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The Addams Family (1992)
- Captain Tedium: I love the 1992 animated series of The Addams Family, but one moment I really can't abide is the scene in the episode "Jack and Jill and the Beanstalk" where Jack and Jill (represented in-story by Pugsley and Wednesday) grinned and remarked how their pet gator Snappy would do just fine after the Big Bad Wolf was implied to use Snappy to get inside the Three Little Pigs' house and kill them. I know that it's in the Addamses' nature to be morbid and macabre, but being happy about helping the Big Bad Wolf break into the Three Little Pig's house and murdering the porcine trio goes way beyond the pale.
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius
Boy, for a self-proclaimed genius, Jimmy really made some serious mistakes over the years.
- MadMan400096: For one of the biggest, stupidest Idiot Balls in cartoon history, look no further than the episode "Stranded". While the opening can be considered stupid (an argument between Jimmy and Cindy whether the equator can be seen, even though most kids their age know that it's a theoretical point of reference), what did it for me was the ending, where they argue over their next problem: Cindy says that Australia is a continent, but Jimmy says it's not. What was that about Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius again?
- CJ Croen 1393: In The Movie, it was ten times worse when they have a debate about dinosaurs. First things first, Cindy's report is about how female dinosaurs are stronger than male dinosaurs. Ok so far, there is evidence of this being truenote . Then, she claims that the dinosaur skeleton she constructed is a Plesiosaurus. Barring the fact that Plesiosauruses aren't even dinosaurs to begin with, the... thing she constructed looks nothing like a Plesiosaurus. A Plesiosaurus is well known to have a barrel shaped body, flippers, a long neck, a small head, and are purely aquatic sea creatures (or, in layman's terms, say the word "Plesiosaurus" and try not to picture the Loch Ness Monster—hint hint, it's impossible). This skeleton is more or less a Velociraptor with a Parasaurolophus crest. Jimmy responds by pointing out that the model is inaccurate... by telling the class that the crest belongs to a Megalosaurus. No such crest even remotely exists on Megalosaurus.
- Skarmory Silver: Speaking of paleontology, I give you "Sorry, Wrong Era." Wrong indeed on so many levels, but special mention goes to the goddamn Pteranodon. Pteranodons were neither scaly nor leathery-winged, they could not and did not pick up things with their feet, they did not fly anywhere inland, they did not live at the same time as T-Rex, they did not grow that big, and their babies were absolutely not the size of ten-year-old boys. Between this... atrocity and the shitload of Anachronism Stew throughout the episode (and mind you, this was supposed to be in the Cretaceous period), this has to be my inner paleontology nerd's least favorite episode of any Western cartoon (seriously, they should have hired a paleontologist as a consultant for the show in general). About the only mitigating factor, from my POV at least, was that they didn't consider throwing in a 300-foot-long, T-rex-gobbling Spinosaurus.
- Austin DR: For me, it's the episode "Send in the Clones". The premise is alright: Jimmy creates clones of himself to avoid his chores, and chaos ensues. The reason why this episode sucks is because no one noticed Jimmy's different hairstyles and voices. I mean, if they know anything about Jimmy, surely they would know that he wears his hair in a ice cream like whip, and surely they could distinguish his voice. One clone even had a frickin' mustache for Christ's sake!
- Tyler FG: Not to mention how they end the episode. Jimmy is confronted by an angry mob, and they chase him away for it, and it's pretty obvious they're going to kick his ass. And they just end it there. This angry mob also included his own grandmother. Gee, what an understanding family!
- Shadow 200: "The Tomorrow Boys". The episode where Jimmy, Sheen, and Carl go to the Bad Future where Libby rules over all thanks to Jimmy's invention. Jimmy Moron, what may I ask got you the bright idea to create something that turns whoever uses it into a dictator? I'm starting to doubt the genius in him after that and other idiotic inventions he made.
