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"Waspinator happy at last."
Waspinator, giving the very last line of Transformers: Beast Wars

So they've been constantly injured, the butt of every joke and misfortune, much to the audience's amusement, and it seems the universe itself just likes screwing with him. So what's happening now? Huh... he's happy?

Yes, it seems that fate/God/the writers finally decided to Throw the Dog a Bone. It can be them ultimately coming out ahead, or just having a break for once, but it's generally very satisfying to whoever it happens to and any fans that had felt sorry for him.


One way this can happen is if the "Dog" character gets into a relationship. This can be very irritating to fans of the other character if it comes across as a reward and objectifies - in particularly bad versions of this; they might come across as - by this trope's very metaphor — a "bone." (Even "better", listen to fans complain if this doesn't happen.)

If the bone is thrown only to be cruelly snatched away later, then this becomes Yank the Dog's Chain, a set-up for the writers to further toy with the hapless character.

Compare Karmic Jackpot, Earn Your Happy Ending (the ending-specific variant of this trope) and contrast with Team Rocket Wins.


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  • The Trix Rabbit is occasionally given a chance to actually try the cereal depending on the outcome of a poll. People vote for him to get it every time, and by now you would think the company would get that people really feel sorry for him and hate the kids.
    • They probably do and know that sympathy for the rabbit makes people remember the commercials more.
    • Of course the audience is supposed to sympathize with the rabbit: they're supposed to want the cereal as bad as he does.
      • The message seems to be that the audience is supposed to sympathize with the kids, and feel ridiculously entitled to their cereal, thus becoming more insistent on buying it.
      • There have been a small number of ads where he did actually get to eat the cereal: one of them is found Here. In another, he tastes it, goes into his usual "description" monologue, and looks up to see that the bowl is now empty.
  • One Christmas-themed Cocoa Pebbles commercial ends with the real Santa showing up, and Fred and Barney for a change sharing a bowl of the cereal as friends.
  • After attempting to get back together with the woman who rejected him for a Swiffer Wet-Jet (buying flowers, dedicating radio songs to her), the broom finally found a new girlfriend - the rake.
  • A priceless Super Bowl Coke commercial where Macy Balloons of Stewie and Underdog are fighting (aka bumping into each other) in order to get that balloon of a Coke bottle. Eventually, the bottle starts to float away. Both characters turn and see a round shape on the horizon. It's Charlie Brown, who then wins the prize. Watch it here.
    • Even better, he gets it in full view of a little girl in a blue dress and carrying a football (possibly Lucy van Pelt).
  • Apple -- Frankie's Holiday. Frankenstein's Monster goes to a nearby town to try and celebrate with the people via caroling. However, their inevitable fear of him, combined with his awkwardness, nearly sends him over the Despair Event Horizon... until one little girl decides to back him up, soon followed by all of the now-encouraged townspeople. And FM, finally getting his ultimate Christmas gift — acceptance — can only invoke Tears of Joy.

