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

In-story, the sudden change in behavior can have a variety of reasons. Sometimes they're mundane everyday reasons such as merely having a bad day and can include longer-term ones such as intense levels of stress over an extensively period of time. Others could because of certain scenarios; maybe that one activity just has them their patience. Sometimes the JerkassBall is a more literal thing, such as alcohol and the character in question being a mean drunk. Of course, supernatural, paranormal or abnormal items being the literal JerkassBall is common too; the portrayal of Superman under the effects of Red Kryptonite is an example.

If done to deliberately take TheStraightMan or NiceGuy down a peg, it counts as NotSoAboveItAll.

AcquiredSituationalNarcissism is a specific ego centered example of this trope.

May overlap with NotHimself, NiceJobBreakingItHero, DependingOnTheWriter and ComedicSociopathy. If done in a particularly exaggerated manner that in no way befits their normal characterization it is likely an OutOfCharacterMoment or a MomentOfWeakness. If the character has not actually become a Jerkass, but merely presented that way, it's {{Superdickery}}. Not to be confused with the [[Series/ChappellesShow Haters' Ball]].

Despite being a temporary change of personality plot wise, characters can eventually snap themselves out of it, leading them to an apology and/or a reconcilement scenario between the other characters during the plot.



[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ranma's dad Genma was always a bit of a careless jerk, but definitely took a level with the introduction of the Nekoken (a super-secret technique that can only be taught by torturing children), turning him from BumblingDad to insane, nightmare dad. It's also a case of NeverLiveItDown, since he rarely does anything else that approaches that level of horrific stupidity.
* In the ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' 2014 reboot episode "Noby the Robot", Noby firmly grasps the ball as he shirks all responsibilities by making miniature robot versions of his friends and bossing them around. Of course, this ends badly for him and his mom [[DeniedFoodAsPunishment denies supper until he pulls all of the weeds himself like she asked]].
* As much as the ''Anime/JuuniSenshiBakuretsuEtoRanger'' tend to [[TeethClenchedTeamwork get on each others' nerves already]], the team was collectively being cruel even by ''their'' standards during the first part of Episode 5, as the show wanted Tart to feel the need to change into her HotterAndSexier Second Form.
-->'''Hols:''' Tart! Hurry up and move that big butt of yours off me, somewhere else!\\
'''Tart:''' What? Well, I'm sorry my butt is big! Leave me alone!\\
'''Nyorori:''' Telling a lady her butt is big is terribly rude nyorori.\\
'''Hols:''' But it's true!\\
'''Bakumaru:''' So, then, [[DiggingYourselfDeeper the one with the big butt didn't mean to say that]]... let's find the Ugly Duckling!\\
'''Bakumaru:''' What do you think, Tart?\\
'''Tart:''' (''InnerMonologue'') No matter what, my butt is big]]...\\
'''Bakumaru:''' What is it? Are you still worked up over what happened earlier?\\
'''Urii:''' What happened earlier?\\
'''Nyorori:''' Yeah, it's ugly, nyorori.\\
'''Hols:''' Yeah, it's ugly.\\
'''Tart:''' (''growls'') I'll always be the ugly, big-butt bird! You guys' constant chatter is irritating. Hmmph...\\
'''Bakumaru:''' Hey! Wait, Tart!... Jeez, acting all saucy... Who are you? The one calling herself ugly, big-butt, and hysterical?\\
'''Urii:''' You added one more.\\
'''Bakumaru:''' ... ah, did I?...
* Even after Sakura's CharacterDevelopment in the manga, the ''{{Naruto}}'' fillers tend to ignore that for the sake of comedy.
* Throughout Year 2 of ''Manga/AmazingAgentLuna'', Luna, Francesca, and Oliver all grip it tightly at various points for a variety of reasons, from FantasticRacism towards the [[BuffySpeak science-y]] to feelings of near-total abandonment.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'' hands the ball to several heroes, making them increasingly violent and sadistic in their efforts to track down criminals. The worst of them is Ray Palmer, who [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique tortures information out of Killer Moth]] by shrinking to a microscopic size, entering his brain and enlarging slightly to simulate a stroke--the same method Jean Loring used to kill Sue Dibny.
