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Memetic Loser

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Got so bad they had to start keeping count. Still better than Yamcha, though.

Vegeta: Congratulations, you've just destroyed the equivalent of 3 Raditz.
Krillin: That's right. What now, you son of a bi—
Vegeta: Nappa here is worth 5 Raditz.
Krillin: ...what?
Vegeta: And I am worth 15 Raditz.
Krillin: (disappointed) I...oh.
Nappa: Aw, come on! Don't get so down on yourself! At least you've proven that your Raditz is still stronger than our Raditz.
Raditz: (in the afterlife) I. Hate. All of you!
Dragon Ball Z Abridged, episode 8.

Sometimes a character is shown to be competent, maybe even heroic and badass. But that's not what they're remembered most for. Instead, they become remembered for their supposed "lameness". The fandom flanderizes that one time the character made a stupid mistake or got defeated in a shameful way, to the point that as far as the fandom is concerned they're a complete weakling who cannot defeat an insect.

Maybe a parody version of the character is more well-known than the character themselves to begin with. Maybe the character is weak or unskilled at the beginning of a series, but gains more skills and goes through Character Development later after the character's initial portrayal had already burned its way into most peoples' minds. However it happened the character's "lameness" undergoes Memetic Mutation and they reach Butt-Monkey status within Fanon. Expect no one to care because it's funny. Occasionally, the character may also be depicted as The Woobie because people also feel sorry for the character, and may end up as the Fan of Underdog - it’s important to remember that a Memetic Loser can actually be very popular if their Fanon characterisation is amusing or sympathetic enough.


Contrast Memetic Badass, Watch It for the Meme (for when it's something bad enough to draw people in). Compare What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway? (which is a possible cause of this trope being in effect), What Measure Is a Non-Badass?, Butt-Monkey, The Scrappy, Tier-Induced Scrappy, and Never Live It Down.


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    Comic Books 
  • Hank Pym will forever be known as the lame guy that hit his wife that one time and has the not-so-useful power to controls ants and reduce his size, regardless of his portrayals in later comics or the fact that, when his powers are well portrayed, he's nothing short of terrifying. He started to grow out of it a bit however, thanks to his appearances in Dark Reign, his portrayal as a Badass Pacifist in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! (among other things, he went toe to toe with Frost Giants, guys who usually give Thor trouble, and impressing Sif and the Valkyries in the process), and more recently his well-received appearance as a grumpy yet badass old man and former superhero who mentors Scott Lang in the Ant-Man.
  • Aquaman often gets hit with this, mostly due to his memetic Super Friends incarnation. We even named a trope for the inane hoops one has to jump through to make Aquaman's hyper specific skill set seem useful in a team setting. Though he started to shed this due to the public being introduced to his more badass interpretations (such as his appearances in Injustice: Gods Among Us and the DC Extended Universe.
  • Bucky Barnes used to vie with Robin for the position of the proverbial lame sidekick. Then Ed Brubaker brought him back as the titular character in Captain America: Winter Soldier and gave him the fairly epic Cerebus Retcon of the cheery kid sidekick thing having just been a facade for his real job - to use training he'd had from everyone up to and including the SAS to do the dirty jobs that Captain America couldn't, and after his fall, a background in the Red Room, the organisation that trained Black Widow (something which Bucky did himself, a Teacher/Student Romance developing between them in the process). All that and a robot arm garnered him a reputation as a Living Legend who was Shrouded in Myth and capable of simultaneously going toe to toe with Wolverine and Hawkeye when he reverts.
  • X-Men:
    • Cyclops gets this in some form; while certainly a badass, and a strategist on par with Captain America, he still stands next to Wolverine. He has a rather justified reason to be moody or angsty, and his dislike for Wolverine spending time with his wife is understandable given that Wolverine is constantly hitting on her, but some fans flanderize this as him being a real whiner baby; Twisted Toyfair Thetre being notable examples. He is also considered this by his actual fans, who seem to enjoy mocking his Accidental Innuendos, lack of social skills and general dorkiness, but (for at least a few of them) these are qualities that they view as adorable; still it's not uncommon for fans to say they like him because he's a badass but bad at being one.
    • Apocalypse has been considered this in some circles due to how many times he gets beaten by weaker mutants such as Magneto, being manipulated by the Celestials and his reliance on their tech, and his relative unimportance in the grand scheme of things compared to other villains like Thanos or Ultron. In the House of M continuity, he even cowers before Black Bolt and gets vaporized by a whisper from him. Thanos, in comparison, takes a full-on scream from Black Bolt and only gets his armor destroyed and a couple gashes. It doesn't help that he's easy to beat in X-Men vs. Street Fighter.
  • Poor Killer Moth. He's been kicked around Gotham so many times that it's near impossible to remember that he was actually a pretty big threat to Batman when first introduced. He's a Memetic Loser in-universe, with his reputation going further and further downhill ever since he got effortlessly beaten up by Batgirl on her first night out. Writers tried to beef him up by having him become the genuinely scary Charaxes by making a deal with Neron, but ultimately Charaxes got retconned away and he went back to being the Butt-Monkey of Batman's Rogues Gallery. The Batman took this to its logical conclusion in terms of sheer lameness; he's not even a true independent supervillain, he's the Penguin's coffee boy.
  • While probably not as bad as Aquaman, Robin was famously considered lame for quite a while after the 60's Batman live-action series, mainly for the catchphrases, silly costume (complete with shorts), and Burt Ward not being very imposing or intimidating. It doesn't help matters that Batman & Robin is often considered one of the worst superhero movies ever made, or that Christian Bale publicly stated that he'd refuse to film anymore Batman movies if Robin were ever added to the franchise. This has started changing in recent years thanks to significantly more impressive portrayals in stuff like Teen Titans and the Batman: Arkham Series, but it's still not uncommon to find people who joke about Robin (or any sidekick) being lame.
  • Spider-Man villain Hydro-Man is infamous for constantly sabotaging his own victories. It's expounded by the fact that his power/gimmick (hydrokinesis) is insanely useful, so the only excuse he really has for constantly losing is incompetence. To give you an idea of how bad it is, the RiffTrax crew uses his name as a by-word for stupid and self-defeating villains.
  • Hawkeye. In canon, Hawkeye is the Badass Normal of the Avengers, trained by Captain America in close-quarters combat, an expert swordsman good enough to be able to pass for a ninja, and is literally the world's greatest marksman. In spite of this, thanks to his goofy sense of humour, his colourful costume, being Book Dumb, and a less-than-impressive depiction in The Avengers (which was his first real introduction to mainstream audiences), he's often regarded as a joke, dismissed as the weakest Avenger, if not weakest Superhero in general, and given serious disrespect. His portrayal in Avengers: Age of Ultron made things better for some, but he still struggles to get respect outside of his fanbase.
    • Making matters worse, the critically acclaimed Matt Fraction/David Aja run on his ongoing acted as a deconstruction of Badass Normal characters and explored a realistic take on Hawkeye's character; though he's still depicted as a competent fighter, it demonstrated how being a One-Man Army won't last long if they have enough mooks. However, fans and critics exaggerated it to the point Hawkeye appears completely incompetent, leading to accusations of Badass Decay. The following run by Jeff Lemire then made things worse by taking this interpretation and making it canon, with Clint now completely incompetent.
    • His poor reputation is even referenced in the movies themselves. In Age of Ultron, Black Widow jokes about how he actually keeps the team together because the other Avengers all have to work hard to pretend he's useful. In Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man calls him "Arrow Guy" because he doesn't know his name, and then later, this exchange occurs:
    Hawkeye: We haven't met yet. I'm Clint.
    Black Panther: I don't care.
  • It's not uncommon for people to take out-of-context Archie Comics caps and portray Archie as a stereotypical "nice guy" who expects kisses and dates in exchange for being sweet. Some comic issues have portrayed him that way, but it's not his normal characterization.
  • Though canonically one of the strongest Green Lanterns, Hal Jordan is treated as this in some circles, mostly for the anomalous number of 50s and 60s comics where a guy who's battled entire alien warfleets gets hit on the head and knocked out by a random thug. Given his frequent cases of Plot-Induced Stupidity, those same circles tend to assume he's developed brain damage.
  • While not as maligned as Aquaman or (Gi)Ant-Man, you'll find very few people outside of the fanbase willing to stick up for any version of Hawkman. These three share the same general problem: most people only know of them through team books, which more often than not have lineups based on Popularity Powernote  instead of any real synergy. As a result, you'd often have at least two characters with overlapping powers/fighting styles, and whichever one had the bigger fanbase would often reduce the other guy to a Poor Man's Substitutenote . As the Western Animation section below notes: why give Hawkman any respect when Superman has all your Flying Brick needs and then some?
  • M.O.D.O.K. would be a fearsome villain - his name is an acronym for "Mental Organism Designed Only For Killing", and he more than lives up to it with his love of murder, torture and horrific human experimentation, with his sadism the only thing that matches his Super Intelligence... except that his design consists of a gigantic and hideously ugly head with tiny little limbs sticking out of it. Because of how stupid this appearance is to modern readers, he's become an absolute joke, with even the creators of post-90s non-comics depictions tending to play up his goofiness. The comics have begun to acknowledge that, but sometimes like to unsettle readers by reminding them that, yes, he looks silly, but he's a deadly serious monster. Just ask The Unbelievable Gwenpool, who got a firsthand demonstration that looking ridiculous doesn't make M.O.D.O.K any less a sadistic and ruthless killer.

