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  • In this Edmund Finney's Quest to Find the Meaning of Life strip, a cannibal uses this trope to identify with vegetarians.
  • Something*Positive
    • Subverted with the completely evil Avagadro Pompey, who actually did die of natural causes. Kharisma was trying to kill him, but all her murder attempts failed. Naturally no one believes her and she's convicted of murder.
    • And then you had Avagadro's former sex slave, Pepito. Once freed from Avagadro's clutches, he proved every bit the Jerkass Avagadro was. And then he was torn apart by rabid anime fangirls.
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  • Head Trip runs on these instead of fuel. Including the only constructive criticism certain shows may deserve: "BLAM!". Or, a javelin.
  • In The Letters Of The Devil, Chuck Castor is murdered right after it is revealed that he killed an underage mistress.
  • Monster of the Week has a lot of this in episode Shapes, where a villagers are slaughtered one by one by a werewolf.
    Scully: You know, the werewolf was the only one who wasn't dick to us.
  • Drowtales:
    • Miir'kin Vel'Vlozress was by all counts was a pretty big jerk, even attempting to murder the protagonist in cold blood, but the way he goes out is still pretty gruesome.
    • Then there's Rikshakar, who gets killed by a demon in a Curb-Stomp Battle, but this was just after he'd tried to rape a little girl and force her to shapeshift into a more mature form after kidnapping her.
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    • There's also Nihi'liir Vel'Sharen, whose arm gets possessed and has to be amputated, but only because she got impatient with Faen, slapped her and quickly found out just how dangerous empaths can be. It then happens to her again and this time it proves to be fatal, as Ariel manages to sneak up on her when disguised and decapitates her from behind, which is a pretty dishonorable death but was exactly what she deserved since she grew up into even more of a sadistic bully and was in charge of a slave army created by the Conscription of commoners who otherwise wouldn't have gotten involved in the war at all.
    • Pretty much a lot of characters, too many to count. From a half-dragon that wanted to rape Ariel, human royals who bathe in elf blood for immortality to entire Drow houses and raiders who don't bat en eye at rapine, slavery and mass murder of each other, surfacers and anything else, the webcomic is a grabbag full of Asshole Victims from all races.
  • Homestuck:
    • During the 3x showdown between Vriska, Eridan, and Gamzee, Kanaya shows up and bisects Eridan with her chainsaw. Considering Eridan had gone insane, blinded Sollux, murdered Feferi, almost killed Kanaya too, and destroyed the only hope they had to revive the troll race, it's hard to feel sorry for him.
    • Later, during and after "[S] Game Over":
      • Kanaya does it again, this time slicing Gamzee in half from crotch to crown. Even by the time of the previous showdown mentioned above, Gamzee had already killed Equius and Nepeta, and he's later revealed to have been working for Lord English for quite some time. He furthermore gets Terezi into an abusive relationship with him and beats her to within an inch of her life, then kills Karkat when he tries to save her. By the time a completely enraged Kanaya cuts him down, there's no arguing that he didn't deserve it.
      • A non-fatal one: John gives an absolutely brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Caliborn, the sociopathic, misogynistic little shit who killed his sister, bullied her friends, and grows up to become the Big Bad of the whole comic, Lord English.
      • Aranea, a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who turns out to be a Knight Templar Glory Hound, kills Her Imperious Condescension's heir, Jane, as well as two other characters, manipulates the God Tier clock so they stay dead, and mortally wounds Terezi. It says a lot that, when the Condesce—who has been well-established by this point to be a cruel, ruthless, genocidal tyrant—snaps Aranea's neck and throws her into a fire to make sure she stays dead, she (the Condesce) is the more sympathetic one.
  • In Kevin & Kell, many of the prey species (and occasionally, predators) that get themselves eaten are often established as jerks, and often die as a result of their transgressions. For example, one Jerry Springer parody character tries to get Kell to eat Kevin by bringing up his online affair, but when it turns out the "affair" was actually with Kell, and he persists in trying to provoke her, she eats him.