    Comic Strips 
  • A Blondie comic showed everything going right for Dagwood, like the inversion of a Humiliation Conga: Mr. Dithers praised him and gave him a raise for some particularly skilled work, Blondie prepared his favorite meal and then smilingly waved him off to poker night, where he can't seem to get a bad hand.... The final panel shows Blondie, sitting up in bed, smiling out at the reader (and looking hot in her nightie) and saying something to the effect that "after X years in this comic strip, he deserves a day like this!"
  • In Garfield, Jon is finally now dating Liz the veterinarian, after crushing on her without success for, what? Thirty years?
    • Before that, he actually managed to get a real date. Granted, the woman in question was a bit of a Gonk, but despite that she had a lovely personality, and they both had a wonderful time.
  • One strip of The Born Loser had the protagonist having a moment of good luck for once. Once.
  • In Peanuts, Charlie Brown had some success in the '90s after decades of constant failure; he managed to hit a home run and win the game for his team not once but twice; he defeated a bully named Joe Agate in marbles; and he might even have kicked the ball for once.
    • In You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown winds up winning a motocross race despite every force in the universe seemingly indicating that he wouldn't. Goes into "Shaggy Dog" Story territory when the intended prize—Pro Bowl tickets—is replaced by five free haircuts. His hair is not very plentiful and his father is a barber.
    • It's Magic, Charlie Brown throws two bones at Charlie Brown after Snoopy makes him disappear. When Charlie Brown sees Lucy playing with her football, he takes the opportunity to kick it from her and then taunt her about it. Later on after Snoopy brings him back, Lucy tells him he can't prove that he kicked the football. Snoopy retaliates by suspending her in midair and leaves, happily skipping away with together with Charlie Brown.
    • Earlier, there was a series of strips where Lucy asks Charlie Brown to have her new little brother, Rerun, join the team. Because of his size, Rerun keeps getting walks, and they actually manage to win their first game. Unfortunately, he and Linus are called in to a meeting with the Little League organization, who reveal that they have to forfeit their game when it was revealed that Rerun gambled on the game with Snoopy.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures fanfic Queen of All Oni (part of Project Dark Jade), Jade ends up hiring the Enforcers, and pays them regular wages (at one point, they mock the heroes by saying it's more than Section 13 pays them), and even when she fires them she gives them severance pay and all their belongings. When they realize that Jackie isn't there yet, they decide to flee the country and get away from magic and the chaos involving it that they keep getting mixed up with once and for all. And then they get arrested almost immediately afterwards.
  • In Equestria: A History Revealed, after reaching an emotional catharsis of sorts to get over her jealousy and grudge over Celestia, the Lemony Narrator finds her happiness, that being a couch, a good stock of Doritos, and her coltfriend, Crazy Larry at her side. This is after countless failures in her life, like messing up on a relatively easy love potion, somehow catching syphilis, her countless academic failures, and general inability to find self-worth. Even though she hadn't exactly been The Woobie throughout the fic and many of her challenges seemed to be self-deserved, she found her own happy ending.
  • The Bridge to Terabithia fandom, notably of the 2007 Disney film adaptation, has a special disdain for the movie-exclusive character Scott Hoager, who continues to bully Jess Aarons even after Leslie Burke's death. But in the LDD-fanfic, Bridge to Terabithia 2: The Last Time, the writer ElleFred took the effort to redeem Scott by including a chapter where Scott, now a teenager, and his sidekick-cum-fellow bully Gary Fulcher meets Jess and Leslie (retconned from her alleged "death") and actually spoke to each other directly for the first time in 6 years. Scott eventually apologized to Jess for being a bully and they actually became quite chummy, although Jess still doesn't consider Scott or Gary as friends, but more of acquaintances. But what really takes the cake is that in the Distant Epilogue, Scott ends up married to Jess' ex-girlfriend, the OC Sonia Taylors who is stated to have the body of a supermodel, as well as joining the military after graduation and becoming an Army Sergeant. Best of all? Scott and Sonia ends up having a son who becomes best friends with Jess' and Leslie's daughter.
  • The story No, I am NOT a Brony, GET ME OUTTA EQUESTRIA! has a Fourth-Wall Mail Slot chapter in which BronyWriter pulls the hero, TD Powell back to Earth for the purposes of the Q&A, and while he makes it clear that he'll be sending TD back to Equestria for future chapters, he lets him have his date with his longtime crush Danae first.
  • In Those Lacking Spines, Vexen has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after his encounter with the Lazy Town Cake Song among other things. He spends most of Chapter 10 relaxing in a lounge while Lexaeus and Xaldin are fighting Bishounen Gutless.
  • In the Space Quest Incinerations fan game, General Bruce Havok (one of the most badass guys in the galaxy and Gordon Freeman expy) says to Roger Wilco (janitor savior of the galaxy yet perpetual Chew Toy Extraordinaire) that he knows of Roger's heroism and is a big fan (much to Bea's annoyance). While he did treat Roger like crap earlier, it's largely because it's been many years since Roger's exploits have occurred and thus Bruce didn't realize he was dealing with that Roger Wilco (since it's a relatively common name), and Roger is something of a Jerkass when he's not saving the galaxy.
  • In the Bleach story A Black Heart Ichigo lets Kon takeover his body to get laid while Ichigo takes care of some business.
  • In Uninvited Guests, after enduring 41 chapters of craziness, Toshiro Hitsugaya is happy when Nanao Ise takes over as his lieutenant, a partner who actually does her job. The narration even points out that the universe may throw you a bone if you work hard and never give up.
  • In the Danny Phantom fanfiction Harmless, Klemper now has the ghost dog, Cujo. At last, the lonely ghost has some friends.
  • In one Kim Possible fanfiction, Drakken complains about his plan going wrong and his base being destroyed on his birthday. So Ron convinces him to use a machine to drop several gallons of oil on the fighting Kim and Shego; in exchange, Ron would hold off on destroying the base for a while. Upon seeing the results, Drakken declares it his best birthday ever.
