History DisproportionateRetribution / WesternAnimation

16th Apr '16 1:53:31 PM Theriocephalus
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** Happens in ''SequelSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' to Tahno and his teammates. They cheat at a Pro-Bending match and then Amon [[spoiler: takes away their bending and then gives a speech about how they deserved it.]] Now, when Aang was Avatar the only people who [[spoiler: lost their bending thanks to Aang energybending them were Yakone and Ozai.]] Ozai was a genocidal maniac who was in the process of burning down the entire Earth Kingdom. Yakone was responsible for dozens of serious crimes including trying to murder Aang by [[spoiler: using his bloodbending on him.]] While cheating at a sports competition is wrong, it really doesn't compare to being a genocidal maniac and attempting to murder the Avatar.

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** Happens in ''SequelSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' ''Avatar'''s SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', to Tahno and his teammates. They cheat at a Pro-Bending match and then Amon [[spoiler: takes away their bending and then gives a speech about how they deserved it.]] Now, when Aang was Avatar the only people who [[spoiler: lost their bending thanks to Aang energybending them were Yakone and Ozai.]] Ozai was a genocidal maniac who was in the process of burning down the entire Earth Kingdom. Yakone was responsible for dozens of serious crimes including trying to murder Aang by [[spoiler: using his bloodbending on him.]] While cheating at a sports competition is wrong, it really doesn't compare to being a genocidal maniac and attempting to murder the Avatar.



** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E5GauntletOfFire]]", the dragon Garble decides that, if he can become the Dragon Lord, his first action is to raze all of Equestria due to his hatred of Spike, Rarity, Twilight Sparkle (and Rainbow Dash during the first time we met him).

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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E5GauntletOfFire]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E5GauntletOfFire Gauntlet of Fire]]", the dragon Garble decides that, if he can become the Dragon Lord, his first action is will be to raze all of Equestria to the ground due to his hatred of Spike, Rarity, Twilight Sparkle (and and Rainbow Dash during the first time we met him).Dash, who humiliated him once.
16th Apr '16 1:42:55 PM Blazer
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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E5GauntletOfFire]]", the dragon Garble decides that, if he can become the Dragon Lord, his first action is to raze all of Equestria due to his hatred of Spike, Rarity, Twilight Sparkle (and Rainbow Dash during the first time we met him).
25th Mar '16 10:37:22 AM Wkenneth334
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Eric Cartman]] is the patron saint of this trope.
*** In "Scott Tenorman Must Die", Scott cheats Cartman out of makes him beg for the money back (in a very humiliating fashion), burns the money in front of him, then tapes Cartman begging for his money and shows it to the entire town of South Park. So after more mundane revenge pranks fail, Cartman lures Scott's parents to their deaths, steals the bodies, grinds them up, uses the meat to make chili, then makes Scott [[ImAHumanitarian eat the chili]]. He also gets [[{{Music/Radiohead}} Scott's favorite band]] to laugh at him as he cries, while Cartman laps the tears up right off his face. Granted, Scott acted really dickish to Cartman, but even so...
*** [[spoiler:Scott Tenorman eventually would prove the old Klingon proverb that, yes, revenge is a dish BestServedCold, though considering what he was put through, that revenge might have been considered proportionate.]].
*** One time Cartman [[Franchise/{{Saw}} tied a boy's ankle to the flagpole, gave him a hacksaw and told him he had poisoned his milk, and the only way to get the antidote was by hacking off his own leg.]] The reason for this, you might ask? The boy called Cartman "Chubby".
*** Similarly, when a psychiatrist was calling Cartman fat to see what the reaction would be, Cartman's response is for [[CallBack "Mitch Connors"]] to [[DriventoSuicide lie to the psychiatrist's wife]] that he's been abusing several women, along with several other horrible actions. That is one ''fearsome'' BerserkButton.
*** Most people would agree that laughing at someone getting AIDS is definitely a JerkAss move. Unfortunately, this is Kyle who does it and the person provoked is Eric Cartman. Cartman decides to share it because his nemesis laughed at him.
*** This gets even more disproportionate considering that there was a RunningGag about Cartman threatening Kyle with AIDS.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': [[FatBastard Eric Cartman]] is the patron saint of this trope.
*** ** In "Scott Tenorman Must Die", Scott cheats Cartman out of makes him beg for the money back (in a very humiliating fashion), burns the money in front of him, then tapes Cartman begging for his money and shows it to the entire town of South Park. So after more mundane revenge pranks fail, Cartman lures Scott's parents to their deaths, steals the bodies, grinds them up, uses the meat to make chili, then makes Scott [[ImAHumanitarian eat the chili]]. He also gets [[{{Music/Radiohead}} Scott's favorite band]] to laugh at him as he cries, while Cartman laps the tears up right off his face. Granted, Scott acted really dickish to Cartman, but even so...
*** ** [[spoiler:Scott Tenorman eventually would prove the old Klingon proverb that, yes, revenge is a dish BestServedCold, though considering what he was put through, that revenge might have been considered proportionate.]].
*** ** One time Cartman [[Franchise/{{Saw}} tied a boy's ankle to the flagpole, gave him a hacksaw and told him he had poisoned his milk, and the only way to get the antidote was by hacking off his own leg.]] The reason for this, you might ask? The boy called Cartman "Chubby".
*** ** Similarly, when a psychiatrist was calling Cartman fat to see what the reaction would be, Cartman's response is for [[CallBack "Mitch Connors"]] to [[DriventoSuicide lie to the psychiatrist's wife]] that he's been abusing several women, along with several other horrible actions. That is one ''fearsome'' BerserkButton.
*** ** Most people would agree that laughing at someone getting AIDS is definitely a JerkAss move. Unfortunately, this is Kyle who does it and the person provoked is Eric Cartman. Cartman decides to share it because his nemesis laughed at him.
*** ** This gets even more disproportionate considering that there was a RunningGag about Cartman threatening Kyle with AIDS.
19th Mar '16 12:49:48 PM marcoasalazarm
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* Most of the villains from WesternAnimation/TotallySpies fall under this trope. One example is in the episode "Evil Coffee Maker Much?" where the villain of the week plans on flooding the entire city in coffee. Why is he doing this? To get revenge on a coffee shop for rejecting his job application.

