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Humiliation Congas in theatre.

  • In Arcadia, Bernard discovers that Byron didn't kill Chater just before his new book is about to hit the shelves, but after he's touted it ("I was on The Breakfast Hour!"), is blackmailed into admitting his mistake in an open letter in the newspaper, is forced to have his picture taken for the newspaper for a separate event (though it will probably appear in the same edition), and is finally caught in flagrante delicto in the hermitage with Chloe.
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  • The Book of Mormon: Elder Price has had blood sprayed in his face from a guy being shot in the head, the Spooky Mormon Hell Dream reprimanding him for abandoning his companion and that one lie he told when he was younger, and had his innocence and his belief literally shoved up the ass.
  • Cyrano de Bergerac has various examples:
    • Viscount De Valvert goes through one in at Act I Scene IV, being defeated by Cyrano in a Volleying Insults competition and then in a Sword Fight.
    • De Guiche is subjected to another from Act I through Act IV by Cyrano, Roxane, Captain Carbon and all of the Gascon Cadets.
    • Poor Raguenau is cuckolded, abandoned by his wife Lisa and ruined by his own Fan Dumb between Act II and Act III, so much that he intends an Interrupted Suicide.
    • Acts II through V are this for Cyrano. In Act II, his hope of being loved by Roxanne is shattered. In Act III, he wins for Christian Roxanne's kiss. In Act IV, he's forced to sacrifice his happiness to honor Christian's death. And in Act V, he's denied the heroic death he always desired and discovers that Moliere stole a scene from him.
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  • Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice: his daughter elopes with someone he loathes; he lost his case, losing even his rightful loan; and the court threatens to confiscate his property, forcing him to denounce Judaism and take up Christianity.
  • Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor gets nearly drowned, beaten up, and generally humiliated all through the play.
  • Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier: first, the cute little chambermaid not only turns out to be a man in disguise, but a man who the Baron hates, and who he knows is the rival for his fiancee. Then his would-be father-in-law announces that the engagement is off: the Baron loses a beautiful young wife and the sizable dowry she would have brought. His reputation takes a hit: his unsavory character will be known to all and sundry, if the two scandalmongers involved in this plot have anything to say about it. His relative the Marschallin dismisses him coldly, perhaps making it impossible for him to ever enter Viennese society again. And to add insult to injury, he ends up having to cover the bill for the whole experience.
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  • Malvolio, in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, gets what's coming to him simply for (a) being overly prudent with his Lady's accounts and running of the manor and (b) for falling so gullibly for Maria's mocking ruse. He is a wonderfully complex example of someone enduring the humiliation conga at the end of the play (with first imprisonment and then a group shaming) because the audience may take either side. We can either satisfy ourselves with having a prig like Malvolio shamed or, for his innocence in the affair and being played for a dupe, we can identify with him where he becomes an object of our pity.

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