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29th Jun '16 4:26:51 PM sharkcrap11
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* This happens on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' on a very frequent basis due to the [[AnAesop Aesop]]-centric formula of the show. Some of the most particularly glaring examples however:
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster "The Ticket Master"]] Twilight receives a ticket to the Grand Galloping Gala [[EveryoneChasingYou everypony starts to chase her for it]] [[TrueCompanions including her friends,]] yes, even [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Fluttershy]].
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip "Bridle Gossip"]] when [[TokenMinority Zecora a zebra]] comes to town and is the victim of [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Racism]] by everypony including the Mane 6 minus [[OnlySaneMan Twilight and Applebloom.]] Applebloom later follows Zecora home to see if the racism is justified and the mane 6 try to get her back. HilarityEnsues.
** Discord, the BigBad of the Season 2 Premiere has the power to ''{{Invoke|dTrope}}'' this trope onto others.
*** In the same premiere, Twilight seemed holding it just because she lost patience with her corrupted friends, when Spike had practical concerns like Rainbow Dash, who was corrupted at the time, being missing, and supplanting her when given her place, Twilight doesn't care BS about it.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000"]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Ponyville's insensitivity and impatience almost costs the Apple Family their livelihood.]] The Apple family ponies were being inconsiderate to their customers also, what with making them stand in line all day only to sell out early and leave the ponies in the back empty handed. Would it have killed them to raise the price? Or set up a pre-order system? Or at least limit the amount of cider per customer per day so Pinkie Pie couldn't walk off with a whole load while the others go thirsty?
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown "Putting Your Hoof Down"]] Angel treats Fluttershy like crap, forcing her to go to the market so he can eat. Once there [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts everypony hates her guts.]] For example a cherry costs her 10 bits but when another pony buys another cherry it costs only 2 bits. Tomatoes are now 2 bits rather than the one they were yesterday. Fluttershy eventually goes mad with her assertive training and starts bullying anyone who so much as vaguely inconveniences her. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone She snaps out of it]] when she manages to make her friends cry as a result.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero "Lesson Zero"]], where the usually fair-natured Twilight Sparkle has an outright SanitySlippage from being tardy in writing a friendship message, and resorts to making a problem in order to have material. Other [[FanNickname Mane 6]] bouncing with the ball laugh at her problem and she is overreacting.
** Held by Pinkie Pie in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E14FilliVanilli "Filli Vanilli]]," where she is ''really'' InnocentlyInsensitive about Fluttershy's severe stage fright. She is called out on this by the rest of the cast though. What makes this more noticeable is that an early episode showed her pranking all of her friends ''except'' for Fluttershy, because she was aware that Fluttershy might be too sensitive, a level of consideration she rarely ever shows again. Also her behavior in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]] did NOT help make Princess Luna feel comfortable around her subjects in Ponyville, only managing to make ponies more afraid of the now reformed Princess, though she tries and justify her behavior by claiming she was only pretending to be scared in order to get into the Nightmare Night[[note]]this show's version of Halloween[[/note]] spirit.
** It's also held by Spike in the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess "Secret of My Excess"]], where he ends up being overcome by a dragon's hoarding instinct and starts abusing the fact that it's his birthday to try and get free stuff from people until it eventually gets out of control.
** Rainbow Dash holds it occasionally. Some notable examples are a lot of early S1 and S2 episodes where she is very abrasive to her friends, and doesn't seem to care about anyone but herself. One glaring example of this is in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well", though the Mane Five's behaviour in that episode when trying to get RD to learn a lesson in humility could also count as a JerkassBall moment for them, as well. This is to show she's flawed, and she does have plenty of moments after where she is nothing short of nice. It's possible her being abrasive could simply be a JerkassFacade as well.
** The Wonderbolts in Rainbow Falls. Hoo boy... They not only not visit their teammate in the hospital, but they outright replace him with Rainbow Dash. This has led to much backlash against Spitfire.

