Dethroning Moment: Newspaper Comics
Some people skip the funny pages. These are the times we wish we were such people. Keep in mind:
Series with their own articles:
- Sign your entries
- One moment per strip to a troper. If multiple entries for the same work are signed to the same troper the more recent ones will be cut. If you change your mind, change your entry.
- Moments only, no "just everything he said," or "This entire comic," entries.
- No contesting entries. This is subjective, the entry is their opinion.
- No natter. As above, anything contesting an entry will be cut, and anything that's just contributing more can be made its own entry.
- Explain why it's a Dethroning Moment of Suck.
- No ALLCAPS, no bold, and no italics unless it's the title of a work. We are not yelling the DMoSs out loud.
Series with their own articles:
- Dynamite XI: Baldo got dethroned when the major character Smiley abruptly transformed from a likable Tomboy to an unlikable Alpha Bitch within a couple of days, which apparently was used as an excuse to write her out of the comic strip. Never mind that Smiley was literally a Girl Next Door, and yet still hasn't been seen or mentioned in the comic since 2006...
- Twentington: This Peanuts strip may be the absolute worst gag Schulz has ever done (the image is annotated with the reasons why). To be fair, Schulz was in the last couple years of his life, but still, any sane editor should've caught at least two or three of the problems I pointed out.
- Clam15: For me, it was the July 24th, 2011 Blondie strip. In this strip, Dagwood's boss goes nuts. He furiously berates Dagwood for asking for greater health care while, and at the same time, he delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Such hypocrisy has presented itself in prior strips, but never in this fashion. I only hope that this is a happy accident and such strips won't present itself in the near future. But, still... ugh.
- MadMan400096: This◊ Mother Goose and Grimm strip. Basically, Grimmy gets annoyed by a guy saying "No problem" instead of "You're welcome". Forget the fact that it's an incredibly petty reason to complain, he actually attacks the poor bastard for saying it again. That's right. A dog physically attacking a person for something that only bothers a small percentage of people. I mean, it's established the Grimmy has Jerk Ass tendencies, but that's typically only because of his being a dog. This was just being a dick. It's pretty much the same kind of comedy you'd find in a later episode of Spongebob Squarepants.
- Blackbird Mizu: For me, it's the March 16, 2012 strip of Luann. Gunther is scared of getting romantic with a girl and Luann suggests he might be gay. Which wouldn't be so bad, hell, would actually be pretty good to suggest such a thing in a non-condemning way. But then one part of her line of reasoning was that he was an only child raised by his mom. Really, Luann? Really? That's a moronic and offensive thing to suggest, a person's sexuality has nothing to do with how many parents they have or what gender those parents are.
- Bjshipley1: Luann just outdid itself with the July 2012 storyline, turning the whole Luann/Quill Will They or Won't They? thing into a Shaggy Dog Story. The very minute they decide to get romantic, his phone rings and he has to move back to Australia, likely never seeing her again. I've always preferred the Brad storyarcs to the Luann ones; this just proved why. A complete slap in the face to anyone who sat through the whole storyarc.
- Deckard Canine: We usually put up with Frazz when it gets preachy, but it got a lot of complaints when Frazz surreptitiously swiped the batteries from a student's handheld game console in order to force him to enjoy his vacation in more traditional ways. That's not just militant; that's petty theft. And in Real Life, in all likelihood, neither the kid nor his parents would appreciate this loss of diversion.
- Candy Cane 14: (sigh)... I hate how in the comic version of U.S. Acres, Wade Duck's the pointless Chew Toy 'for the Lulz', but I'm trying to explain how a December arc was spoiled because Wade was the pointless Chew Toy. The Christmas arc from 1988 (2012 in Garfield.com). Most of the strips in the arc were cute and funny but Wade's role in this was sickening. In one strip, Wade looked up the chimney to see if Santa's there, and then this happens. Oh, ha... ha... ha. Next Wade goes up the roof to see if Santa's there and Santa and the reindeer haven't landed yet (even though in the very last strip, we saw his bag go down the chimney!) and one of the reindeer lands on Wade, crushing him... ha... ha, my sides are splitting. Not! O.K., there's two things majorly wrong with this. One, having an innocent character like Wade, get hurt for the hell of it. Not Funny! Two, the former ruined the whole last strip of the Christmas arc, where the farm animals were waiting for Santa. If the Christmas bag fell on Wade wouldn't the other animals already know that Santa's here? And they recently made the chimney so it left a huge plothole! Also, how come the Strip doesn't have Wade hang out with the other gang except for the first and last strip of the Christmas arc? He wasn't even acting afraid through the whole arc so there was no point of why Wade didn't participate helping them, make the chimney or figuring out what to leave for Santa. And the final strip of this arc was so heartwarming too... they shouldn't have made Wade such a senseless Chew Toy in the comic, and (if they ever decide to make new strips) they should tone it down like they did in the cartoon version.
