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  • Undertale: The protagonist on a Genocide 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!).
  • Bubsy the Bobcat is perhaps one of the most (in)famous examples in video game history. The complete failure of his own franchise (which after the legendarily bad Bubsy 3D, laid dormant for 21 years), along with the character himself being insufferably annoying and being a One-Hit Point Wonder that can die to rolling cheese wheels and dripping chocolate, made Bubsy a common source of mockery among gamers (and the public in general).
  • Touhou:
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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:
    • Mega Man Legends: Teisel Bonne, who is bound to lose whenever he has to fight against Mega Man, a highly advanced precursor combat android. He gets captured early in the prequel The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, to the point that some parts of the fandom think of him as only being capable of this while forgetting all his raiding schemes before Bon Bonne and Tron came onto the scene, where he was generally successful up until encountering Mega Man.
    • Mega Man 2 brings us Metal Man, who is notoriously weak to his own weapon (which is, admittedly, a massive Game-Breaker). By "weak", we mean he dies in two hitsnote .
    • Bubble Man is one both in and out of universe. Not only is his theme bubbles, but he's saddled with Bubble Lead, the most useless weapon in the franchise. Supplementary materials made it even worse by revealing that not only is he a pathetic No Respect Guy who's desperately trying to get acknowledged, but he can't even walk properly when he's out of water due to a design flaw. Dr. Wily and the other Robot Masters laugh at him for that design flaw instead of fixing it. And this is just what's in canon; fanon is even more unforgiving to the poor guy...
    • From the same game again, Wood Man. He is a combat robot made almost entirely of wood that attacks by firing leaves at the opponent. If that sounds completely stupid to you, you're probably a better robot designer than Dr. Wily. Needless to say, there are a ton of parodies out there depicting Wood Man being exactly as incompetent as he sounds like he should be.
    • Top Man due to having a similarly ridiculous theme and having one of the hardest weapons to use in the series.
    • Toad Man, for his goofy design, theme (a frog-themed Robot Master?), and animations, as well as having not one, but two AI exploits that turn his fight into a complete joke.
    • Sheep Man was considered this when he was first revealed due to his odd, rather silly pun-based theme (sheep and electricity) and design. Then the game came out and opinion went the complete opposite way...
    • Spring Man is usually the go to example for Robot Masters that are considered "Wily scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas". Not only is his design ridiculous and non-threatening, he's featured in a game that also has a literal Junk Man as one of the other Robot Masters, and yet it's Spring Man that's remembered as the joke of Mega Man 7.
    • Spark Mandrill in Mega Man X is infamous for being an absolute joke if you have his weakness on hand. Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X apparently decided to pile on the disrespect even more by making him the Dumb Muscle of the group.
  • 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 loathes 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.
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  • Pokémon:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon‘s evil team, Team Skull, has this status for trying way too hard to be cool and not actually being that evil when you get down to it. It really helps that their leader, Guzma, is a silly Large Ham doofus. Anyone can see that they’re far more comic relief than legitimate threat. This is intentional, however, as it makes them very unique among the Pokemon villain teams for being much more lighthearted than the previous evil teams. It also hides that the Aether Foundation are the game’s true villain threat. Fans typically rank them in the top three best Pokemon villain teams specifically because of their endearing loser status in the fandom, with Team Rocket and Team Plasma typically as their competition. While the developers made them losers on purpose, the fans have run with it and love them for it.
  • 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:
    • Ridley also gets a similar treatment to the above two, being the butt of several jokes about his size apparently making him enviable as a playable character in Super Smash Bros.. However he's finally confirmed to be playable for Ultimate to the joy of many players and one of the highlights of E3 2018.
    • Samus herself sometimes gets this treatment. Jokes have been made that Nintendo simply forgot her birthday as Nintendo have not given a Milestone Celebration for Metroid's 25th and 30th Anniversaries. Often shown to be sad as she celebrates it alone. Not to mention there's Metroid: Other M. Thankfully, this is turning around with the announcements of Metroid: Samus Returns and Metroid Prime 4 at E3 2017.
  • 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 and he grows out of that attitude.
  • 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:
    • 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. This is to the point that experienced players can take enemies off guard by wearing these items, purely because Gibus-wearing players have a general reputation of incompetence.