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* This happens on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' on a very frequent regular basis due to the [[AnAesop Aesop]]-centric formula of the show. Some of the most particularly glaring examples however:
are:
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster "The Ticket Master"]] Master"]], when Twilight receives a ticket to the Grand Galloping Gala Gala, [[EveryoneChasingYou everypony starts to chase her for it]] [[TrueCompanions including her friends,]] friends-]] yes, even [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Fluttershy]].
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip "Bridle Gossip"]] when [[TokenMinority Zecora Zecora, a zebra]] comes to town and is the victim of [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Racism]] by everypony including (including the Mane 6 minus [[OnlySaneMan Twilight and Applebloom.Applebloom).]] Applebloom later follows Zecora home to see if the racism is justified and the mane Mane 6 try to get her back. HilarityEnsues.
** Discord, the BigBad of the Season 2 Premiere has the power to ''{{Invoke|dTrope}}'' this trope onto on others.
*** In the same premiere, Twilight seemed to be holding it just because she lost patience with her corrupted friends, friends; when Spike had practical concerns like such as Rainbow Dash, who was corrupted at the time, being missing, and supplanting her when given her place, Twilight doesn't care BS at all about it.
it and makes him take her place in the Elements of Harmony ritual. [[EpicFail This fails for obvious reasons]].
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000"]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Ponyville's insensitivity and impatience almost costs the Apple Family their livelihood.]] The In all fairness, the Apple family ponies were also being inconsiderate to their customers also, customers, what with making them stand in line all day only to sell out early and leave the ponies in the back empty handed.handed (er, hooved). Would it have killed them to raise the price? Or set up a pre-order system? Or at least limit the amount of cider per customer per day so Pinkie Pie couldn't walk off with a whole load while the others go thirsty?
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown "Putting Your Hoof Down"]] Angel treats Fluttershy like crap, forcing her to go to the market so he can eat. eat his favorite foods. Once there [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts everypony hates her guts.]] guts]] and tries to take advantage of her. For example a cherry costs her 10 bits but when another pony buys another cherry it costs only 2 bits. Tomatoes are now 2 bits rather than the one they were yesterday. Fluttershy gets assertiveness training from a visiting motivational speech-giving Minotaur, but eventually goes mad with her assertive training newfound assertiveness and starts bullying anyone who so much as vaguely inconveniences her. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone She snaps out of it]] when she manages to make her friends cry as a result.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero "Lesson Zero"]], where the usually reasonable and fair-natured Twilight Sparkle has an outright SanitySlippage from being tardy in writing a friendship message, letter, and resorts to making causing a problem in order to have material. Other The other [[FanNickname Mane 6]] bouncing with the ball laugh at her problem and tell her she is overreacting.
** Held by Pinkie Pie in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E14FilliVanilli "Filli Vanilli]]," where she is ''really'' InnocentlyInsensitive about Fluttershy's severe stage fright. She is called out on this by the rest of the cast though. What makes this more noticeable is that an early episode showed her pranking all of her friends ''except'' for Fluttershy, because she was aware that Fluttershy might be too sensitive, sensitive to handle it, a level of consideration she rarely ever shows again. Also her behavior in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]] did NOT help make Princess Luna feel comfortable around her subjects in Ponyville, only managing to make ponies more afraid of the now reformed Princess, though she tries and to justify her behavior by claiming she was only pretending to be scared in order to get into the Nightmare Night[[note]]this show's version of Halloween[[/note]] spirit.
** It's also held by Spike in the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess "Secret of My Excess"]], where he ends up being overcome by a dragon's hoarding instinct and starts abusing the fact that it's his birthday to try and get free stuff from people until it eventually gets out of control.
control and [[MakeMyMonsterGrow causes him to become a huge, savage dragon]].
** Rainbow Dash holds it occasionally. Some notable examples are a lot of early S1 and S2 episodes where she is very abrasive to her friends, and doesn't seem to care about anyone but herself. One glaring example of this is in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell "The Mysterious Mare Do Well", Well"]], though the Mane Five's behaviour in that episode when trying to get RD to learn a lesson in humility could also count as a JerkassBall moment for them, as well. This is to show she's flawed, and she does ''does'' have plenty of moments after where she is nothing short of nice. It's possible her being abrasive could simply be a JerkassFacade as well.
** The Wonderbolts in Rainbow Falls.[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E10RainbowFalls "Rainbow Falls"]]. Hoo boy... They not Not only do they not visit their teammate in the hospital, but they outright replace him with Rainbow Dash. This has led to much backlash against Spitfire.
23rd May '16 10:35:25 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* Throughout Year 2 of ''Manga/AmazingAgentLuna'', Luna, Francesca, and Oliver all grip it at various points for a variety of reasons, from FantasticRacism towards the [[BuffySpeak science-y]] to feelings of near-total abandonment.

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* Throughout Year 2 of ''Manga/AmazingAgentLuna'', Luna, Francesca, and Oliver all grip it tightly at various points for a variety of reasons, from FantasticRacism towards the [[BuffySpeak science-y]] to feelings of near-total abandonment.
23rd May '16 10:34:17 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* Throughout Year 2 of ''Manga/AmazingAgentLuna'', Luna, Francesca, and Oliver all grip it at various points for a variety of reasons, from FantasticRacism towards the [[BuffySpeak science-y]] to feelings of near-total abandonment.




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* A first-season episode of ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has Gordon catch it after practically the whole GCPD abandons him to Zsasz, to the point where he actively screws over one cop at one point in the episode.
17th May '16 10:18:29 PM Bionicman
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* One of the reasons why ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' is a ContestedSequel is because of Harry's more abrasive characterization. When he's not brooding, he's yelling at his friends and teachers, and [[spoiler: breaking up with Cho]] for [[WhatTheHellHero calling out Hermione]] on [[spoiler: permanently disfiguring her friend for cracking under pressure against Umbridge]]. Granted, he's going through some pretty massive undiagnosed PTSD at the time and reached his breaking point as a teenager and it could be argued that his behaviour is justified after all the crap he has been through.

