History Flanderization / WesternAnimation

20th Aug '17 8:34:47 PM AgentSkyblueM7
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* Squidward's ButtMonkey role was transformed from mere LaserGuidedKarma to a mix of outright ComedicSociopathy and KafkaKomedy, with nearly every entity in Bikini Bottom genuinely out to make him miserable. This could arguably be considered a skewed form of CharacterDevelopment since it made his {{Jerkass}} (admittedly with a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Heart of Gold]]) demeanor far more justified. Squidward's hatred of [=SpongeBob=] has also been flanderized, though. For example, in one of the early-season Christmas specials, he gives away everything he owns so that [=SpongeBob=] won't cry. In a later-season episode, when [=SpongeBob=] bursts into tears after Squidward convinces him that he can no longer laugh or smile again, Squidward just walks away with a smirk, saying "Oh, I hate it when he's sad. But I hate it even MORE when he's happy".

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* Squidward's ButtMonkey role was transformed from mere LaserGuidedKarma to a mix of outright ComedicSociopathy and KafkaKomedy, with nearly every entity in Bikini Bottom genuinely out to make him miserable. This could arguably be considered a skewed form of CharacterDevelopment since it made his {{Jerkass}} (admittedly with a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Heart of Gold]]) demeanor far more justified. Squidward's hatred of [=SpongeBob=] has also been flanderized, though. For example, in one of the early-season Christmas specials, he gives away everything he owns so that [=SpongeBob=] won't cry. In a later-season episode, when [=SpongeBob=] bursts into tears after Squidward convinces him that he can no longer laugh or smile again, Squidward just walks away with a smirk, saying "Oh, I hate it when he's sad. But I hate it even MORE when he's happy".happy" (Though even in that episode, he pretty much takes it back when he decides Spongebob's crying is worse than his laughter and tells Spongebob the truth to make at least make it stop).



* Originally, Mrs. Puff was just a NoRespectGuy who didn't want to have to deal with [=SpongeBob=]'s bad driving. Then she tried to ''murder'' [=SpongeBob=]...

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* Originally, Mrs. Puff was just a NoRespectGuy who didn't want to have to deal with [=SpongeBob=]'s bad driving. Then she tried to ''murder'' [=SpongeBob=]...[=SpongeBob=] in one episode after what she felt was the last straw (which apparently only lasted until the end).
28th Jul '17 7:28:16 AM LegoLover58
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* The pigs in ''WesternAnimation/AngryBirdsToons'' start out as reasonably competent and cunning characters, their downside being that they can be clumsy and suffer from a lot of bad luck. As episodes pass however, they simply get dumber and dumber. They are also flanderized massively in the spin-off series ''Piggy Tales'', in which the pigs are [[TooDumbToLive so painfully, interminably moronic that they are rarely able to complete the simplest tasks without causing unintentional chaos and injury.]]

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The pigs in ''WesternAnimation/AngryBirdsToons'' start out as reasonably competent and cunning characters, their downside being that they can be clumsy and suffer from a lot of bad luck. As episodes pass however, they simply get dumber and dumber. They are also flanderized massively in the spin-off series ''Piggy Tales'', in which the pigs are [[TooDumbToLive so painfully, interminably moronic that they are rarely able to complete the simplest tasks without causing unintentional chaos and injury.]]]]
** Chuck starts out as a well-meaning but mischievous speedster, but becomes an arrogant JerkAss obsessed with winning by the end of the series.
27th Jul '17 9:42:47 PM LegoLover58
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* The pigs in ''WesternAnimation/AngryBirdsToons'' start out as reasonably competent and cunning characters, their downside being that they can be clumsy and suffer from a lot of bad luck. As episodes pass however, they simply get dumber and dumber. They are also flanderized massively in the spin-off series ''Piggy Tales'', in which the pigs are so [[TooDumbToLive painfully, interminably moronic]] that they are rarely able to complete the simplest tasks without causing unintentional chaos and injury.

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* The pigs in ''WesternAnimation/AngryBirdsToons'' start out as reasonably competent and cunning characters, their downside being that they can be clumsy and suffer from a lot of bad luck. As episodes pass however, they simply get dumber and dumber. They are also flanderized massively in the spin-off series ''Piggy Tales'', in which the pigs are so [[TooDumbToLive so painfully, interminably moronic]] moronic that they are rarely able to complete the simplest tasks without causing unintentional chaos and injury.]]
27th Jul '17 9:41:41 PM LegoLover58
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* The pigs in ''WesternAnimation/AngryBirdsToons'' start out as reasonably competent and cunning characters, their downside being that they can be clumsy and suffer from a lot of bad luck. As episodes pass however, they simply get dumber and dumber. They are also flanderized massively in the spin-off series ''Piggy Tales'', in which the pigs are so painfully, interminably moronic that they are rarely able to complete the simplest tasks without causing unintentional chaos and injury.

