History CrapsackWorld / WesternAnimation

5th Sep '17 4:43:11 AM TommyTiger
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** The episode "Beginnings" reveals what the world was before the Avatar and the [[SupernaturalMartialArts Bending Arts]] existed. [[CosmicHorrorStory The spirits invaded the material world and killed most of the human race]] on the grounds of "disrespecting nature" ([[FridgeHorror which seemingly included]] [[FelonyMisdemeanor capturing and eating wild animals out of]] [[DisproportionateRetribution SELF-PRESERVATION]]). To survive, humanity was forced to live in the shells of giant, magical turtles that also gave a few of them ElementalPowers (the precursor of the Bending Arts) to ward off the spirits and gather food. But even then, life was hard since the turtles could only carry so many people, social inequality was high, and only a few people were given the elemental power of fire to gather food. If it had not been for [[GuileHero Wan]], the world would have continued this way.

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** The episode "Beginnings" reveals what the world was before the Avatar and the [[SupernaturalMartialArts Bending Arts]] existed. [[CosmicHorrorStory The spirits invaded the material world and killed most of the human race]] on the grounds of "disrespecting nature" ([[FridgeHorror which seemingly included]] [[FelonyMisdemeanor capturing and eating wild animals out of]] [[DisproportionateRetribution SELF-PRESERVATION]]).''[[DisproportionateRetribution self-preservation]]''). To survive, humanity was forced to live in the shells of giant, magical turtles that also gave a few of them ElementalPowers (the precursor of the Bending Arts) to ward off the spirits and gather food. But even then, life was hard since the turtles could only carry so many people, social inequality was high, and only a few people were given the elemental power of fire to gather food. If it had not been for [[GuileHero Wan]], the world would have continued this way.
5th Sep '17 4:41:26 AM TommyTiger
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** "The Boys of Bummer" is pretty much the textbook definition of this trope, with ''every last citizen'' ([[OnlySaneWoman sans Marge]]) driving Bart to ''[[DrivenToSuicide suicide]]'' [[DisproportionateRetribution over a lost baseball game]]. This episode '''proves''' that Springfield can be as bad a place as WesternAnimation/SouthPark. It's safe to say that while the show plays the trope for laughs, it is also dark on a deeper level.

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** "The Boys of Bummer" is pretty much the textbook definition of this trope, with almost ''every last citizen'' ([[OnlySaneWoman sans Marge]]) driving Bart to ''[[DrivenToSuicide suicide]]'' [[DisproportionateRetribution over a lost baseball game]]. This episode '''proves''' that Springfield can be as bad a place as WesternAnimation/SouthPark. It's safe to say that while the show plays the trope for laughs, it is also dark on a deeper level.



** Another example of how awful life in Springfield is was shown in the twist of the episode "The Fool Monty," where it was revealed that Mr. Burns is being kept alive [[ThePowerOfHate by the power of his cruelty and greed]]. Yes, you read that right. Not only is Mr. Burns [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands apparently immortal]], but in order to be so he ''[[ImmortalityImmorality has to be]]'' at best a [[{{Jerkass}} mean jerk]] and at worst an evil monster. So unless someone can find a way to either bankrupt or kill him ([[StatusQuoIsGod which, given the nature of the status quo in this show, neither of which is very likely]]), [[TheBadGuyWins Springfield is going to be stuck with Mr. Burns forever and ever]]. [[EsotericHappyEnding Uh...yay?]]

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** Another example of how awful life in Springfield is was shown in the twist of the episode "The Fool Monty," where it was revealed that Mr. Burns is being kept alive [[ThePowerOfHate by the power of his cruelty and greed]]. Yes, you read that right. Not only is Mr. Burns [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands apparently immortal]], but in order to be so he ''[[ImmortalityImmorality has to be]]'' at best a [[{{Jerkass}} mean jerk]] and at worst an evil monster. So unless someone can find a way to either bankrupt or kill him ([[StatusQuoIsGod which, given the nature of the status quo in this show, neither of which is very likely]]), [[TheBadGuyWins Springfield is going to be stuck with Mr. Burns forever and ever]]. [[EsotericHappyEnding Uh...yay?]]



** Even worse is how only Mormons go to Heaven and that no matter what anyone does in their life, they'll go to Hell for not being Mormon. Gandhi is in the same place as ''Hitler'', for crying out loud.

