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** In "The Sting" Leela, usually the team's voice of reason, turns out to be almost suicidally competitive, putting herself and her crew in mortal danger to prove themselves superior to Farnsworth's previous crew, who died on the mission in question. This trait does recurr in the episode "Möbius Dick" and the movie ''Bender's Game.''

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** In "The Sting" Leela, usually the team's voice of reason, turns out to be almost suicidally competitive, going on an unnecessary mission and putting herself and her crew in mortal danger to prove themselves superior to Farnsworth's previous crew, who crew (who died on the mission in question. question). This trait does recurr recur in the episode "Möbius Dick" and the movie ''Bender's Game.''

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** In "The Sting" Leela, usually the team's voice of reason, turns out to be almost suicidally competitive, putting herself and her crew in mortal danger to prove themselves superior to Farnsworth's previous crew, who died on the mission in question. This trait does recurr in the episode "Möbius Dick" and the movie ''Bender's Game.''
** In "The Ghost in the Machines," Fry is suddenly scared of just about everything, from parade balloons to bars of soap. This makes Bender's goal of literally scaring him to death almost too easy.

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** Reggie gets one in "Reggie and a Net" where she hogs the ball during volleyball tryouts just to show her skills at the sport. The episode was to have Reggie learn a lesson in teamwork, which doesn't fit her character considering she plays street hockey with the other guys, thus already knowing how to be a team player.


* ''Series/{{Star Trek The Next Generation}}'': Worf was the victim of this in the episode where a genderless alien species showed up, and he was saying things like it being "unnatural" and the like. This particular prejudice wasn't seen previously in all the cases where he met aliens who didn't have a traditional gender setup, and never appeared again.

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* ''Series/{{Star Trek The Next Generation}}'': ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Worf was the victim of this in the episode where a genderless alien species showed up, and he was saying things like it being "unnatural" and the like. This particular prejudice wasn't seen previously in all the cases where he met aliens who didn't have a traditional gender setup, and never appeared again.



** When Odo becomes involved with the [[BiggerBad Female]] [[EvilMentor Changeling]] in "Behind the Lines" and "Favor the Bold," he becomes utterly obsessed with [[GRatedSex linking]]. Given that their linking scenes have the feel of [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything love scenes]], and that he neglects other duties to link with her, his actions seem to be a metaphor for sex addiction. This was merely a rare lapse in Odo's normal ability to keep his emotions closely guarded. Several episodes mention or deal with how important Linking is to him and his species, and how much it's the thing he's most forsaking in order to reject The Founder's actions.

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** When Odo becomes involved with the [[BiggerBad Female]] [[EvilMentor Female Changeling]] in "Behind the Lines" and "Favor the Bold," he becomes utterly obsessed with [[GRatedSex linking]]. Given that their linking scenes have the feel of [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything love scenes]], and that he neglects other duties to link with her, his actions seem to be a metaphor for sex addiction. This was merely a rare lapse in Odo's normal ability to keep his emotions closely guarded. Several episodes mention or deal with how important Linking is to him and his species, and how much it's the thing he's most forsaking in order to reject The Founder's actions.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Spike At Your Service", the titular character who up until now has been depicted as a reasonably competent and reliable assistant abruptly becomes unbelievably incompetent and clumsy, oafishly stupid and unaware, and incapable of basic tasks he's been shown doing in other episodes just fine all for the sake of some jokes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Spike At Your Service", the titular character who up until now has been depicted as a reasonably competent and reliable assistant abruptly becomes unbelievably incompetent and clumsy, oafishly stupid and unaware, and incapable of basic tasks he's been shown doing in other episodes just fine all for the sake of some jokes.jokes.
** In "Starlight The Hypnotist" Twilight Sparkle is suddenly shown to have a crippling, debilitating, and completely over-the-top fear of ladybugs that dates back to a childhood incident, in spite of her [[https://derpibooru.org/1105581 being shown having no problem whatsoever with ladybugs before]] and her much-beloved "Ladybugs Awake" song. Fans wasted no time making fun of this.


