History CharacterDerailment / WesternAnimation

9th Aug '17 6:02:41 AM MsCC93
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** Mr. Krabs is just as bad, going from [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold greedy and selfish but a good heart beneath it all]] and a positive character compared to Plankton, to an absolutely heinous person who is ''[[DesignatedHero worse]]'' [[DesignatedHero than Plankton, yet is still treated like a good guy]], [[KarmaHoudini which lets him get away with most of his crimes.]]
** [=SpongeBob=] himself may have gotten the worst of this. He started out as a naive, yet kindhearted guy who cared about everyone no matter what, and had the innocence of a child, to an obnoxious, nosy ManChild who pesters everyone he knows to play with him, he is often careless of others' safety, and cries and screams when his "friends" aren't around.
** [[TheDitz Patrick]] got progressively dumber as the series went on, going from average intelligence in the first season to pretty stupid in season 2 and 3 to virtually brain-dead in season 4 and onwards, he also became more of a JerkAss on occasion.

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** Mr. Krabs is just as bad, going goes from [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold greedy and selfish but a good heart beneath it all]] and a positive character compared to Plankton, a {{jerkass}} with little to an absolutely heinous person who is ''[[DesignatedHero worse]]'' [[DesignatedHero than Plankton, yet is still treated like a no good guy]], qualities. He even goes as far as to put others and himselv in danger just to get some cash. It doesn't help that he [[KarmaHoudini which lets him get gets away with most of his crimes.]]
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** [=SpongeBob=] himself may have gotten the worst of this. himself. He started out as a naive, yet kindhearted guy who cared about everyone no matter what, and had the innocence of a child, chil. He later gets derailed into to an obnoxious, nosy ManChild who pesters everyone he knows to play with him, he him. He is often careless of others' safety, and cries and screams when his "friends" aren't around.
** [[TheDitz Patrick]] got progressively dumber as the series went on, going on. He goes from average intelligence in the first season to pretty stupid TheDitz in season 2 and 3 to virtually brain-dead in season 4 and onwards, he onwards. He also became more of a JerkAss {{jerkass}} on occasion.
9th Aug '17 5:54:07 AM MsCC93
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** Lois' character changes could be at least somewhat justified. Being married to and living with a man like Peter for years could easily drive the most sane, sensible person crazy. One episode even implies this by showing a tumor in her brain after she mentions bottling up all the stress that Peter causes her.

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** Lois' character changes could be at least somewhat justified.understandable. Being married to and living with a man like Peter for years could easily drive the most sane, sensible person crazy. One episode even implies this by showing a tumor in her brain after she mentions bottling up all the stress that Peter causes her.
1st Aug '17 5:52:46 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Hell, lets say EVERYONE was derailed to some extent, literally the only exception is Nightcrawler, they all become massively incompetent, just to make Logan's CanonSue aspects all the more apparent.

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** Hell, lets say EVERYONE was derailed to some extent, literally the only exception is Nightcrawler, they all become massively incompetent, just to make Logan's CanonSue aspects all the more apparent.
15th Jun '17 1:12:40 AM TommyTiger
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** Mr. Krabs is just as bad, going from [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold greedy and selfish but a good heart beneath it all]] and a positive character compared to Plankton, to an absolute monster who is ''[[DesignatedHero worse]]'' [[DesignatedHero than Plankton, yet is still treated like a good guy]], [[KarmaHoudini which lets him get away with most of his crimes.]]

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** Mr. Krabs is just as bad, going from [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold greedy and selfish but a good heart beneath it all]] and a positive character compared to Plankton, to an absolute monster absolutely heinous person who is ''[[DesignatedHero worse]]'' [[DesignatedHero than Plankton, yet is still treated like a good guy]], [[KarmaHoudini which lets him get away with most of his crimes.]]
7th May '17 8:38:40 PM Gammaween10
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** Karen herself was always a BeleagueredAssistant, but was initially genuinely loyal and caring to Plankton despite her snarky qualities. Following the UnCancellation, she has seemingly [[TheEeyore lost all sense of enthusiasm]] and openly vents her utter contempt for Plankton, placing him into high order HenpeckedHusband territory.

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** Karen herself was always a BeleagueredAssistant, but was initially genuinely loyal and caring to Plankton despite her snarky qualities. Following the UnCancellation, [[UnCanceled UnCancellation]], she has seemingly [[TheEeyore lost all sense of enthusiasm]] and openly vents her utter contempt for Plankton, placing him into high order HenpeckedHusband territory.



** From the cast of ''Revenge of the Island'', we have Mike, Zoey, and Cameron. Ignoring the fact that this trio is one of the show's biggest SpotlightStealingSquads, they also went downhill during All-Stars. Mike got a [[ArcFatigue very unpopular subplot taking place inside his brain]], Zoey became TooDumbToLive by not realizing Mike was [[spoiler:actually Mal]] despite being warned by three different people, and Cameron was saved from elimination ''twice'' for no good reason, not to mention the fact that he also stupidly trusted Mike.

