spring turned to summer\\
And summer faded into fall\\
And
it turns out he was a missing person\\


Further, there are structural reasons for engaging in this trope: Given that, in many of these situations, the story requires either a VictimOfTheWeek or an early death to make clear the stakes, putting an asshole of some variety in the corpse-shaped hole in your plot brings up less of the "Tonight, someone will be killed for your entertainment" FridgeLogic. Also, establishing that the victim was widely despised makes for a more challenging mystery because of the sheer number of suspects with motives, and obtaining a conviction harder, as the jury might sympathize with the killer. Indeed, murder mysteries with Asshole Victims are common enough to have their own trope: WhoMurderedTheAsshole.

Compare PayEvilUntoEvil, where otherwise evil actions are portrayed as OK as long as the victims deserve it. Conversely, someone may protest IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim. KickTheSonOfABitch is when the bad guy is genuinely malicious and without a sympathetic motivation in the slightest, but their victim just happened to be an asshole. The de facto target of the VigilanteMan, and by definition the target of the SerialKillerKiller, the WifeBasherBasher, the KarmicThief, and those on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. May be combined with MuggingTheMonster when the the victim of this trope does not realize that the person he or she is trying to bully is more than capable of defending himself/herself.

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Further, there are structural reasons for engaging in this trope: Given that, in many of these situations, the story requires either a VictimOfTheWeek or an early death to make clear the stakes, putting an asshole of some variety in the corpse-shaped hole in your plot brings up less of the "Tonight, someone will be killed for your entertainment" FridgeLogic. Also, establishing that the victim was widely despised makes for a more challenging FridgeLogic.

See WhoMurderedTheAsshole when an entire murder
mystery because of revolves around the sheer number investigation of suspects with motives, and obtaining a conviction harder, as the jury might sympathize with the killer. Indeed, murder mysteries with who killed an Asshole Victims are common enough to have their own trope: WhoMurderedTheAsshole.

Victim. Compare PayEvilUntoEvil, where otherwise evil actions are portrayed as OK as long as the victims deserve it. Conversely, someone may protest IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim. KickTheSonOfABitch is when the bad guy is genuinely malicious and without a sympathetic motivation in the slightest, but their victim just happened to be an asshole. The de facto target of the VigilanteMan, and by definition the target of the SerialKillerKiller, the WifeBasherBasher, the KarmicThief, and those on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. May be combined with MuggingTheMonster when the the victim of this trope does not realize that the person he or she is trying to bully is more than capable of defending himself/herself.

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* In the song "I've Got A Little List" from ''Theatre/TheMikado'', Ko-ko announces that most of the people he would execute as Lord High Executioner would be people of this nature, people that won't be missed. Since the original lyrics can fall under ValuesDissonance or not make sense to modern audiences, the lyrics in modern productions tend to be changed to more topical or understandable examples.


->''"And it turns out he was a missing person that nobody missed at all."''

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->''"And ->''And it turns out he was a missing person that person\\
Who
nobody missed at all."''all''

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**Fred Caisley, the man Roxie Hart killed, is a straight example. While Roxie herself is a fully unrepentant VillainProtagonist, Fred constantly lied to her about having a contact at the cabaret who would get her a spot singing, and he did all of it behind the back of his wife and children.


Compare PayEvilUntoEvil, where otherwise evil actions are portrayed as OK as long as the victims deserve it. Conversely, someone may protest IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim. KickTheSonOfABitch is when the bad guy is genuinely malicious and without a sympathetic motivation in the slightest, but their victim just happened to be an asshole. The de facto target of the VigilanteMan, and by definition the target of the SerialKillerKiller, the WifeBasherBasher, the KarmicThief, and those on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

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Compare PayEvilUntoEvil, where otherwise evil actions are portrayed as OK as long as the victims deserve it. Conversely, someone may protest IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim. KickTheSonOfABitch is when the bad guy is genuinely malicious and without a sympathetic motivation in the slightest, but their victim just happened to be an asshole. The de facto target of the VigilanteMan, and by definition the target of the SerialKillerKiller, the WifeBasherBasher, the KarmicThief, and those on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
RoaringRampageOfRevenge. May be combined with MuggingTheMonster when the the victim of this trope does not realize that the person he or she is trying to bully is more than capable of defending himself/herself.