    • Pyro is pretty much written off as the go-to class for noobs, brainless players, or those with poor internet connections. While the Pyro has a decent set of skills such as airblasting, the "W+M1" strategy is something that the Pyro couldn't shake off.
    • Sniper and Spy are this to a lesser extent as they have a reputation for being poorly utilized by new players and clogging a team with multiple Snipers/Spies when a Medic is much needed.
  • 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.
    • Arkham Origins made the Electrocutioner one. When his “boss fight” starts, many players get geared up for a challenge, and then... he goes down easily in just one hit. While his boss fight was definitely intended as a joke by the game developers, many Arkham series fans will now always bring him up as the weakest/lamest Batman villain ever due to his terrible showing here.
  • In Total War: Warhammer, Heinrich Kemmler was universally ridiculed for his horrible stats and useless campaign bonuses, making him absolutely useless to many players. It took significant updates to make him actually viable in singleplayer and multiplayer, but he's still subject to jokes and mockery based on his past uselessness.
  • With the many delays, growing pains, and the infamous launch for Mighty No. 9, Beck changed from the face of successful Kickstarter games, to the face of everything that 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, only for Capcom to promptly make the very well-received Mega Man 11 in-house and only a fairly short time later, making Mighty No. 9 look like nothing more than a pale imitation.
  • 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, but 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-plus franchises represented, and for having a boastful hardass attitude while having the least battle experience of the four protagonists - yes, the young Adorkable Perky Goth Ruby is actually more experienced than him, and she even snarks at him in their battle intro for it.
    • Yukiko got this reputation due to her status as the players' makeshift punching bag in the beta note . As a result, many pictures of Yukiko being badly bruised/beaten up 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 and being overly violent while still attempting to be kid-friendly. 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.
    • Speaking of Sonic Forces, the new villain Infinite already received a lot of jokes from fans for his "edgy" design but the Episode Shadow DLC made fans mock him even more as it was revealed his entire motivation for being evil was because he badly lost a fight against Shadow trying to avenge his teammates' failure and then threw a huge tantrum at Shadow gloating over him, making him come across as unintentionally comical, less a Tragic Villain and more a child throwing the mother of all temper tantrums.
    • Knuckles gets tricked by Eggman three times in the series canon and constantly loses the Master Emerald despite devoting his life to it, all while getting cheesy Boastful Rap tunes for his Image Song and stages in Sonic Adventure 2 that make him a major case of Badbutt. This has made fans treat him as an arrogant, hotheaded idiot (Sonic Shorts for instance makes him a constant Butt-Monkey). It doesn't help that SEGA themselves had him flanderized this way, being the constant butt of jokes in Sonic X and his Sonic Boom incarnation being an outright Dumb Muscle meathead without his original Master Emerald protector backstory.
  • 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.
    • Riven is pretty much the second game's equivalent of Crota; canonically, she's easily the most powerful enemy fought so far, and is the Final Boss of a major Wham Episode raid and the Forsaken storyline. Unfortunately, her raid is one of the most popular and often replayed, which has gradually led to more and more people discovering ways to completely cheese it, turning Riven into a laughable joke who tends to get utterly obliterated in the first phase her fight by Fireteams that aren't even especially well-equipped.
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  • Age of Empires II:
    • The Chinese get mocked repeatedly for being denied Hand Cannoneers, Bombard Cannons, and Block Printing, despite being rather well known for inventing all three of those in real life.
  • Dawn of War: Soulstorm
    • Indrick Boreale's bizarre and clunky exposition speech in his stronghold mission made him a Fountain of Memes amid the game's poor reception, to the point that he was canonically made one of the losers of the Kaurava campaign in Dawn of War II (and if Cyrus is the traitor, cites Boreale's incompetence as part of the reason for his betrayal of the Chapter).
    • General Vance Stubbs is, oddly enough, both this and a Memetic Badass due to a Beam Me Up accusing him of losing 100 Baneblades (he's informed that a shipment of 100 Baneblades just left the planet, forcing him to rely on importing the parts via transport during his stronghold level) but surviving getting his province overrun. Fanon widely held him to be the real winner of Kaurava, until Dawn of War III revealed the canon winner was fellow fan-favorite Gorgutz 'Ead'unter.
