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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread:˛%% Please do not replace or remove without starting a new thread.˛%%˛[[quoteright:350:[[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy]]]]˛%%˛->''"The aim [of Channel Five Children's Hour] should be childhood innocence tinged with sinister corruption. So think Andi Peters."''˛-->-- '''Humphrey Lyttelton''', ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue''˛˛Kids' show hosts. They laugh, they sing, they smile, they bring joy to children all over the world... at least, on the surface. But beneath that shiny, happy façade lies the Depraved Kids' Show Host, a character you would not, under any circumstances, want your children around.˛˛Unlike his [[ExcitedKidsShowHost zany-go-lucky cousin]], who's excitable but pretty nice off set as well, the Depraved Kids' Show Host is at the very least a {{Jerkass}}. When he's on air, he's Mr. Snuggles, happiest figure in Friendlytown. But when the cameras ''aren't'' rolling, he (and it's [[AlwaysMale usually a man]]) is a sex, drug and [[TheGamblingAddict gambling addict]] who drinks, cavorts, and swears enough to make a sailor blush. He smokes like a tilt, lashes out at techies, and above all, he [[ChildHater absolutely]] ''[[ChildHater hates]]'' [[ChildHater kids]]. That, or he [[PaedoHunt likes them a bit too much]].˛˛This trope plays on the irony of a jovial character who interacts with children actually being a horrible person. As such, it's related to MonsterClown and other like tropes. The worst examples tend to be murderous or even turn into supervillains if left unchecked.˛˛This is especially popular in RealLife UrbanLegends, the insinuations of which can ruin someone's career. For some reason, people just can't believe that a right-thinking adult would want to spend his life teaching kids manners and helping them grow as people. [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]] and Creator/LeVarBurton would respectfully disagree; this is generally ''not'' TruthInTelevision. On the other hand, they ''wanted'' to be kids TV presenters - many others only do it as a way into TV, and, as former kids TV presenter [[Series/MockTheWeek Dara Ó Briain]] attests, "those people are the most ambitious bunch of pricks you will ever meet." And he's a [[HypocriticalHumor stand-up]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards comic!]]˛˛As the example of the late Creator/JimmySavile showed when his victims started coming forward in 2012, however, it is sometimes TruthInTelevision and when it is, it can put many fictional examples to shame.˛˛See also NiceCharacterMeanActor; VillainWithGoodPublicity. He may also HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight. Contrast with "ContractualPurity", if the character in question is being restricted into living a wholesomely clean life by his employment contract. (In fact, a severe enough contract might end up creating a Depraved Kids' Show Host, when they get frustrated from being barred from acts that many normal adults are permitted to engage in). May exist in a SubvertedKidsShow, but most often they're villains in regular shows. In real life, they cause the show to be UnderminedByReality. Surprisingly, not related to the DepravedHomosexual or DepravedBisexual, although sometimes they overlap. Compare RepulsiveRingmaster, which is similar, only with a [[CircusOfFear circus or carnival]] instead of a kids' show, and EvilPuppeteer, with a puppet show.˛˛[[noreallife]]˛----˛!!Examples:˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Anime and Manga]]˛* ''Manga/UramichiOniisan'' loves to play with this trope. He's a miserable dreg outside of work, likes to bully his juniors on the show, and drinks and smokes constantly. On show, he's not much better-- practically all the kids know about his personal issues and he complains about his life during filming (most of which thankfully gets edited out for broadcast) or gives advice the kids really don't need to be hearing, often to worrying results. The thing is, he actually likes the kids he works with. It's just that life just keeps bleeding into TV.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comics]]˛* This is the backstory for the modern incarnation of the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' villain [[ The Prankster.]]˛* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'': "Hey kids, Dino the Dinosaur is trying to tell me something. Gee, Dino! I didn't know it was Terry Pteranodon's birthday today. Should we bake him a cake? And you want to tell me something else, do you Dino? We're all going to die. Dino says we're all going to die. Dino told me. He says we should slash our wrists now, and remember to slash down the wrist, boys and girls, not across the wrist." PLEASE STAND BY, {{WE ARE EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES}}.˛%% * Hazel and Cha-Cha from ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy'', sort of. See the back of issue 3: "The Hazel and Cha-Cha Show: Who needs drugs when you have cookies and guns?" And really, with those big cartoon characters heads...? The two are what the hosts of a kids show created by Quentin Tarantino would be like.˛* Crocky, a ''Series/{{Barney|AndFriends}}'' parody in ''Comicbook/{{Robin|Series}}''. It's zig-zagged in the one issue centered around him, actually: [[spoiler:ONE of the guys who played him used the suit as a disguise to knock over convenience stores, and later took a kid hostage, but the original actor was a wrongly-accused good egg who ultimately helped catch that guy.]]˛** Another ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story featured a kids' show presenter who was trapped in Gotham during ''[[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]]''. Becoming slightly unhinged, he developed a version of his show that was tailored to suit the borderline-apocalyptic ruins of the city. Not only was it unsuitable for the supposed target audience, but he was [[IRejectYourReality broadcasting to a society that mostly didn't have electricity]].˛* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' did a typical kiddie show parody starring one Uncle Nutzy, physically based on rude stand-up comic Jack E. Leonard, running a show featuring mindlessly violent cartoons and boot-licking sponsor worship. At show's end he's on the phone with his wife, angrily admonishing her for letting their kids watch his show. This makes for a fairly obscure ShoutOut in ''Film/{{UHF}}''.˛* Kyle Baker's ''The Cowboy Wally Show'' had a childrens' show hosted by Al Space, who "really, really really loved kids. A lot", with such essay competitions as "In 1000 words or less, describe how Amy Sue Sturdfetzer looked much older than 12".˛* ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'' has the character of "Roger Mellie, the Man on the Telly," a foul-mouthed alcoholic and perverted TV presenter who in several strips lands a job on kids' TV and inevitably reverts to type in front of the horrified audience.