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** From the cast of ''Revenge of the Island'', we have Mike, Zoey, and Cameron. Ignoring the fact that this trio is one of the show's biggest SpotlightStealingSquads, {{Spotlight Stealing Squad}}s, they also went downhill during All-Stars. Mike got a [[ArcFatigue very unpopular subplot taking place inside his brain]], Zoey became TooDumbToLive by not realizing Mike was [[spoiler:actually Mal]] despite being warned by three different people, and Cameron was saved from elimination ''twice'' for no good reason, not to mention the fact that he also stupidly trusted Mike.
23rd Apr '17 11:34:43 AM MarioAndSpongeBobFan
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* Many of the characters in ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' have suffered from derailment... [[IncrediblyLamePun thankfully not literally]]. Edward, previously an old, kind and wise engine, became younger and ruder in later seasons.
** It's not just Edward that this has happened to. Percy went from a mischievous CloudCuckooLander to a naive, forgetful moron who can't pronounce simple words, Toby was a kind and confident CoolOldGuy but later became a wimp with self-esteem issues, and Skarloey, previously one of the oldest and wisest engines on the island, is now childish and afraid of ''everything'' (from thunderstorms to the incline yards to ''the wharf''). Thomas himself was once depicted as friendly and helpful, if somewhat cocky and brash. He's now a poorly-written CreatorsPet [[GaryStu Stu]] that is obligated to make appearances in every single episode (even episodes about the narrow gauge engines!) and dispense advice to everyone.
** Some derailments have been taken a different way in the CGI series, either reversed back, exaggerated or taken a different way altogether. Skarloey is back to his more mature and no nonsense persona, while Edward is kind again, albeit [[ExtremeDoormat to a fault]], unable to say no to others and easily dissuaded from his work. Thomas interchanges between his older and newer persona to erratic extremes while Toby's meekness has reached [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fluttershy]]/[[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Chuckie Finster]] levels, afraid of nearly anything that moves.
** Thankfully though, starting with Season 17, which came with a brand new writing team determined to return the show to its roots, almost everyone of the characters above have returned to their original selves.
** Diesel 10, who currently provides the page image, is a very unique case of derailment. In his debut in ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad'', he was a murderous monster who was out for blood, wanting to completely and utterly destroy the steam engines. In his second appearance in ''WesternAnimation/CallingAllEngines'', he's somehow become nicer with almost no given explanation, and quite willingly helps Thomas repair the new Sodor Airport. In his defense, it was related more to necessity since a decline in tourists brought in by the airport in question would've spelt doom for the entire railway, including him. Even so, he doesn't display any sort of gruffness or malice, and again, does it with a big ''smile'' on his face! However, when brought in for the CGI series, he became more of a mix of the two. Whilst he certainly wasn't nice like he was in CAE, it wasn't up to his TATMR persona, as he's now become more of a WellIntentionedExtremist in that he wants his fellow diesels to receive more praise and attention than what they have, believing that they've become overlooked in favor of the steam engines, and while he certainly doesn't LIKE them, he does realize when he's gone too far whenever he deals with them. It has given him more of a personality though, as some felt that his TATMR appearance was more of a GenericDoomsdayVillain than an actual character.

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* Many of the characters in ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' have suffered from derailment... [[IncrediblyLamePun thankfully not literally]]. For instance, Edward, previously an old, kind and wise engine, became younger and ruder in later seasons.
** It's not just Edward that this has happened to. Percy went from a mischievous CloudCuckooLander to a naive, forgetful moron who can't pronounce simple words, Toby was a kind and confident CoolOldGuy but later became a wimp with self-esteem issues, and Skarloey, previously one of the oldest and wisest engines on the island, is now childish and afraid of ''everything'' (from thunderstorms to the incline yards to ''the wharf''). Thomas himself was once depicted as friendly and helpful, [[SmallNameBigEgo if somewhat cocky and brash.brash]]. He's now a poorly-written CreatorsPet [[GaryStu Stu]] that is obligated to make appearances in every single episode (even episodes about the narrow gauge engines!) and dispense advice to everyone.
** Some derailments have been taken a different way in the CGI series, either reversed back, exaggerated or taken a different way altogether. Skarloey is back to his more mature and no nonsense persona, while Edward is kind again, albeit [[ExtremeDoormat to a fault]], unable to say no to others and easily dissuaded from his work. Thomas interchanges between his older and newer persona to erratic extremes while Toby's meekness has reached [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fluttershy]]/[[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Chuckie Finster]] Finster]]/[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Luigi]] levels, being afraid of nearly anything that moves.
** Thankfully though, starting with Season 17, which came with a brand new writing team determined to return the show to its roots, [[CharacterRerailment almost everyone of the characters above have returned to their original selves.
selves]].
** Diesel 10, who currently provides the page image, is a very unique case of derailment. In his debut in ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad'', he was a [[KnightofCerebus murderous monster who was out for blood, wanting to completely and utterly destroy the steam engines. engines]]. In his second appearance in ''WesternAnimation/CallingAllEngines'', he's somehow become nicer [[TookALevelInKindness nicer]] with almost no given explanation, and quite willingly helps ''helps Thomas repair the new Sodor Airport.Airport''. In his defense, it was related more to necessity since a decline in tourists brought in by the airport in question would've spelt doom for the entire railway, including him. Even so, [[ThePollyanna he doesn't display any sort of gruffness or malice, malice]], and again, does it with a big ''smile'' on his face! However, when brought in for the CGI series, he became more of a mix of the two. Whilst he certainly wasn't nice like he was in CAE, it wasn't up to his TATMR persona, as he's now become more of a WellIntentionedExtremist in that he wants his fellow diesels to receive more praise and attention than what they have, believing that they've become overlooked in favor of the steam engines, and while he certainly doesn't LIKE them, he does realize when he's gone too far whenever he deals with them. It has given him more of a personality though, as some felt that his TATMR appearance was more of a GenericDoomsdayVillain than an actual character.



** Stan Smith went from a liberal and mature if somewhat overreactive man to a complete psychopath in later episodes, although he showed it in the golden seasons. However, he still retains a moral attitude, even in later seasons, but still acts foolhardy.
** Francine Smith is no different as she went from a motherly, kind figure who does her best to look out for he family to a complete she-devil with crimes like shoplifting (which she stated that she did many years prior to the pilot of the series), manipulating her husband to spank her since it gives her a sexual drive, to admitting that she married Stan, who married her for her appearance, that she was married so she wouldn't have to work.

