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Note: The following shows below have caused so many Wall Bangers, they have their own pages:
A minor one in ''Broadcast Wagstaff School News: Mr. Grant tells Tammy to get Tina's Mad Pooper story. So Tammy shows everyone what it might look like if actual surveillance footage of Tina being the Mad Pooper would look like by "reenacting" it by dressing up as Tina and what it might look like if there was a confessional video by piecing together words from Tina's video about the Mad Pooper. Even though Tammy was only speaking hypothetically and had no evidence to prove it, everyone still believes it was Tina. Thankfully, at the end it was revealed that the Mad Pooper was really Zeke, and Tammy apologizes for any false accusations that Tina was the Mad Pooper.
If Zeke's family moves around a lot, then why would that be a reason for him to not get in trouble?
The Kids Rob a Train: Gene, Rudy and Tina are waiting for Louise to come with the chocolate. Rudy tells Louise to give him the chocolate so he can pull her up and not have to lift up both of them at once because that would be too heavy. However, this causes Tina, Gene and Rudy to get pulled out as well. When they fall out of the train, they wait for it to come around and back. Later, when it does come back, they climb onto the back ledge of the juice caboose and climb back into the bathroom window. Uh... if they could climb up to the juice caboose and back into the bathroom window here, then Louise could have done that before when she first got the chocolates from the train kitchen 15 minutes ago, unless she still needed Rudy to pull them up for her first, or Louise, Gene, Rudy and Tina could have just followed the train and got onto the juice caboose when they fell out in the first place and it was moving slower so they wouldn't have to worry about Ethan finding them with the chocolates or finding out that they're not there.
In I Get Psy-chic Out of You, Linda believes that she is a psychic. One of her predictions was that Mike the mailman would win a shrimp-eating contest. However, later Mike says that not only did he not win, but there was no shrimp-eating contest and now he owes the Shrimp Hut 200 dollars for the shrimp that he ate. Basically, this implies that he ate $200 worth of shrimp without knowing that there wasn't a shrimp-eating contest, when he could have found out when he got there BEFORE he ate all of that shrimp.
Codename: Kids Next Door
The episode where Numbuh 4's family are sent to live on the fake moon. Basically, in that episode it's revealed that the Apollo Moon Landing missions were faked because the KND can't let adults know about their Moon Base. Okay, this show does have a Conspiracy Kitchen Sink, but there are two problems with this. One is that the evil adults already know about the existence of the Moon Base so all they're doing is preventing the progress of humanity, as benign adults are the ones interested in space travel, which would also benefit children, and also, the more extreme problem is that it's explained that the Kids Next Door created a fake moon on Earth that they somehow managed not only to redirect all the rockets towards, but every single adult in both the American and Soviet space programs fell for it without question. This is despite the fact that the astronauts' radio transmissions would have given the location away. Then, once Numbuh 4 wants to rejoin his friends, the higher-ups engineer an "alien invasion" consisting of broomsticks with buckets on top, which the adults mistake for real aliens, so the adult space program decides to nuke the moon. What happens next is possibly the absolute lowest point in the series. The Kids Next Door destroy their fake moon site (after everyone is evacuated, of course) and then send a fake video to the adult space program which consists of a live action clip of Numbuh 3 popping a balloon. And the adults believe the balloon is the real moon. I know that this series has one of the strongest Extra Strength Masquerades in existence, but come on.
There's also the bit of Fridge Logic that suggests that since they don't want adults to know about the moon base, they must have no idea what a telescope does.
By the way, don't they ever worry about someone seeing the moon from their telescope? Maybe they have some mind ray that made everyone forget about telescopes if no one has ever seen the moon base with a telescope.
I doubt one structure, even one so massive, can be seen from Earth. Even then, it probably has a cloaking field.
A) Many evil adults rely on the same masquerade the KND rely on, and those who don't would hardly count as reliable witnesses (would you listen to some crazy dentist BatmanExpy if he told you about a giant treehouse on the moon?) B) how would it prevent humanity's progress? We've moved on from the Moon and focused on places like Mars (while a FusionFall tie-in comic does tell us the KND has a base on Mars, Mars is much bigger, so they'd probably just redirect a probe to another hemisphere) C) I think an organization that can make shrinking machines (Op: SPROUT) and nanotech chewing gum lockpicks (Op ELECTIONS) can make a device on the moon that redirects radio transmissions from the moon and back. But, I'll admit, you've got me on the unrealistic aliens & exploding Moon footage.
The end of Heinrich's ongoing story was most likely slapped together because the series was ending. That's the only explanation for how lousy it was. The cause of the feud between Numbah 5 and Heinrich as revealed to be because Heinrich didn't listen to Abigail when she warned him about eating magic caramel. Only, the truth is really "her" and "Henrietta". They did this so abruptly to Heinrich, it couldn't not be this.
The Wall Banger gets even worse when you realize that there was practically NO build-up to the reveal. There were never any hints that Heinrich was a girl. No hints that Abigail once had a friend named "Henrietta". None. The closest we get to a hint is when Heinrich tearfully tells Numbah 5 that he was once "beautiful". That's it. That's the closest we get to foreshadowing that Heinrich was once a girl. Not only is this so vague that it could be interpreted in so many ways, but it also implies that only girls can be beautiful and that taking that beauty away turns you into a fat greedy boy. What sort of lesson is that, KND?
"Operation C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E." contains a really lousy plot-point. There's an allusion to The Alamo in the KND's past called "the Ala-Mode", where, due to Never Say "Die", several operatives were frozen alive, and by the time they were unfrozen, they were technically over 13 and had to be decommissioned. What?! Those kids didn't age or experience a day in that time! Screw some number, they're still kids! At least someone should've said something in their defense, but no-one ever took issue or fought for them.
The DC Animated Universe
In Shriek's second appearance in Batman Beyond, he terrorizes the whole city because he blames Batman for his hearing loss (it was an accident) and for his ending up in jail. In the news segment, every single person interviewed supports Shriek. Not once is it mentioned that he was sent to jail because he tried to murder Bruce Wayne by dropping a building on him. The subsequent attempt to drive Bruce insane could have been covered up, but it's hard to cover up an entire building collapsing. Also, how does this justify Shriek holding an entire city hostage? It's no wonder Bruce gets disgusted and threatens to leave Gotham to Shriek.
At the end of the Justice League Unlimited episode "The Doomsday Sanction", most of the core members of the Justice League decide to send Doomsday to the Phantom Zone. The hospitalized Batman shows his dissatisfaction with this action, saying "Spoken like a true Justice Lord". Except we'd spend the entire episode watching Doomsday fight evenly with Superman. It's not like you can put him in a prison. Those places can't hold the Joker, did Bats really think one could hold a Superman-level being.
The Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue". Basically, up until that point, Terry McGinnis had been The Atoner, with the entire Batman Beyond series being his Heel-Face Turn from his days as a juvenile delinquent. Several points had been made about the Batman legacy being more a state of mind and a willingness to act, than a person or a suit. Then comes Amanda Waller (in the present day), and with some really bad Arc Welding, it is revealed that Terry McGinnis is nothing more than another one of her overly complex (and poorly thought out) plans to police the world, said scheme involving having some poor schmuck's DNA overwritten with Bruce Wayne's, then, when said schmuck impregnates his wife, watching the baby grow up, until the time to cause some tragic event which would supposedly turn this child into the new Batman. Now just on the face of it, it's as stupid as it sounds, but, let's point out the idiocy involved here that probably explains why the Justice League wound up cleaning up most of CADMUS's messes in the first place:
Overwriting the DNA in a man's sperm won't make a clone, as sperm only carry 50% of the chromosomes needed to make a human being. If you're only going to use 50% of the chromosomes, why not just find a willing egg donor? In fact, why even go that far: since she's basically CADMUS, she can just have the original Bruce Wayne cloned from scratch, have him adopted, put him in whatever kind of education program she wants.
In the episode, it looks as though Waller only infects one man with the Wayne genes. If that's the case, then it's assuming a hell of a lot to believe that the child(ren) that this one man has are all going to grow up to be Batman. She could easily be making another Joker, or Riddler, or Bane: many of Batman's enemies are extraordinary as well, and as we can see, most of them turn up evil. It could very well be that young Bruce Wayne was well on his way to becoming a villain, and his parents being killed was that one in a million thing that made what might have been another gimmicked crook turn to the side of good. This only gets worse if Waller has had numerous men infected: how good of an idea is it to have hundreds, if not thousands, of potential grade A supervillains roaming the streets? Can you imagine a city filled with 3000 Lex Luthors, or Ra's Al Ghul's, or Owlmen: one Owlman almost destroyed the entire multiverse, imagine what 100 or 1000 of them could do.
This could come back to bite Waller and the JLA in the ass so bad: What happens if some procedure or operation is needed such that the father needs to be DNA compatible with his child? What happens when a DNA test is run and it's discovered that the father isn't compatible, and that the child isn't his? Everyone involved, mother, father, DNA lab techs, is going to swear that they didn't lie or screw up, and that the screw up must be somewhere else. Problem is that all of these people are going to be 100% right. The more children created in this manner by Waller, the greater the chance that eventually, this gets to Bruce Wayne, and the JLA. At this point Waller is screwed, as forcibly denying men their reproductive capabilities and impregnating women with children they didn't request is arguably rape, and no different than the schemes of about 500 other insane mad scientists that Batman has left hanging from street lamps.
The idea that genetics is enough is leaving a lot to chance: who's to say that killing this new Batman's parents will have the same effect on him as it did the original? And there's the little matter of Batman's other superpower - he's richer than God. Given that the next Batman may grow up in a house where he only has enough money to buy a 9mm for justice, there's a large question as to whether the surroundings in question could just be making another supervillain (see #2 once again).
Ultimately, the whole plan just works because of a bunch of contrived coincidences that are never explained. Even Waller seems a bit incredulous at all the stupid crap that happened to make her stupid plan work. Even though Batman Beyond was over by that point, this episode ruined the whole show, because instead of the show being about a person's unique journey as Batman, it becomes just another clone saga, regardless of how Waller tries to hand-wave it away. Shame that one of the coolest future Batman takes ever wound up being framed as a gimmick in an afterthought.
What's even worse? Waller flat-out tells Terry that she hired a supervillain to murder his parents right in front of him, only to be stopped by the villain's moral compass. Does Terry react in the slightest? No, he just continues to be pissed off at Bruce.
Superman: The Animated Series: The episode "Knight Time". Brainiac is one of, if not the smartest beings in the DC universe, yet he can't even figure out Bruce Wayne is Batman, even after downloading himself onto the Wayne Enterprises computer!
That's only part of the stupid: Brainiac had nanites inside of Bruce Wayne, and had such control over Wayne that he was able to get Wayne to tell the BatFamily that he was staying extra at work, and work that he was on vacation. So basically, Brainiac is logged directly onto Batman, has enough control over him to get him out of his crime-fighting actions, but somehow doesn't know that the person he is getting out of being Batman, is Batman? BANG!
Justice League vs the Ultimen. We see Aquaman bitchslap the Wonder-Twins (best part of the episode) Batman take down Juice (also pretty cool) and Longshadow doesn't want to fight (understandable)... Then we see Superman getting his ass kicked by Wind Dragon. Seriously, Superman. Any actual Superman fan would see him ignore the tornadoes like they're not even there and take Wind Dragon out with one flick. Does Superman even need to breathe? Adaptational Wimp is on overload here.
Dipper vs. Manliness: Why doesn't Dipper realize there's something wrong with the manotaurs when their leader casually eats one of their elders right in front of him? Seriously there's Horrible Judge of Character and there's this.
Irrational Treasure: In one part, Dipper thinks that lighting the parchment on fire will reveal the secret message. But there's two problems with Dipper's logic here: 1) If they set on fire, they'll have nothing left and 2) Where would the message even appear if the whole paper gets burned up? Mabel did the right thing by folding it into a hat.
The ending also causes a Wall Banger due to it being very quickly and sloppily handled. Dipper ends up discovering that Rich Bitch Pacifica's family history is a lie and that her great-great grandfather was not the town founder. He decides to take her down a peg by giving her the evidence of it. First of all, the way Pacifica doesn't question this even a little doesn't make sense. You'd think that if someone told you your ancestors were liars and simply showed you some random papers saying so you'd at least doubt it a little. Secondly, he just GIVES HER the only evidence of the truth. Almost nobody else knows the true story, and he just lets her have the only thing that can back up his claims. If the whole point was to humiliate her, why do it in a way that makes it easy for her to deny everything? Additionally, in a later episode, the whole thing is brought up again, and Pacifica is seen being completely unperturbed by it. The explanation is that she used her wealth to "make the problem go away". As opposed to the more logical, "I destroyed the only existing evidence about it. The one you let me keep for myself."
Summerween: Even if Dipper just wanted to buy 500 pieces of candy and get it over with and he wanted to take the die out of trick or treat or die (and so he could go to a Halloween party with Wendy), Mabel was right; it would take the fun out of trick or treating nonetheless, but it's also cheating. Wouldn't the Summerween trickster probably know if they cheated by buying their candy instead of earning it legitimately by trick-or-treating? He would probably be even more mad at Dipper for suggesting them to buy their candy in the first place if they really did that.
Boss Mabel: Grunkle Stan seems to have taken a hit from the Idiot Ball at the last moment. In the bonus round of Cash Wheel, he has a chance to double his money or lose it all by guessing the bonus word. First, when he is given a hint for a six-letter word that you use to ask for something nicely, he thinks that it's "Gimmee", which is so not what you use to ask for something nicely. Second, when he is given another chance for making it this far and Rich, the host of Cash Wheel, gives Stan another hint that it's a P-word that some might even calls the "magic" word. Stan guesses "Pabracadabra", and loses. He clearly didn't put the hints together to make the word "Please", even though he's mentioned the word before at the beginning of the episode when he says that the word please never made him any money and it just gives him a burning sensation. Maybe he hated the word so much that he blocked it out of his memory on Cash Wheel?