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* The pigs in ''WesternAnimation/AngryBirdsToons'' start out as reasonably competent and cunning characters, their downside being that they can be clumsy and suffer from a lot of bad luck. As episodes pass however, they simply get dumber and dumber. They are also flanderized massively in the spin-off series ''Piggy Tales'', in which the pigs are so [[TooDumbToLive painfully, interminably moronic moronic]] that they are rarely able to complete the simplest tasks without causing unintentional chaos and injury.
26th Jul '17 9:02:15 PM mightymewtron
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** In a more straight example, Garnet may have undergone this. Prior to "Jailbreak", she was a blunt, powerful, stoic but caring gem who had a few episodes exploring her personality (such as her getting sucked into a video game or feeling guilty about causing Steven paranoia with her future vision). After TheReveal of her being a fusion, however, most of her personality revolves around being a fusion: she provides exposition about fusion, makes jokes about being a fusion, and hasn't had an episode focused on her that didn't in some way deal with fusion. This is probably due to how incredibly popular Ruby and Sapphire became after their first appearance.
24th Jul '17 7:22:58 AM MsCC93
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* Flanderization/FamilyGuy



[[folder:Family Guy]]
Various characters of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', due to the writers usually taking one joke that was successful before and building on it in future episodes:
* Peter himself has always been a {{Jerkass}}, but in the earlier seasons he was shown with a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold genuine good side]] and actually cared about his kids, even Meg. Peter's intelligence also drops from 'idiot' to 'legally mentally disabled'. His original flanderization came after "Petarded" where he started to rip on Meg and often make jokes about her, but at the same time, was actually well intentioned and a little intelligent deep down.
** Peter's LethallyStupid tendencies were more a case of InnocentlyInsensitive behavior in early seasons, and, akin to a standard BumblingDad, being too arrogant and idiotic to quite get what he was doing was wrong. Even at that Peter usually was handed AnAesop and saw the error of his ways. Around mid-Season 4 (and completely around Season 7 onwards), however, he evolved more into a PsychopathicManchild, completely apathetic to the misery he causes, and in some episodes, outright sadistic and amused by it.
** Peter also was arguably more racist and sexist in early episodes like "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" and "I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar" as [[Series/AllInTheFamily Archie Bunker]] was one of his primary influences.
* And [[UnpopularPopularCharacter let's not even go into what happened to]] ''[[ButtMonkey her]]''... Meg has "developed" from an ordinary, level-headed teenage girl with teen problems into an outrageously hated and despised punching bag whose desperation for happiness and love often makes her insane. At one point she even snaps and beats up a passing car driver who is picking on her, and stalks Brian after he goes to the prom with her out of pity.
* During season 3, Stewie started to become ''a bit effeminated'' and show ''some glimpses'' of homosexuality, and became more fond of Brian as time went by. From season 4 onwards, he lost much of his former EnfantTerrible traits, and started to crosdress on a daily basis, dates other guys dressed as a girl, openly wants to have sex with Brian and blatantly hints that he's gay every five seconds.
* Lois' sexuality has become greatly Flanderized overtime. Originally she enjoyed a healthy sex life with her husband, yes, but it's gotten to the point where in at least ''four'' different episodes (when Peter became abstinent, when Peter became gay, when Peter got a vasectomy, and when "real life was censored"), she's been shown to be ''unable to properly live her life'' unless she can have sex with Peter.
* Aside from her sexuality, Lois also started off as being a legitimately caring mother who even attacked a group of girls for making fun of Meg. Unlike the other characters, her flanderization came much later. Since Season 7, she's been consistently shown to be extremely abusive to Meg, even going so far as to suggest Meg commit suicide because she doesn't want to put up with her daughter's depression anymore. Her callousness seems to be exaggerated outside Meg (which could have at least [[RuleOfFunny been excused by EVERYONE hating her]]). By the eight season what were merely a few out of character moments to remind she was NotSoAboveItAll slowly eclipsed her original more logical persona to the point she was a DistaffCounterpart for post Flanderization Peter, a [[PsychopathicManchild childish]], [[LackOfEmpathy self centered]] [[ComedicSociopath heckler]] constantly bullying her family and friends [[ItAmusedMe for kicks]]. Half the time she is shown giggling or joining in on Peter's antics, something she showed nothing but disdain for early on.
** Her voice has gotten higher in pitch and more nasally as the seasons go on.
* Chris has also gotten a small, but noticeable flanderization, abruptly insulting others for no reason and gaining a cynical edge to him. His relationship with Meg has taken a strange turn also. It has been revealed that Chris and Meg practice kissing on one another, unknowingly made out with each other at a Halloween party and is implied to take baths together. Even Peter himself was shocked!
* The supporting cast has fallen into this trope as well. Joe Swanson went from just a handicapped character (who in fact was greatly competent despite this and admired by everyone because of it) to everything involving him leading to a "Get it? Because he's a cripple" joke with rage tendencies, and Cleveland lost his quiet, boring personality to become the butt for black jokes.
** Cleveland originally was the calm, soft guy. However when he got his [[WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow own show]], his personality morphed into the abrasive, crude and cynical sitcom father character (to [[{{Expy}} fit in the role of leading male]] having a personality more similar to that of Peter and American Dad's [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad Stan Smith]].
** Joe Swanson got even worse as time has gone on-his rage issues are more or less gone and now he's just a sad sack whose completely inferior at everything because he's handicapped. He can't even use the toilet for god's sake!
** Everybody noticed how Quagmire went from a generic hedonist to a pervert to a potential rapist, but he suffered a second flanderization much more prominent and fast: in Season 8, it was revealed that he hated Brian. Before Cleveland's departure, Quagmire seemingly had no beef with Brian and even allowed him to stay at his house at one time. In recent episodes, Quagmire has brutally assaulted Brian for unknowingly dating his transgendered father, furiously ranted at him for things Brian didn't know, and ran him over with his car.
*** Quagmire's overall {{wack|yGuy}}iness and perverted tendencies have been toned down in a favor of making him a SelfDeprecation avatar in the Steve Callaghan seasons. Even when Brian isn't around he seems a lot more down to earth and rather prudish and cynical on occasion. Whether this counts as Flanderization or subversion is hard to say.
*** For the first few episodes of Season 12, Quagmire's personality reverted back to the way he was in the Zuckerman and Goodman and Sheridan era. Until "Life of Brian".....
** Bonnie slowly shifted into a long suffering woman who was bitchy and unhappy with her marriage around the time Joe started turning into a one-dimensional cripple joke. Some recent episodes have even gone as far as implying that she wants Joe dead by this point.
* In earlier episodes, Brian was cast as the intelligent, witty one in the family. When the show was uncancelled, he started to voice his left wing views and contempt for religion, and later Brian's character was swallowed by his political views, much to the fans' frustration.