  • In Sekirei? Is that some new species of little sister? Naruto routinely unwings Sekirei then blocks their ability to be winged either to save them from abusive Ashikabi and/or allow them to make their own decisions without being influenced by their bond. While Minato has been the Butt-Monkey for most of the story, including both Matsu and Tsukiumi finding him pathetic once they weren't drawn to him, Musubi still loved him after her bond was severed. In fact, neither knew it was severed until they kissed and she didn't sprout wings.
  • God Slaying Blade Works has several omakes where Kariya Matou, one of the biggest Butt Monkeys of Fate/Zero, gets to earn his happy ending, and one where the 4th Holy Grail War's Lancer gets to die a heroic death just like he wanted instead of getting betrayed and killed like a dog.
  • Parsee Mizuhashi from the Touhou Project is a literal Green-Eyed Monster taken to its logical conclusion: She is Driven by Envy, jealousy sustains her and her power to make other people envious is born from her own jealousy of them. Everything in her existence revolves around this misery, around how she's physically incapable of being content with what she has and always envies others for what what they have that she does not... In the fandom she's most commonly shipped with the drop-dead gorgeous and incredibly strong Yuugi Hoshiguma... Of course, Parsee still cannot be happy with what she has and will always find some way to sour her own fortune, but at least Yuugi is always there to support her.
  • The fanmade animatic "Quest for the Northwest" from Gravity Falls Deep Woods throws one to Pacifica Northwest, who's given a break from her Abusive Parents and runs away a few hours to have fun with Dipper and Mabel. Another is thrown at the "Free Pizza" guy, who finally manages to get a pizza when the kids offer him one.
  • Ultra Fast Pony: Despite being a Sadist Show, full to the brim with Black Comedy, the show resident Butt Monkeys occasionally get a bone:
    • Subverted in Purple Party Pooper, which opens with Twilight happily singing to herself, because it's her birthday and despite their differences, the rest of the Mane Six are coming to celebrate... before Spike tells her they're not coming. Cue Cluster F-Bomb.
    • Cheerilee is constantly pushed around, insulted, and even manipulated by her own students. But after one of the girls schemes leads to her waking up married to Big Mac, on a bed in the hole in the middle of the road, they go on to be Happily Married.
    • Luna is finally accepted by Ponyville, at the end of "Utter Lunacy". Though zigzagged, as she doesn't no how exactly that happened and the episode ends on her being utterly confused.
    • Spike, who is treated like a slave by his clingy "adopted mother"/owner Twilight on top of being a general Butt-Monkey. But unlike Twilight, The Mane Six actually showed up for his birthday. Also, he occasionally gets away with making a snide remark at Twilight.
    • Despite Twilight and Spike having a very unhealthy relationship, they both occasionally show they care about each other deep down.
    • Rainbow Dash probably ties with Spike and Luna for biggest Butt-Monkey of the cast, without even counting her Hilariously Abusive Childhood. Never the less, she actually gets a few of these:
      • After (accidentally) saving a child in a well, she is briefly treated as a hero. She also went for ice cream with Scootaloo later on, who herself is the No Respect Guy in the CMC.
      • Twilight actually shows up to spend time with her in the hospital.
      • Her human counterpart in The Equestria Girls universe, is the most popular girl in school.
      • Soarin accepting her as his adopted daughter, after going her whole life without a parental figure who genuinely loved her.
      • Pinkie Pie 2 actually standing up for her, after Cheese Sandwhich mistakes her for a demon and tries to kill her.
    • For a brief moment while in the dream world, Luna and Scootaloo actually enjoy each other's company.
  • In An 'April Fool's' Errand, despite having a holiday based off of Homer's slanderized account of how he met his wife, Hades is happy just to have a holiday dedicated to him for once.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Victor Fries surrenders after learning that his wife Nora has been cured of her terminal illness by the Quirk she developed in cryostasis. After spending fifteen years in Arkham as a model inmate, he leaves a free man and gets to reunite with his wife, starting Fries Financial, an incredibly successful conglomerate. He seems to be held in high esteem by the events of the story and his granddaughter Wiktoria is offended when another girl calls him a "sentimental old fool".
  • Fate/Harem Antics: Shirou Emiya is sent a dream of Archer EMIYA's memories. In the memory, EMIYA takes down a group of Dead Apostles and arrives in time to rescue a little boy they were planning to eat. EMIYA became happy that for once in his life, he managed to save someone.
  • Fates Collide: Mercury Black constantly gets beaten up by everybody, usually Gilgamesh, and ends up losing one or both artificial legs. Then he manages to win Round 2 of the Grand Order Tournament, outlasting all his opponents, including Gilgamesh.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton (Danny Phantom, Western Animation, TV Series, and Comic Books.): After so many bad dates, Tucker decides to actually create an honest dating profile, and has a nice date with Velma Dinkley from Scooby-Doo.
  • In Everybody's Gotta Leave Sometime, the Peanuts gang have a last get-together before parting ways forever, and for once Charlie Brown gets a little of happiness sent his way. Long-time bullies Violet and her friend Patty praise him a bit in their own way, and Lucy Van Pelt points out that his baseball team always sticked by him, even though they hardly won any games. Peppermint Patty also gets a bone when Charlie decides to keep hanging out with her.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines:
    • Despite often getting blasted off by Ash, the Team Rocket trio gets a letter of praise from Giovanni after they capture Felgrand, telling them that they got massive raises and are in line to be promoted.
    • After being defeated in all of his battles against Ash, A.J. he's shown winning an important battle against Erika. He later gets strong Ship Tease with Jeanette Fisher as the two begin to travel together.
    • Jessie wins the Princess' Festival tournament and the doll set, since Misty doesn't take part in it this time around.
    • Resident Butt-Monkey Samurai manages to get through four rounds of the Indigo League. Though given that his fifth round opponent was Koga, that is as far as his bone gets him.
    • After the heartbreak in the first Butterfree Interlude, the next one gives him a chance for a Second Love.


