History Flanderization / WesternAnimation

24th Jun '16 7:25:29 AM ThomasVeggieDramaFan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Early episodes have brief scenes that imply Principal Lewis had a checkered past, but overall he was shown as a responsible and respectable educator. Later episodes make him a wildly irresponsible drug addict who could never behave in an appropriate manner, even around students. Some see it as a good thing, as he was a fairly generic character. Lampshaded in one episode post-Flanderization where Steve outright says "I have a hard time believing you're an educator, Brian."

to:

** Early episodes have brief scenes that imply Principal Lewis had a checkered past, but overall he was shown as a responsible and respectable educator. Later episodes make him a wildly irresponsible drug addict who could never behave in an appropriate manner, even around students. Some see saw it as a good thing, as he was a fairly generic character.character. But you'll likely see more people say that said change made him a far more annoying character (the increased number of appearances he got post-Flanderization didn't help either). Lampshaded in one episode post-Flanderization where Steve outright says "I have a hard time believing you're an educator, Brian."
22nd Jun '16 10:04:01 AM JohnnyLurg
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Patrick started out as an eccentric and fun-loving oddball who was slightly slow on the uptake but mostly intelligent (he even helped [=SpongeBob=] almost pass his boating test for the first time ever through radio; he was also able to pick up on Squidward's animosity towards him and [=SpongeBob=], while [=SpongeBob=] was completely oblivious to it).
** His first Flanderization, starting from the second season, made him a lot more dim-witted and immature, sometimes stating bizarre non-sequiturs like "Is mayonnaise an instrument?" and "Finland!" The animators accentuated his decrease in intelligence by giving him thicker, goofier eyebrows. In the second, third and fourth seasons his intelligence varies wildly; in one episode for example, he forgets he's eaten a chocolate bar only a few seconds after eating it, while in another he demonstrates the ability to pass a driving test after one try. He would also make an unusually intellectual statement once in a while, such as "The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma".

to:

** Patrick started out as an eccentric and fun-loving oddball who was slightly slow on the uptake but mostly intelligent (he even helped [=SpongeBob=] almost pass his boating test for the first time ever through radio; he immediately realized that Sandy's treedome was dangerous due to its lack of water; he was also able to pick up on Squidward's animosity towards him and [=SpongeBob=], while [=SpongeBob=] was completely oblivious to it).
** His first Flanderization, starting from the second the end of the first season, made him a lot more dim-witted and immature, sometimes stating bizarre non-sequiturs like "Is mayonnaise an instrument?" and "Finland!" The animators accentuated his decrease in intelligence by giving him thicker, goofier eyebrows. In the second, third and fourth seasons his intelligence varies wildly; in one episode for example, he forgets he's eaten a chocolate bar only a few seconds after eating it, while in another he demonstrates the ability to pass a driving test after one try. He would also make an unusually intellectual statement once in a while, such as "The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma".
21st Jun '16 8:25:01 AM AnotherGuy
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Krusty the Clown went from being [[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]].

to:

* Krusty the Clown went from being [[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.)
16th Jun '16 7:14:46 PM merotoker
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[folder:The Fairly Oddparents]]

to:

[[folder:The Fairly Oddparents]][=OddParents=]]]



* Every character since Season 6 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.

to:

* Every character since Season 6 has strongly been getting progressively dumber.
**
dumber. Even in the Season 9 episode "Let Sleeper Dogs Lie" they made jokes that made even Wanda seem dumb.