** The political facets itself have also been dumbed down. In its initial form, Brian was originally your average cliche left wing caricature (i.e. condescending and self righteous but still well meaning and earnest in his beliefs), he slowly just devolved into a sleazy StrawHypocrite, flip flopping views to give himself moral superiority, and often babbling pretentious rants even he barely understands in a desperate ploy for [[AttentionWhore attention and dignity]].
** Infuriating given his statement in the very first episode that he didn't vote, and in "The Thin White Line" when he thanks God for blessing him with his nose.
** His insisting that [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "God! Is! Pissed!"]] when Peter's blasphemous behavior causes the ten biblical plagues to descend on the family. In that same episode Brian immediately interprets a power outage, fleas, and blood as three of the Ten Plagues of Egypt, a response you wouldn't expect from a staunch atheist.
** More than his politics became Flanderized. Originally he was a very smart and cultured character, even if he did drink from time to time and had trouble getting women to go out with him because most of the women he dated were airheads with hot bodies. Now, he's a full-blown alcoholic, he's not very sophisticated (he even thinks ''Literature/PortnoysComplaint'' is about a man filing a noise complaint about a port), and a lot of his plotlines now revolve around him trying to get a date, always one with a human woman.
** Brian's tendency to date stupid women with hot bodies was originally played as something that frustrated him because he was really in love with Lois. Over time it became that he dated dumb women so he could feel smarter than them. On the other hand his love for Lois has just been made it almost an obsession and is very creepy. Both these aspects were brought up by Quagmire in his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech directed at Brian.
** On top of this, Brian's flanderization when it comes to meeting women was turned up a few notches when he goes to date Stewie's preschool teacher, a woman who is clearly unqualified for the job, ignoring their injuries and a ''dead child''! This is driven further when Stewie comes home with his arm out of the socket and tries to tell Lois when Brian shuts Stewie up just so Brian can keep dating the teacher. Brian eventually turns the teacher in to the police but only because the woman had a boyfriend already (naturally with an ever-hypocritical "there's a special level in Hell for people like you" comment as she's dragged off by the police).
** Brian's failures in dating women was also brought to light when Stewie brought him every single woman Brian dated and had them explain to him why they broke up with him (jealous, callous, insecure, pretentious, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking has a small penis]]). Rather than taking what the women said to heart, Brian tried to flip it around by pointing out why all the women he dated were flawed instead of actually taking responsibility for his own actions, a trait that seems to have stuck to Brian's character.
** In a case of a de-Flanderized trait, Brian was also extremely deadpan in early episodes, to the point of bordering TheStoic. By the end of the pre-cancellation run, he is a fully emotional character and more prone to neuroses.
* Lois's father, Carter, used to be an intelligent and rich businessman, even if his views are stuck in the 1950s. As the seasons went on, Carter's behavior is almost comparable to Peter's flanderization where he will say the most stupidest things or do the most ridiculous acts (mostly to Peter) and allows ongoing misery just because he is rich and powerful and [[ItAmusedMe needed a quick giggle.]] The point is driven further home where Carter loses his assets a few times and it's shown that he cannot function in life without his fortune. He gets flanderized even further into a downright monster in "The Old Man And The Big C" as it's revealed that his company developed a cure for cancer several years ago but he refuses to release it to the public all so he can increase corporate profit by making money off of sick people who have to rely on medication. Even after Lois lectures him about it Carter still refuses to release the cure, throwing him straight into CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* Adam West in the first three seasons was a kooky and somewhat incompetent mayor. After the revival he's insane and extremely corrupt.
* The entire character cast has been flanderized to the point where they just roll with it because that's who they are. For example, Meg knows she is the ButtMonkey of the group and is getting used to it, but still strives for something better.
* It has got to the point where some characters have started to come back a few steps.
* All of the characters' flanderized traits were amped up to 11 in season 8, to the point of where the characters were coming a few steps back a bit after that season.
* Tom Cruise has appeared in several gags over the years as a normal sized guy, but in the episode about Stewie's height, Tom's height was flanderized from the slightly-below average 5'7 (170cm) to having to buy his clothes in the toddler section.
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[[folder:Family Guy]]
Various characters of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', due to the writers usually taking one joke that was successful before and building on it in future episodes:
* Peter himself has always been a {{Jerkass}}, but in the earlier seasons he was shown with a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold genuine good side]] and actually cared about his kids, even Meg. Peter's intelligence also drops from 'idiot' to 'legally mentally disabled'. His original flanderization came after "Petarded" where he started to rip on Meg and often make jokes about her, but at the same time, was actually well intentioned and a little intelligent deep down.
** Peter's LethallyStupid tendencies were more a case of InnocentlyInsensitive behavior in early seasons, and, akin to a standard BumblingDad, being too arrogant and idiotic to quite get what he was doing was wrong. Even at that Peter usually was handed AnAesop and saw the error of his ways. Around mid-Season 4 (and completely around Season 7 onwards), however, he evolved more into a PsychopathicManchild, completely apathetic to the misery he causes, and in some episodes, outright sadistic and amused by it.
** Peter also was arguably more racist and sexist in early episodes like "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" and "I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar" as [[Series/AllInTheFamily Archie Bunker]] was one of his primary influences.
* And [[UnpopularPopularCharacter let's not even go into what happened to]] ''[[ButtMonkey her]]''... Meg has "developed" from an ordinary, level-headed teenage girl with teen problems into an outrageously hated and despised punching bag whose desperation for happiness and love often makes her insane. At one point she even snaps and beats up a passing car driver who is picking on her, and stalks Brian after he goes to the prom with her out of pity.
* During season 3, Stewie started to become ''a bit effeminated'' and show ''some glimpses'' of homosexuality, and became more fond of Brian as time went by. From season 4 onwards, he lost much of his former EnfantTerrible traits, and started to crosdress on a daily basis, dates other guys dressed as a girl, openly wants to have sex with Brian and blatantly hints that he's gay every five seconds.
* Lois' sexuality has become greatly Flanderized overtime. Originally she enjoyed a healthy sex life with her husband, yes, but it's gotten to the point where in at least ''four'' different episodes (when Peter became abstinent, when Peter became gay, when Peter got a vasectomy, and when "real life was censored"), she's been shown to be ''unable to properly live her life'' unless she can have sex with Peter.
* Aside from her sexuality, Lois also started off as being a legitimately caring mother who even attacked a group of girls for making fun of Meg. Unlike the other characters, her flanderization came much later. Since Season 7, she's been consistently shown to be extremely abusive to Meg, even going so far as to suggest Meg commit suicide because she doesn't want to put up with her daughter's depression anymore. Her callousness seems to be exaggerated outside Meg (which could have at least [[RuleOfFunny been excused by EVERYONE hating her]]). By the eight season what were merely a few out of character moments to remind she was NotSoAboveItAll slowly eclipsed her original more logical persona to the point she was a DistaffCounterpart for post Flanderization Peter, a [[PsychopathicManchild childish]], [[LackOfEmpathy self centered]] [[ComedicSociopath heckler]] constantly bullying her family and friends [[ItAmusedMe for kicks]]. Half the time she is shown giggling or joining in on Peter's antics, something she showed nothing but disdain for early on.
** Her voice has gotten higher in pitch and more nasally as the seasons go on.
* Chris has also gotten a small, but noticeable flanderization, abruptly insulting others for no reason and gaining a cynical edge to him. His relationship with Meg has taken a strange turn also. It has been revealed that Chris and Meg practice kissing on one another, unknowingly made out with each other at a Halloween party and is implied to take baths together. Even Peter himself was shocked!
* The supporting cast has fallen into this trope as well. Joe Swanson went from just a handicapped character (who in fact was greatly competent despite this and admired by everyone because of it) to everything involving him leading to a "Get it? Because he's a cripple" joke with rage tendencies, and Cleveland lost his quiet, boring personality to become the butt for black jokes.