  • 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 can quickly melt anyone caught in the line of fire. 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 more pathetic.
    • Hanzo is considered as such. This is because he's a sniper, so typically he's far away from the Payload/capture point; the fact that he's HARD to play does not help. As such, Hanzo is generally stereotyped as an overconfident Miles Gloriosus who contributes to absolutely nothing and blames his team for screwing up.
    • Reinhardt also tends to be the butt of jokes, but for different reasons; he's generally stereotyped as the long-suffering Only Sane Man who is constantly being driven up the wall by incompetent teammates. A joke amongst Reinhardt mains is that his shield has a glitch that renders it invisible to teammates.
    • Genji, the resident green cyborg ninja, may 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.
    • Zenyatta is often affectionately made fun of, for his near-total lack of lore and general unimportance to the plot beyond being Genji’s teacher.
  • Kingdom Hearts
    • Due to his awful AI, tendency to go down in two hits, and horrible judgment in healing the player (often right after they heal themselves), Donald gets quite a few jokes thrown his way about his general uselessness. Until one little spell called Zettaflare catapults him straight to Memetic Badass territory.
    • Kairi due to getting shoved out of the spotlight and Demoted to Extra more and more with each passing game. She even went through Yank the Dog's Chain with this when Dream Drop Distance’s ending hyped up that she was getting trained in battle to presumably join you in Kingdom Hearts III. She does... for only the INTRO to a boss fight. Then Xemnas shows up to kidnap her, followed by Master Xehanort outright killing her to motivate Sora. She gets revived in the end of course, but still. No matter where her character goes from here, she will Never Live It Down that she has completely failed to do anything useful for so long.
      • Somewhat alleviated after she Took a Level in Badass for the Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind DLC and, after adding in a cutscene where she fought Xemnas to a standstill before he was able to capture her, she also canonically took down Armored Xehanort, THE FINAL BOSS OF THE WHOLE XEHANORT SAGA, in her first playable battle. While in the DLC specifically she has inverted this trope and become a Memetic Badass after this fight (because, while the fight is easier as Sora due to his better abilities, Kairi being able to take him down without the five games of buildup that Sora needed is extremely impressive), she still holds Memetic Loser status for everything else outside of this DLC.
    • Terra in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is basically the poster boy for Horrible Judge of Character. To the extent that he is that trope’s page image! He idiotically trusts the Obviously Evil villain at almost every single turn, from Master Xehanort to Maleficent to Queen Grimhilde to Captain Hook. However, Master Xehanort aside, this can mostly be attributed to his bad luck. Protagonists Sora, Ventus, and Aqua typically do the exact same thing as Terra does when showing up to a world: immediately trusting the first person they meet. (Hence the “Okay I believe you!” meme). Terra simply has the misfortune of always meeting the villain first while the other three typically meet the heroes first. Despite his competence otherwise, the amount of times his blind trust epically backfired on him and him never seeming to learn and overcome this flaw makes the fandom treat him like he’s the biggest idiot in the entire series, despite the existence of clearly stupider characters like Pete.
    • Demyx is an odd example of being this trope In-Universe but a Memetic Badass to the fanbase. No other character treats him with any respect or takes him seriously as a fighter, even though many players consider him to be one of the most difficult boss fights in the entire series. Considering the other characters still treat him like a Joke Character to this day, it appears this was unintentional Gameplay and Story Segregation on the developers’ part.
    • Kingdom Hearts III has the trend of turning the series’ previously badass villains into this. In fact, the true Organization as a whole could be considered this especially when compared to the old one. This is mainly because of the Memetic Loser moments of several individual members (listed below) plus the members needing to gang up on Sora in teams rather than the old Organization’s members being able to take him on individually. It also doesn’t help that the original Organization were all new characters who Sora had never fought before, making them unpredictable challenges, while the true Organization are all returning characters and thus the exact opposite.
      • Young Xehanort got this status after getting completely roasted by Woody of all people. In summary, Woody told Young Xehanort that no one has probably ever loved him before and that he’s hollower than any toy. His Lame Comeback that Woody only helped his Evil Plan by revealing that puppets can grow hearts did not help, especially because the Organization presumably already knew that anyway.
