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Being on the air since 1996, it's not shocking that Arthur is bound to have more than a few not-so-wonderful kind of days where the characters don't work and play or get along with each other.

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  • philipthepatsy: The episode "Arthur's Big Hit". Arthur is making a model plane, which DW won't leave alone, no matter how many times he tells her to not mess with it. When it's finally finished, DW gets a hold of the plane and, thinking it can fly, throws it out the window. Arthur gets incredibly angry and punches her in the arm. However, the parents side with DW and give the obvious aesop that "hitting is wrong", which falls flat whenever the viewer sides with Arthur. But it gets worse! All of Arthur's friends get on to him for hitting her too! At the end, Binky, who was feeling pressured by his "friends" to punch someone, punches Arthur, the next guy he sees. Yes, Arthur gets a taste of his own medicine, but not even his parents feel any sympathy for him, and Binky doesn't get any repercussions (but at least he apologized). It was handwaved that Arthur's parents did punish DW, but it was never seen nor discussed, meaning she probably got off scot-free too. Oh, and this was the second episode (after the episode it was paired with, "DW's Library Card") to feature DW's new, awful voice.
    • Purple Shirt: I saw the episode when I was a kid, and I laughed hysterically when Buster of all people was like, "You hit your sister!" I know maybe some kids would think, "Wow, you hit your sister!" and I know you're an only child, but Buster? You know who D.W. is; you're Arthur's best friend! Most kids would side with their friend. When the entire class (even Binky) thought Arthur was bad, it just broke my Willing Suspension of Disbelief that the writers think kids would act like that at their age. I can see one or two knowing what Arthur did was wrong, but the whole class? What entire class of eight-year-olds knows about Disproportionate Retribution?! (And if they do, then I would really like to know where they live where the kids act like that — because that's a very good place to raise a family.) I have family who work in several educational and care-taking fields. They deal with cases or Revenge and Disproportionate Retribution all the time. The course of action is almost always to tell the charges that they went too far and why it's a bad idea. I mean eff... I know it's trying to teach An Aesop, but the fact that the entire class acts like that (including Binky) just comes off as Anvilicious.
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    • Silver Wings: I also saw the episode as a kid and D.W's behavior before and after being hit had me convinced that she was faking the entire time. Even when I realized that this wasn't the case, I couldn't sympathize with D.W. because of how she refused to find any fault in her behavior. That coupled with the way Arthur was treated after the incident made this episode feel like more of a "Shaggy Dog" Story.
  • Baronobeefdip: For me, it's the episode "D.W's Very Very Bad Mood" which shows that her Karma Houdini and Bratty Half-Pint status has gone as far back as season two. Long story short, D.W basically acts like a total brat (even moreso than usual) towards everyone and spends the majority of the episode being whiny and just plain rude to everyone. Arthur is, understandably, sick of his sister's unacceptable behavior and so Francine decides to find out why D.W is acting like such a brat. So, what's the problem? D.W wasn't invited to a birthday party. (Beat) Really? That's why D.W. is acting even brattier than usual? All because she wasn't invited to the birthday party of someone she doesn't even like?! What's worse is that the episode expects us to feel sorry for the little brat. Seriously, only once is D.W called out for her bratty behavior and it's a very flimsy attempt at that (Much like the latter episode, "Arthur's Big Hit"). And, no, D.W. being only four is no excuse for her behavior. Oh, and it ends with Francine inviting D.W to her (Francine's, not D.W.'s) party. I mean, if D.W were to simply act all sad throughout the episode, then I wouldn't have such a problem with it. But, no. Instead, she acts like a total bitch and then the episode expects us to feel sorry for her.