*** Quagmire's overall [[TheWackyGuy wackiness]] 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.

to:

*** Quagmire's overall [[TheWackyGuy wackiness]] {{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.



* Perhaps the biggest victim of Flanderization in WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} is Dr. Zoidberg. When he was first introduced, he was a [[JokeCharacter one-joke character]]: an alien doctor who treats humans, despite being ignorant of their biology (and oblivious to the fact). Despite this, the rest of the cast actually treat him with the kind of respect usually accorded doctors throughout season one. But after he got his own episode in season two ("Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?") where it was revealed that Zoidberg is considered a loser by his own species' standards, he became the ButtMonkey of the series. Jokes about him tended to focus on his being poor, gross, completely unpopular with the rest of the cast, or all three, while the incompetent doctor jokes tapered off (though the writers do still crack one from time to time). His background participation in "Where the Buggalo Roam" (in which he spends the entire episode freeloading off the Wongs) just hammers the point home.

to:

* Perhaps the biggest victim of Flanderization in WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} here is Dr. Zoidberg. When he was first introduced, he was a [[JokeCharacter one-joke character]]: an alien doctor who treats humans, despite being ignorant of their biology (and oblivious to the fact). Despite this, the rest of the cast actually treat him with the kind of respect usually accorded doctors throughout season one. But after he got his own episode in season two ("Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?") where it was revealed that Zoidberg is considered a loser by his own species' standards, he became the ButtMonkey of the series. Jokes about him tended to focus on his being poor, gross, completely unpopular with the rest of the cast, or all three, while the incompetent doctor jokes tapered off (though the writers do still crack one from time to time). His background participation in "Where the Buggalo Roam" (in which he spends the entire episode freeloading off the Wongs) just hammers the point home.



** Redcorn also goes through quite a radical change in regards to his mood swings. In the story arc of him wanting to know his son, he goes from just wanting to know his son better (where his worse reaction is grunting and rushing off in a RealMenDontCry fashion) to straight up crying on cue at every opportunity, famously (almost) on Hank's lap. A great example is when Hank admits he's having sex dreams about Nancy in which Redcorn lashes out at Hank. After Hank runs away, Redcorn bawls to himself.

to:

** Redcorn also goes through quite a radical change in regards to his mood swings. In the story arc of him wanting to know his son, he goes from just wanting to know his son better (where his worse reaction is grunting and rushing off in a RealMenDontCry MenDontCry fashion) to straight up crying on cue at every opportunity, famously (almost) on Hank's lap. A great example is when Hank admits he's having sex dreams about Nancy in which Redcorn lashes out at Hank. After Hank runs away, Redcorn bawls to himself.



** His second - and most damning - flanderization took his obsession with Christianity and expanded it, turning him into an intolerant bigot who demanded a lot of respect for his religion while openly mocking other peoples', such as Apu's Hinduism (see the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E6MidnightRx Midnight Rx]]", where even Homer isn't amused by what Ned says of Hinduism to Apu's face). This also turned the joke of "Why does Homer hate him?" into "''No wonder'' Homer hates him." It's worth noting that this second flanderization coincided with the death of his wife Maude, leading to a tragic AlternateCharacterInterpretation that the loss of his wife and having to be a single father led him to become bitter, depressed, and increasingly hostile to anything that goes against his increasingly fundamentalist religious beliefs.

to:

** His second - and most damning - flanderization took his obsession with Christianity and expanded it, turning him into an intolerant bigot who demanded a lot of respect for his religion while openly mocking other peoples', such as Apu's Hinduism (see the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E6MidnightRx Midnight Rx]]", where even Homer isn't amused by what Ned says of Hinduism to Apu's face). This also turned the joke of "Why does Homer hate him?" into "''No wonder'' Homer hates him." It's worth noting that this second flanderization coincided with the death of his wife Maude, leading to a tragic AlternateCharacterInterpretation AlternativeCharacterInterpretation that the loss of his wife and having to be a single father led him to become bitter, depressed, and increasingly hostile to anything that goes against his increasingly fundamentalist religious beliefs.



* 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 ''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. 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.

to:

* 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 ''TheSmurfs''), ''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. 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.