** Cleveland originally was the calm, soft guy. However when he got his [[WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow own show]], his personality morphed into the abrasive, crude and cynical sitcom father character (to [[{{Expy}} fit in the role of leading male]] having a personality more similar to that of Peter and American Dad's [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad Stan Smith]].
** Joe Swanson got even worse as time has gone on-his rage issues are more or less gone and now he's just a sad sack whose completely inferior at everything because he's handicapped. He can't even use the toilet for god's sake!
** Everybody noticed how Quagmire went from a generic hedonist to a pervert to a potential rapist, but he suffered a second flanderization much more prominent and fast: in Season 8, it was revealed that he hated Brian. Before Cleveland's departure, Quagmire seemingly had no beef with Brian and even allowed him to stay at his house at one time. In recent episodes, Quagmire has brutally assaulted Brian for unknowingly dating his transgendered father, furiously ranted at him for things Brian didn't know, and ran him over with his car.
*** Quagmire's overall {{wack|yGuy}}iness and perverted tendencies have been toned down in a favor of making him a SelfDeprecation avatar in the Steve Callaghan seasons. Even when Brian isn't around he seems a lot more down to earth and rather prudish and cynical on occasion. Whether this counts as Flanderization or subversion is hard to say.
*** For the first few episodes of Season 12, Quagmire's personality reverted back to the way he was in the Zuckerman and Goodman and Sheridan era. Until "Life of Brian".....
** Bonnie slowly shifted into a long suffering woman who was bitchy and unhappy with her marriage around the time Joe started turning into a one-dimensional cripple joke. Some recent episodes have even gone as far as implying that she wants Joe dead by this point.
* In earlier episodes, Brian was cast as the intelligent, witty one in the family. When the show was uncancelled, he started to voice his left wing views and contempt for religion, and later Brian's character was swallowed by his political views, much to the fans' frustration.
** The political facets itself have also been dumbed down. In its initial form, Brian was originally your average cliche left wing caricature (i.e. condescending and self righteous but still well meaning and earnest in his beliefs), he slowly just devolved into a sleazy StrawHypocrite, flip flopping views to give himself moral superiority, and often babbling pretentious rants even he barely understands in a desperate ploy for [[AttentionWhore attention and dignity]].
** Infuriating given his statement in the very first episode that he didn't vote, and in "The Thin White Line" when he thanks God for blessing him with his nose.
** His insisting that [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "God! Is! Pissed!"]] when Peter's blasphemous behavior causes the ten biblical plagues to descend on the family. In that same episode Brian immediately interprets a power outage, fleas, and blood as three of the Ten Plagues of Egypt, a response you wouldn't expect from a staunch atheist.
** More than his politics became Flanderized. Originally he was a very smart and cultured character, even if he did drink from time to time and had trouble getting women to go out with him because most of the women he dated were airheads with hot bodies. Now, he's a full-blown alcoholic, he's not very sophisticated (he even thinks ''Literature/PortnoysComplaint'' is about a man filing a noise complaint about a port), and a lot of his plotlines now revolve around him trying to get a date, always one with a human woman.
** Brian's tendency to date stupid women with hot bodies was originally played as something that frustrated him because he was really in love with Lois. Over time it became that he dated dumb women so he could feel smarter than them. On the other hand his love for Lois has just been made it almost an obsession and is very creepy. Both these aspects were brought up by Quagmire in his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech directed at Brian.
** On top of this, Brian's flanderization when it comes to meeting women was turned up a few notches when he goes to date Stewie's preschool teacher, a woman who is clearly unqualified for the job, ignoring their injuries and a ''dead child''! This is driven further when Stewie comes home with his arm out of the socket and tries to tell Lois when Brian shuts Stewie up just so Brian can keep dating the teacher. Brian eventually turns the teacher in to the police but only because the woman had a boyfriend already (naturally with an ever-hypocritical "there's a special level in Hell for people like you" comment as she's dragged off by the police).
** Brian's failures in dating women was also brought to light when Stewie brought him every single woman Brian dated and had them explain to him why they broke up with him (jealous, callous, insecure, pretentious, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking has a small penis]]). Rather than taking what the women said to heart, Brian tried to flip it around by pointing out why all the women he dated were flawed instead of actually taking responsibility for his own actions, a trait that seems to have stuck to Brian's character.
** In a case of a de-Flanderized trait, Brian was also extremely deadpan in early episodes, to the point of bordering TheStoic. By the end of the pre-cancellation run, he is a fully emotional character and more prone to neuroses.
* Lois's father, Carter, used to be an intelligent and rich businessman, even if his views are stuck in the 1950s. As the seasons went on, Carter's behavior is almost comparable to Peter's flanderization where he will say the most stupidest things or do the most ridiculous acts (mostly to Peter) and allows ongoing misery just because he is rich and powerful and [[ItAmusedMe needed a quick giggle.]] The point is driven further home where Carter loses his assets a few times and it's shown that he cannot function in life without his fortune. He gets flanderized even further into a downright monster in "The Old Man And The Big C" as it's revealed that his company developed a cure for cancer several years ago but he refuses to release it to the public all so he can increase corporate profit by making money off of sick people who have to rely on medication. Even after Lois lectures him about it Carter still refuses to release the cure, throwing him straight into CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* Adam West in the first three seasons was a kooky and somewhat incompetent mayor. After the revival he's insane and extremely corrupt.
* The entire character cast has been flanderized to the point where they just roll with it because that's who they are. For example, Meg knows she is the ButtMonkey of the group and is getting used to it, but still strives for something better.
* It has got to the point where some characters have started to come back a few steps.
* All of the characters' flanderized traits were amped up to 11 in season 8, to the point of where the characters were coming a few steps back a bit after that season.
* Tom Cruise has appeared in several gags over the years as a normal sized guy, but in the episode about Stewie's height, Tom's height was flanderized from the slightly-below average 5'7 (170cm) to having to buy his clothes in the toddler section.
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11th Jul '17 9:16:11 PM MagnusForce
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* Amy's ditziness and shallowness was played up as the series progressed (few remember that she was originally an engineering student working with the professor), along with Leela's love of violence. Recent episodes have attempted to acknowledge Amy's stated intelligence by letting her finally earn her Ph.D, and actually assisting the Professor on inventions (the brain switch machine for example) around the last few seasons.
* Bender has gone through multiple flanderizations. When we're first introduced to Bender he can't live with himself because he learned the girders he bends are used to make suicide booths.[[note]]Admittedly this was kind of a one-off joke, highlighting the absurdity of the fact that Bender has no trouble making use of said suicide booths himself.[[/note]] Later, when he and Fry became roommates a gag featured him muttering "kill all humans" in his sleep. This gag grew into a complete disregard for human life. In later seasons this completely reversed given his experience on the robot planet, that he lived with a human, cared for a race of minute aliens, [[spoiler:grew attached to those orphans]], fell in love, [[spoiler:partly merged his programming with a female personality]], and underwent a sex change and back (twice), there is character development and also material manipulation of his mind there. His original (or at least post-lightbulb) character of lone, hurtful, dissolute renegade with a begrudged affection for Fry and Leela has been displaced by a jokey persona.
** This got to the point where in the Comedy Central seasons, Bender actually commits murder. ''Benderama'' and ''Fun on a Bun'' are primary examples.