* ''Superman Distant Fires'' had Captain Marvel not only become arrogant and power-hungry, but the main villain of the comic, trying to kill Superman for leadership. Keep in mind that Captain Marvel is usually one of the more kindly DC Superheroes. Though then again, this was an independent comic and was never canon. [[spoiler: The Earth blowing up and EVERYONE dying (except Superman's son) at the end should be a clue]]
* In ''[[ComicBook/GreenLantern Green Lantern: Rebirth]]'', after Parallax, the cosmic horror living embodiment of fear, has started wreaking havoc on Earth, the recently returned Hal Jordan gets ready to lead the rest of the Earth Lanterns against it... and Batman stops him... because we had to have Hal punch Batman. Sure, Bruce doesn't trust Hal... but in this case, he'd let it slide!


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'': The usually nice titular character was rather mean to his sister Jenna at the beginning of Darke, for ostensibly no reason other than to disregard her warnings about a building danger in the Palace.
* There's a point in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' where Tash starts pulling away from and being more mean to her brother, which confuses him; since their parents died she's halfway been PromotedToParent, halfway a partner in their close BrotherSisterTeam. Partly this serves to get her involved in the plot, but it's also partly because Tash is almost fourteen, growing up and not ''needing'' to be as close anymore. She quickly softens and apologizes for being mean, but while they stay close, in later books there's more distance between them than in the first six.
* One of the reasons why ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' is a ContestedSequel is because of Harry's more abrasive characterization. When he's not brooding, he's yelling at his friends and teachers, and [[spoiler: breaking up with Cho]] for [[WhatTheHellHero calling out Hermione]] on [[spoiler: permanently disfiguring her friend for cracking under pressure against Umbridge]]. In this case, the reason is due to intense levels of stress with [[spoiler: the return of Voldemort and more prominently, being left in the dark about it... not to mention the Ministry more or less conspiring to keep everyone in the dark about it.]] It's also implied that a large bit of it is pent-up aggression from the events with the past 4 books. In the early chapters, he gives a colossal rant to Ron and Hermione about everything he dealt with and how he's left in the dark since [[spoiler: Voldemort's return despite being a prime target and fully knowing what the dark wizard can do.]]


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', red kryptonite is Clark's personal JerkassBall.
* Captain Archer from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' played around with the JerkAss ball in the episode "A Night In Sickbay", rudely dismissing the idea of the Kreetassans being insulted because Porthos relieved himself on a tree (the fact that he brought his dog on a strange alien planet is a bit looney in itself), whining because they won't give them the plasma Injector that they need without him apologizing first, threatening to whiz on their trees himself, and berating everybody around him. The story writes in that this is because of his sexual tension with T'Poi. His abrasive behavior is one of the reasons why this episode is disliked by many, though YMMV.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Agent Mulder seems to be holding the Jerkass Ball in [[Recap/TheXFilesS01E13BeyondTheSea "Beyond The Sea"]]. He's compassionate enough and he genuinely feels for Scully who is dealing with the loss of her father. He actually calls her [[LastNameBasis Dana]] several times and suggests her some time off. But he also mocks her for only slightly tending to believe in Boggs, a SerialKiller with PsychicPowers, even though that's something [[AgentMulder he does all the time]]. Moreover, he reproaches her for following Boggs's leads (suggesting that it is foolish) and then for not admitting the truth to the investigating team (implying that she is not honest). When she returns to her usual rational explanation at the end, Mulder backs off and asks her why she cannot believe after all she has seen. He was seriously messing with her, probably still not trusting her entirely. Mind you, Agent Scully was originally assigned on the X-Files Unit to spy on him and to debunk his work, but they were seen working well together in episodes that preceded this one.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''- There's one part in season three where Fabian rejects Joy. Being the [[NiceGuy nicest guy in the house]] next to Alfie, one would expect him to let her down gently like he'd done all throughout season two. Instead he rejected her in an incredibly harsh way, leaving her utterly heartbroken and to quit Sibuna.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has a short list of those who played with this ball... Buffy Summers, Dawn Summers, Xander Harris, Willow Rosenberg, Rupert Giles, Angel, Spike, Oz, Tara Maclay, Riley Finn, Anya... examples include going off the rails from trauma, anger at the actions of another character, being a BrattyHalfPint or needing to ShootTheDog, or NotHimself, or TokenEvilTeammate, to cut a very long story short Creator/JossWhedon's SignatureStyle is RuleOfDrama and happiness is boring, anything to twist the knife and twist the characters to pull this off will be done.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the William Hartnell serial "The Reign of Terror", Ian makes a sarcastic comment about the Doctor's driving skills. The Doctor suddenly forgets all of the CharacterDevelopment he's had since the series starts and announces that he's going to just dump Ian and Barbara in wherever the next place they land as punishment for being ungrateful.