** In the first Anthology of Interest, Leela is suddenly very inhibited and unimpulsive. While the StraightMan of the group, she definitely had moments of impulsiveness (such as ejecting a delivery mid-flight just so she could rush to do something else) and said episode stood out as even weirder as later episodes [[{{Flanderization}} would make her]] overly'' impulsive.

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** In the first Anthology of Interest, Leela is suddenly very inhibited and unimpulsive. While the StraightMan of the group, she definitely had moments of impulsiveness (such as ejecting a delivery mid-flight just so she could rush to do something else) and said episode stood out as even weirder as later episodes [[{{Flanderization}} would make her]] overly'' ''overly'' impulsive.


** “Lost in Space” displays Jeff as incredibly neglectful toward Hayley in their relationship. Even considering that [[spoiler:the compilation was rigged to leave out all the good times they shared]], it's hard to but that an ExtremeDoormat like Jeff would ever look like the bad guy at all given Hayley’s more consistently callous portrayal (Stan mentions in the aforementioned “Pulling Double Booty” that she dumps Jeff at least once a week).

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** “Lost in Space” displays Jeff as incredibly neglectful toward Hayley in their relationship. Even considering that [[spoiler:the compilation was rigged to leave out all the good times they shared]], it's hard to but buy that an ExtremeDoormat like Jeff would ever look like the bad guy at all given Hayley’s more consistently callous portrayal (Stan mentions in the aforementioned “Pulling Double Booty” that she dumps Jeff at least once a week).



** Similarly, “Dr. Klaustus” focuses on the Smiths secretly disrespecting each other in ways that have never come up before: Stan has eaten out after work to avoid Francine’s apparently horrendous cooking for a decade (despite regularly eating her meals in other episodes), Francine steals $50 from Stan’s wallet for drugs every week, Hayley plays Ultimate Frisbee without Jeff because he plays it poorly (never mind that she’s never shown any interest in the game before now), Jeff cannot get aroused with Hayley unless he thinks of Francine, and Steve has Greg and Terry pose as his parents in front of his girlfriend because he’s ashamed of Stan and Francine. All of them are also presented as being completely incapable of listening to anything Klaus says unless they’re not looking directly at the talking fish; Klaus is a ButtMonkey, but they aren’t usually THIS callous toward him.

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** Similarly, “Dr. Klaustus” focuses on the Smiths secretly disrespecting each other in ways that have never come up before: Stan has eaten out after work to avoid Francine’s apparently horrendous cooking for a decade (despite regularly eating her meals in other episodes), Francine steals $50 from Stan’s wallet for drugs every week, Hayley plays Ultimate Frisbee without Jeff because he plays it poorly (never mind that she’s never shown any interest in the game before now), Jeff cannot get aroused with Hayley unless he thinks of Francine, and Steve has Greg and Terry pose as his parents in front of his girlfriend because he’s ashamed of Stan and Francine. All of them are also presented as being completely pathologically incapable of listening to anything Klaus says unless they’re not looking directly at the talking fish; Klaus is a ButtMonkey, but they aren’t usually THIS callous toward him.

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** “Lost in Space” displays Jeff as incredibly neglectful toward Hayley in their relationship. Even considering that [[spoiler:the compilation was rigged to leave out all the good times they shared]], it's hard to but that an ExtremeDoormat like Jeff would ever look like the bad guy at all given Hayley’s more consistently callous portrayal (Stan mentions in the aforementioned “Pulling Double Booty” that she dumps Jeff at least once a week).