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* Most of the villains from WesternAnimation/TotallySpies ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' fall under this trope. One example is in the episode "Evil Coffee Maker Much?" where the villain of the week plans on flooding the entire city in coffee. Why is he doing this? To get revenge on a coffee shop for rejecting his job application.


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** An ice cream maker (a ''fourth''-generation one, mind) is being slowly driven out of business because he produces "classic-style" ice cream, without things modern teens want like low-carb variants. Normal response would be to try to expand his product line. ''His'' response? ''Going on a FreezeRay rampage through every spot teens like (the beach, the mall), [[AxesAtSchool attacking Beverly Hills High and freezing all of the teens there]], and trying to freeze ALL OF BEVERLY HILLS.''
19th Mar '16 12:42:49 PM marcoasalazarm
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** Gargoyles also averts (inverts?) this in the form of Vinnie Gregarino. This guy loses at least two jobs, a motorcycle, his driver's license and probably a lot of his reputation because of the Gargoyles' actions. He spends most of the episode "Vendettas" chasing Goliath with a custom-built weapon called "Mr. Carter", or "Mr. C.", finally shooting him in the face at point-blank range just after the climax of a big battle that had Goliath's attention all night. Fortunately, "Mr. Carter" only shoots cream pies, and Vinnie walked away very satisfied with himself, leaving a confused Goliath and Hudson to wonder who he was. Vinnie is notably the ''only'' character in the entire series to get vengeance to his satisfaction.

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** Gargoyles also averts (inverts?) this in the form of Vinnie Gregarino. This guy loses at least two jobs, a motorcycle, his driver's license and probably a lot of his reputation because of the Gargoyles' actions. He spends most of the episode "Vendettas" chasing Goliath with a custom-built weapon called "Mr. Carter", "[[ICallItVera Mr. Carter]]", or "Mr. C.", finally shooting him in the face at point-blank range just after the climax of a big battle that had Goliath's attention all night. Fortunately, "Mr. Carter" only shoots cream pies, and Vinnie walked away very satisfied with himself, leaving a confused Goliath and Hudson to wonder who he was. Vinnie is notably the ''only'' character in the entire series to get vengeance to his satisfaction.



-->'''Luthor:''' President? Do you know how much power I'd have to ''give up'' to be president? That's right, conspiracy buff. I spent million on a fake presidential campaign ''just to tick Superman off''.

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-->'''Luthor:''' President? Do you know how much power I'd have to ''give up'' to be president? That's right, conspiracy buff. I spent seventy-five million on a fake presidential campaign ''just to tick Superman off''.



** Another episode had the GIJoe team make fun of an expert sniper who makes a bad first impression by slipping up and falling on his ass. [[WhosLaughingNow In response to about a minute of mocking that didn't seem to go beyond banter, he defects to COBRA and kills them all save Duke, to wallow among his dead comrades.]]

