History TookALevelInJerkass / WesternAnimation

2nd Mar '17 4:31:00 AM TommyTiger
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** Quagmire reached this level by his [[SitcomArchnemesis relationship with Brian]], such as telling the latter off (as said above), [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating the heck out of him]] after he [[spoiler:had sex with his dad]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk faking an accept of his apology and running him over]].
26th Feb '17 9:07:31 AM ThomasVeggieDramaFan
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* Roger of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' was a pretty plausible Jerkass to begin with, though (DependingOnTheWriter at least) could occasionally show compassion and restraint in his antics. In later episodes the callousness of his actions and schemes border outright FauxAffablyEvil territory. For example, in "Virtual In-stanity", he [[DisproportionateRetribution/WesternAnimation hunted down five frat boys who stiffed him $20]], then killed some more random people just because he's "got the blood lust".
** In contrast, Stan's own Jerkass tendencies have become more toned down or at least more [[WellIntentionedExtremist well intentioned]] as the show has progressed.
** Principal Lewis has become quite the Jerkass in recent episodes; he constantly harasses the students and uses them for his own selfish wants.

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Roger of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' was a pretty plausible Jerkass to begin with, though (DependingOnTheWriter at least) could occasionally show compassion and restraint in his antics. In later episodes the callousness of his actions and schemes border outright FauxAffablyEvil territory. For example, in "Virtual In-stanity", he [[DisproportionateRetribution/WesternAnimation hunted down five frat boys who stiffed him $20]], then killed some more random people just because he's "got the blood lust".
** In contrast, Stan's own Jerkass tendencies have become more toned down in favor of turning him into a borderline Peter Griffin clone or at least more [[WellIntentionedExtremist well intentioned]] as the show has progressed.
** Principal Lewis has become became quite the Jerkass in recent episodes; episodes following his Flanderization; he constantly harasses the students and uses them for his own selfish wants.wants.
** Steve himself basically became a complete brat as a result of his Flanderization during the 8th/9th seasons. It got to the point where the plot for "Morning Mimosa" was about him going "F**k you!" to ''his own mother'' with absolutely zero qualms whatsoever.
** Speaking of Francine, much like how her husband turned into a Peter Griffin clone in the later seasons, she herself became a Lois clone due to this trope (especially in the post-FOX run). It's worth noting that [[DependingOnTheWriter her jerkiness tends to vary depending on the episode]] likely so that she doesn't come across as UnintentionallyUnsympathetic in the episodes where she's the main character (which likely still have moments of her being jerky).
21st Feb '17 3:38:12 AM TommyTiger
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** Kyle himself has gone into this, from him laughing at his SitcomArchNemesis Cartman[[note]]his relationship with which leads him to be [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic unintentionally]] MadeOutToBeAJerkass[[/note]] after he gets HIV, to almost having ''[[WithFriendsLikeThese Stan, his own best friend]]'' killed by Puff Daddy [[ItsAllAboutMe so he can get his vote for his candidate]] and then he got even madder at him for voting for Cartman's Candidate, and also wanting to send Cartman's entire Pirate crew (including classmates such as [[ButtMonkey Butters]] and Clyde) to their death in Somalia.
15th Feb '17 8:12:39 AM TommyTiger
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*** On a more consistent basis, Brian has become increasingly [[StrawHypocrite shallow]], [[ItsAllAboutMe self centered]] and [[AttentionWhore attention obsessed]] since Season Six, likely to deconstruct his AuthorAvatar status. When it reaches a point it seems he is being unfairly abusive to ''[[EnfantTerrible Stewie]]'' of all people, you know he's [[EvilerThanThou a pretty exaggerated slimeball]].
*** Ever since Brian died in "Life of Brian" and got revived in "Christmas Guy" he's behaved like much more of a dick than before, including giving Stewie and Chris herpes in "Herpe, the Love Sore", taking advantage of his son's success on a sitcom for his own selfishness in "Brian's a Bad Father" and screwing over Quagmire out of all his money even after Quagmire put aside his hatred of him to help him fix his teeth in "Brian the Closer". Were it not for the fact that his revival came about due to altering the timeline so that he never died rather than literally bringing him back from the dead, you'd be forgiven for thinking that he CameBackWrong.
** Quagmire himself has entered this trope. Particularly for his [[SitcomArchNemesis hatred of Brian]] introduced in Season 8, which mostly comes from the above example [[JerkassHasAPoint he's told him off for]].