    Film — Animation 
  • The canon version of Elsa from Frozen is not this, however most modern AUs usually turn her into this. Elsa is depressed and anxious in canon but this gets exaggerated into her being a socially inept NEET. Part of this is due to fans having difficulties transferring her character into a modern, non-magical world. They end up making her a shut-in because she suffers from depression and social anxiety, instead of having her depression come from hating her powers (though Word of God is that she does have an anxiety disorder). Another reason for this is because of the popularity of the fanfic /r9k/Elsa Is Suffering.
  • The Storm King from My Little Pony: The Movie (2017). Seeing that this is a movie, you expect him to personally provide an epic showdown... only for him to not only go down in one hit from the Mane 6, but also get himself petrified and shattered shortly afterwards. He's also been compared to Mettaton Neo here. However, like King Sombra below, he plays with this trope, as he was able to conquer many lands before moving on to Equestria, even forcing an entire kingdom to hide because he was too powerfull. It’s just that all this was done off-screen. But on-screen, he was at least able to get a Near-Villain Victory by robbing the four Equestian princesses of their magic to power the Staff of Sacanas, and conjuring a massive tornado to ravage Canterlot. And even after getting momentarily knocked down and seperated from the staff, he was doubly determined to get it back, before his ultimate demise.
  • The title character of Bambi is frequently the poster child for Tastes Like Diabetes, and often exemplified whenever mocking Disney's cutesy, cloying image. This is despite the fact that only half the film has Bambi as a naive Momma's Boy fawn getting into cutesy antics (and losing his mother), with the latter half taking on a much darker tone and focusing on Bambi growing into a formidable stag. Counting the much later midquel, even the fawn-era Bambi had his badass moments.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Star Wars:
    • The Stormtroopers are so memetically bad at hitting targets that they're the Trope Namer for Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy.
    • The B1 Battle Droids from the prequel trilogy are even worse shots than the Stormtroopers and less respected in the fandom. Their loser status becomes canon after The Phantom Menace, hitting its pinnacle in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
    • General Grievous is this due to going from feared, four-armed Jedi-killer in Star Wars: Clone Wars into an all flash no substance coward in Revenge of the Sith. The Clone Wars tries to reconcile both reputations in that he actually does kill a few Jedi, but always runs away from fights when he knows he can't win.
    • A New Hope: Greedo became this after George Lucas edited his scene so that he shoots but misses Han Solo at point-blank range. Even LEGO got in on the fun with a Funny Background Event in Revenge of the Brick wherein Greedo repeatedly fails to hit a dartboard positioned only a few inches away from him.
    • TIE fighters actually pull their weight in most engagements in the films, inflicting heavy casualties on the X-wings at Yavin. However, the videogames used them as Mooks for the sake of balance, and they usually can't take more than one or two direct hits. Cue every EU work portraying them as flying death traps Made of Explodium.
    • The Empire Strikes Back: Admiral Ozzel is best remembered for a poor strategic decision that costs the Imperials a decisive victory, resulting in Darth Vader's "You have failed me for the last time" line and being executed by Vader via Force-choke.
    • The Force Awakens:
      • The film continues the trend with Kylo Ren. While he's an obvious stand-in for his idol and grandfather Darth Vader, he behaves more like a cross between Vader in the original trilogy and Anakin in the prequels, making him a bit of a Wangsty Psychopathic Manchild and a subject of mockery for some people (in fact, he has a popular parody Twitter account called Emo Kylo Ren. Not helping matters is the fact that he's a fairly inexperienced Force user, being defeated by two untrained lightsaber wielders (one of which is likely not even Force sensitive) during the movie's climax. It almost seems like an intentional example.
      • Captain Phasma from the same movie also gets this. Pre-release materials set her up to be a mysterious chrome badass, but in the movie she ended up doing nothing but ordering stormtroopers around before she was easily captured by rebels and thrown down a garbage chute. She ended up being completely upstaged in popularity by Nines, a random stormtrooper who yelled "Traitor!" and beat the shit out of a lightsaber-wielding Finn with nothing but a stun baton. The Last Jedi didn't help her cred much since, after coming back with a vengeance, she got defeated in an anti climactic fight against both Finn and Rose (by using the oldest trick in the book, nonetheless) and seemingly falls to her death.
    • Rogue One: Director Krennic. His character arc in the movie can be very accurately summed up as "Krennic gets yelled at by his superiors for two hours" or "Krennic has a very bad day". Even in-universe Darth Vader clearly sees him as an incompetent loser, an opinion rather well supported by Krennic showing up at Vader's home on Mustafar in the middle of the morning to bitch about a coworker (Tarkin).
    • The Last Jedi: The MG-100 Star Fortress SF-17 bomber, whose only screentime in the movie has a wing of them getting blown up in the process of destroying a First Order Star Dreadnought; in particular, a single TIE Fighter crashing into one Star Fortress leads to a chain reaction that sends several of them up in flames. As a result, they're seen as worse flying coffins than TIE Fighters.
  • Cool Cat Saves the Kids: Cool Cat is probably supposed to be a kid, but the fact that he's played by an adult ends up making him look like a complete wimp/idiot who can't even defend himself from a six-year old.
  • Blade Runner: Rick Deckard is said to be the best of the best when it comes to hunting down replicants. He's actually called out of retirement to handle the four (or five or six) replicants in this movie. However, Deckard is mostly a punching bag for the replicants, and in one case it is Rachael who saves Deckard's life by shooting Leon. Deckard also shoots Zhora in the back while she is running away, and shoots Priss while she's attempting a useless somersault attack. And of course Deckard fails to kill his final target, Roy Batty, who in turn ends up showing him mercy and saving his life. All in all, Deckard doesn't look like an ace when he does his job.
  • Suicide Squad: Jared Leto's Joker, for a variety of reasons ranging from his actor's creepy on-set behavior (send co-stars used condoms and dead animals and becoming an extreme annoyance to co-star Will Smith) to a character design that some have mocked as ridiculous, to Leto's pretentious hyping up of the character, to his extremely limited screentime to his laugh being unsatisfactory. The character has been subject to wide derision in contrast to the character's iconic and much-beloved portrayals in The Dark Knight, Batman (1989), Batman: The Animated Series and even Jerome Valeska in Gotham. Some people have even said that the Cesar Romero version was more intimidating. He has spawned a series of memes across the Internet dedicated to mocking him as well as more specific sub-memes on 4chan, with the most popular being "times you acted like the Joker" threads.

