Everybody Hates Chris, I mean, the title alone gives it away. :P
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The Walking Dead. I mean, just when Rick thinks everything is alright, his wife and friend die. He's forced to kill his traitorous best friend, and is on the run from motherfucking zombies throughout the entire series. Then, two of his friends are held captive in a place called Woodbury. Even after freeing them, yet another one of his friends is captured. He also loses his mind about halfway through season 3. I think that Rick's got it pretty bad.
Diabolus Ex Machina", where all logic is put aside to knock down whatever achievement a character has, in this case, Ash losing a league. It's not as common as the more well known Deus Ex Machina, but it's a thousand times more insulting to a character or show. When a character succeeds like Ash Ketchum you should feel good for them, but when this is done it makes it feel like the episode (or series) is taking a happy ending away from you specifically. It is also done in hand with another trope the Pokemon anime abuses, being the "Status Quo is God" trope, being the refusal to change the dynamic of a show, hence why the Pokemon anime refuses to change is because it abuses these two tropes.
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Cowboy Bebop - While Spike is blessed with being a badass, he never catches a break. It seems like he never gets to hand in a bounty, and he and the rest of the crew are eternally broke. This bad luck extends to the two other main characters as well (Faye and Jet).
Nothing ever goes right for Spike, and the flashbacks sprinkled throughout make it clear that this has been the case for some time.
Originally Posted by Ariel