History Characters / MalcolmInTheMiddle

12th Mar '17 7:35:05 AM rafi
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** subverted in two episodes where he demonstrates how completely inept he is musically, even failing basic music appreciation, causing friction between him and Dewey as it is the one talent he can't seem to master that Dewey did.

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** subverted Subverted in two episodes where he demonstrates how completely inept he is musically, even failing basic music appreciation, causing friction between him and Dewey as it is the one talent he can't seem to master that Dewey did.
12th Mar '17 4:36:24 AM yaosaysobjection
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**subverted in two episodes where he demonstrates how completely inept he is musically, even failing basic music appreciation, causing friction between him and Dewey as it is the one talent he can't seem to master that Dewey did.
11th Feb '17 12:28:21 AM annette12
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* DumbassTeenageSon

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* DumbassTeenageSonDumbassTeenageSon: To quote his own mother: "some people have book smarts, some people have street smarts, you have neither."



* HiddenDepths: He's secretly ashamed that he can't do math.

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* HiddenDepths: HiddenDepths:
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He's secretly ashamed that he can't do math.


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* KiddieKid: In the later seasons, especially with regards to school and authority figures in general. Despite being over a year older than Malcolm, in many contexts he seems like Malcolm's several-years-younger brother.
9th Feb '17 6:35:27 PM Noraneko
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* TookALevelInJerkass: In the earlier seasons she's still a hardass, but it's more of her doing whatever it takes to raise the boys (who aren't exactly angels themselves), as her flashbacks to raising Francis show that she was originally trying to be much less controlling and demanding, to no avail. However, as the series went on, she started to become more and more of a {{Jerkass}} for no reason. ''Especially'' when Malcolm started to work with her.


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** When Malcolm and Stevie are doing a difficult project and Reese asks if he can help, Malcolm puts him down as usual. Reese angrily questions why Malcolm always treats him like he can't do anything when he was just trying to helpful -- A rare insightful moment from Reese.


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* TookALevelInJerkass: He becomes as much of a {{Jerkass}} as the rest of his family as the series goes on, but given how he was always the punching bag of the brothers, it's at least somewhat justified.


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* CuteMute: He can be ''really'' cute despite all the horrible things he does. And he hardly talks at all, aside from his first words [[spoiler:(telling Lois to shut up).]]


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* TookALevelInJerkass: He becomes kind of a jerk in the later seasons, particularly after Kitty leaves.
4th Feb '17 9:30:40 AM SirVancelot131
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* LaserGuidedKarma: In his final appearance, after blackmailing Malcolm into tanking his courses to lower his GPA, he lets the fact that he didn't take physical education during his senior year slip, causing his academic trophy to be revoked. He then tries to re-take the class, leading to Reese, who was getting picked on by Herkabe constantly and the way Herkabe blackmailed Malcolm, to pelt him with dodgeballs for the hell of it.
23rd Jan '17 12:54:40 PM creader
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* HisOwnWorstEnemy: a mild version, but Malcolm self sabotages frequently. This is present even from the first episode, when Malcolm strongly resists being put into the gifted class in spite of his obvious high level of intelligence. He later claims he lost all his friends when he was put in the class, but these mysterious friends are never named and other characters say things that indicates he was always smug and neurotic. Until becoming a Krelboyne and meeting Stevie, Lloyd and Dabney, he doesn't seem to have had many friends. He also creates new problems for himself socially whenever he gets a break, and destroys any chance he has to advance academically. When he has the opportunity to go to the best prep school in the world on a full ride, his father says 'you don't get to leave!' And makes a case for him staying with the family because they need him to solve their collective problems. His decision to stay is admirable in its familial charity, but it's another instance of him sacrificing his own opportunity and happiness because of some hypothetical struggle his family may experience in his absence.