  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Gerold "Darkstar" Dayne is regarded this way by a good portion of the fanbase. This stems partially from his rather cheesy name, appearance and persona, with lines like "I am of the night" seen as trying too hard to invoke Evil Is Cool, crossed with the fact that for all his boasting and buildup as a badass the only thing of note he does is try to kill Myrcella Baratheon (an unarmed and harmless little girl) a task which he fails at. This has led to his nickname "Dorkstar" and general perception as a whiny, pretentious Emo Teen and incompetent poseur with an over-inflated opinion of himself.
  • Harry Potter: The entire Hufflepuff House has a reputation for being the "loser" house at Hogwarts due to them being almost completely irrelevant to the plots and often being Flat Characters (especially in the films). Cedric Diggory is the only prominent member of said house in the series, and his biggest contribution to the plot was that he was killed off by Lord Voldemort. Dialogue from the books seem to indicate that they are memetic losers in-universe as well.
  • Warrior Cats fans will never let Longtail live down getting beat up by a kittypet in the first book. To make it worse, Rusty couldn't have been much older than a kit, so it's basically like getting beat up by an inexperienced ten year old.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Xander Harris from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The man shall always be 'The Zeppo' of the Scooby Gang, one of the guys who Whedon goes above and beyond the call of duty of putting through the wringer. His achievements (for the most part) are talking his way to victory (ex. bluffing a Mad Bomber zombie into running away on "The Zeppo", getting the rocket launcher to destroy The Judge, confronting DarkSide!Willow when she decides to wipe out the planet) rather than beat the hell out of the bad guy doesn't help. If anything, fanfic attempts to give him a level in badass tend to go the other way.
  • Ray Palmer/ The Atom from Legends of Tomorrow. This guy is supposedly The Smart Guy of Rip Hunter's makeshift Justice League; however, he also has the status of being a Butt-Monkey and a fine example of how Good Is Dumb as he makes mistake after mistake while trying to become a legendary hero.
  • The Rival from The Flash (2014), a minor villain from the start of season 3. He's evil speedster, a gimmick usually reserved for major villains, but is also a generic and totally weak bad guy with no discernible motivation; his only real role is to introduce the actual main villains of the season, Dr. Alchemy and Savitar. This has caused the fandom to jokingly treat him as a pathetic red-headed stepchild type character who's constantly being ignored by all the other, cooler speedsters.
    • HR is a heroic one, due to being a Non-Action Guy and Butt-Monkey who eventually turns out to have lied about being a scientist. Fans like to joke that he's either the biggest loser in the multiverse or the best actor in it. Possibly the latter, because he was shown to have deep-rooted anxiety and inferiority issues, and his Heroic Sacrifice became the only way to stop Savitar, saving Iris and their future. And the only reason Savitar was convinced he was 'Iris' due to his convincing acting during distress. It has gotten to the point that HR is also considered somewhat to be a Memetic Badass who can defeat anyone by just switching places.
  • Nobody is the world's biggest loser compared to Al "Cosmic Plaything" Bundy from Married... with Children. He's treated like crap by his wife, his kids, his neighbors, his friends, the town, the country, people he randomly encounters, and even God likes making his life a living Hell. He comes up with a zany scheme every episode to make his life suck just a little less, but always fails horribly. The only reason he goes on living is because his very existence annoys his family and enemies. He might even be the new poster boy for this page if he weren't so unlucky.
  • Revolution: The way the Hatedom tells it, Charlie Matheson is the biggest loser in the entire show. This is in spite of the facts that she helped get Miles Matheson back into the game, put a sniper rifle in the hands of a rebel group, and took down a number of Monroe militia members like Lieutenant Slotnick and Sergeant Joseph Wheatley.
  • The Walking Dead: Owen, AKA the Alpha Wolf/ W Man. This man is supposedly the biggest villain in the first half of Season 6, but he ends up being the biggest failure of a villain ever. He ends up killing no named characters himself, gets his ass handed to him in every fight scene he has, and dies getting shot by an old lady. After turning into a zombie he never kills anyone then either before getting put down permanently by the same guy who beat him up in his debut appearance.
  • Hiromu of Tokumei Sentai Go Busters will forever be remembered for freezing in front of a chicken.
  • Harry Kim from Star Trek: Voyager. He spends the entire series as an Ensign, gets killed off and resurrected more than anyone else, gets kidnapped multiple times, and is the only character in the franchise to be formally reprimanded for Boldly Coming. SF Debris coined the phrase "Poor, dumb Harry" to highlight every pitiful moment he has, and there are many.
  • Barney & Friends: Barney the dinosaur, due to massive amounts of Anti-Barney Humor.
  • Survivor:
    • Francesca Hogi was the sole two-time first boot on the show. Good luck not trying to get this status from the fans after that.
    • Despite him playing a "perfect game" on his first season, J.T. Thomas has gained this status after making a bunch of idiotic moves such as giving somebody from his other tribe that he never had a chance to watch his first season nor played with the hidden immunity idol on Heroes vs. Villains, telling Brad his tribe's entire plans at Mana/Nuku Tribal Council leading into Malcolm's elimination on Game Changers, and not bring his own hidden immunity idol when he was clearly at the bottom of his own tribe within that same latter season. It has gotten to the point that a good portion of the fandom credits Stephen for J.T.'s strong Tocantins performance over J.T. himself.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Goliath from The Bible is only remembered as that abnormally large and heavily armored soldier who was easily killed by David, who was roughly half his size, far less experienced, and had practically nothing save for a sling and a rock. And, y'know, literally God's help on his side, but who cares?

  • The majority of Korean Pop Music artists is a frequent victim to J-pop fans due to their heavy rivalries.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Thanks to a screw job finish, The Spider Lady became one. Originally managed by the Fabulous Moolah, Moolah would take the Spider Lady's mask after her "charge" failed to defeat Wendi Richter and "won" the belt from Richter herself, after which an incensed Richter, who had kicked out at one, unmasked Moolah. The original Spider Lady faded into obscurity and the gimmick would only be used by jobbers for the next 30 years.
  • Unfortunately for the Wildcat Chris Harris of an otherwise well remembered incarnation of America's Most Wanted with James Storm, Braden Walker is largely remembered for his much more stellar career.
  • Kevin Nash tends to mostly be remembered for the time he tore his quad on Raw while walking across the ring. He's hardly the only person to have suffered such an injury (Triple H has had multiple quad-tears and Vince McMahon managed to tear both his quads in one night), his massive unpopularity with the Smart Marks made sure he never lived it down. Now the fandom is convinced anything he does will cause his quad to tear.
  • Sin Cara, after botching one to many times during his tenure has become synonymous with the word.
  • As much as he is both loved and respected by fans, Sting falls here. Between his reputation as "The Dumbest Man In Wrestling"note and rarely, if ever, winning any feud he was in, he has been firmly categorized as this.
  • Kelly Kelly was, at worst, average in the ring, but fans often focus only on her earlier performances, exaggerated her weaknesses (such as being unable to properly run the ropes) and if you ask these fans why women's wrestling declined at the end of the 2000s, chances are that they blame her for it.
  • Ashley Massaro has it even worse than Kelly. You'd be hard-pressed to find a single Smart Mark or diva fan that is a fan of hers and doesn't blame her for kickstarting the decline in women's wrestling (she came along before Kelly, right around the same time that fan favorites Lita and Trish Stratus retired). While she was hardly the only factor, she seems to get a fair share of the blame mostly due to how hard she was pushed and how little training she had been given. Diva Dirt writers loved mocking her.
  • Becky Lynch. Not with her ring ability, but rather just her downright terrible luck with allies. Becky is infamous over the fact that the poor woman cannot keep a friend to save her life leading to her being compared to Sting with the amount of unfair backstabbing she is going through. Taken Up to Eleven when La Luchadora (the Luchador Becky disguised herself on to fight Alexa Bliss) is impersonated by an unknown person (later revealed to be Mickie James) and distracts Becky to cause her to lose against Alexa Bliss, which basically means Becky was betrayed technically by herself.
  • Rosa Mendes is universally agreed to have been the most useless Diva on WWE's roster, especially since she was employed for nine years (eleven if you count her time in developmental). She was used as a jobber, only receiving one televised win and that was via DQ. Based on this information, it isn't really "memetic" though.
  • Marty Jannetty. Despite once being half of one of the greatest tag teams of all time, along with being a former Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion, Jannetty will be forever known as being "the untalented guy who was completely overshadowed by his former partner and fell into obscurity after the team broke up." Any wrestler who ends up on the bad side of a Breakup Breakout is dubbed "The Jannetty" of the group by the fandom.
  • Mike Jones, better known as Virgil or Vincent, is probably the Butt-Monkey of professional wrestling. He was the bodyguard of both Ted DiBiase and the New World Order and provided about as much protection as a broken condom. He's also not very popular with fans, with there even being photos of him alone at wrestling conventions.
  • Brutus "the Barber" Beefcake was once a fairly over midcarder in the WWF, until he got injured parasailing. Then he went to WCW and underwent so many gimmick changes that it became impossible to take him seriously. Not helping matters is that his best friend is none other than Hulk Hogan, so it's not uncommon for people to (understandably and not without justification) accuse Beefcake of riding Hogan's coattails. Nowadays he's commonly referred to as Brutus "the Fucking Barber" Beefcake in a derisive tone, thanks in no part to Ric Flair's son-in-law Conrad Thompson coining the term on his podcasts.

