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* The TropeNamer is the American ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS Dennis The Menace]]'', who has gone from being a genuine terror to being a perpetrator of minor, almost exclusively-[[InformedAbility unseen]] mischief. Consequently, Mr. Wilson's grudge against him has gone from sympathetic to downright petty, as the only thing Dennis ever does to him anymore is barge into the Wilsons' house from time to time and ask Mrs. Wilson for cookies.

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* The TropeNamer is the American ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS Dennis The Menace]]'', who has gone from being a genuine terror to being a perpetrator of minor, almost exclusively-[[InformedAbility exclusively-[[OffscreenVillainy unseen]] mischief. Consequently, Mr. Wilson's grudge against him has gone from sympathetic to downright petty, as the only thing Dennis ever does to him anymore is barge into the Wilsons' house from time to time and ask Mrs. Wilson for cookies.

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** The crossover episode with ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' also heavily lampshades this trope, although it's not entirely devoid of affection for Bart at the same time. Stewie finds Bart's idea of mischief and pranking to be whimsical, charming and endearing, but his own efforts at being a hellion scare and appall the older Simpsons boy. When Stewie takes his turn at prank-phonecalling Moe, his idea of a "joke" -- telling Moe that his sister is being raped and then hanging up on him -- leaves Bart staring open-mouthed in shocked horror at him. Likewise, at the episode's end, when Stewie shows off how he captured, caged and tortured all of Bart's enemies to try and make Bart like him, Bart immediately sets them all free and declares he never wants to be Stewie's friend again, because Stewie is far too crazy and evil for him. Amazingly, this actually deeply hurts Stewie, who is shown in the episode's final shot emulating Bart's blackboard punishment gag whilst crying over being rejected by him.


* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Madeline}}'' is a mild example. In the original 1988 special, she's a mischievous prankster, pretending to choke on her bread at dinner, scaring the other girls with [[ScaryShadowFakeout a shadow puppet "monster"]] at night, and boasting that every night she fools them with a prank. Her very introduction by the narrator highlights her naughtiness compared to her schoolmates, saying "Such good little girls in two straight lines/Except the smallest, Madeline." But this side of her mostly disappears in the other five specials and in the subsequent series and movies, leaving her as simply a [[PluckyGirl Plucky]] GenkiGirl and letting [[TheOneGuy Pepito]] take over as the resident prankster.

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* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Madeline}}'' is a mild example. In the original 1988 special, she's a mischievous prankster, pretending to choke on her bread at dinner, scaring the other girls with [[ScaryShadowFakeout a shadow puppet "monster"]] at night, and boasting that every night she fools them with a prank. Her very introduction by Even the narrator highlights her naughtiness compared to her schoolmates, saying "Such good little girls in two straight lines/Except the smallest, Madeline." But this side of her mostly disappears in the other five specials and in the subsequent series and movies, leaving her as simply a [[PluckyGirl Plucky]] GenkiGirl and letting [[TheOneGuy Pepito]] take over as the resident prankster.


* In ''Film/MaryPoppins,'' the children are shown to be horribly out of control because they ran away from their nanny in the park. Then, they proceed to be perfect little Angels with the sole exception of Michael losing his temper when a greedy banker snatches his money out of his hand. Compare to its SpiritualSuccessor ''Film/NannyMcPhee'', the original kids practically had halos.

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* In ''Film/MaryPoppins,'' the children are shown to be horribly out of control because they ran away from their nanny in the park. Then, they proceed to be perfect little Angels angels with the sole exception of Michael losing his temper when a greedy banker snatches his money out of his hand. Compare to its SpiritualSuccessor ''Film/NannyMcPhee'', the original kids practically had halos. The stage musical makes them [[AdaptationalPersonalityChange more genuinely bratty]], though they get better by the end.



** Interestingly, in one interview, Creator/MattGroening claims that his characterisation of Bart as a genuine hell-raiser was a direct response to Groening's disappointment with watching ''[[Series/DennisTheMenace Dennis the Menace]]'' as a kid because, by Groening's standards, Dennis ''wasn't'' menacing - merely slightly annoying.

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** Interestingly, in one interview, Creator/MattGroening claims that his characterisation characterization of Bart as a genuine hell-raiser was a direct response to Groening's disappointment with watching ''[[Series/DennisTheMenace Dennis the Menace]]'' as a kid because, by Groening's standards, Dennis ''wasn't'' menacing - merely slightly annoying.




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* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Madeline}}'' is a mild example. In the original 1988 special, she's a mischievous prankster, pretending to choke on her bread at dinner, scaring the other girls with [[ScaryShadowFakeout a shadow puppet "monster"]] at night, and boasting that every night she fools them with a prank. Her very introduction by the narrator highlights her naughtiness compared to her schoolmates, saying "Such good little girls in two straight lines/Except the smallest, Madeline." But this side of her mostly disappears in the other five specials and in the subsequent series and movies, leaving her as simply a [[PluckyGirl Plucky]] GenkiGirl and letting [[TheOneGuy Pepito]] take over as the resident prankster.