** In "The Daemons", the Third Doctor becomes quite uncharacteristically nasty, in particular aggressively bullying a UNIT technician for only having twentieth-century scientific knowledge, and encouraging Jo to make fun of the Brigadier but then coldly accusing her of insubordination. It's probably meant to be because of how genuinely scared he is of Azal, but this isn't explicitly stated in the story.
** In "The Brain of Morbius" the Doctor forces Sarah to continue helping him investigate Solon's experiment despite the fact that she was recently blinded and is freaking out and begging him to take her back to the TARDIS. The story even gives him a good excuse not to go back to the TARDIS anyway since the Sisterhood stole it, but this isn't mentioned by anyone and the TARDIS isn't even shown heavily in the scene of their escape from the Sisterhood, making it come across as if he's putting Sarah into a dangerous situation out of sheer lack of caring.
* ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'''s Frakle grabs onto of it in the episode "Girl Meets Crazy Hat", when he decides to make muffins made of nothing but sugar.
* A first-season episode of ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has Gordon catch it after practically the whole GCPD abandons him to Zsasz, to the point where he actively screws over one cop at one point in the episode.
* In one episode[[note]]"Spirit of the Tiger"[[/note]] of ''Series/PowerRangersSuperMegaforce'', a MonsterOfTheWeek steals the team's weapons. This causes Troy to inexplicably suffer from this trope, chastizing the rest of his team for letting go of their weapons for the majority of the episode (despite the fact that the team is still able to fight using the powers of [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]) - something he continues to do even after Jake and Gia learn from [[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Casey Rhodes]] how to use some kung-fu. Although ''Megaforce'' is often criticized for being a ShotForShotRemake of both ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' and ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''[[note]]the former providing the footage for ''Megaforce'' and a few episodes of ''Super Megaforce'', and the latter providing the footage for the majority of ''Super Megaforce''[[/note]], it's worth noting that this is something that ''wasn't'' in the latter at all, since while Marvelous (Troy's sentai counterpart) was annoyed by the events of the corresponding episode in the Sentai, he didn't take it out on his fellow Gokaigers.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The [[Awesome/VideoGameBosses highly acclaimed]] boss fight against Mister Freeze in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' only occurs due to both characters suffering from this trope. Batman is dying from The Joker's infected blood, and Mr Freeze is the only one able to create a cure, so they work together. Upon getting Freeze what he needs to complete the cure, Freeze suddenly decides to destroy one of the two phials and use the only remaining one to blackmail Batman into finding his wife Nora. Instead of simply agreeing to this (which he ''promised to do anyway'' earlier), Batman attacks him, forcing Mr Freeze to go all-out in self-defense. They immediately go back to being allies after the fight and never mention it again, and thanks to their fight, Harley Quinn steals the cure.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' Chapter 31 "Fire Spike", the cool-headed and stoic Annie argues with much-less-cool-headed Reynardine, beginning with copying her friend Kat's homework, effectively leading to revealing to him a secret that her mother has kept from him her entire life, one that Annie had learned about not 10 minutes ago. She [[ harshly hammers the nail into him about it]] for little reason until he retaliates in frustration by making what is essentially TheReveal to her. Annie generally never acts this way and doesn't have much reason other than being visibly frustrated previously, but as a whole she's generally stoic.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* This happens on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' on a regular basis due to the [[AnAesop Aesop]]-centric formula of the show. Some particularly glaring examples are:
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster "The Ticket Master"]], when Twilight receives a ticket to the Grand Galloping Gala, [[EveryoneChasingYou everypony starts to chase her for it]] [[TrueCompanions including her friends-]] yes, even [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Fluttershy]].
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip "Bridle Gossip"]] when [[TokenMinority Zecora, a zebra]] comes to town and is the victim of [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Racism]] by everypony (including the Mane 6 minus [[OnlySaneMan Twilight and Applebloom).]] Applebloom later follows Zecora home to see if the racism is justified and the Mane 6 try to get her back. HilarityEnsues.