Bottomless Pit: After Deputy Durland and Sheriff Blubs find out that there is no Dr. Medicine in Gravity Falls, they come to the Mystery Shack to arrest Stan for lying to them, when under the control of the truth teeth, Stan also confesses to other crimes that he has committed. When Mabel has to lie for the greater good, she tells them that Stan was really secretly a crime fiction writer who was telling them about a character from his upcoming page turner, Crime Grandpa, and they believe it. But Stan has already lied to them in person about Dr. Medicine. So, either Stan was right about the people in Gravity Falls being literally the dumbest people in the world in the Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained Short The Hide Behind, or Durland and Blubs believed that Crime Grandpa also lied about Dr. Medicine and if there is no Dr. Medicine in Gravity Falls, then he must be somewhere else instead. Either way, there's an Idiot Ball involved in all of this.
Carpet Diem: When Dipper and Mabel switch bodies, they try to sabotage each other to get the room by doing things to make Grunkle Stan hate them. However, Grunkle Stan doesn't seem to notice that they sound like each other (because they switched bodies using the carpet), and even without seeing them and mistaking them for each other, Dipper and Mabel insulting Stan to win the room for themselves when he can only hear but not see them isn't going to help because he would probably just hear them and think that it's exactly who it sounds like trying to give up the room on purpose, so insulting Stan when he can't see them doing it would just backfire and they would just end up winning the room for each other.
The ending of the Dipper's Guide to Life short "Mailbox" forces Mabel to carry an Idiot Ball at the last minute just to get rid of the mailbox. After Dipper decides to ask the mailbox that answers questions who wrote the journal, Mabel immediately comes by not suspecting of anything weird happening when Dipper and Soos were just thinking of questions to ask the mailbox and just suspects that it's an ordinary mailbox.
Mabel: Nifty, a mailbox! I've been wanting to mail Mom this video of me sticking 100 gummy worms up my nose!
Dipper: No, wait!
Afterwards, the mailbox is angered by the gummy worm video and destroys itself, saying that the era of human enlightenment shall never come to pass. However, Mabel's mind is still only set on getting attention by eating gummy worms, even after a mailbox just blew up and not suspecting a thing.
Dipper: Well, uh, that concludes Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained, where we learned when dealing with the unknown, do not mail videos of you shoving gummy worms up your nose!
Mabel: There's more where that came from. Into my nose! Into my nose!
Dipper: No. No. Show over! Show over!
Mabel was a little out of character here. She may be a Large Ham, but she's not stupid.
One part of the Mabel's Guide to Life short "Mabel's Guide to Stickers" relies on Mabel carrying the Idiot Ball. While the rest of the short could just be her trying to hog the attention and ignoring Dipper, even trying to "edit" him out of the video and eating sprinkles when they're not for individual consumption, one part has price stickers being one of the categories in her sticktionary (sticker dictionary). Dipper asks Mabel if she knows that the store needs them, and then we have a Cutaway Gag where Mabel takes the pricing stickers off of televisions and everyone thinks they're free. Mabel's childish, but she should really know better than to steal price stickers just for her sticker collection, especially since she's 12 years old and she's also 5 minutes older than her twin brother, Dipper.
The Season 2 premiere "Scary-oke" ruins a potential Moment Of Awesome for Soos. He shields Dipper and Mabel from the zombies and tells them he's been training for the moment of a Zombie Apocalypse his whole life because he's seen every horror film and knows everything there is to know about avoiding zombies, but before he does something, a zombie bites him and he becomes a zombie. He had a chance do something smart and protect the twins from the zombies, but then the writers make him useless by having a zombie bite him so he becomes one of them and goes after Dipper and Mabel. All this probably just to make a mention of a cure for zombification involving formaldehyde and cinnamon. It's no wonder that Mabel, Dipper and Stan had to resort to using Mabel's family karaoke song to defeat the zombies.
One Kim Possible episode had Shego trapped in a shallow crocodile alligator trap. It wouldn't be hard for her to escape the pit; she can shoot energy beams with her hands, has very sharp nails, is skilled at Kung Fu, and can jump several meters up in the air in a single leap. Yet she just stands there whining about how she needs help to escape. Nothing can justify the stupidity of that scene. Not even Rule of Funny, because it's just that stupid.
As much as I liked Kim Possible growing up, there was always one episode that I truly hate, and that would be "October 31st". The episode is about Kim trying to get out of trick-or-treating with Ron by lying, and she ends up with an experimental wristband stuck on her. The wristband covers her up in armor every time she lies, which helps her defeat the Villain of the Week, but after all this, she gets grounded for a month all because she didn't want to be embarrassed around her own best friend on Halloween. Ugh, I really hate when the writers make Kim shallow and mopey; I know she's a teenager, but she's also a hero for crying out loud!
"Bad Boy": The show often operates on Rule of Funny, but in most episodes, the villains do make an attempt to hide their main bases of operations from the authorities, mainly by location (such as a remote mountain, underwater, a haunted island) or by hiding the true purpose from the public and the authorities (disguising the evil lair as a cupcake factory or a university, to name two examples.) This episode features a villains' convention taking place at the Tri-City Convention Center, a public place smack-dab in the middle of a major urban area. Particularly egregious because convention centers in real life have control over what conventions they hold. Someone had to know that a large number of heinous criminals were gathering at a public place to engage in crime-related activities, but did nothing to stop them.
The need to worship the god of status quo also provides us with this one from "Ron Millionaire": Ron carries around the whole $100m? Seriously?
And since Bueno Nacho is still in business after that episode despite the bad publicity it must have received during the Li'l Diablo Incident in "So The Drama," shouldn't Ron still be receiving royalties?
Maybe after the incident in the episode, Wade might have set up some kind of account in-between Bueno Nacho and Ron... It could be possible, being a 10 year old super-genius.
In It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown is in a football team during an important game as the placekicker, but Lucy is assigned to hold the ball for the kicks. Sure enough, she pulls the (in)famous and inevitable ball-pulling prank four times (or is that five?) — twice on field-goal attempts, which eventually leads to them losing the game by one point (that difference coming from Chuck "missing" the extra point after their first touchdown as a result of one of the pranks). It's clear that the writers never thought that Lucy pulling this prank in the open (especially under the circumstances shown the last time she does it) would get her humiliated. There must have been hundreds of witnesses who could see Lucy's interference. But the whole team angrily blames Charlie Brown instead, and he naturally doesn't bother to defend himself even when Lucy rubs it in at a party later. It didn't matter in the grander scheme (Chuck even gets to kiss The Red-Headed Girl at the party), but many viewers wrote protest letters about this stupid plot hole.
The other two times are on kickoffs — the opening kickoff, and the one immediately following the missed PAT. That second kickoff is the only time Chuck thinks that the game is too important for Lucy to pull the prank. (And yes, Linus does pin the blame on Chuck for screwing up that kickoff.)
The backlash forced the writers into a minor retcon in future showings. After the missed field goals, watch Peppermint Patty at the bottom of the pile. Her mouth moves, but her original dialogue, blaming things on Charlie Brown, has been backmasked and silenced.
Similarly, in Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, the script goes completely overboard to make Charlie Brown miserable. For instance, Charlie Brown is apparently given an assignment to do a book report on War and Peace over the Christmas holiday break. Considering that the book is famous for being over 1,000 pages, no sane elementary school teacher would impose such an impossible project on a child (although this is based on a storyline from the strips). Furthermore, when Charlie Brown attends Peppermint Patty's New Year's Eve party and takes some time outside to read the book, Patty complains that she can't find him for the countdown despite his being just outside the front door.
Also in Happy New Year, Charlie Brown: while Charlie Brown is sleeping, the Little Red-Haired Girl shows up, and Linus goes dancing with her. Keep in mind that Linus is supposed to be one of the few cast members of Peanuts who doesn't treat Charlie Brown like crap, and he clearly knows of Charlie's feelings for the redhead. The writers apparently decided "Screw that!" and gave Charlie Brown a good reason to stop being friends with Linus. (It wasn't taken, but...)
A similar thing happens in Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown.
And to rub salt into the wound, Charlie Brown got a D- on the assignment because his teacher somehow thought he wasn't going to be able to read the damn book and write about it in such a short amount of time (when she presumably assigned it to him). And his next book to read is Crime and Punishment. Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, indeed.
War and Peace contains illegitimacy, seduction, attempted suicide, allegations of incest and abortion, gruesome battlefield injuries, and no-anesthetic amputation. It's hard to believe that a teacher could get away with assigning it to a grade-school kid even for an all-year book report.
It should be noted that this plot did play out in the comics, but the book in question here was Gullivers Travels, a much smaller and easier book.
Another example is the summer camp and boat race in Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown. The gang split up between boys and girls, each with a boat, and went up against a trio of jerks and their vicious, over-aggressive cat. Unfortunately, throwing all characterization to the wind, all the girls not only started behaving like The Load and The Millstone by not doing anything at all to help the gang win, but they also berated Charlie Brown every time things didn't go their way. It's in character for Sally or Lucy to behave like spoiled brats... but Peppermint Patty? Even kind, sweet Marcie, possibly the most gentle female character in the Peanuts world, was derailed into a jerk out of the blue just to make things miserable for Charlie.
It could be a logical extension of Peppermint Patty's over-competitiveness and Marcie's tendency to be dominated by her friend's personalities... Also, since Charlie Brown gets appointed leader of the combined group and then immediately tells the girls to shut up, this is kind of awesome. Now, the guys letting the girls force them to sleep outside when it's snowing outside - in summer... go figure...
The problem is, on previous occasions (both in the animated show and the strips), despite her respect for Peppermint Patty, Marcie did not hesitate to call her out when Patty was behaving in a stupid or overbearing manner. So, it was morally dissonant (at best) that she didn't do it this time.
Another problem is that the girls were voting on just about everything - even whether to save the boys from the freezing river. If that's the democratic method, I'm voting Republican.
Worse, they never give the boys a chance to vote. The girls kick the boys out of a cabin they found in the name of "democracy". When Charlie Brown tries to protest, Peppermint Patty yells, "Don't you believe in democracy?" She does, however, get called out (by Charlie Brown, no less) when she complains that their breakfast is just cold cereal and milk instead of hotcakes and such.
Yet another problem with the movie: Lucy tells Sally that mountain climbers wear chains so that "when one falls, they all fall." That sounds pretty dumb on its own, but it sounds like she could have just as easily said "when one falls, they all die." Didn't the script writers think about how grim that sounds? There's little kids being crabby, and then there's... that. Who's willing to take bets that Lucy is going to grow up to be the next Hannibal Lecter?
Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!) features one gigantic combo of Idiot Ball and What the Hell, Hero? in the Chateau fire sequence. To recap, Linus and the Baron's daughter are trapped on a high window ledge because the chateau is on fire. Linus throws down his blanket to the rest of the kids to act as a makeshift trampoline. The kids use it to safely catch the Baron's daughter and then drop the blanket before Linus can jump down, leaving him stranded on the burning ledge. Snoopy manages to save him with a makeshift Soft Water pool, but still...
Someone mentioned Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown in an entry further up. For the curious, it, similar to the "HNYCB" example, is another instance of Linus screwing over Charlie Brown. While the aforementioned example may have been unintentional, this case has absolutely no excuse. Basically, C.B. sees a nice girl in the audience of a football game on TV, and he and Linus go over to her house to chat. Charlie gets nervous, however, and asks Linus to introduce him to the girl while he, Charlie, hides behind a tree. Linus goes up, and the door opens. Instantly, Linus is absolutely smitten, mainly because she also has a Security Blanket just like him! Linus spends the entire day there without mentioning poor Charlie Brown once. But it goes From Bad to Worse; when Linus leaves, Charlie chastises Linus for not even having him over. But Linus, who is supposed to be Charlie's best friend, doesn't even bother to listen, sending poor Chuck running for home. Nothing is even resolved, the show ends with Linus continuing to hang out with the girl while Chuck sits miserably at the brick wall. The Character Derailment of Linus in the New Year special was bad enough, but this time, the writers just went too far.
The sad part is, it's not like Charlie Brown is all that innocent. He sees a girl for all of two seconds in a crowd shot of the audience on TV, and he's instantaneously infatuated to the point of doing all he can to track her down. For a girl who barely appeared on TV. I get that Chuck is meek and wishy-washy, and yes, Linus should have remembered to introduce her to Charlie Brown, but if you're going to that far to find a girl (even one you caught a glimpse of on a TV audience) you really ought to have some follow-through! You know it's bad when even Rowdy C cannot sympathize with Charlie Brown.
Even if she is only a nine-year-old girl, and even if the show fuels itself on childhood innocence, there are some moments that really make one question how intelligent Gretchen Grundler, resident super-genius and inventor of many wonderful things, really is. In one episode, she thought exactly the same way that her friends did when it came to a $100 C-Note they found, in that they could all buy jetpacks and other ridiculous things, despite the fact that she should've known that would be impossible, especially after splitting it six ways. She's done much, much harder math problems before.
The episode "Omega Kids" takes things a bit too far, even for this show, where everything recess-related is serious business. In the episode, every kid in the school (excluding the main six) get sick from eating the tuna fish tacos that were served the day before, making the main six the only children attending school for the next few days. First off, there would be lawsuits up the ass, and the cafeteria ladies probably wouldn't have kept their jobs. Second, what school would allow attendence for only six kids? Third, why would the cafeteria ladies even bother making anything, let alone a lot of pizza, if they knew there were only six kids attending? Finally, Ms. Grotke, the cafeteria ladies, and the school nurse even bother being there? Ms. Grotke even figured that her entire class was sick until the main six came in, so why was she even in class? Realistically, most faculty members would think, "Only six kids? Forget this, I'm going home", even really nice ones like Ms. Grotke. Yes, the show is just a simple, kid-friendly series, but this episode goes a bit too far.
The "Kindergarden Derby" episode portrays Mikey as absurdly self-righteous, accusing the title event of being cruel and degrading to the little kids who participate, despite all them shown clearly enjoying themselves. The reason for this? When he took part as a kid he (and only he) screwed up the race and felt embarrassed. Even worse he succeeds in manipulating an eager kindergardener into believing his rantings and getting the race cancelled forever when he wins, though all the same had nothing against taking his earnings from betting on the kid. Not only did he brainwash a kid to destroy something everyone else enjoyed out of petty spite, but he was a massive hypocrite to boot.
"Nobody Doesn't Like T.J." The whole brownie incident is just dumb. Did Gordy really not have the common sense to simply look at the brownie before eating it? Even if the nuts weren't visible, why didn't he let T.J. know that he was allergic to nuts? It's his own fault for doing something so incredibly foolhardy, yet he rudely blamed T.J. for his mistake.