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** Even worse is how only Mormons go to Heaven and that no matter what anyone does in their life, they'll go to Hell for not being Mormon. Gandhi is in the same place as ''Hitler'', for crying out loud.''Hitler''.



*** Any place that has [[KnightTemplarParent Kyle's mom]] isn't likely to be a fun place either. Who [[DisproportionateRetribution declares war with Canada over a]] ''[[DisproportionateRetribution stinkin]]' [[ShowWithinAShow movie]]?''

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*** Any place that has [[KnightTemplarParent Kyle's mom]] isn't likely to be a fun place either. Who [[DisproportionateRetribution declares war with Canada over a]] ''[[DisproportionateRetribution stinkin]]' [[ShowWithinAShow movie]]?''
28th Aug '17 10:37:00 AM Kissinger113
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' had an evil clone of Jimmy managing to create another Earth, where every single person there, parents and teachers included, was evil, the sun was never bright, and doing anything good was frowned upon.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' had an evil clone of Jimmy managing to create another Earth, where every single person there, parents and teachers included, was evil, the sun was never bright, and [[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad doing anything good was severely frowned upon.upon]].
9th Aug '17 5:32:47 PM Kissinger113
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' had an evil clone of Jimmy managing to create another Earth, where every single person there, parents and teachers included, was evil, the sun was never bright, and doing anything good would result in getting chewed out.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' had an evil clone of Jimmy managing to create another Earth, where every single person there, parents and teachers included, was evil, the sun was never bright, and doing anything good would result in getting chewed out.was frowned upon.



* The world of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' as well as the (third) future in "Ego Trip".



* The world in the 1960s USA/Czechoslovakian series ''Nudnik'' seemed to exist solely to torment the titular character.



* The world of ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'', according to ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s FridgeLogic. Evidently, there, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII lasted for ''thirty-nine years'', with both sides having spinach-fueled super-strength. Doubles as FridgeHorror if you remember UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan and UsefulNotes/NaziGermany...



* The fictional town of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''. It is a city full of [[AxCrazy Ax Crazies]], [[TheSociopath sociopaths]], perverts, [[{{Jerkass}} jerks]], greedy maniacs and NauseaFuel, not to mention the two main characters of the show: Ren is a clear mentally unstable guy, and Stimpy is a ManChild who-though in spite of sometimes acting like an idiot-is clearly more normal than his friend.

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* The fictional town setting of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''. It is a city full of [[AxCrazy Ax Crazies]], [[TheSociopath sociopaths]], perverts, [[{{Jerkass}} jerks]], greedy maniacs and NauseaFuel, not to mention the two main characters of the show: Ren is a clear mentally unstable guy, and Stimpy is a ManChild who-though in spite of sometimes acting like an idiot-is clearly more normal than his friend.
15th Jul '17 4:15:14 PM nombretomado
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* The world of ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'', according to ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s FridgeLogic. Evidently, there, WorldWarII lasted for ''thirty-nine years'', with both sides having spinach-fueled super-strength. Doubles as FridgeHorror if you remember UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan and UsefulNotes/NaziGermany...

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* The world of ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'', according to ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s FridgeLogic. Evidently, there, WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII lasted for ''thirty-nine years'', with both sides having spinach-fueled super-strength. Doubles as FridgeHorror if you remember UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan and UsefulNotes/NaziGermany...
19th Jun '17 10:08:58 AM MsCC93
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** Is Stewie an exception? Sure he used to be evil, but he [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold got nicer]] each season.
*** Yes, but now he spends almost every episode [[BreakTheHaughty criticizing Brian's already small self-esteem.]] ''[[FridgeHorror And it's implied Stewie]] [[{{Yandere}} has a huge crush on Brian!]]''
12th Jun '17 2:08:26 AM Aipom-pom
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*** Eddy is TheLeader and {{Schemer}} of the three, without whom Ed and Edd might've possibly been accepted with the Kids. It's hard to say which Eddy loves more: [[SmallNameBigEgo himself,]] [[{{Greed}} money,]] or [[AllMenArePerverts his huge stack of porn he got from his brother.]] His scams always get himself and his two friends in trouble, [[NeverMyFault and he never admits it.]] Other than that, he's the biggest {{Jerkass}} on the show. The only reasons Ed and Edd haven't bailed on him yet is because the former is too stupid to realize what he's doing is wrong and the latte is too much of a doormat to leave him [[BreakTheCutie until the]] TheMovie, which also [[spoiler: gave Eddy a brutal FreudianExcuse.]]

