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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Aang is normally a CheerfulChild and AllLovingHero, but there are two notable instances in the series that take an unfortunate toll on him -- in "The Desert", after Appa gets kidnapped, he goes into a severe state of emotional stress and spends a good chunk of the episode being rather grumpy and confrontational, only calming down after Katara brings him out of the Avatar state with a CooldownHug. Later on, in the first quarter of "Sozin's Comet", after being told by basically everyone that killing Ozai is the only option for him, he stubbornly refuses to do such a thing (in his defense, though, he ''is'' a monk, so it's not surprising that he would hold that view) and forces his friends to come up with another solution before running off in frustration.
** Similarly, Katara is prone to doing this from time to time as well despite being the calm and sensible TeamMom of the group. Here are a few examples for proof:
*** She has a brief moment in "The Waterbending Scroll", when after Aang subconsciously bests her at waterbending, she yells at him out of jealousy. After Sokka gives her a "What was that for?" look and she sees Aang beginning to cry, she has a JerkassRealization and apologises.
*** In "The Runaway", she has a fallout with Toph and spends a lot of the episode antagonising her, eventually culminating in her [[spoiler:tricking the latter into getting arrested for all the scams she was pulling.]]
*** [[spoiler:When Zuko joins the group after finally making a HeelFaceTurn, she is the last person to trust him and is rather spiteful towards him on a few occasions, such as when she teases him about how his firebending skills have dropped in quality in "The Firebending Masters" and making a mean-spirited remark towards him about what happened to her mother in "The Southern Raiders". In the latter episode, she also bluntly tells Sokka that he didn't love her mother as much as she did after deciding to locate her murderer. After she and Zuko confront the murderer, she finally reverts back to her normal personality and fully accepts him into the group.]]

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* In ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', Carries grabs this many times over the course of the show:
** When on a trip with Samantha after taking a long, stressful train journey, Carrie kicks Samantha out of her room when she's having a bath because she wants to have sex with Big.
** She invites Big (the man she ''cheated on him'' with) to Aidan's country house, without asking Aidan his permission.
** When Miranda accidentally pulls her neck so badly she can't move, Carrie sends Aidan to go help her, even though Miranda fell in the bathroom and ''is naked'', then when Carrie comes over to apologise and brings bagels, she forgets the cream cheese and derails the conversation to whining about how Aidan hasn't forgiven her for cheating on him. Miranda [[WhatTheHellHero calls her on it.]]
** After Samantha gets a chemical peel that badly burns her face and tries to cancel attending Carrie's book launch, but comes anyway when Carrie begs her to. When Samantha shows up, Carrie demands she take her veil off, then after Samantha does, all Carrie does is mock her appearance.
** When Carrie and Miranda are having a double date with their exes, Steve and Aidan, Carrie decides she wants Aidan back, so she forces Miranda to leave and take Steve with her.
** Carrie gets angry at Charlotte for not offering her money after Aidan tells her she has to move out and shows up at her apartment to yell at her. Charlotte retorts that [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Carrie is thirty-five years old and needs to learn to take responsibility for her own finances.]]


** Mr. Green in "Harold the Butcher", after getting his BerserkButton pressed by Harold stealing his meat, he is so blinded by his constant grudge against Harold that he acts like a BadBoss towards Harold when he is punished to work at his shop and then vehemently refused the poor kid's offer to work full-time. However, by the end of the episode, Mr. Green forgives Harold and hired him as his apprentice.

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** Mr. Green in "Harold the Butcher", after getting his BerserkButton pressed by Harold stealing his meat, he is so blinded by his constant grudge against Harold that he acts like a BadBoss MeanBoss towards Harold when he is punished to work at his shop and then vehemently refused the poor kid's offer to work full-time. However, by the end of the episode, Mr. Green forgives Harold and hired him as his apprentice.


* Some of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts employ this. It's often Tom who's being the bad one, but Jerry sometimes gets it, in order to justify [[TeamRocketWins Tom winning]].

