History FreudianExcuse / WesternAnimation

30th Aug '16 2:51:50 PM CaptainTedium
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'' had Sylvester the Cat try to capture and eat Tweety Bird as usual, but the episode "Happy Bath Day to You" revealed why he's so obsessed with eating that darn canary. It is shown in a flashback that when he was a kitten, Granny gave Sylvester Tweety as a birthday present with the intent of the bird being a playmate. When Sylvester instead tried to eat Tweety, Granny scolded the cat and told him that he'd never get any more birthday presents until he learned to play nice with Tweety.
18th Aug '16 8:58:54 PM Whipsmart
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---> '''Scott:''' No! You all kept calling me a dick, and that turned me into a dick!
** [[FatBastard Cartman]] has a plausible one: he has never had a dad, his "friends" bullied him nonstop about his obesity, and his mother Liane is a whore who spoils her son to fill the void of not having any real friends. When she starts to discipline Cartman, he shapes up. But it doesn't (usually) last.

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---> '''Scott:''' No! [[BigNo No!]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil You all kept calling me a dick, and that turned me into a dick!
dick!]]
** [[FatBastard Cartman]] has a plausible one: [[DisappearedDad he has never had a dad, dad]], his "friends" "[[WithFriendsLikeThese friends]]" [[YouAreFat bullied him nonstop about his obesity, obesity]], and his mother Liane is a whore who spoils her son to fill the void of not having any real friends. When she starts to discipline Cartman, he shapes up. [[StatusQuoIsGod But it doesn't (usually) last.]]
8th Jul '16 8:52:24 AM waters20
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* Then there's Eustace from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. Where do we even begin with Eustace? Well, let's start off with his mother. It turns out that his mother is even worse than him and never liked him as a child. In addition, she favored his older brother Horst over Eustace, the former always rubbed his success in the latter's face, as well as giving him his nickname "Useless". Now we know how Eustace became the selfish {{Jerkass}} he is as an old man. While this doesn't in any way excuse his cruelty towards Courage, you can't help but feel just a little bit sorry for him for what he's been through in his childhood.

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* Then there's Eustace from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. Where do we even begin with Eustace? Well, let's start off with his mother. It turns out that his mother is even worse than him and never liked him as a child. In addition, she favored his older brother Horst over Eustace, the former always rubbed his success in the latter's face, as well as giving him his nickname "Useless"."[[JerkassHasAPoint Useless]]". Now we know how Eustace became the selfish {{Jerkass}} he is as an old man. While this doesn't in any way excuse his cruelty towards Courage, you can't help but feel just a little bit sorry for him for what he's been through in his childhood.
5th Jul '16 2:02:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''TheTick'', when [[SuperheroPackingHeat Big Shot's]] reaction to running out of bullets after spending the episode (over)acting like a NinetiesAntiHero is to mournfully ask "...Why didn't you love me, mom?" and break down sobbing on [[OnlySaneMan Arthur's]] shoulder.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''TheTick'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'', when [[SuperheroPackingHeat Big Shot's]] reaction to running out of bullets after spending the episode (over)acting like a NinetiesAntiHero is to mournfully ask "...Why didn't you love me, mom?" and break down sobbing on [[OnlySaneMan Arthur's]] shoulder.
14th Jun '16 6:16:55 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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** The series finale gives Azula her FreudianExcuse: due to Ozai's [[TykeBomb raising of her]], her mother was distant from her throughout her childhood, leading Azula to believe that she didn't love her and only loved Zuko who, according to her father's teachings, is doing everything wrong and ''shouldn't'' be loved. She even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it in the BeachEpisode, when ''all'' the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad teen villains']] Freudian excuses come out.

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** The series finale gives Azula her FreudianExcuse: due to Ozai's [[TykeBomb raising of her]], her mother was distant from her throughout her childhood, leading Azula to believe that she didn't love her and only loved Zuko who, according to her father's teachings, is doing everything wrong and ''shouldn't'' be loved. Her upbringing also gives her her extreme perfectionism, as she's afraid that her father will not love her if she screws up even once. She even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it in the BeachEpisode, when ''all'' the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad teen villains']] Freudian excuses come out.
30th Apr '16 6:57:43 AM Fury1031
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* Played with by [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Demona]], one of the two main villains on ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. She has certainly endured more than her fair share of misery over the centuries, and [[HumansAreBastards a lot of it seems to be the fault of the humans]] (thereby setting up her [[FantasticRacism motivation]] nicely. Closer inspection, though, reveals that ''Demona herself'' directly or indirectly caused all of her own suffering, with the humans sometimes large players, but sometimes just scapegoats. It's implied that Demona is aware of this (and of her own evil) on some level... pity she's the queen of the IgnoredEpiphany. This trope is outright averted with the other main villain, [[MagnificentBastard Xanatos]], who by all accounts had an idyllic childhood but wound up a wealthy DiabolicalMastermind anyway. [[AffablyEvil And yet he's still not entirely unsympathetic]].