** Similarly, “Dr. Klaustus” focuses on the Smiths secretly disrespecting each other in ways that have never come up before: Stan has eaten out after work to avoid Francine’s apparently cooking for a decade (despite regularly eating her meals in other episodes), Francine steals $50 from Stan’s wallet for drugs every week, Hayley plays Ultimate Frisbee without Jeff because he plays it poorly (never mind that she’s never shown any interest in the game before now), Jeff cannot get aroused with Hayley unless he thinks of Francine, and Steve has Greg and Terry pose as his parents in front of his girlfriend because he’s ashamed of Stan and Francine. All of them are also presented as being completely incapable of listening to anything Klaus says unless they’re not looking directly at the talking fish; Klaus is a ButtMonkey, but they aren’t usually THIS callous toward him.

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** Similarly, “Dr. Klaustus” focuses on the Smiths secretly disrespecting each other in ways that have never come up before: Stan has eaten out after work to avoid Francine’s apparently horrendous cooking for a decade (despite regularly eating her meals in other episodes), Francine steals $50 from Stan’s wallet for drugs every week, Hayley plays Ultimate Frisbee without Jeff because he plays it poorly (never mind that she’s never shown any interest in the game before now), Jeff cannot get aroused with Hayley unless he thinks of Francine, and Steve has Greg and Terry pose as his parents in front of his girlfriend because he’s ashamed of Stan and Francine. All of them are also presented as being completely incapable of listening to anything Klaus says unless they’re not looking directly at the talking fish; Klaus is a ButtMonkey, but they aren’t usually THIS callous toward him.


** Similarly, “Dr. Klaustus” focuses on the Smiths secretly disrespecting each other in ways that have never come up before: Stan has eaten out after work to avoid Francine’s apparently cooking for a decade (despite regularly eating her meals in other episodes), Francine steals $50 from Stan’s wallet for drugs every week, Hayley plays Ultimate Frisbee without Jeff because he plays it poorly (never mind that she’s never shown any interest in the game before now), Jeff cannot get aroused with Hayley unless he thinks of Francine, and Steve has Greg and Terry pose as his parents in front of his girlfriend because he’s ashamed of Stan and Francine.

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** Similarly, “Dr. Klaustus” focuses on the Smiths secretly disrespecting each other in ways that have never come up before: Stan has eaten out after work to avoid Francine’s apparently cooking for a decade (despite regularly eating her meals in other episodes), Francine steals $50 from Stan’s wallet for drugs every week, Hayley plays Ultimate Frisbee without Jeff because he plays it poorly (never mind that she’s never shown any interest in the game before now), Jeff cannot get aroused with Hayley unless he thinks of Francine, and Steve has Greg and Terry pose as his parents in front of his girlfriend because he’s ashamed of Stan and Francine. All of them are also presented as being completely incapable of listening to anything Klaus says unless they’re not looking directly at the talking fish; Klaus is a ButtMonkey, but they aren’t usually THIS callous toward him.


** Similarly, “Dr. Klaustus” focuses on the Smiths secretly disrespecting each other in ways that have never come up before: Stan has eaten out after work to avoid Francine’s apparently cooking for a decade (despite regularly eating her meals in other episodes), Francine steals $50 from Stan’s wallet for drugs every week, Hayley plays Frisbee without Jeff because he throws it poorly, Jeff cannot get aroused with Hayley unless he thinks of Francine, and Steve has Greg and Terry pose as his parents in front of his girlfriend because he’s ashamed of Stan and Francine.

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** Similarly, “Dr. Klaustus” focuses on the Smiths secretly disrespecting each other in ways that have never come up before: Stan has eaten out after work to avoid Francine’s apparently cooking for a decade (despite regularly eating her meals in other episodes), Francine steals $50 from Stan’s wallet for drugs every week, Hayley plays Ultimate Frisbee without Jeff because he throws plays it poorly, poorly (never mind that she’s never shown any interest in the game before now), Jeff cannot get aroused with Hayley unless he thinks of Francine, and Steve has Greg and Terry pose as his parents in front of his girlfriend because he’s ashamed of Stan and Francine.


