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"Whoever invented Mondays should be drug out into the street and shot."
Garfield, Garfield and Friends

Characters can sometimes hate a certain day of the week, due to bad luck and misfortune that seem to only happen to them on that day. When they start hating it, they often start dreading the coming day on the day before.

As suggested by the trope name, Monday is one of, if not the most hated-on days, perhaps because it's the day that many people go back to work/school after the weekend.


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  • Deconstructed by street artist Banksy here.

    Comic Books 
  • In G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (Marvel), Snake Eyes hates Tuesdays.
    Snake Eyes: I still wake up in a cold sweat on Tuesday mornings. Tuesdays was "debriding day" at the Army hospital burn unit where I recovered.

    Comic Strips 
  • Garfield hates Mondays, and it's little wonder since nothing ever seems to go right for him on that day.
  • In Mutts, there's a strip where Sourpuss says he hates Mondays. Then it rains, leading him to say that Mondays hate him, too. Also a Running Gag.
  • In The Far Side, when investigating the murder of a butler at the Butlers of the World convention, the detective in charge of the investigation groans: "I hate to start a Monday with a case like this."
  • Calvin and Hobbes: While Calvin never directly complains about Mondays per se, he does say that he can never enjoy Sundays because in the back of his mind, he knows he'd have to go to school the next day. "It's like trying to enjoy your last meal before execution."

    Fan Works 
  • In Oh God Not Again!, when Neville faces the boggart, it takes on the form of alternate-Harry as Minister of Magic.
    Boggart Harry: You know, Monday is probably the most depressing day ever, let's cancel it. And what's this nonsense about not being able to own a dragon in Britain? ...

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Office Space the main character is told "somebody's got a bad case of the Mondays" by a coworker when he's kind of grumpy. He asks if anyone's said that, to his next-door neighbor (who works as a construction worker) who tells him "you'd get your ass kicked for something like that."
  • In Polish comedy classic Nie lubię poniedziałku (I don't like Monday) the whole plot is about random citizens of Warsaw suffering unpleasantries and hilarious twists of fate on Monday, blaming that day for being unlucky. Titular words are used a lot, along with "Never start anything on Monday".
  • The Film What Happened to Monday does this literally. The titular woman named Monday pulled a Heel–Face Turn and sold her sisters out to the authorities.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the eponymous character knows that if Dawn is in trouble it must be Tuesday again. Which is a bit of Leaning on the Fourth Wall, since, at that time, Buffy aired on Tuesday.
  • The secretaries Kathy and Cathy from The Kids in the Hall discuss this in one episode. Tanya the temp also hates them.
    Kathy: TBIM, huh?
    Cathy: "TBIM?"
    Kathy: "Too Bad It's Monday."
  • One of the speeches on Doctor Who that the Eleventh Doctor names several days as not very interesting. It also reveals he really like Saturdays, perhaps because a certain British sci-fi show airs on that day?
    The Doctor: Time isn't a straight line. It's all... bumpy-wumpy. There's loads of boring stuff. Like Sundays and Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons. But now and then there are Saturdays. Big temporal tipping points when anything's possible.
  • Inverted in jPod, where a character talks on how Thursdays are the best day of the week.
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide had an entire episode revolving around Ned trying to find a way to beat the Monday blues, only for all of his attempts to fail. Eventually he turns to Coconut Head and Lisa Zemo, who are always very chipper on Mondays, for help and they give him some ideas that work.
  • On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Captain Sisko starts to hate Fridays because that's when they post the weekly casualty lists from the Dominion War.

  • The Mamas & the Papas, "Monday Monday:"
    Every other day, (every other day)
    Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
    But whenever Monday comes (But whenever Monday comes)
    You can find me crying all of the time
  • The opening lines of "Friday on My Mind" by The Easybeats:
    Monday morning feels so bad
    Everybody seems to nag me.
  • "Manic Monday" by The Bangles
  • As mentioned in the Real Life section, "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats.
  • Carpenters, "Rainy Days and Mondays"
  • Devo Spice has a song called "I Hate Mondays."
  • "It Sure Is Monday" by Mark Chesnutt. The narrator partied hard all weekend, but now it's Monday and he's paying a high price for it.
  • "Except for Monday" by Lorrie Morgan:
    Didn't take too long 'til I got it together
    And everyday I thank my lucky stars you set me free
    Except for Monday, which was never good anyway
    Tuesday, I get a little sideways
    Wednesday, I feel better just for spite
    Thursday and Friday take too long
    Before I know it, Saturday's gone
    But it's Sunday now and you can bet that I'm all right


  • Recurs in Stone's Private Eye Monologue in City of Angels:
    "Monday. What other day works so hard at reminding you not to get your hopes up 'cause it's gonna be coming around again real soon?"
    "If there really is someplace called Hell, the calendar's nothing but Mondays."

    Video Games 
  • The Garfield example is referenced in Kingdom of Loathing, where the "Potion of the Field Gar" gives you bonus adventures for eating lasagna — except on Mondays.
  • In Portal 2, there's an office where you can pick up a couple of coffee mugs. One mug has "I hate Mondays" on it.
  • Francis in Left 4 Dead hates Mondays, among other things, but he will tolerate the day if it's Lasagna Mondays.
  • In a twist of Holiday Mode, creating a new character on a Monday in Ancient Domains of Mystery results in them "feeling exhausted" and starting with less than their max HP. In rare circumstances this can even outright kill them.
  • In Killer Instinct 2013, Cinder's arcade mode has a segment where he activates a group of Fulgores as "target practice"...only for his intense heat to cause them to short out and butcher Ultratech employees en masse. His response is simply "Mondays, right?" If his backstory is any indication, blaming Mondays is his thing. Even when it's Tuesday.

    Web Comics 
  • Channel Ate believes a sound beating is better than Mondays.
  • In Kurami, Zane the cat hates occasionally seen expressing his dislike of Mondays as a reference to Garfield.
  • Tiger the dog in Housepets! is a Garfield parody who, for no explained reason, hates Thursdays.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: In "The Joy" Gumball and Darwin wake up in a bad mood because it's Monday. In an inversion, Miss Simian loves Monday because it's when kids are the most miserable.
  • Futurama:
    • Leela's former boss returns a poster to her (a monkey captioned with "I hate Mondays").
      Leela's Old Boss: I also kept your poster showing your dislike of Mondays!
      Leela: Monday Monkey lives for the weekend, sir.
    • When Fry accidentally gets her career chip, said former boss asks if he hates Mondays. He says no, and the boss replies that he'll have to redecorate his entire office.
  • Garfield and Friends: In "Monday Misery", Garfield's hatred of Mondays gets to the point where he mails himself to Samoa in an attempt to avoid Monday. Unfortunately, thanks to crossing the International Date Line, Garfield arrives in Samoa to find it's still Monday. This also gives an explanation on why he hates Mondays even though he doesn't go to work. It shows bad things happening to him for no reason other than that it's Monday.
  • Rick and Morty: Of course included into their Affectionate Parody of Garfield.
    Gazorpazorpfield: (yawns in bed) I hate Mumunmununsdays. And I really could go for some enchiladas.

    Real Life 
  • As reported on NPR, "In 1979, Brenda Spencer opened fire with a rifle at the Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, Calif., killing two adults and injuring nine children. She later explained her actions with the statement, 'I don't like Mondays.'" This was the subject of a song by the Boomtown Rats, "I Don't Like Mondays".


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