˛* Clown from the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' comic series was originally a Saturday morning show host named Winky Dink who wound up becoming a Pseudo-Cenobite, charged with keeping the children who wind up in The Labyrinth occupied so they don't run amok, causing chaos. He does so through pretty disgusting ways (not entirely by choice though, since Leviathan punishes him if he does anything remotely pleasant). A later story reveals he'd been upgraded to a complete, overly-sadistic Cenobite at some point, having finally gotten his "routine" right.˛* ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' Vol. 2 #4 featured Barney Stryker. On-air, host of ''Uncle Barney's Good Neighbor Hour''. Off-air, possessed by a demon which fed on the suffering of children and responsible for the gruesome death of eleven kids.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fanfic]]˛* ''Fanfic/DayOfTheBarneyTrilogy'': wherein Barney the dinosaur is some incarnation of a demonic being that reappears every few centuries to wreak havoc. At the start of the fanfic, he held a special broadcast to persuade his young viewers to murder their parents and any other adults around, then inducted them into a cult. When any of them reached 13, he killed them (or worse). Flashbacks also show that he helped the Black Plague spread, and also saved Adolf Hitler during UsefulNotes/WW1 and set him on his path.˛* Parodied in ''Fanfic/ThePokemonSquad''. A scene features Henry and June finishing up a ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' episode, and as the director says "CUT!", June proceeds to ask for her cigarettes.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Film]]˛* In ''Film/TheBananaSplits'', the animatronic stars of the titular children’s show are accompanied by a human co-star, Stevie. On air he’s cheerful and zany, but behind the scenes he’s a drunken lech who resents the Splits for being more popular than him. [[spoiler: He eventually becomes the Splits’ [[AssholeVictim first victim.]]]]˛* In ''Film/DeathToSmoochy'' every host is deranged, and the whole industry is backed by the mob. When pushed, even Smoochy reveals some anger management issues.˛* There were plans for a sequel for William Lustig's ''Film/Maniac1980'', which was supposed to follow such a character but it was scrapped due to its main star's untimely death. It sounded like a remake of ''[[ The Psychopath]]'' (aka ''An Eye for an Eye''). A short promotional video for the film is [[ here.]] (WARNING: {{Gorn}})˛* ''Film/MeetTheFeebles'' is this trope dialed up to 11.˛* Downplayed with Uncle Nutzy, a.k.a. George Newman in ''Film/{{UHF}}''. George, who works at Channel 62 which is experiencing financial difficulties, oversleeps and Teri berates him for no-showing at her birthday dinner, and the next day, "Uncle Nutzy" takes his jaded frustrations out on the kids:˛-->'''George:''' ''[dejectedly]'' Hey, kids. Where y'wanna go? ''[with blatantly feigned enthusiasm]'' That's ''right''. To Uncle Nutzy's Clubhouse. [[SarcasmMode And boy, oh boy, are we gonna have big fun today. We're gonna have so much fun]], we'll forget about how ''miserable'' we are, and how much life ''sucks'', and how we're all gonna grow old and ''die'' someday.\˛'''"Little Weasel" Kid:''' I wanna go home!\˛'''George:''' ''Shut up, you little weasel! [pause]'' Okay. Right now, I'd like to show you one of my favorite cartoons. It's [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation a sad, depressing story]] about [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner a pathetic coyote who spends every waking moment of his life in the futile pursuit of a sadistic roadrunner]] who ''mocks'' him and ''laughs'' at him as he's repeatedly ''crushed'' and ''maimed''! '''HOPE YOU'LL ENJOY IT!!'''˛* Floop from the first ''Film/SpyKids1'' film was a subversion. The movie paints him as the AffablyEvil BigBad almost immediately: his "Fooglies" are actually secret agents subjected to BalefulPolymorph, and he's building an army of super-powered robots to take over the world. However, it's [[HeelFaceTurn later revealed]] that [[spoiler:neither of those were his ideas, they were [[DragonAscendant Mr. Minion's]]. Floop is too preoccupied with genuine concern for his show.]]˛** Even before he turns, he clearly cares more about the quality of the show than about the plans of world domination. [[spoiler:When he turns a spy into one of the creatures on his show, the first thing he comments on is how the new "character" will be a holiday rush favorite.]]˛* ''{{Film/Garfield}}'': Well, actually a ''pet'' show host. While Happy Chapman may ''look'' like he lives up to his name, in reality he is very arrogant, allergic to cats, and wants a dog to star in his show to overshadow his more successful twin brother newscaster Walter. ˛-->'''Happy Chapman:''' Oh, please, what a know-it all! And everybody always said I was the handsome one, I was the smart one, and I was born first. But there you are "live from the Hague". And here I am working with this sack of dander on a dead-end regional morning show.˛* Mr. Jingles from ''Jingles the Clown'' was the host of a children's [=TV=] show, as well as a Satanist and serial killer who butchered roughly thirty children before being shot to death by the police, though not before filming himself murdering his co-host (whose wife he was having an affair with) and most of the man's family. It's also mentioned that he was born of an incestuous relationship between his mother and grandfather, who the mother killed with a cleaver before committing suicide.˛* Chuckles the Chipmunk (a.k.a., Leo Herman) from the theatrical and film versions of ''Film/AThousandClowns'' is not so much depraved as he is egotistical, boorish, insulting, self-hating, neurotic, and desperately unfunny. He also, by his own admission, doesn't "get along too good with kids." ([[MerchandiseDriven The self-named brand of potato chips he shills on his program]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking is lousy too.]])˛* Koko the Clown from ''Film/TheGrooveTube''. His show at first looks nice and wholesome, but during "Make-Believe Time" he asks for the adults to leave the room. After he's sure there are no adults watching, he then proceeds to stop talking in his high-pitched voice and starts reading excerpts from erotic literature.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Literature]]˛* Somewhat meta example: Uncle Jingle, host of an insanely popular 'Net kids show in Creator/TadWilliams' {{Cyberpunk}} novel ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'', is more or less a nice fellow, if heavily MerchandiseDriven. (In fact, he's actually played by actors working in shifts, since the show is on 24/7.) However, the character itself was inspired by the MonsterClown figure Mr. Jingo who haunts the BigBad's nightmares.˛* Creator/ShelSilverstein's "Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book". ˛* In ''High Society'' by Creator/BenElton, Tommy mentions that almost every children's TV presenter he has met was a heavy drug user, which he imagines is because it drives them insane to constantly have to act perky and cheerful for their audience.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live Action TV]]˛* The demonic puppet hosts of "Smile Time" from ''Series/{{Angel}}'', though one of them [[BecomingTheMask Became the Mask]] and started to genuinely enjoy entertaining kids (didn't stop Gunn from beheading him).