Sabrina: The Animated Series
Sabrina: The Animated Series has a hell of a Wall Banger in the episode "Generation Hex." For those who've never seen the episode, the gist of it is that Sabrina raises money to save the Greendale Library. She meets her goal ($3500), plus makes an extra $300. While at the comic book store, Sabrina overhears that her rival, Gem Stone, is going to buy a rare collectible doll from an early 1990s cartoon for $250. Sabrina outbids her and spends the extra $300 of her fundraising money on the collectible doll, but her friends, Harvey and Pi, reprimand her for spending the extra money on the doll instead of giving it to the library, despite Sabrina's claim that the extra $300 is just that — extra money that won't be missed. But, fair troper, it goes From Bad to Worse: the doll comes to life and tells Sabrina that she shouldn't have spent the extra money on him, then sends Sabrina on a forty-year flash-forward into the future to show the teenage witch what fresh Hell her impulse buying hath wrought on her family, friends, and herself. Get this: because Sabrina didn't give the extra $300 to the Greendale Library, her Uncle Quigley burned down the house she currently lived in because he couldn't find a home improvement book and caused an electrical fire (never mind that in 40 years' time, Quigley would have been dead — he already looked old in the present day and he's the only mortal in the Spellman family, so his dying in 40 years' time is believable), her friend Pi (who's interested in inventing new forms of transportation) is in charge of a monorail company using the hideously outdated power of bicycle-pedaling because the library had no updated reading material on alternative transportation, her friend-cum-crush Harvey (who dreams of landing an "awesome, challenging, high-paying job") is now working as a farmer who curls pig's tails after failing his entrance exam to a medical school/law school because the library didn't have any books on how to pass the exam, Salem (the Spellmans' pet cat who used to be a warlock) is homeless and taking a job as a dog walker because Sabrina stole money from his kitty litter jar and cost him his chance at becoming human again because Salem used the Witches' Council's favorite golf course as a public toilet, and Sabrina (who is now a dumpy, plain mortal woman who has become so materialistic that she sold her magic to Gem as part of a classified merger) is now the second-in-command to her rival's (Gem Stone's) business. Okay, have I got everyone up to speed? Good. Now let's pick apart all the Wall Banger moments from this mess:
The first, and main one, is the fact that Pi and Harvey were too stupid to realize that if the Greendale Library didn't have the books they wanted, they could have either asked the librarian if she could borrow the books from another library so Harvey and Pi could have them, used the school's library to get the books they needed (Pi even said his future of transportation project was for science class at Greendale Junior High), buy the books at a bookstore or through an online retailer, go to another library in another town, or forgo books and use the Internet for all their research needs.
Secondly, Harvey's life going to hell because he flunked the entrance exam to his dream school and stupidly took his best friend's advice to go after something that falls into his lap is his own fault, not because of what Sabrina did. And even if Harvey did have the book he needed to get into Lawyer's Hospital University, there's no guarantee that he'll pass, as past episodes reveal that Harvey isn't exactly one of the brainy students (he's more of the jock/video game nerd/skater boy types).
Thirdly, why couldn't Hilda and Zelda (who weren't even in the episode in question) have taken in Salem after he got in trouble for using the Witches' Council's golf course as a litter pan? For that matter, why didn't Zelda, Hilda, Uncle Quigley, or Salem himself stop Sabrina from skimming cash from the kitty litter jar to prevent this from happening?
Lastly, why would Sabrina be shocked that her Future Loser self sold off her magic? Considering that some episodes depict Sabrina as hating herself for being a witch, being a rich mortal seems to be the best thing that can happen to Sabrina. It would mean being a complete and utter kiss-ass to her rival, Gem, who now has her magic, but, hey, Sabrina knew what she was getting into when she sold off her magic, so who really cares? And, much like Harvey's future, there's really no guarantee that this future (of Sabrina selling out to Gem) will happen to Sabrina, whether she earns back the $300 to give to the library or not.
Following on the above, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island: They go to New Orleans, and follow a complete stranger to a deserted island after telling her they're looking for REAL ghosts. They don't tell anyone else where they went. There they find that the creepy landowner and the stranger are really immortals from the colonial era. They became immortal after praying to their cat-god for power and vengeance against pirates who killed their innocent puritan cat-worshiping families. The pirates' zombies haunt the island trying to warn everyone about the evil anthropomorphic cat ladies who will suck out your souls and do voodoo. Also, a formerly undercover FBI agent says he'll tell his superiors about the crazy cat ladies but he doesn't think he'll be believed. Yeah, bye FBI, hello mental institution. Also, why hasn't anyone noticed that the inhabitants of the house and the crazy boatman haven't aged for something like 200 years? And if the Morgan Moonscar guy could write neat messages, why didn't he write something like "TENANTS WILL EAT YOU" or "SIMONE IS ANTHRO CAT"? Why do the pirate zombies care? They preyed off of innocents before, why should they care if more innocents are consumed? You know what, this movie has so much fail that it can't be put down.
From the same series, "Roller Ghoster Ride". We're told that the villain was faking sabotage of the theme park rides, that is, setting them up to look like they'd been sabotaged while in reality she didn't want anyone to actually get hurt. Then she actually does get away with it because according to Velma, she didn't do anything illegal. So apparently we're supposed to ignore that she almost got Fred, Velma and Daphne killed by the giant fan blades in the skydive simulator and derailed a roller coaster car while it was quite clearly running. Seriously, Dwayne Mc Duffie actually wrote a script this inept?
The Secret of NIMH 2
The Secret Of NIMH 2, a Lighter and Softer direct-to-video sequel made without Don Bluth's input, has a whole slew of these, both in itself and relating to the original film. In the original film, the Rats help Mrs. Brisby save Timothy because they owe Jonathan. In this film, it is stated outright that Timothy has been prophesied to save Thorn Valley and the Rats. Bonus demerits because it's a self-fulfilling one.
The colony of Thorn Valley, a major plot point in the first film, is finally shown. It's a foolishly massive construct complete with concentric irrigation rings and very tall buildings. If the rats were trying to craft a colony invisible to human eyes, then they failed miserably. The rats still make trips into the conveniently close city to steal garbage despite their setting up Thorn Valley to get rid of their dependence on humans.
The directions to Thorn Valley are "South by south by south", the directional equivalent of 555. These directions don't make geographical sense, and that becomes painful when these directions become an important plot point.
The escape of a Mouse of NIMH, who is the daughter of two Mice who failed to escape. (They figure out who she is when she gives her last name.) The survival of the Mice is explained (we should be used to animated filmmakers ignoring exhaust fans); but how this one escaped isn't... well, how she escaped her cage — we see her walk out the front door of NIMH in the flashback, which is itself a problem. We also don't know how she got anywhere near Thorn Valley. Anyhow, what explanation she did give made it sound like Mice were staying at NIMH voluntarily.
The explanation for the Mice not escaping NIMH was that they were forced to hide in the basement to recover from injuries falling down the vent. By the time they were able to leave, the scientists found them again. There's no explanation why only one of the mice tried to escape using the "South by South by South" directions though.
There's also the problem that in the book (which the writers seemed to reference a lot), the decision to go to Thorn Valley was made years after the lab escape. Originally, they just wanted to get out of there.
Mr. Ages refers to the supposedly dead mice as "The Lost Six." But in the first movie, there were eleven mice, and all were sucked into the air shafts except two, Jonathan Brisby and Mr. Ages. So, eleven minus two equals... six? Did the writers even watch the first movie?
This almost makes sense—there were six in the book (Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH)—but not in the movie. If you look at the beginning, they not only altered the clip from the original of nine mice going down the shaft to six but also changed the art style.
The sequel makes other references to the novel not present in the original movie (eg. Brutus' Jerkass Façade, Timmy journeying to Thorn Valley). It may make sense that they took references from the novel more than the original movie. Some of the new characters, while a contrast from the original cast, are Bluth-ish in design (e.g. Cecil looks like a concept that would fit better in Thumbelina). It seems the staff looked at almost all possible reference media except the original movie.
The rats of Thorn Valley idolize Jonathan Brisby like a hero — they have a statue of him — but his wife seems to get no credit whatsoever. We don't know the full extent of Jonathan's heroics, but we do know those of his wife; she was a perfectly normal mouse who sabotaged the farmer's tractor, spoke to the Great Owl, found the secret colony, successfully drugged the cat (a feat her husband had failed at), warned the rats of NIMH's approach, and unlocked the power of the amulet to raise her house and save her children. Shouldn't she at least get a plaque?
Furthermore, what happened to the amulet in the sequel?
The plot twist that Timmy's brother Martin is the villain. Sure, the Cain and Abel trope is used many times in media but this one is worth mention. Why? Because, for one, it came out ofthe left field (he was captured and tested off screen outside), two, it totally derails the idea that Dr. Valentine was the bad guy (he now has the mind of a dog) and three, it makes the prophecy a self-fulfilling one. (Martin was jealous that Timmy was The Chosen One and Timmy didn't think he was up to the task, so Martin goes off to stop Dr. Valentine, gets himself captured, and well, this happens...) The only good thing to come out of it was the illogical result of Martin now being a British (voiced by Eric Idle) Large Ham. At least that was entertaining.
Star Wars The Clone Wars
In Season 2 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Obi-wan, Anakin, and Mace Windu are trying to get information from Cad Bane, who's not cooperating. After ruling out torture for not being "the Jedi way", the "heroes" combine their Jedi Mind Trick powers and essentially Mind Rape the victim into cooperation. The victim cooperates, not because the trick worked, but because he didn't want them to do it again. Looks like someone's definition of "torture" is incomplete...
This isn't entirely bad when Anakin at least has the decency to point out that the Jedi are acting like a military and as a result should report to Chancellor Palpatine... who, of course, is Darth Sidious, so it serves to bite them in the ass even if they don't realize it at all at that point. But torturing... yeah.
Another Clone Wars example: "Lightsaber Lost." The whole episode. She used the Force in multiple instances, including some, ah, enhanced interrogation on the thief, but never once thinks to just grab the actual lightsaber. Despite having several perfect opportunities to do so, including when she first noticed it had been stolen.
The episode where Anakin and Obi-Wan try to capture Count Dooku when he gets away. Ahsoka proceeds to chew them out, despite not knowing the circumstances that led to their failure. Rather that just pulling rank on her and telling her to shut up, like Obi-Wan would do to Anakin in Attack of the Clones, they just sheepishly stand there and take it.
In the next episode, Obi-Wan and Anakin are kidnapped by Weequays and tortured repeatedly while being held for ransom. When they finally break out, they have the leader at saber point, yet Obi-Wan tells Anakin to let him go, despite the fact that the Weequay was willing to come to jail quietly. So either Obi-Wan is being just a little too forgiving of the guy who tortured him, or he's letting the guy live so Count Dooku can come and kill him, which is so dark for a character like Obi-Wan, it's too far in the other direction.
And just to make it worse, said leader becomes a reoccurring villain later on. And we next see him extorting a bunch of defenseless farmers. Great job Obi-Wan!
In the movie, Yoda had enough time to save Anakin and Obi-Wan repeatedly, but was apparently too busy to rescue Jabba's son.
Clincher is, Cad Bane sends her out the Airlock anyways! Apparently Anakin was fully capable of rescuing her from said airlock.
Obi-Wan is believed to be dead, (Hint: He's not.) and Anakin is seeking his "killer" for revenge. A tight-lipped bartender knows something, so Anakin engages with the force choking. What's so bad about this? Ahsoka was RIGHT THERE! She saw him do the whole thing, but does she tell anyone? Nope. Never even brings it up ever again.
From the same episode, only this time, the Idiot Ball has been handed to the Daughter, living embodiment of the Light Side. Get this; her brother is about to stab her father, and instead of, y'know, using the Force to pull the knife away from her brother, she Takes The Bullet. And dies. Thus leaving the Force in the care of her father, who is dying, and her brother, who is as dumb as she is and evil on top of that... If these are the people who are basically running the universe at large, is it any wonder that the Chosen One is an idiot? I mean, come on...
A lot of fans consider the resurrection of Darth Maul to be a massive Wallbanger. Seriously, what??
Super Mario Cartoons
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show episode "Do You Princess Toadstool Take This Koopa...?" has Bowser agree to change the Mushroom people back from identical green stones (which was the game's justification for power-ups in blocks) if Princess Toadstool agrees to marry him (hence the title). Behind her back, he breaks his promise and changes the Mushroom folks to stones again. Somehow, Mario and Luigi are able to figure out just which of those stones is Toad, despite the stones all looking alike. Then they use Bowser's magic wand to restore Toad and transform into their Super forms, after which the wand overheats and disintegrates. They did not use it to save the other Mushroom people, which would have made sense because they would then have a whole army with which to crash the wedding. Are those poor Mushrooms stuck as rocks forever?
There is also the episode "The Great Gladiator Gig", where Mario and Luigi are fighting Triclyde from Super Mario Bros. 2, and Luigi gets caught in a net. Mario takes Triclyde's sword and cuts Luigi free and throws away the sword after doing so. Only in Saturday morning cartoons can you get away with throwing away swords in the middle of a fight...
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 had one in "Crimes R Us." With the Mario Bros. distracted, Crimewave Clyde sends the Koopalings to the Mushroom Kingdom to apply everything he taught them about committing crimes. Once they're finished robbing the citizens, they head back to Castle Koopa to tally all the items they stole. They then leave to plan the Mushroom Kingdom Treasury heist and although Clyde makes Koopa pay big time for double-crossing him, no mention is made of the stolen items presumably still at Castle Koopa. Those poor Mushroom people never got their wallets, coins or purses back!
Super Mario World had one too, in "A Little Learning", where Hip and Hop Koopa become students at Princess Toadstool's kindergarten. They build a volcano for their science project and connect it to some pipes filled with lava to come flowing out of the volcano for realism. Due to interference from Koopa (who didn't want them going to school), the volcano lets out too much lava, which threatens to overflow Dome City. Now when I was young, I thought that was what Hip and Hop intended to do, but looking back on it, I notice that they never actually say anything in the episode about planning to send lava out on Dome City, and this is further evidenced because even Hip is shocked when the volcano erupts. But in the end, Toadstool expels the Koopa twins from her school, despite the fact that the incident was Bowser's fault and not theirs!