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** Another episode had the GIJoe team make fun of an expert sniper who makes a bad first impression by slipping up and falling on his ass. [[WhosLaughingNow In response to about a minute of mocking that didn't seem to go beyond banter, he defects to COBRA and kills them all save Duke, to Duke]], [[CruelMercy which he leaves alive just so he can wallow among his dead comrades.]]



** In the same episode, Lindsay Naegle fired Brockman for having cocaine in his coffee, even when Brockman explained that it was actually Splenda, and it is also implied that she was actually using that as an excuse to fire him even when it was really just out of anger for his swearing on the air. The FCC also landed the entire Channel 6 station with a million fine just because Kent Brockman uttered a swear word. Sure, the swear was implied to be the worst one in the English language, but still, million is far too much even for that.
** "The Boys of Bummer" contains probably one of the ''worst'' examples in fiction. When Bart screws up at a baseball game and costs Springfield the Little League Championship, ''[[WhatTheHellTownspeople everyone]]'' makes him pay dearly (only Marge stood by him). In fact, it [[DrivenToSuicide drives poor Bart to attempt suicide]]. What did they do next? They ''kept on at it.'' Fortunately, [[MamaBear Marge]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech set]] [[ShamingTheMob things]] [[Awesome/TheSimpsons straight]]. This is made even worse by the fact it was Bart that pretty much singlehandedly got them to the Championship.

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** In the same episode, Lindsay Naegle fired Brockman for having cocaine in his coffee, even when Brockman explained that it was actually Splenda, and it is also implied that she was actually using that as an excuse to fire him even when it was really just out of anger for his swearing on the air. The FCC also landed the entire Channel 6 station with a million million-dollar fine just because Kent Brockman uttered a swear word. Sure, the swear was implied to be the worst one in the English language, but still, million is far too much even for that.
** "The Boys of Bummer" contains probably one of the ''worst'' examples in fiction. When Bart screws up at a baseball game and costs Springfield the Little League Championship, ''[[WhatTheHellTownspeople everyone]]'' makes him pay dearly (only Marge stood by him). In fact, it [[DrivenToSuicide drives poor Bart to attempt suicide]]. What did they do next? They ''kept on at it.'' ''While Bart is comatose''. Fortunately, [[MamaBear Marge]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech set]] [[ShamingTheMob things]] [[Awesome/TheSimpsons straight]]. This is made even worse by the fact it was Bart that pretty much singlehandedly got them to the Championship. There is some LampshadeHanging in the fact that the town was literally labeled the "meanest town in America" and they were proud to put it on a billboard.



** In ''A Tale of Two Springfields'', Homer attempts to blow up a city hall full of people because the phone company introduced a new area code. His attempt only failed because Bart mis-wired his explosive vest.

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** In ''A Tale of Two Springfields'', Homer attempts to blow up a city hall full of people because the phone company introduced a new area code. His attempt only failed because Bart mis-wired his explosive vest. The same episode has Homer building a wall dividing Springfield between the area code locations, and the Springfieldians escalating the situation up to treating those who are their literal neighbors like foreign intruders, just because they have different area codes.



** In the episode "On A Clear Day I Can't See My Sister", after Bart plays some pranks on Lisa, she serves him with a restraining order and starts using it to bully him. Eventually, Bart's forced to eat his lunch outside in the rain, be taught by Groundskeeper Willie in a tool shed, and sleep on the edge of the property. At one point Lisa says if she can remember three moments where Bart was nice to her, she'll lift the restraining order. Her revenge in the episode "Duffless" is hard but this is much worse.

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** In the episode "On A Clear Day I Can't See My Sister", after Bart plays some pranks on Lisa, she serves him with a restraining order and starts using it to bully him. Eventually, Bart's forced to eat his lunch outside in the rain, be taught by Groundskeeper Willie in a tool shed, and sleep on the edge of the property. At one point Lisa says if she can remember three moments where Bart was nice to her, she'll lift the restraining order.order (and she can't, no matter how hard she tries. Fans of the show know enough HeartwarmingMoments done by Bart to Lisa that this lack of memory is a ''serious'' BrokenBase issue). Her revenge in the episode "Duffless" is hard but this is much worse.



** In "The Boy Who Knew Too Much", Mayor Quimby's son is put on trial for brutally assaulting a chef for not saying 'chowder' properly. He even threatens to kill his own lawyer (and then everyone in the courtroom, especially those in the jury) in the middle of the trial for doing the same thing. [[spoiler: Eventually subverted, though, as all Quimby's son really did was snatch a bottle of wine from the chef, and all his injuries were accidental on account of the chef being clumsy on a legendary scale.]]