Compare PayEvilUntoEvil, where otherwise evil actions are portrayed as OK as long as the victims deserve it. Conversely, someone may protest IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim. KickTheSonOfABitch is when the bad guy is genuinely malicious, but their victim just happened to be an asshole. The de facto target of the VigilanteMan, and by definition the target of the SerialKillerKiller, the WifeBasherBasher, the KarmicThief, and those on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

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Compare PayEvilUntoEvil, where otherwise evil actions are portrayed as OK as long as the victims deserve it. Conversely, someone may protest IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim. KickTheSonOfABitch is when the bad guy is genuinely malicious, malicious and without a sympathetic motivation in the slightest, but their victim just happened to be an asshole. The de facto target of the VigilanteMan, and by definition the target of the SerialKillerKiller, the WifeBasherBasher, the KarmicThief, and those on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.


Normally when something bad happens to an individual you feel some degree of pity for them. But then when that person is a {{Jerkass}}, when horrible things happen to them it is less sympathy and more satisfaction. They are not directly responsible for THIS particular misfortune, as that would be LaserGuidedKarma, but their behavior means something like this was going to happen eventually. This can range from the victim merely being a dick to being a far worse criminal than the person he or she is a victim to.

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Normally when something bad happens to an individual you feel some degree of pity for them. But then when that person is a {{Jerkass}}, when horrible things happen to them it is less sympathy and more satisfaction. They are may not be directly responsible for THIS particular misfortune, as that would be LaserGuidedKarma, but their behavior means something like this was going to happen eventually. This can range from the victim merely being a dick to being a far worse criminal than the person he or she is a victim to.

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* In ''{{Theatre/Lizzie}}'', the title character murders her father and stepmother. While her stepmother is ambiguous enough that it's hard to say whether she qualifies as this trope or not, her father ''absolutely'' does. An abusive father that's been molesting his younger daughter since her childhood? Yeah, ain't ''no one'' crying over this guy.


While the RealLife violent deaths of certain dictators and certain kinds of criminals might qualify for this trope, which ones qualified and which ones didn't would be endlessly debated, depending on your perspective, so we kindly ask that you [[NoRealLifeExamplesPlease refrain from adding any real life examples]].

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While the RealLife violent deaths of certain dictators and certain kinds of criminals might qualify for this trope, which ones qualified and which ones didn't would be endlessly debated, depending on your perspective, so we kindly ask that you [[NoRealLifeExamplesPlease [[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease refrain from adding any real life examples]].


** Beadle Bamford snaps the neck of a bird Anthony wanted to give to Johanna, sends her to Fogg's Asylum on Judge Turpin's orders, and was responsible for the arrest and transportation of Sweeney himself back when he was Benjamin Barker. And Judge Turpin, the main target of Sweeney's vengeance, is an even bigger bastard, his creepy lust toward both Sweeney's wife and his daughter kicking off the plot in earnest, and doing things like sentencing an eight-year-old boy to death by hanging while not giving a blessed damn about his actual guilt or innocence.

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** Beadle Bamford snaps the neck of a bird Anthony wanted to give to Johanna, sends her to Fogg's Asylum on Judge Turpin's orders, and was responsible for the arrest and transportation of Sweeney himself back when he was Benjamin Barker. And Judge Turpin, the main target of Sweeney's vengeance, is an even bigger bastard, with his creepy lust toward both Sweeney's wife and his daughter kicking off the plot in earnest, and as well as doing things like sentencing an eight-year-old boy to death by hanging while not giving a blessed damn about his actual guilt or innocence.

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