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*** Eddy is TheLeader and {{Schemer}} of the three, without whom Ed and Edd might've possibly been accepted with the Kids. It's hard to say which Eddy loves more: [[SmallNameBigEgo himself,]] [[{{Greed}} money,]] or [[AllMenArePerverts his huge stack of porn he got from his brother.]] His scams always get himself and his two friends in trouble, [[NeverMyFault and he never admits it.]] Other than that, he's the biggest {{Jerkass}} on the show. The only reasons Ed and Edd haven't bailed on him yet is because the former is too stupid to realize what he's doing is wrong and the latte latter is too much of a doormat to leave him [[BreakTheCutie until the]] TheMovie, which also [[spoiler: gave Eddy a brutal FreudianExcuse.]]
12th Jun '17 2:06:59 AM Aipom-pom
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** The Eds are con arists with no money to get [[TrademarkFavoriteFood jawbreakers]] and thus resort to [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption unsuccessfully]] [[ThrowTheDogABone (usually)]] scamming children out of their money to buy some. Because of this, they are ostrazised and bullied, even if A.) they haven't done anything or B.) only one of them (usually Eddy) has done somthing.
*** Ed is only going along with what Eddy because he's either LethallyStupid, a CloudCuckooLander who can't tell right from wrong, or ObfuscatingStupidity at the cost of other people's pain and tons of property damage. If that's not enough, he is constantly physically harrassed by his ''little'' sister for the pettiest of reasons, if any. His mother does nothing to stop her, and instead punishes/neglects Ed while his father doesn't seem to care either way.

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** The Eds are con arists artists with no money to get [[TrademarkFavoriteFood jawbreakers]] and thus resort to [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption unsuccessfully]] [[ThrowTheDogABone (usually)]] scamming children out of their money to buy some. Because of this, they are ostrazised ostracized and bullied, even if A.) they haven't done anything or B.) only one of them (usually Eddy) has done somthing.
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*** Ed is only going along with what Eddy because he's either LethallyStupid, a CloudCuckooLander who can't tell right from wrong, or ObfuscatingStupidity at the cost of other people's pain and tons of property damage. If that's not enough, he is constantly physically harrassed harassed by his ''little'' sister for the pettiest of reasons, if any. His mother does nothing to stop her, and instead punishes/neglects Ed while his father doesn't seem to care either way.



*** Rolf is the nicest kid to the Eds on the show. But if they (or anyone, really) [[BerserkButton messes with his heritage or Urban Ranger pride,]] they find out Rolf is a force to be reckoned with, from smacking Eddy senseless with a fish because Eddy accidentally offended him to smashing Edd into a pancake with a giant mallet for dressing up his pig in a tuxedo after Edd's parents (actually Ed and Eddy) told him to. ''Rolf even admits he admires Edd's obediance to his parents while hitting him.''

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*** Rolf is the nicest kid to the Eds on the show. But if they (or anyone, really) [[BerserkButton messes with his heritage or Urban Ranger pride,]] they find out Rolf is a force to be reckoned with, from smacking Eddy senseless with a fish because Eddy accidentally offended him to smashing Edd into a pancake with a giant mallet for dressing up his pig in a tuxedo after Edd's parents (actually Ed and Eddy) told him to. ''Rolf even admits he admires Edd's obediance obedience to his parents while hitting him.''



** The Kankers are worse than the Eds and Kids combined. They attack everyone else on the show, expecially the Eds, who they dish out DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale almost every episode they appear in.

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** The Kankers are worse than the Eds and Kids combined. They attack everyone else on the show, expecially especially the Eds, who they dish out DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale almost every episode they appear in.