** Similarly, “Dr. Klaustus” focuses on the Smiths’ secretly disrespecting each other in ways that have never come up before: Stan has eaten out after work to avoid Francine’s apparently cooking for a decade (despite regularly eating her meals in other episodes), Francine steals $50 from Stan’s wallet for drugs every week, Hayley plays Frisbee without Jeff because he throws it poorly, Jeff cannot get aroused with Hayley unless he thinks of Francine, and Steve has Greg and Terry pose as his parents in front of his girlfriend because he’s ashamed of Stan and Francine.

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** Similarly, “Dr. Klaustus” focuses on the Smiths’ Smiths secretly disrespecting each other in ways that have never come up before: Stan has eaten out after work to avoid Francine’s apparently cooking for a decade (despite regularly eating her meals in other episodes), Francine steals $50 from Stan’s wallet for drugs every week, Hayley plays Frisbee without Jeff because he throws it poorly, Jeff cannot get aroused with Hayley unless he thinks of Francine, and Steve has Greg and Terry pose as his parents in front of his girlfriend because he’s ashamed of Stan and Francine.

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** Similarly, “Dr. Klaustus” focuses on the Smiths’ secretly disrespecting each other in ways that have never come up before: Stan has eaten out after work to avoid Francine’s apparently cooking for a decade (despite regularly eating her meals in other episodes), Francine steals $50 from Stan’s wallet for drugs every week, Hayley plays Frisbee without Jeff because he throws it poorly, Jeff cannot get aroused with Hayley unless he thinks of Francine, and Steve has Greg and Terry pose as his parents in front of his girlfriend because he’s ashamed of Stan and Francine.


** Speaking of Jerome, “Baby Got Black” portrays him as incredibly hateful toward white people despite to the point of opposing his daughter’s relationship with Chris purely because of his skin color. He fortunately learns his lesson by the end, but it’s still jarring when his aforementioned debut had portrayed him a cool, easygoing guy while Peter was the one who needed to get over his irrational hatred ([[CrazyJealousGuy over Jerome previously dating Lois]] rather than his race).

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** Speaking of Jerome, “Baby Got Black” portrays him as incredibly hateful toward white people despite to the point of opposing his daughter’s relationship with Chris purely because of his skin color. He fortunately learns his lesson by the end, but it’s still jarring when his aforementioned debut had portrayed him a cool, easygoing guy while Peter was the one who needed to get over his irrational hatred ([[CrazyJealousGuy over Jerome previously dating Lois]] rather than his race).


* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has Brian fall in love with a 50-year-old woman named Rita, and moves out of the Griffins’ house after they keep mocking her age. For the rest of the episode, Rita suddenly starts displaying memory lapses, frailty, and outdated speech patterns that never came up before, leading to Brian having an affair with a much younger woman and ruining their relationship.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** “Brian’s Got a Brand New Bag”
has Brian fall in love with a 50-year-old woman named Rita, and moves out of the Griffins’ house after they keep mocking her age. For the rest of the episode, Rita suddenly starts displaying memory lapses, frailty, and outdated speech patterns that never came up before, leading to Brian having an affair with a much younger woman and ruining their relationship.
** “Jerome is the New Black” is well-known for Quagmire’s TheReasonYouSuckSpeech toward Brian, and Quagmire’s raging hatred of the dog would become one of his defining traits, yet there was absolutely no sign of this animosity in previous episodes, with Quagmire being perfectly fine having Brian live with him in “The Tale of Two Brians” one season ago.
** Speaking of Jerome, “Baby Got Black” portrays him as incredibly hateful toward white people despite to the point of opposing his daughter’s relationship with Chris purely because of his skin color. He fortunately learns his lesson by the end, but it’s still jarring when his aforementioned debut had portrayed him a cool, easygoing guy while Peter was the one who needed to get over his irrational hatred ([[CrazyJealousGuy over Jerome previously dating Lois]] rather than his race).

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