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* HisOwnWorstEnemy: a A mild version, but Malcolm self sabotages frequently. This is present even from the first episode, when Malcolm strongly resists being put into the gifted class in spite of his obvious high level of intelligence. He later claims he lost all his friends when he was put in the class, but these mysterious friends are never named and other characters say things that indicates he was always smug and neurotic. Until becoming a Krelboyne and meeting Stevie, Lloyd and Dabney, he doesn't seem to have had many friends. He also creates new problems for himself socially whenever he gets a break, and destroys any chance he has to advance academically. When he has the opportunity to go to the best prep school in the world on a full ride, his father says 'you don't get to leave!' And makes a case for him staying with the family because they need him to solve their collective problems. His decision to stay is admirable in its familial charity, but it's another instance of him sacrificing his own opportunity and happiness because of some hypothetical struggle his family may experience in his absence.



* TheCastShowOff: The writers started up a game called "What will Bryan Cranston do?" which led to them writing in plots of him doing roller disco and other bizarre and increasingly dangerous stunts just to see if the actor would ever say no. Not only did he not object, he also kept pulling them off. After this culminated in Bryan being covered in live bees in one episode, the name of the game changed to "What ''won't'' Bryan Cranston do?"
9th Jan '17 3:32:36 PM TimBuckII
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* PhotographicMemory: One episode has him memorizing two credit card numbers within ''seconds'' as part of a numbers act, and another has him reciting which items a robber stole from a neighbor's house. Not to mention the first episode demonstrates that he can memorize an entire picture with just a glance.
29th Dec '16 1:11:40 AM annette12
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* BrutalHonesty

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* BrutalHonestyBrutalHonesty: It's a plot point in one episode where he decides to just hold everything in and stop being brutally honest with people. He becomes more pleasant for a while but he ends up developing a really bad ulcer at the end.



** In addition, she herself was a victim of parental abuse via her mother. It is implied to be far, far worse than anything she puts her own kids through, and unlike Lois (who as described below acts this way in order to keep her boys safe), Ida doesn't do it to protect Lois, she's just a horrible, spiteful old woman.

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** In addition, she Lois herself was a victim of parental abuse via her mother. It is implied to be far, far worse than anything she puts her own kids through, and unlike Lois (who as described below acts this way in order to keep her boys safe), Ida doesn't do it to protect Lois, she's just a horrible, spiteful old woman.



** There's also some of this later in the series, when she starts examining her parenting and relationships with her children. This is primarily focused on Francis. The first time she acknowledges her negative influence is after her mother is injured and she's leaving Francis to care for her mother, and she [[spoiler: apologizes to Francis about not being a good enough mother to him, and that he deserved a more patient parent. She said she hopes she's been a better parent to the other boys,]] but it's unclear whether she was really worse toward Francis or if she just tends to feel guilty once the child in question starts to fly right. At a later point Piama calls her out, saying "no one is as useless as you think I am!", to which Lois stares for a moment and then agrees. This shows some self-reflection totally lacking in earlier seasons.

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** There's also some of this later Later in the series, when she starts examining her parenting and relationships with her children. This is primarily focused on Francis. The first time she acknowledges her negative influence is after her mother is injured and she's leaving Francis to care for her mother, and she [[spoiler: apologizes to Francis about not being a good enough mother to him, and that he deserved a more patient parent. She said she hopes she's been a better parent to the other boys,]] but it's unclear whether she was really worse toward Francis or if she just tends to feel guilty once the child in question starts to fly right. At a later point Piama calls her out, saying "no one is as useless as you think I am!", to which Lois stares for a moment and then agrees. This shows some self-reflection totally lacking in earlier seasons.



* {{Hypocrite}}: In the episode she gets Malcolm a job at her store, in a variety of different way. Malcolm calls her out on it repeatedly given how strict and principled she is at home, but she is utterly remorseless about it, spinning it as him learning harsh lessons about life.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: {{Hypocrite}}:
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In the episode she gets Malcolm a job at her store, in a variety of different way. Malcolm calls her out on it repeatedly given how strict and principled she is at home, but she is utterly remorseless about it, spinning it as him learning harsh lessons about life.