* Milhouse Van Houten started out as a slightly awkward, smarter than average but gray and unpopular Bart's best friend. His unpopularity and bad luck were exaggerated until he became the default {{Butt Monkey}} and StrawLoser of Springfield's elementary. His personality changed later into making him extremely puny and childish in order to make him even more pathetic. His romantic interest in Lisa was a minor trait in the beginning, but then his sole purpose in life became trying to impress her.

to:

* Milhouse Van Houten started out as a slightly awkward, smarter than average but gray and unpopular Bart's best friend. His unpopularity and bad luck were exaggerated until he became the default {{Butt Monkey}} ButtMonkey and StrawLoser of Springfield's elementary. His personality changed later into making him extremely puny and childish in order to make him even more pathetic. His romantic interest in Lisa was a minor trait in the beginning, but then his sole purpose in life became trying to impress her.



* Seymour Skinner was Flanderized very quickly. Early appearances had him mainly as a reasonably competent, no-nonsense principal who was a Vietnam veteran and had an overbearing mother. He even managed to be pretty badass in a few episodes ([[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E20TheBoyWhoKnewTooMuch The Boy Who Knew Too Much]]). After a few seasons, he became a pathological mama's boy who was still a virgin in his 40s and merely embarrassed himself whenever he tried to assert authority over Bart or any other students.

to:

* Seymour Skinner was Flanderized very quickly. Early appearances had him mainly as a reasonably competent, no-nonsense principal who was a Vietnam veteran and had an overbearing mother. He even managed to be pretty badass in a few episodes ([[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E20TheBoyWhoKnewTooMuch ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E20TheBoyWhoKnewTooMuch The Boy Who Knew Too Much]]).Much]]"). After a few seasons, he became a pathological mama's boy who was still a virgin in his 40s and merely embarrassed himself whenever he tried to assert authority over Bart or any other students.



* The show itself twice. The show started out as nothing more than WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} [[XMeetsY meets]] ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} for an adult audience and had many plots focusing on the kids themselves, to the point of where the kids and the adults were as equally important to the show. However, by Season 5, the show had changed its tone to become more satirical and have much more of a mature atmosphere compared to the later seasons, satirizing a few current events and developing the characters.

to:

* The show itself twice. The show started out as nothing more than WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} [[XMeetsY ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' for an adult audience and had many plots focusing on the kids themselves, to the point of where the kids and the adults were as equally important to the show. However, by Season 5, the show had changed its tone to become more satirical and have much more of a mature atmosphere compared to the later seasons, satirizing a few current events and developing the characters.



*** In the latter case, though, one could see it as SpongeBob knowing he was the Strangler, and was just being very crafty in stalling and driving him away, which is noticeable when SpongeBob calls his "bodyguard" by his actual name.

to:

*** In the latter case, though, one could see it as SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] knowing he was the Strangler, and was just being very crafty in stalling and driving him away, which is noticeable when SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] calls his "bodyguard" by his actual name.



** Patrick started out as an eccentric and fun-loving oddball who was slightly slow on the uptake but mostly intelligent (he even helped [=SpongeBob=] almost pass his boating test for the first time ever through radio; he was also able to pick up on Squidward's animosity towards him and [=SpongeBob=], while Spongebob was completely oblivious to it).

to:

** Patrick started out as an eccentric and fun-loving oddball who was slightly slow on the uptake but mostly intelligent (he even helped [=SpongeBob=] almost pass his boating test for the first time ever through radio; he was also able to pick up on Squidward's animosity towards him and [=SpongeBob=], while Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] was completely oblivious to it).



*** Klaus, while somewhat pitiful at first due to his transformation, was more upbeat and quite the Jerkass at times. As episodes progressed, his depression and loneliness kicked in more and more, along with becoming more and more a consistant ButtMonkey from the Smith's neglect and abuse. However, it should be noted he is still treated with a lot more respect and dignity by the family, the writers and the fans in comparison to say, Meg from Family Guy.

to:

*** Klaus, while somewhat pitiful at first due to his transformation, was more upbeat and quite the Jerkass at times. As episodes progressed, his depression and loneliness kicked in more and more, along with becoming more and more a consistant consistent ButtMonkey from the Smith's neglect and abuse. However, it should be noted he is still treated with a lot more respect and dignity by the family, the writers and the fans in comparison to say, Meg from Family Guy.



