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Dethroning Moment: Western Animation
"Think about it: It starts off with nothing but sap, tons of animal abuse, disturbing content where it shouldn't be and a character bastardized to make the cruelty worse."
Baronbeefdip: For me, the episode of The Proud Family with the "psycho duck" certainly qualifies. It starts out good enough with Penny rescuing a mallard duck who can't swim and having him stay at the house until he recovers. The duck keeps stealing Oscar's food, but no one but Oscar ever sees the duck doing so. This in and of itself would make for a hilarious episode... But, then the Wall Banger sets in where the duck goes batshit insane for no reason whatsoever. Seriously, it's a random shift from an episode about Penny rescuing a cute yet mischievous (towards Oscar at least) duck to an episode about the entire family (and friends) being terrified of an insane power-hungry duck. Why? Also, the seemingly tacked-on ending where the duck is revealed to have belonged to a billionaire and that Wizard Kelly (himself already a multi-billionaire in the series) had returned Chester (the psycho duck) to his owner and gotten the million dollar reward. The ending has no real purpose other than to serve as a Yank the Dog's Chain moment for Oscar. Yes, Oscar is the Butt Monkey of the series... but that was just cruel.
Eegah!: The Daria episode "Depth Takes a Holiday". This wonderfully honest depiction of high school life suddenly takes a hard turn into Family Guy territory as Daria has to get fugitive holidays back to their dimension. It's completely beyond me how anyone working on the show thought this was a good idea.
Hungerismygame: While Daria almost never resorts to crude humor, in "See Jane Run" when Jane's love interest of the episode asks if Daria has ever seen Jane "run like the wind," Daria asks if he's ever seen Jane break wind. Hilarity ensues.
Hyrin: The introduction of Tom Sloane. Before, the show was an interesting take on high school life told through the eyes of an outsider. After, it was a standard teen rom-com that descended into the cliched Love Triangle. If they had wanted to do that, they should have stuck with the original plan and used Mack instead.
Eedwardgrey3: "Fizzed" tried to criticize corporate sponsoring of schools: good. Then it got ridiculously Anvilicious, with the cheerleaders forced to dress in soda cans by the evil Coca Cola/Pepsi Expy and ended with an over the top scene of miss Li running around with an axe because of a sugar high. Glen Eichler apparently didn't get the negative reactions.
Manwiththeplan: Cedric being the final villain of the second/final season of W.I.T.C.H.. Greg Weisman, I love you, but just because you can pull off a twist doesn't always mean you should, especially when it means sacrificing satisfying end battles with two menacing, well-developed villains for a final battle against a horrendously unimpressive, underdeveloped one who we've seen defeated about 100 times already.
Happy Man: In Winx ClubThe Movie. Towards the end of the movie, Oritel and Miriam (Bloom's biological parents) invite Mike and Vanessa (Bloom's adoptive parents) to a party in their castle, in order to thank them for raising Bloom while they were absent. And Bloom, upon seeing them, calls them by their first names instead of "Mom" and "Dad" like she always did, suggesting that she's going to call Mom and Dad to her biological parents that she never met. Because, you know, it doesn't matter if a man rescue you from a fire, takes you to his home and, along his wife, raises you as you were their own daughter, they will never replace your biological parents, regardless of how much they love you.
Dag1984: For me it was a certain revelation in Season 3. The revelation that Bloom in her base form is more powerful then five Enchantix fairies who have a fair amount of battle experience. The whole obsession with finding her birth parents and mostly calling her adoptive parents by their first names in that season also did it for me. Thank God season 4 improved on this.
Fairy Dreamer: It was several moments that did it for me in season five when it came to Bloom. She basically becomes an overgrown brat, crying every time something doesn't go how she wants (such as her boyfriend not answering his phone, despite that she knows he's busy). Now, yes, Bloom was caught in a love triangle, but how much clearer does Sky have to be that he loves Bloom and Bloom only? Worse, when Bloom is called out on her behavior a few times, rather than stop and think "maybe I do need to calm down", she acts like she did nothing wrong. Mary Sue is one thing. Spoiled Brat is another. Thankfully, season six fixed this.
Slo Motion: Mine was also a season 5 moment. Specifically, the moment When Aisha used her wish to save Nereus and not revive Nabu. Cousins or not, the writers knew damn well that pretty much every fan wanted Nabu back and they have the chance to revive him and it's used a character who we've barely seen (and in all honesty I don't give a damn about) in place of a character the fans know and love. And to add salt to the wound, all of a sudden Aisha likes Roy (who is a piss poor attempt at being Nabu 2.0) and Bloom gets her sister back. We get Daphne back, but no Nabu. What the hell, Winx Club writers?!
fluffything: For me, it was even earlier than that when Kevin mutates into a monster once again after absorbing the Omnitrix's powers. Now, you'd think the writers would have Kevin struggling once again with being a mutation and trying to live a somewhat normal life while being a monster or maybe trying to control his new-found powers and keep himself from turning evil again. But, nope, instead he just instantly turns insane and Ben now has to fight him once again. And, to make matters worse, the explanation as to why Kevin went insane again? Because it's what his species does when they absorb certain types of energy. That's right. The writers completely tossed aside the fact that Kevin was a sociopath from the start and gave him a crappy "It's in my DNA so it's not my fault" Freudian Excuse to explain his Heel-Face Turnand his Face-Heel Turn. No, just... god, no.
Wolf Man 16: The Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Ball Of Revenge" portrays Eustace'sCharacter Derailment so extreme that he's very much suffered Cartmanization. The episode has Eustace bringing in many of Courage's past rivals to kill him, all because Courage got a blanket that Eustace wanted! It also doesn't help that most of said villains have also tried to kill Eustace before. What's worse is that Eustace's strategy to lure Courage towards the villains is by using Muriel, his own wife, as bait! That's right, the same guy who, during earlier seasons, actually helped Courage with an incantation to exorcise a demon out of Muriel and suggested Muriel being used as bait for a sea serpent being extremely wrong, is doing these horrific acts. It actually makes this one of the most twisted episodes of the show.
fluffything: I hate the episode "Ball Of Revenge" (to the point where I'll change the channel if it comes on) as well. Not only was it the lowest point for Eustace, but it also involved him teaming up with several of Courage's past villains (many of which tried to kill/hurt Eustace themselves). But, that's not the DMOS for me. Oh, no. The absolute low point this already awful episode throws at is is the way Courage defeats this enemy team-up. How? He screams at them. Let me repeat that. Courage defeats his worst enemies by screaming at them causing the floor to collapse and them to fall into a hole! I'd like to remind everyone that one of Courage's traits is that, despite being a coward, he's rather clever and usually defeats his enemies by outwitting them (though he does use his compassionate nature at times as well). Oh and let's not forget the fact that he never. Gives. Up. Or did we forget how he defeated Mecha-Courage by sheer determination alone? Having Courage defeat his enemies by screaming at them not only undermines Courage's whole character, but it utterly ruins the threat the villains possessed in the first place. This isn't a Chekhov's Skill or even anything remotely similar. This the writers pulling utter bull out their respective bums and trying to pass it off as good writing.
