History FreudianExcuse / WesternAnimation

24th May '17 4:16:58 PM Troperr2016
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger reveals that the reason he's such as selfish {{Jerkass}} is because it would literally kill his people to be nice: if they don't "let their bitchiness out" on a regular basis, it will turn into bile and poison them to death. Despite this, the Smith family does not seem to believe him on this as at that time, they were trying to reform him and to add insult to injury, Roger still gets chewed out for his behavior even though such behavior is necessary for him to survive. Of course, this still doesn't absolve Roger of the numerous crimes and atrocities he's committed. There's a fine line between being rude and bitchy and being an amoral sociopath, and Roger's crossed that line numerous times. His "Ricky Spanish" persona alone has done such things as defecating in the chest of a person undergoing open heart surgery to stabbing Avery Bullock's wife to death, all ForTheEvulz.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger reveals that the reason he's such as selfish {{Jerkass}} is because it would literally kill his people to be nice: if they don't "let their bitchiness out" on a regular basis, it will turn into bile and poison them to death. Despite this, the Smith family does not seem to believe him on this as at that time, they were trying to reform him and to add insult to injury, Roger still gets chewed out for his behavior even though such behavior is necessary for him to survive. Of course, this still doesn't absolve Roger of the numerous crimes and atrocities he's committed. There's a fine line between being rude and bitchy and being an amoral sociopath, and Roger's crossed that line numerous times. His "Ricky Spanish" persona alone has done such things as defecating in the chest of a person undergoing open heart surgery to stabbing Avery Bullock's wife to death, all ForTheEvulz.ForTheEvulz
*** Roger develops another one of these excuses when he finds out that he was sent to Earth as a crash test dummy, which devastates him for a month. It turns out that his own race lied to him about why he was being sent to Earth by telling him that he was "The Decider" and that he was to decide the fate of Earth. It's unknown why Roger deserved any of this but it's implied in a later episode that Emperor Zing did this to Roger in revenge for having an affair.



** Emperor Zing, the villain of the episode "Lost In Space" is a member of the same species as Roger so the rule of "act like a jerk or die" applies to Zing as well. However, Zing's own biology is not the reason for why he has acted like a tyrant who humiliated his own slaves in public by showing their flops in their love lives and then taking away their private parts for propaganda. It turns out that his chosen soul mate was Roger but Zing's heart gets shattered into pieces when he catches Roger cheating on him with another man. He kept this excuse a secret from the public until Jeff exposed him but it's obvious that the affair caused Zing to jump off the deep end starting with him becoming obsessed with shopping and then declaring an all out war on love itself.
*** That last one isn't so much of a FreudianExcuse as it is Stan's own ignorance.