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  • fluffything: Yet another D.W.-related DMOS I'd like to add is the episode "Bleep", because it's the worst handling of subject matter in the series ever. Basically, the episode is about DW learning a "swear" word (We're never told which one or given a pseudo-swear for context) and ends up accidentally getting other people to say it since she doesn't understand what it means. Eventually, she gets into trouble. And, what does her mother tell her about it? "It means 'I want to hurt your feelings'." ... Are you kidding me? No, just... no. That's the laziest and most childish explanation for why people shouldn't swear in polite company I've ever heard. What made Arthur such a great series is that it handled serious issues like death, Alzheimer's, Asperger's Syndrome, Asthma, Dyslexia, even 9/11note  and cancer with surprising maturity, and it never talked down to its target audience (IE: Children). "Bleep" just tosses all that maturity aside to give a half-assed reason for not swearing and it insults the intelligence of its audience by doing so.
  • RA2: "The Cherry Tree". "Rich bitch" may be a hackneyed insult, but it just fits so perfectly. Muffy gets a gigantic bouncy castle for her party, and unwittingly gives the green light to chop down her favorite cherry tree so that it fits. Perfect opportunity for a lesson about hard decisions, greed, or sacrifices, but eff that, Muffy's too rich to have to deal with consequences. Instead she has her party guests (who are dressed in their nicest clothes) plant new cherry trees. It's supposedly a selfless act, global warming and all, but that's severely diminished by the fact that the trees are on her property - she'll no doubt keep all the cherries for herself.
  • Elegant Vamp: "MacFrensky". Muffy gets to go to lunch with the weatherman, even though she instigated Francine to place Buster's toy in Brain's backpack to frame him so Francine would win student of the month. It doesn't stop there, she also begins to frame other students to keep up the lie and makes Francine do it, too. And Brain is okay with this? Yeah, that's a great lesson. It makes Brain come off as a complete doormat, and Muffy is too easily forgiven. Not to mention, since this episode is a Whole Plot Reference, shouldn't Muffy have been suspended or something (since Lady MacBeth kills herself off-screen near the end of the play)?
  • kokoroanime: "Nerve of Steal". Don't take this the wrong, I understand this episode had An Aesop about stealing, but things in this episode went progressively badder and sadder. Buster wants a Cybertoy while everybody else (except for Arthur) has one, but he couldn't get one until his birthday as his mother told him. Then later, he's at the drug store, thinking of taking one Cybertoy from the store without paying for it. So he takes one and puts it in Arthur's bag, but that doesn't stop the security camera from recording the event, as Buster's feeling strange about what trouble he'll be in. Later, he reveals to Arthur the Cybertoy that he put in his bag. Arthur gets mad at Buster for trying to get him in trouble and so, Arthur will help him return the toy that he stole from the store and didn't tell his parents what happened. What the hell, Arthur? You're supposed to let your parents know when something really serious happens around you so that , your parents will resolve this! And later, both of them are returning the toy before leaving the store, but it fails because the clerk found out that the Cybertoy was in there, and found a note that they revealed it. Buster tells the truth that he stole it and wants to know if the security camera caught him. He told him that the camera isn't working, but his telephone is so he can call his parents. Do telephones from the early 2000's have cameras in it? No!!! How did the store clerk know his number? Are they friends with them? That clerk is such an idiot for doing that! And then Buster gets grounded for a month for stealing the toy and covering it up, which causes a unexpected bad ending, where he won't have that Cybertoy for his birthday. Buster, don't you ever do that crap again! That Cybertoy is not going anywhere until your birthday comes! And you too, Brain, you're such a Jerkass for telling your friend "I'm glad I got one for my birthday" when one's on punishment, that's bad.
    • Melancholy Utopia: My personal gripe with this episode is that Arthur's goodwill goes completely ignored. While yes, he should have told his parents about his and Buster's situation, it shouldn't have warranted in the kind of reaction he got. This wouldn't have bothered me had they acknowledged his good intentions at the very least ("Arthur, you should have told us about your situation, however, it was good you were trying to do the right thing"). Not only would it have encouraged him to tell his parents' should he have a problem, it would have also taught Arthur it's the right course of action you should return what's stolen. Missed opportunity, there.