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* Amy's ditziness and shallowness was played up as the series progressed (few remember that she was originally an engineering student working with the professor), along with Leela's love of violence.professor). Recent episodes have attempted to acknowledge Amy's stated intelligence by letting her finally earn her Ph.D, and actually assisting the Professor on inventions (the brain switch machine for example) around the last few seasons.
* Bender has gone through multiple flanderizations. When we're first introduced to Bender he can't live with himself because he learned the girders he bends are used to make suicide booths.[[note]]Admittedly this was kind of a one-off joke, highlighting the absurdity of the fact that Bender has no trouble making use of said suicide booths himself.[[/note]] Later, when he and Fry became roommates a gag featured him muttering "kill all humans" in his sleep. This gag grew into a complete disregard for human life. In later seasons this completely life, to the point where in the Comedy Central seasons, Bender actually commits ''murder''. This has been partially reversed given his experience on the robot planet, that he lived with a human, cared for a race of minute aliens, [[spoiler:grew attached to those orphans]], fell in love, [[spoiler:partly merged his programming with a female personality]], and underwent a sex change and back (twice), there is character development and also material manipulation of his mind there. His original (or at least post-lightbulb) character of lone, hurtful, dissolute renegade with a begrudged affection for Fry and Leela has been displaced by a jokey persona.
** This got to the point where in the Comedy Central seasons, Bender actually commits murder. ''Benderama'' and ''Fun on a Bun'' are primary examples.
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** Leela's love for violence was also flanderized as the series went on. In early episodes, she was probably the most level-headed character (asides Hermes) to the point that one "Anthology of Interest" short dealt with her non-impulsive nature, but was tough enough to kick ass when the situation called for it. Later on, (especially in the Comedy Central episodes), she's the most hot-headed member of the crew and frequently beats up others out of sheer impulse.



