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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.
  • Arknights:
  • Batman: Arkham Series:
    • 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.
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    • 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.
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  • Battletech: Dekker, one of the starting pilots, is notorious for constantly managing to get himself killed.
  • 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!
  • BlazBlue and Blazblue Cross Tag Battle:
    • Ragna the Bloodedge. 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. 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.
    • 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 in Cross Tag Battle, and for having a boastful hardass attitude while having the least battle experience of the four protagonists - yes, the young 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 Cross Tag Battle beta note . As a result, many pictures of Yukiko being badly bruised/beaten up surfaced.
  • 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). It also doesn’t help that the attempt to branch him out into cartoons ended in failure and didn’t even make it past the pilot. Even worse, his overused Catchphrase in the episode, “What could possibly go wrong?”, became a meme on its own for how badly it was Tempting Fate for the show’s future.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 misquote 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Donkey Kong Country: King K. Rool used to be the butt of many Smash-related jokes, especially when it was revealed that he would be included in the fourth game... As a Mii costume. This would dissipate once he eventually became a playable character in Ultimate.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Dragon Quest II: The Prince of Cannock tends to be characterized as The Load in fan works due to his low damage output compared to the other two (never mind that his primary function in battle is for support), tendency to die quickly, and limited equipment options. In Japan, mentioning that "the Prince of Sumaltria's strongest weapon is the Iron Spear" is often used to reference this. It reaches a point where Tonnura, a particularly lame-sounding one of his randomly-generated names in the Japanese version, has become shorthand for describing useless and incompetent people across all Japanese media.
    • Dragon Quest VI: Terry's legendary Overrated and Underleveled status has been a longstanding meme within the Dragon Quest community, with the Japanese playerbase even nicknaming him "voucher" due to him being required to recruit the vastly more useful Lizzie. It reached a point where 2Chan had to amend its "What's the most useless thing in the Dragon Quest series" poll to include "(other than Terry)" due to the overwhelming number of votes for him.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Tidus is a big source of mockery in the fanbase. Mostly because his personality before his Character Development was that of a Dumb Jock with daddy issues, plus his infamous fake laugh scene. This ignores how much he matured over the course of the game, and while he never reaches Auron levels of cool, he is a respectable person and fighter by the end.
    • Vaan and Penelo are simultaneously the Tagalong Kid duo while also technically being the main characters of their game, leading to fans hating them and considering them The Load despite them never actually being a hindrance to the party’s efforts, and to the contrary quite helpful. This is because they are seen as having taken the “main character” position away from the much more interesting possibilities of Ashe, Basch, or Balthier, who are instead treated as supporting characters to Vaan despite having more interesting personalities and, in the case of the former two, more importance to the politics of their world. Vaan gets it a little worse than Penelo for also having weird-looking abs and looking like a buffoon during the “I’m Captain Basch from Dalmasca!” quest early on in the game. Despite this hate, they are both competent characters with surprisingly good fighting skills in spite of being ordinary teens in a plot far beyond their scope.
    • Cloud and Squall either have this status or Memetic Badass status depending on the fan. The fans that consider them losers are the ones who love to hone in on their "emo" personalities and act as if these two are too mopey to ever do anything useful. In Squall's case, he was genuinely a downer at the start of the game, but then he went through Character Development and got better as the story went on. In Cloud’s case, one could blame the spin-offs for flanderizing him into being overtly sulky. The original game only had him get severely depressed after Sephiroth completely destroyed his mind, making the situation very understandable. In reality, both characters are genuinely competent people who are far more than the "mopey" stereotype they get saddled with. Cloud's status as this has also been decreasing over time, with Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015), Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Super Smash Bros. bringing his cockier and more confident aspects of his personality to the forefront.
    • In spite of the attempts of Final Fantasy XIV to portray the Ascians as intimidating, machiavellian schemers and powerful sorcerers manipulating the affairs of the world from the shadows, many of their prominement players have... less than flattering depictions by the fanbase for one reason or another.
      • Despite being one of the main antagonists for A Realm Reborn and being an acknowledged leader of the Ascians, Lahabrea gets treated as the biggest loser in the game by the fandom due to the fact that his boss fight at the end of the main ARR content is an absolute joke, his rather stock and one-note Smug Snake characterization, as well the fact that even his fellow Ascians show him no respect whatsoever. Has become something of an Ascended Meme, as even after his death, whenever he gets brought up by one of his colleagues it's usually just to point out how incompetent he was. To add some meta salt in the wound, he doesn't even have a unique boss theme, unlike his other unsundered brethren! It's to the point that not even Yoshi-P and translator/lore developer Michael Christopher Koji Fox can remember his name during the announcement of his return in the 6.x 8-Man Raid Series Pandæmonium!
      • Elidibus has begun to attain this status around the end of Stormblood, due to having multiple plans blow up in his face and getting beaten down by two separate characters in rapid succession, one of them offscreen. At the end of Shadowbringers, he even acknowledges that his status as a manipulative schemer has fallen to pieces and that he's basically winging it now. Fortunately, he rebounded hard with patches 5.2 and 5.3, turning around into being a very popular villain through his very sympathetic background and rather awesome final battle.