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* Some of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts employ this. It's often Tom who's being the bad one, but Jerry sometimes gets it, in order to justify [[TeamRocketWins Tom winning]].winning]], even if often [[KarmaHoudini Jerry gets away with it]].


* Bubbles from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is typically sweet as pie, with the exception of the episode "Bubblevicious", when [[AllCrimesAreEqual she starts beating up citizens for minor offenses]].
** For those wanting context, the episode centers on Bubbles becoming frustrated with how her sisters and the professor babying her. She sets to prove them wrong by taking the training simulator UpToEleven and after some initial trouble, she proceeds to crush the monsters of the simulation and she becomes much more aggressive. She calms down and reverts to her old self when her sisters stop babying her and admit she's hardcore.

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* Bubbles from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is typically sweet as pie, a NiceGirl, with the exception of the episode "Bubblevicious", when [[AllCrimesAreEqual she starts beating up citizens for minor offenses]].
** For those wanting context, the
offenses]]. The episode centers on Bubbles becoming frustrated with how her sisters and the professor babying her. She sets to prove them wrong by taking the training simulator UpToEleven and after some initial trouble, she proceeds to crush the monsters of the simulation and she becomes much more aggressive. She calms down and reverts to her old self when her sisters stop babying her and admit she's hardcore.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RomanCity'': When the Druids attack Verbonia while he's on a diplomatic trip, Gaius Valerius, feeling betrayed, [[DisproportionateRetribution subjugates all the Celts in Gaul]]--even the very diplomacy-minded Acco Bouviax is sent to labor in the quarries. It takes the combined efforts of Marcus Fabricius, who appeals to [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Caesar Augustus]] himself, and Acco's daughter Aiden, who catches wind of an assassination plot against the Emperor during a Druid meeting and saves him from a Druid assassin, to convince Valerius that his general temper tantrum against the Celts was wrong.


** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster "The Ticket Master"]], when Twilight receives a ticket to the Grand Galloping Gala, [[EveryoneChasingYou everypony starts to chase her for it]] [[TrueCompanions including her friends-]] yes, even [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Fluttershy]]. As a reminder, [[UpToEleven this was the first episode after the pilot]].

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** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster "The Ticket Master"]], when Twilight receives a ticket to the Grand Galloping Gala, [[EveryoneChasingYou everypony starts to chase her for it]] [[TrueCompanions including her friends-]] yes, even [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Fluttershy]]. As a reminder, [[UpToEleven [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness this was the first episode after the pilot]].



*** In the same premiere, Twilight seemed to be holding it because she lost patience with her corrupted friends; when Spike had practical concerns such as Rainbow Dash, who was corrupted at the time, being missing, Twilight doesn't care at all about it and makes him take her place in the Elements of Harmony ritual. [[EpicFail This fails for obvious reasons]].

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*** In the same premiere, Twilight seemed to be holding it because she lost patience with her corrupted friends; when Spike [[OnlySaneMan Spike]] had practical concerns such as Rainbow Dash, who was corrupted at the time, being missing, Twilight doesn't care at all about it and makes him take her place in the Elements of Harmony ritual. [[EpicFail This fails for obvious reasons]].



** Held by Pinkie Pie in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E14FilliVanilli "Filli Vanilli]]," where she is ''really'' InnocentlyInsensitive about Fluttershy's severe stage fright. She is called out on this by the rest of the cast though. What makes this more noticeable is that an early episode showed her pranking all of her friends ''except'' for Fluttershy, because she was aware that Fluttershy might be too sensitive to handle it, a level of consideration she rarely ever shows again. Also her behavior in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]] did NOT help make Princess Luna feel comfortable around her subjects in Ponyville, only managing to make ponies more afraid of the now reformed Princess, though she tries to justify her behavior by claiming she was only pretending to be scared in order to get into the Nightmare Night[[note]]this show's version of Halloween[[/note]] spirit.

