History StepfordSmiler / WesternAnimation

16th Jul '16 7:53:52 PM Pichu-kun
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Helga's older sister Olga is Depressed. She looks perfect on first glance, being very good at academics, music, has a personality many consider pleasant, and is considered very beautiful. However, with enough pressure this facade of perfection can crack revealing a young woman that's dangerously neurotic and melodramatic due to having to live up to her parents' constant attention and enormously high standards. In Olga's own words: "You're [Helga] lucky they [their parents] don't even notice you."

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** Helga's older sister Olga is Depressed. She looks perfect on first glance, being very good at academics, music, has a personality many consider pleasant, and is considered very beautiful. However, with enough pressure this facade of perfection can crack revealing a young woman that's dangerously neurotic and melodramatic due to having to live up to her parents' constant attention and enormously high standards. In Olga's own words: "You're [Helga] lucky they [their parents] don't even notice you."
16th Jul '16 7:53:13 PM Pichu-kun
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* Bloberta Puppington, Orel's mother from ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', exemplifies the psychotic version of this trope. "Ah, yarn... yarn... yarn ! YARN ! YAAARRRNNN-- ... Welcome home, dear !"

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Bloberta Puppington, Orel's mother from ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', mother, exemplifies the psychotic version of this trope. "Ah, yarn... yarn... yarn ! YARN ! YAAARRRNNN-- ... Welcome home, dear !"



* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': Helga's older sister Olga is Depressed. She looks perfect on first glance, being very good at academics, music, has a personality many consider pleasant, and is considered very beautiful. However, with enough pressure this facade of perfection can crack revealing a young woman that's dangerously neurotic and melodramatic due to having to live up to her parents' constant attention and enormously high standards. In Olga's own words: "You're [Helga] lucky they [their parents] don't even notice you."
** Also, surprisingly enough, [[PuritySue Lila]]. WordOfGod says she has a deeply suppressed dark side. Not too surprising given her and her father's poverty combined with her [[ThePollyanna disproportionally positive outlook]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
Helga's older sister Olga is Depressed. She looks perfect on first glance, being very good at academics, music, has a personality many consider pleasant, and is considered very beautiful. However, with enough pressure this facade of perfection can crack revealing a young woman that's dangerously neurotic and melodramatic due to having to live up to her parents' constant attention and enormously high standards. In Olga's own words: "You're [Helga] lucky they [their parents] don't even notice you."
** Also, surprisingly enough, [[PuritySue Lila]]. Lila is introduced as the [[ParodySue smart, fashionable, and popular]] NewTransferStudent. WordOfGod says she is that Lila herself has a deeply suppressed dark side. [[BeneathTheMask darker side]], which puts some of her more manipulative behaviors into [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation question.]] Not too surprising given her and her father's poverty and her [[MissingMom lack of a mother]] combined with her [[ThePollyanna disproportionally positive outlook]].



* Leela from ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' describes her method of coping with her tragic life by apologizing for a brief grief-stricken outburst and explaining that "usually I keep my sadness pent up inside where it can fester quietly as a mental illness."
* Dexter Douglass' mother from ''{{WesternAnimation/Freakazoid}}'' appears to be Empty. The writers credited this to Tress [=MacNille's=] delivery, noting how she could take any of her lines and still sound unusually chipper regardless of what was being said.

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* Leela from ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' describes her method of coping with her tragic life by apologizing for a brief grief-stricken outburst and explaining that "usually I keep my sadness pent up inside where it can fester quietly as a mental illness."
* Dexter Douglass' mother from ''{{WesternAnimation/Freakazoid}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' appears to be Empty. The writers credited this to Tress [=MacNille's=] delivery, noting how she could take any of her lines and still sound unusually chipper regardless of what was being said.
* Amethyst of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' definitely seems to be one of these with [[TheReveal the reveal]] that [[spoiler: she was the product of a horrible plan by the homeworld gems to make an army of bad gems]]. She makes it very clear in ''On The Run'' that she hates herself and believes she's nothing but a mistake because of her origins--something she's been hiding for ''thousands'' of years.



** Tries? I thought it was just discontinuity.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Sexual Healing" portrays DavidLetterman as one of these. It's extremely creepy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Tries? I thought it was just discontinuity.
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The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Sexual Healing" portrays DavidLetterman as one of these. It's extremely creepy.



* The titular ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. A few episodes indicate that behind that perpetual smile and always energetic and optimistic personality Spongebob isn't entirely sane. There have been episodes where he would go into FreakOut mode over little things or become stark raving mad if things don't go right for him, like if he encounters some problems at his job that he loves and the like.
** There are no indications that Spongebob is sane. The flavor of his apparent insanity varies.

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* The titular ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
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A few episodes indicate that behind that perpetual smile and always energetic and optimistic personality Spongebob isn't entirely sane. There have been episodes where he would go into FreakOut mode over little things or become stark raving mad if things don't go right for him, like if he encounters some problems at his job that he loves and the like.
** There are no indications that Spongebob is sane. The flavor of his apparent insanity varies.
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has Timmy Turner's dad become this as a result of Timmy travelling to the past to prevent him from winning a race and thus meeting Timmy's mom. This results in a dystopian future in which Dad becomes a StepfordSmiler to cope with his loss and forces everyone else to be one as well.
** There is a hint of this lampshaded by Timmy's mom after being swapped into dad's body in one episode, where she mentioned that she had a sudden feeling of giving up on her dreams. This could mean Timmy's dad gave up on his old dreams sometime ago.
** In "Future Lost", Timmy's dad all but stated he did. When Timmy asked how long that was, his dad merely replied: "[[ResentfulGuardian How old are you?"]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
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An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has Timmy Turner's dad become this as a result of Timmy travelling to the past to prevent him from winning a race and thus meeting Timmy's mom. This results in a dystopian future in which Dad becomes a StepfordSmiler to cope with his loss and forces everyone else to be one as well.
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well. There is a hint of this lampshaded by Timmy's mom after being swapped into dad's body in one episode, where she mentioned that she had a sudden feeling of giving up on her dreams. This could mean Timmy's dad gave up on his old dreams sometime ago.
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ago. In "Future Lost", Timmy's dad all but stated he did. When Timmy asked how long that was, his dad merely replied: "[[ResentfulGuardian How old are you?"]].