  • Angel Loving Dude: For me, the DMoS for Arthur is season 13's "The Secret Origin of Supernova". Not really a dethroning moment of suck, more of a dethroning episode of suck. The plot is that Arthur and Buster are going to a comic book convention and are going to be cosplaying, with Arthur as Dark Bunny and Buster as Bionic Bunny (which I'm pretty sure the episode "Buster Gets Real" explained he doesn't like anymore). While buying the costumes, Arthur spots an energy drink that he saw Dark Bunny promote on TV. When he takes it to lunch, the Brain says that it's basically junk food which prompts Arthur to throw it away. But then, he hates Dark Bunny because he was promoting something not terribly healthy. Not only is that a very shallow reason to stop liking something, but it's also hypocritical since he's been shown eating unhealthy foods many times before. And then Arthur goes and throws out every single item with Dark Bunny on it. To say Arthur is going overboard is an understatement. Afterwards, he goes to find a new hero. He buys a crapload of merchandise with the hero and I knew where this was going. At the supermarket, he sees cereal promoted by that superhero, and his father tells him it's basically sugar. Which, again, prompts Arthur to throw out everything that he just bought with that superhero. And then he chooses another superhero, which was one he loved when he was younger. At school, Francine sees him drinking from a water bottle with that superhero on it, so she takes him to the Kindergartners, who all find that superhero to be immature. So Arthur throws the bottle away. If I must choose a DMoS, it is this one. Not only has Arthur been extremely wasteful with his money, but the writers just said "Screw you!" to their older fans by saying that you shouldn't like stuff that you enjoyed when you were younger because others might find it immature. Need I remind you that the plot of "That's A Baby Show!" from Season 4 was about Arthur finding a show that he enjoyed but others found immature? That episode has the message of "It's okay to like things that you're not the demographic for." This episode shits all over that nice moral. I hated that one scene so much, I stopped watching that episode and don't care to know what Supernova's titular secret origin is.
    • RippenFan13 For those of you wondering how the episode ends, Arthur talks to the local comic store guy (who references Jack Kirby, of all people) and decides to create his own superhero, the titular Supernova. And while I agree with the above, I think the episode also gives the message that you shouldn't support a hero if they endorse something that's bad for you. Yeah, because DC & Marvel comics don't put their characters on just anything.
  • Chimanruler 15: I placed my old entry in the wall banger section of this show and replaced its former spot with "Arthur The Loser." Despite teaching a lesson that cheating is wrong, the way it was done was shockingly awful. After Arthur accidentally revealed in front of everyone that he was cheating during most of his recent games, everyone gets mad at him. He states that he has learned his lesson and offers to celebrate his losing at the Sugar Bowl with everyone, but Francine suggests that everyone instead celebrate the fact that "things are back to normal," and the entire group head out to do just that, leaving Arthur behind. While Arthur's behavior was most certainly off in this episode, I find it jarring that everyone seems fine with the fact that Arthur is a perpetual loser who will never win at anything, especially made worse by the fact that not one person bothers to ask him why he was cheating so much and being such a sore winner. Francine even wished earlier in the episode that Arthur would go back to losing all of his games. Sure, Arthur is worse as a sore winner than he is as a sore loser, but this episode acts as if there is no middle ground for Arthur; he either cheats or loses, but he can't legitimately win any of his games. I'm surprised that Arthur isn't already emotionally damaged by now.
    • jaredthedecimator: Don't forget the part where Fern outright calls Arthur a jerk, something extremely out-of-character for her. Sure, that's an accurate description of how Arthur was acting, but why couldn't it have been Francine who told him this? That would have been more appropriate.