    Films — Animation 
  • The credits of Cinderella III: A Twist in Time show that while Anastasia did not become a princess, she did get a nice boyfriend.
  • Features in the Futurama film Futurama M 1 Benders Big Score Bender's Big Score; Fry's dog Seymour, originally depicted as spending twelve years waiting for Fry after he was frozen when Fry never knew about it, now spends those twelve years living with Fry's time-paradox duplicate.

  • "Even the Losers" by Tom Petty.
    Baby, even the losers get lucky sometime
    Even the losers keep a little bit of pride
    They get lucky sometime...
  • Averted with "At Seventeen", Janis Ian's 1975 pop classic about teenage elitism and being shunned, where the narrator is not even so much as thrown a bone while all of her popular classmates get all of the attention, accolades and the cream off the crop of boys.
  • Referenced by name in the song The Ballad of Ira Hayes, written by Peter La Farge and most famously sung by Johnny Cash: "they let him raise the flag and lower it, like you'd throw a dog a bone."
  • In 2009-10, Lou Reed decided to make a tour inspired by Metal Machine Music, meaning over an hour of droning sounds in lieu of music. Naturally, the concerts were full of boos and walkouts, but the two gigs in Brazil had Reed doing something to reward whoever was left for an encore by actually singing.
  • Daft Punk's "Da Funk" music video follows Charles, a dog-man with a broken leg and a broken boombox that keeps blaring the song in question, as he walks through New York City at night. Though he's polite to everyone he meets along the way, he's generally treated brusquely by everyone he meets, and even when he has a pleasant conversation with a childhood friend named Beatrice who invites him to dinner, he can't follow her onto the bus because boomboxes aren't allowed. A few videos later, Charles returned (sans boombox or broken leg) for "Fresh" - he still has the same pleasant demeanor, but now he's a successful film actor with a Cool Car who's going out with Beatrice.