˛* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' gives us Nanette Guzman (aka. Nanny G), Frasier's first wife. She had become a Raffi-style children's entertainer in the meantime. During a concert she gave, she started singing a song that Lilith immediately interpreted as sexual, but Frasier explained as being sung to a child... until the next line...˛** She later reappears in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' having grown sick of being a children's entertainer, admits to not giving a damn about her young fans and wants to reconcile with Frasier yet again despite her being married. They end up almost sleeping together in the prop room before her show, but then the curtain rises while Frasier is still in her prop bed and [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity Ensues]].˛* Mexican clown [[Series/LaCaravana Brozo's]] entire schtick is this; he's a depraved, homeless, bitter and a tad misogynistic. This is played for laughs... currently he has a Series/TheDailyShow type of program. Needless to say, Brozo was never supposed to be seen by kids to begin with.˛* Shirty the Slightly Agressive Bear from ''Series/TheLateShow''. ˛* Pate Biscuit from ''Series/TheBigGig''. ˛* The ''Happy Smile Patrol'' sketch from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. [[ Read a transcript here.]] It's ''guaranteed'' to make you laugh and gasp with horror simultaneously. [[ The video in question.]] ˛* From Finnish sketch comedy, there's the legendary "Nasse-setä" who is chronically hung over, and irritated at the anatomically incorrect drawings kids send him, taking offense at exceptionally large nose holes and lack of an actual nose in one of them and coming to the conclusion that the kid who drew it is a lazy slob who doesn't bother to draw any noses, let alone blow them because "you can't possibly blow a nose like this neatly!". His CatchPhrase was "Nasse-setä on harvinaisen vihainen!" [Uncle-Nasse is exceptionally angry!].˛** Then there was Touko-Pouko from ''Studio Julmahuvi'', the {{Show Within A Show}}s ButtMonkey children's host with a severe case of lazy eye, hair resembling a clown's wig minus the silly colors and a deeply disturbed personality best demonstrated by [[SuddenlyShouting randomly attacking a prop or a camera man with a war shout]] or [[JumpScare diving out of the frame and suddenly jumping back in while wearing a wombat mask]]. In his segments he might be dressed as Tarzan, an indian, riot police, a ninja or an astronaut. His idea of a good home activity might also be making a soul out of barbed wire and silly putty and comment how "we all have one inside of us, a misshapen ugly lump like this".˛* Germany's sketch show "Switch" parodies the host of an actual children show on public TV channel Kika sometimes, much in the same way as the Finnish one above. In one sketch he threatened to kill the show's mascot Uhu (a real-life owl) when the children don't call him and give him the credit card numbers of their parents because he wanted to get a better apartment. He also has an alcohol-problem.˛* The Seattle sketch comedy show ''Series/AlmostLive'' had a recurring sketch called "Uncle Fran's Musical Forest." Uncle Fran was a VERY bitter DeadpanSnarker who liked to sing songs about his ex-wives and ex-girlfriends ("Greedy Whores"), or parenting styles ("The Modern Day Dad...doesn't have a spine."). When his furry mascot objected to the content, he would beat the tar out of the puppeteer controlling it.˛* Several of the characters in ''Series/GregTheBunny'', in one respect or another. In particular, Warren is a heavy drinker and former drug addict with severe marital problems, while Junction Jack seems to be inspired by the aforementioned false rumours of Fred Rogers having been a sniper in 'Nam.˛* An episode of ''[[Series/SquareOneTV Mathnet]]'' featured Vicious Vinnie, a villainous children's show host who taught kids incorrect information like that Chicago was the capital of Illinois.˛* "Tia Penha" (Aunt Penha), one of the many characters of Brazilian Comedian Marcelo Médici, is a gender flipped version of this. But unlike other examples, she's an outright [[JerkAss bitch]] even on air. She [[{{Grimmification}} subverts upbeat children' songs]] by [[KillEmAll telling that everyboy died in the end]] and that everybody WILL die ([[AndYourLittleDogToo your mommy included]]). She's also particularly fond of telling some truths about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.˛-->'''Tia Penha:''' Today's show will be a little bit different for three reasons. First, Tia Penha doesn't like lies, second, Tia Penha [[ChildHater doesn't like children]] and third, what Tia Penha really likes is money so let's start it quickly!˛* Boxcar Burt, a briefly-seen in-universe host watched by [[WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost Brak]] and [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Meatwad]] in an Creator/AdultSwim New Year's Eve sketch.˛-->"Heeey everybody! I hope you're rockin' out! But if ya ain't rockin' out, I hope you're drunk! Just like '''Boxcar Burt!''' Now come back after the break you little brats, or I'll kick your asses in! ''(raspy EvilLaugh)''"˛* A man who played Dougie the Whale in one episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''. A complete jackass even onstage (at least to his backstage crew) and got into a fight with Will, in front of the child audiences no less.˛* ''Series/LaughIn'' often featured the demented "Uncle Al, the Kiddie's Pal!" who was usually hungover and kept cracking bad double-entendre jokes and running around like a maniac.˛* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' had ''Muley's Roundhouse'', featuring ol' Muley, who sulks and mopes throughout his program, in addition to critically ignoring the trains on his watch. This includes his criticism of the children's artwork sent to him: "These are the worst ones yet! You probably send the good ones to people you like!"˛** It also had Officer Friendly, heavily implied to be both the actual local Melonville constable and a Dirty Cop. Despite his [[DissonantSerenity cheerful attitude]], his "guests" were unruly local citizens in the holding tank. They'd initially refuse to chat, making him cut to a cartoon. On return, [[PoliceBrutality the guest would be heavily bruised]] but [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction otherwise calm, polite, and seemingly happy to answer any question he asked.]]˛* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''[='=]s Charlie Harper might qualify after he became a Children's Songs Star.˛* ''Series/LittleBritain'' has the character of Des Kaye, the disgraced former host of a children's show called "Fun Bus." It's eventually revealed that he was fired because a child [[EyeScream lost an eye]] while appearing on his show, and the ''Little Britain'' live stage show hints that Des's "Hide the Sausage'' audience participation game might also have had something to do with it ...