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** Stan Smith went from a liberal and mature if somewhat overreactive man to a [[PsychopathicManchild complete psychopath psychopath]] in later episodes, although he showed it in the golden seasons. However, he still retains a moral attitude, even in later seasons, but still acts foolhardy.
** Francine Smith is no different as she went from a [[TeamMom motherly, kind figure who does her best to look out for he family her family]] to a complete she-devil with crimes like shoplifting (which she stated that she did many years prior to the pilot of the series), [[TooKinkyToTorture manipulating her husband to spank her since it gives her a sexual drive, drive]], to admitting that she married Stan, who married her for her appearance, that she was married so she wouldn't have to work.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is a major offender: Homer going from a well-intentioned buffoon to a cartoonish idiot to a JerkAss who sometimes has little empathy for those around him, Marge going from a sensible, down-to-earth woman and loving mother to ditzy, snappy housewife who has openly stated she would be much happier without her children, Bart going from an underachieving prankster and troublemaker to a full-time delinquent, and Lisa going from an idealist genius child to the ultra-liberal, activism-obsessed, egocentric, drama queen mini-teenager who she is today. And then there's Maggie, who's mostly a cute baby with a pacifier, but in the episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", she gets the JerkassBall and turns into EnfantTerrible baby and the one who shot Mr. Burns. It's implied that she did it ''intentionally''. Some fans were scared shitless of this. Some might find this a TropesAreNotBad example and think Maggie TookALevelInBadass, however.
** Flanders, when he first appeared, was a perfectly nice guy. Yes he was religious and more than a little repressed. But he wasn't hurting anyone and he seemed to love all people unconditionally...in fact the whole JOKE was that Homer hated him for NO reason. He was the kind of neighbor most people would be lucky to have...friendly, kind and always willing to lend you whatever you needed. Then came his {{Flanderization}}, where he went from a generally nice guy to his ludicrously meek, inoffensive, and Christianity-obsessed persona. The derailment kicked in later, when the Simpsons writers decided they wanted a Right-Wing Christian Strawman to mock and so they derailed Flanders to make him fit the bill.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is a major offender: Homer going from a well-intentioned buffoon to a cartoonish idiot to a JerkAss who sometimes has little empathy for those around him, Marge going from a sensible, down-to-earth woman and loving mother to a ditzy, snappy housewife who has openly stated she would be much happier without her children, Bart going from an underachieving prankster and troublemaker to a full-time delinquent, and Lisa going from an idealist genius child to the ultra-liberal, activism-obsessed, egocentric, drama queen mini-teenager who she is today. And then there's Maggie, who's mostly a cute baby with a pacifier, but in the episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", she gets the JerkassBall and turns into EnfantTerrible baby and [[ItWasHisSled the one who shot Mr. Burns. Burns]]. It's implied that she did it ''intentionally''. Some ''intentionally'' and some fans were scared shitless of this. Some might find this a TropesAreNotBad example and think Maggie TookALevelInBadass, however.
** Flanders, when he first appeared, was a perfectly nice guy. Yes he was religious and more than a little repressed. But repressed, but he wasn't hurting anyone and [[FriendToAllLivingThings he seemed to love all people unconditionally...unconditionally]]...in fact the whole JOKE was that Homer hated him for NO reason. He was the kind of neighbor most people would be lucky to have...friendly, kind and always willing to lend you whatever you needed. Then came his {{Flanderization}}, where he went from a generally nice guy to his [[ExtremeDoormat ludicrously meek, meek]], inoffensive, and Christianity-obsessed persona. The derailment kicked in later, when the Simpsons writers decided they wanted a Right-Wing Christian Strawman to mock and so they derailed Flanders to make him fit the bill.



*** In fact, some recent episodes show that the derailment has effectively inverted the Ned-Homer dynamic, as now Homer is a happy-go-lucky idiot with Ned loathing him effectively just for existing. One episode actually covers this, in that Homer realized the reason he hated Ned was because he always found him better than him and moved on, while Ned's reasons to resent Homer in later seasons is that Homer keeps calling him Stupid Flanders within earshot of him and demeans him ''in front of Rod and Todd'', they end up making amends.

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*** In fact, some recent episodes show that the derailment has effectively inverted the Ned-Homer dynamic, as now Homer is a happy-go-lucky idiot with Ned loathing him effectively just for existing. One episode actually covers this, in that Homer realized the reason he hated Ned was because he always found him better than him and moved on, while Ned's reasons to resent Homer in later seasons is that Homer keeps calling him Stupid Flanders within earshot of him and demeans him ''in front of Rod and Todd'', they do end up making amends.amends, though.



** Moe is also worth a mention. When he first appeared, he was merely a surly and cynical bartender, who was a pretty decent guy despite his rough edges. In later episodes (around Season 11 onwards), he's a miserable wretch and registered sex offender who conducts numerous illegal operations, tries to kill himself every other episode, and constantly lusts after women in revolting manners.

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** Moe is also worth a mention. When he first appeared, he was merely a surly and cynical bartender, who was a [[GrumpyBear pretty decent guy despite his rough edges.edges]]. In later episodes (around Season 11 onwards), he's a miserable wretch and registered sex offender who conducts numerous illegal operations, tries to kill himself every other episode, and constantly lusts after women in revolting manners.