** Stan was always something of a bumbling sociopath, but it originated more from his ego and right wing extremities, and at times he diverged from Creator/SethMacfarlane's traditional BumblingDad role by proving to have HiddenDepths and some amount of tact (to the point of having spaced moments he was actually ''right'' about something). As time passed however, the necessity for Stan to learn AnAesop [[AesopAmnesia every episode]] led to him becoming increasingly moronic and childish, and his Badass CIA agent qualities have been increasingly degraded in favor of making him a borderline StrawLoser for the rest of the Smiths. Basically Stan evolved from a slightly smarter right wing Peter Griffin to just being another Peter Griffin.

to:

** Stan was always something of a bumbling sociopath, but it originated more from his ego and right wing extremities, and at times he diverged from Creator/SethMacfarlane's Creator/SethMacFarlane's traditional BumblingDad role by proving to have HiddenDepths and some amount of tact (to the point of having spaced moments he was actually ''right'' about something). As time passed however, the necessity for Stan to learn AnAesop [[AesopAmnesia every episode]] led to him becoming increasingly moronic and childish, and his Badass CIA agent qualities have been increasingly degraded in favor of making him a borderline StrawLoser for the rest of the Smiths. Basically Stan evolved from a slightly smarter right wing Peter Griffin to just being another Peter Griffin.



* The pigs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Angry Birds Toons}}'' 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.

to:

* The pigs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Angry Birds Toons}}'' ''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.



* 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 forgiveable]], as she didn't have enough screen time in the film to have much of a personality.

to:

* 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 forgiveable]], forgivable]], as she didn't have enough screen time in the film to have much of a personality.



** Kevin changed a lot with time. At first he was a kid deliquent that stole Ben's powers but then, by ''Alien Force'', he becomes completely the opposite. He is overly responsible after recovering from his dark past, falls in love with Gwen on the first scene and is ready to give his life for any minimal chance to help Ben find his grandpa. In other words, he became a very nice dude, trying to be with the good guys and become a Plumber. This of course, is all forgotten by season 3. Right on the first episode Kevin tries to hack the Omnitrix (both he and Ben should've known better), he keeps self-loathing about his form and blames it on Gwen, and he sells weapons on war and never tells Ben and Gwen about it.

to:

** Kevin changed a lot with time. At first he was a kid deliquent delinquent that stole Ben's powers but then, by ''Alien Force'', he becomes completely the opposite. He is overly responsible after recovering from his dark past, falls in love with Gwen on the first scene and is ready to give his life for any minimal chance to help Ben find his grandpa. In other words, he became a very nice dude, trying to be with the good guys and become a Plumber. This of course, is all forgotten by season 3. Right on the first episode Kevin tries to hack the Omnitrix (both he and Ben should've known better), he keeps self-loathing about his form and blames it on Gwen, and he sells weapons on war and never tells Ben and Gwen about it.



* Grandpa, and several other characters, get this bad in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' animated series. While Huey was always the reasonable one in the show, seasons 1 and 2 saw the Idiot and Smart ball passed around fairly evenly. Grandpa was a hard working, well meaning person who occassionally did stupid things due to lack of foresight and bad luck. However his character was solid enough that he could drop anvils on shady characters like Uncle Ruckus and A Pimp Named Slickback, and words of wisdom to Huey believably. By season 3 it's clear he's an idiot, and by season 4 he's the worst regularly occurring Black person on the show, and only a handful of steps away from being a Black Homer Simpson.

to:

* Grandpa, and several other characters, get this bad in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' animated series. While Huey was always the reasonable one in the show, seasons 1 and 2 saw the Idiot and Smart ball passed around fairly evenly. Grandpa was a hard working, well meaning person who occassionally occasionally did stupid things due to lack of foresight and bad luck. However his character was solid enough that he could drop anvils on shady characters like Uncle Ruckus and A Pimp Named Slickback, and words of wisdom to Huey believably. By season 3 it's clear he's an idiot, and by season 4 he's the worst regularly occurring Black person on the show, and only a handful of steps away from being a Black Homer Simpson.