  • notahandle: On the Buster Scale was the first episode from Season 16 that made the rest of it irredeemable. The plot of the episode can be summed up as "Buster and Brain disagree on movies", but everything else made me yell at the screen at the their stupidity. First off, Arthur and the rest of the gang come off as easily manipulated sheeple, agreeing on the two no questions asked. Secondly, Buster gets his own column in the local newspaper, which of course his friends say yes, ending up having one of his reviews being the blurbs on a film billboard. Hooray for nepotism. Thirdly, when Buster and Brain show off their reviews in the sugar bowl, an employee asks the two what film should he watch with friends. Because third graders are the utmost authority in cinema. Finally and most infuriating Arthur calls out the two critics for their competition, saying that they should respect other people's opinion. Funny enough that he and the rest ate up the reviews, whenever it be Brain's smartassery or Buster's ramblings, showing no sense of self awareness. It would been a better episode if the two were more like Siskel and Ebert, having mixed reactions but overall message of having and respecting different opinions, but this episode seemed to think that getting its message was through dumb characters, unneeded conflict and abuse to the suspension of disbelief.
  • Tyrekecorrea "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh" is actually a wonderful episode title, because it's appalling. Arthur, nice, mild-mannered Arthur, teases Sue Ellen about her sweater. It's not even light, joking around teasing. It's cruel teasing. Not only does Mr. Ratburn have to talk to Arthur and outright tell him that he was bullying, but Arthur goes home and writes a backhanded apology letter, which makes everything worse. Arthur is established and characterized to know much better than that. At the very least, they could have assigned this plot line to a character with a mean streak (Binky, perhaps, or even Francine) to make it more believable, but this behavior from Arthur is really disturbing. It's like "What happened, Arthur? Who are you, man?"
  • Retloclive: I actually like the message of "The Rat Who Came To Dinner" that teachers are still just normal people outside of class, but good god, Arthur's so-called friends are probably at their worst here. After they learn that Arthur got a better grade than everyone on a recent test, Arthur's friends decide to go about making fun of him at every turn being the teacher's pet just because Mr. Ratburn happens to be temporarily living with the Reeds until his house is fixed. The worst part is that once Ratburn informs his students that he's been allowed to stay at the homes of Arthur's friends instead, they all instantly change course, and beg Arthur to tell them how he got through living with their teacher. While Arthur was nice enough to inform his friends what went down living with Ratburn, I would totally sympathize with him had Arthur just told them to piss off, and figure it out themselves.
  • KoopaKid17: Mine is in "Arthur's Eyes"; when a DMos is in the first episode, that's saying something. Buster is originally the only one in Arthur's class who doesn't make fun of him, even going as far as calling Francine out about it. Unfortunately, his moment of kindness is refuted during lunch later that day. He grabs two cups, puts them over his eyes, and says "Hey, look! I'm Arthur!" to which Arthur understandably storms out. Buster? I thought you were Arthur's best friend.
  • heartauthor: "Arthur" has had a lot of cringe-worthy moments over the years, but one that's always stuck with me was in "1001 Dads." The main plot of the episode is that Arthur and the other kids try to find someone to act as Buster's dad at the upcoming Father's Day festival, despite Buster's insistence that he has plans that day. When Arthur comes clean about exactly what they've been doing, Buster says he appreciates the thought, but once again insists he has plans. That's when the Dethroning Moment happens: in response to this, Arthur, with an angry expression, says "What plans? If you were really my best friend, you'd tell me!" Wow. Arthur and the others just spent an entire episode pestering Buster about something he repeatedly insisted he couldn't take part in anyway, while at the same time reminding Buster of the fact that his parents are divorced (something that's bound to make him uncomfortable), and when Buster finally expresses annoyance at their behavior, Arthur chooses to accuse him of being an Ungrateful Bastard? I feel like there are a lot of moments in "Arthur" that are bad due to Protagonist-Centered Morality, but this moment just infuriates me every single time I think about it. So much for Arthur and Buster being best friends.