- philipthepatsy: FoxTrot is one of my favorite comic strips, but there was one story arc that really made me dislike Paige. In it, Paige gets an "autographed" photo by her favorite boyband, The BackSync Boys (autographed is in quotation marks, because Andy said there was only one signature of the band's name, meaning that, more than likely, none of the band members signed it at all.) Paige obsesses over the stupid thing, until Andy convinces her that she'll watch it while Paige is at school. Of course, this being Foxtrot, Quincey escapes from his cage and eats it. Paige comes home and throws massive tantrums, leading Andy to do special favors and spoil her for forgiveness, such as buying her expensive things and give her shrimp cocktail for dinner. That is, until Andy gives Paige a bunch of copies of the autographs from the mail, saying that Paige must have sent in a dozen requests (and furthering the fact that it's probably just a forum letter). In the end, Paige asks for forgiveness, which Andy gives her without any arguement or disdain. While it's nice for Andy not to hold a grudge, she shouldn't have broken down and spoiled Paige like that. It's pretty out of character for Andy, who would have normally given a long lecture to her kids if anything bad were to happen. The fact that she did all of those nice things for Paige is just poor parenting. Sure, she promised to watch over the stupid "autograph", but she's only human. It's not like she can watch the damn thing at every waking moment. Sure, she could have kept it out of Quincey's reach, but even so. Paige may be a Bratty Teenage Daughter, but she's hardly ever a spoiled brat.
- Radical Ed: While I've never liked Rex Morgan MD, an arc that is pissing me off more than anything else is the subplot in which Sarah, who isn't even a pre-teen, can apparently walk into an art museum, show the curator something she wrote, and immediately get it published. There was no effort, no struggle, just "I want to write a book... I wrote a book! Now you can publish it." It's essentially a giant middle finger to anyone who has ever struggled to get their written work out there, saying "Look, this kid can do it, that's how easy it is to get published." While Rex Morgan has irritated me before, nothing in it until now has ever made me quite so angry as this little Mary Sue brat getting everything handed to her with strip after strip talking about how she's so smart and is going to get her book published with such ease.
- heartauthor: I've been a fan of Baby Blues for many years now, but there's this one strip that's always sort of rubbed me the wrong way. The strip starts with the MacPhersons eating dinner, and Zoe asking to be excused; Wanda says not until Zoe finishes more of her casserole. That part's fine... but then Darryl begins to get up, saying he wants more casserole. Without warning, Wanda says "Judging by your waistline, I doubt that's a good idea." What? Okay, Zoe I can understand; she's the child, so it's more realistic that Wanda puts limits on her. But Darryl's her husband; he's perfectly capable of deciding whether or not he wants more dinner. And nowhere in this strip does it mention that Darryl's watching his weight; for Wanda to make a comment like that out of the blue was uncalled for. Not only that, but this joke probably wouldn't be as "funny" if Darryl had said that to Wanda.
- Austin DR: Normally I like the comic strip Drabble, but I just absolutely loathed the recent August story arc in which Ralph was competing with his nemesis Steinbauer in a golfing tournament. When it seems like he won, Steinbauer informs the host that Ralph used an extra golf club, since his son miscounted. It then seems like they fix this problem by having Steinbauer get penalized for having a cellphone, and it automatically made Ralph the winner. However, Steinbauner then has him penalized because he also had a cellphone on him. But the absolute worst part of the story arc is that a single-shot golf player ends up winning the tournament even though he had 104 points. Couldn't they have let Ralph win just once?
- Trpoers/legomaniac90: The Calvin and Hobbes story where Calvin tries to join a baseball team, with predictable results. The DMoS comes when the rest of the team gets mad at him for an honest mistake to the point where one kid asks if he can hit Calvin with a baseball bat! But that's not the lowest part. The lowest part comes when Calvin asks the coach if he can sign off and the coach says, "Ok, quitter! Goodbye." I know this strip runs on Kids Are Cruel and Adults Are Useless, but at least Calvin's parents, his teacher, Rosalyn, and Susie are somewhat likable, and even Moe gets his comeuppance once in a while. These guys? Utterly unlikable Karma Houdinis.
- Koopa Kid 17: While Calvin and Hobbes is my favorite comic strip, the arc where Calvin has Hobbes tie him to a chair made me shake my head as it ignored Hobbes being Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane. Throughout the story, Calvin becomes understandably agitated because his parents are calling him down for dinner. Hobbes becomes a massive Jerk Ass, going as far as blaming Calvin for any wrongdoing. The conclusion is the worst part where Calvin's dad angrily shouts, "You tied yourself up!?" while his son pleads his case. Keep in mind, it is humanly impossible for a six-year old to tie himself to a chair and his father shows no concern whatsoever when he frees Calvin. While Hobbes sticks out his tongue in the final panel, it's heavily implied that Calvin's dad spanked him. Even worse, although Hobbes got Calvin in that mess in the first place, he accuses him of lying anyway. I know Calvin is often on the receiving end of Butt Monkey moments but all he did was ask Hobbes to tie him up. Other than that, he did nothing to deserve such treatment by his father and Hobbes.
- Dialga X: Doonesbury has some genuinely funny satire but Garry Trudeau's March 23-28, 2010 comics about open carry isn't funny. His depiction of gun owners as Dumb Muscle, Trigger Happy rednecks isn't a cute parody or a satire; this time it's just plain insulting. It is quite clear that his anti-gun bias is on display.
- Rabid Badger 1632: I personally believe that Pearls Before Swine is one of the best Newspaper comics out there. However it still isn't without duds. In the earlier days of the strip, there was a running theme of story arcs where Pig would befriend some talking inanimate object, only for them to be killed by Rat in one way or another. Even as a Black Comedy fan, I never really liked any of these series (save for the one time it was subverted), as most of them come off more depressing than funny due to poor execution. But the nadir of these strips is the "Tootie the Gingerbread Man" arc. It starts off with Rat eating the head (yes, only the head) of the aforementioned gingerbread man. The rest of the story is just Tootie slowly dying while Pig continually tries (and fails) to cheer him up. But that's not the worst part. Right before Tootie dies, he tells Pig that his last request is that Pig promise to look after his house and his wife. Cut to a panel of Rat eating both his house and his wife. Not. Freaking. Funny.