    Print Media 
  • MAD's Monroe is occasionally thrown a bone, though they often Yank the Dog's Chain in the very same comic. Two examples:
    • Getting to make out with his Irish cousin. When his parents find out, they force him to sleep in his roofless tree house in the pouring rain.
    • Having the school bully steal his date at the cinema, but then getting him to eat a rotten hot dog he found on the floor of The Rocky Horror Picture Show screening next door.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • During the kayfabe era in the WWF, Jobbers on television typically often didn't get got so much as any offense when they appeared on television, but many of them also appeared on televised cards at larger venues such as New York City's Madison Square Garden, where not only were they generally more competitive, some of them had solid victories over their foes. Examples include "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, Tiger Chung Lee, Danny Davis (and his masked alter-ego, Mr. X), Barry O, Scott Casey, The Moondogs (Spot, Rex and King), Los Conquistadores, Iron Mike Sharpe, S.D. Jones, Sam Houston, Tim Horner and others. Several were solid mid-carders; some had key roles in developing feuds (e.g., Davis, as part of his dishonest referee-turned-wrestler gimmick; Jones in André the Giant's feud with Bobby Heenan) while others, such as the Moondogs and Sharpe had main-event matches at some point.
    • Speaking of Los Conquistadores, they were one of the last two teams remaining at the WWF's 1988 Survivor Series, lasting 42 minutes before falling to the newly-turned-heel The Powers of Pain. While they were mercilessly beaten on by the face team every time they were in the ring, they somehow survived until the very end.
    • On occasion, in bigger promotions, the jobber, jobber-to-the-stars and mid-carders would — particularly at B Show and C-Show house shows — get title opportunities against champions (usually, brought along to help anchor a card or, especially if they have great potential, to show rare leadership opportunities) they would never get on television.
  • Howard Finkel, WWE's ring announcer during the 90s and early 2000s, was a Butt-Monkey almost any time he had any role in any storyline. However, during a feud between the mutually mulleted X Pac and Jeff Jarrett, Jarrett bullied Finkle (who was bald) as part of the buildup. After X-Pac won the hair versus hair match, Finkle got to help him shave Jarrett's head.
  • Stacy Keibler was a Designated Monkey for almost the entirety of her WWE career, despite being (mostly) a face: stripped, spanked, bullied by both men and women, beaten to within an inch of her life on several occasions, and constantly negatively compared to more "traditionally" beautiful Divas such as Torrie Wilson and Trish Stratus. And to top it all, she won only three matches over the course of a four-year run. But there was a brief period late in 2004 when she Took a Level in Badass, ascended to main-event status, and - arguably her proudest moment - entered a Divas' Battle Royal at that year's Taboo Tuesday and managed to stay in the ring for most of the match, outlasting every other face Diva.
    • WWE actually had a much bigger bone planned for her: Stacy was originally booked to win Taboo Tuesday and become Women's Champion. However, the day of the match, she told the WWE brass she didn't deserve to be champion, as she was not a wrestler. Instead, they did a half-hearted Status Quo Is God by letting Molly Holly (the woman Stacy pinned three weeks in a row going into Taboo Tuesday) be the one to eliminate her. Stacy fully reverted back to her Faux Action Girl status shortly afterwards, losing a bra-and-panties match to newcomer Christy Hemme.
  • Zack Ryder had been WWE's Butt-Monkey for years, but at WrestleMania 32, he won the opening ladder match to become Intercontinental Champion. He lost it the next day on Raw, but no one can take away his WrestleMania moment.