** Discord, the BigBad of the Season 2 Premiere has the power to ''{{Invoke|dTrope}}'' this trope on others.
*** In the same premiere, Twilight seemed to be holding it because she lost patience with her corrupted friends; when Spike had practical concerns such as Rainbow Dash, who was corrupted at the time, being missing, Twilight doesn't care at all about it and makes him take her place in the Elements of Harmony ritual. [[EpicFail This fails for obvious reasons]].
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000"]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Ponyville's insensitivity and impatience almost costs the Apple Family their livelihood.]] In all fairness, the Apple family were also being inconsiderate to their customers, what with making them stand in line all day only to sell out early and leave the ponies in the back empty handed (er, hooved). Would it have killed them to raise the price? Or set up a pre-order system? Or at least limit the amount of cider per customer per day so Pinkie Pie couldn't walk off with a whole load while the others go thirsty?
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown "Putting Your Hoof Down"]] Angel treats Fluttershy like crap, forcing her to go to the market so he can eat his favorite foods. Once there [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts everypony hates her guts]] and tries to take advantage of her. For example a cherry costs her 10 bits but when another pony buys another cherry it costs only 2 bits. Tomatoes are now 2 bits rather than the one they were yesterday. Fluttershy gets assertiveness training from a visiting motivational speech-giving Minotaur, but eventually goes mad with her newfound assertiveness and starts bullying anyone who so much as vaguely inconveniences her. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone She snaps out of it]] when she manages to make her friends cry as a result.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero "Lesson Zero"]], where the usually reasonable and fair-natured Twilight Sparkle has an outright SanitySlippage from being tardy in writing a friendship letter, and resorts to causing a problem in order to have material. The other [[FanNickname Mane 6]] bouncing with the ball laugh at her problem and tell her she is overreacting.
** Held by Pinkie Pie in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E14FilliVanilli "Filli Vanilli]]," where she is ''really'' InnocentlyInsensitive about Fluttershy's severe stage fright. She is called out on this by the rest of the cast though. What makes this more noticeable is that an early episode showed her pranking all of her friends ''except'' for Fluttershy, because she was aware that Fluttershy might be too sensitive to handle it, a level of consideration she rarely ever shows again. Also her behavior in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]] did NOT help make Princess Luna feel comfortable around her subjects in Ponyville, only managing to make ponies more afraid of the now reformed Princess, though she tries to justify her behavior by claiming she was only pretending to be scared in order to get into the Nightmare Night[[note]]this show's version of Halloween[[/note]] spirit.
** It's also held by Spike in the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess "Secret of My Excess"]], where he ends up being overcome by a dragon's hoarding instinct and starts abusing the fact that it's his birthday to try and get free stuff from people until it eventually gets out of control and [[MakeMyMonsterGrow causes him to become a huge, savage dragon]].
** Rainbow Dash holds it occasionally. Some notable examples are a lot of early S1 and S2 episodes where she is very abrasive to her friends, and doesn't seem to care about anyone but herself. One glaring example of this is in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell "The Mysterious Mare Do Well"]], though the Mane Five's behaviour in that episode when trying to get RD to learn a lesson in humility could also count as a JerkassBall moment for them, as well. This is to show she's flawed, and she ''does'' have plenty of moments where she is nothing short of nice. It's possible her being abrasive could simply be a JerkassFacade as well.
** The Wonderbolts in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E10RainbowFalls "Rainbow Falls"]]. Hoo boy... Not only do they not visit their teammate in the hospital, but they outright replace him with Rainbow Dash. This has led to much backlash against Spitfire.
** Applejack in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E9HonestApple "Honest Apple"]], where she's tasked with critiquing the practicality of some fashion designs and ends up offending everyone who made them by not tactfully filtering her opinions. This has been regarded an out-of-character episode for the normally reserved and humble Applejack, who usually isn't so gung-ho with abrasive and harsh criticism.
* Nearly every ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' character is prone to this based on RuleOfFunny. Lois and Brian, who by default are somewhat straight-faced and fairly empathetic characters, can become selfish, vindictive and outright sociopathic jerks if it helps with the shock value comedy. To a lesser extent Seth [=McFarlane=]'s [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad other]] [[WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow works]] are prone to this as well.