* Despite mass Flanderization, most of the characters on ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' retained some level of their original personalities. Plankton however started out as a competent, aggressive and maniacal villain. Once TheMovie rolled around he lost much of the latter in favor of being either too obnoxiously happy with the few moments he seems to succeed, or constantly moaning and crying about what a failure he is. He's also lost a lot of competence, to the point that his DeadpanSnarker computer wife often has to tell him how to do every basic step (even blink) with Plankton often [[GladIThoughtOfIt taking credit for her suggestions.]]

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* Despite mass Flanderization, most of the characters on ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' retained some level of their original personalities. Plankton however started out as a competent, aggressive and maniacal villain. Once TheMovie rolled around he lost much of the latter in favor of being either too obnoxiously happy with the few moments he seems to succeed, or constantly moaning and crying about what a failure he is. He's also lost a lot of competence, to the point that his DeadpanSnarker computer wife Karen often has to tell him how to do every basic step (even blink) with Plankton often [[GladIThoughtOfIt taking credit for her suggestions.]]



** Mr. Krabs is just as bad, going from [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold greedy and selfish but a good heart beneath it all]] and a positive character compared to Plankton, to a big fat [[{{Jerkass}} meaner]] who is ''[[DesignatedHero worse]]'' [[DesignatedHero than Plankton, yet is still treated like a good guy]], [[KarmaHoudini which lets him get away with most of his crimes.]]

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** Mr. Krabs is just as bad, going from [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold greedy and selfish but a good heart beneath it all]] and a positive character compared to Plankton, to a big fat [[{{Jerkass}} meaner]] an absolute monster who is ''[[DesignatedHero worse]]'' [[DesignatedHero than Plankton, yet is still treated like a good guy]], [[KarmaHoudini which lets him get away with most of his crimes.]]



** Madam Foster in the infamous Season 3 episode "Foster's Goes To Europe". According to everyone on the show, she's supposed to be the sweetest and coolest grandma ever and an absolute saint of a human being; in the majority of episodes, she does live up to this reputation. Yet in "Foster's Goes To Europe", she ruins a European vacation which the gang planned to go on (and spent the entire episode struggling to get ready for) by stealing eight-year-old Mac's tickets at the very last minute. The episode ends with Madame Foster, her bowling buddies and a homesick imaginary friend called Eurotrish going on the vacation instead, while poor Mac is [[ComedicSociopathy wrongly and unfairly]] [[NoSympathy blamed by everyone else]] for missing the trip. In the same exact episode, Madam Foster also unties a group of defenseless imaginary balloons which sends them flying into the sky. For no reason at all.

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** Madam Madame Foster in the infamous Season 3 episode "Foster's Goes To Europe". According to everyone on the show, she's supposed to be the sweetest and coolest grandma ever and an absolute saint of a human being; in the majority of episodes, she does live up to this reputation. Yet in "Foster's Goes To Europe", she ruins a European vacation which the gang planned to go on (and spent the entire episode struggling to get ready for) by stealing eight-year-old Mac's tickets at the very last minute. The episode ends with Madame Foster, her bowling buddies and a homesick imaginary friend called Eurotrish going on the vacation instead, while poor Mac is [[ComedicSociopathy wrongly and unfairly]] [[NoSympathy blamed by everyone else]] for missing the trip. In the same exact episode, Madam Madame Foster also [[MoralEventHorizon unties a group of defenseless imaginary balloons which sends them flying into the sky. For sky for no reason at all.all]].



** Trent from ''Island'' to ''Action''. Trent started out in TDI as the closest thing to a normal teenager: sweet, smart, nice, and talented. He develops a thing for Gwen and they end up going out on the last episode. By the fifth episode of TDA, [[spoiler: his crush on Gwen has turned him into a desperate loser who '''has''' to please her since he's so worried about her feelings dwindling since she has more in common with her fellow teammate Duncan. It gets so bad that he starts throwing challenges for her and Gwen has to convince his team to boot him off.]]

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** Trent from ''Island'' to ''Action''. Trent started out in TDI as the closest thing to a normal teenager: sweet, smart, nice, and talented. He develops a thing for Gwen and they end up going out on the last episode. By the fifth episode of TDA, [[spoiler: his crush on Gwen has turned him into a desperate loser who '''has''' to please her since he's so worried about her feelings dwindling since she has more in common with her fellow teammate Duncan. It gets so bad that he starts throwing challenges for her and Gwen has to convince his team to boot him off.]]]] And that's not even getting into his obsession with the number "9"...



*** It's only going to get worse. That same ClingyJealousGirl will be [[spoiler: completely smitten by Alejandro.]] HypocriticalHumor or DoubleStandard?
** Courtney went from a whiny but tolerable SmallNameBigEgo who had a sense of honor in playing the game to [[spoiler: a haughty, manipulative, JerkAss who sues if she doesn't get what she wants (something she only did once in ''Island'', in a justifiable case) and is pretty much as bad - or worse! - than Heather was.]]

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*** It's It only going to get worse. That same ClingyJealousGirl will be got worse in ''World Tour'', where she was [[spoiler: completely smitten by Alejandro.]] HypocriticalHumor or DoubleStandard?
** Courtney went from a whiny but tolerable SmallNameBigEgo who had a sense of honor in playing the game to [[spoiler: a haughty, manipulative, JerkAss who sues if she doesn't get what she wants (something she only did once in ''Island'', in a justifiable case) and is pretty much as bad - or worse! worse - than Heather was.]]



** Gwen in ''World Tour'' does an example of MoralDissonance by kissing Duncan while he was still with Courtney. She feels some remorse at first but when the kiss is found out she doesn't try to vote herself out like last season or apologize. And later she manipulates Cody's feelings for vote Courtney off. She's even lampshaded as being "New Heather".