TransformersBeast Machines: After treating him like The Load; insulting him; calling him useless to his face and behind his back, even after he relearns to transform; and, in general, being more or less completely hostile to their old friend - the Maximals are surprised when Rattrap goes to desperate measures - namely, cutting a deal with Megatron - to get some firepower and be of some use to the team.
And then you get a biggerWall Banger when Megatron, who until then hadn't exactly been trustworthy, keeps his end of the bargain. He could have defeated all the Maximals and won the final battle if he'd refused or if he'd double-crossed Rattrap. Made worse because, in Beast Wars, Megatron goes on a rant about how the concept of honor is for fools.
Megatron isn't the only one who suffered from this as Rattrap, the same guy who prided himself on fighting dirty, actually proceeded to fulfill his end of the deal despite knowing that attacking Megatron at the time could win the Maximals the war. Worse, he was the one who realized that Megatron was weak in the first place. The Transformers Wiki stated it best: "... either side could have potentially won the war right there, but the two characters with the least scruples suddenly became interested in fair play for no reason (other than to keep the series from ending, obviously)."
The biggest Wallbanger of all was that not only are the Maximals surprised, but they also attack Rattrap, an ally, for protecting Megatron, even though it was the most tactically stupid thing they could possibly do. If they had left well enough alone or given him five seconds to explain, then come sunrise, Rattrap would have walked back to the team with a mech-suit arsenal of super-weapons with which to pulverize Megatron's forces. Did they do that? No. They attacked Rattrap. Then they delivered an Aesop to him about not attacking your friends or defenseless people because he responded.
Commentaries explained Megatron's behavior. As the supposed savior of Cybertron has placed himself in position where he would have to keep his word as part of his new beliefs. As for Rattrap, he admits he originally intended to double-cross Megatron, but thanks to Megatron's playing to Rattrap's bruised ego, kept him from killing him.
Speaking of Beast Machines, the entire premise of the show is a sham; supposedly, the entire "technological perfection" vs "nature and free will" argument that the show's premise is based on was meant as a philosophical look into whether one can "live" in an increasingly technological society, and whether there can be a balance between industry and nature. Sweet, Anvilicious tripe, but here's the problem: by the time of Beast Wars continuity, Cybertron was already pursuing that balance, having developed technology to incorporate organic beast modes into their systems for leisurely exploration into other planets, and as Nightscream explains in his intro, had all internalized, in an off-screen upgrade. Rumor has it that Executive Meddling demanded continuity not be followed for the show, but Nightscream's statement remains in this show's own canon. So, to give An Aesop about technorganic balance, the show had to ignore the same technorganic balance the Transformers were already working toward? Or was the Oracle just too impatient to wait for the planet's evolution to technorganics on its own, and decided to force the evolution to happen on its own timeclock?
What's even worse, is that, when you think about it, this story could've been told far more competently and logically by keeping continuity with Beast Wars instead of disregarding it. Think about it; by the end of Beast Wars, the survivors have been altered anatomically to the point where it's unknown how or even if they could be reverted back to their original forms (btw, just how did the virus in Beast Machines override the Vok enhancements in the Maximals, but let Megatron keep his Dragon form?), and they are now privy to forbidden knowledge, not just of the Great War (that, as established below, was meant to be classified), but of the dirty little secrets of both the Maximal and Predacon ruling councils. So, if the executives wanted a "Rage Against the Machine, nature vs. technology" story, they could've used that as a basis, with the Maximals being hunted down by the general populace for their mutations (which, if the "Vok are the evolved Swarm" theory is used, could be contagious, fulfilling the "technorganic Cybertron" ending they were going for), and the government in order to shut them up and keep their knowledge from sparking a revolution. Just another example of how these Wall Bangers could've been avoided by good ol' Let's See You Do Better.
One more on Beast Machines: The End of BW had Megatron's ass kicked in a major way, and him badly humiliated by being a hood ornament on their entire ride home. He was damaged in the fight. The transit through space couldn't have been kind. But lo and behold, all this is ignored with some vague time-dilation talk so that he can now become supreme ruler and nineteen kinds of invincible. That's right, total and utter defeat ensures your supreme victory.
Beast Wars has a huge Wall Banger with its continuity — specifically, its continuity relative to G1. To avoid fan backlash, the writers strove to put G1 in the light of "Arthurian lore", building the implication of the series over time that general knowledge about the events of G1 was fuzzy and ill-defined, and any records of those events (especially regarding their connection to Earth) were tightly controlled by the government, preventing the public from clarifying the facts. Okay, all well and good, and they would've succeeded... had they not decided to use Ravage in the second season finale. Ravage, one of the original Decepticons on the Nemesis and possibly one of the oldest Transformers in existence. Once he showed up and confirmed that there were others from G1 alive and well during the series' timeline, the question of what they were doing all this time and why they didn't educate their descendants about their history overrode any attempt by the writers to maintain The Masquerade. Or should have.
Perhaps many or all of the remaining G1 Transformers were, like Ravage, working for the same government(s) that were tightly controlling the records of the events of G1?
In ANOTHER comic series, three Generation One characters (Prowl, Ironhide, and Silverboltnote the acrophobic leader of the Arielbots, not the Maximal) are seen running the entire Maximal GOVERNMENT.
That takes place after the cartoons. And it's not like they did anything to stop any of the other Autobots or the Decepticons/Predacons from delving into the past aside from classifying federal records. When you consider both Dinobot and Blackarachnia knew far more about G1 history than most of the other Transformers did, it becomes apparent that the classification of information in the Beast Wars universe isn't equal, raising the question of why G1 history is considered mythical.
The biggest Wall Banger in Beast Wars is in the first episode and the later seasons. Megatron's most publicized goal is that he wants to make it to Earth and change history. But before that, in the very first episode, he tells his computer that he doesn't CARE what planet he's on and that he only wants to exploit all of the planet's Energon. But in season two, he says he knew they were on Earth the whole time. So, what, he vocally lied to himself and his own equipment? Man, that is major denial!
There are two explanations for that, one In-Universe and one meta. The in-story explanation is that, while this is what Megatron originally set out to do, he had second thoughts about messing with history and tried to avoid it for the first season. The meta explanation is that the staff (who made stuff up as they went along in the early stages) had yet to decide if the setting was Earth.
They had them all take on the characteristics of Earth fauna and yet weren't sure this was Earth?
Speaking of, how were they able to get a hold of modern Earth fauna forms at a point in Earth's history that includes pre-hominids? Shouldn't they have gotten stuff like Giant Sloths, smilodons and mammoths?
Though the In-Universe brings up another Wall Banger, again related to Ravage; according to supplementary media, Megatron's plan to change history would've resulted in the destruction of all Transformers, as it required killing Optimus Prime, the holder of the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, which in turn was the only thing that could kill Unicron. No Prime, no Matrix, no way to stop Unicron from omnomnoming on Cybertron. Megatron likely knew this, and thus put it off as a last resort plan, only implemented when he had no other choice. However, Ravage was also present during the Unicron incident, and would also know the inherent dangers to the history-changing plan. So why would he be so easily convinced by Megatron to do it? Yeah, it took seeing a recording from the original (G1) Megatron detailing the plan to make him join up, but why? If anything, he should've pointed out that the plan was made before the threat of Unicron was even known (because Megatron would've been transformed into Galvatron, during that time, meaning the message would've been made before then) and continued to haul him in. Or is Ravage's devotion to the Decepticon cause just so great that he'll ignore his own experiences with the group to slag up history on orders from his dead commander made centuries ago? And before you answer, please keep in mind that, in his Beast Wars origins, Ravage left his fellow Decepticons for the Tripredacus council after his reformatting out of some disillusionment on his part, so he does have at least some history of abandoning the Decepticons if he feels it prudent to.
Megatron seems to fall further and further into megalomania as the series progresses. Initially, all he seems to care about is getting Energon. It's only one failure after the next that his ambitions start growing. Seems like every defeat, he comes back with a greater and stronger ego. It's entirely possible that he did have the message from the original Megatron but didn't rightly care about it initially, and it's only after his growing psychosis that "KILL OPTIMUS PRIME, KILL THE UNIVERSE" started to sound like a good idea.
The episode "Heavy Metal War" of the original series. Basically, Megatron challenges Optimus Prime to a one-on-one battle to end the war. Naturally, being the Big Bad, he cheats by transferring the powers of the other Decepticons to himself, and uses them to win the battle. Where's the Wall Banger, you ask? Prime acknowledges defeat and prepares to leave Earth, which wouldn't be so bad except that the Autobots have been fighting the Decepticons for centuries — long enough for the Autobots to know which Decepticon has which power — and that during the battle, Megatron was using powers he had NEVER used before! Hello, Prime? Are the lights burned out upstairs or something?
Speaking of "Heavy Metal War," note that it was the first appearance of the Constructicons, who are said to have just been built by Megatron. But in Season 2's "The Secret of Omega Supreme," the Constructicons are said to be old friends of Omega that were forcibly reprogrammed by Megatron. (The time of these events is before the Ark crashed on Earth.) And then a flashback in Season 3's "The Five Faces of Darkness" five-parter shows the Constructicons... building Megatron. *beat* The term "continuity nightmare" is often used to describe this.
Also from the original series is "Megatron's Master Plan" which involves the most idiotic of all deceptions. It should have been blatantly obvious to someone of average intelligence that the "Autobots" in the tapes were impostors that were acting REALLY badly. Also add in that the humans have witnessed repeated Decepticon attacks and that the human going along with this is already known to be untrustworthy.
Those aren't wall-bangers compared to this one from G1: B.O.T. The WORST. EPISODE. EVER. IN. THE. HISTORY. OF. TRANSFORMERS. The episode that made TFWiki.net itself "Good god,I need a stiff drink."
For one thing, they make a robot with the ability to outsmart all the Autobots and Decepticons... USING BRAWL'S BRAIN.note In case you were wondering, Brawl's an idiot. For another, they have absolutely NO idea who the Autobots are. This is the last episode of the SECOND season, and it was established that there are frickin' holidays dedicated to the 'bots in a previous episode!
Plus, on top of this, the two boys the episode focuses on treat the teacher's assistant like she's their captive and ends with them gagging her and dragging her off. There's a reason TFWiki.net calls these guys things like "those two assholes" or "future serial killers." The last item in the "production errors" section? "This episode was made."
Transformers: The Movie has two of them certainly. Ones that aren't even 'debatable'. Both are from the attack on Autobot City:
During the city transform, they showed oodles of BFGs being moved into place, to battle the Decepticons. A lot were set up against an air attack, since essentially all the 'Cons can fly in robot mode... Then in the wide view of the city battle, they were indeed flying, but NONE of the guns were firing. They only showed two of the smaller ones firing, at two different points in small angle. During the big angle, all the defense guns were silent.
Second one, during the main of the attack. Their catapult/launcher to fire out one spot is a tracked vehicle. Presumably this is so it can turn to fire through three different firing slats. A tracked vehicle can be turned easily by running one track forward and the other backward, after all. During the movie, they PUSH IT SIDEWAYS AGAINST ITS TRACKS to put it into position, causing two people to strain, and only being done so two others could get there and they could poke a line in. GAH.
Transformers Animated doesn't get off scott-free either. The episode where they introduce the Constructicons flat out transcends stupidity. The Constructicons are a simple pair of recently animated construction worker robots who only want to drink oil and build things. They're not the most responsible pair, and when Bulkhead brings them home, they nearly decapitate Sari by accident. Optimus is understandably outraged, but apparently forgets that they're in the middle of a bloody war and kicks the two out of his base, completely apathetic about what happens to them. Naturally the Constructicons eventually run into the Decepticons - who the Autobots mentioned, but never went into detail about. When they see Megatron's plans, being construction workers, they offer him some construction tips, and their own services, on the grounds that Megatron can pay them in oil. When the Constructicons next run into the Autobots, they're simply gathering materials to build the device, and greet their old friend Bulkhead, who's positively furious about them helping the Decepticons, despite the Constructicons knowing exactly nothing about the war, or who they're helping, and rather than try to solve things diplomatically, turns violent. To top this off, when some bad oil winds up erasing the Constructicons' memories of the whole thing, Bulkhead still angrily attacks them and chases them off for crimes they can't even remember. So, rather than try to get on good terms with a pair of ultimately good natured newborns, the Autobots unanimously turn violent and contemptful towards the two for having the audacity to try and be neighborly to a group of robots who've yet to do anything wrong to the two, and making NO real effort to get them to understand that there's a war going on.
In Transformers Prime, while controlling Nemesis Prime, Silas boasts he is able to defeat the Autobots with a combination of his robot form and his immense combat knowledge. The problem with the second statement is that the Autobots have been fighting longer than there has been a human species. How is their combat abilities less than that of a guy fighting them through an interface? Not even at range, in hand-to-hand combat.
Might have something to do with his being a World-domination bent megalomaniac, good chance he was talking out his ass.
"Doug's in the Money". Doug finds an envelope filled with almost $15,000 that an old lady carelessly dropped in a gutter. He turns it in to the police in spite of the criticism and mocking of his friends, his family, and even the police officers. That's fine. But after 30 days, no one claims it and the money legally becomes Doug's. A Coincidental Broadcast a MONTH after the money was first lost reveals the identity of the lady to Doug, motivating him out of nothing but the goodness of his heart to return the money to the old lady. For his troubles, he receives nothing but a pack of gum. The writers railroaded Doug into doing the "right thing" under the shittiest conditions possible.
"Doug on First". Really, parents? Are you really so concerned about your kids having a chance at pitching for their baseball team that you'd have them switch pitchers for every batter on the biggest game of their year? Even though it's their team? Even though they didn't even care about that to begin with? Even though they know they would lose their game if they went with such a dumb idea?
Don't forget the episode "Doug Ripped Off!" where Doug's bike was supposedly stolen. Doug walks into his garage one day to find his bike disappeared. He panics of course, since the garage had no lock and anyone could walk in. Even the police said any neighborhood kid could have taken it. But when Doug sees Al and Moo riding down the street, on his freaking bike, Doug chases them down to get it back. But it turns out his parents sold his old bike to get him another one, and Doug is punished for stealing Al and Moo's bike when it clearly looked like they stole it.
Winx Club: An S3 ep has Tecna sacrifice herself to save Layla's realm. Just one problem with that: In doing so, she gets her Enchantix powers. It was firmly established earlier in the season that each girl is supposed to save someone from her own world through a great sacrifice to get hers. At no point did the episode, or even the series, feature (or even mention) anyone else from Tecna's world.