- Princess Togezo: I liked this episode for the most part, but I was not a fan of the scene where the boys sabotage Libby's birthday presents so she won't get her hands on the invention. After the boys unwrap/smash most of the presents, they still haven't found Jimmy's present, and it's then that they finally get the idea to ask someone where the present is (and Cindy said it was under 'Z' for "zero"). If they had just done that, Libby wouldn't have gotten mad at them and yelled at them in a rather uncomfortable scene. Even if Libby ended up not becoming a dictator because the boys destroyed the invention, they still ruined the rest of her presents, and this was at her birthday party, no less! The Graystar song playing over this part was pretty cool, but other than that, this scene is cringeworthy.
- BronyOftheOctaves: "Normal Boy", in so many spades. The episode was basically in a huge sense of Idiot Plot had it not been for everyone's rather crude attitude towards Jimmy just because the kid is super smart. What boggles my mind is why was this such a big deal in this episode if Jimmy has done stuff like this before? And yet here we have Judy, Jimmy's own mom saying she wished he was normal, and then everyone in the class giving him smart just because of his intelligence impressed Miss Fowl and Willougby. And then just throw in the idea of Jimmy being "stupid" because of his invention and Carl and Sheen take a huge drop of intelligence and assume him being 'stupid' is normal. What a "great" episode huh?
- MsCC93: Agreed. I know Jimmy can be an insufferable asshole at times, but I felt for him when he said "what's the point of being a genius if nobody likes you?" It's no wonder he's a jerk, because he gets little to no respect and he's constantly picked on. Also, when I hear victims of bullying talk about how they hate their differences due to being bullied, I usually never blame them.
- IAmNotAFunguy: I never really liked Cindy as a character because I thought she was bossy, arrogant, and materialistic (even though she's definitely had her positive moments), but the episode that really pushed me over was "The Science Fair Affair". In this episode Cindy successfully pushes to get Jimmy banned from the School Science Fair because he's beaten her (and everyone) every year in the past. On the day of the science fair everyone has inventions that are rather useless, including Cindy. Jimmy has designed a machine that grinds up garbage into a clean oil substitute which his father submits for a Nobel Prize. It all looks well for Jimmy until another kid messes up his machine and it nearly kills the science fair judges. Jimmy and Cindy instruct the others how to team up and destroy the machine and the judges decide to split First Prize among everybody whose invention helped stop Jimmy's machine, not Cindy whose invention was not used. Jimmy reminds her that by giving the group positive direction and making sure they all help out, she can feel the reward of personal satisfaction because she knows how to get a group to work together. Needless to say she doesn't take it well because some silly lesson like that was not the shiny gold medal she wanted. After all of the the kid who messed up Jimmy's machine in the first place is never in trouble. Also what was Cindy's invention? A machine that recycles rotten old gym socks into new sweaters, because who doesn't want a machine that can do that?
In addition to the laughs, the awesome moments, the really scary moments, the heart-warming moments, and the moments that make the viewers cry, even a show starring three zany cartoon siblings from The Golden Age of Animation can cast out more than a couple of moments that needs to be locked in the studio water tower, never to be released!
- Tropers/legomaniac90: The episode "I Got Yer Can" from Animaniacs starts out like your normal Slappy Squirrel segment with Slappy getting annoyed by a cleanliness-obsessed chipmunk, but then takes a turn for the worse when Slappy proceeds to ruin the poor chipmunk's health and sanity. The reason? Said chipmunk asked her to put a can in her trash receptacle. And Slappy gets away with it! So remember kids, if someone asks you to do something that you don't like, feel free to turn them into insane wrecks for the heck of it!