This episode could have had Courage call for help from the various beings he's helped and befriended. Like the Hunchback of Nowhere, Bigfoot, the Duck Brothers (who WERE there as the half-time show), and others. Remember, he's not only made enemies in all his adventures.
aldo512: According to "The Hurricane", not just God would ever forgive Loretta for what she did and the very thought of it is enough to make Junior stop believing in God. This wouldn't be so bad, except he apparently has no problems with Quagmire getting off free for what he did withbasically no repercussions. That's not even getting into how, even though we're apparently supposed to be on Junior's side about saving up the food, he doesn't even bring it up until the rest of the family confront him about it, despite having plenty of opportunities to do so before.
Kashima Kitty: The Season One Finale "You're the Best Man, Cleveland Brown" shows Loretta being unusually spiteful in her will, giving everything to Junior and stating that he were to share any of it with Cleveland or tell Cleveland how much he was receiving, it would all go to Quagmire. Not only does it seem like they're going to great lengths to make Loretta unlikable (perhaps to "justify" her bashing), but this flies in the face of the Family Guy episode "Love, Blactually" where Loretta not only felt remorseful for cheating on Cleveland and the two making amends, but also wanted nothing to do with Quagmire, calling him the devil and blaming him for ruining her marriage. Despite this it seems that every time Loretta is mentioned on The Cleveland Show, it's either related to her having the affair or doing dickish things like this so that we can all say "Yea she was a terrible person, she deserved to die!"
ctando1: For a non-Loretta related D Mo S, mine was the ending to "Brownsized". Yes, I know Cleveland pretending to be jobless was a bad thing for him to do, but what Donna did to him was worse. She pushes Cleveland off of a building and he lands safely on a bounce house. Someone says it was a good thing he landed on that bounce house, but then Donna said "There was a bounce house there?" Yep. Donna tried to kill Cleveland. I know Cleveland in this series may be an annoying jackass who lied about being jobless, but he didn't deserve this! I was surprised there wasn't a cop to arrest her.
Brokenshell: In an episode of Hero 108 (a show I usually find to be average) Mystique Sonia's Yaksha (a magic hat that is infatuated with her) gets burnt to death right in front of her eyes. Next scene, she is in prison and, upon hearing one of the imprisoned soldiers saying he loves her, tricks him into becoming her new Yaksha by having him say it 2 more times and laughs and hugs it as if the first one never existed. So 1) what was once a human being has sacrificed its life for the woman he loves and she doesn't care in the slightest, and 2) she manipulates a man into something he has no idea would happen for her own gain.
Lady Mima: The Peanuts special Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown. Oh my gosh, I don't even know where to start. Well, I do know where to start, but when it comes, it's just... well, it's a wallop in the face. It starts with Charlie Brown watching a football game on TV, and all of a sudden, he starts getting flustered. Linus is there as well, and when Charlie Brown tells him that he saw this cute girl in the stands, Linus' reaction is that he falls in love with a different girl every week. Throughout the whole special, Linus acts like this, yet he still helps Charlie Brown try to find the girl. Snoopy and Woodstock tag along too. Linus does do some iffy stuff along the way, but that's not what I'm so mad about. What really gets me... is this: Eventually, the boys find the girl Charlie Brown saw on TV. Because Charlie Brown is so shy, he asks Linus to go up and talk to the girl for him. Well, he does this. And then... he sees the girl and is completely smitten. Not only that, she has a Security Blanket too! Because of this, Linus completely forgets to mention Charlie Brown and is invited in for some cookies, along with Snoopy and Woodstock. Poor Charlie Brown waits there all night, until they finally come out. The cat that had caused them problems earlier was all of a sudden friendly with Linus. Charlie Brown is clearly upset when he finds out Linus didn't mention him at all. And while he's yelling about this, Linus completely ignores him and keeps talking about how great the girl is. At one point, he even says "What are you talking about?". Finally, Charlie Brown gives up and runs home. Linus then wonders what Charlie Brown is so upset about. But that isn't even the end of it! No, to make matters worse, the song "Alone" plays as Charlie Brown imagines that he and the girl got together. He sadly goes back to his house and lays in bed. The next morning, Charlie Brown and Linus meet up at the brick wall. Charlie Brown says a football metaphor, and Linus takes it literally. Then he says he has a date with the girl and leaves. Charlie Brown is now alone at the brick wall. The end. Look, I know it's a Running Gag that Charlie Brown is the loser, save for that one time he won at marbles, but isn't this taking it too far?! I mean, Linus is supposed to be Charlie Brown's best friend! And even his best friend isn't much of a friend at all! It's basically telling us that Charlie Brown will never be happy. Never. And sure, you could blame Charlie Brown for his faults, but Linus has his faults too, like carrying that stupid blanket around! Since this moment, I have hated Linus for everything about him.
Blackjack254: It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown is the main reason why my watching of Animated Peanuts is now limited solely to the Original Christmas special. Lucy doing the infamous pulling the football away prank on Charlie Brown during an important game, and then having the gall to blame the losing of the game on him, and everyone agreeing with her (I've heard about them doing a so called minor retcon of a line of Peppermint Patty being cut out, big deal, only one less person blames Charlie brown for something not his fault). In my opinion, the whole episode should have been retconned.
Powerpuffbats For what it's worth, after that trainwreck, they aired "It's Magic, Charlie Brown" which had Charlie finally kick that ball and having Lucy finally getting hit by Karma. That said, "It's Your First Kiss" is my Dethroning Moment for all of Animation...only Seahorse Seashell Party from Family Guy comes close (I still haven't seen Spongebob's One Coarse Meal yet). What makes this special even worse for me is that I'm a bit of a Charlie Brown/Lucy shipper, and Lucy's actions spit in the faces of Chuck/Lucy shippers...and Chuck/Peppermint Patty shippers too! Seriously, Patty and Linus don't even notice that Lucy is costing them the game! Remember that moment from Family Guy where Peter kicks Lucy (who is my favorite Peanuts character...and this special makes me hate her)? That clip is only tolerable (imo) after viewing this special! And again, how could no one...in the entire stadium notice Lucy pulling that football away?!?!
Animeking1108: The Beavis and Butt-Head episode "Wet Behind The Rears" has officially replaced "The Young, Gifted, and Crude" for the worst episode because of the massive Character Derailment of Principle McVicker. The episode was about Coach Buzzcut trying to get the boys to take a shower after gym class, but then the fire alarm goes off, leaving them to go outside in their underwear. Then it reveals that it was all a plan for Buzzcut and McVicker to humiliate the boys. I expected this sort of thing out of Buzzcut, considering that in my previous entry, he ordered his class to beat up a new student. However, this is inexcusable on McVicker, who is usually a Jerkass Woobie. Yeah, he wasn't the nicest guy, but he was like that because of the boys. In this episode, they didn't even do anything to provoke them. Add to it that it was implied that Buzzcut even planned for Beavis's hand to get pierced by the javelin to cover them in blood, it makes you wonder why Highland High School wasn't sued for this blatant abuse towards students.