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*** The last one isn't so much of a FreudianExcuse as it is Stan's own ignorance
** Emperor Zing, the villain of the episode "Lost In Space" is a member of the same species as Roger so the rule of "act like a jerk or die" technically applies to Zing as well. However, Zing's own biology is not the reason for why he has acted like a tyrant who humiliated his own slaves in public by showing their flops in their love lives and then taking away their private parts for propaganda. It turns out that his chosen soul mate was Roger but Zing's heart gets shattered into pieces when he catches Roger cheating on him with another man. He kept this excuse a secret from the public until Jeff exposed him but it's obvious that the affair caused Zing to jump off the deep end starting with him becoming obsessed with shopping and then declaring an all out war on love itself.
*** That last one isn't so much of a FreudianExcuse as it is Stan's own ignorance.
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24th May '17 4:07:49 PM Troperr2016
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger reveals that the reason he's such as selfish {{Jerkass}} is because it would literally kill his people to be nice: if they don't "let their bitchiness out" on a regular basis, it will turn into bile and poison them to death. Of course, this still doesn't absolve Roger of the numerous crimes and atrocities he's committed. There's a fine line between being rude and bitchy and being an amoral sociopath, and Roger's crossed that line numerous times. His "Ricky Spanish" persona alone has done such things as defecating in the chest of a person undergoing open heart surgery to stabbing Avery Bullock's wife to death, all ForTheEvulz.
** Stan Smith is frequently {{abusive|Dad}} towards his son Steve, in hopes of toughening him up because of his own history as an unpopular kid, and in "Bully for Steve", a victim of a cruel bully himself. It's also revealed that part of the reason he does such a terrible job helping his son through any ComingOfAge moments is that his own father was never there to do it for him so he literally has no idea how to handle it.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger reveals that the reason he's such as selfish {{Jerkass}} is because it would literally kill his people to be nice: if they don't "let their bitchiness out" on a regular basis, it will turn into bile and poison them to death. Despite this, the Smith family does not seem to believe him on this as at that time, they were trying to reform him and to add insult to injury, Roger still gets chewed out for his behavior even though such behavior is necessary for him to survive. Of course, this still doesn't absolve Roger of the numerous crimes and atrocities he's committed. There's a fine line between being rude and bitchy and being an amoral sociopath, and Roger's crossed that line numerous times. His "Ricky Spanish" persona alone has done such things as defecating in the chest of a person undergoing open heart surgery to stabbing Avery Bullock's wife to death, all ForTheEvulz.
** Stan Smith is frequently {{abusive|Dad}} towards his son Steve, in hopes of toughening him up because of his own history as an unpopular kid, and in "Bully for Steve", a victim of a cruel bully himself. It's also revealed that part of the reason he does such a terrible job helping his son through any ComingOfAge moments is that his own father was never there to do it for him so he literally has no idea how to handle it. He also had to deal with his mother's antics during his childhood as well
** Emperor Zing, the villain of the episode "Lost In Space" is a member of the same species as Roger so the rule of "act like a jerk or die" applies to Zing as well. However, Zing's own biology is not the reason for why he has acted like a tyrant who humiliated his own slaves in public by showing their flops in their love lives and then taking away their private parts for propaganda. It turns out that his chosen soul mate was Roger but Zing's heart gets shattered into pieces when he catches Roger cheating on him with another man. He kept this excuse a secret from the public until Jeff exposed him but it's obvious that the affair caused Zing to jump off the deep end starting with him becoming obsessed with shopping and then declaring an all out war on love itself.
6th May '17 5:01:04 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TransformersAnimated'', why Bumblebee would rather work on his own than to learn the value of teamwork could be attributed to what happened in "Autoboot Camp." His first team was consisted of [[JerkJock jerks]] who went as far as unscrewing his legs then locking him inside a locker. It didn't help that his {{Drill Sergeant|Nasty}} was [[{{Jerkass}} Sentinel Prime]], who took every opportunity to humiliate him. The only ones who didn't treat him like crap were Bulkhead (who he had written off as a hic from the energon farms) and Longarm. Bumblebee eventually warms up to Bulkhead, and takes the heat for him - which boots him out of Sentinel's good graces and gets him demoted to Space Bridge Repair duty (resulting in his Stingers being downgraded to be useless in combat).

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* In ''TransformersAnimated'', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', why Bumblebee would rather work on his own than to learn the value of teamwork could be attributed to what happened in "Autoboot Camp." His first team was consisted of [[JerkJock jerks]] who went as far as unscrewing his legs then locking him inside a locker. It didn't help that his {{Drill Sergeant|Nasty}} was [[{{Jerkass}} Sentinel Prime]], who took every opportunity to humiliate him. The only ones who didn't treat him like crap were Bulkhead (who he had written off as a hic from the energon farms) and Longarm. Bumblebee eventually warms up to Bulkhead, and takes the heat for him - which boots him out of Sentinel's good graces and gets him demoted to Space Bridge Repair duty (resulting in his Stingers being downgraded to be useless in combat).
14th Feb '17 7:13:45 AM Ccook1956
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-->'''Stripperella:''' I'll admit, you defiantly have some valid reasons for not liking models.

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-->'''Stripperella:''' I'll admit, you defiantly definitely have some valid reasons for not liking models.
14th Feb '17 7:12:19 AM Ccook1956
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* On ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'', Dick Dastardly laments that he became a villain simply because the other racers forced him to be one.
5th Feb '17 3:16:04 AM F1Krazy
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** May or may not be an example StableTimeLoop. Timmy went back in time to prevent it, but ended up causing it anyway (the original circumstances were hinted to be Cosmo's stupidity.) However, Crocker ended up gaining his obsessions with fairies and a working scanner with fairy DNA (which he lacked in the present timeline, meaning that the past was changed, albeit only the circumstances, with the outcome being the same.))

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** May or may not be an example of StableTimeLoop. Timmy went back in time to prevent it, but ended up causing it anyway (the original circumstances were hinted to be Cosmo's stupidity.) However, Crocker ended up gaining his obsessions with fairies and a working scanner with fairy DNA (which he lacked in the present timeline, meaning that the past was changed, albeit only the circumstances, with the outcome being the same.))))
** Remy Buxaplenty is a LonelyRichKid in the extreme: his parents are so money-obsessed that they spend only two minutes a day with him and can't even remember his name. His stunts during his first appearance are partly for attention, and partly out of hatred of Timmy, stemming from the fact that Timmy has regular parents ''and'' godparents that both care about him.
** Parodied with Vicky in one episode where she and Timmy end up trapped together in an icy mountain cave: the predicament causes her to have a VillainousBreakdown followed by a temporary HeelFaceTurn, during which there's a brief scene of her lying on a psychiatrist's couch, explaining her life story to Timmy (who, for bonus points, is actually dressed as Sigmund Freud).
--->'''Vicky:''' --then, when I was eight, my parents said my turtle ran away... but he didn't run away. [''cue OcularGushers''] TURTLES CAN'T RUN!!
*** Interestingly, Vicky may actually have a ''legitimate'' FreudianExcuse: the episode that shows Crocker's backstory also reveals he was tormented by a babysitter named Vic, who is heavily implied to be Vicky's father. If he treated Vicky half as bad as he treated Crocker, then it's no wonder she turned out the way she did.