- Tropers/newborncolt: You think that's bad? For me, Slappy Squirrel's big low point was the episode "Rest In Pieces". Long story short, Slappy's nemesis Walter Wolf sinks to the ultimate low in his near-century-long wave of schemes to get rid of her by faking his own death in order to make everybody start hating her for doing everything she ever did to him, including her nephew! Are you fucking kidding me?! Never mind the fact that considering Skippy's age, he was naïve enough to buy this story, but the way he was so quick to accuse her of being a "murderer" nearly made me lose all sympathy for the kid! Not to mention the fact that this reaction is coming from somebody who has admired and looked up to his awesome aunt and seen all her old cartoons long enough so sooner or later, he'd have to look past her nemeses' schemes! I can understand everybody else, especially those attending Walter's "funeral", being this hateful towards Slappy when Walter pulls such a stunt, but coming from her own nephew, the one who has little to no reason to doubt her through her years of experience, that is just terrible on so many levels! That entire reason alone is why I hate this episode with a passion! And I don't care that Walter got found out and chased away at the end; it does not save this episode from being this cruel to poor Slappy!
- Shadow 200: In the short episode "Fake" Dr. Scratchansniff takes the Warners to a Wrestling match and is enjoying it, however Yakko, Wakko, and Dot get into an argument with him complaining that it's fake and they don't want to be here while heckling the wrestlers while he tries to get them to behave. Naturally the Wrestlers overhear them and believe that it was poor Scratchansniff who was calling them fake and drag him into the ring and beat the stuffing out of him whilst The Warner Siblings are now interested and enjoying watching an old men get pounded on. Seriously, what happened to them saying that they love him and while tease him never want to see him get hurt?
- Captain Tedium: In general, I was always annoyed by the constant Take Thats towards Disney and their works made by the comedy-oriented Warner Bros. cartoons of the 90's because their digs frequently came off as mean-spirited and petty, but for me, their absolute lowest dig at Disney was the Animaniacs short "Jokahontas", which parodied Pocahontas and featured a musical number accusing Disney of rehashing the same old story in every movie they made with a female protagonist. The thing is that the same episode had a short called "Wakko at the Bat", which was basically an imitation of the Tiny Toon Adventures short "Buster at the Bat" in that it was a retelling of the poem Casey at the Bat with the Twist Ending of the story avoiding the original poem's Downer Ending, so their accusations of Disney recycling the same old stories come off as rather hypocritical.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force
"Gentlemen... BEHOLD! I have created a list of every moment when this show... HAS FAILED! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!"
- Crazyrabbits: Season 4's "Party All The Time", where Frylock discovers he has melanoma (cancer) on his face. His condition grows worse, until his skin is pale, his face is severely scarred and all of the fries are gone from his head, while Master Shake and Meatwad attempt to cheer him up with a bunch of one-note tricks (including Shake shoving his hand into a bee hive and the group organizing a surprise performance by Andrew W.K.). The episode marked a severe shift from absurdest humor to dark and depressing. Also, after the numerous times death has been played for laughs in the series (Carl, Shake, and Meatwad have each died more than once over the course of the series in absurd ways), saddling the mentor of the group with a disease and playing it straight doesn't have the same impact. A note to the writers: cancer is not funny. Ever.
- Animeking 1108: As a cat lover, "Reedickyoulus" officially killed ATHF for me. It opened with Shake microwaving a cat, and how is he punished? By sleeping outside. No, a smart person would call the cops, especially considering that it was shown that he murdered pets all the time. Not only does Master Shake cross the Moral Event Horizon in doing this, but it makes me think that the writers hate cats enough to see them get murdered (Shake decapitating another cat with a saw and Meatwad crushing one with robot arms). Is it any coincidence why I stopped watching the show from there?
- Ecclytennysmithylove: I agree. At least all of Meatwad's pets Shake killed finally got their vengeance on him in the end, thanks to Carl's golden radioactive turds.
- SoulCross: My problem with that episode is how Shake really didn't get his comeuppance. In fact it ended pretty well for him given that he willingly became a zombie through sex with a zombie gorilla and leaving on a gay zombie gorilla party bus. Out of all the ATHF episodes this is the one that he deserved a gruesome death himself and didn't get it.