Tropersd/kablammin45: I wound up literally mad after watching a Pink Panther short. Long story short, Pink is hungry and winds up in the hospital when (get this) a dog bites him and won't let go! Pink then has to deal with all sorts of pointless tests. But I thought the ending sucked! The dog is removed, and immediately attacks the doctor helping Pink. The man is shown waiting in the waiting room to be examined. Um, hello? You're a doctor! Get some of that dog removing formula, or have one of your friends help! Then a mean bully of an orderly (who treats his patient in very disrespective ways throughout the short) does a very cruel Kick the Dog. The dude snatches the food Pink had been trying to get as Pink walks out the door!! I finish watching and I just want to beat the ever living crap out of that guy! Since then, I've hated that short.
On Soaring Wings: Archer "Drift Problem" Malory stealing 8 year old Archer's bike. Refusing to get him another (he thought for years someone else had stolen it) and never giving it back, all to "teach him a lesson" That alone would have been bad enough. But in the same episode she takes it a step further by getting Archer a new spy car for his birthday and doing it all again to him. For me, this Kick the Dog moment was the absolute last straw. I stopped seeing Malory as a tolerable Jerk with a Heart of Jerk, and as started seeing her as the Karma Houdini she is. Frankly if the series doesn't end with Archer snapping and brutally murdering her, I will be very pissed off. Archer is a total Jerkass but considering his mother who can blame him
Krendall: An early episode of Dungeons & Dragons had the group fight a Beholder. The problem is, it's defeated by being near a flower! Even if Beholders hate beauty (a fact I've never read in any Monster Manual), there's no way something as simple as a basic flower would ever kill one.
Tropers/kablammin45: I have a bone to pick with two of the Inspector shorts, but since I can only put one, I'm going to have to go with the short with the shopping cart. First off, it doesn't even feel like an Inspector short, no action, not enough comedy, just... not-Inspectorish, the plot seems more like it would be more fit for someone else, like the Pink Panther. It starts with the Inspector going home from the store, borrowing a shopping cart... and the Narrator manages to convince him that he has committed an abominable offense and is now a criminal. Sure, the Inspector isn't that bright, but he's not that stupid.note not to mention that people who live right across the street from a Wal-Mart can do that with little repercussions And later the "I" activates a security system when he finally decides to just return the cart, and instantly the police come shoot at him without question and the short ends with the "I" on the run with guns firing. Ummm, they just assumed that the Inspector would just do that? That's something you'd see in, yes, a Pink Panther cartoon where Diabolus Ex Machinas are common. The short was really poorly done, and used before.
Spinosegnosaurus77: I love Dinosaur Train, I really do, but "Dinosaur Camouflage" broke an Aesop (birds being dinosaurs) that's enforced in essentially every other episode of the series. DT is usually a pretty solid, composed kids' show; what went wrong here?
fluffything:Kung Fu Panda Legends Of Awesomeness: I find the episode in which Po has to rely on the help of some elderly former kung-fu masters to be poorly handled. The episode in-and-of itself is quite good, and I really enjoyed the whole sequence with the various magical helmets. But, the moral of "don't judge a book by its cover" and "old people can do amazing things too." is pretty much busted by one simple observation. Po's reasoning for not wanting the elderly kung-fu fighters to help is that he was afraid they'd get hurt. That's, that's actually a rather valid argument Po made. Yes, he did point out that he believed they weren't as "awesome" as they were in their prime, but his main concern was their well-being. Yet, the episode treats it like he was being disrespectful. Wait, what?
fluffything: T.U.F.F. Puppy: The episode where Professor Birdbrain discovers a parallel dimension where Booby Birds rule and live in paradise and wants to go there to have the biggest Yank the Dog's Chain I've ever seen. Long story short, Birdbrain kidnapps a monkey boy band (don't ask) and wants to use their singing powers to open a portal to the other dimension. Ok, apart from the kidnapping, his plans aren't really that evil. But, the DMOS comes in when Keswick reveals that traveling from one dimension to another causes the former dimension to be destroyed. I'm sorry... What? So, rather than just allowing Birdbrain to finally be able to find happiness and fly (his main goal), they have to throw in this utterly ridiculous twist? Again, apart from the kidnapping, Birdbrain's plans were not evil. He just wanted to go somewhere where he could fit in.
Pyro Wildcat: In Spider-Man Unlimited, the end of "One is the Loneliest Number", when Dr. Yamato-Jones chews out Spider-Man for destroying her clinic. She had dealt with Spider-Man on numerous occasions (including several in which Spidey saved the lives of both her and her son), and has been shown be okay with him. Which means that she should have had no reason to blatantly ignore the fact that the incident started by Carnage attacking the clinic, and he and Venom were obviously the ones who did all the damage while Spider-Man was trying to fight them off, especially since she's been shown to be a more reasonable character than that. This was blatantly another poorly shoehorned-in "Spider-Man will never be anything but a Failure Hero" moment.
The idiocy of the parents. Though justifiable due to short notice of Yin and Yang's rushed training against Eradicus and the experience their children had with the rabbits in the past sixty four episodes their response still made me feel like it was borderline unrealistic with emphasis on the 'un' prefix; I mean, look at Lena's father: he threatened to ground her even as he was being held in the swinging grasp of that Humongous Mecha instead of gasping for air.
Mad Man 400096: For an atrocious episode of a classic series, there's "Hero Hamton" of Tiny Toon Adventures, which I have to say is the worst episode of the entire series. Between the atrocious animation by Encore Cartoons, the thin cliche premise that stretches itself way too long, Plucky Duck being somewhat of a bigger douche than usual (not that he accomplished anything major), and absolutely none of the gags coming anywhere close to funny, I'm shocked this pile of pigshit ever got greenlit.
Cyber Tiger 88: I'm a fan of Beast Wars but the ending of the episode "Changing of the Guard" is flat-out painful to sit through. The episode has Rattrap and Silverbolt go retrieve the Sentinel program from their ship while dealing with Inferno, and Depth Charge battles with his arch-foe Rampage. It eventully leads up to Depth Charge crashing into Silverbolt who has the module, leading to Inferno grabbing it, making the Maximals lose. This show is no stranger to The Bad Guy Wins trope, but that's because of Megatron's planing. In this episode, the Maximals lost because of a bone-headed collision that would make The Three Stooges proud. If the writers wanted the audience to like Depth Charge as a badass loner despite his jerkass-tendencies, they shouldn't have made him cost the good guys an episode's worth of effort and cause a flat out cop-out.
fluffything:Off The Air: I found the "Body" episode to be nothing but a huge disappointment feeling it was more along the lines of their usual immature humor than the brilliant series I've come to know and love. However, if I had to pick the absolute worst moment from the worst episode (of an, again, otherwise great series), it would have to be the "Hot Dog Stand" segment. Long story short, it involves a hot dog becoming sentient and saving his fellow hot dogs while brutally murdering the vendor and selling his body parts as food. Just... what? Ok, I know Off The Air can be on the completely insane side of things at times, but this was just terrible. I expect something like this from an episode of Family Guy (a latter-season episode of Family Guy, to be specific), not from a brilliant series like this.