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** Held by Pinkie Pie in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E14FilliVanilli "Filli Vanilli]]," where she is ''really'' InnocentlyInsensitive about Fluttershy's severe stage fright. She is called out on this by the rest of the cast though. What makes this more noticeable is that an early episode showed her pranking all of her friends ''except'' for Fluttershy, because she was aware that Fluttershy might be too sensitive to handle it, a level of consideration she rarely ever shows again. Also her behavior in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]] did NOT help make Princess Luna feel comfortable around her subjects in Ponyville, only managing to make ponies more afraid of the now reformed Princess, though she tries to justify her behavior by claiming she was only pretending to be scared in order to get into the Nightmare Night[[note]]this Night[[note]][[YouMeanXmas this show's version of Halloween[[/note]] Halloween]] [[/note]] spirit.



** Rainbow Dash holds it occasionally. Some notable examples are a lot of early S1 and S2 episodes where she is very abrasive to her friends, and doesn't seem to care about anyone but herself. One glaring example of this is in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell "The Mysterious Mare Do Well"]], though the Mane Five's behavior in that episode when trying to get RD to learn a lesson in humility could also count as a JerkassBall moment for them, as well. This is to show she's flawed, and she ''does'' have plenty of moments where she is nothing short of nice. It's possible she just pretends to be abrasive.
** The Wonderbolts in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E10RainbowFalls "Rainbow Falls"]]. Hoo boy... Not only do they not visit their teammate in the hospital, but they outright replace him with Rainbow Dash. This has led to much backlash against Spitfire.
** Applejack in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E9HonestApple "Honest Apple"]], where she's tasked with critiquing the practicality of some fashion designs and ends up offending everyone who made them by not tactfully filtering her opinions. This has been regarded an out-of-character episode for the normally reserved and humble Applejack, who usually isn't so gung-ho with abrasive and harsh criticism.

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** Rainbow Dash holds it occasionally. Some notable examples are a lot of early S1 and S2 episodes where she is very abrasive to her friends, and doesn't seem to care about anyone but herself. One glaring example of this is in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell "The Mysterious Mare Do Well"]], though the rest of the Mane Five's Cast's behavior in that episode when trying to get RD to learn a lesson in humility could also count as a accidental JerkassBall moment for them, as well. This is to show she's flawed, and she ''does'' have plenty of moments where she is nothing short of nice. It's possible she just pretends to be abrasive.
** The Wonderbolts in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E10RainbowFalls "Rainbow Falls"]]. Hoo boy... Not only do they not visit their teammate in the hospital, but they outright replace him with Rainbow Dash. [[NeverLiveItDown This has led to much backlash against Spitfire.
Spitfire.]]
** Applejack in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E9HonestApple "Honest Apple"]], where she's tasked with critiquing the practicality of some fashion designs and ends up offending everyone who made them by not tactfully filtering her opinions. This has been regarded an out-of-character episode for the normally reserved and humble Applejack, who usually isn't so gung-ho with abrasive and harsh criticism. In fact, this seems more like something Rainbow Dash would do than Applejack!


* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'': Lincoln and his sisters are generally good but flawed kids, but in the first two seasons there are quite a few episodes where they (or at least most of them) are all derailed into unlikable jerks for the sake of the plot. Examples of this are "Sleuth or Consequences", "Making the Grade", "The Green House", "No Suck Luck", and "It's a Loud, Loud, Loud, Loud House". Thankfully, Season 3 has yet to have an episode where the Loud siblings are thrown the Jerkass Ball.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'': Lincoln and his sisters are generally good but flawed kids, but in the first two seasons there are quite a few episodes where they (or at least most of them) are all derailed into unlikable jerks for the sake of the plot. Examples of this are "Sleuth or Consequences", "Making the Grade", "The Green House", "No Suck Luck", and "It's a Loud, Loud, Loud, Loud House". Thankfully, Season 3 4 has yet to have an episode where the Loud siblings are thrown the Jerkass Ball.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}' ': An egregious example of this happens in the episode "So Funny I Forgot To Laugh". Arthur, an established NiceGuy and a frequent bullying target, [[OutOfCharacterMoment temporarily gets derailed]] [[CompressedVice into a bully]] just because the writers needed someone to harass one of his classmates over a sweater and deliver an anti-bullying Aesop.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}' ': *''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': An egregious example of this happens in the episode "So Funny I Forgot To Laugh". Arthur, an established NiceGuy and a frequent bullying target, [[OutOfCharacterMoment temporarily gets derailed]] [[CompressedVice into a bully]] just because the writers needed someone to harass one of his classmates over a sweater and deliver an anti-bullying Aesop.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} '': An egregious example of this happens in the episode "So Funny I Forgot To Laugh". Arthur, an established NiceGuy and a frequent bullying target, [[OutOfCharacterMoment temporarily gets derailed]] [[CompressedVice into a bully]] just because the writers needed someone to harass one of his classmates over a sweater and deliver an anti-bullying Aesop.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} '': ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}' ': An egregious example of this happens in the episode "So Funny I Forgot To Laugh". Arthur, an established NiceGuy and a frequent bullying target, [[OutOfCharacterMoment temporarily gets derailed]] [[CompressedVice into a bully]] just because the writers needed someone to harass one of his classmates over a sweater and deliver an anti-bullying Aesop.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} '': An egregious example of this happens in the episode "So Funny I Forgot To Laugh". Arthur, an established NiceGuy and a frequent bullying target, [[OutOfCharacterMoment temporarily gets derailed]] [[CompressedVice into a bully]] just because the writers needed someone to harass one of his classmates over a sweater and deliver an anti-bullying Aesop.

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* ''Fanfic/TotalDramaWhatIfSeries'' Sky gets a huge one. Just like Leshawna, she pretends to cry so her team would let her be with her sister. Unlike, Leshawna, when she was exposed, [[NeverMyFault she doesn't feel bad for it]] and to add insult to injury, she insults the remaining contestants behind their back and still doesn't apologize. This disgusting and vile behavior gets her eliminated.
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* During the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' episode, "If You Can't Take the Heat..." DJ is shown picking on Harold along with Geoff and Duncan, despite the fact that he's ordinarily a contender for the nicest character on the show. Notably, the next episode features Duncan and Geoff picking on Harold without him. Geoff to a lesser extent, as most of the time outside of this arc ([[TookALevelInJerkass in season one at least]]), he's shown to be nice, if not quite as nice as DJ.

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* During the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' episode, "If You Can't Take the Heat..." ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'': DJ is sometimes shown picking on Harold along with Geoff and Duncan, despite the fact that he's ordinarily a contender for the nicest character on the show. Notably, the next episode features Duncan and Geoff picking on Harold without him. show. Geoff to a lesser extent, as most of the time outside of this arc ([[TookALevelInJerkass in season one at least]]), he's shown to be nice, if not quite as nice as DJ.

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* ''Film/ThePhantom1943'': Byron, Diana's love interest in the expedition, gets handed one near the end, revealing that he's only in it for a cut of the lost treasure, and selling out to the bad guys after Professor Davidson points out that if the expedition finds any treasure it will probably go into a museum.

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'', an offscreen example happens in the A rank event of Mathilda and Clive's support. Clair, Clive's younger sister, berates Mathilda for showing up Clive on the battlefield, saying [[StayInTheKitchen it's "unbecoming" of her]]. Not only does Clair never express these beliefs anywhere else in the game, but she's completely respectful of Mathilda in their supports ("You truly are strong, Mathilda. I hope that I might learn from your courage."), [[https://fireemblemwiki.org/wiki/Mathilda/Supports and you can compare the two here]].

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