** Numbuh Three (Kuki Sanban)'s ditziness. Originally, she was at least as useful as the others (albiet scatterbrained), but soon became a hyperactive ditz who's only usefull when Rainbow Monkey dolls are the case.
** Numbuh Four (Wally Beetles)'s stupidity. Originally, he was actually somewhat smart, he'd only lose control of himself when angry or afraid, such as in "Operation P.I.A.N.O." or "Operation L.I.C.E.". By the second season, he's become so stupid that however he even managed to get past second grade is a mystery. ''Painfully'' obvious if you've seen the first few seasons of the show, in which he was slow-witted and aggressive, but not dumb, and a pretty decent fighter. As the series went on, he can't even ''spell'' now and his "[[TheWorfEffect fighting skills]]'' are all an InformedAbility. [[spoiler: It was thankfully reverted in the DistantFinale where he's a very successful doctor]].

to:

** Numbuh Three (Kuki Sanban)'s ditziness. Originally, she was at least as useful as the others (albiet scatterbrained), but soon became a hyperactive ditz who's only usefull useful when Rainbow Monkey dolls are the case.
** Numbuh Four (Wally Beetles)'s stupidity. Originally, he was actually somewhat smart, he'd only lose control of himself when angry or afraid, such as in "Operation P.I.A.N.O." or "Operation L.I.C.E.". By the second season, he's become so stupid that however he even managed to get past second grade is a mystery. ''Painfully'' obvious if you've seen the first few seasons of the show, in which he was slow-witted and aggressive, but not dumb, and a pretty decent fighter. As the series went on, he can't even ''spell'' now and his "[[TheWorfEffect fighting skills]]'' are all an InformedAbility. [[spoiler: It was thankfully reverted in the DistantFinale where he's a very successful doctor]].doctor.]]



* Mandark of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' in the [[UnCancelled post-finale seasons]] was pretty much ''defined'' by his [[LargeHam hamminess]] and crush on Dee-Dee. [[VillainDecay Not to mention becoming much more ineffectual.]]

to:

* Mandark of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' in the [[UnCancelled [[UnCanceled post-finale seasons]] was pretty much ''defined'' by his [[LargeHam hamminess]] and crush on Dee-Dee. [[VillainDecay Not to mention becoming much more ineffectual.]]



* WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} started out as having a milquetoast, fretful personality who could be capable of great strength when roused to anger. Later characterizations give him an almost flat and bored personality whose primary attributes were being TheCatCameBack and OffscreenTeleportation personified. [[InvincibleHero And he never loses.]]



* On ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', Ed went from a somewhat dim oaf with a love of comic books and horror movies to a non-sequitur-spouting [[TheDitz Ditz]] who seems unable to differentiate fantasy from reality, Edd went from a somewhat obsessively organized boy genius who was the voice of reason protesting Eddy's crazier schemes to a borderline hypochondriac goody-two-shoes, and Eddy lost most of the "loveable" part of his LoveableRogue personality and became more violent, manic, and surly. Again, that just covers the main characters.

to:

* On ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', Ed went from a somewhat dim oaf with a love of comic books and horror movies to a non-sequitur-spouting [[TheDitz Ditz]] who seems unable to differentiate fantasy from reality, Edd went from a somewhat obsessively organized boy genius who was the voice of reason protesting Eddy's crazier schemes to a borderline hypochondriac goody-two-shoes, and Eddy lost most of the "loveable" part of his LoveableRogue LovableRogue personality and became more violent, manic, and surly. Again, that just covers the main characters.