˛* Back in TheEighties, an episode of ''Les Dennis's Laughter Show'' featured Les parodying then-Creator/{{CBBC}} host Phillip Schofield. Dennis's version of Schofield gets steadily more drunk, attempts to murder NonHumanSidekick Gordon T. Gopher, and eventually has a prostitute/groupie in the studio who he tries to pass off as "Gordon's mum"! Bizarrely, Schofield himself, long after his CBBC career, was interviewed for Creator/Channel4's ''Zippy & George's Puppet Legends'', where he claimed that ''Gordon'' had a drink problem. This idea has since continued on the official Gordon T. Gopher [[CharacterBlog Twitter]], where the bio claims he's "Sober since 5/6/15".˛* In universe, Jane from ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' ''almost'' became this... she had the depraved part down pat, it was just the "Kid's show host" part that was up in the air... after all, her sidekick was a sock puppet named Jake the Truth-Snake.˛-->'''Jane:''' I am ''not'' self-centered!\˛'''Jake:''' Oh, shut up, you deluded bitch!˛* Inverted by ''Series/TheState'' with "Blueberry Muffins in the Morning", a show proposed by Blueberry, a children's television producer who looks and acts like a clown in real life.˛-->'''Blueberry:''' BECAUSE I LOOK LIKE A F***ING BLUEBERRY!˛* ''Series/{{Reno911}}'' had an odd example. Reading Ron is actually a great host, who does his best to put his dark past behind him. Enter the Reno Sheriff's Department, who so thoroughly ruin Reading Ron's Police episode that it sends Ron into a cocaine fueled rampage on the roof of the station.˛* Season 2 of ''Series/TheArmstrongAndMillerShow'' has a recurring gag with the hosts of a children's TV program (a spoof of ''Series/BluePeter'') apologizing to its viewers for various drunken, lewd, violent and illegal acts - in kid-friendly language.˛-->'''Alistair:''' Yes, by collecting all those stamps and unwanted clothes, you raised nearly a million pounds towards a holiday center for disabled people in the New Forest.\˛'''Tina:''' Now, Jason came up with an idea for making even more money from the amount you'd already raised.\˛'''Alistair:''' He transferred that money into another bank account...\˛'''Tina:''' And spent it on a large amount of ''special powder''. This powder, like the holiday center, is designed to make people feel very happy...˛* Ernie Kovacs was very fond of this trope. His character Uncle Buddy would allow kids to walk backwards blindfolded on the Staten Island Ferry railing. Another of Kovacs' characters, Mr. Science, could barely hide his exasperation toward his easily distracted kid helper Billy. Kovac's Hungarian chef character Miklos Molnar would show up to host a Howdy Doody knockoff show as "Buffalo Miklos". In addition to treating the Claribel knockoff with utter contempt, Miklos would get drunk, cut Howdy's strings, and yell at the kids in the peanut gallery to shut up.˛* The short-lived Science Fiction series ''Series/SpecialUnit2'' featured a children's show host (an [[CaptainErsatz ersatz]] of Barney the Dinosaur) [[MonsterOfTheWeek who turned out]] [[AliensAndMonsters to be a]] [[TheyWalkAmongUs "Link"]] with a ''Pied Piper of Hamlin'' power.˛* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' villain, PsychoForHire [[ForTheEvulz (And Fun!)]] Jim Moriarty is also a children's television presenter under an assumed name [[spoiler: for the purposes of his evil plan to kill Sherlock Holmes]], in a particularly creepy twist on his literary counterpart's cover identity as a math professor.˛* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' features "America's Dad", Bobby Stark, in the episode "Pretty Dead". While not guilty of murder, his off-air persona is a comically drug-addled, skirt-chasing, abusive man who bears no relation to his wholesome on-air characters. ˛** Played with in "Fool Me Once..." Dr. Stephen Fletcher is supposedly a lovable Arctic adventurer and wildlife expert who is presenting his adventures to little kids via web-cast from the wilderness. Instead, he's a con man faking the whole thing from his apartment, until he's murdered. Eventually it turns out that the con man really had a heart of gold: although he'd already gotten the money in advance, he put on a fun show for the kids long after he'd already gotten his money and even personally wrote replies to every kid who wrote him. He was quitting his con man ways out of love for his fiance, a woman he'd originally intended to con. So the lovable scientist is really a scheming conman who turns out to be [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished murdered because he's redeemed himself]]... whew. ˛* ''Series/InLivingColor'' loved this trope, with kiddie hosts who don't even try to hide the tons of personal issues that bedevil them from their viewers.˛** Homey D. Clown (Damon Wayans) rants about TheMan while ostensibly performing as a hired entertainer for kids.˛** Candy Cane's (Alexandra Wentworth) various failed relationships become grist for her mill.˛** Scary Larry (Creator/JimCarrey) is a psychotic Vietnam veteran. (He also works as a [[GoingPostal mailman]].) "This is the way we lock and load, lock and load, lock and load..."˛** Pee-Wee Herman's arrest was the basis for a skit in which Pee-Wee (Carrey) sells a doll modeled after Paul Reubens's mugshot!˛** Subverted with a skit in which Mister Rogers (Carrey) visits a store and hits on the female customers as a prelude to holding the place up, but the policeman brought in to stop him doesn't believe he's capable of such a thing, and he goes on to pick up a hooker with his ill-gotten gains. The subversion comes in the punchline: He's actually an excellent impersonator using the real deal's clean reputation to get away with his crimes!˛* Captain Crocodile from ''Series/TheMonkees'', especially after he worries that the band will become more popular than him! ˛* ''Series/MadeInCanada'' has Captain [=McGee=], a jovial seafarer who, offscreen, is a compulsive sex addict and wife-swapper. In the episode "For the Children", his sex addiction is used by unscrupulous production executive Richard Strong to blackmail him into agreeing to a merchandise deal for his series.˛* ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob'' gives us Pierre, who teaches kids fun activities including dancing (which involves moves such as "Get sexy, kids!," "Slap your face," and "Have a glass a wine. Don't worry, kids, I won't tell!"). Interestingly, the dancing sketch was Pierre's first appearance; in his later shows, he became less of a pedophile and got a lot more interested in his intended audience's dads, to the point where he uses meditation to hypnotize children into giving him "their dad's e-mail address."˛* On an episode of ''Series/NightCourt'', a clown played by Jack Riley is arraigned as "Mr. Frou Frou":˛-->'''Clerk:''' The charges are gambling, disorderly conduct, inciting a riot, attempted assault, attacking an officer and resisting arrest.\˛'''Judge:''' What, no lewd behavior?\˛'''Clown:''' I was too drunk.˛* In the ''Series/{{Eagleheart}}'' episode "Silly Sammy", the titular villain (played by Creator/BenStiller) is a kids show host that brainwashes children (and [[ManChild Brett]]) into eviscerating their caretakers, removing their organs, and sending them to him. While he claims this is to help a sick character on the show, its actually to supply Sammy's organ smuggling ring.