  • Mr Media Guy 2: For me, it would probably be the infamous moment from "Arthur's Perfect Christmas". D.W. spends the whole special wanting the hot new toy Tina the Talking Tabby, even after her mother explains that Santa may not be able to get it for her since lots of other kids will be wanting the same thing. Sure enough, the toy is sold out, so Mrs. Read gets D.W. a duck that, in her own words, can say five thousand different things. D.W. reacts by throwing a huge temper tantrum, screaming and crying and kicking because she didn't get the toy she wanted. Does Mrs. Read call her out for her ungratefulness? No, she just strokes D.W.'s head and sympathizes with her. Sure, D.W. warms up to the toy, but still, what kind of lesson is this for the target audience? That it's okay to scream and cry if you don't get the toy you want, and your parents won't punish you? This moment is part of the reason why D.W. is considered an awful character by most fans.
  • Overlord 347: "Arthur Accused" was my personal dethroning moment. In this episode, Arthur leaves a bag of quarters for a fundraiser for the school's 3rd Grade Picnic with Mrs. Mac Grady when he can't get her attention. A little while later, the principal comes to remind Arthur to give the quarters to her, and Arthur tells him he already did. But Mac Grady says that she never got them and Buster remarks that he had previously seen Arthur at the arcade, where he once blew a bunch of quarters playing games. The principal and Miss Tingley, in a complete knee-jerk reaction and without any evidence whatsoever, immediately accuse Arthur of stealing the money and punish him by giving him detention for a week and forbidding him from going to the picnic, which quickly has the entire school thinking he's a criminal. Of course, he's eventually found innocent, but the whole reason for this debacle is unbelievably stupid. How did the quarters go missing, you ask? Why, Mrs. Mac Grady accidentally mixed them in a batch of brownies! That's right; she was somehow so oblivious to her surroundings that she didn't realize she was pouring a bag of metal coins into her mix! If it hadn't been for Buster, Arthur's good standing would have been ruined and he'd have been regarded as a thief for at the very least the rest of his time at school. We don't even get the catharsis of the principal apologizing to Arthur for unjustly accusing and punishing him. All in all, this episode really got under my skin.
  • Grotadmorv: I am withdrawing my previous dethroning moment, "Besties." I reconsidered and I find the episode just okay now, certainly not DMOS-bad. What is DMOS-bad is the Season 23 episode "D.W. and Dr. Whosit." In this episode, D.W. hears about an adult show called Dr. Whosit and wants to watch it. Her parents say she isn't old enough and don't let her, and for good reason; David says that the show will give him nightmares. This doesn't stop D.W., though. She is so annoyed by everyone referencing the show that she steals her parents' password book to bypass the TV's parental controls. Bud helps her distract her parents so they can watch the show alone. However, D.W. and Bud don't like the show. They are caught by D.W.'s parents and D.W. is punished with a week of no TV, while Bud goes unpunished. Arthur restates the episode's moral that you should wait until you're older to do certain things, and that you shouldn't disobey your parents because they know what's best for you, which is a good message. But then Arthur's parents tell him that he shouldn't be watching Dr. Whosit either, and D.W. cheers. So... D.W. wins in the end? D.W. steals her parents' passwords and watches a show that they specifically tell her she is not allowed to watch, and she gets off with a rather light punishment while Arthur won't be able to watch the show for at least a few more years. This is certainly one of the worst Arthur episodes since "Kidonia" or "The Pageant Pickle."
  • RippenFan13: I don't really subscribe to the idea of "worst episodes," since I don't like to focus on the negative, but "Buster Gets Real" is certainly not on my list of top episodes, and belongs here. Basically the plot is Buster stops liking Bionic Bunny in favor of a new reality show called Top Supermarket Clerks, with the excuse being that Bionic Bunny "isn't real." While the intended Aesop is that people can like different things and still be friends (as Arthur is worried he can't be friends with Buster anymore since he doesn't like BB) the DMOS comes from two reasons; 1). This is completely forgotten about and, in later episodes, Buster is back to liking Bionic Bunny again and 2). Buster makes it sound like if something isn't real, it has no value, says the fictional talking animal kid.

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