** During the first season, Jonny 2x4 was the slightly eccentric TagalongKid with his very own CompanionCube for a best friend who was an ally of The Eds, despite [[TheFool how they treated him.]] Come season two, he became [[CloudCuckoolander an annoying, oddball loudmouth]] and a saboteur whom all the kids now disliked and he almost could not act or even function without Plank's imput and presence. This is even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the episode "Shoo Ed" and TheMovie, where by the end of the film [[spoiler: apparently ''he'' is now the odd kid out and decides to become [[FaceHeelTurn the villain of the show.]] Fortunately, the show is over by then.]]

to:

** During the first season, Jonny 2x4 was the slightly eccentric TagalongKid with his very own CompanionCube for a best friend who was an ally of The Eds, despite [[TheFool how they treated him.]] Come season two, he became [[CloudCuckoolander an annoying, oddball loudmouth]] and a saboteur whom all the kids now disliked and he almost could not act or even function without Plank's imput input and presence. This is even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the episode "Shoo Ed" and TheMovie, where by the end of the film [[spoiler: apparently ''he'' is now the odd kid out and decides to become [[FaceHeelTurn the villain of the show.]] Fortunately, the show is over by then.]]then]].



* On ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Mandy started off as an apathetic AntiHero with DeadpanSnarker tendencies. By the end of the series, she had become a sociopathic EnfanteTerrible [[JerkSue who brought a sense of domination and always seemed to solve the episode's problems by being there]]. Billy went from being a [[DumbIsGood good-natured simpleton]] to becoming AxCrazy and [[UpToEleven even stupider]] with his niceness becoming an InformedAttribute.

to:

* On ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Mandy started off as an apathetic AntiHero with DeadpanSnarker tendencies. By the end of the series, she had become a sociopathic EnfanteTerrible EnfantTerrible [[JerkSue who brought a sense of domination and always seemed to solve the episode's problems by being there]]. Billy went from being a [[DumbIsGood good-natured simpleton]] to becoming AxCrazy and [[UpToEleven even stupider]] with his niceness becoming an InformedAttribute.



** Heloise became a EnfanteTerrible 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 [[EinsteinSue being taken]] UpToEleven.

to:

** Heloise became a EnfanteTerrible 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 [[EinsteinSue being taken]] UpToEleven.



* Allison "Allie" Underhill's {{Tsundere}} traits in ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}''. Initially, Allie was simply a sweet rich girl, but with an occasionally haughty attitude. By the second season, she becomes more consistently short-tempered and moody towards Ray, getting in arguements with him, endangering their friendship.

to:

* Allison "Allie" Underhill's {{Tsundere}} traits in ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}''. Initially, Allie was simply a sweet rich girl, but with an occasionally haughty attitude. By the second season, she becomes more consistently short-tempered and moody towards Ray, getting in arguements arguments with him, endangering their friendship.



** Played sadly straight wih WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, who took levels in [[TookALevelInDumbass stupidity]] and [[TookALevelInJerkass jerkiness]] to the point of having almost ''no'' truly redeeming aspects (except for a ''very'' rare JerkWithAHeartOfGold moment every now and then), also being made the StrawLoser compared to Bugs.

to:

** Played sadly straight wih with WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, who took levels in [[TookALevelInDumbass stupidity]] and [[TookALevelInJerkass jerkiness]] to the point of having almost ''no'' truly redeeming aspects (except for a ''very'' rare JerkWithAHeartOfGold moment every now and then), also being made the StrawLoser compared to Bugs.