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** Gwen in ''World Tour'' does an example of MoralDissonance by kissing Duncan while he was still with Courtney. She feels some remorse at first but when the kiss is found out she doesn't try to vote herself out like the last season or apologize. And later she manipulates Cody's feelings for vote Courtney off. She's even lampshaded as being "New Heather".



** Leshawna, most definitely. The first season had her as a girl who would take crap from nobody and could get quite feisty, but still very kind and friendly, to the point where her "elimination" came in part because everybody who had been eliminated at that point liked her so much. Then comes ''Action'', where she does manipulate her teammates into giving her a reward by pretending to cry and being sentimental. And here comes ''World Tour'', in which she's somehow become a huge, arrogant jerk with little to no redeeming qualities, and goes right back to hating Heather even after supposedly making up with her in ''Action''; even beating Heather up when Heather is trying to warn her about Alejandro's treachery and, after learning that she was right, ''is still proud of doing it''.

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** Leshawna, most definitely. The first season had her as a girl who would [[SassyBlackGirl take crap from nobody and could get quite feisty, feisty]], but still very kind and friendly, to the point where her "elimination" came in part because everybody who had been eliminated at that point liked her so much. Then comes ''Action'', where she does manipulate her teammates into giving her a reward by pretending to cry and being sentimental. And here comes ''World Tour'', in which she's somehow become a huge, arrogant jerk with little to no redeeming qualities, and goes right back to hating Heather even after supposedly making up with her in ''Action''; even beating Heather up when Heather is trying to warn her about Alejandro's treachery and, after learning that she was right, ''is still proud of doing it''.



** From the cast of ''Revenge of the Island'', we have Mike, Zoey, and Cameron. Ignoring the fact that this trio are some of the show's biggest screenhogs, they also went downhill during All-Stars. Mike got a [[ArcFatigue very unpopular subplot taking place inside his brain]], Zoey became TooDumbToLive by not realizing Mike was [[spoiler:actually Mal]] despite being warned by three different people, and Cameron was saved from elimination ''twice'' for no good reason, not to mention the fact that he also stupidly trusted Mike.

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** From the cast of ''Revenge of the Island'', we have Mike, Zoey, and Cameron. Ignoring the fact that this trio are some is one of the show's biggest screenhogs, SpotlightStealingSquads, they also went downhill during All-Stars. Mike got a [[ArcFatigue very unpopular subplot taking place inside his brain]], Zoey became TooDumbToLive by not realizing Mike was [[spoiler:actually Mal]] despite being warned by three different people, and Cameron was saved from elimination ''twice'' for no good reason, not to mention the fact that he also stupidly trusted Mike.



* Go watch Cosmo in the earlier seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''. It was established in the first season that he ''ran away'' from home to marry Wanda. In another episode he broke down from having to be away from her overnight. It was very clear they enjoyed their relationship. Then, suddenly, in seasons four and five he was drooling over every attractive woman that came onscreen, repeatedly calling Wanda a nag and more, and acting like she had BoundAndGagged him at the altar. Hell, go watch the original ''Oh Yeah! Cartoons'' shorts of ''Fairly [=OddParents=]''. Compare the calm, deeper-voiced Cosmo who was Wanda's equal intelligence-wise and actually seemed to share a loving relationship with his wife. Now, compare that to the sociopathic ManChild with the screechy voice portrayed in the Fairly Odd Parents series and see how far he fell. It's rather handy, you can tell his intellect by his voice pitch. Deep/slightly high voice, reasonable degree of smarts, really high voice, no smarts.

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* Go watch Cosmo in the earlier seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''. It was established in the first season that he ''ran away'' from home to marry Wanda. In another episode he broke down crying from having to be away from her overnight. It was very clear they enjoyed their relationship. Then, suddenly, in seasons four and five he was drooling over every attractive woman that came onscreen, repeatedly calling Wanda a nag and more, and acting like she had BoundAndGagged him at the altar. Hell, go watch the original ''Oh Yeah! Cartoons'' shorts of ''Fairly [=OddParents=]''. Compare the calm, deeper-voiced Cosmo who was Wanda's equal intelligence-wise and actually seemed to share a loving relationship with his wife. Now, compare that to the sociopathic ManChild with the screechy voice portrayed in the Fairly Odd Parents series and see how far he fell. It's rather handy, you can tell his intellect by his voice pitch. Deep/slightly high voice, reasonable degree of smarts, really high voice, no smarts.
15th Apr '17 11:15:41 AM Seraphine
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** And let's not forget the very complex case the entire franchise has with titular protagonist Ben Tennyson; he started out as a immature brat, an IdiotHero and a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass with a major ChronicHeroSyndrome, before being evolved into a more mature and competent character in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''. Come season 3 of Alien Force, he TookALevelInJerkass [[TookALevelInDumbass and in Dumbass]] due partially to an AcquiredSituationalNarcissism and partially an attempt from writers to make him more like his original self. WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien tried to balance his maturity and immaturity, with more or less successful results depending on the episodes and story arcs. Finally, come WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse, the character has seemingly lost most of his maturity and competence he gained through the Alien Force / Ultimate Alien era, and ended up all the way back to his characterization from the original show.

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** And let's not forget the very complex case the entire franchise has with titular protagonist Ben Tennyson; he started out as a immature brat, an IdiotHero and a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass with a major ChronicHeroSyndrome, before being evolved into a more mature and competent character in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''. Come season 3 of Alien Force, he TookALevelInJerkass [[TookALevelInDumbass and in Dumbass]] due partially to an AcquiredSituationalNarcissism and partially an attempt from writers to make him more like his original self. WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien tried to balance his maturity and immaturity, with more or less successful results depending on the episodes and story arcs. Finally, come WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse, ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', the character has seemingly lost most of his maturity and competence he gained through the Alien Force / Ultimate Alien era, and ended up all the way back to his characterization from the original show.