- Ecclytennysmithylove: I agree. At least all of Meatwad's pets Shake killed finally got their vengeance on him in the end, thanks to Carl's golden radioactive turds.
- Drcynic24: For me, it had to be "Global Grilling". This may have been the only episode that made me physically ill. Frankly, hocking up loogies isn't all that funny, and it's also disgusting. That was the whole episode. The worst of it all was that It Was All Just A Dream. In general, season 4 was about the time that the general decline in story quality began (as with the episode mentioned above) and others such as "Boost Mobile". The show really Jumped the Shark to me with this one though.
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!
- Captain Tedium: It is my understanding that Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! is one of the less-liked incarnations of the Scooby-Doo franchise. I understand why it gets so much hate, but I find the series to be average for the most part. The only episode that made me angry, however, would be "Scroogey Doo", where they do their own version of A Christmas Carol by having it turn out that Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come were all part of a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax orchestrated by Scrooge's doctor, and the gang's efforts in solving the mystery have apparently made it so that Ebenezer Scrooge never saw the error of his ways and continued being a stingy miser. Even if A Christmas Carol wasn't my favorite Christmas story of all time (which it is) I would still be pissed off about how this episode ended. Just because the story has been done to death doesn't mean that this version had to piss on a beloved holiday classic by ending the story on such a cynical and mean-spirited note. I was able to give the remaining episodes of the series a chance, and they weren't nearly as bad as this middle finger to A Christmas Carol was, but that won't make the sting of this horrible episode's horrible ending go away any sooner.
Even Serena and Bellicus can agree on these moments being horrible!
- Galaxithea: In my opinion, Ben 10: Omniverse didn't deserve as much hate as it did, as it did have some serious moments in spite of the cartoonier animation such as Earth successfully being conquered and turned into an apocalyptic wasteland in the span of a month and the whole Rooters arc. However, the end of The Most Dangerous Game Show, where Ben leaves Esther for Kai based on an impulse decision forced on him by a game show run by an evil Emotion Eater none of them agreed to in the first place, was pretty much the worst instance of red-string stranging I ever saw., especially considering that Esther had far more in common with Ben than Kai, and Kai only loved Ben because she wanted to research and tame his Blitzwolfer form in the first place. And why the hell did Kai even move from Arizona to Bellwood in the first place???
- Loekman 3: There is one Ben 10 short that made me want to punch the creators whenever I experience the ending of "Hijacked". Basically, two criminals attempt to carjack the car and Ben, being Ben saves the day only for Gwen and Max later to chastise him for using the Rust Bucket against his grandpa's instructions without letting Ben explain what really happened. At least in other shorts most of Ben's Butt-Monkey can be attributed to his own owndoings but here, Ben pretty much saves the Rust Bucket & subsequently the whole summer vacation and yet he gets absolutely no reward for doing this? This isn't funny at all, it's just a slap in the face for Ben's good deeds.
- Manwiththeplan: The first season finale to Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. After building up that dark and serious storyline, all the angst (and Wangst), all the promise that Ben's world would never be the same... everything is set to normal with the literal push of a button in the last two minutes. Kevin gets back with Gwen despite energy-raping her and he and Ben rush a shared apology for trying to kill one another, then they go out for smoothies as if nothing happened. Not to mention the 5 aliens Aggregor killed being inexplicably resurrected and Darkstar hitting the depths of Villain Decay. What a freaking "Shaggy Dog" Story! Some say Ben 10 Jumped the Shark when it become Alien Force; others when Vilgax came in Alien Force's third season. But for me, this is when Ben 10 officially Jumped the Shark.
- fluffything: For me, it was even earlier than that when Kevin mutates into a monster once again after absorbing the Omnitrix's powers. Now, you'd think the writers would have Kevin struggling once again with being a mutation and trying to live a somewhat normal life while being a monster or maybe trying to control his new-found powers and keep himself from turning evil again. But, nope, instead he just instantly turns insane and Ben now has to fight him once again. And, to make matters worse, the explanation as to why Kevin went insane again? Because it's what his species does when they absorb certain types of energy. That's right. The writers completely tossed aside the fact that Kevin was a sociopath from the start and gave him a crappy "It's in my DNA so it's not my fault" Freudian Excuse to explain his HeelFace Turn and his FaceHeel Turn. No, just... god, no.