** Everyone is a moron, a pervert, a {{Jerkass}}, a racist, abusive, greedy, violent, mentally ill, morally corrupt, or some combination of the above. [[{{Flanderization}} And it gets worse with each passing season.]] Peter was once a casual family man with a knack for making impulsive choices in his everyday life, often leading to him having to face the inevitable and deciding to set things right, has become a [[PsychopathicManchild manchild with an increasingly violent streak]] who [[KarmaHoudini consistently evades the law,]] frequently gets into unnecessary conflict with others (sometimes outright ''murdering'' them) and could possibly be the major instigator for the town's disharmony without any reprecussions. Brian was a voice of reason amongst the nonsensical nature of the other characters until he turned into a huge SmallNameBigEgo and a jerkass, (at least in later seasons). Not to mention that he's so desperate for sex that he tries to get a hand job from a woman he knew for only 45 seconds and tries to have sex with high school teenagers. Joe used to be nice, probably since he moved from another town, but he's become more of a jerk too (This may be justified since rude and mean jokes about disabilities can turn the most sane person impatient). Although Meg has a kind heart and she isn't a {{jerkass}}, she has rage issues, {{Yandere}} tendencies, and huge self-esteem problems (this was all brought on by the fact that she's the ButtMonkey, and significantly abused by her family as well as the townspeople). Also, the [[AdamWesting mayor]] is a corrupt {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who's gotten away with killing people in public, and a rapist is allowed to walk the streets and live like a normal person (presumably because he has an amusing CatchPhrase. Giggity giggity goo!). Bonnie used to be kind hearted, but she turned out to be a BitchInSheepsClothing who prioritizes her personal desires before her family, even abandoning her own daughter for a supposed life of excitement with Brian, and seems to be intent on murdering Joe. Even Cleveland Brown and his family turned out to be racist idiots who accused someone he knew for decades of a hate crime. [[FridgeHorror That's right, take away the humorous tone of the show, and]] ''Family Guy'' becomes creepier than ''Film/{{Gummo}}''.

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** Everyone is a moron, a pervert, a {{Jerkass}}, a racist, abusive, greedy, violent, mentally ill, morally corrupt, or some combination of the above. [[{{Flanderization}} And it gets worse with each passing season.]] Peter was once a casual family man with a knack for making impulsive choices in his everyday life, often leading to him having to face the inevitable and deciding to set things right, has become a [[PsychopathicManchild manchild with an increasingly violent streak]] who [[KarmaHoudini consistently evades the law,]] frequently gets into unnecessary conflict with others (sometimes outright ''murdering'' them) and could possibly be the major instigator for the town's disharmony without any reprecussions.repercussions. Brian was a voice of reason amongst the nonsensical nature of the other characters until he turned into a huge SmallNameBigEgo and a jerkass, (at least in later seasons). Not to mention that he's so desperate for sex that he tries to get a hand job from a woman he knew for only 45 seconds and tries to have sex with high school teenagers. Joe used to be nice, probably since he moved from another town, but he's become more of a jerk too (This may be justified since rude and mean jokes about disabilities can turn the most sane person impatient). Although Meg has a kind heart and she isn't a {{jerkass}}, she has rage issues, {{Yandere}} tendencies, and huge self-esteem problems (this was all brought on by the fact that she's the ButtMonkey, and significantly abused by her family as well as the townspeople). Also, the [[AdamWesting mayor]] is a corrupt {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who's gotten away with killing people in public, and a rapist is allowed to walk the streets and live like a normal person (presumably because he has an amusing CatchPhrase. Giggity giggity goo!). Bonnie used to be kind hearted, but she turned out to be a BitchInSheepsClothing who prioritizes her personal desires before her family, even abandoning her own daughter for a supposed life of excitement with Brian, and seems to be intent on murdering Joe. Even Cleveland Brown and his family turned out to be racist idiots who accused someone he knew for decades of a hate crime. [[FridgeHorror That's right, take away the humorous tone of the show, and]] ''Family Guy'' becomes creepier than ''Film/{{Gummo}}''.



* The world of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has many attractions to it, but at base it's a stereotypical American trailer park expanded to world size: nearly everyone is annoyed and annoying, credulous, stupid, bigoted, and rude; vital human organs are removed from unwilling donators on the city streets, atleast moderately-intelligent animals, including humans, dolphins, and whales are killed for food or fuel; it is implied that there will be no qualms about synthesizing a needed oil in the cells of gene-spliced third-world orphans who would then presumably be violently harvested. The Earth's most looked-up-to figure is a megalomaniacal, genocidal (of both aliens and his own troops), jerk [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking who's lousy in bed]]. And UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, or at least his head, rules the whole lot, his tyranny (as before) limited only by his incompetence and self-hatred. Even SantaClaus is a postal invincible psycho who has turned Xmas into a night of terror and despair, where the populace huddle in military-grade bunkers and hope to survive his brutal rampage. ''Now'' do you want your flying car?