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* One of the reasons why ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' is a ContestedSequel is because of Harry's more abrasive characterization. When he's not brooding, he's yelling at his friends and teachers, and [[spoiler: breaking up with Cho]] for [[WhatTheHellHero calling out Hermione]] on [[spoiler: permanently disfiguring her friend for cracking under pressure against Umbridge]]. Granted, he's going through some pretty massive undiagnosed PTSD at the time and reached his breaking point as a teenager and it could be argued that his behaviour is justified after all the crap he has been through.
Umbridge]].
2nd May '16 12:00:21 PM KlawKalash
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has a short list of those who played with this ball...Buffy Summers, Dawn Summers, Xander Harris, Willow Rosenberg, Rupert Giles, Angel, Spike, Oz, Tara Maclay, Riley Finn, Anya...examples include going off the rails from trauma, anger at the actions of another character, being a BrattyHalfPint or needing to ShootTheDog, or NotHimself, or TokenEvilTeammate, to cut a very long story short Creator/JossWhedon's SignatureStyle is RuleOfDrama and happiness is boring, anything to twist the knife and twist the characters to pull this off will be done.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has a short list of those who played with this ball... Buffy Summers, Dawn Summers, Xander Harris, Willow Rosenberg, Rupert Giles, Angel, Spike, Oz, Tara Maclay, Riley Finn, Anya...Anya... examples include going off the rails from trauma, anger at the actions of another character, being a BrattyHalfPint or needing to ShootTheDog, or NotHimself, or TokenEvilTeammate, to cut a very long story short Creator/JossWhedon's SignatureStyle is RuleOfDrama and happiness is boring, anything to twist the knife and twist the characters to pull this off will be done.
2nd May '16 11:58:22 AM KlawKalash
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'''Bakumaru:''' ...ah, did I?...

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** ''ComicBook/SupermanDistantFires'' had Captain Marvel not only become arrogant and power-hungry, but the main villain of the comic, trying to kill Superman for leadership. Keep in mind that Captain Marvel is usually one of the more kindly DC Superheroes. Though then again, this was an independent comic and was never canon. [[spoiler: The Earth blowing up and EVERYONE dying (except Superman's son) at the end should be a clue]]

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** ''ComicBook/SupermanDistantFires'' * ''Superman Distant Fires'' had Captain Marvel not only become arrogant and power-hungry, but the main villain of the comic, trying to kill Superman for leadership. Keep in mind that Captain Marvel is usually one of the more kindly DC Superheroes. Though then again, this was an independent comic and was never canon. [[spoiler: The Earth blowing up and EVERYONE dying (except Superman's son) at the end should be a clue]]
24th Jan '16 4:01:38 PM kablammin45
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': The plot of "The Great Fairy Share Scare" seems to require Timmy to be an incredibly selfish {{Jerkass}} in order to make the plot work. This is pretty glaring as he had been seeing some CharacterRerailment after being a jerk in some of the previous seasons.
18th Jan '16 1:42:27 PM Shadowgazer
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* One of the reasons why ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' is a ContestedSequel is because of Harry's characterization. When he's not Wangsting, he's yelling at his friends and teachers, and [[spoiler: breaking up with Cho]] for [[WhatTheHellHero calling out Hermione]] on [[spoiler: permanently disfiguring her friend for cracking under pressure against Umbridge]]. Granted, he's going through some pretty massive undiagnosed PTSD at the time. On that note, you can say Hermione grabbed the ball for Jinxing the sign-up sheet.

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* One of the reasons why ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' is a ContestedSequel is because of Harry's more abrasive characterization. When he's not Wangsting, brooding, he's yelling at his friends and teachers, and [[spoiler: breaking up with Cho]] for [[WhatTheHellHero calling out Hermione]] on [[spoiler: permanently disfiguring her friend for cracking under pressure against Umbridge]]. Granted, he's going through some pretty massive undiagnosed PTSD at the time. On time and reached his breaking point as a teenager and it could be argued that note, you can say Hermione grabbed his behaviour is justified after all the ball for Jinxing the sign-up sheet.
crap he has been through.
9th Jan '16 9:59:03 PM nombretomado
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* To be brief, the characters of ''SpongebobSquarepants'' seemed to pass around the Jerkass Ball like a hot potato in the post-movie episodes.

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* To be brief, the characters of ''SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' seemed to pass around the Jerkass Ball like a hot potato in the post-movie episodes.
27th Dec '15 8:27:55 AM Dravencour
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This is when TookALevelInJerkass is plot-requested. Sometimes, an otherwise nice person becomes a {{Jerkass}} unexpectedly, most likely [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality to advance the plot]] or sometimes simply [[RuleOfFunny for humor value]].

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This is when TookALevelInJerkass [[TookALevelInJerkass Taking a Level in Jerkass]] is plot-requested. Sometimes, an otherwise nice person becomes a {{Jerkass}} unexpectedly, most likely [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality to advance the plot]] or sometimes simply [[RuleOfFunny for humor value]].
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