Purr Elise: A small one here, but it hacked me off in the finale when the audience were continually described as 'fanBOYS' rather than just the gender neutral 'fans' and the stand ins were a young boy and his father. I don't know what's worse; the writers honestly not realising that Batman: The Brave and the Bold has almost as big a female audience as it does a male one, or that they DID realise and wanted to downplay that because superheroes aren't for girls, right? Why couldn't they have given the boy a sister to watch with, would it really have been that difficult?
fluffything: Dragons: Riders of Berk; the 2013 season finale has one of the most annoying, pointless, utterly yank the audience's chain twists I have ever seen. For over a week, Cartoon Network kept showing us advertisements on Hiccup finding out hints of an island full of Night Furies. So, what happens? It turns out the whole thing was a fake and was a trap set by Alvin and Mildew. Seriously, just fuckin' seriously? Why use a major plot element regarding one of the main characters of the series just for a bloody cop-out involving two re-occuring villains that have worn out their welcome already? I looked forward to this episode hoping I'd see more Night Furies (or at least a big reveal as to what happened to them). Not the cliched "It's a trap!" scenario that we've seen a thousand times before.
Austin DR: For the most part, I have a love-hate relationship with The Boondocks, some episodes work, some don't do it for me. In my honest opinion, I hated the episode "The Trial of Robert Kelly". I couldn't believe how stupid the jury members were! They saw the video of Kelly urinating on the girl, heck, they even saw his face on the phone while he was committing the crime! Even with all that evidence to prove him guilty, he gets off scot-free! What the heck?! They just saw pretty good evidence that he committed the crime, and yet they let him go free?! When Huey has every right to disagree with the verdict, he gets shunned. This is an episode I will never watch again.
fluffything: Agreed. I'm not a fan of The Boondocks in general, but this episode is just horrible on so many levels. Yes, I know the show takes place in a Crapsack World of sorts. Yes, I know it's supposed to be a social satire on urban culture especially regarding African-American citizens. Yes, I know many characters in the show tend to hold the Idiot Ball for the sake of comedy or so someone else can provide social commentary. That doesn't excuse how utterly bad this episode was. I know there are fans of musicians that defend them no matter what horrible things said musicians have done (Chris Brown's fandom is a perfect example of this). But, there is no way any universe (not even one as fucked-up as the world portrayed in this cartoon) would have an entire (emphasis on "entire") jury declare a man innocent (despite blatant evidence to the contrary) just because he's a "good singer".
Lady Stardust: I have to go with the Tyler Perry episode. Now, I want to make it clear I am not a Tyler Perry fan, but this episode was just childish, with jokes basically being nothing more than homophobic and just unfunny.
Animeking1108: The final episode (at least in broadcast order). What really ruined it for me was Grandad's Flanderization into a full-on abusive grandfather. The episode was about Riley getting in trouble for using gay as an insult. In order to quell the fire, Grandad (unintentionally) states that Riley has special needs, which makes everyone sympathize with him. So, what does Grandad do after realizing his mistake? He goes along with it, and just to really add insult to injury, calls Riley retarded out of spite.
fluffything: The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: I found the episode "Be A-Fred, Be Very A-Fred" where Fred Fredburger wins a contest and gets to spend time with Grim. It's just filled with so many facepalm-inducing moments that I just don't know where to begin. First, Grim is such a loser now that the only work he can get is being in laxative commercials? And, not only that, but said laxative company is now doing poorly because apparently no one wants to buy something endorsed by death himself? Let me remind everyone that said laxatives are being sold to demons (IE: Immortal monsters of evil (or chaotic neutral in the case of TGAOBAM) that most likely speak to Grim on a daily basis). Second, Fred Fredburger is just more annoying than usual here. At least in Keeper Of The Reaper his annoying antics were funny. This? He's just stupid for the sake of being stupid (Though, I did find him being amazed by a simple lamp to be pretty amusing... but that's just a silver lining in this turd cloud of an episode). Third, the way too long and not funny at all gag of Grim trying to get his picture taken with Fred resulting in Fred losing his frozen yogurt (Which, by the way, was what Fred wanted to do with Grim). You know, you could just buy another one or waited until he was done eating, Grim. Instead, they take Fred to an amusement park where Fred is sent flying from a Tilt-A-Whirl (... What?) and ends up meeting a group of Yetis that all talk like him and offer him frozen yogurt, all while a crying Grim is violently beaten by the laxative company executives for letting Fred go. Yes, that's how the short ends. It's like watching a train filled with disabled orphans crash into a burning building. Not funny and painful to watch.
Pie Queen: I thought The Garfield Show was a pretty decent show (it's no Garfield and Friends but it's still an okay show), but one episode really rubbed me the wrong way: "King Nermal". In this awful episode, Nermal is staying at Garfield's house much to Garfield and Odie's displeasure. He pretty much annoys the living daylights out of the two to the point that Garfield had it and threw him out the pet door. After that, Nermal "breaks his leg" and Jon blames Garfield and Odie for being mean to Nermal. As punishment, they have treat the kitten like royalty by doing whatever the hell Nermal tells them to do. Late on we find out that Nermal was faking his injury this whole time when we see him walking with the cast on. Garfield tries to get Jon to turn around to see that he's faking it, but every time Jon turns around Nermal gives him a cute innocent look on his face, so Jon is not the least bit convinced. To make matters worse, there was a part where Nermal's bandages come off, and Jon thinks that Nermal healed quickly. What? Garfield finally had it and decided to take matters to his own hands. Unfortunately Garfield and Odie fall down the stairs and injure themselves. Now they have full body casts. After all that mess Nermal gets away with every bad thing he did and poor Garfield and Odie suffer in one of the worst Downer Endings in the whole show. This episode was awful. What were they thinking when they wrote this episode. The sad thing is that Nermal was actually my favorite character in the comic strips and in Garfield and Friends. Why did this show had to make Nermal so much of a dick? Why? He was actually likable in the other cartoon, so he had to be derailed this badly? Turning him to this much of a jerkass was why I didn't enjoy this show as much as older one. Seriously, they should have kept Nermal's personality from the older cartoon.
Wiresandstuff: Now I find Gravity Falls to be a great show, but a worrying trend I'm noticing with some episodes is Mabel being relegated to a weak subplot while Dipper has the real adventure. I felt this was particularly bad in the episode "Fight Fighters"; Dipper brings a video game character to life to help him confront a love rival while Mabel... helps Stan overcome his fear of heights? I know it ties into the theme of facing your fears, but it feels tacked on and uninteresting, with a cliche, predictable resolution. Mabel is a fun character who adds a charming levity to the show's scenarios, and it seems like a waste for her to be used in this way.
heartauthor: The ending of "The Time Traveler's Pig" has never really sat well with me. Basically, Dipper has been spending the whole episode trying to impress Wendy at a carnival, and using Casual Time Travel to prevent himself from accidentally hitting her and causing Robbie to ask her out. During Dipper's multiple attempts, Mabel takes the opportunity to repeatedly win Waddles, her pet pig, in a contest. Finally, Dipper creates a plan that will keep him from hurting Wendy, but it requires Mabel's help. As a result, Wendy is impressed with Dipper, but Pacifica ends up winning Waddles. A frantic Mabel fights Dipper for the time-traveling device, transporting them to different times until they return to the continutity where Wendy is unhurt and Pacifica won Waddles. Mabel goes into a literal Heroic BSOD; out of guilt, Dipper returns everything to normal. In the end, Mabel gets Waddles back, but Dipper still ends up hurting Wendy and watching Robbie ask her out. Sometimes I can't help but feel that Mabel uses her status as Dipper's twin sister to manipulate him for her own needs, and this sequence of events did nothing to disband this theory. Dipper was forced to give up his chance to impress the girl he liked because Mabel literally lost her mind... over a flippin' pig.