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* The world of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has many attractions to it, but at base it's a stereotypical American trailer park expanded to world size: nearly everyone is annoyed and annoying, credulous, stupid, bigoted, and rude; vital human organs are removed from unwilling donators on the city streets, atleast at least moderately-intelligent animals, including humans, dolphins, and whales are killed for food or fuel; it is implied that there will be no qualms about synthesizing a needed oil in the cells of gene-spliced third-world orphans who would then presumably be violently harvested. The Earth's most looked-up-to figure is a megalomaniacal, genocidal (of both aliens and his own troops), jerk [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking who's lousy in bed]]. And UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, or at least his head, rules the whole lot, his tyranny (as before) limited only by his incompetence and self-hatred. Even SantaClaus is a postal invincible psycho who has turned Xmas into a night of terror and despair, where the populace huddle in military-grade bunkers and hope to survive his brutal rampage. ''Now'' do you want your flying car?



** The whole town in general is so full of crapsack that it's the norm. The school is always dangerously underfunded while its staff pretty much barely pretends to care about its students. The police force are nothing but a group of morons that hardly catch any criminals or they always go after people for very minor infractions, such as littering. The mayor is so heavily corrupted that people don't even bat an eye at it and when the town does get angry over it, they quickly forget about it. Even the nuclear power plant practically has zero safety for its employees and the town itself due to the corruption of the multi-billionare owner. When it comes to the town itself as a whole, everyone has taken pride in every negative light they get thrown into, such as being the most depressing town in the country, the most polluted, and the most obese.

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** The whole town in general is so full of crapsack that it's the norm. The school is always dangerously underfunded while its staff pretty much barely pretends to care about its students. The police force are nothing but a group of morons that hardly catch any criminals or they always go after people for very minor infractions, such as littering. The mayor is so heavily corrupted that people don't even bat an eye at it and when the town does get angry over it, they quickly forget about it. Even the nuclear power plant practically has zero safety for its employees and the town itself due to the corruption of the multi-billionare multi-billionaire owner. When it comes to the town itself as a whole, everyone has taken pride in every negative light they get thrown into, such as being the most depressing town in the country, the most polluted, and the most obese.



** The crossover with ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' does a good job of pointing it out. Mojo Jojo describes the Titans' dimension as a place where superheroes don't fight villains, and the narrator asks "What kind of horrible place is that?" When the Girls arrive, the Titans do nothing but belittle them for being little kids, even as they best them in everyway possible. In the end, Blossom outright calls them horrible superheroes.

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** The crossover with ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' does a good job of pointing it out. Mojo Jojo describes the Titans' dimension as a place where superheroes don't fight villains, and the narrator asks "What kind of horrible place is that?" When the Girls arrive, the Titans do nothing but belittle them for being little kids, even as they best them in everyway every way possible. In the end, Blossom outright calls them horrible superheroes.
5th Jun '17 1:14:43 AM waters20
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* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' isn't safe from this trope either. Aside from the titular wallaby himself, almost everyone in O-Town are either mentally unstable or complete [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]]. Hell the intro of the show is pretty much self-explanatory.
22nd Apr '17 3:42:46 PM AHI-3000
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* The world of ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''. Stereotypes of people with black or brown complexions are rampant, corrupt people with lighter complexions and greater wealth [[KarmaHoudini get away with everything]], a group of muslims owning a gas station are arrested for ''defending themselves'' when their station is robbed and the robbers (the aforementioned people with greater wealth) are cheered for stomping out terrorism, and any world where Uncle Ruckus isn't locked inside an insane asylum is a bad one.

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* The world of ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''. Stereotypes Negative stereotypes of people with black or brown complexions are rampant, corrupt people with lighter complexions [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney and greater wealth wealth]] [[KarmaHoudini get away with everything]], a group of muslims Muslims owning a gas station are arrested for ''defending themselves'' when their station is robbed and the robbers (the aforementioned people with greater wealth) are cheered for stomping out terrorism, and any world where [[BoomerangBigot Uncle Ruckus Ruckus]] isn't locked inside an insane asylum is a bad one.
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