      • Fandaniel became one of these in his debut cutscene. His claim to "fame" is giving a hammy evil monologue... to an utterly bored-looking Zenos who doesn't even remember his name. Even his green-lighting of Fandaniel's plan sounds more like he just wants the guy to shut up and leave already. It also doesn't help that he possesses Asahi, one of the most punchable characters in the story.
      • While not an Ascian; Gaius, specifically in his appearance in the Praetorium, is very memed on in the community. On top of his very hammy dialogue, some very impatient players managed to find exploits that allowed them to kill Gaius while he's monologuing during an unskippable cutscene, causing players to joke that by his lengthy monologue ends, the dungeon is already over.
  • 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.
  • Chihaya Kisaragi from The iDOLM@STER video games also becomes a butt monkey to the fandom due to her canonical flat chest size.
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  • 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.
      • In the next game, Melody of Memory, Status Quo Is God prevailed and Kairi got kicked out of the final boss fight of her own game. She ended up becoming a Damsel in Distress at the last moment, leading to Sora fighting the final boss for her. Meaning that the turnaround in the Re:Mind did not stick, and she has returned to Memetic Loser status. She is now supposed to begin training with Aqua, since her training with Merlin apparently failed, and it remains to be seen if she will finally be done with the damsel in distress role after this.
    • 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 Dr. Jumba Jookiba 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 was 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, thwarting his attempt to force the Beast into a Sadistic Choice between Belle and the rose. 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.
  • Among Kirby fans, Dark Nebula is often viewed as this due to being an Anti-Climax Boss who is actually easier to beat with a Copy Ability other than its game's Infinity +1 Sword.
  • Knights of the Old Republic: In stark contrast to his former master/archenemy Revan, Darth Malak does not have an especially good reputation amongst fans. Despite being the Big Bad of the first game and a legitimately powerful Sith Lord, he's also a bit of a General Failure who relies on minions a lot, and fans tend to exaggerate both those qualities and feel he wouldn't even be a threat if he didn't have access to the Star Forge. The constant reminders that he is Revan's inferior really don't help this; they were probably just meant to give some insight on his motivations, but ended up painting him as a jealous, petty Manchild in the eyes of players.
  • 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 video she appears in.
  • 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 Trails 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.
  • 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.
    • In the early 2010s, (and even now to some extent, though much less so), a popular meme was taking Groose’s theme and playing it over various scenes from other media, witnessing how much dopier it made the scenes look. For example, Batman looks much more pathetic while fighting Bane, Gaston’s proposal looks even more embarrassing than it already did, even drunk people in real life look more oafish, etc. The meme was called “Groose’s theme goes with everything”, and was seen as the loser-counterpoint to the “Guile’s theme goes with everything” meme, in which Guile’s theme seemed to make everything look more awesome while Groose’s theme seemed to make everything look more cringeworthy and embarrassing. Although Groose was a comic relief character anyway, the popularity of his theme and the meme that came out of it has made his loser status escalate to amazing levels, despite him actually having Character Development and getting better within the game itself.
    • While most of Ganondorf’s portrayals are still widely respected, both In-Universe and by the fandom, his reputation as the absolute worst character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl has more or less destroyed the reputation of his “Twilight Princess” incarnation, due to the games sharing the same Ganondorf model and voice clips. In the Smash Bros. series, Ganondorf is a slower and stronger clone of Captain Falcon, but since Captain Falcon ironically became much slower in Brawl himself, Ganondorf’s speed just became pitiful to the point that every other character can almost always interrupt his attacks before he is able to actually use them. Even the game’s creator, Masahiro Sakurai, doesn’t play well as him, and he’s the one who created the game! Even Ganondorf’s movements just look embarrassing. Due to the emphasis on him being a heavyweight fighter, his movements come across and slow and sluggish, which makes the fandom joke that he’s become out of shape and just isn’t suited to fighting anymore. Thankfully, due to each Legend of Zelda era redesigning all of the characters each time, the previous and new Ganondorfs have not had their reputations affected by what happened to the Twilight Princess incarnation.
  • 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.
  • Kai Leng's character is one of the most heavily mocked aspects of Mass Effect 3 that doesn't involve the infamous ending, owing to his remarkably poor performance for somebody the game tries to build up as one of Cerberus's top operatives, along with the many traits he has in common with the stereotypical edgy fan-character. Common points brought up against him are Thane managing to get the drop on him while dying from a terminal illness, his own mooks being more of a threat in combat than he is, the fact the one time his evil plans actually succeed he immediately sends Shepard an email to gloat about it, a passage from Mass Effect: Deception in which he steals Anderson's cereal in the middle of an infiltration mission because he's "something of an adrenaline junkie", and him ultimately being so ineffectual that players routinely forget he exists until someone brings him up to make fun of him again.