As of the end of S4, we still haven't been to Tecna's home-realm, and she's moved on from Enchantix to Believix.
This is far from the only complaint made about the third season. From that same season, we have this scene, in which Icy doesn't fight Bloom with fire even though she was shown getting that power two minutes ago, while Darcy (whose first action in the series was to detect Bloom hiding behind a trashcan) gets tangled with Stormy after Layla sneaks up behind them. The "best" part? These lapses in logic were the result of editing.
Regarding Tecna's Enchantix, some people have argued that Tecna still did save an entire realm and so she does deserve her Enchantix. I've heard some fans even suggest that someone simply may have been visiting Layla's realm during that time to justify it.
On an episode of Monster Buster Club (an otherwise quite enjoyable show), one B-plot revolved around team tomboy Sam. She is angry because there are "no female characters in comics" and has to make her own 'girl comics'. Now ok, you can argue that women are treated differently in comics or objectified; but to say that there are no women in comics at all... is simply ridiculous. Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, Lady Death, Photon was for a time Captain Marvel for crying out loud, Storm used to lead the X-Men. The claim is impossible to back up. It doesn't make Sam look 'strong' or 'passionate'; it makes her sound like she seriously didn't do her research... which is exactly what the writers did(n't) do.
The first season of The Batman is full of Wall Bangers. In "Topsy Turvy," experienced police detectives Bennett and Yin follow up on a Joker card they were sent with no return address telling them to come alone to an abandoned theater. Once they become trapped in gooey Joker gum, it's revealed that the Joker is behind this. They're surprised!
"The Man Who Would Be Bat". Detectives Bennett and Yin are pursuing The Batman and decide they can find him by following actual bats. These bats lead them to Wayne Enterprises, where the creepy Dr. Langstrom is using them to research a cure for deafness for his pink-clad little niece. Bruce decides to help by giving the little girl a hearing aid. Hearing aids do not work that way... It turns out the girl can hear — which Bruce should have figured out, since she answered the door after he knocked. Finally, he learns that Langstrom has been researching bats so he can turn into a giant bat that drains blood from the living. Offscreen. And he shoots globs of sticky spit. Bennett has to say, loudly, "What is this stuff?!" in true cliche fashion. Get Langstrom to drink the insta-cure. The End.
Not to mention if Langstorm knew his employer (which he should, he works for the guy) - he wouldn't have said it's for his deaf niece. Bruce Wayne is a famous philanthropist, of course he's going to help a little girl out.
Another problem with this episode: if you want to save a character from being an Expy of the Lizard, then don't make him a creepy stereotypical Mad Scientist with no redeeming qualities.
The biggest Wall Banger in the entire series is, immediately after a season finale that establishes her as a member of Batman's crew, even getting inside the Batmobile, Detective Yin drops off the face of the earth and is never heard from again on the show.
Something happened on an episode of the (otherwise awesome) Wolverine and the X-Men that made hardcore Marvel Comics fans furious. A young mutant character is kidnapped by the Brotherhood; his awesome, devastating energy powers harnessed for their evil deeds. Is it Havok? Vulcan? Gambit? Franklin Richards? Nope... Nitro! In the comic continuity, Nitro gave Captain Marvel cancer, killed scores of people, and is a ruthless sociopathic mercenary and drug addict. The whole episode is based around how nice, sweet, and innocent its Nitro is and how he just wants to be normal. Never mind that Nitro is not a mutant but a MUTATE — a normal human with powers created from exposure to radiation or whatever. Never mind that Nitro was categorically a villain in every single issue of the comics he's appeared in. Comics!Nitro is directly responsible for the death of hundreds of people. To the casual viewer, this will mean nothing; to a longtime Marvel fan-whore... it's like a Transformers comic book where Megatron adopts a puppy and then cries when the dog dies and has to be comforted by Starscream. Simply using, for example, Havok (who IS a mutant and more powerful) or a different character with similarly uncontrollable powers, say Wither, would have avoided this Alternate Continuity dissonance. The writers must have decided "Nitro is the guy who blows up" and stopped there.
The episode "Backlash" has the X-Men going off to battle Sentinels in an attempt to destroy Master Mold. Wolverine decides to leave someone behind to look after Tildie Soames, whom they had rescued in an earlier episode. He chooses to leave Shadowcat behind. Wouldn't you want someone on the team who can disrupt electrical systems when you're going to fight giant robots? The others failed to destroy Master Mold; that battle would probably have gone better if the rest of the X-Men had stayed behind and sent Shadowcat out alone.
There's also the episode where Emma goes into Scott's memories. First of all, when did Iceman get diagnosed with Merlin Sickness? Second, there's the scene where the X-Men's jet lands in a random New York street, then fight Magneto (making it look like he had just been waiting for them to show up as if they had planned this; with the Professor right there, nonetheless) and then once they beat him Magneto has a friendly conversation with the Professor while the X-Men congratulate each other like they just won a baseball game. Was this a training exercise set before Magneto's Face-Heel Turn or was this scene just written by a five-year-old?
At the start of the show, it seemed like Magneto's character had been written faithfully to his roots. Then, out of the freaking blue, we find out he's actually kept any disobedient mutants prisoner in Genosha. Why, you ask? Oh, because Magneto is the bad guy, and so he automatically has to do bad things, simple as that. And as if it wasn't already enough to go on the very long list of Magneto's Character Derailments, then he just stands back and watches Genosha be slaughtered so as to motivate the survivors. Are you freaking kidding me? Even Ultimate Magneto didn't do that!
Danny Phantom: the Laser-Guided Amnesia Danny induces at the end of "Reality Trip". All right, the use of the Reset Button was excusable, as was Danny destroying the reality Gauntlet; but mindwiping his parents was not. They had just made it clear that they love him regardless of his ghostly nature; Danny knew it would be this way if they ever found out; and they've tried to kill him once or twice without knowing he was their son. In short, there was no point in keeping his identity a secret from his family, and he knew it. But Status Quo Is God...
The Skunk Fu! episode "The Art of Art." Panda makes Skunk sculpt statues as one of his many Wax On, Wax Off training regimens. Skunk manages to build them, but only by allowing the Ninja Monkeys to ambush him while he's near the marble, which somehow results in a flawless sculpture every time. The other animals are so impressed by Skunk's apparent skills that they ask him to make more sculptures, which he does in the same fashion. But the repeated battles and the injuries suffered therein soon take their toll on Skunk, nearly driving him insane. The clincher? Panda reveals at the end that he knew about the attacks all along. Way to go, Panda. Let your young student risk his life by allowing your mortal enemies to maul him on a regular basis.
In the series, it's established that the reason Dragon is evil is because he was punished for his arrogance. Ok, fine, pride is a common villain flaw. However, the whole thing falls apart when you learn why he was punished for his arrogance. See, the backstory is that Dragon could control both water and fire and that there was a drought in the valley. Dragon asked if he could use his water powers to help save an important flower. And...the heavens say nothing. They never said he couldn't save the flower, so he does so. And, then he's punished for "disobeying the heavens" by having his water powers taken away causing him to be in constant burning pain. Wait a minute? How could Dragon have disobeyed the heavens? They didn't say anything. How was he supposed to know what he did was wrong? And, even if what he did was out of cockiness, it still doesn't change the fact that he used his powers to try and help instead of using them for evil.
Even worse is that none of the other animals stood up for Dragon. Not once did any of them defend Dragon for what he did or try to explain his actions. Nope, not a single animal even remotely tried to reason with the heavens regarding Dragon's actions or behavior. It's no wonder he wants revenge on the valley. With Friends Like These... after all.
Dragon's punishment for being arrogant also falls apart when you remember one of the main characters is Rabbit. Who is Rabbit, you ask? Rabbit is a cocky, smug, Small Name, Big Ego character who just loves to brag about how awesome he is. And, yet, he's still treated like a hero despite this cockiness. Yes, it's mostly played for laughs, but it doesn't excuse the fact that Rabbit is/was just as cocky as Dragon. So, wait, arrogance is bad unless it's ok, but only when it's funny? What kind of a lesson is that?
What's worse is that the show treats the whole ordeal as if Dragon was doomed to turn evil no matter what. Really? Just, really!? No one has ever even attempted to try and sway Dragon away from the path to evil? Not once did the animals of the valley nor the heavens even attempt to make sure Dragon never turned evil. The heavens pretty much doomed everyone by punishing Dragon causing him to fully turn evil and swear revenge on the valley. Plus, if the heavens knew Dragon's arrogance would cause him to become evil, why not jut remove all of his powers and make him mortal (which would render him no longer a threat), or erase his memories (if possible) so he doesn't remember being arrogant and evil, or, heck, why not just kill him and stop him for good before he has a chance to become a threat? There were so many possibilities to ensure that Dragon never became evil, but, intead, the heavens decide to turn the whole ordeal into a Stable Time Loop.
Also another Titanic movie for doing the exact same thing. But only this time it features talking evil sharks, a talking octopus that saves the ship and dolphins that use "magic moon beams"...
The idea of adapting the Titanic into a children's film is a wallbanger because it can't be done without watering it down for little kids. It shouldn't have been attempted.
In one episode of Ozzy and Drix, Ozzy goes through mitosis. The result is a mutated clone (he has 4 arms), and after getting Ozzy out of the way, he steals the iodine that will allow Hector to grow. What's wrong with that? Well, remember I said the clone had 4 arms? During the hold-up, all 4 of his arms are visible (he previously had the 2 extras hidden)... and yet NOBODY-not the police, not Maria, not even Drix-notices that 'Ozzy' has 2 extra arms! They all automatically assume that Ozzy (the real one) is guilty! Hey, morons! Are you stupid or something?! YOU CAN SEE THAT IT'S NOT THE REAL OZZY!
In Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos, the plot of "Menace from Space". If you're in the process of launching a space shuttle, and you know that terrorists have already infiltrated the airbase and are trying to board the shuttle at that very moment, you stop the countdown and abort the launch. You do not allow the shuttle to take off with the terrorists aboard so they can use it as a platform for their Wave Motion Gun.
The Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Eyes of Despero" introduces the rather inept Green Lantern G'Nort. Throughout the episode, G'Nort is constantly shown as being very incompetent, and apparently he is only in the Green Lantern Corps because "an influential uncle pulled a few strings". Since he, Guy Gardner, and Sinestro are apparently all that remain of the Corps, he tags along in their quest to defeat Despero. At the episode's climax, G'nort is given a simple but important task: drain Mogo's power battery into his ring so that Despero can't use Mogo as a weapon. All G'Nort needs to do to accomplish this is say the Green Lantern oath, which of course, he can't remember. As a result, Batman and Gardner almost get killed until G'Nort remembers that he's carrying a note with the oath written on it. What makes this a Wall Banger is that at the end of the episode, Batman insists that G'Nort is the one who deserves the credit for Despero's defeat. Why? Any remotely competent Green Lantern could've accomplished what G'Nort did without using a cheat sheet. If anything, the episode proves G'Nort is completely unfit to be a Lantern. Made even worse because G'Nort doesn't even seem to like being one.
Also, about mind controlling Mogo... how the hell can you mind-control A PLANET?! Mogo's core (read "mind") is a central power battery which draws from ALL THE WILLPOWER OF THE UNIVERSE! Control that mind, and you are controlling every mind in the universe!
It was eventually revealed in the comics that G'Nort and his uncle were part of a fake GLC of morons designed to discredit the real Corps during a period when the Guardians were in another dimension. G'nort helps Guy stop the fake Lanterns, and is rewarded by being made a real GL... for a sector with no life in it that he can't endanger through his stupidity.
Captain N: The Game Master, Kevin chooses to stay in the video-game world in the pilot as opposed to going home, NOT because they still need him, but because he hears his mother reminding him to get his homework done and take the trash out.
This was retconned in the second season. Lana (somehow) knows that if Kevin goes back through the warp to the real world he can never use it again and will lose all his memories of Videoland.
Exo Squad has one in the episode "Blitzkrieg." JT attempts to belay an order given by his superior that calls for the fastest ships in the Exo fleet to leave behind the slower ones to get to Earth as fast as possible. This plan cuts the fleet's strength in half and dooms the entire fleet AND, in their inevitable defeat, humanity as a whole. At JT's trial, despite the fact that it's clear that the order given would doom homo sapiens to enslavement, JT is sentenced to death. Why? Simply because he admitted to disobeying the order. Once he admits to disobeying it, no further debate is held.
Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats had this Wall Banger in "Heathcliff Pumps Iron." Heathcliff gets back at Pecks Beefcake for stealing his girl by sabotaging their canoe trip. How does he do it? By drilling a hole in the canoe. Pecks begins to panic because he can't swim and as he's drowning, Sonja CALLS HIM OUT FOR BEING A WUSS. Heathcliff paddles over and saves Sonja, then notices Pecks crying for help. He helps him by extending an oar... but flips him on top of his capsized canoe. When we last see Pecks, he spits out water like a fountain as his canoe sinks for good. How can Heathcliff and Sonja enjoy their relationship in the end knowing that Pecks could very well have possibly drowned?
In this children's show Caillou, the main protagonist Caillou is excited about going to the circus with his friends. When his little sister wants to come he tells her no. She starts crying and his father reprimands him saying his friends might not even take him to the circus and he's all like "BUT THEY PROMISED!" The episode then starts giving out An Aesop about keeping promises. WHAT. THE. HECK. His friends' parents DIDN'T EVEN CALL THE HOUSE TO TELL THEM THAT THEY CHANGED PLANS! The main point is that Caillou was being disrespectful (as usual) to his sister and not that his friends blew him off (which they never did)!
Oh, there's an even biggerWall Banger than that. In another episode, Caillou tells his Mom that he thinks some strange man (who he doesn't even know, obviously) is scary. So, what does the Mom do? Does she talk to the man and show Caillou that you can't judge people by how they look? Nope, she has Caillou spend some time at the man's house All. By. Himself. Let me remind everyone that this is a complete and utter stranger that neither Caillou or his Mom have ever met before. Great parenting there, Caillou's Mom!
What happened to Baxter Stockman in the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon in "Revenge of the Fly". In the episode, he's turned half the town into bug mutants and the only way to change them back is by using Shredder's Retromutagen Ray on them. All fine and dandy, but why didn't the turtles think to use it on Baxter Stockman, whose entire motivation for revenge on the turtles is the fact that he's a giant mutant fly and that he wants to be human again? Instead they kick Baxter into a dimension portal (that he's conveniently standing next to), wrestle the gun away from him, shut off the machine and strand him in another dimension, and then destroy the gun. What the Hell, Hero?