See also: ValuesDissonance, MotiveDecay, VillainDecay, RuleAbidingRebel, FairForItsDay. Often occurs when the child is NotAllowedToGrowUp.

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See also: ValuesDissonance, MotiveDecay, VillainDecay, RuleAbidingRebel, FairForItsDay.FairForItsDay, SeinfeldIsUnfunny. Often occurs when the child is NotAllowedToGrowUp.


* When ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' was introduced, he was intended to be a cool 1990s-era character with an attitude. Though not as TotallyRadical as his western portrayals, his original Japanese image was also that of a sassy and {{badbutt}} character that was meant to contrast with his rival mascot Mario. Over the 1990s, the emphasis on Sonic being a MascotWithAttitude decreased, which is why he was given a "cool" new redesign for ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''. Looking at Sonic's Classic design, many fans don't even think of him as cool. He's soft and cute like Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny, with his Modern design being seen as the "cool" one. It doesn't help that most of his 2010s portrayals depict Classic Sonic as Sonic's youthful younger portrayal (despite the fact Classic Sonic was a [[VagueAge 15-18 year old]] in his heyday).

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* When ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' was introduced, he was intended to be a cool 1990s-era character with an attitude. Though not as TotallyRadical as his western portrayals, his original Japanese image was also that of a sassy and {{badbutt}} character that was meant to contrast with his rival mascot Mario. Over the 1990s, the emphasis on Sonic being a MascotWithAttitude decreased, which is why he was given a "cool" new redesign for ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''. Looking at Sonic's Classic design, many fans don't even think of him as cool. He's soft and cute like Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny, with his Modern design being seen as the "cool" one. It doesn't help that most of his 2010s portrayals depict Classic Sonic as Sonic's youthful younger portrayal (despite the fact Classic Sonic was a [[VagueAge 15-18 year old]] in his heyday).


* In ''Film/MaryPoppins,'' the children are shown to be horribly out of control because they ran away from their nanny in the park. Then, they proceed to be perfect little Angels with the sole exception of Michael losing his temper when a greedy banker snatches his money out of his hand. Compare to its SpiritualSuccessor Film/NannyMcPhee, the original kids practically had halos.

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* In ''Film/MaryPoppins,'' the children are shown to be horribly out of control because they ran away from their nanny in the park. Then, they proceed to be perfect little Angels with the sole exception of Michael losing his temper when a greedy banker snatches his money out of his hand. Compare to its SpiritualSuccessor Film/NannyMcPhee, ''Film/NannyMcPhee'', the original kids practically had halos.


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* When ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' was introduced, he was intended to be a cool 1990s-era character with an attitude. Though not as TotallyRadical as his western portrayals, his original Japanese image was also that of a sassy and {{badbutt}} character that was meant to contrast with his rival mascot Mario. Over the 1990s, the emphasis on Sonic being a MascotWithAttitude decreased, which is why he was given a "cool" new redesign for ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''. Looking at Sonic's Classic design, many fans don't even think of him as cool. He's soft and cute like Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny, with his Modern design being seen as the "cool" one. It doesn't help that most of his 2010s portrayals depict Classic Sonic as Sonic's youthful younger portrayal (despite the fact Classic Sonic was a [[VagueAge 15-18 year old]] in his heyday).


* In ''MaryPoppins,'' the children are shown to be horribly out of control because they ran away from their nanny in the park. Then, they proceed to be perfect little Angels with the sole exception of Michael losing his temper when a greedy banker snatches his money out of his hand. Compare to its SpiritualSuccessor Film/NannyMcPhee, the original kids practically had halos.

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* In ''MaryPoppins,'' ''Film/MaryPoppins,'' the children are shown to be horribly out of control because they ran away from their nanny in the park. Then, they proceed to be perfect little Angels with the sole exception of Michael losing his temper when a greedy banker snatches his money out of his hand. Compare to its SpiritualSuccessor Film/NannyMcPhee, the original kids practically had halos.


->'''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart]]''': I'm a pretty bad kid.\\

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->'''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart]]''': ->'''Bart''': I'm a pretty bad kid.\\



'''Bart''': [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E8TheTelltaleHead I stole the head off a statue once.]]\\
'''Cartman''': Wow, that's pretty hardcore. Geez. That's like [[Recap/SouthParkS5E4ScottTenormanMustDie this one time, when I didn't like a kid, so I]] [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon ground his parents up into chili and fed it to him]]]].

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'''Bart''': [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E8TheTelltaleHead I stole the head off a statue once.]]\\
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'''Cartman''': Wow, that's pretty hardcore. Geez. That's like [[Recap/SouthParkS5E4ScottTenormanMustDie this one time, when I didn't like a kid, so I]] [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon I ground his parents up into chili and fed it to him]]]].him.


'''Cartman''': Wow, that's pretty hardcore. Geez. That's like [[Recap/SouthParkS5E4ScottTenormanMustDie this one time, when I didnít like a kid, so I]] [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizonground his parents up into chilli and fed it to him]]]].