** Hank's characterization definitely [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]]. According to [[http://www.macleans.ca/authors/jaime-weinman/a-brief-history-of-king-of-the-hill/ this article]], some members of the writing staff (Mike Judge included, obviously) liked the initial characterization of Hank as the OnlySaneMan. Others preferred to ridicule him as hopelessly out-of-touch. Unsurprisingly, the treatment of Hank varies from season-to-season, and occasionally episode-to-episode.

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** Hank's characterization definitely [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]]. According to [[http://www.macleans.ca/authors/jaime-weinman/a-brief-history-of-king-of-the-hill/ this article]], some members of the writing staff (Mike Judge included, obviously) liked the initial characterization of Hank as the OnlySaneMan. Others preferred to ridicule him as hopelessly out-of-touch. Unsurprisingly, the treatment of Hank varies from season-to-season, and occasionally episode-to-episode.episode-to-episode, though they typically try to find a middle ground.



** In the earlier episodes of the show, Marge was a very supportive mother and the voice of reason when Lisa wasn't available. However, she was NotSoAboveItAll at times (like in "Rosebud", where she lampshades it with a "Well, why can't I be greedy once in a while?"). In later episodes, her good parenting have become an InformedAttribute due to [[TookALevelInJerkass her transformation]] into a StepfordSmiler ("Catch 'Em If You Can " is a good example) and [[TookALevelInDumbass she became more likely]] to join Homer and the rest of Springfield in whatever stupid shenanigans they were getting into in the episode.



* Barney Gumble was introduced as a [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Barney Rubble]] {{Expy}} who always hung out at Moe's. However as Lenny and Carl filled in his role of Homer's best friend, his drunkenness was emphasized more in later seasons. In newer episodes, he's usually seen lying around in drunken stupor or in hangover.
* Krusty the Clown went from being a cheery and fun-loving children's entertainer who loved having the camera on him to [[HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight a slightly weary and cynical old showbiz figure]][[note]]Though he did show that he cared sometimes like the ending of "Kamp Krusty".[[/note]], to [[TookALevelInJerkass a greedy, shameless sellout who doesn't care the slightest if his licensing products are crappy, or even downright dangerous]]. (He actually was originally Homer himself in disguise - note the artwork - but that was [[AbortedArc abandoned]] early.)

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* Barney Gumble was introduced as a [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Barney Rubble]] {{Expy}} who always hung out at Moe's. However as Lenny and Carl filled in his role of Homer's best friend, his drunkenness was emphasized more in later seasons. In newer episodes, he's usually seen lying around in drunken stupor or in hangover.
hangover. He did sober up in Season 11 though, but the writers aren't very consistent about whether he still is or not.
* Krusty the Clown went from being a cheery and fun-loving children's entertainer who loved having the camera on him to [[HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight a slightly weary and cynical old showbiz figure]][[note]]Though he did show that he cared sometimes like the ending figure]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a heart of "Kamp Krusty".[[/note]], gold]], to [[TookALevelInJerkass a greedy, greedy and shameless sellout who doesn't care the slightest if his licensing products are crappy, or even downright dangerous]]. (He sellout. This might have something to do with how he actually was originally Homer himself in disguise - note the artwork their appearances - but something that was [[AbortedArc abandoned]] early.)