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* Played with by [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Demona]], one of the two main villains on ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. She has certainly endured more than her fair share of misery over the centuries, and [[HumansAreBastards a lot of it seems to be the fault of the humans]] (thereby humans,]] thereby setting up her [[FantasticRacism motivation]] nicely. Closer inspection, though, reveals that ''Demona herself'' directly or indirectly caused all of her own suffering, with the humans sometimes large players, but sometimes just scapegoats. It's implied that Demona is aware of this (and of her own evil) on some level... pity she's the queen of the IgnoredEpiphany. This trope is outright averted with the other main villain, [[MagnificentBastard Xanatos]], who by all accounts had an idyllic childhood but wound up a wealthy DiabolicalMastermind anyway. [[AffablyEvil And yet he's still not entirely unsympathetic]].
24th Apr '16 5:20:09 AM Vir
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks,'' the reason why [[JerkAssWoobie Uncle Ruckus]] is such a BoomerangBigot is from all the beatings he received from [[AbusiveParents his father]], and his mother idolizing Caucasian people [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood leads him]] to become the man we know today. His father may include one as well, dealing with the racism of Jim Crow, and his own shrew of a mother.
* The Ice King from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has one revealed for all of his obsessive princess-kidnapping in the episode ''Holly Jolly Secrets''. [[spoiler: He obsessively kidnaps princesses in order to replace the "princess" he lost to his sanity degraded by an ArtifactOfDoom, his fiancée Betty, when he used to live in the pre-apocalypse world as Simon Petrikov.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks,'' the reason why [[JerkAssWoobie [[JerkassWoobie Uncle Ruckus]] is such a BoomerangBigot is from all the beatings he received from [[AbusiveParents his father]], and his mother idolizing Caucasian people [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood leads him]] to become the man we know today. His father may include one as well, dealing with the racism of Jim Crow, and his own shrew of a mother.
* The Ice King from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has one revealed for all of his obsessive princess-kidnapping in the episode ''Holly "Holly Jolly Secrets''.Secrets". [[spoiler: He obsessively kidnaps princesses in order to replace the "princess" he lost to his sanity degraded by an ArtifactOfDoom, his fiancée Betty, when he used to live in the pre-apocalypse world as Simon Petrikov.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' shows that the villainous Prince Zuko was raised in a nightmarish, back-stabbing court where his sister was always more successful and favored, his once-renowned war hero uncle breaks down after losing his son in battle only to later lose his place on the throne, his [[MysteriousParent mother]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar killed his grandfather the night she disappeared]] in order to keep her husband from killing Zuko, and his [[WellDoneSonGuy father]] not only publicly ridiculed him when giving him his trademark [[GoodScarsEvilScars scar]] and banishment from home, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking but is voiced by Mark Hamill]]. Let the ''StarWars'' parallels begin! (Even his voice actor couldn't deny it.)

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** In "I Am a Sword", Bandit Princess explains that she turned to a life of crime because she was born with rabies and her parents didn't love her because somehow they both had mononucleosis.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' shows that the villainous Prince Zuko was raised in a nightmarish, back-stabbing court where his sister was always more successful and favored, his once-renowned war hero uncle breaks down after losing his son in battle only to later lose his place on the throne, his [[MysteriousParent mother]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar killed his grandfather the night she disappeared]] in order to keep her husband from killing Zuko, and his [[WellDoneSonGuy father]] not only publicly ridiculed him when giving him his trademark [[GoodScarsEvilScars scar]] and banishment from home, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking but is voiced by Mark Hamill]]. Let the ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' parallels begin! (Even his voice actor couldn't deny it.)
22nd Mar '16 4:57:21 PM jedijackkenobi88
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Amethyst [[StepfordSmiler typically acts mischievous and rambunctious]] to relieve herself of the fact that she is the product of ancient space nazis, and the fact she was semi-betrayed by two of her adopted parents, and is worried her little stepbrother will do the same.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Amethyst [[StepfordSmiler typically acts mischievous and rambunctious]] to relieve herself of the fact that she is the product of ancient space nazis, Ancient Space Nazis, and her troubled past including [[A FriendlessBackground in the fact she was semi-betrayed by two of Kindergarten, and watching her adopted parents, and is worried mother figure die before her little stepbrother will do the same. very eyes]].



** Lars acts like a Complete Jerk to Steven to hide his insecurities

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** Lars acts like a Complete Jerk to Steven to hide his insecuritiesinsecurities.
18th Mar '16 10:37:45 PM jedijackkenobi88
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** Lapis is a prominent example, as she nearly attacked the Crystal Gems (except Steven, the only one she liked_ for imprisoning her in a mirror for 5000 years.

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** Lapis is a prominent example, as she nearly attacked the Crystal Gems (except Steven, the only one she liked_ liked) for imprisoning her in a mirror for 5000 years.
18th Mar '16 8:47:39 PM jedijackkenobi88
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** Peridot becomes hostile towards the Crystal Gems for destroying the things she worked hard to build, though this ends later as the series goes on.
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