* Quite a few characters in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' have also warped considerably since their first appearances, especially after the show's return to production in 2005. Among the many examples, Stewie, previously a humorously sociopathic EnfanteTerrible with matricidal tendencies, now seems to simply be Brian's effeminate sidekick (though his violent tendencies do occasionally show up), while Brian has changed from a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] intellectual ironically portrayed as vastly more intelligent than his owner Peter, to mainly a preacher for the writers' liberal political views and TheChewToy concerning his inability to quit drinking, be a good writer, and hold a relationship. Lois, while at first as the down to earth one of the family, albeit with a somewhat healthy sexual appetite, has become pretty much an insane nymphomaniac. Meg has evolved from merely a unpopular high-school girl trying to fit in to an abused, suicidal psycho of epic proportions. Peter himself, while always a bumbling idiot but with slightly good intentions (like Homer Simpson, only fatter, meaner, and more into pop culture from the 1970s and 1980s), has become a JerkAss KarmaHoudini (making Homer Simpson look like the clueless, yet caring BumblingDad he was in the early days of ''TheSimpsons''). Around Season 11, Chris TookALevelInJerkass just like his parents. All of this has been toned down somewhat in later episodes, though.

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* Quite a few characters in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' have also warped considerably since their first appearances, especially after the show's return to production in 2005. Among the many examples, Stewie, previously a humorously sociopathic EnfanteTerrible with matricidal tendencies, now seems to simply be Brian's effeminate sidekick (though his violent tendencies do occasionally show up), while Brian has changed from a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] intellectual ironically portrayed as vastly more intelligent than his owner Peter, to mainly a preacher for the writers' liberal political views and TheChewToy concerning his inability to quit drinking, be a good writer, and hold a relationship. Lois, while at first as the down to earth one of the family, albeit with a somewhat healthy sexual appetite, has become pretty much an insane nymphomaniac. Meg has evolved from merely a unpopular high-school girl trying to fit in to an abused, suicidal psycho of epic proportions. Peter himself, while always a bumbling idiot but with slightly good intentions (like Homer Simpson, only fatter, meaner, and more into pop culture from the 1970s and 1980s), has become a JerkAss KarmaHoudini (making Homer Simpson look like the clueless, yet caring BumblingDad he was in the early days of ''TheSimpsons'').''The Simpsons''). Around Season 11, Chris TookALevelInJerkass just like his parents. All of this has been toned down somewhat in later episodes, though.



** There's something to be said for the character derailment of Cleveland Jr. for the run of "The Cleveland Show" how he used to be a hyperactive child to a fat and slow teenager (though considering that Cleveland, Jr. disappeared after he kicked around a golf ball like a soccer ball in "Fore Father," [[NoodleIncident who knows what could have happened to him between "Fore Father" and his appearance on "The Cleveland Show"'s pilot episode]]?).
*** The Cleveland Show episode "A Rodent Like This" reveals that [[spoiler:the fat, weird, slow Cleveland Jr. is an imposter who killed the original and took his place and nobody noticed because they were too stupid]] though that may have been a simulation.

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** There's something to be said for the character derailment of Cleveland Jr. for the run of "The ''The Cleveland Show" Show'' how he used to be a hyperactive child to a fat and slow teenager (though considering that Cleveland, Jr. disappeared after he kicked around a golf ball like a soccer ball in "Fore Father," [[NoodleIncident who knows what could have happened to him between "Fore Father" and his appearance on "The Cleveland Show"'s pilot episode]]?).
*** The ''The Cleveland Show Show'' episode "A Rodent Like This" reveals that [[spoiler:the fat, weird, slow Cleveland Jr. is an imposter impostor who killed the original and took his place and nobody noticed because they were too stupid]] though that may have been a simulation.



* Despite mass Flanderization, most of the characters on WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants retained some level of their original personalities. Plankton however started out as a competent, aggressive and maniacal villain. Once TheMovie rolled around he lost much of the latter in favor of being either too obnoxiously happy with the few moments he seems to succeed, or constantly moaning and crying about what a failure he is. He's also lost a lot of competence, to the point that his DeadpanSnarker computer wife often has to tell him how to do every basic step (even blink) with Plankton often [[GladIThoughtOfIt taking credit for her suggestions.]]

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* Despite mass Flanderization, most of the characters on WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' retained some level of their original personalities. Plankton however started out as a competent, aggressive and maniacal villain. Once TheMovie rolled around he lost much of the latter in favor of being either too obnoxiously happy with the few moments he seems to succeed, or constantly moaning and crying about what a failure he is. He's also lost a lot of competence, to the point that his DeadpanSnarker computer wife often has to tell him how to do every basic step (even blink) with Plankton often [[GladIThoughtOfIt taking credit for her suggestions.]]



* EVERYONE in the ''WatershipDown'' [[TheSeries series adaption]]. Everyone. Hazel is suddenly in love with Primrose after about two episodes, Hyzenthlay was completely replaced altogether. Bigwig, in both the book and movie, was a bold, strong and knowledgeable fighter. Here he's turned into nothing more than a complainer and follower to Hazel, who doesn't know anything in war strategy. Pipkin, previously nervous, but extremely loyal, is turned into a Cheerful Child. Kehaar... became unrecognizable. Even Woundwort - the genocidal, slave-driving Big Bad who eats hawks for breakfast and in the book contemplates how some day he hopes to meet a stoat so he can kill it, and remember he's a rabbit - had a period in the series where he tried to STOP THE WAR WITH WATERSHIP DOWN. And OPENLY SHOWED REMORSE for what he'd done. There's more.