˛* The ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' episode "Georgie Must Die", essentially a TakeThat toward ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'', portrayed Georgie the Hippo as a greedy scumbag [[BitchInSheepsClothing using the persona of a kindhearted kids' show host as his cover]] who only cares about [[OnlyInItForTheMoney getting lots of money from his merchandise]].˛* Sonny Shine, real name Louis Sheinberg, from ''Series/{{Happy}}''. The flamboyant host of a popular children's TV show is actually the criminal mastermind Mr. Bug. His public performances are a way of gathering children in large groups so one of his underlings can abduct the ones who wander away from their parents as part of a human trafficking ring.˛* ''Series/Lucifer2016'': {{Subverted|Trope}} with the lead actor of a kids' show who's investigated for murder. While it is a case of NiceCharacterMeanActor, it's revealed that he'd come to hate the job and is only trying to get fired so he'll be free of his contract.˛* In ''Series/TreintaYUnMinutos'' a secondary character is Tio Horacio, the animator of a children's program of the 70s, he is not exactly a pervert but a greedy swindler who is hated by his former collaborators because he owes them money. Also in his program he stated that children who were [[DeliberateValuesDissonance left-handed were abnormal and that they had to be forced to use their right hand.]]˛* ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' downplayed the trope in the episode "It's a Mad Mad Mackerel" with the Funky Fisherman, a kids' show host who is shown to be bossy and ill-tempered off-camera, but by the end of the episode learns to change his attitude.˛* ''Series/DeadRingers:'' After Angus Deaton is removed from ''Have I Got News For You'' because of his own drugs scandal, the BBC tries to find a replacement, only to find literally everyone they've got is, as Kirsty Wark puts it, "a drug-taking sex maniac". Their last hope, Pudsey the Bear, also turns out to be a coke fiend, as revealed by Sootie the Puppet, who does an interview with his horrified puppeteer revealing some of his antics.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]˛* In 2019, Wrestling/BrayWyatt was given a new gimmick where he hosted a disturbing children’s show called Firefly Fun House, complete with several puppets which often did physical harm to each other.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Radio]]˛* Taken to its ultimate conclusion by ''Radio/TheBurkissWay'''s "Childrens Favourites with Uncle Hitler."˛-->'''Uncle Hitler:''' HELLO CHILDREN, EVERYVHERE! Und today, der first record ist der request from Norman und Edith Carruthers, for their little son Villie! Vally Vhyton, mit der disken kiddiewinks: DER RUNAWAY TRAIN! Unfortunately, ve haf some bad news for you! Der BBC Record Library cannot manage der aktual recording by Vally Vhyton! So! Inshtead, ve haf decided... TO INVADE POLAND!˛* In ''[[Series/{{KYTV}} Radio Active]]'', one presenter was "The kiddies' favourite, Uncle Mike Stand." In later series, he was stated to be in prison for molesting children.˛* Back when ''Imus in the Morning'' was still on the radio, they had "Wilford Brimley's Christmas Message" every year, in which Wilford Brimley, who was the real-life spokesperson for Quaker Oats in the 80's and 90's, would supposedly stop by the station to present a message to "all the little boys and girls" that inevitably veered off into horrifically inappropriate rhapsodies about the sexual uses of oatmeal.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]˛* Comedian Justin Edwards has the character Jeremy Lion, an unsuccessful children's entertainer who comes on stage drunk, uses nightmarish puppets and costumes in his acts, used to entertain himself as a child with "a box of matches and a kitten", and makes references to his sad depressing life. On one occasion, he had to sell the puppets he used in his act and used cans and bottles of alcohol as replacements, which he ended up drinking every couple of seconds.˛* In one of their sketches, the French comedian trio "Les Inconnus" portray the team from "Club Dorothée", a very popular French kid show from the 80's, as this, harshly fending off a kid asking for an autograph once the camera is off by threatening him to call the show host Dorothée (the kid is frightened by this).˛* While he's never explicitly stated to be a kids' show host, this is pretty much the ''shtick'' of Music/StephenLynch. A lot of his songs sound as if they were written for children ... at least at first, before they turn either dark or depraved.˛--> If you could be a super hero, would you be Justice Guy?\˛Making sure people get what they deserve, especially women who lie.\˛Like if a wife left her husband with three kids and no job\˛To run off to Hawaii with some doctor named Bob\˛You could kill them and drain them of blood so they die\˛... especially Bob ...\˛Then you would be Justice Guy.˛** He leads into that song by saying that he ''did'' play for children at school assemblies. "They eat this shit up, they love it!"˛* As alluded to above, Creator/DaraOBriain has riffed on his former career as a kid's show host in this fashion. The way he describes it the behind the scenes world of children's television is, if not exactly depraved, then certainly full of bitchy competitiveness. ˛* One of Creator/GeorgeCarlin's earliest bits (back when he and Jack Burns were partners, even) was "Captain Jack and Jolly George," where the two titular characters encourage some ''very'' family unfriendly behaviour (heroin usage, alcoholism, implied prostitution), in an ExcitedKidsShowHost Under Sixes tone of voice.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Urban Legends]]˛* Urban legends adore this. Quick, think of a kids' show host! Got one? At some point, you've probably heard the rumour that he's a convicted child molester who's on the show as part of his community service,[[note]]No law enforcement agency in the world would let pedophiles work with children, let alone ''force'' them to, but this is the world of Urban Legends -- the more outrageous, the better.[[/note]] some sort of deranged murderer, or a drug addict. Some notable examples of this trope (courtesy of ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}''):˛** [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]] was a [[ heavily tattooed, cold-blooded sniper (or possibly a child molester).]]˛** During the Golden Age of Radio, a legend was created whereby a local children's radio host named Uncle Don uttered the comment, [[ "That ought to hold those little bastards!"]] after one of his shows. Uncle Don was the genial grandfatherly type gent who would read a bedtime story for children at 7 p.m. (local time), after which he said a gentle good night ... until the night where after his show he snarled the infamous remark, unaware his radio mike was still on and could clearly pick up his statement; the story goes on to claim that a flood of calls to the radio station's management resulted in Uncle Don's swift cancellation and his dismissal from radio. The legend has been told about many radio and television performers over the course of several decades, and predates Uncle Don's career by a few years.