MelancholyUtopia: While I think the series is unique and interesting so far, there’s just one major DMOS for this troper in “Bottomless Pit”. The majority of the episode was really funny and creative but Mabel’s story I just couldn’t get behind. I don’t even know what the writers were thinking when they came up with the moral in that short. Sure, we all have different morals regarding lying, but the way they displayed the message made it look like that being honest is all about blurting out all of your opinions to every ear out there and not keep them to yourself. On top of that, Mabel lying so Stan wouldn’t get arrested for something he truly deserved was apparently a good thing. I mean, what the hell? It would have been different if she blurted a white lie or something so someone wouldn’t get hurt for something she did, but toss away that lighter idea like a scrap of paper and instead have a completely pointless moment of Stan doing his usual stealing escapades and getting off the hook. It’s like they were thinking “Let’s just use that ending instead of something better because fuck you, we can.” I’m sorry, but that ending was absolutely horrible and most certainly falls under the Family-Unfriendly Aesop category. Whenever I watch the episode, I always skip Mabel’s story by walking out of the room.
Halfstep: Iron Man: Extremis goes hurtling off into stupidity in episode 2, which is basically an anvilicious speech given by Author Avatar Sal, who was a former professor of Tony Stark's and Maya's (It Makes Sense in Context... the previous pothole, not the speech). Obviously, this speech is aimed at people in the real world. The problem with it is that it is extremely contradictory, overgeneralizing, and doesn't apply to the two characters at all, save for a bit of foreshadowing that could have been done by Maya herself at a bar. The problem with the speech is this: Sal posits that Stark and Maya are basically working for the military industrial complex, that nothing they've done has been really useful, that Stark is wasting his time and money doing what he is doing, and that Maya is being held down because she's a woman, and if she had the resources Stark had, she'd be doing far better. About the only part of the entire speech that has any validity is that they are working for the MIC, regardless of what they would like to believe. That said, the whole thing kind of derails when Sal starts saying how useless the Iron Man suit is, and how much more Maya could get done if she had Stark's resources. First off, not knocking cancer in the slightest, but in the Marvel Universe, Fin Fang Foom, Dr. Doom, and Galactus are real and present dangers, that kill or enslave quite a few people on a regular basis. These are not entities that the police or the army are equipped to handle. At all. Saying that the Iron Man suit is only good for beating these people up therefore, isn't as much of an insult or even rebuke as Sal intended: these are entities that need to be beaten up by Iron Man and whoever else, and it's kinda hard to say that their world would be a better place without Iron Man, seeing how there's a planetary invasion or mutant revolt or inter-dimensional cosmic horror attack every six months with Iron Man there and doing his level best to prevent such. In real life terms, it would be like knocking someone for failing to cure cancer, but reducing diabetes, heart disease, and auto accident deaths by 50%. As for Maya being better off if she had Tony's resources: the reason this doesn't work is because of in-universe ignorance that Sal has, that the readers do not: namely, we know that in most every version of Iron Man, Tony Stark is kidnapped by some foreign combatants, after being gravely wounded, and is forced to make weapons for said combatants with anything from spare parts lying around to pieces of his own weapons. Stark then uses said pieces to create a war suit that saves his own life and allows him to escape his captors. Iron Man is about as self made as you can get: if Maya hasn't done anything comparable, it can hardly be said that it is because anyone is "holding her back". Furthermore, why would Sal even want to see such a thing: he just got done mocking Maya earlier for "poking biological molecular constructs until they give up and do what she wants" (paraphrased). Wouldn't curing cancer just be doing the same thing? What's the difference between poking around for the MIC, and curing diabetes, hepatitis, and that weird disease that strikes 300 people in the world, and curing cancer? Is curing a disease shameful unless it has a name value to it? Really, the whole speech was bad and unnecessary, the whole thing boiled down to "you're a bunch of idiots, why have you not followed the path I the wise shaman have laid out for you", by trivializing all of the good that both of them had done, and oversimplifying a bunch of actions and motives into some pop-cultural mumbo jumbo that really didn't apply.
Animeking1108: Code Monkeys, I admit, was too good to last. However, I always skip the episode with Todd's brother because of a really painful scene. Todd's brother reveals to Dave that the reason Todd acts the way he does is because he has Asperger's Syndrome. That alone can be considered Unfortunate Implications, but then Dave precedes to insult Todd because of that. As someone with Asperger's, I tell Adam De La Pena to go fuck himself.
RAZ: The Flintstones had one episode entitled "The Tycoon" that I caught when I was pretty young and even today I still remember just how extraordinarily pissed I was after watching this crapfest. The premise involves a rich snob who looks exactly like Fred getting tired of work and bailing on the job, and after his assistants panic they get Fred to fill in for him until he's found. Wilma, Betty, and Barney encounter the rich guy and confuse him for Fred, and he in turn treats them all like dirt and so they all blame Fred. The real Fred gets tired of all the work he has to do as well and also bails, happy to return to his wife and friends. But since they're all still angry after their encounter with Fake Fred, Barney kicks the real Fred's ass and Wilma and Betty yell at him for being a being a total dick when he didn't even do anything. The End. Now Fred can be kind of a jerk sometimes (all the characters can) but that one went beyond mean, especially since he gets completely treated like something a dog crapped out by the end for something he's one hundred percent innocent of. I remember screaming at my TV and wanting to kick it several times after that half-assed 30 minutes of unnecessary cruelty.
kablammin45: As much as I like The Flintstones, I just cannot ignore the convoluted plan Fred and Barney had at the end of "At The Races". Long story short, our favorite cavemen blew their funds on the dinosaur races, but fortunately won. Then things get crazy. Fred, for some reason, decides that telling Wilma would be a big mistake, so he decides to hide the check in Barney's pock- oh wait, I'm sorry, underneath a rock in a conspicuous area. Why they couldn't have hidden it somewhere easy to get to? Then what happens next wouldn't have happened; namely, Wilma is ecstatic prompting Fred and Barney to run for the hiding place and wind up having it stolen by a mugger and become completely broke. Pretty much all of this could have been avoided all together if Fred had realized the fact that Wilma wouldn't be ticked off and hidden the check in somewhere much easier, and less vulnerable to theft, to get to. (Like say, Barney's pocket for example.)