* Some of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts employ this. It's often Tom who's being the bad one, but Jerry sometimes gets it, in order to justify [[TeamRocketWins Tom winning]].
* Combination of this an IdiotBall in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', Rufus is usually extremely obedient and friendly to the point of [[TastesLikeDiabetes being saccharine]]. Whenever the plot calls for the Urpneys to steal the Dreamstone however, he seems to gain an arrogant streak, disobeying the Dream Maker's orders and messing with the stone so as to give the villains an opening.
* Stan and Kyle of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' are usually {{Only Sane M|an}}en to the craziness of the world around them, and act as more moralistic foils to Cartman. At times however, often when Cartman is not in a starring role, they can act rather selfish or immoral, having nothing against using similar bullying or conniving tactics as Cartman to get what they want. This is more toned down in later seasons, though still pops up every now and then.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', much akin to ''Friendship Is Magic'', utilizes this often for [[AnAesop Aesop]] value. This is especially prominent in later episodes, where even formally wise and kind engines like Edward can suddenly gain bouts of AcquiredSituationalNarcissism or FantasticRacism.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' has a couple of instances:
** In "Queasy Rider", the resident ExtremeDoormat NiceGuy PJ is shown laughing at his friend, Max, after Max was humiliated. Later, after Max is being somewhat rude to him, PJ deliberately sets an overflowing hose off on Max. It's not unheard of for PJ to [[BewareTheNiceOnes get revenge]], but it usually requires more provocation, and regardless of circumstances, he otherwise never does anything worse ''[[UndyingLoyalty to Max]]'' than be [[BrutalHonesty brutally honest]].
** "Bringin' on the Rain" takes a character who's ''already'' consistently a {{Jerkass}}, Pete, and turns his {{Jerkass}}ery UpToEleven. He likes to mistreat his neighbor, Goofy and his son, PJ, but he generally doesn't do both in the same episode, and when he does, the offense to one is small or subtle; sometimes he won't blatantly torment either one. In this episode he is crueler than usual to ''both'' of them: [[ItMakesSenseInContext deliberately getting Goofy arrested for "two consecutive life terms" just so he could win a gardening contest]] and forcing PJ to do difficult manual labor during a drought while consciously depriving him of fluids. He has no remorse for any of his actions, only relenting about Goofy's treatment once caught, and acknowledging PJ's as if it weren't a problem ''twice''. In the end, his [[LaserGuidedKarma punishment]] is left up to the viewer's imagination.
** In "Inspector Goofy", Goofy, Peg, and PJ all carry one. Goofy for engaging in SelectiveEnforcement after promising not to, Peg by having no sympathy when said selective enforcement results in Pete getting kicked out of the house and taunting him with food, and PJ for using one of his two lines to suggest selling Pistol to the circus. This is more jarring if you think that Goofy and PJ are typically the ''nicest'' characters on the show. In particular, Goofy usually doesn't do anything deliberately mean, and PJ almost never strikes first and seldom strikes back. While Peg can be ruthless in enforcing her rules, she typically doesn't do anything blatantly cruel.
* Bubbles from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is typically sweet as pie, with the exception of the episode "Bubblevicious", when [[AllCrimesAreEqual she starts beating up citizens for minor offenses]].
** For those wanting context, the episode centers on Bubbles becoming frustrated with how her sisters and the professor babying her. She sets to prove them wrong by taking the training simulator UpToEleven and after some initial trouble, she proceeds to crush the monsters of the simulation and she becomes much more aggressive. She calms down and reverts to her old self when her sisters stop babying her and admit she's hardcore.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' episode "The Tick Vs Arthur", Arthur is tired of being weak and being everyone's punching bag, so he steals villain Baron Violent's belt which gives him his super strength. At first he uses it for good, but after a while, he begins to abuse it, demanding respect and free things from everyone. When the Tick tries to interfere, Arthur beats him up. Eventually, after some convincing from his girlfriend, Carmalita, Arthur realizes what a jerk he's become and destroys the belt.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "The Boys of Bummer", everyone in Springfield other than the Simpsons holds the ball when they torment Bart just for missing a game-winning catch in a baseball game, even going so far as to goad him into committing suicide.