˛** Steve from ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' [[ committed drug-induced suicide,]] a rumor probably started when he [[PlayingAgainstType played a drug addict]] on ''Series/LawAndOrder''.˛** Barney is a [[ crack dealer. Also, he committed suicide. In his costume!]] He swore at a kid that stepped on his foot. On live national TV.˛** Comedian Creator/SoupySales has also been a victim of urban legends fitting this trope, most often those where he supposedly tried to sneak the word "fuck" into his comedy bits on his children's TV show ''Lunch With Soupy Sales''. The most common example is Soupy and Fang reciting the alphabet, but Fang forever identifying the letter "F" as "K," and finally a frustrated Soupy admonishing the puppet, "How comes every time I see 'F,' you see 'K'?" On the other hand, the story about how he once instructed his young viewers to get the "funny green pieces of paper" out of their parents' wallets and purses and send them to him happens to be ''true''.[[note]]* In January 1965 on his morning children's show, Sales suggested to his young viewers that they find the wallets of their sleeping fathers and take out "some of those funny green pieces of paper with all those nice pictures of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Alexander Hamilton, and send them along to your old pal, Soupy, care of WNEW, New York." The reaction from outraged parents came fast and furious, and WNEW-TV pulled Soupy Sales' program off the air by the following Monday. Anyways, Soupy Sales program resumed broadcasting two weeks later, and his program ran on WNEW for close to another two years. By the way, most of the money he received was Monopoly play money, implying that most of the kids were actually in on the joke. He only got a few real dollars, all of which he donated to charity, and most of which came [[PeripheryDemographic from adults who wanted to give something back to him.]][[/note]]˛** In Poland, there's a well-known anecdote which claims that the host of the live kids' show ''Mis z okienka'' ("Bear in the Window") once said "And now, dear kids, you can kiss the bear's ass!" during credits, unaware that the show was still on air.˛** Creator/WaltDisney seems to attract a ''lot'' of these in an attempt by people to show the supposed "dark side" of the Uncle Walt persona he showed off on ''Series/WaltDisneyPresents''. Depending on who you ask he was either a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a Satanist, an anti-semite, a fascist, a Nazi sympathizer, a secret communist, a pedophile, a conspirator who helped fake the 1969 moon landing for the U.S. government with Werner Von Braun and Creator/StanleyKubrick, a faux-American whose friendship with Creator/SalvadorDali proved that he was secretly Spanish, an eccentric who froze himself in a tube under Disneyland until the day came when science could revive him and cure his lung cancer...˛* Supposedly, Tinky Winky of the Series/{{Teletubbies}} was replaced for standing on a rabbit and swearing. There was also a rumour that he attacked somebody with his purse.˛* Equally supposedly, one of the people on ''Series/BananasInPajamas'' was replaced after drunken brawling. This detail often appears in these stories, probably because you ''can'' replace an actor in a suit more easily than another kind of host.˛* ''Series/BluePeter'''s long-running presenter Valerie Singleton has been "outed" far more times than she would care to count as a closet lesbian. This would have been a ''very'' big thing in the 1960's and 1970's when childrens' TV presenters were contractually required to be squeaky-clean in every conceivable respect. For some reason the rumours started spreading and never stopped, despite the fact that what Val really ''was'' keen to keep hidden was a long heterosexual affair with fellow presenter Peter Purvis - something the BBC would have sacked them both for. Valerie Singleton is probably a case of [[MistakenForGay a lesbian who never was]] - perhaps because there were more sniggers in the idea that a morally upright children's TV presenter, a woman popularly thought of as being more saintly and clean-living than Mother Theresa, ''did'' have a big disreputable secret life to keep concealed. ˛* Not officially confirmed, but Italian singer Cristina d'Avena is said to ''hate'' children, despite having a long (since 1982) career in shows with singing children, and as singer/songwriter of cartoon themes [[note]]If you see a cartoon in Italy, there is a 50% chance that the theme is composed, written ''and'' performed by Cristina d'Avena. If it's on a Mediaset channel, chances raise to 90%[[/note]]. It's possibly justified by the fact that her career is exclusively child related: the only other work she's done with music has been Christmas carols, and her only acknowledged acting role has been a cartoon character in a real life short series.˛* Similarly to the urban legends about Valerie Singleton, scurrilous stories persist that the squeaky-clean eponymous presenter of long-running French [[SaturdayMorningKidsShow kids' show]] ''Club Dorothée'' had a shameful past involving appearing in porn, both lesbian and straight, and that she had a backstage drugs problem. There appears to be absolutely no truth in these tales and they probably emerged for the same reasons as the innuendos about Valerie S - that it's funny to imagine a children's TV presenter doing wholly inappropriate things when not on camera, things that don't sit well with being a sort of "nanny" to the nation's children. It is also the case that the production company responsible for ''Club Dorothée'' and many [[Series/LesFillesDaCote other hit French series]] was run by a man who left a lot of resentment and bad feeling in his wake and attracted a reputation for dictatorial management combined with shoddy underhand dealings: attacking AB productions' hit show with damaging rumours would have been a way, for many bruised and resentful people, to get back at Jean-Luc Azoulay. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* Played for laughs in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' with the final Diez Gentleman. A rare female example.˛* Captain Cutlass from ''VideoGame/CriticalDepth'' was a nautically-themed kids-show host turned actual {{pirate}}.˛* Crotchy the nutsack from ''[[VideoGame/{{Postal}} Postal 2]]''.˛* In ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'', Matt Engarde is a children's show actor (specifically, the protagonist of in-universe {{tokusatsu}} ''The Nickel Samurai'') who goes to great lengths to preserve his "fresh as a spring breeze" image. Like most other defendants, he carries a tragic secret. [[spoiler: However, ''unlike'' every other defendant, he is in fact '''guilty''' of the crime he's accused of. He's a sociopath who drove his ex-girlfriend to suicide just to piss off his rival Juan Corrida, and later hired an assassin to murder Corrida while he videotaped it with a secret camera, all so he could blackmail said assassin. And he was entirely willing to frame his agent, Adrian Andrews, so he could get away scot-free]]. His rival, Juan Corrida, wasn't much better.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Webcomics]]˛* ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' did a comic about a Depressed Kids Show Host who ended up committing suicide: [[ "Gee Golly Jeepers!"]] Notably, it is no longer on the original PBF site.