* In the earlier ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends'' original web cartoon, [[TheFool Charlotte]] was a [[CheerfulChild very optimistic]] NaiveNewcomer who tried to see the best in everything and everyone, albeit with a scant sense of logic and a few realistic dislikes every little girl would have. Later in the web series and in the TV series, she is a virtually indestructible [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] IdiotHoudini, and "Tee hee!" with other exclamations of joy have become her {{Verbal Tic}}s instead of her catchphrases. The only thing that shuts off her smile is when she hears a poem about a cat in danger, [[AssPull for no reason other than to the inconvenience of Vendetta.]] Vendetta, the VillainProtagonist, had less of this than Charlotte, but she went from a narcissistic [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying]] bully with supernatural abilities to a stereotypical villain who abuses the EvilLaugh (which was originally an occasional [[GigglingVillain giggle]]), and her obsession with [[TrademarkFavoriteFood clams]] goes all the way to the name of the town. However, this was probably all deliberate to make the girls bigger [[{{Foil}} foils]] of each other.

to:

* In the earlier ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends'' original web cartoon, [[TheFool Charlotte]] was a [[CheerfulChild very optimistic]] NaiveNewcomer who tried to see the best in everything and everyone, albeit with a scant sense of logic and a few realistic dislikes every little girl would have. Later in the web series and in the TV series, she is a virtually indestructible [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] IdiotHoudini, and "Tee hee!" with other exclamations of joy have become her {{Verbal Tic}}s instead of her catchphrases. The only thing that shuts off her smile is when she hears a poem about a cat in danger, [[AssPull for no reason other than to the inconvenience of Vendetta.]] Vendetta, the VillainProtagonist, had less of this than Charlotte, but she went from a narcissistic [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying]] bully with supernatural abilities to a stereotypical villain who abuses the EvilLaugh (which was originally an occasional [[GigglingVillain giggle]]), {{giggl|ingVillain}}e), and her obsession with [[TrademarkFavoriteFood clams]] goes all the way to the name of the town. However, this was probably all deliberate to make the girls bigger [[{{Foil}} foils]] of each other.



** '80s Shredder and Krang are flanderized in just a couple of scenes. In the first half when the '80s Shredder is seen, he seems to genuinely want to kill the Turtles and isn't afraid to use deadly force (incompent maybe but still deadly in intent), and in frustration to kill them he summons his 2k3 counterpart. But by the second half he is whining over petty things and devolved into a HarmlessVillain.

to:

** '80s Shredder and Krang are flanderized in just a couple of scenes. In the first half when the '80s Shredder is seen, he seems to genuinely want to kill the Turtles and isn't afraid to use deadly force (incompent (incompetent maybe but still deadly in intent), and in frustration to kill them he summons his 2k3 counterpart. But by the second half he is whining over petty things and devolved into a HarmlessVillain.



* [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons Droopy]] started out as having a milquetoast, fretful personality who could be capable of great strength when roused to anger. Later characterizations give him an almost flat and bored personality whose primary attributes were being TheCatCameBack and OffscreenTeleportation personified. [[InvincibleHero And he never loses.]]



* Optimus Prime has arguably been Flanderized since his original incarnation in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers''. Originally depicted as a regular kind of guy (interested in ninjas and able to trash-talk with the best of them) with a slight JohnWayne quality to his voice who leads the resistance on Cybertron, modern portrayals such as ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' have amplified the reverence and seriousness - and the associated vocal gravitas - to almost godlike qualities, with characters falling silent when he walks into the room, while lighter qualities, such as playing basketball in the original series, have been replaced by the edict that "Primes don't party". [[spoiler:Indeed, a retcon to the ''Prime'' character cast this version as an ''actual'' god, from the Thirteen Original Transformers.]]

to:

* Optimus Prime has arguably been Flanderized since his original incarnation in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers''. Originally depicted as a regular kind of guy (interested in ninjas and able to trash-talk with the best of them) with a slight JohnWayne Creator/JohnWayne quality to his voice who leads the resistance on Cybertron, modern portrayals such as ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' have amplified the reverence and seriousness - and the associated vocal gravitas - to almost godlike qualities, with characters falling silent when he walks into the room, while lighter qualities, such as playing basketball in the original series, have been replaced by the edict that "Primes don't party". [[spoiler:Indeed, a retcon to the ''Prime'' character cast this version as an ''actual'' god, from the Thirteen Original Transformers.]]
13th Jun '16 8:33:43 PM Loekman3
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** The follow-up cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', being a ''[[LighterAndSofter much]]'' [[LighterAndSofter less serious program]], flanderized all the characters into caricatures of their former versions.