Actually, if I remember correctly, Baxter took the gun specifically to use it on himself and jumped into the portal voluntarily to get away from the Turtles; they jumped in after him and only had enough time to get the gun from him and escape before the portal closed. The banging doesn't end there, though. They destroy the gun after restoring the city to normal, which makes you wonder why they wouldn't use it on Splinter beforehand - until you remember that Splinter had long ago accepted and preferred his fate. So how in the world was the gun back in perfect working condition when they use it on the mutant rats in "Wrath of the Rat King?"
Gaia from Captain Planet and the Planeteers and her obvious The Gods Must Be Lazy way of doing things. She sends five teenagers with magic rings out to deal with the villains with little more than a "I will be with you in spirit," and at no point do they adequately explore just what she is doing all the while that is more important than taking an active role in the missions. Yes, a couple of the badguys, specifically Greedly and Sludge, are total losers who the average 8-year-old child could easily thwart, but at least one of them was near-godlike in power and indeed was supposed to be Gaia's opposite number. Instead of getting off her divine ass and deal with this dude personally like any good goddess should, she pretty much leaves it to the kids as usual. Seriously?!
Pretty much every episode of Captain Planet contains at least one Wall Banger, but "The Numbers Game" takes the cake for taking The Complainer Is Always WrongUp to Eleven. First, it's an episode teaching ten-year-old viewers about proper reproductive choices. Not exactly friendly for any large families watching, but let's move on. At the beginning, Wheeler is the one who believes this, and gets called out at the others for arguing that people shouldn't have more kids than they can afford, telling him children shouldn't "just be for the rich" or something. Then Wheeler falls asleep and dreams that he and Linka are married with seven or eight kids and another on the way. This decision apparently caused the world to become a polluted dystopia, because of course one large family is enough to use all of Hope Island's resources. In the dream the other Planeteers are still calling him out, this time for having so many kids (but not Linka, because obviously she had no say in this). Wheeler gets one throwaway line pointing out that dream!Kwame is also acting irresponsible (he has two kids but is very wasteful), and then is ignored. When Wheeler wakes up he tells Linka that he doesn't ever want to have more than two kids, having evidently learned a lesson... except it was a lesson he already knew beforehand! Meanwhile, the other Planeteers presumably still think he's a jerk for not liking kids.
The stereotyping looks even more ridiculous when you remember that Wheeler (like every other member of the group, save for Gi) hails from a poor, working-class family. His characterization might be understandable if he was middle or upper-class American, but as it was there was absolutely no reason for his wasteful behavior.
Loonatics Unleashed had one in "The Black Cloak of Velvet". In the beginning, Duck and Tech make a bet that Duck can't go one week without using technology. Duck manages to keep his end until the climax, when he uses his cell phone to free Tech from his brainwashing. Tech response is to collect his reward for winning and mock him. Even though Duck saved the day, everyone still treats him like a Butt Monkey. What the hell?
There is a blackface gag; in the lineup of white Nazi ducks going "Sieg heil!", one black duck yells in a very stereotypical blackface voice, "Sieg heil, boys, I'm from South Germany!" Though the joke can easily be less about blackface than making the gag that Nazi Germany sucks by lampshading that non-whites were not among Hitler's desired soldiers.
Let's face it: There's a lot of reasons, particularly to long time players of the source material that could cause some serious structural integrity breaches, to the point that the Sourcebook covering the events of the series use the majority of the sidebars to give in universe explanations as to why events in the series were fabricated for better viewing. One of the biggest Fridge Logic wallbangers being the ending of the finale. Yes, the series was cut short, but still:
Malthus pulled an Exact Words interpretation of his deal with Steiner. The Clans are Honor Before Reason fanatics for the most part, and him pulling this kind of trick is a Jerk Ass move of the highest order and not typical of the Clan mindset either. But more important than the 'why' is-
How in the heck do you evacuate a million plus people (According to the above-mentioned Sourcebook) in the span of a couple of hours? Even if you had enough dropships to do it (Which is incredibly doubtful considering how far the Jade Falcons were being stretched by the Wolves' antics in the war), it just doesn't seem physically possible to load up a million or more people in only half a day at the most. The Sourcebook explains this with a bit of Fridge Horror, in that the Falcons already offloaded the majority of the population in the span of the series, but this only raises further questions on why the Falcons would bother, considering how many other planets they had taken, and how a Star Colonel (the Clan equivalent of a Colonel in a normal army) would ever have or get the authorization to make such a widescale evacuation, particularly in the face of it being the result of the dishonor of losing a trial, not the honor of winning it.
The impossible Twist Ending to the Chowder episode "Hands on a Big Mixer": Chowder wins for being the last one to have his hand on the mixer, but then when he takes his hand off, it turns out that Mr. Chestnut was there too, even though he was never there before and wins it.
Chowder: Man, I always hate it when they have a twist at the end!
TaleSpin, while usually a rather enjoyable and heartwarming show, wasn't void of these moments either. Episodes like "Save The Tiger" and "Your Baloo's In The Mail" are notable for evolving the Baloo (yeah, THATBaloo) into almost the same idioticJerk Ass territory as Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson had as of recently. Rebecca, while hardly void of abusive moments to Baloo herself at times, came off as a borderline Woobie for the hell she put with on these occasions. "Baloo's In The Mail" especially enters Dude, Not Funny! territory for many fans.
Men In Black The Series: Much of the early seasons revolved around The Men in Black ditching their overall mission to protect Earth from dangerous aliens in favor of humiliating Agent J every chance they got. One of K's favored tactics was purposefully withholding vital facts about the Bizarre Alien Biology of the aliens they were about to encounter until J screwed everything up and it was too late (that J was a newbie and it was his partner's responsibility to educate him about such things never figured into it). One of the many Wall Bangers came when they were protecting an alien diplomat from an assassination. J brought coffee into the room, accidentally dousing the alien's bodyguard and causing him to explode. K calmly announces the aliens in question explode when they come into contact with liquids. The Men in Black basically allowed J to put their entire mission at risk, considering he could have accidentally doused the diplomat herself (the diplomat was signing a treaty that next day and exploding takes a week to recover from).
It's even worse than that. As the bodyguard will take too long to regenerate, the Men in Black decide to have an agent go undercover in an alien bodysuit to protect the diplomat. Fair enough, but you should already know who they give the assignment to. What follows is a J getting a cram session about the alien species' culture (habits, language, etc.) and then "comedic" pratfalls endured by the disguised agent while on the job. The Wallbanger becomes evident because K and virtually every other agent seen knew all about this species. Why waste valuable time getting the newest agent up to speed and go through all of this when anyone else could've done the job?
Following Zed's retirement, a weakened Alpha crashes an alien ship and steals the body parts of the alien criminals inside. With his new powers and body made of Badass Incarnate, he captures Agent J and uses a Mind Probe on him to learn Zed's location. After he leaves, Agent L rescues J and reveals Zed's not retired: every last one of J's fellow agents was pulling a Massive MultiplayerBatman Gambit on J to trick Alpha into reading J's mind, with armed agents lying in wait at the "retirement" spot. In other words; the Men in Black knew Alpha would attack the alien ship and, rather than spring a trap at the ship against a weakened Alpha, they let him upgrade himself with the alien goodies that made him Nigh Invulnerable and planned to take him down afterwards. The plan falls apart spectacularly, as Alpha picked up on J not being entirely fooled by Zed's phony retirement and took two steps ahead of their ambush. So the MIB got what they deserve for underestimating J and for using him as a mere pawn than treat him like a fellow agent.
Not too mention that their entire plan to actually take Alpha down apparently consisted of surrounding him with no contingencies in case that didn't work or even a plan to evacuate Zed. They don't even think to use the clones or holograms they clearly have access to.
While the third season was subject to quite a bit of Seasonal Rot, one episode in particular stands out: They need J to go undercover at a high school to protect the son of an alien ruler. So, considering that Jay is an adult in his late 20s at least, do they send him in as a substitute teacher? Or maybe the janitor? No, they send him in as a student. Even in the show, no one buys it for a minute.
You don't even have to look further than the pilot episode "The Long Goodbye Syndrome". To elaborate, K and J are sent to stop a Skraaldian multiplication in a sewer. Before going in, K hands J a special weapon without explaining him how to use it. They find the Skraaldian (a bear-sized, bipedal, crab-like monster) which quickly overpowers K, and J, incapable of figuring how to use said weapon, decides to shoot the alien with his Noisy Cricket, killing it. Then, K nonchalantly explains that he really wasn't in danger and now, J's a wanted target for every other Skraaldian on their home planet Skraal. And since the Skraaldians have a hive mentality and are locked on to his DNA, it won't be easy for him to escape. From here, absolutely everybody treats J like a dead man walking until the end, where K pulls a Batman Gambit to save J and end up like a hero, never mind the fact it was technically his fault this happened.
The Cleveland Show: The episode "Terry Unmarried". Seth Mac Farlane and his crew showed that not all gay guys act like the stereotype. Ok, cool. Cleveland realizes he's in a gay bar because of the presence of fat chicks. Sure, why not? Problem 1: Terry has never shown signs of being gay. In one episode he's a stripper for a female audience (and even has sex with a few of them). Problem 2: He says that he had sex with a lot of women and a few guys. They just say he's gay and not say... Oh what's it called, being attracted to both men and women... BISEXUAL. So in every show you make, a man (not women by the way) has to be either gay or straight, never bi, right Seth and crew?!
The Looney Tunes episode called "Canned Feud" is a prime example. Sylvester's family goes on vacation but forgets to put him out. Fortunately he finds a cupboard full of canned tuna and cat food, but discovers that he also needs a can opener. Predictably a mean mouse has the only can opener, and the rest of the cartoon is the poor cat trying either to get it or find a way to open the cans without it. Then when he finally gets it he finds out that the cupboard has been locked and the mouse has the key. I have to wonder why did they make this episode?
Later we have The Looney Tunes Show and Monster Talent. The "I like it." phrase of Bugs Bunny achieved memetic status in-universe and people are constantly asking him to say it. For most of the time, it's funny. But then his house is set on fire (by Daffy, but considering who we are talking about, that's nothing new), and fire fighters are extinguishing the fire. Then Bugs comes. Guess what fire fighters do? They stop extinguishing the fire, until he says that memetic phrase. Even after saying it, Bugs has to put the fire himself. Then on the talent show, a woman ask him to say it. But Bugs won't say that because he's irritated by that point. Then she calls him a "typical Holywood jerk". Okay, this was supposed to be funny, but these last two examples (discounting Bugs saying it on his own as both first and the very last example) are just ridiculous.
I tried to watch it and give it a chance but no more after "The Float". Daffy (who at that point had been getting dumber with each passing second of each episode and a bigger asshole as well) wants a yacht but can't afford it so what does he do? He tricks Porky into giving him all his money under the guise of needing a kidney trasnplant. He takes all of Porky's money leaving him broke and homeless and buys the damn thing and shows no remorse over his actions, claiming Porky should've made more money. At least he has a job you good for nothing son of a bitch! Then he tricks Porky into untying him and throws him and Bugs overboard to keep them from returning it and getting Porky's money back!
In the Jimmy Two-Shoes episode "Something About Herman" Heloise disguises herself as a boy to hang out with Jimmy and Beezy, but at the end it turns out it really was Heloise's identical cousin Herman, even though we clearly saw Heloise putting on the disguise earlier, not her identical cousin Herman! Did Herman come to drop off zombie parts just before they pranked him with the minecart or what?
The entire Girls' Night Out Episode makes me smash my head into brick. Basically, Scott interferes in a training exercise being done by Amara, who's being watched over by Jean. When disaster strikes, and Scott saves them, Jean flies off the handle when Scott makes a bad joke. Scott obviously feels bad about this and tries to apologize, and Jean herself even says she know Scott meant nothing off color about it! But when Jerk Jock Duncan comes around and makes Jean mad, again, she flips out and out of nowhere turns into a Straw Feminist. Later in the episode, Jean, Amara, Tabitha, Rogue, and Kitty form an all female vigilante group to prove they are just as capable as the guys. What? Since when was it in question that the girls weren't as good as the boys? Has Rogue not repeatedly been a major point in saving the day at least twice in each season? Is Jean not destined to become a cosmic horror? Basically, the entire thing starts because Jean is just PMSing at every male she sees.
An episode of Babar: The Adventures Of Badou has Badou and Monroe(?) saving Sleek (A wild black panther) from a poacher that wants to capture and sell her. Badou's reasoning is that nobody should be locked in a cage, not even Sleek. Um, Badou? I'm sure your heart was in the right place, but, aren't you forgetting something? Like maybe the fact that Sleek has been known to try to attack and kill anyone who enters her territory including you? Locking her up would be a good thing because then she wouldn't be able to go around attacking any innocent people that head into the jungle.
The first episode of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes ("Breakout") contains one. The 4 top-security prisons for supervillains are located in a Desert (good), in a mountain range (good) shrunk and being transported in a hoverplane (why? Why not 'shrunk and in a top security facility'?) and at the bottom of New York Harbour! Even worse, all it takes is a power cut to cause total failure of the security systems! And the Hoverplane was on a course that also took it past New York! Did the Authorities want to cause a major crisis for the civilian population as soon as anything went wrong?
And then in "Ultron 5", when the Avengers are confronting the Serpent Society, the villains have hostages. Ant-Man tries to convince the others to talk the bad guys down. Iron Man's response? He tells everyone to pick a snake and fight. While they had hostages. They were completely disregarding the safety of those civilians.
From the same episode: are we really supposed to believe the Hulk fell all the way from outer space into the exact same room the fight with Ultron was going on in? (Artistic License – Physics is taken to the max where there's no giant crater even though there should be) Sure, Hulk has always been a Deus ex Machina, but that's really pushing it.
In "Behold... The Vision" Captain America tries to convince Black Panther to rejoin. Panther says their old leader Iron Man had abandoned the team in Secret Invasion when their trust fell apart. Even though Panther quit for the exact same reason BEFORE Iron Man did.