- Loekman 3: Out of all the flaws from Ben 10: Omniverse that I hate the most, reducing threatening villains into a complete joke one of my most hated moments. Special Delivery is the epitome of this. Previously, each of the villains (Fisttrick, Sunder, Looma, Trumbipulor) that made up of Psyphon's gangs are capable of putting Ben and Rook to their limits. But here, when they all gang up on Ben himself, he just swats them aside as if they are mere canon fodders, even Psyphon himself, despite having the power of a dwarf star. And he did it while still retaining his obnoxious personality to the point that I would rather root Vilgax to steal his Omnitrix and blast him into the Null Void chamber.
- Kenya Starflight: While I acknowledge that Ben 10: Omniverse is flawed, I was willing to look the other way and enjoy the show regardless despite them. The kicker for me came during the Rooters of All Evil story arc, which terribly and sloppily retcons not only Kevin Levin's past, but the pasts of the Amalgam Kids as well. (For those unfamiliar with the episode, Kevin's race, Osmosians, are no longer Human Aliens but just a genetic mutation, and the Amalgam Kids are no longer alien hybrids but ordinary humans infused with alien powers.) Worst of all, the retcon not only implies that dozens, if not hundreds, of high-ranking Plumbers have had their memories tampered with, but it completely erases Kevin's father from existence! I can forgive a retcon when it fixes a continuity error or problem with the world-building, but Omniverse's handling of it was awful.
- Benthelame: A big dethroning moment for the Ben 10 franchise as a whole comes in the form of the episode entitled "All That Glitters" . It was enough that they'd already did a sloppy retcon of Gwen's having magical abilities and the idea that magic existed alongside aliens but this one episode put the nail in the coffin for me. Michael is the embodiment of Narm and it's never quite explained why he only drains power from teenage school girls leaving those odd shaped star marks on their arms. The whole thing comes off like a seriously bad western attempt at Japanese Anime without all the Animesque animation. I guess one might say that the episode served the purpose of creating a love triangle of sorts with Gwen, Kevin and Michael; after all both Kevin and Michael have powers based on absorption, one is from a family that is implied to be very well off, the other has a Dark and Troubled Past and there's some room to argue that they're both a kind of Osmosian. Still, if that was what the writers were aiming for, they failed miserably in my opinion. There isn't any mystery to who the villain is in this episode. Just a little while in and some zombified girl with star shaped marks on her arms just desperately needs to see Michael Morningstar. We never meet the guy's parents or learn where he came from. There's nothing to endear him to viewers and inspire them to scream "Die for our ship!".
These are the moments that are definitely not gangsta.
- Austin DR: For the most part, I have a love-hate relationship with The Boondocks, some episodes work, some don't do it for me. In my honest opinion, I hated the episode "The Trial of Robert Kelly". I couldn't believe how stupid the jury members were! They saw the video of Kelly urinating on the girl, heck, they even saw his face on the phone while he was committing the crime! Even with all that evidence to prove him guilty, he gets off scot-free! What the heck?! They just saw pretty good evidence that he committed the crime, and yet they let him go free?! When Huey has every right to disagree with the verdict, he gets shunned. This is an episode I will never watch again.
- fluffything: Agreed. I'm not a fan of The Boondocks in general, but this episode is just horrible on so many levels. Yes, I know the show takes place in a Crapsack World of sorts. Yes, I know it's supposed to be a social satire on urban culture especially regarding African-American citizens. Yes, I know many characters in the show tend to hold the Idiot Ball for the sake of comedy or so someone else can provide social commentary. That doesn't excuse how utterly bad this episode was. I know there are fans of musicians that defend them no matter what horrible things said musicians have done (Chris Brown's fandom is a perfect example of this). But, there is no way any universe (not even one as fucked-up as the world portrayed in this cartoon) would have an entire (emphasis on "entire") jury declare a man innocent (despite blatant evidence to the contrary) just because he's a "good singer".