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* EVERYONE in the ''WatershipDown'' ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'' [[TheSeries series adaption]]. Everyone. Hazel is suddenly in love with Primrose after about two episodes, Hyzenthlay was completely replaced altogether. Bigwig, in both the book and movie, was a bold, strong and knowledgeable fighter. Here he's turned into nothing more than a complainer and follower to Hazel, who doesn't know anything in war strategy. Pipkin, previously nervous, but extremely loyal, is turned into a Cheerful Child. Kehaar... became unrecognizable. Even Woundwort - the genocidal, slave-driving Big Bad who eats hawks for breakfast and in the book contemplates how some day he hopes to meet a stoat so he can kill it, and remember he's a rabbit - had a period in the series where he tried to STOP THE WAR WITH WATERSHIP DOWN. And OPENLY SHOWED REMORSE for what he'd done. There's more.



* While Lemongrab of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' was always a huge BaseBreakingCharacter, and even the staff of the show had different opinions of him, after his first apppearance the show seemed to lean towards the idea that he wasn't truly evil, just really messed up. In his story in the third collection of character shorts, he seemingly devours his twin brother. In his next appearance, we see that he's become a tyrant who abuses his now maimed brother, and torments his lemon children when he had previously been portrayed as a loving parent. At the end of the episode, he fully eats his kinder brother, and loses any of the redeeming traits he may have had before. The next episode continues to show him keeping the lemon kingdom in misery, torturing his subjects for fun. He's ultimately torn apart, and then stitched back together, the characters suggesting that ''now'' maybe he'll be better. The only thing more sour than Lemongrab is the taste the whole thing left in his fans' mouths.
* In Hyperion Studios' TV series of ''WesternAnimation/THeItsyBitsySpider'' (1994-96, based on their short subject which played with the feature ''Bebe's Kids''), Leslie was a sweet, introverted [[{{Meganekko}} meganekko]] in the first season. In season two, she became rather abrasive to her schoolmates and friends, showing occasional signs of emotion.

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* While Lemongrab of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' was always a huge BaseBreakingCharacter, and even the staff of the show had different opinions of him, after his first apppearance appearance the show seemed to lean towards the idea that he wasn't truly evil, just really messed up. In his story in the third collection of character shorts, he seemingly devours his twin brother. In his next appearance, we see that he's become a tyrant who abuses his now maimed brother, and torments his lemon children when he had previously been portrayed as a loving parent. At the end of the episode, he fully eats his kinder brother, and loses any of the redeeming traits he may have had before. The next episode continues to show him keeping the lemon kingdom in misery, torturing his subjects for fun. He's ultimately torn apart, and then stitched back together, the characters suggesting that ''now'' maybe he'll be better. The only thing more sour than Lemongrab is the taste the whole thing left in his fans' mouths.
* In Hyperion Studios' TV series of ''WesternAnimation/THeItsyBitsySpider'' ''WesternAnimation/TheItsyBitsySpider'' (1994-96, based on their short subject which played with the feature ''Bebe's Kids''), Leslie was a sweet, introverted [[{{Meganekko}} meganekko]] {{meganekko}} in the first season. In season two, she became rather abrasive to her schoolmates and friends, showing occasional signs of emotion.
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* JohnnyBravo was, in the first season, a largely unflappable jock who tried a little too hard to impress the ladies, and who wasn't too bright but could occasionally be quite clever. In seasons two and three, in a case of DependingOnTheWriter, he turned into a [[ManChild childish]], [[TheDitz idiotic]] JerkAss who ScreamsLikeALittleGirl.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'''s DarkerAndEdgier sequel, ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', has Ben and Gwen exhibit different personalities than before, but that's excusable since it's been five years and they've matured. However, there is NO explanation for the change in Kevin, who not only has suffered massive BadassDecay, but is now a [[HeelFaceTurn good guy]] for poorly constructed reasons and shows [[SameCharacterButDifferent no signs of the sociopathic cruelty he did in the original series.]] Now all he can do is be blunt (especially about his [[StrangledByTheRedString crush on Gwen, which came out of nowhere.]]), demonstrate TheWorfEffect, drive them around in his beloved car, and occasionally thrive off of his reputation from back when he was an actual threat. Both ''Ultimate Alien'' AND ''Omniverse'' made attempts at CharacterRerailment, but the fanbase remains perpetually divided over how well either of them went.