Often infamous for her skewed priorities when it comes to superheroes, Maria Hill manages to top herself in "Hail Hydra!" With Hydra and A.I.M. forces wrecking the city, fighting for the cosmic cube no less, what does she do? Takes the majority of S.H.I.E.L.D. forces in the area to intercept the Avengers before they can get involved and holds them at gunpoint. She then threatens them in an effort to force them to join S.H.I.E.L.D. with the promise she will enforce a Superhuman Registration Act via congress and open fire on them if they do not immediately comply. She actually does the latter. All the while in the background Hydra and A.I.M. are merrily blasting one another, heedless of any collateral damage or civilians caught in the crossfire, as they attempt to gain control of limitless energy. Words cannot express the sheer blind stupidity on Hill's part.
Episodes of ProStars are riddled with this. In the first episode alone, we have a ridiculously convoluted evil scheme from a Mad Scientist to gain revenge on his enemies and bankrupt the baseball industry. He does so by kidnapping a sports star/museum curator, holding him as bait for his son, kidnapping the son and using him as a bargaining chip for the sports star, and using a device that allows him to turn inanimate objects into remote-controlled automatons to fill in the gaps. Well... he just invented a device that allows him to remotely control any inanimate object. There are surely a billion ways that his evil plan for revenge can work with just that single premise, or maybe he could sell the device and make a fortune? For an evil genius, his plan really lacks focus.
Alvin and the Chipmunks involved an It's a Wonderful Plot for Dave. (Basically, after feeling he's ruined the boys' day by dealing with a lemony car, flubbing a soccer game play, and having to break the news to Alvin that they can't go to summer camp, Dave feels depressed and feels that they'd be better off without him) The Wallbanger is in Simon's story. (Long story short, it's about a spelling bee he had in kindergarten, and Dave helped him when he felt he couldn't spell anything.) In the Daveless future, Simon can't spell anything, but here's the Wallbanger: At the spelling bee Simon is given the word: "Mississippi" (hard word for a five-year-old), but when Simon misspells it, EVERYONE STARTS LAUGHING AT POOR SIMON! Yes, you read right, the entire audience full of supposedly mature adults bursts out laughing at a kindergartner who just tried to spell a word that he shouldn't be able to until he's eight, and traumatizes the poor guy. That's just cruel.
Archer usually avoids this, since its nonsensical elements and the idiotic actions of its characters are usually played for laughs, but it unfortunately runs headlong into this at the end of "Skin Game." Archer's dead fiancee Katya is resurrected as a cyborg, and when she feels she can no longer find acceptance among humans, she runs off with the only other cyborg on the show: Barry. The same Barry who caused her death and forced her to become a cyborg in the first place. All this despite the two trying to kill each other less than a minute earlier, Archer protesting that he still loves her even though she's a cyborg, and the fact that she had spent her entire career fawning over Archer.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Just how many problems exactly could Ariel have avoided by writing down the fact that she was the one who saved Eric's life? He already thinks she looks like his rescuer and once she accounts the exact details of the hurricane, the gunpowder and his garish statue he received as a gift there would be absolutely no doubt as to her identity. She wouldn't even needed to have told him she was a Mermaid just that she had lost her voice. If she had done this the exact moment she arrived at Eric's castle it would also have cancelled out anything Ursula could set in motion to stop her because she simply wouldn't have had the time to do anything about it (her imposter arrives two days afterwards). This strategy is such a foolproof and obvious way to circumvent the fact that she can no longer talk it flows quite nicely into Idiot Ball territory.
The Wallbangers go far further than that due to Triton's laughable decision making. He doesn't kill or imprison Ursula before the film begins even though he must know that she is kidnapping and enslaving Merfolk to a Fate Worse Than Death (there must be a good fifty souls in Ursula's garden who were surely reported missing at some point.) He doesn't realize destroying Ariel's prize possessions and declaring that he wants all humans to die would most likely make his human infatuated, love-struck teenage daughter run away and do something stupid. But the crowning cherry on this cake is that instead of just killing Ursula at the end of film (which Eric proves will undo all of her magic and void the deal) he just signs the contract like a complete fool without putting up even a token fight - dooming every creature under the ocean and possibly the shipping and coastal towns above it. All things considered Triton is a god-awful King who most likely is only still in power due to him possessing the Merfolk equivalent of WMD.
The second one is even worse. At the beginning of the movie, Ursula's sister, Morgana, tries to kill Ariel and Eric's newborn daughter Melody as revenge for killing Ursula. She fails and escapes, threatening to kill Melody if she ever goes out to sea. Does Ariel tell Melody that an evil sea witch will kill her if she sets foot in the ocean? Nope, she builds a giant wall around the castle and never tells Melody about Morgana. Great idea, Ariel. In fact, the wall is completely useless because Melody found a way to get past it and play in the ocean. Melody eventually finds a locket that was given to her by Triton on the day of her birth but fell into the sea and shows it to Ariel and admits that she was playing in the sea. Does Ariel tell her about Morgana then? Heck no. She gets angry and refuses to tell her anything about her past. So Melody finally gets fed up with her bullcrap and runs away to find out about her past. Just, wow. This all could've been avoided if Ariel just TOLD MELODY ABOUT MORGANA!
The third movie isn't much better. We see how Ariel's mother died. Was she killed by humans? Yes, but here's the wall banger. She willingly put herself in the path of danger! To elaborate, everyone manages to return beneath the surface in time before the ship passes, but just as Athena is about to go under, she notices she accidentally left the music box Triton gave her when she went to free one of her daughters, whose tail had gotten stuck between two rocks. Yes, the music box is precious, but it's a darn music box! Triton could've made another one! Instead of losing a simple material possession, he loses his wife and seven children are left motherless, thus setting off the movie's plot and Triton's hatred of humans. The entire plot of the movie - and perhaps even the original one - could've been avoided if Athena had realized a music box is nowhere near as important as returning in one piece to her family.
The 6teen episode "The Girls in the Band". Jen and Caitlin want to audition for a DawgToy video, but Jen drags an unwilling Nikki along for moral support. Jen is about to win the audition when Nikki sneezes, blows out her nose ring, and walks onto the stage to retrieve it. Jen then tells the manager, "She could never handle the dance steps." Nikki then proves her wrong by showing off her dance moves, and winning. That's not the wall banger — the real wall banger is that Jen declares Nikki a traitor for showing her up, completely ignoring that she insulted Nikki, her friend (in front of DawgToy's manager, no less), which led to Nikki accepting the challenge and winning the spot in the video, and that she made the decision to drag Nikki to the auditions, when Nikki didn't even want to be there in the first place. What the hell, Jen?
In the episode "Idol Time at the Mall", Wyatt gets angry when none of his friends show up for his first performance and Nikki is asleep. Its already a tad bit extreme that he'd change the lyrics in his song just to bad-mouth them for not being there. It reaches wall banger levels when Wyatt sings about Nikki saying "Nikki thinks she's tough, she can't even wake up". The reason Nikki was asleep was because she was exhausted from WRITING HIS SONG with him. She could have stayed home and slept but she went out of her way to go to his concert.
Veggie Tales is usually very good at teaching morals that can be understood and accepted, regardless of age or what religion one follows. However, An Easter Carol has a HUGE problem with its moral. The basic moral of the story of Easter is that there is life after death. The problem? At the beginning of the third act, Hope, the magical time-traveling angel that is also a music-box, shows a world without the Christian church where everyone is a hopeless, apathetic jerk. So, basically, it's saying that EVERYONE who isn't a Christian is a horrible person. Bob and Larry, there are several Atheists, Agnostics, and non-Christian religious followers who would like to have a word with you two.
Planet Sheen: The show's entire premise is one big wall banger. This spin off of Jimmy Neutron has Sheen utterly indifferent to the fact that the people who care about him, Jimmy, Cindy, Libby, Carl, his father, his grandmother and his uncle are probably worried sick about him. Sheen could be a jerk occasionally but he always did care about his friends and family. And you know the biggest wall banger here; Jimmy is probably held responsible for Sheen's disappearance. Also, he has made no effort to return home; granted Sheen also isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he has Mr. Nesmith, someone who could repair the rocket but won't even consider doing that.
The Goof Troop episode "Leader of the Pack" makes an assumption in its plot that PJ would consider not being able to eat at a specific fast food restaurant a pressing issue. Max, who is fairly fortunate, is understandable, but PJ is a sympathetic No Respect Guy, repeatedly learns that Being Good Sucks, and has an Abusive Father. He notices these major, consistent problems that the show normally takes seriously, but he seems to entirely forget that he has them in this episode. This was one of the only episodes where Pete had no screen time, but just because he's offscreen shouldn't mean he doesn't exist, and unlike the other episode Pete is absent in, "Lethal Goofin'", PJ is portrayed as a victim anyway, except for problems he shouldn't even notice because they're so minor. It needlessly demeans his characterization and disregards his narrative purpose, while he was barely necessary for the plot of the episode in the first place despite being the second-most focused-on regular in it.
The Cramp Twins episode "Wolfman Wayne". Lucien is convinced there's something wrong with a new brand of dog food and wants to prove it. Does he give it to a dog to prove his point? No, that's, as he puts it, "animal testing". So, he gives it to his brother Wayne, if anything out of spite rather than to show there's something wrong with it (he even convinces him eating dog food would turn him into a werewolf, but that's a different story). In the end, Wayne goes crazy from the dog food, and Lucien says he's going to write "so many angry letters". Because, y'know, nothing proves dog food is bad than when you give it to a human boy.
Then there's "The Great Lucioni", where everyone believes that Lucien made Wayne disappear into non-existance with a simple magic trick - not real magic, mind you; a simple magician's illusion! Then when Lucien disappears to Tony's house at the end, their parents believe that Wayne made Lucien disappear too!
There's one episode of Adventures from the Book of Virtues called "Responsibility" where Annie gets a new bike and two cakes from her mother and Zach asks her to race with him to the mountain, but Annie declines sincerely so Zach has to ride off on his own. Seeing that he has good biking skills, Annie is tempted to race with him and they have fun, but then the front wheel of her bike runs into a rock and causes her to ruin it as well as the cakes. Then she angrily BLAMES Zach for making her race with him and they start arguing until the bison Plato cuts them off! Seriously, didn't Annie recognize she changed her mind after rejecting Zach's offer and that she destroyed her own bike? And why did this incident make her so mad at her friend? At least An Aesop helped solve everything and get the kids back together.
The fourth season episode of Honesty, in which Zach offers Annie fifteen dollars to paint her mother's fence, but after they're done, Annie doesn't let him pay her, which makes him mad at her for a majority of the episode.
Also in the fourth season is an episode about Integrity, in which Zach brings to school an Egyptian replica that his father gave him as a history assignment. When he reads it out loud in class, he embarrasses the other students and the teacher, and then Annie chews him out for lying about the project so she thinks he's getting away with it.
Then there's the final episode, which is a Two-PartChristmas Special about A Christmas Carol. Zach wants to do the School Play based on A Christmas Carol because it's his favorite play every Christmas (he always plays the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the story), but Annie hogs the class's Drama Club by trying to put up a play about a space-themed Christmas tale she made up called "I'm Dreaming of a Galactic Christmas" so she can only be there for the money to Zach's chagrin. After having an argument about replacing the Christmas Carol play with "Galactic Christmas", they apologize outside while a barefoot orphan boy (who has a major role in the episode) spots them. After that, Annie insults the poor orphan when he throws a snowball at her and even kicks down his snowman (what the heck?). Then she loses it again at the auditorium when her "Galactic Christmas" play becomes a disaster because of her classmates!
Some episodes of The Dreamstone can come off as a tad macebre as a result of the over the top sympathetic depiction of the Urpneys. In earliest episodes at least, most of the Urpneys were unwilling cowards who had to attempt to steal the Dreamstone out of threat of torture and death from Zordrak. The heroes seem perfectly aware of this, but hefty suspension of disbelief relies on them being completely convinced they are jerks deserving of any punishment they get anyway (for trying to give them bad dreams no less) and make the unsettling habit of gleefully torturing them much more often than vice versa (and sometimes even dragging them back for more). "Blob's Incredible Plan", where more than half the episode is devoted to the heroes smugly devising a Humiliation Conga for the Urpneys out of sheer boredom is a particularly painful example. Note that unlike even the similar complaints issued towards Ed, Edd n Eddy, where most of the Ed's foes are intentionally portrayed as jerks or bullies anyway, the heroes are conveyed as little below perfectly messianic and peaceful beings regardless, with all of maybe one or two light cases their overzealous treatment actually faces any sort of karmic backfire (and even for them the Urpneys are usually much more lenient on the heroes than they ever were to them).
Wall Bangers apparently go back as far as the Stone Age. In an episode of The Flintstones ("The Hot Piano") it's the Flinstones' anniversary and Fred realizes that he hasn't really done anything super special for Wilma on this day. To make a long story short, he winds up getting a piano more or less off the black market from some dude named 88 Fingers Louie who is wanted by the police. Speaking of the latter, at the end of the episode they just about reach the same level of WTF as the police in Sponge Bob Square Pants. The police mistake Fred for Louie and don't buy it even though Fred insists that he isn't. This leads to the first part of the Wall Banger. Aside from the fact that they want to throw Fred in the clink for twenty years just for running a red lighton the runaway piano, every time Fred tries to tell the police chief that he is not Louie, he refuses to let him speak. Fair enough, but notice how he lets Fred speak UNLESS he tries to tell him he isn't Louie, otherwise he is met with a loud "QUIET!!" Then comes the second part of the wall banger. The police allow Loui-er, Fred to give the piano to Wilma, and after a rather sweet scene where Fred presents it to Wilma, they try to take Fred back to jail thinking he's still Louie. Now get this: Not only do the police still believe him to be the crook, but they blatantly ignore, not only Fred, but even Wilma's insistance that he is NOT the guy they are looking for! They are only convinced when they hear that the real guy was caught. Honestly, surely they would have considered the testimony of someone who knows the accused person rather than just blowing him or her off like that!
WordGirl: OK, I get that the parents are idiots (and so are all the other characters of this show) but how can one not notice that Wordgirl bears a striking resemblance to Becky? She doesn't so much as wear a mask, all she wears is a freaking open faced helmet!