  • Australian Rules Football: Going into the 2016 season, the Western Bulldogs had only won one premiership, way back in 1954, and hadn't played in a Grand Final since 1961. During that time, they had lost seven Preliminary Finals between 1985 and 2010, narrowly avoided being merged in 1989, and suffered near-constant financial troubles. Then, in round 3, captain Bob Murphy injured his knee and was out for the season. They finished seventh after the home-and-away season, and were underdogs (pardon the pun) all through the finals — against the West Coast Eagles in Perth, then reigning three-time premiers Hawthorn, then Greater Western Sydney in Sydney, before finally making it to the Grand Final against the top-placed Sydney Swans... and they won. Even injured captain Bob Murphy got a happy ending, with coach Luke Beveridge calling him up during the presentations and giving his premiership medal to him.
    • The following season had Richmond win the premiership, having last won in 1980. They were up against heavy favorites Adelaide, who had placed first on the ladder for the 2017, and scored 108 against Adelaide's 60, even going as far as to deny them a goal in the second quarter. Richmond would win again in 2019 and 2020 against Greater Western Sydney and Geelong, respectively, and Adelaide got the wooden spoon in 2020.
  • For the 2016 All-Star game, the NHL opened voting up to the fans to select some of the team members. An online campaign made a push for nominating John Scott as captain of the Pacific Division. Scott was a 33-year-old enforcer who had five goals in his entire career and who generally played a few minutes a night on the fourth line (on those nights where he wasn't relegated to the press box or sent to the minors) - he was much slower and less skilled than the All-Stars he would be playing alongside and many of the organizers thought it would be hilarious to watch him try and keep up. Scott was reportedly embarrassed at the campaign initially but, as it gained steam and he rose to the top of the fan polls, he decided to make the most of it and attend with his family, publicly reasoning that it was an opportunity he otherwise would never get. The league, upset at the mockery of what they saw as one of their premier events, quietly fumed but stated they would abide by the poll results (publicly at least - Scott would later reveal that league officials approached him in private and asked him to either decline the invite or fake an injury so that someone else could take his roster spot). However, two weeks before the All-Star game, Scott was abruptly traded from the Phoenix Coyotes to the Montreal Canadians (with some rumors indicating that Scott's inclusion in the trade had been encouraged or facilitated by the league itself), who signaled that they did not plan to use him on their team and sent him to the minors instead, potentially rendering him ineligible for inclusion in the All-Star game (as he was no longer technically an NHL player). Fans - including many who had not initially supported the campaign - were furious that Scott would not even get to attend the All-Star Game after he had been put through the campaign and, as an added kicker, Scott was being sent to the opposite side of the continent from his family when his wife was pregnant with twins. After several days of outrage from the fanbase, the NHL relented and announced that Scott would still be allowed to participate in the All-Star Game after all. The game wound up being a highlight reel for Scott - he received the loudest applause at the player introductions, scored two goals in the semi-final game, got in a mock-fight with Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks, captained his team to victory in the final game, and was voted tournament MVP despite the fact that his name was not included on the initial ballot. Scott was hoisted on his teammates shoulders while giving an interview and was approached with several sponsorship deals and a movie deal after the tournament. He would eventually retire from professional hockey at the end of the season.
  • The sheer fact that, after 108 years, the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series in 2016.
  • For 636 days leading into September 20, 2018, the Cleveland Browns foot hadn't won a game even going 0-16 in 2017. The 2018 season was no different after tying in the first game and narrowly losing their second. However, after their newly-drafted quarterback Baker Mayfield rallied from a 11-point deficit after halftime to secure the franchise's firsts victory in over two years, Cleveland celebrated as if won the Super Bowl.
    • Before this was Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-ever win in their second season in 1977 after going winless in their inaugural season.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • After years of being the game's Butt-Monkey, shown dying in droves in the fluff, getting saddled with unplayable units, and being to some extent incompatible with the current core rules, around the transition to 4th Edition the Imperial Guard finally got a decent codex. Their 5th edition update brought such treats as support gunships and the ability to field more tanks than any other army, pushing the guard into full Who's Laughing Now? territory. They are the largest unified military force in the galaxy and get to act it.
    • The Dark Eldar went over a decade without an update to their extremely limited and increasingly dated model range and notoriously unforgiving rulebook, before finally getting not just a codex packed full of background fluff and viable units, but some of the most detailed models Games Workshop has ever produced.
    • The Fall of Cadia campaign ends with the Chaos Space Marines under Abaddon the Despoiler finally steamrolling through Cadia and blowing the entire planet to kingdom come after twelve similar thwarted Black Crusades, beating the combined forces of the Imperium, the Eldar, the Necrons and the Dark Eldar and Harlequins.

