History Characters / MalcolmInTheMiddle

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.
28th Dec '16 12:09:00 PM SirVancelot131
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* TheUnfavourite: Ida always liked Susan better.

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* TheUnfavourite: Ida always liked Susan better.better, and Victor once told Hal he could do better than Lois.
27th Dec '16 6:22:05 PM ergeis
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* ThisCannotBe: Malcolm displays this attitude any time he tries to tackle the arts and fails. One of the earlier examples is when he buys a guitar and his mother explains to him that he'll end up returning it, because he takes after her and his mind just doesn't work that way. Although she turns out to be correct [[spoiler:(his magnum opus is the melody from a cat food commercial)]], he doesn't remember this and tries again a few times. He takes a music appreciation class in the expectation that it will be an 'easy A', but it becomes evident that he's totally inept when he fails the first assignment and the teacher writes 'it's obvious you didn't even listen to it' when in fact he did. He's unable to connect emotionally to music or even understand what the music is attempting to provoke in its audience. What would otherwise be seen as basic jealousy toward his brother Dewey, who is a musical savant, seems more like a tantrum when compared to the considerable gifts he already has. It seems that he just can't stand the idea that there's anything he's not good at, and he devalues Dewey's talents as less important [[spoiler:(and deafens him temporarily out of vindictiveness)]]. It's partly jealousy but also disbelief that he could fail at something of any value. He seems to appreciate the arts only when he is successful, [[spoiler: as he was with dancing]].
* TooDumbToLive: He's a genius but, like his brothers, often does moronic things. In a flashback he hangs his head over an open pair of scissors while Reese stands behind him, about to pop a balloon.

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* ThisCannotBe: Malcolm displays this attitude any time he tries to tackle the arts and fails. One of the earlier examples is when he buys a guitar and his mother explains to him that he'll end up returning it, because he takes after her and his mind just doesn't work that way. Although she turns out to be correct [[spoiler:(his magnum opus is the melody from a cat food commercial)]], he doesn't remember this and tries again a few times. He takes a music appreciation class in the expectation that it will be an 'easy A', but it becomes evident that he's totally inept when he fails the first assignment and the teacher writes 'it's obvious you didn't even listen to it' when in fact he did. He's unable to connect emotionally to music or even understand what the music is attempting to provoke in its audience. What would otherwise be seen as basic jealousy toward his brother Dewey, who is a musical savant, seems more like a tantrum when compared to the considerable gifts he already has. It seems that he just can't stand the idea that there's anything he's not good at, and he devalues Dewey's talents as less important [[spoiler:(and deafens him temporarily out of vindictiveness)]]. It's partly jealousy but also disbelief that he could fail at something of any value. He seems to appreciate the arts only when he is successful, [[spoiler: as he was with dancing]].
dancing,]] which might have something to do with how he finally appreciates music after recovering his hearing.
* TooDumbToLive: He's a genius but, like his brothers, often does moronic things. In a flashback he hangs his head over an open pair of scissors while Reese stands behind him, about to pop a balloon. A cop even calls him out on it after asking him why he didn't call the police instead of trying to dispose of the gun.
23rd Dec '16 8:32:21 AM SirVancelot131
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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: When Piama holds her parakeet hostage in order to get her to treat Francis better, it works very well until the parakeet dies anyway.
18th Dec '16 11:12:09 AM SirVancelot131
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* OutOfFocus: In the last two seasons.

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* OutOfFocus: In the last two seasons.seasons, only appearing in 7 episodes of season six and 4 episodes of season seven.
18th Dec '16 10:58:16 AM SirVancelot131
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** Even when he finally snaps and decides to beat up Stevie because he keeps humiliating him, Reese completely numbs and weakens his own legs to make it a fair fight.

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** Even when he finally snaps and decides to beat up Stevie because he keeps humiliating him, Reese completely numbs and weakens his own legs to make it a fair fight. Unfortunately, [[NotSoAboveItAll Stevie isn't above taking advantage of this.]]
7th Dec '16 1:26:13 AM annette12
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