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*** On a more consistent basis, Brian has become increasingly [[StrawHypocrite shallow]], [[ItsAllAboutMe self centered]] and [[AttentionWhore attention obsessed]] since Season Six, likely to deconstruct his AuthorAvatar status. When it reaches a point it seems he is being unfairly abusive to ''[[EnfantTerrible Stewie]]'' of all people, you know he's [[EvilerThanThou a pretty exaggerated slimeball]].
*** Ever since Brian died in "Life of Brian" and got revived in "Christmas Guy" he's behaved like much more of a dick than before, including giving Stewie and Chris herpes in "Herpe, the Love Sore", taking advantage of his son's success on a sitcom for his own selfishness in "Brian's a Bad Father" and screwing over Quagmire out of all his money even after Quagmire put aside his hatred of him to help him fix his teeth in "Brian the Closer". Were it not for the fact that his revival came about due to altering the timeline so that he never died rather than literally bringing him back from the dead, you'd be forgiven for thinking that he CameBackWrong.
** Quagmire himself has entered this trope. Particularly for his [[SitcomArchNemesis hatred of Brian]] introduced in Season 8, which mostly comes from the above example [[JerkassHasAPoint he's told him off for]].
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** While not as much as Mr. Krabs, [=SpongeBob=] can also shift into {{Jerkass}} territory at times. A good example of [=SpongeBob=] being more of a jerk comes in "A Pal for Gary". He gets some freakish pet, which constantly ruins Gary's life. And [=SpongeBob=] constantly punishes the poor snail. Even after said snail saved him from the pet's horrific attempt to eat them. Even by the later season's standards, that's moronic of [=SpongeBob=], not to mention quite dickish.

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** While not as much as Mr. Krabs, [=SpongeBob=] can also shift into {{Jerkass}} territory at times. A good example of [=SpongeBob=] being more of a jerk comes in "A Pal for Gary". He gets some freakish pet, which constantly ruins Gary's life. And [=SpongeBob=] constantly punishes the poor snail.him. Even after said snail saved him from the pet's horrific attempt to eat them. Even by the later season's standards, that's moronic of [=SpongeBob=], not to mention quite dickish.


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** Thankfully, CharacterRerailment set on and undid all of these.
5th Feb '17 6:56:00 AM buihuuduyet
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* Princess Bubblegum in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' was given a few morally ambiguous traits in some of the earlier episodes. She sometimes let her anger get the better of her and would mercilessly pursue those who had wronged her. Some of her science experiments also went wrong, such as producing her extremely screwed up offspring Lemongrab. However, more often than not Bubblegum would show regret when she screwed things up, and work to fix her mistakes. Over the course of season 5, her actions turn from well meaning mistakes into outright atrocities, such as committing genocide on a group of defective robots, sacrificing one of her subjects because she thought he wasn't as valuable as Finn or Jake, throwing Tree Trunks' entire wedding into prison just because Tree Trunks' prefered the fake King of Ooo preside over her wedding than her, causing almost the entire conflict of one episode just because she doesn't like people thinking of magic as anything than another kind of science, and in general showing no remorse for hurting people if she believes it's for the greater good. A canon video game also reveals that she trapped and performed painful experiments on the two Lemongrab brothers, when she had previously been shown trying to help them. The only reason she doesn't come across as a villain is because of the nature of these threats, namely evil!Lemongrab and that the fake king intended to make everyone his servants. She does mellow out after Flame Princess gives a serious piece of her mind.

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* Princess Bubblegum in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' was given a few morally ambiguous traits in some of the earlier episodes. She sometimes let her anger get the better of her and would mercilessly pursue those who had wronged her. Some of her science experiments also went wrong, such as producing her extremely screwed up offspring Lemongrab. However, more often than not Bubblegum would show regret when she screwed things up, and work to fix her mistakes. Over the course of season 5, her actions turn from well meaning mistakes into outright atrocities, such as committing genocide on a group of defective robots, sacrificing one of her subjects because she thought he wasn't as valuable as Finn or Jake, throwing Tree Trunks' entire wedding into prison just because Tree Trunks' prefered the fake King of Ooo preside over her wedding than her, causing almost the entire conflict of one episode just because she doesn't like people thinking of magic as anything than another kind of science, and in general showing no remorse for hurting people if she believes it's for the greater good. A canon video game also reveals that she trapped and performed painful experiments on the two Lemongrab brothers, when she had previously been shown trying to help them. The only reason she doesn't come across as a villain is because of the nature of these threats, namely evil!Lemongrab and that the fake king intended to make everyone his servants. She does mellow out after Flame Princess gives a serious piece [[WhatTheHellHero serious]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech piece]] of her mind.
17th Dec '16 2:56:57 PM ngh93
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*** In the same special, The Fat Controller also feels like this. In fact, some fans thought he was actually going to tell Thomas he had had enough of him and intended to replace and sell him. Though to be fair, his attitude throughout the special stems from the fact that Thomas is causing tremendous amounts of damage both physically and financially [[RealityEnsues (meaning Sir Topham Hatt has to pay for repairs to the damaged coaches, listen to complaints from angry passengers, and deal with the repeated delays to the construction of the new branch line)]] and is refusing to take responsibility for his actions. Given that, it's [[JustifiedTrope understandable that Sir Topham Hatt seems stricter than usual.]]