  • Many of the clientele in Suicide for Hire fall into this category, particularly Ty Montlet and the guy from the mall.
  • Dominic Deegan has Jerk Jock Brett Taggarty and Smug Snake Serk Brakkis who met a grisly gory death at the powerful magic of Celesto Morgan. And with good reason, too: Brett was a drunken misogynist, a bully, assaulted a nurse and the titular hero's younger brother, Gregory. Serk Brakkis, on the other hand, tried to force the people living in the devastated town of Barthis to sell their property to him to make a stadium for the deceased Taggarty, owns five dummy companies and the Slaughterball team Taggarty was in, the local newspaper for smear campaigns against Gregory and Donovan, as well as plotted the murders of several people including Dominic AND Celesto. And all while playing by Screw the Rules, I Have Money!.
  • In FreakAngels, Luke is caught raping a woman he's placed under Mind Control, a firefight breaks out, and he's finally shot and killed. Repeatedly. It doesn't stick.
  • In Spacetrawler the Eebs, the oppressed Slave Race that the protagonists are trying to free, used to be one of the most dangerous and violent species in the galaxy; the only reason they didn't actively terrorize other planets was because of their extreme laziness.
  • Mr. Gonyer, the insurance agent from the LJ sample chapter of Fishbones, who won't give coverage to a family man for his wife's breast cancer treatment because it's "too experimental."
  • This comic from A Softer World.
  • Schlock Mercenary has Colonel DeHaans, a Torture Technician who really loves his work, particularly the thought of brainwashing his victims into thinking that he's a nice old man. When he tries this on someone who can bypass the memory hack a few days later, it gets him assassinated and eaten.
  • By the time Lee Smith is finally caught by agents of the temple he robbed in The Dragon Doctors, he has already established himself to be a Manipulative Bastard who is perfectly willing to commit murder to cover his tracks.
  • Heart Core: The first humans that Ame kills when she reaches New Ayers. Let' count their dooming qualities, shall we? Trying to gleefuly rob a seemingly helpless woman in a dark corridor? Check. Attempts to rape her once they got her pinned to a wall? Check. Being heavily implied to have done this to other people on more than one occasion? Check. Funny how the "helpless woman" turned out to be Ame herself, having lured them all into a trap so that she could later tear out their hearts!
  • El Goonish Shive has a comically over-the-top (and quite anonymous) villain apparently about to be eaten by an Eldritch Abomination.
  • In Daughter of the Lilies, a Drath invokes this on Professor Fike while possessing his body through a brutal Hannibal Lecture about Fike's responsibility for his son's death. However, Drath are Consummate Liars with an innate sense of their victims' deepest fears and darkest secrets, so its word on the matter is entirely unreliable.
  • Lighter Than Heir: The Zamoran farmer who Zeppelin knocks out. While he was indeed defending his farm from robbers, when he cornered three of them he was going to murder them in cold blood instead of simply holding them until the police arrive.
  • xkcd: "Barnard's Star" shows Barnard's Star boasting about how it will still be shining trillions of years after the Sun has burned out. The Alt Text reads "Ok, team. We have a little under 10,000 years before closest approach to figure out how to destroy Barnard's Star." "Why, does it pose a threat to the Solar System?" "No. It's just an asshole."
  • AGENCY has a non-fatal example in D.W. Read, a young girl kidnapped by The Nine. Back home, she was a massive brat who treated her older brother like crap for no reason, often making condescending remarks at his expense, manipulating him for her own desires, bossing him around, and on one occasion, even remorselessly destroyed his property. On top of that, she is a rude and selfish kid in general and has gotten away with doing a lot of bad things in her life, and her first action upon meeting fellow kidnapping victim Marcus McCloud is to throw a book at his head and rudely tell him it was his fault she was kidnapped. Considering all this, the residents of her hometown (save for her parents and friends) will probably be better off if she isn't rescued.


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