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** In "The Boy Who Knew Too Much", Mayor Quimby's son is put on trial for brutally assaulting a chef for not saying 'chowder' properly. He even threatens to kill his own lawyer (and then everyone in the courtroom, especially those in the jury) in the middle of the trial for doing the same thing. [[spoiler: Eventually subverted, though, as all Quimby's son really did was snatch a bottle of wine from the chef, and all his injuries were accidental on account of the chef being clumsy on a legendary scale.]]]] A DeletedScene has him trying to assault the chef [[spoiler:for real]] ''right on the steps of the courtroom, after he was declared innocent'' and, yes, because the chef ''still'' can't say "chowder" like Quimby wants.
1st Mar '16 1:05:43 PM PurrElise
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Action'', [=LaShawna's=] teammates decided to abandon her in a vault (where LaShawna could have died if she wasn't rescued) simply because she lied to win a spa trip.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Action'', [=LaShawna's=] teammates decided to abandon her in a vault (where LaShawna [=LaShawna=] could have died if she wasn't rescued) simply because she lied to win a spa trip.
1st Mar '16 1:05:11 PM PurrElise
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Action'', LaShawna's teammates decided to abandon her in a vault (where LaShawna could have died if she wasn't rescued) simply because she lied to win a spa trip.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Action'', LaShawna's [=LaShawna's=] teammates decided to abandon her in a vault (where LaShawna could have died if she wasn't rescued) simply because she lied to win a spa trip.trip.
** In the SpinOff ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' Josee's [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale abusive]] treatment of Jacques is her way of getting revenge on him for accidentally dropping her during the Olympics -- a humiliating incident, yes, but one he's already apologized for countless times.
25th Feb '16 9:16:42 AM Demetrios
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** Sideshow Bob [[TotalitarianUtilitarian tried to nuke Springfield because he didn't like the way television was dominating people's lives]]. (One of his reasons was, he used to ''be'' an actor on a kids show, and claimed that his "foolish capering destroyed more young minds then syphilis and [[NewMediaAreEvil pinball]] combined". Still, [[RevengeBeforeReason it was a rather poor excuse.]])

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** Sideshow Bob [[TotalitarianUtilitarian [[EvilLuddite tried to nuke Springfield because he didn't like the way television was dominating people's lives]]. (One of his reasons was, he used to ''be'' an actor on a kids show, and claimed that his "foolish capering destroyed more young minds then syphilis and [[NewMediaAreEvil pinball]] combined". Still, [[RevengeBeforeReason it was a rather poor excuse.]])
6th Feb '16 1:51:02 PM azul120
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "Jon Vitti Presents: Return to La Grunta", when Hank Hill saw his niece getting sexually harassed by a golfer, he wanted the guy to pay. His usual method is to kick someone's ass, but this time he was [[PapaWolf especially pissed]]. So he threw the guy in a dolphin pool and had the dolphin rape the guy. The moral of the story is: don't piss Hank off (either that, or don't harass his niece in front of him). It was also a "two birds one stone" scenario since he wanted the raping dolphin removed from the club but had signed a nondisclosure agreement that kept him from complaining about it himself.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "Jon Vitti Presents: Return to La Grunta", when Hank Hill saw his niece getting sexually harassed by a golfer, he wanted the guy to pay. His usual method is to kick someone's ass, but this time he was [[PapaWolf especially pissed]]. So he threw the guy in a dolphin pool and had the dolphin rape the guy. The moral of the story is: don't piss Hank off (either that, or don't harass his niece in front of him). It was also a [[TakeAThirdOption "two birds one stone" stone"]] scenario since he wanted the raping dolphin removed from the club but had signed a nondisclosure agreement that kept him from complaining about it himself.
6th Feb '16 1:48:35 PM azul120
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Peter tickles Lois playfully who keeps telling him to stop while laughing. She then breaks his nose with a frying pan. Peter {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it:

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Peter tickles Lois playfully who keeps telling him to stop while laughing. She then breaks his nose with a frying pan. Peter {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it:


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** Lois does it in the Halloween episode "Halloween on Spooner Street", when [[MamaBear getting back the candy a boy, Justin, stole from Stewie]]. After she gets Justin's mom to ask Justin to return the candy, she jumps straight into extortion territory: she asks for Justin's candy, then $40 from his mom. After Justin's mom tells her she doesn't have $40, Lois declares she'll be back for $80, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the welcome mat]]. Even Stewie is a little scared by this, and we know what he pulled on Brian.
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