Metal Michelangelo: Xiaolin Showdown's "The Black Vipers" episode. The monks return to Texas to find a new shen gong wu, only to come across The Black Vipers, an all-girls motorcycle gang led by Clay's jealous little sister, Jessie. At the episode's climax, Clay ends up losing the showdown because he decided to save Jessie who promptly kicked him off his bike and won the showdown resulting in the monks losing all of their shen gong wu. What makes this episode a DMOS is when Jessie shows some remorse and sends Clay a letter while returning the shen gong wu. Jessie's letter says "Well big brother, it took me a while, but I finally beat you. Just so there's no hard feelings, I'm returning all of your warts (that's what Jessie was calling the shen gong wu) except for one I was hoping to borrow (the Wings of Tinabi). Clay could've easily won the showdown but chose to save his sister's life instead, therefore, Jessie won through cheating (even though that's allowed in the showdowns). The real DMOS was the fact that this episode was Clay's last solo showdown. After this episode, the only showdowns Clay participated in were when all 4 monks competed as a team. Also, what would happen if Jessie decided to keep every shen gong wu? This pretty much borders on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero for Clay.
TT 454: For me, the worst episode was "The Apprentice". In my opinion the episode is such a mess that it's almost irredeemable. Not only is the plot really silly - Wuya challenging Jack Spicer and Katnappe to compete for the role of her apprentice - but everything else stuffed into the episode doesn't work either. From the random, out-of-place re-appearance of the "U-Bots" to the disturbing, unnecessary acid trip sequence caused by the Woozy Shooter, and the painfully unfunny sub-plot involving Jack Spicer turning "good" and being hired to do a lot of chores for the monks (resulting in the predictable twist that he would run off) and one of the strangest Xiaolin Showdowns in the series (a game of "truth and lies"), the whole thing feels really slapped together and frankly insulting.
fluffything: The Looney Tunes Show. Good lords was the episode "The DMV" where Daffy, Lola, and Porky have to go to the DMV to get their driver's licenses an absolute mess. I couldn't even sit through the whole thing. That's how bad it was. Why? Let me count the ways. First, every character is holding the Idiot Ball. I can understand Lola not knowing what a driver's licence is since she's a bit dim-witted and crazy but Daffy? The guy makes a habit out of using fake names all the time! You'd think he'd have a fake licence or two lying around. Second, they use the exact. Same. Jokes. Within. The. Same. Ten. Minutes. The most prominent being characters not knowing what a driver's licence is and them switching their tests with Porky's resulting in him failing. There's lazy writing, and then there's just using copy-n-paste on a computer and switching a few names around to fill a half-hour series. For the love of Mel Blanc, I expect this kind of sloppy work form a latter-season episode of SpongeBob SquarePants or Family Guy. Not from this otherwise fun series.
fluffything: Codename: Kids Next Door: There is one moment I feel a good portion of the fandom would agree was the biggest WTF moment of the series. That of course being when they reveal that Heinrich, Numbah 5's main rival for several episodes is really a girl named "Henrietta". Let that sink in for a moment. Esentially, the episode "Operation: C.A.R.A.M.E.L." that shows this reveal centers around magical caramels that require someone to sacrifice a part of themselves to make them delicious (IE: Talent, personality, etc.). Heinrich, we are told, gave up beauty to make said caramels and blamed Numbah 5 for it ever since. Not only was it, apart from the vague "was once beautiful" line, never stated beforehand that Heinrich was really a girl, but not once did Numbah 5 ever mention she had a friend named Henrietta. The whole reveal comes completely out of nowhere and is so utterly ridiculous that it feels more like something out of a bad fanfic than an actual episode.
fluffything: Scaredy Squirrel: The episode involving the robot vacuum had one of the most blatant, idiotic, and utterly god-awful examples of Karma Houdini I've ever seen. Basically, the episode involves Scaredy purchasing a robot vacuum from a crocodile salesman (No, he's not a villain, surprisingly) and absolutely adoring it. This causes Dave to become jealous (Despite Dave knowing Scaredy is obsessed with cleaning and organization) and spills his drink onto the vacuum. This causes the vacuum to go berserk and summon an army of robot vacuums to terrorize the city. Let's review exactly who is at fault here in the episode. Absolutely none of the problems that occurred would've happened had it not been for Dave. And, what sort of punishment does Dave get for not only causing the vacuum to break but for breaking his best friend's prized possession? Absolutely nothing! That's right. Not once is Dave even called-out for his actions in the episode. He gets away with his actions. Scaredy, erm, maybe you should find friends who don't blatantly break your possessions and cause a city-wide disaster!
X Spectre Grey X: Justice League Unlimited, "Divided We Fall", an otherwise epic episode of an epic show has one. The conference the Justice League holds after the battle with Brainiac, specifically, Green Arrow's otherwise Crowning Moment Of Awesome, calling out the Justice League. He specifically addresses the Justice League the whole time, but he ends by specifically saying that the Justice League needs Superman... um, what's everyone else, chopped liver? Flash is the guy who beat Brainiac and is the morality pet. Batman is the one who indirectly stopped Brainiac downloading himself into a new body by being the guy who didn't turn himself in. If anything, he just showed how he was different from the rest of them. Because Supes didn't kill Lex? Yeah, but neither did anyone else. In fact, Superman was the only one to attempt it at all. I don't hate Superman, but that one line could've easily addressed the entire League and it wouldn't have lost anything other than the unnecessary focus on Superman. Also, afterwards, the line "who guards the guardians", Green Arrow's interpretation of the Latin phrase Batman says... to guard is to protect, is it not? So he basically said that he's the one who will protect the original seven... But the meaning, in this case at least, was definitely supposed to be 'who watches the watchmen', as a reference to Green Arrow's role as being the Morality Pet for the Justice League. Apparently, this is the more literal translation of the phrase, but anyone who doesn't know that will just be confused on the moral of the thing. Why did they not just say 'watchmen'? Could you not risk that reference? Would it be so bad to just speak the damn word? While it is a less accurate translation, in modern English it makes more sense. But no, let's instead go for awkward in an already awkward scene, thanks to the aforementioned Superman focus.
Troper/Silverblade2: "Epilogue": the reveal that Terry Mcginnis is sort of a clone of Bruce Wayne that Amanda Waller created in a ridiculously complex plan which more or less was intended to explain why he has black hair despite having both parents brown haired. Yes this would be awful as a fanfiction yet it is 100% canon. Putting aside the huge amount of Fridge Logic or the fact that Terry doesn't react when Amanda Waller reveals she planned to kill his parents, what makes me dislike the revelation is the fact that it underwhelms the premise of Batman Beyond where Terry had to work hard to be worthy of Batman's legacy but no, crap, he was always destined to be Batman.
