History Flanderization / WesternAnimation

5th Nov '17 4:01:16 PM bfunc
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** In the first few episodes, Jerry was a pretty typical sitcom BumblingDad type character, and Rick's disdain for him had more to do with Rick's standards being impossibly high than with Jerry being significantly dumber than average. By season 2 Jerry seems to be going out of his way to prove that Rick was right all along; he's barely capable of functioning in society. Though to be scrupulously fair, we must note that the Jerry from the early episodes [[spoiler: got left behind in the Cronenberg dimension along with Original Beth and Original Summer in Episode 6 of Season 1; from the little we see of ''him'', he seems pretty competent]].
5th Nov '17 2:31:01 PM bfunc
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* Lisa started out as a sweet-natured, intelligent and very well-behaved little girl. She wasn't even that brilliant or mature in the early episodes (for example, she believes in Santa Claus and watches a cartoon that's basically ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''), but she was clearly quite an achiever for her age. However, over time, she became Little Miss Perfect. Her intelligence was taken UpToEleven, with her doing things like trigonometry [[NotAllowedToGrowUp while still in second grade]] and understanding fractions in a flashback to when she was three years old. [[SoapboxSadie She started complaining about anything and everything that didn't meet her high standards.]] Her strong progressive streak became activist tendencies (as seen in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E14LisaVsMalibuStacy Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy]]," when she protested against the Talking Malibu Stacy's misogynist phrases like "Thinking too much gives you wrinkles" and "My name is Stacy, but you can call me (''(WolfWhistle)''), then full-out environmental and uber-liberal extremism (as seen in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E5LisaTheVegetarian Lisa the Vegetarian]]," "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E21TheOldManAndTheLisa The Old Man and the Lisa]]," and "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E4LisaTheTreeHugger Lisa the Treehugger]]"). Her sardonic view of society as uncultured, phony, pandering, and lowest-common-denominator-focused became extreme intellectual superiority and being HolierThanThou (as seen in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E22TheySavedLisasBrain They Saved Lisa's Brain]]") and her quirkiness and nerdy interests became patronizing enthusiasm for the most pretentious of vocations (as seen in "Elementary School Musical" and "The Day The Earth Stood Cool"). She went from being a model child and the voice of reason (and therefore, Bart's contrast) to a stuck-up genius prude.

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* Lisa started out as a sweet-natured, intelligent and very well-behaved little girl.girl[[note]]Well, she ''started out'' as Bart in a dress in the Tracy Ullman shorts, but most of her brattiness faded quickly once The Simpsons became a show in its own right, with the main vestige of that part of her nature that was retained being her enjoyment of Bart's prank calls to Moe[[/note]]. She wasn't even that brilliant or mature in the early episodes (for example, she believes in Santa Claus and watches a cartoon that's basically ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''), but she was clearly quite an achiever for her age. However, over time, she became Little Miss Perfect. Her intelligence was taken UpToEleven, with her doing things like trigonometry [[NotAllowedToGrowUp while still in second grade]] and understanding fractions in a flashback to when she was three years old. [[SoapboxSadie She started complaining about anything and everything that didn't meet her high standards.]] Her strong progressive streak became activist tendencies (as seen in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E14LisaVsMalibuStacy Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy]]," when she protested against the Talking Malibu Stacy's misogynist phrases like "Thinking too much gives you wrinkles" and "My name is Stacy, but you can call me (''(WolfWhistle)''), then full-out environmental and uber-liberal extremism (as seen in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E5LisaTheVegetarian Lisa the Vegetarian]]," "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E21TheOldManAndTheLisa The Old Man and the Lisa]]," and "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E4LisaTheTreeHugger Lisa the Treehugger]]"). Her sardonic view of society as uncultured, phony, pandering, and lowest-common-denominator-focused became extreme intellectual superiority and being HolierThanThou (as seen in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E22TheySavedLisasBrain They Saved Lisa's Brain]]") and her quirkiness and nerdy interests became patronizing enthusiasm for the most pretentious of vocations (as seen in "Elementary School Musical" and "The Day The Earth Stood Cool"). She went from being a model child and the voice of reason (and therefore, Bart's contrast) to a stuck-up genius prude.