  • 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. Making it even worse is a Good Bad Bug that allows you to One-Hit Kill him in the middle of his intro animation (Turbo Man suffers from the same glitch, but his cool design means his reputation doesn't suffer for it like with Spring Man).
    • 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.
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  • Metroid:
    • Ridley became the butt of many jokes about his size preventing him from becoming a playable character in Super Smash Bros. after Masahiro Sakurai claimed as such in an interview. 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, eventually leading to a full comeback Metroid marketing for 2021's long-awaited Metroid 5 game, Metroid Dread.
    • Kraid is often remembered by fans as one of the earliest bosses of Metroid, sharing status with Ridley and Mother Brain, and being The Un-Favourite of the three. For the longest time, he only appeared in three Metroid games, with one being a Video Game Remake of the first game, and has barely any characterization.note  In contrast, Mother Brain is characterized as the Big Bad with a memorable boss fight in Super Metroid and Ridley gets promoted as a Recurring Boss with a personal rivalry towards Samus. There are many fan comics depicting Kraid literally begging for a boss role in a new Metroid game, only to be shafted in favor of Ridley. By the time he finally comes back as a chained-up boss in Metroid Dread, fans joked that Nintendo themselves imprisoned Kraid on ZDR the whole time, explaining why he never appeared in a Metroid game for over 17 years. The fact that Samus seems unimpressed with Kraid's attempt to scare her — a stark contrast to how she reacts to Ridley in Other M — ensures that Kraid will be remembered as the Butt-Monkey of the Space Pirates, reduced as a mere pet on a leash for the Big Bad by the end of the Metroid Myth Arc.
  • 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.
  • Milon's Secret Castle: Milon gets this for wearing what may be pajamas and using bubbles as weapons.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • While otherwise every bit The Champion the game and fandom portray him as, Leon quite simply couldn't find his way home on a straight road without his younger brother's help. This often extends in fanworks to him stumbling into alternate realities.
  • 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? According to both Word of God and the leaderboards in Super Punch-Out!!, it was Nick Bruiser.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
      • While your partners in the PS2 releases as a whole get shades of this for their Artificial Stupidity, Mitsuru is most infamous for this thanks to "Mitsuru, I'm dying..." "MARIN FUCKING KARIN!"Explanation 
      • Despite her being well-liked by a lot of fans, the Female Protagonist can be treated like this thanks to her not being canon as well as not being in Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night. Fans like to treat her as the personal Butt-Monkey of Atlus. However, her appearance in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth caused this trope to be slightly subverted.
    • After the Female Protagonist from Persona 3 was confirmed in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, the protagonists of the first Persona game and the Persona 2 duology are now getting this treatment with jokes about them acting disappointed that they are not in this game.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • After the Wally West vs Archie Sonic DEATH BATTLE!, jokes at the expense of the Sonic franchise as a whole started becoming more and more common, as watchers started realizing that the last time a Sonic character had won a battle prior to Season 8's "Shadow The Hedgehog vs Ryuko Matoi" was in "Amy Rose VS Ramona Flowers", back in Season 3. Making this worse, one of Sonic's losses was in his rematch with Mario, which means that one of his prior victories was retroactively undone. The ending of the Wally West vs Archie Sonic fight also plays a role in this, as it ends with Sonic being hit so hard that he becomes Ret-Gone, leading to Death Battle fans jokingly treating him as an Un-person. This is despite the fact that it was described as an extremely close match between two of the most powerful combatants to ever appear on the show, with Sonic simply having the bad luck of being matched up with one of the very few characters that stands a chance against him.
    • Eggman's Egg Mobile-D or the drill car in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is widely regarded as the easiest boss in the series and is routinely mocked by fans in fanart and animations.
  • 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.
  • The 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.
  • Star Fox:
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  • 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.
  • In Total War: Warhammer, Total War: Warhammer II:
    • 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.
    • Despite being the epitome of Evil Is Cool, the fans will always remember that Malekith has been living with (and sleeping with, despite that concept being dropped in 8th edition), his mother for centuries.
    • Tretch Craventail's entire story is how it's better to be lucky than good. Because of that, though, fans like to portray him as an overpromoted clanrat who is barely fit to appear in the same roster as Ikit Claw, Deathmaster Snikch, Queek Headtaker, Lord Skrolk, and Throt the Unclean. Of course, fans like him precisely because of how much of an ordinary loser he is compared to the other, more exceptional Skaven lords.
    • The Beastmen faction as a whole has earned this reputation over time, being the butt of many jokes due to how notoriously neglected they have been and frequently taking a backseat to many other factions in terms of Old World updates. It finally ended with their DLC The Silence and the Fury which updated their mechanics to be a very strong race.
  • Touhou Project:
    • 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.
  • 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!).
  • Daigo Dojima of Yakuza is actually a popular and well-liked character amongst fans, but nevertheless tends to be viewed this way due to him constantly getting kidnapped, beaten up, shot, or otherwise endangered in nearly every game, as well as frequently proving incapable of controlling the Tojo Clan.


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