In Legion Of Superheroes, there's an episode where the team stays for a night on a satellite that projects their worst fears. It's a good concept, no doubt... Except their "greatest fears" are bullshit like scary movies they've seen, toy clowns, and roller-coasters they were afraid of when they were kids. Nothing like, say, losing control of your superpowers and becoming a danger to the world, failing to save your friends from death, or even making Lightning Lad relive losing his sister and his brother turning against him. Superman (losing the people he cares about) and Brainiac 5 (his race attempting to forcefully reclaim him) were the only ones with convincing fears. Yes, Superman is the morally superior guy, but COME ON. Everyone else just looks petty.
At the end of Justice League: Doom, Batman gives a speech where he slams the JL for not having any contingency plans in the event they went rogue, and quits. Superman then points out that Batman made a contingency plan for everyone going rogue but himself. Batman then says that his plan was the Justice League, and Superman just accepts that as that, and the movie ends on that note, as though Batman were right all along, and he had a perfect system in place. Problem is, there's not much of anything showing that the Justice League could have done anything to stop a rogue Batman without Batman's help: it took the coincidence/contrived stupidity of Bane not killing Batman when he had the chance, and Cyborg being in the vicinity of Wonder Woman and not a full member of the Justice League (and therefore not having a protocol to stop him), to get the Justice League back in action. Even with Cyborg being able to stop Wonder Woman, there's not much evidence to show they could have done much to solve the problems had Batman not escaped and solved the problems that Batman essentially created in the first place. So, how is the Justice League a legitimate contingency plan to stop a rogue Batman again?
The idea is that because Batman is mortal and is basically little more than an incredibly fit and intelligent man with a belt full of toys; that a group of superheroes with powers that make Deities look unimpressive should be able to stop him under normal conditions. In practice however it falls into the trap (and I know this is a tired meme but it fits the situation just so perfectly) that he is the God-Damned Batman. Not even Bruce apparently realizes just how much of a Badass Normal he is.
Made worse that most of the plans we see require the Justice League to still be heroic for them to work. Or did Batman expect to sneak up on and slip a bomb on The Flash, or for Superman to stand still and let him shoot a kryptonite bullet at him? Considering the villains stole the plans they implemented from Batman himself... Maybe the Dark Knight should look in the mirror if he wants to find a rogue League member.
Ultimate Spider-Man gets a lot of hate, particularly for the team Spidey's supposed to be a part of. Well, with the introduction they're given, can you really help it? One of the worse would have to be White Tiger, who says that Spider-Man's name is lame, because it implies he 'self-identifies with bugs.' Okay, 1. As Iron Fist points out, what the hell was he supposed to call himself? 2. How does that name imply that? Sometimes it's just a friggin' motif! Do you identify with tigers? 3. Your name is White Tiger! Say what you want about Spidey's name, but at least his sounds more interesting than that.
I've already commented on "Doomed" on a certain other negative page, but there's also a part on it that I feel deserves some mention here. To sum things up, the story runs on Spider-Man leading his team to capture Doctor Doom just to to feed his own ego, which pretty much goes against his whole "with great power comes great responsibility" mantra. The problem here just two, count 'em, two episodes ago you had Peter still mourning what happened with Uncle Ben, and even though it's not directly stated due to the fact that death is a no-no in this show, pretty much any fan young or old with even a fraction of knowledge on Spider-Man will know that what happened, and again, it's a result of him letting his ego get the better of him. So why would Spidey almost immediately do something like this again, something that in this case would lead to much worse repercussions?
Steven Universe: While I am a fan of Steven Universe, I feel the need to point out a Wall Banger in the epsiode "Arcade Mania". After a fighting off the Monster of the Week, Steven decides to treat the Gems at the arcade. There, Garnet becomes addicted to a beat ryhthm game and completely ignores the other Gems. Later, new monsters attack the Gems and, without the leadership of Garnet, have a hard fending of the monsters. So, Steven searches for Garnet and finds her still playing the game. When he tries to turn off the game, Garnet simply uses her powers to turn it back on. Desperate, Steven smashes the machine, finally getting Garnet to snap out of it. Just then, the angry arcade owner comes and wonders who broke his machine. Garnet, without so much as an apology, leaves to fight the monsters, leaving Steven to clean up her mess. What the hell Garnet? You abondon your team for a stupid video game even as they were struggling against a dire threat and then get Steven blamed for all the trouble you caused! Some leader...
The worst part is, you're supposed to feel sorry for Onion because his delinquent behavior is attributed to not seeing his father that much. The problem is, in addition to being a poor excuse for his behavior, but Onion's background isn't much worse than Steven's. So instead of being sympathetic, Onion comes off as a sociopath.
T.U.F.F. Puppy, while having its moments, has one episode I cannot understand. The episode "Booby Trap" deals with Bird Brain discovering he is an endangered species, the world's last blue-bottomed booby, and thus is invincible against attacks by Dudley and Kitty. But he later uses generic engineering to create another booby, apparently crossing himself off the endangered list for no longer being the last of his kind. Ummm... if there's just two members of a species, that technically means they are still endangered. An animal's population would have to be in the high-thousands in order to be off the list.
Out of all the crappy Canadian cartoons, Sidekick is something I cannot stomach at all. I originally wanted to post this as a DMOS, but it can't count a show's entirety. Anyways, what is supposed to be a show about superheroes, villains and sidekicks is basically just filled with unfunny jokes, Toilet Humour, gross-out jokes and Clichés. But what is far worse than any of these is the treatment of its main character, Eric Needles. An orphan who was adopted by the superhero Maxum Man who mysteriously goes missing. A typical episode depicts him being ridiculed at a school where kids learn to be sidekicks (in this case, treated like punching bags) and it almost always ends with Eric being pummelled. It's like every other character in the series is obsessed with beating him up, even his friends. There's this sense that the writers are just blatantly uncreative, mean-spirited sadists.
Many consider the entirety of the Hero Factory animated series a wallbanger with its grating clichés, inconsistent character portrayals, questionable morals (kill the eggs of a sentient, sapient species because they might grow up to become evil?), for constantly ignoring potentially game-changing cliffhangers and for never trying to hide the fact that its only purpose is to advertise LEGO toys. But the conclusion of the episode Invasion from Below stands out: after the Heroes discover that the Beasts threatening the city are only trying to protect their nest from an intruding drilling-team, they make peace. Then, one Beast accidentally steps on a gun, which startles the Queen Beast. Acting on instinct, she attacks again, only for the Heroes to fight back, which results in the entire nest with all but one egg, all the Beasts and the Queen falling into an acid pool. Despite having learned that the Beasts weren't evil, the Heroes, including Breez who had befriended them in the first place, feel no regret — instead, they party. All throughout the episode, she uncovered hints that the Beasts might not be evil at all, while her partners dismissed her for no reason at all. And in the end, they were proven right. Brainless violence is the solution. Dark twists such as this have their place in cartoons, but this is Hero Factory — LEGO's Lighter and Softer sci-fi action series for little kids. The twist ending served no purpose other than being cruel for the sake of being cruel, and subverting the tired "violence isn't a solution" trope. At the end, even Breez isn't left shaken. She joins the fun as the civilians celebrate them for getting rid of the "pests".
Mulan 2 is, to put it bluntly, a mess of a movie. It's your typical bad sequel and your typical Disney tween fest filled with shallow one-dimensional female characters who only care about boys and fashion (With the exception of Mulan). That being said, I could've forgiven this film for its faults and call it "So stupid its hilarious" if not for one major problem. Mushu. Now, thing is, I like Mushu. I found him rather funny and entertaining in the first film. So, what's wrong with him here and how does he tie into the DMOS? Well, long story short, there's a sub-plot involving Mushu trying to break up the wedding between Mulan and Shang because otherwise he would no longer have the high social status he has now. That's right. Mushu is trying to split up two people that are in love just so he can continue living the life of luxury. There's Took a Level in Jerkass, there's Aesop Amnesia, and then there's reducing what was once a lovable character into a self-centered pompous douchebag for no reason other than for pointless conflict. See, here's the thing about Mushu. In the original film, it's shown that he genuinely cares for Mulan and is willing to do whatever it takes to help her succeed in her goals. In this film? No longer do we have the little dragon with the big presence who is willing to put aside his goals of being a big-shot for the sake of his friend. Instead, we get this Ted Baxter of a dragon that wants nothing more than to tear apart true love for no reason other than to fuel his selfish goals. Disney, I think I'll stick with the funny Mushu that cares for others. Not this self-centered jerk you've turned him into.
I like Freak Show, but there's one moment in Separate But Equal that I really don't like. Siamese twins Tuck and Benny decide to separate while in New York City. Good things happen to Tuck, but bad things happen to Benny. There's lots of Kafka Comedy involved on Benny's side, but it gets taken a step too far when Benny gets sued just because everything that happened to him also happened in a song. There's deliberately copying a song, and then there's just having things happen to you in the song that you can't control or might not even know about. I'm glad Tuck came to pay for bail to get Benny out of prison.
The entire premise of the Uncle Grandpa episode Future Pizza. In this one, Uncle Grandpa warns Pizza Steve that he will do something that will make Uncle Grandpa lose all respect for Pizza Steve. Pizza Steve thinks about what he could be doing that could make Uncle Grandpa lose all respect for him. At first he's afraid that doing his stunts will get Uncle Grandpa injured and make him mad, but then he's worried that not doing those things will also make Uncle Grandpa lose all respect for him. So he does do those things, and then it turns out that thinking that Uncle Grandpa would be disappointed in him, which was caused in the first place by Uncle Grandpa going back in time to warn him, was what made Uncle Grandpa would lose all respect for him. Then Uncle Grandpa goes back in time to warn Pizza Steve (while also falling down stairs on the way, which is what caused him to get injured) that he's going to do something that will make him lose all respect for him. What? Uncle Grandpa, if that's all that it was, you could have told Pizza Steve that in the first place so he wouldn't do that and you wouldn't lose all respect for him! Plus, at the end, Pizza Steve comes back in time to tell himself that he will still continue to be awesome, even though Uncle Grandpa has lost all respect for him. Then Status Quo Is God, and in the next episode Uncle Grandpa still has respect for Pizza Steve. They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot.
The existence of the Quarrymen, a KKK-knockoff from Gargoyles, is a wallbanger in of itself. You can't even blame the canonically falseGoliath Chronicles for them; they're canon as well. A great thing about the human prejudice toward gargoyles through most of the series is that its parallel to real-life racism was subtle; it didn't hammer it into the audience's heads, the audience was allowed to grasp the message on their own. But now we have these villains who hate gargoyles, so they throw sheets over their heads and go out hunting them with hi-tech hammers. Thus, they quite literally HAMMER the "gargoyle prejudice = racism" message into the audience's heads when it isn't needed.
It wouldn't have been so bad except for one incident where the Quarrymen set a trap for the Gargoyles by having one of their members pretend to be mugged in a dark alley-because they know the Gargoyles help and protect the people of New York. Bear in mind that a recruiting drive shown earlier in the series emphasized that gargoyles were evil creatures that attacked people and couldn't be trusted. The Quarrymen must recruit people for their swinging arms and not their brains.
PB&J Otter: I haven't seen the episode in a long time, so I may be remembering things wrongly. But from what I recall, in the episode "Otter Pox", Jelly gets... well, you get the picture, and it's on her birthday. So what does her family do? They have everyone over and celebrate it while Jelly is sick in her room upstairs. Wow. Just... wow. Oh, and that's not the worst of it. Pretty much everyone is having a swell time. Yes, you read correctly. They weren't celebrating her birthday at all—-they were just making an excuse to have cake! While Peanut find a way for her to attend the party by wearing a deep-sea diving suit, the fact remains that this was her birthday. Can you imagine having to wear a hazamat to your own birthday party? Again, I haven't seen it in well over a decade, so I'm sure there's something I'm forgetting, because this is such a huge wallbanger that I honestly can't believe they got away with it.
Timon & Pumbaa: The show was pretty weird as it is, but there's this one particular episode where Pumbaa gets sick and Timon does a horrible job taking care of him. Pumbaa gets better with a simple belch, and tries to tell Timon this, but Timon, who's been going on about how happy he is to be "taking care" of his friend, suddenly gives him puppy eyes and says something like, "You're still feeling sick, right? Because if you aren't it'll crush me emotionally!" Uh... wow. That sentence alone is one giant wallbanger. But how does it end? With Pumbaa admitting what happened and letting Timon down as easily as possible? No, he actually lets Timon feed him a seemingly lethal concoction that just makes him more sick, and endures Timon's happy babbling about nauseous sounding food. Was Timon even trying to help his friend in the first place?!
Batman: Assault on Arkham is a decent movie, but there are two scenes that hurt it. First, in a fight with Task Force X, Batman and Black Spider (a member of TFX) get separated from the group, and wind up fighting in a smoke filled room. When the smoke clears, what appears to be Black Spider appears from the room, holding Batman's utility belt. Not even a spoiler to say that it was Batman wearing Spider's uniform. Not one person thinks to ask him to remove his mask, even though it's a simple check, and the most obvious thing to do, given that everyone has a hard time believing that Black Spider beat Batman, and Batman has done this kind of thing before. Then, near the end, when things go south, the remaining members of the team (Killer Frost, Boomerang, Deadshot) are trying to escape an imminent nuclear blast. A helicopter carrying a swat team arrives to breach Arkham. Before anyone can even fully acknowledge the helicopter's arrival, a fight breaks out over whose going to get on the helicopter and make it out. Um, there's No Honor Among Thieves, and then there's this stupidity. At this point, there is no money to be gained, the only prize here is survival. It's not like anyone in the group is injured or holding anyone back, nor does anyone in the group have a deep seated grudge against the other (like Bane and Ras Al Ghul), and there's more than enough room in the helicopter for everybody. Everyone can easily get on the helicopter, leave, and go their separate ways afterwards. Instead, they waste precious minutes fighting over something they can all have and all have reason to want, simply because they're that evil.
The infamous Disney Junior short Nina Needs to Go already has a ridiculous concept for a series and tries to teach kids to go to the bathroom when it instead teachesthe exact opposite but the stupidest one has to be the one where Nina and her family go camping. As usual Nina needs to use the bathroom after holding it in but because they are in the woods, there is no bathroom in sight. Nina refuses to go in the bushes because animals are watching when Nana arrives and gets the animals to build a private stall for her. Instead of this short teaching kids that it's okay to go in the woods when nobody is looking, it discourages it and instead teaches that if you need to go badly, animals will build a stall for you. It sounds silly as an adult but this is little children we're talking about.