* Marge went from being a loving, prepared, [[WomenAreWiser down to earth]] mother who lectured Bart whenever he was up to his old tricks to [[MeddlingParents overprotecting him and being paranoid about his well-being]]. Marge was also more forgiving of Homer early on. She loved him without question and would excuse some behaviour others wouldn't, but she'd also call him on his nonsense if he went too far. As Homer became Flanderized into a {{Jerkass}} idiot, Marge became more of a StepfordSmiler who knew that her husband did some crazy shit, but really wanted to stay with him because...well, because the writers don't want to show Homer and Marge divorced.

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* Marge went from being a loving, prepared, [[WomenAreWiser down to earth]] mother who lectured Bart whenever he was up to his old tricks to [[MeddlingParents overprotecting him and being paranoid about his well-being]]. Marge was also more forgiving of Homer early on. She loved him without question and would excuse some behaviour others wouldn't, but she'd also call him on his nonsense if he went too far. As Homer became Flanderized into a {{Jerkass}} idiot, Marge became more of a StepfordSmiler who knew that her husband did some crazy shit, but really wanted to stay with him because... well, because the writers don't want to show Homer and Marge divorced.
4th Nov '17 7:29:04 PM Luppercus
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* Even Maggie suffered from this... or maybe in her case it was de-flanderization as she became ''less'' of a character. Maggie was a character in the first seasons, with emotional reactions and even some relevance to the plots. She was developing some individuality and had her own adventures. After a while she was basically a prop.
4th Nov '17 2:16:18 AM Vir
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* Several of the characters from ''WesternAnimation/{{Barnyard}}'' were flanderized for the sake of comedy in the [[RecycledTheSeries series adaptation]] ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard''. The most notable is Otis, who went from the badass leader of the gang [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome who beat up a bunch of coyotes to rescue the chickens they kidnapped and]] [[YouKilledMyFather avenge his father who they killed]], to both a coward and a moron who has difficulty writing his own name. There's also Freddy, whose attempts to suppress his ferret urges to eat his best friend Peck (a chicken) were exaggerated, and Mrs. Beady, who became a nut job obsessed with revealing the animals' anthropomorphism to the world. In the case of the latter [[TropesAreTools this change is forgivable]], as she didn't have enough screen time in the film to have much of a personality.

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* Several of the characters from ''WesternAnimation/{{Barnyard}}'' were flanderized for the sake of comedy in the [[RecycledTheSeries series adaptation]] ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard''. The most notable is Otis, who went from the badass leader of the gang [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome who beat up a bunch of coyotes to rescue the chickens they kidnapped and]] [[YouKilledMyFather avenge his father who whom they killed]], to both a coward and a moron who has difficulty writing his own name. There's also Freddy, whose attempts to suppress his ferret urges to eat his best friend Peck (a chicken) were exaggerated, and Mrs. Beady, who became a nut job obsessed with revealing the animals' anthropomorphism to the world. In the case of the latter [[TropesAreTools this change is forgivable]], as she didn't have enough screen time in the film to have much of a personality.
4th Oct '17 10:44:32 PM MegaTroper123456
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* Mr. Krabs went from being a typical [[PointyHairedBoss greedy yet usually well-intentioned boss]] to being borderline FauxAffablyEvil with an over-exaggerated MoneyFetish who would go through several kinds of hell just to retrieve a ''single penny''. One newer episode portrayed him as more obsessed with money as an ''object'' rather than for its value. While his greed was always prominent, he at least had some feasible redeeming aspects and morals to balance it out, his fatherly role with [=SpongeBob=] and Pearl for example. In later episodes, aside from some {{Jerkass}} qualities, his money-lust seems to be his sole defining trait, thus it is a pretty valid example of Flanderization, albeit DependingOnTheWriter admittedly. It's also worthwhile noting that in earlier seasons, Krabs [[LaserGuidedKarma usually did receive his comeuppance]] every now and then with his ([[MoralEventHorizon sometimes morally questionable]]) schemes. In later seasons, this is the total opposite -- Krabs is practically one of the biggest examples of KarmaHoudini, considering that he somehow gets away scot-free with anything he does in those seasons (ranging from theft to poisoning his customers to even ''driving people to suicide''), sometimes leaving someone to take the blame/pay the price. There are even times near the end of some episodes when it looks like Krabs is about to receive his comeuppance (or in rare cases, actually ''does''), but something happens at the end that puts the situation in Krabs's favor, if not lets him escape punishment entirely. On the other hand, he's been punished for his crimes in episodes such as "Patty Caper" and "The Cent of Money".