  • German association football team Tasmania 1900 Berlin is always referenced whenever a team as a huge losing streak in the Bundesliga. They just played one season, were immediately relegated to never reach the highest level again and the had by far the worst season's record in Bundesliga history (out of 34 games, they won 2, drew 4 and lost 28 and only scored 15 goals).
  • Several infamous "Draft Busts" are often referenced when a recently-drafted player fails to meet expectations.
    • In the NBA, the most infamous examples are Sam Bowie (picked before MICHAEL JORDAN), Darko Milicic, and Kwame Brown
    • In the NFL, we have Ryan Leaf and JaMarcus Russell.
  • The Chicago Cubs used to be this during their 108-year World Series drought.
  • The Cleveland Browns have an absolutely abominable reputation among many United States football fans, enough that not one but two different fans made cracks about the Browns' lack of football prowess in their own obituaries. In 2017, they became only the second team in NFL history to finish a season with zero wins and sixteen losses, achieved the longest active playoff drought in the NFL, and are widely regarded as being one of the very worst, if not the worst teams in the entire league. This meme perhaps says it all.
  • The New York Mets baseball team is the butt of jokes and is overshadowed by the New York Yankees.
  • Haru Urara, a Japanese racehorse that never won a single race and ended her career with a miserable 0 - 113 losing streak. Haru gained national attention during the economic crisis of the early 2000s, and became a symbol of pluck at a time when the public needed one. People credited the horse with inspiring them to never give up and ultimately saved her home track from bankruptcy before retiring.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Abbadon the Despoiler, or, as fans like to call him, Failbaddon the Armless. Though the character canonically is a very badass and dangerous villain and is one of the most dangerous units in hand-to-hand in gameplay, the fact he led no less than Thirteen crusades against the Imperium, and still failed to destroy it led to the development of his fanon portrayal as a General Failure. Even as Gathering Storm started to turn things in his favor (and even then, it's a Pyrrhic Victory), he hasn't quite shed his Failbaddon reputation.
    • While the Imperial Guard is acknowledged to be full of hardcore individuals, as a whole they will never escape their reputation as useless and squishy, losing horribly to anything the galaxy can throw at them. However this is mostly a reputation crafted by their fans, who love the idea of them suffering horribly but still getting back up. The Gathering Storm event mentioned above helped them get points in badass because even to the very end, Cadia didn't fall. The planet tore itself apart from a Negative Space Wedgie, sure, but in terms of "Guard was defeated and Chaos conquered the planet", no, it didn't fall.
    • Very, very few players still take the Avatar of Khaine seriously. It's supposed to be a fragment of a War God, embodied in a giant statue of pure, mobilized rage, but in terms of storyline they're usually just heavily crapped on by anyone the GW writers want to look good. Khaine himself ends up taking a bit of splash damage from it too, though he's too fragmented to be much of a character anyways.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Rainbow Dragon, thanks to being a "boss monster" that even in it's own archetype is vastly outshined by other options the archetype has, note  and generally having lackluster effects for the amount of trouble needed to go through in order to summon him.
    • Sangan quickly became this thanks to a series of cards showing his trip to where banned cards go and his terrible luck along the way, along with shades of being The Woobie.
  • Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded from Magic: The Gathering was clearly intended to a terrifying villain, being a dimension-traveling half-demon driven only by his joy in inflicting pain on others. However, this bloodcurdling concept didn't carry over to his actual card as it can be easily ran over by a two-drop creature and takes ages to set up his good effects that are not worth the ridiculous amount of effort. It didn't do Tibalt any favors that his card was packaged in a Duel Deck set in which he is pitted against Sorin Markov; because Tibalt's story appearances were zilch afterwards, fans speculated that Sorin killed Tibalt in their fight that presumably lasted seconds before Word of God stated that he is still alive but elsewhere. To this day, Tibalt is still seen as the worst planeswalker in the game and is a punchline of a villain who's Sorin's punching bag.

