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Apr 16th 2013 at 5:17:35 AM •••

"Charlie Brown is the world champion of this trope, forever destined to demolish all challengers to the throne in his hilariously cruel world, managing to find new and creative ways to make him fail at life."

I think I felt sorriest for Charlie Brown when he got an excellent score at bowling -and they spelled his name Braun on the trophy. :( Poor guy.

(Yes, Dad could take Charlie Brown to the bowling alley and get it fixed, but that's potential; to a kid, especially one with Charlie's luck, this would be devastating.)

Nov 19th 2012 at 1:14:34 AM •••


"It's all in the reflexes."

Jack Burton actually succeeds at just about everything he sets out to do. His only failures are missing out on two fight scenes, but otherwise he's in the thick of it, rescuing the damsels and defeating the bad guys. He has an inflated sense of importance, but he's not constantly failing.

Aug 23rd 2010 at 3:57:11 AM •••

  • Ash Ketchum, he's hardly won a battle since he lost that six-on-six battle to Paul.
    • Pretty much anyone on this show; they all eventually lose to rivals.

Pretty much the only achievement that is denied to them is win a "main" tournament.

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Aug 24th 2010 at 3:26:01 AM •••

That's enough for me to consider them Boring Failure Heroes - especially Dawn, who was not even allowed to defeat her rival Zoey.

Aug 24th 2010 at 3:31:45 PM •••

"Please note that being saddled with the pesky Status Quo Is God or Failure Is the Only Option tropes isn't enough to qualify someone as a Failure Hero; they must fail at not only the thing the shows says they can't succeed at but at nearly everything else due to continual plot contrivances." This is in the text of the trope.

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