* [[WesternAnimation/HeyArnold Ms. Helga G. Pataki]], ooh boy. Ever since she was a little girl, she has always lived in her older sister's shadow and hardly got any attention from her parents. One day, because her parents were too busy listening to Olga play the piano, she walked herself to and from preschool, had her lunchbox stolen by a dog and fell in a mud puddle. The only one nice to her on that day? [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe Arnold who complimented her bow and held out his umbrella for her]]. The next day, after Harold stole her crackers, he gave her his. Then all the kids started laughing at her when she fawned over him. Then she snapped and became the brash person she was in the present. She had a whole episode dedicated to explaining her character, which was generous of the writers to do.

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* [[WesternAnimation/HeyArnold Ms. Helga G. Pataki]], ooh boy. Ever since she was a little girl, she has always lived in her older sister's shadow and hardly got any attention from her parents. One day, because her parents were too busy listening to Olga play the piano, she walked herself to and from preschool, had her lunchbox stolen by a dog and fell in a mud puddle. The only one nice to her on that day? [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe Arnold Arnold, who complimented her bow and held out his umbrella for her]]. The next day, after Harold stole her crackers, he gave her his. Then all the kids started laughing at her when she fawned over him. Then she snapped and became the brash person she was in the present. She had a whole episode dedicated to explaining her character, which was generous of the writers to do.
3rd Feb '17 2:15:05 AM ClockClockClock
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* Taken UpToEleven in an episode of WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}} with the villain Dr. Cesarian who was targeting supermodels.
-->'''Stripperella:''' Why do you hate models so much?
-->'''Dr. Cesarian:''' Why? Because my whole life beautiful girls have spurned my advances. I vowed that one day I would make them all pay.
-->'''Stripperella:''' So just because-
-->'''Dr. Cesarian:''' Also, my mother was a model, she ran off when I was five; I declared then and there that I would make all models pay.
-->'''Stripperella:''' But what are-
-->'''Dr. Cesarian:''' ''Also,'' I once had a promising career as a model. I had a scholarship to go to modeling college and everything, but then I became horribly disfigured in a modeling accident and they said I would never model again and I vowed to make them all pay! Oh-also, my grandparents were killed by models.
-->'''Stripperella:''' I'll admit, you defiantly have some valid reasons for not liking models.
16th Jan '17 1:08:04 PM ErebusElysium
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' episode "[[Recap/TrollhuntersS1E19Airheads Airheads]]", during the Touch-A-Truck-athon, in an effort to cause Jim to lower his guard, Steve gives one about himself to Jim. It works, and though Steve taunts Jim over "falling" for it, the show actually paints everything he said to be pretty accurate.
8th Jan '17 7:11:44 AM LadyStar525
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** Played straighter with Peter, that not only that his mother is negligent but his adoptive father was abusive towards him.

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** Played straighter with Peter, that not only that his mother is negligent but his adoptive father was abusive towards him. His sister Karen always abuse and picked on him really bad to the point that years later Peter take his pain out on his only daughter Meg. The worst thing is that Peter's parents didn't do anything to stop Karen from picking on him.
28th Dec '16 12:00:29 PM greatpikminfan
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** ''Literature/GravityFallsJournal3'' reveals that Blind Ivan started the Blind Eye Society because, when he was a teenager, the other people at the carnival he worked at locked him up in a haunted house attraction for an entire night because of his tattoos. He wanted to forget the whole experience. This is why, in 2012, he [[spoiler:leads the secret society that captures people to erase their memories of any of the town's oddities]].

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** ''Literature/GravityFallsJournal3'' reveals that Blind Ivan started got into and eventually led the Blind Eye Society because, when he was a teenager, the other people at the carnival he worked at locked him up in a haunted house attraction for an entire night because of his tattoos. He wanted to forget the whole experience. This is why, in 2012, he [[spoiler:leads the secret society that captures people to erase their memories of any of the town's oddities]].
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