Calamity2007: After some thinking I decided to add an episode of Teen Titans to this list. Specifically the final episode of the series, "Things Change". The episode itself wasn't bad, mind you, but due to the fact it was the last episode it rubbed me the wrong way. The episode basically features the Teen Titans going after this mysterious robotic creature who can change its body to match whatever material it came across, making it nearly impossible to incapacitate. Along the way Beast Boy finds this girl at school who looks like Terra and tries to find out if it is really her. When he does talk to her she denies it, but he brings her to different locations where he and Terra used to be, only to find Slade, or at least what Beast Boy think is Slade but is just a robot. After this ordeal though the girl refuses to talk to him telling him to move on and return to his team. Fade to White. Sounds like an awesome Cliff Hanger for a new season, raising some mysterious questions about Terra, Slade, and others... But again, this was the final episode. It didn't even show the Titans defeating the creature. Look, I can understand if there was some Executive Meddling that cancelled a potential season but the fact that they had a perfectly good Grand Finale in the previous episode but decided to make this the finale annoys me. Especially since Terra is one of my favorite characters in the show and opening this loose end without closure is aggravating. Yes, in the comics (of the show, not the original comics) it did reveal that girl was really Terra, but the fact that her ultimate fate is only in the supplementary material is still an annoying cop-out.
Lawand Disorder: The ending of "Titans Together" still bothers me. It was a standard 'fight all the enemies from the series at once' thing, and the way they solved it was to freeze them all with the Brotherhood of Evil's own machine and... that's it. They just close up the place and leave them. They villains are trapped in immobile solitary confinement for however long they can live like that, significantly worse than pretty well all of those villains deserved. It wouldn't have taken more than a couple seconds of animation time to show the police had been called and carted them off to jail, but instead it's evidently moral to do exactly what the villains were planning on as long you were the good guys originally.
gene0129: Originally, my dmos from Teen Titans Go! was Waffles, but then I remembered Staring At The Future, which was not only an insulting parody of How Long is Forever from the original series, but also showed how crude and selfish the new Beast Boy and Cyborg were. When they somehow stay still for 30 years resulting in the other titans getting the best outcome, they try to revert it for their own gain.
Captain Lhurgoyf: Now, let me make one thing perfectly clear. I love Axe Cop, I love the new animated series, and it really pains me to add it to the list, but there's no excuse for having the (male) bank robbers in "Zombie Island in Space" wear shirts that say "I <3 Men" on them. Even putting aside the Unfortunate Implications of making all the robbers gay, it was a pointless joke that didn't fit the tone of the show at all and had no reason to be in there, and I also found it very inappropriate to insert a crass homophobic joke into a show based on a story written by a child. The rest of the show displays a great sense of humour that fits the wacky-yet-innocuous feel of the comics perfectly, so why sink this low?
fluffything: Skunk Fu!: My DMOS is how Dragon (the main antagonist) turned evil in the first place. See, sometime prior to the start of the series, Dragon was good. The Heavens decide to test Dragon's loyalty by causing a drought in the valley. Dragon asks if he can use his water powers to save the valley, and the heavens respond by saying nothing. Here's where it starts to get stupid. The Heavens then punish Dragon because he decided to use his water powers to stop the drought. They then accuse Dragon of being arrogant and remove his water powers causing him to be in constant, burning pain from his fire powers. Ok, even if Dragon was acting cocky about saving everyone, he still used his powers for good. That doesn't exactly warrant a punishment for disobedience. Plus, Dragon didn't know he wasn't supposed to use his powers. It seems rather unfair to punish something if they don't know what they did wrong. Oh, but it gets even worse. How? Well, it's then stated that The Heavens knew that Dragon was going to turn evil and swear vengeance on the valley. So they punish him for trying to save the valley effectively causing him to turn evil and want revenge on everyone that lives there? What? This isn't You Can't Fight Fate. This is more like "Too lazy to change fate". And not once did The Heavens or any of the animals in the valley (including Dragon's best friend, Panda) even consider trying to prevent Dragon from turning evil? There was nothing stopping them from turning Dragon mortal or giving him amnesia. Heck, if The Heavens feared Dragon was going to be such a threat, why not just kill him? Oh, and to make matters even worse, not once do any of the animals in the village ever stand up for Dragon. Not once do they try to reason with The Heavens or try to justify his actions. With Friends Like These... is it any wonder he wants revenge?
RAZ: Most people feel that Ninja Turtles 2k3 fell apart during the Fast Forward or Back to the Sewers seasons, or in a few cases right before that with the Ninja Tribunal. I have to disagree: the show started losing steam as early as when Bishop was introduced. But I'm not here to argue about Seasonal Rot, and as much as I hate Bishop, his introduction isn't the real DMOS for me. No, the moment that ruined the show forever for me was the giant slap in the face that was Exodus. At the very end the Turtles prepare a huge Heroic Sacrifice ready to stop the Shredder. It's a real dramatic, borderline Tearjerker moment, and it gets utterly ruined thanks to the sudden copout rescue of Utroms borderline on Deus ex Machina levels. Everything turns out a-okay, the worst being that Leo gets a minor scar and some resulting Wangst to go with it for a couple episodes afterward before that's dropped too. It's especially insulting considering that previously the season had greatly foreshadowed that the Turtles would likely have to make some sort of great sacrifice to ultimately stop the Shredder for good, which is also a huge load of bull since he did in fact come back (meaning it was also a huge case of Lying Creator since everyone said he'd be gone for good after this). So I hope you take the lesson to heart kids: if things aren't going your way, some sort of huge out-of-nowhere save will come in and make everything just fine at the very last second!
The Lemster Pju: Viral is a villain that appears to be slowly growing in popularity, in spite of her limited screen time. So when she came back from the dead in the Back to the Sewer season, the writers had the chance to finally break the mold of having a Shredder-related antagonist each in season, and could have opened up some possiblities for having the first major female adversary for the turtles to not be associated with the Foot Clan. But nope, Viral dies in favor of introducing yet another Shredder as the central villain for the entire season. Wasted potential for such a unique character, replaced by basically a male version of her.
Tropers/newborncolt: You think that's bad? For me, Slappy Squirrel's big low point was the episode "Rest In Pieces". Long story short, Slappy's nemesis Walter Wolf sinks to the ultimate low in his near-century-long wave of schemes to get rid of her by faking his own death in order to make everybody start hating her for doing everything she ever did to him, including her nephew! Are you fucking kidding me?! Never mind the fact that considering Skippy's age, he was naïve enough to buy this story, but the way he was so quick to accuse her of being a "murderer" nearly made me lose all sympathy for the kid! Not to mention the fact that this reaction is coming from somebody who has admired and looked up to his awesome aunt and seen all her old cartoons long enough so sooner or later, he'd have to look past her nemeses' schemes! I can understand everybody else, especially those attending Walter's "funeral", being this hateful towards Slappy when Walter pulls such a stunt, but coming from her own nephew, the one who has little to no reason to doubt her through her years of experience, that is just terrible on so many levels! That entire reason alone is why I hate this episode with a passion! And I don't care that Walter got found out and chased away at the end; it does not save this episode from being this cruel to poor Slappy!
Austin DR: I like the show WordGirl, however, I'm often bewildered by the town's stupidity. For this list, however, the one moment from the show that really irked me was the episode "Victoria is the best... WordGirl"? After Becky/WordGirl successfully defeated another villain, our news reporter Scoops sees WordGirl going around the corner and Victoria Best walks out of the direction Word Girl went thus making Scoops implicate that Victoria was Word Girl. *Face palm*. Okay, first off, Word Girl has dark skin, doesn't wear her hair in matching ponytails, and her face is pretty much exposed to viewing. How can Scoops possibly think that Victoria was Word Girl with these facts? It seemed like they just made the characters even dumber for this episode to work. This is possibly the one episode I won't see again anytime soon.