˛* Used for a oneshot gag in ''Webcomic/GhastlysGhastlyComic'', with plushophiliac Bunny Boy violating a stuffed rabbit in front of the audience. "What kind of world is it where it's okay to buy toys for children but bad to teach them how to play with them?"˛* [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/Persona4 Shadow Teddie]]]] in ''Webcomic/{{Hiimdaisy}}'' hosts ''[[spoiler: Shadow Teddie]]'s Existential Kid's Korner,'' which is actually fitting given the TV setting and [[spoiler: his mascot-like appearance]]. [[spoiler: He ]] declares that "The Word of the Day is... Futile! As in 'Your futile existence has no meaning'," asks a main character if she knows any other words that begin with F (Fsteak), and then skips through a field with the main characters while they all sing "Your futile existence has no meaning." [[spoiler: [[MoodWhiplash And then he says he's going to kill everyone in the room.]] Cue sad faces.]]˛* ''It's the Tie!'' had this as the punchline for the strip "Glossophobia", where a man nervous about speaking in front of the audience considers and heartily accepts the option of [[ImagineTheAudienceNaked pretending that his audience is naked]], the final panel revealing that he's to perform [[Series/BarneyAndFriends in a dinosaur costume]] and that his audience consists of children.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Original]]˛* [[ Bobble the Clown]] of the Wiki/SCPFoundation mixes this trope with MonsterClown to frightening effect. For starters, he's an EldritchAbomination, and anyone over the age of 10 who tries to watch his show gets knocked out instantly. Most of the time, he's just an AffablyEvil character who [[DissonantSerenity cheerfully teaches children how to become arsonists and cannibals]], but in one "episode" he lets his facade slip and he just glares at the kids for a half hour straight. Long story short, he's ''pissed'' that the foundation is blocking his "show" from being aired.˛* Taken UpToEleven by Mickey the Dick of ''WebAnimation/WackyGameJokez4Kidz''. He literally does not give a single shit about the show or anyone watching it (since he's being forced to host it against his will). He swears, drinks beer, makes sexual comments, insults the viewers, and assaults his coworkers ''all on camera''. And his bosses ''still air the footage, completely uncut''.˛* In the flash game ''VideoGame/{{Pico}} vs. Bear'' from {{Website/Newgrounds}}, Pico takes on Big Brown Bary, the host of one of his favorite shows. Bary forces the other residents to labor to his benefit, and is suspected of molesting his daughter Hoe-Joe. His costars are equally messed up.˛* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': The ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "for kids" sees Strong Bad imagining himself hosting a kids show in which he challenges kids to play "Where's The Cheat?". The problem is he doesn't show the kids a lot of respect, as we first see when he gives them an "F-minus-minus" because one of them said "Christopher Columbus" instead of "The Cheat". Immediately after, he gets increasingly frustrated when the kids try to tell him where The Cheat is hiding but only give vague answers like "He's over there!", leading him to start freaking out.˛-->'''Strong Bad:''' Look, The Cheat is ''behind the freakin' box''! HE'S BEHIND THE BOX! [[ComicalOverreacting I'LL KILL YOU! I'LL KILL ALL YOUR DOGS!]]˛* [=AbsoluteBillion=]'s WebAnimation/YouTubePoop titled [[ The Gradual Mental Traumatization of a Kids' Show Host]] is about Steve from ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' undergoing serious SanitySlippage.˛* The Creepypasta ''Literature/NineteenNinetyNine'' features one of these as the owner of a local television station. "Mr. Bear," [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname as he is known]], is a Satanist and a MisanthropeSupreme who uses his TV station to get kids to come to his house under the pretense of being a special guest star, only to drag them out into the woods and burn them alive as a sacrifice to Satan.˛* Depraved doesn't even begin to describe Doofy the Dragon, the host of the titular ShowWithinAShow from ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan''. In his show, Doofy has slaughtered animals, promoted drug usage, hosted a mass suicide, and has [[MyLittlePanzer a knife as a prize in his cereal]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Western Animation]]˛* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'''s Chris [=McLean=] is a teenage show example. Unlike most examples, he's openly sadistic and cold-blooded as the host of a reality show full of teenagers.˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Krusty the Clown: When the cameras are rolling, he's the zany clown kids love! In his off hours, he's cynical, in debt to the mob, willing to do anything to his show for money, lewd, rude, addicted to everything, treats his biggest fan (Bart) like crap (despite the numerous things Bart did for Krusty -- i.e., clear him of a robbery charge, reunite Krusty with his rabbi father, and save his show from cancellation with a celebrity-packed comeback special), and is more of a {{Jerkass}} than post-season 9 Homer Simpson. And ''still'' manages to be one of the good guys in comparison to his sidekick, Sideshow Bob, although he's WickedCultured and has a decent side. Speaking of which, Krusty also treated Bob extremely poorly back when he was a sidekick, which lead to Bob framing Krusty for said robbery so that Bob could be the one in charge of the show. Of course, considering that [[SubvertedKidsShow Itchy and Scratchy]] is on his show, that's not very surprising.˛** Krusty's first TV appearance – on a ''[[Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow Tracey Ullman Show]]''-era ''Simpsons'' short called "The Krusty the Clown Show" – sees the clown portrayed as boorish and having a normal voice, wearing normal hair and no face makeup. His over-the-top characteristics were not added until the show was picked up for a series and the season 1 episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E12KrustyGetsBusted Krusty Gets Busted]]."˛** Gabbo and his puppetteer, who briefly got Krusty kicked off the air in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E22KrustyGetsKancelled Krusty Gets Kancelled]]"; Bart produced a film of Gabbo referring to the kids as "little S.O.B.s.", which [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity didn't quite work]] -- it actually caused a public outcry until Kent Brockman made the same flub while ''reporting the Gabbo story'', everyone got angry at HIM, and instantly forgot about Gabbo. His ratings actually went ''up'' when all was said and done. (In the world of the Simpsons, it's true that the ViewersAreGoldfish.) ˛*** Of course, next time that Gabbo and his puppeteer appeared on the show, they had become a ''very'' poor (and that is figurative and literal-Gabbo has deteriorated to the point he's falling apart) vaudeville act. [[NoodleIncident It is somewhat implied]] that the second time Gabbo was caught being a jackass after the above episode, he ''didn't'' dodge the bullet.