** In the episode "Separate Vocations" has Lisa turn into a Bad Girl stealing textbooks, smoking in class, and telling her teacher to "Shove it"; inversely, the same episode has Bart becoming a good kid. Which he has to forsake to bring his sister back and induce the Status Quo.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode where Gus accidentally kicks their one good ball over the fence, Mikey is only one of his direct friends who gives him a hard time about it, even though he's supposed to be one of the nicer kids.
** Then there was the episode where Gus temporarily became King and the power went to his head. Changing the name Kickball to Gusball, changing the school's anthem into a personal vanity song, and imprisoning everyone for the slightest offense, especially when not agreeing to mining for cookies. And if anyone dare try to explain that cookies don't grow in the ground it only makes him more psychotic.
* The early ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' special ''He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown!'' let nearly the entire cast hold it. Highlights include Snoopy actually physically attacking Charlie Brown and Linus, Peppermint Patty treating Snoopy as a slave, and even Charlie Brown himself at one point nearly strangling Snoopy with a leash!
* The rather [[BrokenBase infamous]] episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', "Clash," had Superman take firm hold of the Jerkass Ball, becoming uncharacteristically irrational and antagonistic towards new league member Captain Marvel.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Hero", Nicole and Anais become [[AbusiveParents flat-out abusive]], denying Gumball and Darwin necessities such as food and use of the shower, along with trying to brain them with cement cupcakes, just because they were complaining about their father at school.
** "The Words" sees Darwin, very reminiscently of Fluttershy from My Little Pony, take a lesson in assertiveness too far when he ends up hurting everyone else's feelings when he begins airing out his pet peeves he has with them. It takes Gumball giving him a literal verbal smackdown to get him [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone to see the error of his ways]].
* During the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' episode, "If You Can't Take the Heat..." DJ is shown picking on Harold along with Geoff and Duncan, despite the fact that he's ordinarily a contender for the nicest character on the show. Notably, the next episode features Duncan and Geoff picking on Harold without him. Geoff to a lesser extent, as most of the time outside of this arc ([[TookALevelInJerkass in season one at least]]), he's shown to be nice, if not quite as nice as DJ.
* To be brief, the characters of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' seemed to pass around the Jerkass Ball like a hot potato in the post-movie episodes. That is, until Stephen Hillenburg came back to the show and undid everything, including the CharacterDerailment.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': The plot of "The Great Fairy Share Scare" seems to require Timmy to be an incredibly selfish {{Jerkass}} in order to make the plot work. This is pretty glaring as he had been seeing some CharacterRerailment after being a jerk in some of the previous seasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Normally the nice girl, Nazz gets this from time to time, the most jarring example is in the episode "To Sir With Ed", when she humiliates Eddy in his house when she was supposed to be babysitting him. She also ''always'' laughs along with the other kids when the Eds are humiliated, but this probably is more about her being NotSoAboveItAll.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
** Arnold, who's normally a nice kid who acts as TheConscience to his peers, has taken the JerkassBall on occasion. The most notable incidents are in "New Teacher" and especially "Egg Story".
*** In "New Teacher", Arnold's teacher Ms. Slovak retires from teaching and is replaced with Mr. Simmons. Although Simmons is a nice man who is very passionate about teaching, the students don't like him very much due to his effeminate personality, so they decide to bully him to the point that he quits. Not only does Arnold not object to it, he joins in on it!
*** In "Egg Story", Arnold and Helga are partnered together to care for an egg as an exercise in parenting. Helga, rather than be a LovingBully to Arnold, decides to try and be nice to him for once. Before she can, Arnold rips her a new asshole, telling Helga that he is done tolerating her abuse (understandable, but Helga hasn't done anything bad to him up to this point) that he doesn't like her (obviously untrue, since Arnold has admitted to liking Helga in the past and knows that [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold she's not a bad person deep down]]) and would rather work with anyone else but her (they've successfully worked together several times before this episode, aside from the "Biosquare" project). While it was probably done as Karmic Retribution to Helga for all the times she was mean to Arnold, [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic Arnold is so much of a dick in this episode that it's difficult to take his side]]. Helga gets furious and rightfully calls Arnold a "big, dumb jerk." The two spend the rest of the episode arguing as a result.
** Phoebe takes the Jerkass Ball in "Hall Monitor" after Helga teaches her to stop being an ExtremeDoormat so that she can be a better hall monitor (Helga being the former Hall monitor.) Phoebe takes it way too far, and has to be talked down by Helga at the end of the episode.