Maths Angelic Version: I didn't like Tangled, and the climax is a main reason for that. Basically, Gothel has Rapunzel Bound and Gagged(wtf?) how the hell did an old woman overpower the young and competent Rapunzel anyway? and has mortally wounded Eugene. Rapunzel tells about how she'll never stop fighting Gothel, which is awesome... until she promises to stay with Gothel forever if she's allowed to heal Eugene. It's clearly supposed to be heartwarming when she gives up her freedom for the man she loves, but it falls apart when you think it through. Gothel has shown repeatedly that she doesn't give a damn about anyone but herself, and there's no reason whatsoever to believe that she'll change her ways. If anything, killing Eugene and blaming Rapunzel for it pushed her over the Moral Event Horizon. She has demonstrated that she's a liar and a murderer, which means that attempting to negotiate with her is very idiotic. Thus, Gothel will probably just go back and kill Eugene later, rendering Rapunzel's sacrifice worthless. It's made even worse by the fact that Rapunzel can never escape because she's irrationally committed to her promises, even though keeping that one will ruin her life without accomplishing anything except for prolonging the life of an abuser that doesn't deserve to live. Why the hell is this supposed to show a positive quality and not a Fatal Flaw? Even if we assume that Gothel is too lazy to go back and kill Eugene, it's implied that she'll leave him chained up in the tower. Which means that he'll be stuck there and die of dehydration in a few painful days/weeks anyway. This also takes away the selflessness of Eugene's "Heroic Sacrifice" explanation cutting Rapunzel's hair to prevent her from healing him. If he would otherwise spend his last days/weeks being tormented to death by dehydration and starvation (or waiting for Gothel to come back and kill him), why not save himself this drawn-out suffering and let his wound kill him? Also, this action is kind of stupid as well because if he cuts Rapunzel's hair, nothing is left to prevent Gothel from killing her. It's probably a better fate than having to stay with Gothel forever, and Rapunzel kind of asked for it by being stupid enough to make a promise when she could have suggested the deal to Gothel without promising anything, but still. Neither he nor the audiencenote To be fair, there's a scene in the opening where Gothel cuts some of Rapunzel's hair while touching it and ages a little as a result of it. It's hardly noticeable, especially the first time, and it might as well have been just something Gothel imagined as she believed the flower's healing powers would never be hers again. Gothel aging rapidly when Eugene cuts the hair while she's touching it still makes as much sense as saving yourself from a snakebite by killing the snake that bit you. Touching the snake as it's killed may or may not be necessary. had any way of predicting the No Immortal Inertia that kills Gothel almost immediately after the cutting of the hair. After that, Eugene dies, Rapunzel whines a littlenote Yes, she has a legitimate reason to be sad. I just put it that way to emphasize that she has screwed up royally and gets a solution for free; i.e. she doesn't have to work for it or anything., then another Deus ex Machina revives him. Apparently, this was supposed to be awesome. Nice job, Disney.
Maths Angelic Version: Even though Kronk's New Groove wasn't as good as the first film, I didn't find it bad at all. The one moment I hate is when the naked Rudy busts into Kronk's house and asks for more of Yzma's youth potion. I understand that Disney wanted to show that Rudy is badly addicted to the stuff, but having him selling his clothes and making the scene Fan Disservice was unnecessary and squicky. It also demeans Rudy as a character. Why couldn't Disney at least have made him "borrow" a carpet (or something like that) and wrap it around himself? That would have kept some of his dignity and wouldn't have interfered with anything else in the film.
RAZ: While DuckTales has been a childhood favorite of mine and still holds up surprisingly well decades later, I've found myself having trouble watching "New Gizmo Kids on the Block", mainly because it flat out throws Webby's Mary Sue status into the viewer's face. Huey, Dewey, and Louie all get to hold the Idiot Ball and are reduced to petty, squabbling morons who can't work together all so Webby can be "Little Miss Perfect" and save the day like usual. What's really insulting though is how Fenton is treated: Previous episodes in the series cemented him as both a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass who despite some of his eccentricities and the general abuse he receives could also be extremely competent even without using his Gizmo-Duck suit. Here, he's portrayed as being completely helpless and of no use to anyone as long as he doesn't have his suit. So that's four characters derailed all to make Webby look good.
Woddor: I think Camp Lazlo is one of the better shows to come out of CN's Dork Age in the mid 2000s, but one episode that I will never defend is "Meatman". This was an episode that deliberately wanted the viewers to have nightmares. Lazlo and friends annoy the chef, so his response is to give them "mystery meat". After a few go-nowhere jokes, the meat comes alive, attacks the campers, KILLS Chef McMusely, and almost eats Lazlo when it is revealed that the entire thing was a campfire story. Except not, because then Lazlo's nose is made of meat in real life. So kids, your favorite characters are now dead! Happy?
TheSnowSquirrel: Say what you will about Loonatics Unleashed, but one episode that I just can't stand is "The Cloak of Black Velvet". Why? Because, the story begins with Danger Duck making a deal with Tech E. Coyote that if he can go a week without using any technological gadgets, Tech has to buy him a fancy new costume. If Duck looses, he buys the outfit for Tech. Later on the Villian Of The Week shows up, builds a machine to black out the sun, plus kidnaps and brainwashes none other than Tech to help her. The rest of the gang show up but no one is able to snap Tech out of his trance. Other than Duck, after he gets the idea to use his cell phone's annoying ringtone. At the end of the episode, Tech suddenly shows up in the costume Duck wanted, and smugly says he went ahead and ordered it since he won the bet. Duck tries to explain that he only used his phone to help save Tech, and without him doing so, the world would be doomed. What do Ace and Lexi do? Just stand there with smirks and tease him about how he should call Zadavia and tell her, if he can get a good cell signal. Look, I would have accepted an ending where everyone thanks Duck, and then Tech walks in in the new costume claiming that even if he saved him, he still lost the bet. But this ending... I get that Duck's a jerk and the show's Butt Monkey, but the whole team being thoroughly Ungrateful Bastards to him like that is just over doing it.
I Am Not Beast: The first episode of Code Lyoko, "Teddygozilla". Instead of starting at the beginning, the show just jumps into the middle of the story without any explanation. Why is there a girl trapped in a computer? How can a computer program manipulate reality? How did the main characters find out about Lyoko to begin with? If the main heroes can travel back and forth from the game world, why can't they free the trapped girl using the same device? Who is this "Xana" they keep mentioning? What is Xana's motivation? Why is there a computer world? Why do the characters look different in the computer world? Why did time reset at the end? These are all questions that were running through my head when first viewing "Teddygozilla". I can only imagine how it was received back in 2003 when it premiered. Back then, there was no "Rise of XANA" two-parter, so there was no explanation for any of the things that happen in the first episode. The worst part of "Teddygozilla" was probably the lack of focus on the main characters. Instead, the episode focuses on some random girl with a teddy bear. In the first episode of the whole series. Then at the halfway point, the episode suddenly started putting more focus on what had essentially been background characters.