˛** Lately Krusty has begun acting depraved even ''on air''.˛* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had a rare female example in Miss Carol, the host of "Miss Carol's Happy House." When Angelica gets the chance to audition for her show, she overhears Miss Carol's assistant Stephanie saying the new "Fun Phrase" for the show. Miss Carol comments that the ''real'' Fun Phrase should be--[[SoundEffectBleep well, something unseemly]]. Angelica, [[ChildrenAreInnocent being a three-year-old]], assumes that Miss Carol actually means that, and eventually ends up on the show with nothing else to say, so... HilarityEnsues--along with an EngineeredPublicConfession (Angelica gets Miss Carol to repeat the dirty phrase on air)--and the show eventually becomes "Miss Stephanie's Happy House."˛* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' had a parody of this when ''Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?'' host Kevin Shinick (voicing himself) goes crazy after finding out his girlfriend is cheating on him. He drives them to her house and makes them memorize the day they met, the day she said she loved him. The skit ended with him crashing his car and dying. This is more amusing when you realize that A. Schinick was actually a writer, creative director, and voice actor for ''Robot Chicken'', and B. Most fans of ''Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego'' disliked ''Where in Time...''', so this dark bit of AdamWesting was well received by those that caught on.˛* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'', the BigBad, V.V. Argost, actually has his own TV show, of which the Saturdays' young GenreSavvy son Zak [[VillainWithGoodPublicity is a fan]]. Unusually for this trope, Argost is the same on-camera as he is off-camera... a FauxAffablyEvil LargeHam with [[NightmareFetishist a fondness for weird monsters]].˛* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''˛** In "Road to Europe," it is revealed that the characters on Jolly Farm Revue, a show Stewie likes, are Depraved Kids' Show Hosts. Mother Maggie turns out to be a foul-mouthed ChildHater (her American counterpart seems to be quite more decent), while Pengrove Pig is a DirtyOldMan who draws obscene pictures inside the magic tome prop.˛** Season 10's "You Can't Do That On Television, Peter" had Peter host his own risqué "children's" program, "Petey's Funhouse," where all of his material is clearly unsuitable for children's ears (and in the real world, would have him jailed if not at least banned from television forever). Later, when Peter and Lois are arguing about devoting all his time on the show, Peter makes a sick, perhaps ([[IdiotBall unintentionally]]) very revealing if not very dark comment about himself: "I can have all the 3-year-old girls I want!"˛* Binky the Clown from ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' qualifies, although he was the same on and off camera. Sidney the Dinosaur was a better example in his episode.˛** [[ This]] example from the comic strip, where Binky rants about [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra how he's stuck performing on TV in a clown suit while on the air]].˛--->'''Garfield:''' Third time this week. He's lost it.˛** Also in the comic there was Binky's rival Uncle Roy who had his own [[ Shady]] Side.˛* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'', recurring crime boss Lonnie the Shark's original day job was as the costumed host of the kids' show "[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Barnaby]]".˛* ''Potato Head Kids'': The episode "Small Potatoes" was framed around "Pee Wee" Small, a cantankerous, frustrated children's TV show host who [[HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight hates his job]] and children even more. He is forced to give free tickets away to his show, and when the Potato Head Kids show him up on his own show, he fires them.˛* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had a children's show host as the VillainOfTheWeek pretending one of his co-actors needed "happy paper" (money) to cheer up. Bubbles, who always watched the show, and believed it, rounded up all the money she could find, until Blossom and Buttercup managed to expose the truth. This is a ShoutOut to Creator/SoupySales (though Sales said it as a joke and didn't think any kids would actually do it). The episode, "Neighbor Hood," was intended as a first season episode but the staff was afraid it was too similar to Mister Rogers. The story concept was given to DC Comics and made as issue #7 story "Remote Controlled." ˛* Quacky the Duck from ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy''. Averted in his first appearance, but played straight after he undergoes a FaceHeelTurn due to his show getting canceled.˛* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' film WesternAnimation/ChannelChasers, one of the BlandNameProduct shows is a ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' parody called Clint's Hints. The Steve analogue is [[LaughingMad visibly insane.]]˛-->'''Steve {{Expy}}:''' Hi kids, I'm Jeff! Ignore the shaving cut and the five o'clock shadow. I'm really a kid just like you!˛* In the ''WesternAnimation/FiremanSam'' special "Alien Alert", we have Buck Douglas, a television presenter of the TV show "Alien Quest". Lots of fans love him, even Norman Price, and want to be on his show. But, when fans are not around and/or he's off screen, [[spoiler: he dresses up like an alien and remote-controls toy UFO's, starts fires (both by accident), and sends a huge space signal to outer space to surprise everyone in Pontypandy. Although, he's not that mean, he's not even against "The Hero Next Door", nor his fans. He feels sorry for what he has done after Fireman Sam caught him and showed his fans that he's a ''mean person''.]]˛* The ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' episode "Everyone Loves Uncle Bob" had Hector Con Carne attempt to commandeer a children's show in order to mold the children of the world into his future soldiers. His plan fails because the children like the old host Uncle Bob better and Uncle Bob himself isn't the least bit happy about Hector taking over his show and attempting to corrupt his audience.˛* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite'', where Fred Rogers is portrayed as both a soft-spoken FriendToAllChildren as well as a brutal PapaWolf who lives up to the urban legends of being a badass commando whenever a child is about to come into harm. Upon learning that PBS intends to use his name to sell unhealthy snacks and merchandise to his audience, he proceeds to murder them and kidnaps the children in his audience to train them as his personal guerrilla unit. [[spoiler:After Black Dynamite makes him realize that he himself has corrupted the youth, he proceeds to snap his own neck (which he somehow survives)]].˛* The teaser to the ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' episode "Daddy Shearest" has Sheep watch a children's show hosted by a man in a turtle costume. The man asks the audience if they see the doggy and starts angrily yelling at them when he doesn't get an answer.˛[[/folder]]˛----


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