* Scoutmaster Lumpus from ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' was initially characterized as something akin to Squidward; [[JerkassWoobie a grouchy but amiable fellow who just wanted peace and quiet from Lazlo's antics]]. In later episodes, he became a dull-witted, greedy, selfish, irresponsible {{Jerkass}} PsychopathicManChild with "zero morals and no conscience" who couldn't care less about Camp Kidney's outstandingly poor quality. It got to the point where Creator/JoeMurray even acknowledged it[[note]]A show's creator acknowledging Flanderization is a rare thing indeed.[[/note]], saying [[OnlySaneMan Slinkman]] was the real scoutmaster of the later seasons in all but job name. [[TropesAreTools It could be argued that this made Lumpus a lot funnier though.]]
** As Lumpus took levels in [[TookALevelInJerkass Jerkass]] and [[TookALevelInDumbass Dumbass]], Lazlo TookALevelInKindness. He was initially portrayed as a [=SpongeBob=]-like character; optimistic, eccentric, and often annoying to everyone but his friends. Later episodes played up his optimism making him an almost hippie-like AllLovingHero with his IdiotHero tendencies being a smaller part of him [[note]] This is especially interesting when you realize that most Lazlo-like characters become dumber rather than cheerier[[/note]]. Weirdly, this may be because Lazlo became [[DemotedToExtra less of the main character]] over time and more of TheFace of the show as later episodes tended to focus on the rest of the cast with Lazlo either not appearing at all or for a few brief lines and scenes.

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* Scoutmaster Lumpus from ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' was initially characterized as something akin to Squidward; [[JerkassWoobie a stern and grouchy but amiable fellow who just wanted peace and quiet from Lazlo's antics]]. In later episodes, he became a selfish, dull-witted, greedy, selfish, and irresponsible {{Jerkass}} PsychopathicManChild with "zero morals and no conscience" who couldn't care less about Camp Kidney's outstandingly poor quality. It got to the point where Creator/JoeMurray even acknowledged it[[note]]A show's creator acknowledging Flanderization is a rare thing indeed.[[/note]], saying Joe Murray said [[OnlySaneMan Slinkman]] was the real scoutmaster of the later seasons in all but job name. title. [[TropesAreTools It could be argued that this This made Lumpus a lot funnier though.]]
** As Lumpus took levels in [[TookALevelInJerkass Jerkass]] and [[TookALevelInDumbass Dumbass]], Lazlo TookALevelInKindness. He was initially portrayed as a [=SpongeBob=]-like character; optimistic, eccentric, and often annoying to everyone but his friends. Later episodes played up his optimism making him an almost hippie-like AllLovingHero with his IdiotHero tendencies being a smaller part of him [[note]] This is especially interesting when you realize that most Lazlo-like characters become dumber rather than cheerier[[/note]]. him. Weirdly, this may be because Lazlo became [[DemotedToExtra less of the main character]] over time and more of TheFace of the show as later episodes tended to focus on the rest of the cast with Lazlo either not appearing at all or for only having a few brief lines and scenes.lines.






** [[MsFanservice Nazz]] was known as the blonde, pretty girl who all the boys liked and who threw good parties in the first two seasons...[[FlatCharacter and nothing else.]] Come season three, she devolved into the stereotypical DumbBlonde and [[TheCheerleader cheerleader]] type who was still pretty and liked by the boys but would also spout one-liners or make "deep" observations that [[WhatAnIdiot seemed to defy all logic.]]

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** [[MsFanservice Nazz]] was known as the blonde, pretty girl who all the boys liked and who threw good parties in the first two seasons...[[FlatCharacter and nothing else.]] Come season three, she devolved into the stereotypical DumbBlonde and [[TheCheerleader cheerleader]] type who was still pretty and liked by the boys but would also spout one-liners or make "deep" observations that [[WhatAnIdiot [[TheDitz seemed to defy all logic.]]



** As well as Wilt being changed from an overly polite but perfectly sane and approachable nice guy to a [[TheWoobie total neurotic who's about five seconds away from a nervous breakdown,]] Edwardo going from a mere scaredy cat who can still stand up for himself at times to an extreme {{Cloudcuckoolander}} with a baby-like personality, and Herriman changing from the usual "uptight British butler" to a tyrannical sadist. And that's not even getting into his [[GRatedDrug carrot addiction...]]

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** As well as Wilt being changed from an overly polite but perfectly sane and approachable nice guy to a [[TheWoobie total neurotic who's about five seconds away from a nervous breakdown,]] Edwardo going from a mere scaredy cat who can still stand up for himself at times to an extreme {{Cloudcuckoolander}} with who acts like a baby-like personality, toddler and obsesses over potatoes[[note]]which began as a one-off joke from Season 1's "Bloooo"[[/note]], and Herriman changing from the usual "uptight British butler" to a tyrannical sadist. And that's not even getting into his [[GRatedDrug carrot addiction...]]



* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'': The entire main cast was hit hard by this in season 2 to the point where one asks if the writers forgot what the show's premise was.
** Jimmy going from goodhearted but somewhat airheaded, eccentric, and oblivious [[TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight (Though he could be quite clever if in an odd way]] and could even be the StraightMan to his pals) to being a complete idiot and extreme {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who was callously blind to everyone but Beezy.
** Beezy went from an essentially good-natured but hedonistically selfish moron to a {{Jerkass}} who found entertainment in the misery of others. The shining example is his relationship with Saffi, which went from being the show's most genuine CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming to Beezy casually breaking up with her just to chase the GirlOfTheWeek ''[[PlayedForLaughs as a joke]]''. Even Beezy's voice actor hated the scene.
** Heloise went from an EnfantTerrible MadScientist with [[DefrostingIceQueen some genuine sweet moments]] to being solely defined by her crush on Jimmy, as well as gaining ButtMonkey OnlySaneMan status, and her HairTriggerTemper and genius qualities being taken UpToEleven.
** Lucius went from being a FauxAffablyEvil CardCarryingVillain (and frequent AssholeVictim ) who delighted in the suffering of others to a [[GrumpyOldMan grumpy old]] "uncool" OnlySaneMan, due to his ButtMonkey status being taken UpToEleven and Jimmy's idiocy getting worse.
** Even the setting was Flanderized. Miseryville was transformed from what was supposed to be a wacky cartoony version of Hell with cartoony monsters and demons into a bizarre {{Cloudcuckooland}} full of the most random things possible, making [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime the Land of Ooo]] seem totally rational. The whole "most miserable place ever" idea became an InformedAttribute as well due to Lucius' VillainDecay.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'': The entire main cast was hit hard by this in season Season 2 due to the point where one asks if the writers forgot what the show's premise was.
DenserAndWackier SeasonalRot.
** Jimmy going from goodhearted but somewhat airheaded, eccentric, airheaded and oblivious [[TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight (Though eccentric ([[TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight Though he could be quite clever if in an odd way]] and could even be the StraightMan to his pals) OnlySaneMan) to being a complete idiot and extreme {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who was callously blind to everyone but Beezy.
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** Beezy went from an essentially good-natured but hedonistically selfish moron to a {{Jerkass}} who found entertainment in the misery of others. total {{Jerkass}}. The shining example is his relationship with Saffi, which went from being the show's most genuine CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming to Beezy casually breaking up with her just to chase the GirlOfTheWeek ''[[PlayedForLaughs as a joke]]''. Even Beezy's voice actor hated the scene.
joke]]''.
** Heloise went from an EnfantTerrible MadScientist with [[DefrostingIceQueen some genuine sweet moments]] to being almost solely defined by her crush on Jimmy, as well as gaining ButtMonkey OnlySaneMan status, and her HairTriggerTemper and genius qualities being taken UpToEleven.
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** Lucius went from being a FauxAffablyEvil CardCarryingVillain (and frequent AssholeVictim ) who delighted in the suffering of others to a [[GrumpyOldMan grumpy old]] "uncool" OnlySaneMan, due to VillainDecay his ButtMonkey status being taken UpToEleven and Jimmy's idiocy getting worse.
UpToEleven.
** Even the setting was Flanderized. Miseryville was transformed from what was supposed to be a wacky cartoony version of Hell with cartoony monsters and demons into a bizarre {{Cloudcuckooland}} full of the most random things possible, making that made [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime the Land of Ooo]] seem totally rational. The whole "most miserable place ever" idea also became an InformedAttribute as well due to Lucius' aforementioned VillainDecay.



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', being a ''[[LighterAndSofter much]]'' [[DenserAndWackier less serious program]], flanderized all the characters from the original ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' into caricatures of their former versions.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', being a ''[[LighterAndSofter much]]'' [[DenserAndWackier less serious program]], flanderized all the characters from the original ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' into caricatures of their former versions. Robin went from being very serious to a total killjoy, Starfire's naivety and Raven's snarkiness were upped, and Beast Boy and Cyborg's jokester attitudes were flanderized into being complete idiots.



* Twayne Boneraper from ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'' went from being Mark's intimidating, competent boss to a ditzy ManChild barely tolerated by his fellow demons in just a few episodes. Later his naivety and submission to his huge [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] were upped even more.


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* Twayne Boneraper from ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'' went from being Mark's intimidating, competent boss to a ditzy ManChild barely tolerated by his fellow demons in just a few episodes. Later his naivety and submission to his huge [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] were upped even more.
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** Spider-Man himself; usually Spidey is a DeadpanSnarker with an InnerMonologue with tendencies to not think through his actions, who defaults to being '[[ComicRelief the funny guy]]' when he teams up with others. The show amps up his comedic traits to the point he's a complete IdiotHero with NoFourthWall who can't stop making dumb jokes that are ''very'' irritating.

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** Spider-Man himself; usually Spidey is a responsible DeadpanSnarker with an InnerMonologue with tendencies to and the occasional tendency of not think thinking through his actions, who defaults to being '[[ComicRelief the funny guy]]' when he teams up with others. The show amps up his comedic traits to the point he's a complete completely irresponsible IdiotHero with NoFourthWall who can't stop making dumb extremely stupid jokes that are ''very'' irritating.
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* The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 3rd Ninja Turtles]] cartoon has had this become particularly noticeable, especially in the second season as its progressed. Raphael's {{Jerkass}} qualities have been greatly increased compared to any other incarnation, and Michelangelo's role as the jokester of the group led to him [[TookALevelInDumbass losing a severe amount of intelligence]] and repeatedly coming close to getting himself and his brothers killed. Donatello has a series exclusive case: in addition to his usual role as the team brains, he also gained [[InterspeciesRomance a crush on April]]. This latter element however became his sole domineering trait and he pretty much spends most if not all of his time pining for her more than anything else.
** Oh, Donatello. What makes this incarnation of him especially infamous is his unhealthy obsession of April. At first, fans thought that his crush was adorable and they supported him. However, as of season 2, his crush is less charming and more disturbing. There were people who still support the couple, but others have given up on him. [[spoiler:He seems to have given up on April, but the writers are implying that she feels the same way for him.]]
** An inversion happens to the turtles' disobedience to Splinter, however.
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** And then there are episodes like "A Pal for Gary" and "Choir Boys", where he was antagonistic to Gary (due to his obliviousness) and Squidward (whom he attacked on purpose) respectively.
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