    Video Games 
  • Bubsy the Bobcat is perhaps one of the most (in)famous examples in video game history. The complete failure of his own franchise, along with the character himself being insufferably annoying, has made Bubsy a common source of mockery among gamers (and the public in general).
  • Touhou:
    • Alice Margatroid, canonically the cold but well-meaning girl who happens to live next to Marisa's house, is constantly portrayed as being tsundere towards Marisa. She has an unusually large hate-base and is constantly shown being abused by other characters in fan-works. The worst of this is in the Yukkuri community...
    • Almost no-one in the fandom treats Hong Meiling as anything other than a joke, who is either getting knifed by Sakuya for sleeping on the job or being so terrible at her job in the first place that everyone in Gensokyo can get into the mansion whenever they want. It doesn't help that the Fighting Gaiden Games shows her route in Hisoutensoku being All Just a Dream while she... sleeps. But even through that embarrassment, she was ashamed of having fallen asleep (Sakuya even says she probably overworked herself, likely referring to defeating Patchouli in the library) and unlike most other gatekeepers, she at least functions by taking care of the flowers.
    • Ran Yakumo is a nine-tailed fox (who are at Physical God levels in the relevant mythology) and EX-Boss. One of her roles in the fandom is restricted to getting teased by Yukari and squeeing over how cute Chen is. The other role is being a flasher. This is probably because her game of origin is the only one that features a Harder Than Hard "Phantasm" stage after the Extra stage, of which the boss is the aforementioned Yukari.
    • In canon, Kaguya Houraisan is an Immortal lunar princess with powerful time-warping abilities, and actually one of the harder bosses in higher difficulties. In fanon, she's a NEET who can't do anything but "HELP ME, EIRIN!!". Note that in the actual game, it's Kaguya who comes to Eirin's aid. However, also note that Eirin is canonically far more powerful than Kaguya.
    • Shou Toramaru will never live down losing the pagoda and having to get Nazrin to find it for her, despite it being her explicit ability to be able to find treasures. Combine this with Nazrin as her Beleaguered Assistant, and you have the perfect comedy duo.
    • Cirno is a bizarre example who gets both the Memetic Badass and Memetic Loser treatment. On one hand you have those who think she has the power to freeze the world, and on the other you have those who think she gets beaten up by other low-level characters (or even frogs) on a regular basis. It helps that she really is weak by Gensokyo character standards, being only a stage 2 (out of seven) boss, and that's on a good day. She is, however, abnormally strong for her species, of which most members are mooks. She's also infamous for her special attack Icicle Fall which, on Easy Mode, can be completely dodged simply by sitting in front of her, even though on all other modes it's actually a very nasty attack.
    • Rika has absolutely zero useful combat powers and relies on using self-built tanks in order to fight. One would think that taking on the ridiculously powerful individuals of Gensokyo like this would be a formula for awesome, and she almost manages to take out the main character of the game, but her whiny personality and tendency to cry after being defeated, causes most people to characterize her as being a Bratty Half-Pint. Despite the fact that her Evil Eye Sigma tank is widely considered to be the hardest extra stage boss of the series.
    • Poor Reisen Udongein Inaba. Canonically a stage 5 boss (second-to-final) who can induce insanity, shoot Eye Beams, mold her enemies' senses like putty, up to and including becoming invisible, and whose ability to manipulate all kinds of "waves" apparently extends to soundwaves, making it unclear where her limits even lie. Fanon? Just a useless little bunny, only good for her sex appeal. It does not help that Inaba of the Moon & Inaba of the Earth does turn her into a massive Butt-Monkey.
    • Reimu Hakurei is often portrayed as absolutely destitute and hungry for money due to the fact that her shrine never receives donations. Less wholesome artists sometimes depict her as resorting to...certain activities in order to earn coin.
    • The Aki Sisters managed to score at the bottom of one popularity poll. The fandom had a field day with this.
  • Gundam Seed Destiny: Lunamaria Hawke, thanks mostly to her appearances in the Super Robot Wars games. While she missed a pretty big target once during the series (and the following times she opened fire during the series she had average marksmanship), the games turned it into her having outrageously bad aim (of the "wouldn't hit the moon if she was standing on it" variety) and she became a Joke Character.
  • Mega Man:
  • Mike Dawson from Dark Seed II. In the first game, he was fairly competent, but the sequel turned him into a whiny, ineffective, moronic, cowardly manchild who, among other things, spends a sizable chunk of the game finding ways to cheat at carnival games he can't win. One of the last "puzzles" in the game has him figuring out how to open his closet... by just realizing that his mother only pretended to lock it when he was a child and he had never considered that it might have been unlocked at some point in the intervening decades. If you mention this to his mother she makes fun of him. This is canon..
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Tingle is a 35 year-old man who dresses in a green onesie and wishes to become a fairy. He's meant to be a Manchild and is loved by the Japanese fanbase... But the Western fanbase Love to Hate him. When you have a trope called "Americans Hate Tingle" named after you, you know you're this.
    • The Hylian Captain from Hyrule Warriors is perceived by many fans of the game as being completely useless; fans claim that all he ever does is ask for help or get killed, and some sites like GameFAQs have come up with incredibly lame movesets for him to use if he were a playable character. That said, his Raid counterpart is considered to be an utter badass who can take on Ganon by himself and win.
  • Glass Joe, from Punch-Out!!, is a loser, no questions asked. Look at his win/loss record, though, and notice that he has a record of 99 losses... and one win. This begs the question: who the hell is enough of a loser (or is kind enough) to be beaten by Glass Joe? (Nick Bruiser, apparently.)
  • Spelunker will forever be remembered as one of the most fragile video game characters of all time for his inability to survive bat guano, pits anyone else could just easily climb out of, or falls greater than a few inches.
  • While the Silver Surfer is unambiguously badass in his usual appearances, his NES incarnation will forever be remembered as a weakling who falls over and Face Palms in shame if he does as little as nudge a rubber duck with his board.
  • Lester the Unlikely gets this for running in fear from sea turtles alone. While he does get better as the game progresses and fights off threats that would terrify normal people such as giant spiders and pirates, players usually never get that far and will always view him as a stereotypical, easily frightened nerd. Even some of those who did make it or at least know about his Character Development view him this way too.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Luigi is often put into this role due to being overshadowed by Mario and having a cowardly personality. However, he's also portrayed as a Memetic Badass, especially in Mario Party where he can win by doing absolutely nothing, but he's not given much credit for it by anyone. Sometimes he's just referred to as "Green Mario". This has actually worked out in Luigi's favor however. Fans have warmed up to him a lot and has evolved into an Ensemble Dark Horse, one of the most-loved underdogs in the community. So much so that Nintendo had dedicated 2013 to be The Year of Luigi.
    • Princess Daisy has been portrayed as this due to the fact that she only appears in Mario spin-offs and hasn't been in a main platformer since her debut in Super Mario Land. This has only gotten worse with the introduction of Rosalina, who appeared in Super Mario 3D World and Super Smash Bros. as a playable character. In Super Mario Maker, she failed to make the cut for a list of 100 costumes . She made it into a free patch, but not before other post-release characters made it in first. Like other Smash hopefuls, she failed to make the cut in the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot. Like Luigi however, Daisy's newfound status as the series' biggest loser has actually made her a lot more sympathetic and likable among fans instead of being a Base-Breaking Character and scrappy she used to be. She was added in Super Mario Run as an unlockable character, being the first time in a platformer since 1989. And her appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, while an Echo Fighter for Peach, allowed her to have her day in the sun.
    • Waluigi is considered one as well since he's only appeared in Mario spin-off games. That being said, he isn't really a pure example of a memetic loser due to the fact that his loser status is actually canon. And his portrayal in Brawl in the Family, especially his habit of Hostile Show Takeover also made him quite popular. Despite Daisy getting into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Waluigi is still an Assist Trophy rather than a playable character.
    • Amongst general audiences, Peach has this reception because she gets kidnapped ''a lot''. Dedicated Mario fans tend to at minimum see the good qualities in her, especially in spin-offs, but her mainstream perception is of a Dumb Blonde who gets kidnapped every other week.
    • While not as bad as others, The Goombas are also given this status for being the lowliest of Bowser's forces and being defeated by simply stepping on them...that is, if you're not playing Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the 3DS, in which case they're a force to be reckoned with.
  • Pokémon:
    • If there is a single Pokémon that is the most well known for being flat out terrible, it's Luvdisc, a pink heart-shaped Pokémon based on a discus fish. Its stats are comparable to basic Pokémon, but it doesn't evolve, nor does it stand out in any other way apart from occasionally holding a useful item. Whenever Luvdisc comes up on discussions about competitive battling, people will spend most of the article on how bad it is. Could've changed if Game Freak made Alomomola its evolved form, but they got kept separate.
    • Second to Luvdisc is Spinda, whose only defining characteristic is there are over 4 million possible sprites and textures for it.
    • There's also Delibird who, similar to the previous two, has stats comparable to a basic unevolved Pokémon, and has the worst Hidden Ability ever thanks to Department of Redundancy Department.
    • The Bulbasaur line, while not bad per se, got Overshadowed by Awesome with Blastoise and Charizard. Its typing (Grass/Poison, which, to say the least, gave it a lot of weaknesses) also made it a Tier-Induced Scrappy. Even when its final evolution, Venusaur, got Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in Generation V and VI, it's still portrayed as the runt among the Kanto starters by fans.
    • Pokémon that have fallen victim to a Nerf or the general Power Creep of the series are bound to be made fun of by at least part of the fanbase. The biggest victim of this is probably Flareon.
    • Talonflame became an even bigger example of this as of the 7th generation, where it suffered what can only be described as a Trauma Conga Line of nerfs. First, Gale Wings was nerfed to only work when the user is at full HP (meaning Stealth Rock, already a bad move for Talonflame, ruins it) Then, three Pokemon were introduced with abilities that outright block priority. (Bruxish, Tsareena and Tapu Lele) Finally, Talonflame's true nightmare, a priority Rock type move, was introduced. (Talonflame takes 4x damage from Rock moves) It quickly went from one of the most feared competitive Pokemon to the butt of many jokes.
    • Prior to release of Pokémon Black and White, Oshawott were seen as huge Memetic Losers who were ugly, sad-looking, and weren't as cool as "Smugleaf". This led to a near instant meme of portraying them as The Woobie. After release though, the meme died out due to the fact that it evolves into the reasonably Badass Adorable Dewott and then into the straight up badass Samurott.
    • Delphox in Pokémon X and Y, who is mocked for not being as good as Greninja. It mainly suffers from a middling offensive typing, a lackluster hidden ability and Poor, Predictable Rock (Which is especially egregious since it's a sorcerer, which normally have very diverse movesets in other games), but many now use the Kalos Fire Starter as an example of how far Psychic types have fallen since their reign of terror in Gen I.
    • Popplio had similar reactions to Oshawott upon their reveal prior to the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon. Just like Oshawott, this mostly dissipated when its evolved forms were revealed.
    • Out of all the Starter Pokémon though, the one considered to be the absolute worst is Chikorita. In its debut game, it does poorly against the majority of the challenges the game throws at you. It has no advantage against any of the Johto Gyms and Elite Four outside of one or two cases and does poorly against Team Rocket's Poison Pokémon. It also has poorly distributed stats (It's meant to be a Mighty Glacier, but its pure Grass typing leaves it with a myriad of weaknesses) and a shallow movepool. About the only thing it has going for it is that it's very cute and remains so as it evolves.
    • Out of the three teams of Pokémon GO, Team Instinct is the one that's most often mocked as stupid and weak due to being the smallest team and for having the least threatening-looking leader. The other teams are not immune to this, however. Team Valor is often stereotyped as being absurdly reckless and obsessive. Team Mystic (and Valor) can also be this in areas where they lack strength.
    • Most Pokémon Diamond and Pearl fanworks have the female protagonist, Dawn, as the main character. This leaves her Spear Counterpart, Lucas, left as a side-character. Lucas often gets shoved into a Butt-Monkey role because his role as NPC isn't really that important after the midway point of the game. His implied crush on Dawn turns him into an Abhorrent Admirer, if Dawn even notices it.
    • Speaking of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the Team Galaxy grunts are often made fun of because of their... unusual fashion style and hair cuts.
    • Red's Distaff Counterpart Leaf gets this due to being Exiled from Continuity. Red is a reoccurring character in the games and is both a Memetic Badass with fans and Famed In-Story with canon. Leaf on the other hand has been absent ever since her appearance in FireRed and LeafGreen, with implications being (unlike most other opposite-gender protagonists) she just doesn't exist in canon. Leaf is thus the object of many jokes and is portrayed in Red and Blue's shadows. However, this portrayal has also led to her being portrayed as an Iron Woobie. Eventually, Leaf does return after being absent for more than a decade after her debut as an alternate skin of the returning Pokémon Trainer (himself based on Red) in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
    • Arceus, despite essentially being God Himself, is constantly having arse jokes made about its name. This isn't actually how it's pronounced, but that doesn't remotely stop the jokes.
    • Of the Ultra Beasts introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon, the one that's easily considered the worst is Guzzlord. Despite having high stats, roughly half of it goes straight to Hit Points while a significant chunk of it left goes towards its attacking stats, leaving it unable to take hits and very slow. It's telling that while every other Ultra Beast are in the Uber, Over Used or Under Used tiers, Guzzlord is in the Never Used tier. Stakataka is also considered unusable by many despite its high attack and defense stats, as it is incredibly slow and has two crippling weaknesses to Ground and Fighting type attacks.
    • Raichu is the butt of many jokes in the fandom because it lives in the shadow of its pre-evolutions Pichu and especially Pikachu. Most non-fans don't even know that Pikachu does evolve, resulting in a fan joke that Game Freak probably regret creating Raichu.