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* JohnnyBravo WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo was, in the first season, a largely unflappable jock who tried a little too hard to impress the ladies, and who wasn't too bright but could occasionally be quite clever. In seasons two and three, in a case of DependingOnTheWriter, he turned into a [[ManChild childish]], [[TheDitz idiotic]] JerkAss {{Jerkass}} who ScreamsLikeALittleGirl.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'''s ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'''s DarkerAndEdgier sequel, ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', has Ben and Gwen exhibit different personalities than before, but that's excusable since it's been five years and they've matured. However, there is NO explanation for the change in Kevin, who not only has suffered massive BadassDecay, but is now a [[HeelFaceTurn good guy]] for poorly constructed reasons and shows [[SameCharacterButDifferent no signs of the sociopathic cruelty he did in the original series.]] Now all he can do is be blunt (especially about his [[StrangledByTheRedString crush on Gwen, which came out of nowhere.]]), demonstrate TheWorfEffect, drive them around in his beloved car, and occasionally thrive off of his reputation from back when he was an actual threat. Both ''Ultimate Alien'' AND ''Omniverse'' made attempts at CharacterRerailment, but the fanbase remains perpetually divided over how well either of them went.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is a major offender: Homer going from a well-intentioned buffoon to a cartoonish idiot to a JerkAss who sometimes has little empathy for those around him, Marge going from a sensible, down-to-earth woman and loving mother to ditzy, snappy housewife who has openly stated she would be much happier without her children, Bart going from an underachieving prankster and troublemaker to a full-time delinquent, and Lisa going from an idealist genius child to the ultra-liberal, activism-obsessed, egocentric, drama queen mini-teenager who she is today. And then there's Maggie, who's mostly a cute baby with a pacifier, but in the episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", she gets the JerkassBall and turns into EnfantTerrible baby and the one who shot Mr. Burns. It's implied that she did it ''intentionally''. Some fans were scared shitless of this.
* YMMV, some might find this a TropesAreNotBad example and think Maggie TookALevelInBadass.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is a major offender: Homer going from a well-intentioned buffoon to a cartoonish idiot to a JerkAss who sometimes has little empathy for those around him, Marge going from a sensible, down-to-earth woman and loving mother to ditzy, snappy housewife who has openly stated she would be much happier without her children, Bart going from an underachieving prankster and troublemaker to a full-time delinquent, and Lisa going from an idealist genius child to the ultra-liberal, activism-obsessed, egocentric, drama queen mini-teenager who she is today. And then there's Maggie, who's mostly a cute baby with a pacifier, but in the episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", she gets the JerkassBall and turns into EnfantTerrible baby and the one who shot Mr. Burns. It's implied that she did it ''intentionally''. Some fans were scared shitless of this.
* YMMV, some
this. Some might find this a TropesAreNotBad example and think Maggie TookALevelInBadass.TookALevelInBadass, however.



** ''Nobody'' got it worse than Patty and Selma. They were originally just a couple of gruff curmudgeons who hated Homer and think Marge should divorce Homer, take the kids with her, and remarry. Later seasons would add appalling housekeeping and near-criminal incompetence at their jobs (both arguably even worse than Homer's), not to mention smoking everywhere, including around children and on the job at the DMV (which nearly gets them fired -- until Homer takes the fall for the both of them). Selma would go through three astonishingly bad marriages (and she only wised up after realizing how long her last name was), while Patty became a full-fledged militant lesbian (despite that "Principal Charming" established that Patty is heterosexual and willingly celibate, while Selma has had celibacy thrust upon her and wants to have a husband and kids before she dies alone and unloved). Of course, all this pales next to becoming [[{{Flanderization}} utterly obsessed with trying to end Homer's marriage]], [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing including celebrating his death by buying a tombstone for Marge]], [[MoralEventHorizon trying to kill him by pushing him off a bridge]] (though that was part of Homer's plot to land on the boat where his "Congratulations on Completing Community Service" party is being held. Still the fact that Patty and Selma were willing to kill Homer just because is unsettling)...and attempting again later by reenacting the famous bathroom torture scene from the first ''Film/{{Saw|I}}'' movie.

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** ''Nobody'' got it worse than Patty and Selma. They were originally just a couple of gruff curmudgeons who hated Homer and think Marge should divorce Homer, take the kids with her, and remarry. Later seasons would add appalling housekeeping and near-criminal incompetence at their jobs (both arguably even worse than Homer's), not to mention smoking everywhere, including around children and on the job at the DMV (which nearly gets them fired -- until Homer takes the fall for the both of them). Selma would go through three astonishingly bad marriages (and she only wised up after realizing how long her last name was), while Patty became a full-fledged militant lesbian (despite that "Principal Charming" established that Patty is heterosexual and willingly celibate, while Selma has had celibacy thrust upon her and wants to have a husband and kids before she dies alone and unloved). Of course, all this pales next to becoming a new contender for Most Violent Simpsons Characters, being [[{{Flanderization}} utterly obsessed with trying to end Homer's marriage]], [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing including celebrating his death by buying a tombstone for Marge]], [[MoralEventHorizon trying to kill him by pushing him off a bridge]] (though that was part of Homer's plot to land on the boat where his "Congratulations on Completing Community Service" party is being held. Still the fact that Patty and Selma were willing to kill Homer just because is unsettling)...and attempting again later by reenacting the famous bathroom torture scene from the first ''Film/{{Saw|I}}'' movie.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is a major offender: Homer going from a well-intentioned buffoon to a cartoonish idiot to a JerkAss who sometimes has little empathy for those around him, Marge going from a sensible, down-to-earth woman and loving mother to ditzy, snappy housewife who has openly stated she would be much happier without her children, Bart going from an underachieving prankster and troublemaker to a full-time delinquent, and Lisa going from an idealist genius child to the ultra-liberal, activism-obsessed, egocentric, drama queen mini-teenager who she is today.
** Maggie got the worst in the titular family. She's mostly a cute baby with a pacifier, but in the episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", she gets the JerkassBall and turns into EnfantTerrible baby and the one who shot Mr. Burns. It's implied that she did it ''intentionally''. Some fans were scared shitless of this.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is a major offender: Homer going from a well-intentioned buffoon to a cartoonish idiot to a JerkAss who sometimes has little empathy for those around him, Marge going from a sensible, down-to-earth woman and loving mother to ditzy, snappy housewife who has openly stated she would be much happier without her children, Bart going from an underachieving prankster and troublemaker to a full-time delinquent, and Lisa going from an idealist genius child to the ultra-liberal, activism-obsessed, egocentric, drama queen mini-teenager who she is today.
** Maggie got the worst in the titular family. She's
today. And then there's Maggie, who's mostly a cute baby with a pacifier, but in the episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", she gets the JerkassBall and turns into EnfantTerrible baby and the one who shot Mr. Burns. It's implied that she did it ''intentionally''. Some fans were scared shitless of this.
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