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Basic Trope: A character who is constantly put through hell.

  • Straight: Bevis T. Monkey's day was unlucky: He got hit in the groin and was stung by bees.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Bevis T. Monkey gets hit in the face, and stung by one bee every month.
    • The whole cast regularly takes comical abuse, Bevis just takes the worst of it.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • A truck was about to hit Bevis T. Monkey when he was crossing the street but stopped at the last minute...
    • Bevis's abuse gets to the point where it isn't funny anymore.
    • Bevis is usually unlucky but he occasionally gets some luck.
    • Bevis eventually gets tired of his treatment and pulls a Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal.
  • Double Subverted:
    • It was the bus next to the truck that ran Bevis over.
    • Then the abuse Crosses the Line Twice.
    • Bevis gets an award thinking he's no longer a butt monkey, but then it gets taken from him.
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    • Bevis's new group treats him just as bad.
  • Parodied: Pretty much everything Bevis T. Monkey does fails spectacularly. And his life is a seemingly endless chain of Disaster Dominoes and Humiliation Conga. He's got to have sanity (or faith) made of iron if he's not screaming Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter by now.
  • Zig Zagged: Bevis almost gets hit by a car, but the car stops. What does hit him is the baseball that rolls off the roof of a nearby building. But it turns it to be autographed, and worth thousands of dollars! Then he trips and falls down a hill. Into a river. But he finds a gold ring in the bottom of the stream! So he goes to the pawn shop... and gets mauled by a bear on the way.
  • Averted: Bevis T. Monkey is not particularly unlucky, nor is he especially lucky.
  • Enforced: The creators needed comedy relief so they created Bevis
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  • Lampshaded: “Why do these bad things keep happening to me?”
  • Invoked: "I'm bored let's go pick on Bevis T. Monkey because that's always good for a laugh."
  • Defied: "We could pick on Bevis T. Monkey as usually, but maybe we should leave him alone for now."
  • Exploited: ???
  • Discussed: "Is it just me or does God seem to hate Bevis T. Monkey?"
  • Conversed: "Maybe we should cut Monkey some slack." Beat "Naaaaaahhhh..."
  • Deconstructed:
    • One day, Bevis gets a assault rifle and, without hesitating, starts to chase the people who make his life hell, killing them mercilessy.
    • The constant unluckiness kept bothering Bevis with increasing levels of misfortune to the point of breakage.
    • All the abuse Bevis goes through causes him to become very bitter and cynical to the point where he's afraid of being happy lest something bad happens as a result. Whenever anything goes his way, he becomes paranoid that its merely a set up for him to be knocked down in an exceptionally cruel way.
  • Reconstructed:
    • This completely tarnishes his pity from other people, who now see him as a violent madman. They end up mistreating Bevis even worse than his former tormentors, since he pretty much deserves it at this point.
    • All of the misfortune forces Bevis to overcompensate, resulting in the equivalent of Training from Hell. Character Development ensues, and Bevis promptly takes a level in badass.
    • In spite of all his bad luck, Bevis is The Stoic or manages to keep a Stiff Upper Lip. Due to this mentality, he never sees his bad luck as anything more than a bother or annoyance (even if logic says he really should). His low key reaction to the bad stuff that happens to him only serves to enhance the comedy.
      Bevis: (after having been hit on the head with a plate, which breaks on his head; in a bored tone) Ow.
      Bob: Wow. A year ago, you'd have been groaning in pain!
      Bevis: I've built up an immunity.
  • Played For Laughs: The Chew Toy
  • Played For Drama: The Woobie

Back to Butt-Monkey, if God doesn't smite me first...

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