  • Fire Emblem
    • In the Japanese fandom, Snipers tend to be mocked for their Crippling Overspecialization. Common targets tend to be pre-promoted units such as Jeorge and Innes, with the former being made fun for his "Greatest Sniper on the continent" title due to being Overrated and Underleveled in the remake. An example of this can be seen in this fan art where Innes is shocked his country's legendary bow being given to a unit who isn't bowlocked instead of him.
    • Male Manaketes are also mocked for their tendency to be evil villains or redshirts as opposed to the playable females of the race.
    • Dorcas from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade gets mocked a lot for getting killed in the English trailer via eating some poisoned mutton. In an odd example, the sheer number of jokes surrounding him wrapped around and made Dorcas an Ensemble Dark Horse as well as this trope, and one of his Heroes quotes even references the mutton jokes.
    • Chrom from Fire Emblem Awakening is a very competent unit. But unfortunately he's become the butt of many jokes because of Lucina and Robin's trailer for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, where he spent the whole video down for the count. He apparently lost to Captain Falcon, so the common joke is that Chrom got Falcon Punched so hard that he was knocked out of the roster. This got worse when the newest DLC fighter was announced... Corrin, the main character of a game that, at the time, was out for six months in Japan and not even released in the West, whereas Chrom's game had been out for three years at that point. If Falcon knocked Chrom out of the roster, Corrin stepped on him on his way into it. Though this seems to have receded just in time for him to actually make it into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Echo Fighter for Roy.
    • Glade became notorious after ending up in the last place in Choose Your Legends 2017, the franchise-wide popularity contest of Fire Emblem Heroes. That is, in a series with about 800 characters. Subverted in Choose Your Legends 2018, which saw him gain 30 times as many votes as the previous contest and rise to the 352nd place, while giving the same dubious honour to Bloom.
    • Gromell, a minor boss from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, is notorious in the Japanese fandom, and to a lesser extent in the Western fandom, for his bizarre and terrible choice of weaponnote  and for potentially being killed by his own troops' boulders if he cantos to the wrong place with low enough HP. He ended up with a Cipher card despite being a one-time minor boss because of his infamy, and it's one big reference to how much of a meme he is - his artwork shows him oblivious to the fact a boulder is about to squish him and his poor wyvern, his Bolt Axe skill reduces his attack by 60%, and his Falling Boulder skill tells you to discard him at the end of the turn if he's in the front lines.
    • Seazas, a minor boss in Fire Emblem Gaiden, got thrown into this trope once the remake, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia was released, due to being the only boss who got Adapted Out. "Remember Seazas?" became something of a fandom-wide meme once this was revealed.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Similar to Chrom, King K. Rool is also the butt of many Smash-related jokes when it was revealed that he'll be included in the game... As a Mii costume. Chrom also received this "honor" as well. Much like Chrom though, he eventually became a playable character in Ultimate.
  • Metroid:
  • Monster Hunter:
    • The Jaggi are notorious for being Too Dumb to Live; they'll happily bully the nearest large monster in hopes of keeping control of their territory, only to wish they had not done that a few seconds later.
    • The Great Jaggi, the first large monster that the player faces in the third- and fourth-generation games. In 3 Ultimate, the first victim of the nomadic Extreme Omnivore Deviljho is a poor Great Jaggi. The "R.I.P. Great Jaggi ;_;" video shows a Great Jaggi falling into a Pitfall Trap and then getting destroyed by four Gunlance users and Barrel Bomb L+'s in less than 10 seconds. In 4 and 4 Ultimate, the Great Jaggi serves as cannon fodder for the training quests.
    • In games up until the fourth generation, the Plesioth was treated as a Memetic Badass, boasting an infamous disjointed-hitbox hipcheck that can hit you if you so much as stand within a few meters of it. But in 4 and 4 Ultimate, the Plesioth becomes little more than a catchable fish in the Fishing Machine Mini-Game, where catching it causes it to die landing on the wharf.
  • Azmodan from Diablo III. The characters describe him in-game as the finest tactician in the Burning Hells, but he spectacularly fails at backing up this reputation. Fans mock him for having his entire legions defeated by a lone nephalem hero, and constantly screwing up his own tactics by warning you about them in his gloating. Blizzard apparently is aware of this, since this got some Lampshade Hanging when he became Promoted to Playable in Heroes of the Storm.
  • For some reason, Reflec Beat Series Mascot Pastel-kun has become a Butt-Monkey amongst BEMANI fans on social media, who like to tweet images and make Vines of Pastel-kun plushies undergoing all manners of abuse.
  • Ragna the Bloodedge of BlazBlue. Perhaps unintentionally, as he's a badass on paper due to his powerful Azure, but due to all the times he gets Worfed and the fact that every character who isn't Taokaka or Celica is all too eager to snark at his expense, he's really hard to take seriously. On the other hand this may be intentional, to show that his '90s Anti-Hero attitude just doesn't work, as he becomes more heroic and less of a punchline as the games go on.
  • Poor, poor Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing CPU opponent. To call it Artificial Stupidity would be incorrect, as that implies that it has any AI at all; it simply sits at the starting line, and can't even be pushed to victory. You could install a patch that does make it move, but it still stops short of the finish line. To top it all off, there is no victory state for it! Its only purpose is to allow the player to effortlessly win. YOU'RE WINNER!
  • Team Fortress 2: Just about every person who wears a Gibus will serve as the ultimate Butt-Monkey of the game and its fan animations. Bonus points if they also wear the Pyrovision Goggles (and optionally the Mercenary badge). As these are basically the only cosmetics available without spending actual money, wearing them automatically designates you as a free-to-play and therefore a noob.
  • Overwatch:
    • Reaper is a dark, threatening Hero Killer with dual shotguns, inexplicable ghostly powers, a creepy skull mask, a chilling distorted voice and his Ultimate is an area-wide mass shooting that is capable to melt anyone caught in the line of fire in a very short time. All of this is legitimately nightmarish, but at the same time everything about him is so "edgy OC" that he is very easy to make fun of. It's why he has so many fans. The fact his motivations and backstory boil down to wanting the other heroes to pay attention to him makes him even scarier and more pathetic.
    • On a meta level, Hanzo Main are consider as such, with Widowmaker Mains followed not far behind. This is because they are both snipers, so typically they are far away from the Payload/capture point; the fact that they are HARD to play does not help. As such, Hanzo/Widow mains are generally stereotyped as overconfident Miles Gloriosus who pick the aforementioned heroes immediately, contribute absolutely nothing, and then blame their team for screwing up. Mercy Mains also tend to be the butt of jokes.
    • Genji, the resident green cyborg ninja dude, should by all rights be a patented formula for "cool". He's also one of the harder heroes in the game to play well, meaning that he's instead better known for repeatedly screaming "I NEED HEALING" after losing 2 HP out of 200 or ending up on the wrong side of the enemy team, pissing healers off to no end.
  • Undertale:
    • The protagonist on a No Mercy run quickly goes from hardened killer to getting "dunked on" repeatedly by the Final Boss, who counts every single time the poor child dies. A compilation of edited videos summarizing this Curb-Stomp Battle can be found here (spoilers!).
    • Plus, Mettaton NEO, who doesn't attack and only takes one hit.
  • Dark Souls: Pinwheel, a mid-game boss. In a game filled to the brim with extremely challenging boss fights and powerful, intimidating enemies, Pinwheel can often be killed within ten seconds by players who aren't even trying that hard. Granted, Pinwheel does have legitimately powerful magic attacks, and tries to mitigate his weakness by spawning clone decoys of himself, but most players are strong enough by the time they get to him that they kill him before he can do either one of those things.
  • The titular villain in Batman: Arkham Knight. Ironically he was the inverse prior to the game's release. But since it was discovered that he's Jason Todd and a whiny bitch, he's now this.
    • Deathstroke from the same game. Unlike in Origins where he got a boss battle fitting of his canonical skill as an assassin, in Knight he's taken down in one hit after a tank battle. The fact that The Riddler, of all people, got a better boss fight than him is the subject of many jokes.
    • There's also Black Mask. He's supposed to be a powerful and intimidating mob boss, but here's the extent of all his significant appearances in the series: an easily missed cameo at the start of City, where he gets tasered and beaten up by guards. Getting Hijacked by The Joker in Origins and turning out to not be the game's Big Bad as was advertised, and finally getting unceremoniously killed by Red Hood in Arkham Knight's DLC.
  • In Total War: Warhammer, Heinrich Kemmler is universally ridiculed for his horrible stats and useless campaign bonuses, making him absolutely useless to many players.
  • After the many growing pains and infamous launch that Mighty No. 9 had to go through; Beck had changed from the face of successful Kickstarter games, to the face of what can go wrong with a Kickstarter game. Not helping matters was that this game was meant to be a Spiritual Successor to Mega Man without Capcom's involvement. Worsened since Capcom had officially announced Mega Man 11, with the Blue Bomber himself taking the torch back.
  • Splatoon:
    • Many players use male inklings, however they get poked fun at due to not being as "cool" as the female ones.
    • Callie was this for a short period after she lost the "Callie vs Marie" Splatfest. It quickly became a Discredited Meme after it became Harsher in Hindsight when Splatoon 2 supplementary revealed that the Splatfest indirectly led to the Squid Sisters separating over time.
    • Pearl was originally hated by western fans for her design leaning towards Ugly Cute, with her perpetual frown and big forehead. Over time she's gained her fans, however it's still common to poke fun at her. She has the most fans in Japan however she also loses most of her Splatfests there. This was eventually referenced in the Japanese-only "Sakura Flowers vs. Dumplings" Splatfest. During the intro Pearl is upset that she's lost so many Splatfests and Marina tries to cheer her up. Pearl, ultimately, ends up winning the Splatfest.
  • Blazblue Cross Tag Battle:
    • Hyde Kido has been getting the Butt-Monkey treatment for being the lead character from the least known/recognised of the four franchises represented, and for having a boastful hardass attitude while having the least battle experience of the four protagonists - yes, Adorkable Perky Goth Ruby is actually more experienced than him, and she even snarks at him in their battle intro.
    • Yukiko has been getting this rep due to her status as the players' makeshift punching bag in the beta. As a result, many pictures of Yukiko being badly bruised/beaten up have surfaced.
  • Battletech: Dekker, one of the starting pilots, is notorious for constantly managing to get himself killed.
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
    • Partner characters in Shin Megami Tensei IV are infamous for attacking enemies with skills that they're immune to, triggering enemy Smirks and allowing them to easily obliterate the player's party. Walter in particular has it the worst, as he tends to spam Agi and the first major boss, the Minontaur, is immune to fire-elemental attacks and is already a hard enough challenge, meaning that if the game randomly picks Walter to be your partner for the fight, you can bet that that Walter will try to cast Agi on it and get your party splattered all over the ground of Naraku.
    • While Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse does improve the Partner AI and allow you to pick whoever partner you want out of the ones currently available, Gaston is infamous for randomly cutting in at the start of your turn to use your turns to attack, and unlike when he acts during his turn, he will disregard enemy resistances and potentially get his attacks blocked or miss, costing you turns. And he is the only Partner who uses your Press Turns, much less waste them, i.e. No! One! Fights like Gaston! No one interrupts like Gaston! No one steals your Press Turns like Gaston!
    • Persona 3:
    • After the Female Protagonist from Persona 3 was confirmed in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, the protagonists of the first three Persona games are now getting this treatment with jokes about them acting disappointed that they are not in this game.
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV, Arianrhod, better known as the legendary Lianne Sandlot, is one of the most powerful characters of the Kiseki Series who uses an impressive lance that she can use one handed, a 24-Hour Armor, a Super Robot, and is a One Woman Army who can take on pretty much everybody. Then Cold Steel IV came out and it shows that Lianne Sandlot had terrible luck when it came to romance as she died and came Back from the Dead but her First Love moved on and married someone else, she found his Reincarnation in Osborne who married Kasia and had a son named Rean, then Osborne's life gets destroyed in an instant with Osborne making a Deal with the Devil while she wasn't looking, and when Rean gave her a chance to live with them in order to stop the war that was about to brew, Rufus swoops in and back stabs her when she's weakened after fighting both Rean and Crow in their Divine Knights. All of a sudden, she ended up becoming the butt of many jokes and most of her dignity as one of the most powerful characters in the setting is treated as an afterthought.
  • Rochelle from Left 4 Dead 2 is the main (and sometimes current) sufferer of this thanks to her supposedly nondescript personality, even after "The Passing" update. Fans often use her as a Butt-Monkey for almost every Garry's Mod videos.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • The shoddy reputation of the franchise's games has led to Sonic, the character himself, becoming the butt of many jokes amongst gamers.
    • Shadow is both this and a Memetic Badass due to his status as a Base-Breaking Character. While his many fans adore him, he's also the poster child for much-mocked "edgy" characters. He's never escaped the stigma of his Shadow the Hedgehog-era persona, so he's often portrayed as constantly wangsting over his past an being overly violent. Even his fans playfully poke fun at him.
    • Tails' portrayal in several games has led to him being seen as weaker than he is. Sonic Forces only made it worse with the infamous scene where he cowers in front of Chaos and cries for Sonic's help.
  • Chihaya Kisaragi from The Idolmaster video games also becomes a butt monkey to the fandom due to her canonical flat chest size.
  • Destiny: Crota is canonically one of the most powerful and dangerous enemies you face in the whole series. Unfortunately, players have discovered that his raid is, for some reason, incredibly easy to cheese. This has led to numerous videos of him being curb-stomped with ridiculous joke weapons like Necrochasm or killed while the player has silly self-imposed handicaps like being blindfolded. It got even worse when a later lore entry insinuated that he’s actually the Dumbass Teenage Son of his family, and downright hilarious when another raid has you crash his funeral and steal a chunk of his soul.
  • Star Fox:

    Web Comics 
  • Raditz's usual portrayal as this is played with in Dragon Ball Multiverse. Besides losing on the first round on the main storyline, a minicomic was published which made fun of the concept.
  • Roy in almost every Awkward Zombie comic he appears in after his exclusion from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. While some of his loserdom is very much deserved, becoming an extremely petty and jealous person after his exclusion, that doesn't excuse the rest of the roster of fighters collectively forgetting about his existence, Master Hand blowing him up twice, or his own old roommate Marth barely tolerating him upon his return as DLC. He was barely even an afterthought when he was announced alongside Ryu.

    Web Original 
  • Say hi to Bad Luck Brian.
  • Mike Dawson from Dark Seed II already deserved this status, but the Retsupurae videos of the game just made him look worse. The player decided to be ridiculously thorough, to the point of talking to nearly every character and visiting nearly every area after everything, making Mike look like a moron who could never work out what to do next and had a strange fixation on standing in his bathroom and staring into space. He also lost at the carnival games so many times that it became a Running Gag, to the point that when Mike was supposed to win at ring toss, slowbeef edited the footage and said that according to Retsupurae canon, he didn't win ring toss and never would.
    • Cobra also got this status. He was presented as an inconsistent cad who orders milk at bars, has an obsessive foot fetish, and is deathly afraid of caterpillars.
  • The Nostalgia Critic, who frequently gets abused by the whole universe during his shorts and will usually end up worse off than he was before.
  • RWBY:
    • Jaune Arc is often portrayed as a wimpy coward in fics, ignoring the part in episode 14 where he beheads a giant demon-bear. note  This has become lessened over time as he's become a more competent fighter, such as in Volume 4 where he goes toe-to-toe with the Nuckelavee for a moment and then in "Vault of the Spring Maiden" when he finally unlocks his Semblance and uses it to save Weiss' life.
    • The FNDM often likes to poke fun at Blake's relative uselessness in fights compared to her teammates. The fandom also likes to blame her for things she doesn't even have anything to do with. Taken further with her appearance in Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, where she was the first announced character in a now notorious DLC controversy.
  • Several Pokémon species have this reputation in Twitch Plays Pokémon: Arena, most notably Entei and Deoxys. It's generally treated more as a joke.
    • The "TriHard" emoticon is generally used in the stream's chat to represent this exact concept.
  • The Irate Gamer is often treated this way by the online community due to being seen as a cheap imitation of The Angry Video Game Nerd. Most parody videos of him showcase him getting beat up or looking ridiculous. The best example of this is Smash Bros. Lawl, which makes him a Joke Character and best friends with an even worse Joke Character. The series' creator Chincherrinas doesn't let him off easy in his other videos either.
  • DarkSydePhil is viewed as a total joke by the Let's Play community. He actually has completed an impressive library of games, which proves that he can successfully complete most video games he plays, it's just that it typically takes an endless montage of idiotic moments, an INFAMOUS Never My Fault attitude the whole way through that makes his fails even funnier, and obnoxious commentary ruining the experience for viewers that has made him an example of how you DON'T play video games (literally, he is actually the star of the "This Is How You DON'T Play" montages all over YouTube).
  • 4chan's /co/ Weekend Hunger Games feature an entire category of characters referred to as NEVER EVERS, named as such due to having never won a game despite competing in numerous games across several seasons. Some of the most infamous examples include Godzilla, Cadpig, Lou!, Spud, Count Dooku and Aresko. The only way to escape this reputation is to actually win a game. Unless you're Dooku or Aresko, whose losing reputations have been so ingrained into the threads that they're still considered losers despite both having actually won different games in the past.