    Web Animation 
  • In Happy Tree Friends, Cuddles (the character who has died the most) and Giggles (the runner-up) are in a relationship. Episodes showing this, however, end with both of them dying horribly...except for one. The episode "I Nub You" have them as a counterpoint to the romance between Handy and the newly-handless Petunia. (Cuddles pushes Giggles on a swing: Handy finds doing the same tricky, so they just ride a see-saw; Cuddles and Giggles hold hands: Handy and Petunia tie their bandages together, and so on). Although Petunia and Handy, as the stars of the episode, die horribly, Cuddles and Giggles get to live.
  • My Little Pony Meets:
    • Lyra and Bonbon are victims of constant physical abuse, without doing anything to deserve it, what so ever. But in Toucan LDM meets My Little Pony, they manage to lore the very creator of the show to Ponyville, and get to have a little well deserved payback.
      • To a much lesser extent in Elsa meets, where it briefly looks like they are going to be hit by something.. only for nothing to happen.
      • Subverted in The Joker meets, where they see The Batmobile about to crash into them, like it did in the original Bat Man meets, only for Lyra to grab Bonbon saying "not this time" and teleporting them away at the last second... off of a cliff.
    • After being beat up in early episodes, Spike actually gets to be a hero in both Rapunzel meets where he aids Rarity in saving the titular character and Godzilla meets, where in his "monster form" he fights Godzilla to a draw and is celebrated by Ponyville, after convincing the Kaiju to go peacefully.
  • In RWBY Chibi after spending three seasons of being ignored, mocked and all around being the Butt-Monkey, Jaune gets his due in "JNPR Dreams" where he's Huntsman of the Year and Team RWBY, JNPR, Penny and Velvet all cheer for him. In the waking world, the rest of Jaune's teammates are just amused by it with Pyrrha asking Ren and Nora not to wake him as he looks so adorable.

    Real Life 


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Alternative Title(s): Give The Dog A Bone


Mercy to Beatrice

At the end of an episode that showed us how horrible Beatrice's life was, BoJack eschews taking his anger out on her and instead lets her believe she's in a happy place.

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