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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': The Delightful Children From Down The Lane.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'':
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The Delightful Children From Down The Lane.



* Amethyst of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' definitely seems to be one of these with [[TheReveal the reveal]] that [[spoiler: she was the product of a horrible plan by the homeworld gems to make an army of bad gems]]. She makes it very clear in ''On The Run'' that she hates herself and believes she's nothing but a mistake because of her origins--something she's been hiding for ''thousands'' of years.
13th Jul '16 6:36:18 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Wendy of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' confessed she behaves like one in the episode 'Society of the Blind Eye'. She acts cool and calm, but her family (consisting of three brothers and a father) freaks her out.

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Wendy of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' confessed she behaves like one in the episode 'Society of the Blind Eye'. She acts cool and calm, but her family (consisting of three brothers and a father) freaks her out.out.
** In "A Tale of Two Stans" Grunkle Stan hints that [[spoiler: Underneath his scam-artist veneer is a lonely man haunted by the disappearance of his brother.]]



** [[EvilMentor H]][[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds a]][[HeWhoFightsMonsters m]][[WickedWitch a]]. She first appears as a kind but slightly eerie and mysterious old woman. Later we find out that she's a Waterbender, and that she's only living in the Fire Nation because she was captured from the South Pole, imprisoned with other Waterbenders, and prevented from bending her native element for years. She escaped by bending a guard's body fluids, turning him into a PeoplePuppet, and forcing him to unlock her cell. This alone would have been justifiable and wouldn't have made her into a villain. But then we find out that she's been living in the Fire Nation for years just to exact revenge on innocent civilians, capturing them with the same technique she used on the guards. Then, when the Gaang tried to stop her, she started controlling Aang and Sokka and threatening to make them kill each other. Katara (who had been unwillingly learning the art of "Bloodbending" from Hama) was forced to Bloodbend the old woman to save her friends and Hama's town.

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** [[EvilMentor H]][[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds a]][[HeWhoFightsMonsters m]][[WickedWitch a]]. She Hama]] first appears as a kind but slightly eerie and mysterious old woman. Later we find out that she's a Waterbender, and that she's only living in the Fire Nation because she was captured from the South Pole, imprisoned with other Waterbenders, and prevented from bending her native element for years. She escaped by bending a guard's body fluids, turning him into a PeoplePuppet, and forcing him to unlock her cell. This alone would have been justifiable and wouldn't have made her into a villain. But then we find out that she's been living in the Fire Nation for years just to exact revenge on innocent civilians, capturing them with the same technique she used on the guards. Then, when the Gaang tried to stop her, she started controlling Aang and Sokka and threatening to make them kill each other. Katara (who had been unwillingly learning the art of "Bloodbending" from Hama) was forced to Bloodbend the old woman to save her friends and Hama's town.



* GRunkle Stan of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "A Tale of Two Stans" he hints that [[spoiler: Underneath his scam-artist veneer is a lonely man haunted by the disappearance of his brother.]]
13th Jul '16 6:32:45 PM cybertoy0
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* GRunkle Stan of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "A Tale of Two Stans" he hints that [[spoiler: Underneath his scam-artist veneer is a lonely man haunted by the disappearance of his brother.]]
11th May '16 8:09:56 AM Nepeta
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* Wendy of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' confessed she behaves like one in the episode 'Society of the Blind Eye'. She acts cool and calm, but her family (consisting of three brothers and a father) freaks her out.
18th Mar '16 7:49:12 PM jedijackkenobi88
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':Marceline from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is a prominent example. She has acted like [[FreudianExcuse a mischievous prankster]], although on the inside shes VERY lonely, lost and betrayed by a majority of her friends, and confessed it in her diary in a more darker manner.
-->'''Marceline: '''My vampire eyes see only blood... red... skies; Blood red skies make tears inside that I always hide.
29th Jan '16 1:03:56 PM StFan
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** In "Selling Out", Mr. Krabs sells the Krusty Krab to a big corporation, where it becomes [[TGIOChiliBees a cheesy family restaurant]] called "Krabby O'Monday's". The new manager, Carl, is perpetually cheerful, even when he's threatening Mr. Krabs to keep his nose out of the restaurant's business.

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** In "Selling Out", Mr. Krabs sells the Krusty Krab to a big corporation, where it becomes [[TGIOChiliBees [[KitschyThemedRestaurant a cheesy family restaurant]] called "Krabby O'Monday's". The new manager, Carl, is perpetually cheerful, even when he's threatening Mr. Krabs to keep his nose out of the restaurant's business.
2nd Jan '16 1:03:11 PM MarkLungo
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** In "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace, The whole Simpsons family does this when The news visits their house right after Bart confesses that he accidentally burned the Christmas presents in an attempt to hide the truth until they can figure out how to handle it. Unfortunately, the snow thaws at that point.

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** In "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace, Terrace", The whole Simpsons family does this when The news visits their house right after Bart confesses that he accidentally burned the Christmas presents in an attempt to hide the truth until they can figure out how to handle it. Unfortunately, the snow thaws at that point.point.
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