to:

** The follow-up cartoon, * ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', being a ''[[LighterAndSofter much]]'' [[LighterAndSofter less serious program]], flanderized all the characters from the original ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' into caricatures of their former versions.
11th Jun '16 7:21:24 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

* 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]]. 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.
11th Jun '16 7:19:00 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* During the first few seasons of the show, Timmy was portrayed as essentially a good kid who occasionally gave into his selfishness. However, he was still very likeable. By about the fourth or fifth seasons, though, he became a {{jerkass}} along with all the other denizens of [[CrapsackWorld this hellish parody of sitcom America]], including his Fairy Godparents who were summoned to help him the first place. Timmy has returned to most of his original affable characterization by the sixth season onward but it still shows up every now and again, before relapsing back into it in the tenth season upon the introduction of Chloe Carmichael.

to:

* During the first few seasons of the show, Timmy was portrayed as essentially a good kid who occasionally gave into his selfishness. However, he was still very likeable. By However, by about the fourth or fifth seasons, though, season, he became a {{jerkass}} along with all the other denizens of [[CrapsackWorld this hellish parody of sitcom America]], including his Fairy Godparents who were summoned to help him the first place. Timmy has returned to most of his original affable characterization by the sixth season onward but it still shows up every now and again, before relapsing back into it in the tenth season upon the introduction of Chloe Carmichael.
11th Jun '16 5:29:36 AM Vir
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' has one in J. Jonah Jameson. In most versions he's simply a somewhat {{jerk|ass}}y newspaper man with a somewhat justified hatred to Spider-Man. Here all he does is go on for hours on various Bugle Jumbotrons about what a menace Spider-Man is despite knowing full well that he's now working for S.H.I.E.L.D. It's also shown that his negative PR campaign is working better then normal and has turned almost [[NeverAcceptedInHisHometown the whole city against him]].

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' has one in J. Jonah Jameson. In most versions he's simply a somewhat {{jerk|ass}}y newspaper man with a somewhat justified hatred to Spider-Man. Here all he does is go on for hours on various Bugle Jumbotrons about what a menace Spider-Man is despite knowing full well that he's now working for S.H.I.E.L.D. It's also shown that his negative PR campaign is working better then normal and has turned almost [[NeverAcceptedInHisHometown the whole city against him]].
29th May '16 4:57:38 AM 3rdStringPG
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** While the Lisa Simpson of early seasons had some friends, including Janey, who was the closest she had to a best friend, the Lisa of recent seasons has become Flanderized as a friendless outcast due to the Flanderizations mentioned above. This is especially true in the episode "Lisa Goes Gaga", where she is voted Springfield Elementary's least popular student.
22nd May '16 7:31:17 PM C2
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Used deliberately in the WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse {{Crossover}} [[StevenUniverseS2E4SayUncle Say Uncle]]. Pearl has a tendency to become quite hysterical or very emotional, but the episode takes to [[UpToEleven a whole new level]] due to her SanitySlippage from dealing with the oddness of WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa. This is completely PlayedForLaughs though (like most of the episode).

to:

* Used deliberately in the WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' {{Crossover}} [[StevenUniverseS2E4SayUncle Say Uncle]].[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E4SayUncle "Say Uncle"]]. Pearl has a tendency to become quite hysterical or very emotional, but the episode takes to [[UpToEleven a whole new level]] due to her SanitySlippage from dealing with the oddness of WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa. This is completely PlayedForLaughs though (like most of the episode).
This list shows the last 10 events of 684. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Flanderization.WesternAnimation