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'''Cartman''': Wow, that's pretty hardcore. Geez. That's like [[Recap/SouthParkS5E4ScottTenormanMustDie this one time, when I didnít didn't like a kid, so I]] [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizonground [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon ground his parents up into chilli chili and fed it to him]]]].


** In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Eric Cartman meets a Bart Simpson [[CaptainErsatz stand-in]], and they compare their evil deeds. Bart brags that he once sawed the head off a statue (but felt bad about it afterward.) Cartman, on the other hand, [[RefugeInAudacity killed Scott Tenorman's parents, ground them into chili, and fed them to him]]. This is likely a response to a bit on ''The Simpsons'' where Bart compares his deeds to Dennis the Menace with similar results. In one episode, Bart called himself "this century's Dennis the Menace." [[RuleOfFunny And the episode aired in the 20th century.]]
* Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and Eric Cartman, he is again what you get when you avert this trope. Aside from his MoralEventHorizon (the aforementioned bit with the ground-up parents), most of his actions are either PokeThePoodle or PoliticallyIncorrectVillain moments, even moreso than Bart Simpson. But said MoralEventHorizon was ''so intense'' that no amount of MenaceDecay will ever really redeem him.

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** In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Eric Cartman meets a Bart Simpson [[CaptainErsatz stand-in]], and they compare their evil deeds. Bart brags that he once sawed the head off a statue (but felt bad about it afterward.) Cartman, on the other hand, [[RefugeInAudacity [[spoiler:[[RefugeInAudacity killed Scott Tenorman's parents, ground them into chili, and fed them to him]].him]]]]. This is likely a response to a bit on ''The Simpsons'' where Bart compares his deeds to Dennis the Menace with similar results. In one episode, Bart called himself "this century's Dennis the Menace." [[RuleOfFunny And the episode aired in the 20th century.]]
* Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and Eric Cartman, he is again what you get when you avert this trope. Aside from his MoralEventHorizon (the aforementioned bit with the [[spoiler:the ground-up parents), parents]]), most of his actions are either PokeThePoodle or PoliticallyIncorrectVillain moments, even moreso than Bart Simpson. But said MoralEventHorizon was ''so intense'' that no amount of MenaceDecay will ever really redeem him.


'''Cartman''': Wow, that's pretty hardcore. Geez. That's like this one time, when I didn't like a kid, [[Recap/SouthParkS5E4ScottTenormanMustDie so I ground his parents up into chilli and fed it to him.]]

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'''Cartman''': Wow, that's pretty hardcore. Geez. That's like this one time, when I didn't like a kid, [[Recap/SouthParkS5E4ScottTenormanMustDie this one time, when I didnít like a kid, so I ground I]] [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizonground his parents up into chilli and fed it to him.]]him]]]].


* In the 1990's, the live-action FMV game ''VideoGame/NightTrap'' was actually debated in the U.S. Congress, most infamously by Senator Joseph Lieberman, for its "shameful", "sick", and "disgusting" depictions of "extreme sexual violence" against women (translation: teenagers in pajamas giving campy B-movie performances as they're chased around a house by vacuum-cleaner-wielding vampires wearing pantyhose on their heads). The level of "mature" "violence" in a game "for children" shocked the nation and the controversy around the game was directly responsible for the creation of the ESRB rating standards. Almost 30 years later, in 2017, ''Night Trap'' was ported to the PS4 and Xbox One... and rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB.

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* In the 1990's, the live-action FMV game ''VideoGame/NightTrap'' was actually debated in the U.S. Congress, most infamously by Senator Joseph Lieberman, for its "shameful", "sick", and "disgusting" depictions of "extreme sexual violence" against women (translation: teenagers in pajamas giving campy B-movie performances as they're chased around a house by vacuum-cleaner-wielding vampires wearing pantyhose on their heads). The level of "mature" "violence" in a game "for children" shocked the nation and the controversy around the game was directly responsible for the creation of the ESRB rating standards. Almost 30 years later, in 2017, ''Night Trap'' was ported to the PS4 [=PS4=] and Xbox One... and rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB.


** In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Eric Cartman meets a Bart Simpson [[CaptainErsatz stand-in]], and they compare their evil deeds. Bart brags that he once sawed the head off a statue (but felt bad about it afterward.) Cartman, on the other hand, [[RefugeInAudacity killed Scott Tenorman's parents, ground them into chili, and fed them to him]]. This is likely a response to a bit in the Simpsons where Bart compares his deeds to Dennis the Menace with similar results. In one episode Bart called himself "this century's Dennis the Menace." [[RuleOfFunny And the episode aired in the 20th century.]]

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** In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Eric Cartman meets a Bart Simpson [[CaptainErsatz stand-in]], and they compare their evil deeds. Bart brags that he once sawed the head off a statue (but felt bad about it afterward.) Cartman, on the other hand, [[RefugeInAudacity killed Scott Tenorman's parents, ground them into chili, and fed them to him]]. This is likely a response to a bit in the Simpsons on ''The Simpsons'' where Bart compares his deeds to Dennis the Menace with similar results. In one episode episode, Bart called himself "this century's Dennis the Menace." [[RuleOfFunny And the episode aired in the 20th century.]]

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