      • Vanitas got this status once he got “yeeted” (picked up and thrown out of the room) by Sully halfway into his Evil Gloating to Sora. This has earned him the unflattering Fan Nickname “Yeetus Vanitas” ever since. The worst part is that he doesn’t even return to the Monsters Inc. world after that. Sully literally just tossed him out of his world and Vanitas was apparently too humiliated to ever return.
      • Ansem gets pranked by PENCE of all people, and Pence actually succeeds at throwing him off of his game! Hayner also attempts to drop-kick him, although that turns out to be less successful. Still, getting hassled by these random teenagers with barely any combat ability at all is a huge fall from grace compared to how threatening he used to be in Kingdom Hearts I. Most fans compare how he came across in this scene to an old man yelling at kids to get off of his lawn.
      • Luxord’s defeat is slightly less remembered but no less funny. Captain Jack Sparrow gets fed up with his monologuing and breathes in his face, causing Luxord to actually fall overboard while recoiling from his bad breath. To be clear, this was no Breath Weapon, just a normal human breath. Like Vanitas, this concludes his role in the world, because he apparently too humiliated to return after that.
      • The original Organization XIII only had this kind of moment with Xaldin, who lost the Beast’s rose when Belle elbowed him in the gut. Getting owned by a Disney Princess, especially one not trained in any sort of combat, was definitely a Never Live It Down moment for him.
  • Metal Gear
  • Resident Evil:
    • Barry Burton is an odd example in that his actual character is quite competent, and this is even acknowledged by fans, but his absolutely atrocious voice acting and dialogue in the original version of the original game makes him a complete joke to the fanbase. What makes him stand out even more is that unlike Jill, Wesker, and Rebecca, who all had infamously awful voice acting and dialogue in the original game as well, the other three went on to redeem themselves in other games released not too long after. Jill redeemed herself in Resident Evil 3, Wesker redeemed himself in Code Veronica, and Rebecca redeemed herself in Resident Evil 0. The former two even reached Breakout Character status and became beloved faces of the series. Barry, meanwhile, didn’t return until Revelations 2, released in 2015, which was way later than when the other characters got redeemed in the late 90s/early 2000s, and by that point it was too late for his reputation. Even the remake of the first game didn’t entirely save him, because despite his much better voice actor and improved lines, the cheesiness inherent in his part of the script still made him come across as a bit of a doofus. His best/worst line, “you were almost a (laughs) Jill sandwich!”, has even become an Ascended Meme and gets referenced in some Capcom games. Yes, even Barry’s own creators still make fun of him to this day.
    • In Resident Evil 4, Ashley is a particularly infamous Damsel Scrappy. Even people who have never played the game may be familiar with her infamous shout of “LEON! HELP!” every two seconds. Even though it’s justified because she’s a teenage girl with no combat experience stuck in areas infested with zombies, Resident Evil fans still regard her as a massive loser simply because of how infamously annoying she got. It also doesn’t help that she has the Damsel Scrappy role in a series full of super-competent women such as Jill, Claire, Rebecca, Ada, Sheva, and Helena, who have no problems taking on the zombie hordes. Even Claire started off with no combat training, making Ashley look particularly bad compared to her.
  • Final Fantasy:
  • The Super Robot Wars fandom considers Expelled from Paradise as this when it made its debut in Super Robot Wars T. It's a solid series that can easily get in the game. However, it just so happens that it made its debut alongside Magic Knight Rayearth, Arcadia of My Youth - Endless Orbit SSX, and Cowboy Bebop, three anime series fans have been wishing for decades to show up in an SRW game. Not to mention, this particular game also included the return of Mobile Fighter G Gundam, GaoGaiGar, and GUN×SWORD. Coupled with the fact that there's no licensed soundtrack from the movie to show up in the game, its plot is heavily tied with Armored Trooper VOTOMS and that Word of God claimed that its inclusion was more Trivially Obvious and it's clear that Expelled really got the short end of the stick. Even its own enemies only show up for one map in the entire game!
  • Milon's Secret Castle: Milon gets this for wearing what may be pajamas and using bubbles as weapons.
  • Among Kirby fans, Dark Nebula often gets this due to being an Anti-Climax Boss who is actually easier to beat with a Copy Ability other than that game's Infinity +1 Sword.
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