* KarmaHoudini: Usually, but there are other times (i.e. ''Evacuation'') where she gets her comeuppance.
* KarmicTrickster

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* KarmaHoudini: Usually, but there Usually.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: There
are other times (i.e. ''Evacuation'') where she gets her comeuppance.
comeuppance. When her ControlFreak nature finally comes back to bite her in the butt. In Jury Duty despite the fact that she and all of the other members of the jury believed the defendant was guilty Lois forced the other jurors look at every single piece of evidence. This in turn caused a member who before voted guilty to vote innocent based on nothing other than the defendant went to church.
* KarmicTricksterKarmicTrickster: In "Lois Strikes Back", after Reese gets pranked by a band of Alpha Bitches, Lois briefly turns into a Vigilante Woman and torments the girls to the point that they lose the things they cherished the most, e.g. a girl named Kristin having her hair shaved off due to getting gum on her head



* LaserGuidedKarma: Usually averts this. See KarmaHoudini above.



* ManipulativeBitch

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* ManipulativeBitchManipulativeBitch: The only one who is better than her at manipulating the family is probably Dewey.



* SociopathicHero

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* SociopathicHeroSociopathicHero: Depending on the episode and how much she is being sociopathic at the moment.



* TheUnfettered
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist

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* TheUnfettered
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
TheUnfettered: She will do anything to make sure the ones she loves will not be hurt, even if they grow to hate her. In a rare case of ruthless prioritizing even among her own family, she on one occasion flatly explains that she'd abandon Malcolm to save Reese—her reasoning being that since Malcolm is a natural genius, he'd do fine without Lois' help, while Reese would be completely screwed without Lois' protection.



* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BumblingDad

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* BewareTheNiceOnes
BewareTheNiceOnes: Both Dewey and Hal also pull this off.
* BumblingDadBumblingDad: Very much so, but it's made much more palatable by averting WomenAreWiser, as his wife Lois is considerably flawed in her own right.



* CallingTheOldManOut

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* CallingTheOldManOutCallingTheOldManOut: Frequently Hal against his dad.



* HenpeckedHusband

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* HenpeckedHusbandHappilyMarried: Despite the fact that he tends to be a HenpeckedHusband and she a control freak, Hal and Lois are this, genuinely supporting, loving, and respecting each other. Notably, in a media world that often sends up parents living in dead bedrooms, they're shown to openly have an ([[DistractedByTheSexy extremely]]) active sex life.
* HenpeckedHusband: Lois is pretty clearly the one in charge in their marriage. However, Lois doesn't boss him around for fun, just to make sure that nobody ends up in prison, the hospital, or the morgue. In episodes that have Lois going out of town without the family, he does things like tear down the outer wall of their bedroom, or build a killer robot with a laser-guided bee cannon.



* LaserGuidedKarma

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* LaserGuidedKarmaLaserGuidedKarma: He has been victim to this at least twice. Once where his earlier claim that the nads were easy pickings when playing basketball with his sons resulted in him being hit in the crotch, another time was in the episode Red Dress. He ended up burning Lois's red dress that she intended to wear for their anniversary. As a consequence, he ended up having his anniversary dinner all by himself while waiting for Lois, and presumably burn the house while completely drunk in Lois and the kid's absence.


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* HappilyMarried: The series finale shows that Francis remains this way with Piama.
28th Dec '16 12:24:17 PM SirVancelot131
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* KarmaHoudini

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* KarmaHoudiniKarmaHoudini: For the most part.
28th Dec '16 12:14:59 PM SirVancelot131
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Usually averts this. See KarmaHoudini above.



* ParentalFavoritism: Somewhat, towards Reese. She explains that this is because she knows Malcolm is smart enough to get out of difficult situations and Reese is the one who needs help.

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* ParentalFavoritism: Somewhat, towards Reese. She explains that this is because she knows Malcolm is smart enough to get out of difficult situations and Reese is the one who needs help. It is also implied that her ongoing grudge with Francis will never end, and she knows that no matter what, things will always work out for Dewey.
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