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* Mr. Krabs went from being a typical [[PointyHairedBoss greedy yet usually well-intentioned boss]] to being borderline FauxAffablyEvil with an over-exaggerated MoneyFetish who would go through several kinds of hell just to retrieve a ''single penny''. One newer episode portrayed him as more obsessed with money as an ''object'' rather than for its value. While his greed was always prominent, he at least had some feasible redeeming aspects and morals to balance it out, his fatherly role with [=SpongeBob=] and Pearl for example. In later episodes, aside from some {{Jerkass}} qualities, his money-lust seems to be his sole defining trait, thus it is a pretty valid example of Flanderization, albeit DependingOnTheWriter admittedly. It's also worthwhile noting that in earlier seasons, Krabs [[LaserGuidedKarma usually did receive his comeuppance]] every now and then with his ([[MoralEventHorizon sometimes morally questionable]]) schemes. In later seasons, this is the total opposite -- Krabs is practically one of the biggest examples of KarmaHoudini, considering that he somehow gets away scot-free with anything he does in those seasons (ranging from theft to poisoning his customers to even ''driving people to suicide''), suicide'') (and wanting to kill Squidward, his own employee, in "Out of the Picture"(!)), sometimes leaving someone to take the blame/pay the price. There are even times near the end of some episodes when it looks like Krabs is about to receive his comeuppance (or in rare cases, actually ''does''), but something happens at the end that puts the situation in Krabs's favor, if not lets him escape punishment entirely. On the other hand, he's been punished for his crimes in episodes such as "Patty Caper" and "The Cent of Money".


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** Unlike other characters who have reverted back to their original personalities (more or less) in the Post-Sequel era, Sandy's scientific side has actually gotten more poignant. There hasn't been a single episode referencing her love for karate in nearly 5 years!
3rd Oct '17 5:51:35 AM TT454
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* Homer started out as a strict disciplinarian; quite unintelligent, but still devoted to being a father.

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* Homer started out as a strict disciplinarian; quite somewhat unintelligent, but still devoted to being a father.
7th Sep '17 12:07:02 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* The Simpson family's financial situation has also changed dramatically. In the earlier seasons, there was much more focus on the financial difficulties the family grappled with by having Homer be the sole breadwinner and Marge staying at home. For some reason in later seasons this concept was all but dropped, and the family now sports tablets, smartphones, individual computers, and frequently travel- all apparently on Homer's middle-of-the-road income at the power plant.

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* The Simpson family's financial situation has also changed dramatically. In the earlier seasons, there was much more focus on the financial difficulties the family grappled with by having Homer be the sole breadwinner and Marge staying at home. For some reason in later seasons this concept was all but dropped, and the family now sports tablets, smartphones, individual computers, and frequently travel- all apparently on Homer's middle-of-the-road income at the power plant. Hell, even in the late part of the TurnOfTheMillennium with the housing crisis the Simpsons would have a hard time keeping their spacious two-story home and two cars solely on Homer's salary let alone the rest of their luxuries.
4th Sep '17 2:38:14 PM BatmanKalEl
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* Flanderization/FamilyGuy


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29th Aug '17 1:51:28 PM ading
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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': Beth started out in season 1 as the OnlySaneMan who was doing her best to restrain the dysfunction in her family, with some NotSoAboveItAll moments. In season 2, her egotism and selfishness were exaggerated to the point that she seemed to be more screwed-up than anyone else in the family apart from Rick, but still genuinely loved her family deep down. By season 3, she's become a full-blown narcissist who would literally rather die than be bored, and who seems to only care about her children insofar as it would hurt her ego to be seen as a bad mother.
27th Aug '17 6:42:40 PM BatmanKalEl
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* Every character since Season 6 onward has strongly been getting progressively dumber. Even in the Season 9 episode "Let Sleeper Dogs Lie" they made jokes that made even Wanda seem dumb. Unfortunately, this has gotten worse in [[SeasonalRot Season 10]], every character (''Even Wanda'') [[TookALevelInDumbass has become dumber than before]], and Chloe is usually the OnlySaneMan and the one who ends up saving the day.

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* Every character since Season 6 onward has strongly been getting progressively dumber. Even in the Season 9 episode "Let Sleeper Dogs Lie" they made jokes that made even Wanda seem dumb. Unfortunately, this has gotten worse in [[SeasonalRot Season 10]], every character (''Even Wanda'') character, ''even Wanda'', [[TookALevelInDumbass has become dumber than before]], and Chloe is usually the OnlySaneMan and the one who ends up saving the day.
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