    Web Video 
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Raditz, to the point that Vegeta and Nappa use him as a substitute for "weakling" and measure Power Levels in "Raditzes" (Nappa is five Raditz, and Vegeta is fifteen Raditz).
      • The second season extends this to the point where he's used as a measure of currency (Around one dollar).
    • Krillin combines this with Lovable Coward. Krillin Owned Counter, anyone?
    • And of course, Yamcha. In one video the characters even state that the only reason they make fun of Krillin so often is because Yamcha isn't around as much. Word of God posits this is also the reason it wasn't called the Yamcha Owned Counter.
    • This compilation video sums it up quite nicely.
      Yamcha: Let's be honest. If I stay, I'll probably just get in the way.
      Everyone else: Yep. Probably. No offense. Why are you even here?!
      Krillin: SENZU BEAN!
    • Hell, just about every team has their own Memetic Loser, as if there's a diversity quota or something.
  • Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque : La Série Abrégée: the Silver Saints. Whenever they get a mention by the characters, it's either as a synonym for "weakling" or to reference the fact they are essentially being used as cannon fodders by the Great Pope.
  • The YouTube parodies of Downfall frequently portray Adolf Hitler, a once feared and powerful man, as a slapstick magnet or a genuinely incompetent villain where his plans constantly fail, usually at the hands of Fegelein. He gets a fair amount of abuse in other series like The Frollo Show, especially in a scene where there's a question designed to send Scanty on a risky mission instead of him...
    Stocking: The first one to name five German cities won't go.
    (Smash Cut)
    Hitler: That question was hard! Why did it have to be so hard?!
  • On Barshens, Barry just can't catch a break. He typically ends up last in games, either through his own ignorance or Stuart's mastery of everything. Though sometimes, Barry gets robbed of victory thanks to Paul's incompetence.

    Western Animation 
  • The Professor, the main villain of the TV Felix the Cat cartoons, is one in-and-out of universe, simply because he's such a pathetic villain who is doomed to always lose to Felix and get his butt handed to him either by the cat, his own hand, or just sheer bad luck. Theres a reason he's considered one of the poster childs for both Harmless Villain and Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
  • Ma-Ti from Captain Planet and the Planeteers. To the point that this very Wiki named a trope after the supposed lameness of his powers. When in actuality, Heart Is an Awesome Power, and much more practical than say, his fellow Planteer Wheeler's ability to accidentally burn down a forest if he's not careful (to say nothing of having a power that can never be used directly against the enemy since a children's cartoon could never get away with setting people on fire).
  • Master Shake from Aqua Teen Hunger Force can be considered this as he's a Too Dumb to Live Self-Disposing Villain protagonist who dies in almost every episode he's in.
  • Dr. Zoidberg from Futurama is so unlucky that he's the Trope Namer for My Friends... and Zoidberg.
  • South Park:
    • Kyle has become this due to always being humiliated by Cartman or the Villain of the Week.
    • Cartman himself. While a Manipulative Bastard and an occasional Karma Houdini, his hilariously pathetic depiction whenever he does get his comeuppance makes him this, often bawling like a two year old or shirking from the mildest of physical threats.
    • Kenny, Trope Namer for They Killed Kenny Again.
    • Al Gore is treated as this in-universe by the entire town. Apparently, he desires attention and appreciation for his hunt for ManBearPig, but unsurprisingly nobody cares.
  • Super Friends: NONE of the Super Friends are particularly cool in hindsight, not even the ones based upon badasses. To elaborate:
    • Even if they were all busy saving the world Once per Episode, like Batman, they're still this. It's common in parodies for the Super Friends to be portrayed as overly friendly, old-timey, cheesy heroes that wouldn't be able to hold a candle to the Darker and Edgier later interpretations of the Justice League and what they go up against.
    • As noted above Aquaman gets this a lot because of his Super Friends version. Unlike the other heroes on the show though, for a long time it tainted the public's perception of him in other media as well (hence why he also gets his own mention in the comics section).
    • The Wonder Twins are often mocked and parodied for having a cheesy power set. Zan, the one that could take the form of water, gets this twice as hard because of how his power looks next to Jayna's ability to turn into any animal. As pointed in a Cartoon Network spoof commercial he could be beaten by a sponge...and not even an evil sponge. The New Adventures of the Wonder Twins play up their uselessness for Black Comedy.
    • The original Wonder Duo, the powerless kid sidekicks Wendy and Marvin (and the Wonder Dog!) also get this often because of their perceived uselessness and unexplained presence (the powerless kids get to hang out with the all powerful grown up heroes, why exactly?). note  In one comic, alternate versions of them show up as the kids of the villain known as Noah "The Calculator" Kuttler and befriend the Titans only to later get either mauled to death (Marvin) or severely injured (Wendy) by The Wonder Dog (or rather, a shape-shifting demonic dog owned by Ares), deconstructing their presence in a superhuman setting. Wendy at least managed to re-invent herself as the Handicapped Badass Proxy, Barbara Gordon/Oracle's associate and sort-of Junior Counterpart.
    • The Super Friends versions of Hawkman and Hawkgirl are often mocked for having the ability to fly... on a team with an overfilled Flying Brick quota that already has that covered and then some. In a The Fairly OddParents! spoof, the Hawkgirl parody had "all the powers of a hawk and a gal!" And was the the last to arrive at a fight each time because how slowly she flew in comparison to the others, and then had her butt handed to to her once she actually got there.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: While the fandom often has arguments over who they consider is "best pony", these are considered the worst:
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • Asami is this and a Memetic Butt-Monkey, with a common joke being she can't be happy for long. The numerous apparent and canonically horrible things that occur to her - anything from her boyfriend cheating on her to her father trying to kill her and much later doing a Heroic Sacrifice - fuels the meme. The jokes have mostly died down since the finale though.
    • And then there's Mako, whose loserness is mostly played up by shippers who don't like him due to both his girlfriends breaking up with him then being in a relationship with each other. Even prior to that much of his hatedom portrayed him as a loser during Book 1 for being seen as a Jerk Ass cheater. Ironically many of these fanworks had Korra and Asami ditching him for each other, or Asami outright only using Mako as an excuse to get near to Korra (with the common joke being an amazing driver like her couldn't just bump into a boy accidentally like that). Back then Korra/Asami was a pure crackship.
  • Pearl from Steven Universe became this around season 2, after it became clear that she had a somewhat obsessive crush on Rose. While the show itself depicts this as unhealthy and a tad selfish, fans tend to jokingly exaggerate it to Pearl being a pathetic loser and stereotypical "nice guy" who expects love in return for being decent but can never get it.
  • Total Drama has no shortage of characters that the fandom views as complete losers, though these examples are completely justified. Ezekiel is the standout from the original cast for being the very first elimination both times he competed, Blaineley is the standout from the World Tour additions for being the Token Adult in a teenage cast and still getting eliminated just one episode after she joins, after cheating no less, and Leonard is the standout from later seasons for being completely useless at literally everything, having a very annoying voice, and getting eliminated in just the second episode both seasons he competed.
  • Bill Dauterive from King of the Hill is treated as this both in-universe and out of universe. The man tolerates so much hardship throughout the series and can never catch a break, but for whatever reason he continues going on.
  • Donald Duck, both in-universe and out. There is a reason why he's the current poster image of Born Unlucky.
    Who gets stuck with all the bad luck?
    No one but Donald Duck!
  • The protagonist of Caillou is a rather normal four year old boy who has his fair share of temper tantrums. Due to a Periphery Hatedom, Caillou is often portrayed as a whiny brat and a Butt-Monkey. This is especially common in GoAnimate works.
  • The Backyardigans: If there's any character from this show that people love to make fun of, it's Tyrone. Even the writers seem to hate him.

  • At the American branches of Japanese arcade chain Round 1, the escalators are known for being out of order most of the time, leading to the rise of parody Character Blog Twitter accounts bragging about this and the "DO NOT ENTER" signs that block the escalators becoming as much of a staple of Round 1 USA as their rhythm game selection. Many Round 1 regulars who see disabled escalators elsewhere immediately think of the arcade chain.
  • McDonald's soft-serve ice cream machines just never seem to work, resulting in a meme about calling the local McDonald's and being instantly told, without asking, that their ice cream machine broke.
  • On Tumblr, the site management is viewed this way by the general userbase, due to the fact that many of the changes they make during updates are seen as incompetent, ugly-looking, and pointless. It doesn't help that there are various changes that the users would actually appreciate (better blocking/asking systems, better moderation to get rule breakers under control, deletion of abandoned blogs, etc.) that the staff neglects in favor of trivial nonsense like changing the logo at the top of the screen or moving the option buttons back and forth. Updates regularly result in dashes being filled with posts mocking the staff as losers with no knowledge of how programming works.
  • While Tumblr is known for its incompetent staff, at least they reply to support emails. Twitter's staff is infamous for adding features that most users don't want or like, removing features that users do appreciate, and doing very little to curb harassment, going as far as to prevent users from reporting harassment of other users.

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