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*** In the same special, The Fat Controller also feels like this. In fact, some fans thought he was actually going to tell Thomas he had had enough of him and intended to replace and sell him. Though to be fair, his attitude throughout the special stems from the fact that Thomas is causing tremendous amounts of damage both physically and financially [[RealityEnsues (meaning Sir Topham Hatt has to pay for repairs to the damaged coaches, listen to complaints from angry passengers, and deal with the repeated delays to the construction of the new branch line)]] and is refusing to take responsibility for his actions. Given that, it's [[JustifiedTrope understandable that Sir Topham Hatt seems stricter than usual.]]]] Then again, he was too harsh and unfair towards Thomas after the dynamite incident, not letting him explain that he was trying to save everyone and cruelly sent poor Thomas to his shed in disgrace.
30th Nov '16 7:52:25 PM chasemaddigan
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*** Gerald becomes even worse in Season 20, when it's revealed that he's the notorious internet troll "skankhunt42". He harasses girls online and photoshops dicks into the mouths of cancer survivors all "[[ItAmusedMe for the lulz]]". After he [[spoiler: accidentally drives a Danish Olympian to commit suicide]], Gerald sinks to new lows to avoid punishment, [[spoiler: including using his own son as a scapegoat for his actions]].
13th Oct '16 8:24:40 AM 313Bluestreak
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'':
** Edward was a kind-hearted and patient engine in the earlier seasons, but at the start of season 6 and on wards, he is prone to rude and arrogant moments DependingOnTheWriter. As of season 17, he returns to his original personality.
** Since debuting in season 7, Emily started off as a kind and mature engine. At the start of season 8, she becomes bossy, rude, and haughty. Even the episode "Emily's Adventure" focuses on her learning how to be polite to others. She returns to her original personality in season 13, but she still has shades of her childishness.
** As of ''WesternAnimation/TaleOfTheBrave'' and Season 18, James has spiraled so high in terms of jerkass levels that it's actually hard to believe. He also did this in his appearances after "James and the Express".
** Thomas himself is exceptionally petty and insecure in ''WesternAnimation/SodorsLegendOfTheLostTreasure'', [[NeverMyFault blaming others for his accidents]] or ignoring their warnings of danger. After he tricks Ryan into taking bad coal, the sparks nearly set off a load of dynamite. Thomas manages to dump it down the cavern he fell into earlier in the film, but during the panic to get rid of it, endangers Ryan, and is scolded by the Fat Controller for doing so. This finally reins him back in. That, and the danger [[BigBad Sailor John]] poses.
*** In the same special, The Fat Controller also feels like this. In fact, some fans thought he was actually going to tell Thomas he had had enough of him and intended to replace and sell him. Though to be fair, his attitude throughout the special stems from the fact that Thomas is causing tremendous amounts of damage both physically and financially [[RealityEnsues (meaning Sir Topham Hatt has to pay for repairs to the damaged coaches, listen to complaints from angry passengers, and deal with the repeated delays to the construction of the new branch line)]] and is refusing to take responsibility for his actions. Given that, it's [[JustifiedTrope understandable that Sir Topham Hatt seems stricter than usual.]]
** Bill and Ben are known to be mischievous and bratty engines, but since their return in Season 17, they've become considerably nastier. This is especially noticeable in their treatment of Timothy.
2nd Oct '16 4:33:16 PM MagBas
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* [[Toys/{{Bionicle}} Pohatu]] in the 2015 online animations was a silent and reserved no-nonsense badass (but as evidenced by the comics, was less stern around puppies). In ''The Journey to One'' cartoon, he becomes a brooding obnoxious jerk who's quick to voice his displeasure with things, and acts incredibly hostile towards his animal partner Ketar -- which is partially justified, as Pohatu despises scorpions, and Ketar happens to be one. On the other hand, the show has an inversion in the case of Kopaka. He was a major asshole towards his rival Tahu early on, but doesn't showcase any of that hostility here. That said, some fans may argue that the show's inconsistent portrayal of the characters is a case of DependingOnTheWriter or CharacterDerailment.

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* [[Toys/{{Bionicle}} Pohatu]] in the 2015 online animations was a silent and reserved no-nonsense badass (but as evidenced by the comics, was less stern around puppies). In ''The Journey to One'' cartoon, he becomes a brooding obnoxious jerk who's quick to voice his displeasure with things, and acts incredibly hostile towards his animal partner Ketar -- which is partially justified, as Pohatu despises scorpions, and Ketar happens to be one. On the other hand, the show has an inversion in the case of Kopaka. He was a major asshole towards his rival Tahu early on, but doesn't showcase any of that hostility here. That said, some fans may argue that the show's inconsistent portrayal of the characters is a case of DependingOnTheWriter or CharacterDerailment.
18th Sep '16 3:23:51 PM Vrahno
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* [[Toys/{{Bionicle}} Pohatu]] in the 2015 online animations was a silent and reserved no-nonsense badass (but as evidenced by the comics, was less stern around puppies). In ''The Journey to One'' cartoon, he becomes a brooding obnoxious jerk who's quick to voice his displeasure with things, and acts incredibly hostile towards his animal partner Ketar -- which is partially justified, as Pohatu despises scorpions, and Ketar happens to be one. On the other hand, the show has an inversion in the case of Kopaka. He was a major asshole towards his rival Tahu early on, but doesn't showcase any of that hostility here. That said, some fans may argue that the show's inconsistent portrayal of the characters is a case of DependingOnTheWriter or CharacterDerailment.
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