- Animeking 1108: The final episode (at least in broadcast order). What really ruined it for me was Grandad's Flanderization into a full-on abusive grandfather. The episode was about Riley getting in trouble for using gay as an insult. In order to quell the fire, Grandad (unintentionally) states that Riley has special needs, which makes everyone sympathize with him. So, what does Grandad do after realizing his mistake? He goes along with it, and just to really add insult to injury, calls Riley retarded out of spite.
- Senor Cornholio: I'm adding an episode from season 4, and that's "Freedomland". Basically, the Freemans end up working at a slavery reenactment and realize they're being treated like slaves themselves. Are there upsides? Well, one; the fight scene at the end was pretty awesome. But everything else didn't quite work for me. The worst of it, however, has to be the Uncle Ruckus (no relation). In the previous seasons, Ruckus was a racist for sure, but he was also at least civil for the most part; even at the end of season 2 where he let the truck almost run over Huey and Riley, it's hinted that it wasn't out of malicious intent. He also had some good development episodes, especially in season 3, where he Took a Level in Kindness. Above all though, at least back then the Freemans could consider him a friend, or at least an ally. This episode, however, sees Ruckus not only running said slavery reenactment, but also willingly (and gleefully) allowing the idea of Huey getting his legs cut off so he doesn't escape. Something tells me that the Ruckus of old, racist as he was, would have drawn the line at the thought of a kid getting dismembered. And though the fight scene ensuing was awesome, Ruckus didn't even participate all that much. Didn't the other seasons paint him as a capable fighter in his own right, even managing to beat Huey with his own nunchaku? Wouldn't it be awesome to see a rematch between Huey and Ruckus, or in the case of pre-season 4 Ruckus, having a Back-to-Back Badasses moment? Either way, this episode partially destroyed Ruckus' character for me, and I say "partially" because as far as I'm aware, season 4 isn't canon.
Codename: Kids Next Door
Operation: D.E.T.H.R.O.N.I.N.G.: Diligent Excellent Tropers Hate Really Offensive Nasty Incidents Not Great
- fluffything: Codename: Kids Next Door: There is one moment I feel a good portion of the fandom would agree was the biggest WTF moment of the series. That of course being when they reveal that Heinrich, Numbah 5's main rival for several episodes is really a girl named "Henrietta". Let that sink in for a moment. Esentially, the episode "Operation: C.A.R.A.M.E.L." that shows this reveal centers around magical caramels that require someone to sacrifice a part of themselves to make them delicious (IE: Talent, personality, etc.). Heinrich, we are told, gave up beauty to make said caramels and blamed Numbah 5 for it ever since. Not only was it, apart from the vague "was once beautiful" line, never stated beforehand that Heinrich was really a girl, but not once did Numbah 5 ever mention she had a friend named Henrietta. The whole reveal comes completely out of nowhere and is so utterly ridiculous that it feels more like something out of a bad fanfic than an actual episode.
- Medic Tf 2: The one episode that I really did not like was "Operation F..O.O.D.F.I.T.E." For starters, it has the same amount of nausea you get when watching anthromorphic food be stuffed into children as the first Gramma Stuffum episode. However, this episode takes it one step further by having a giant sandwich devour the KND. To top it all off, the entire episode has heavy metal playing in the background, which I have zero-tolerance for.
- Animeking 1108: Don't get me wrong: Operation G.R.A.D.U.A.T.E.S. was a good episode. However, one moment near the end rubbed me the wrong way. After finding out that Tommy can't be let back in the KND, Numbuh Four threatens to quit the team. However, the rest of the team responds with complete indifference, like as if they don't care about him. I expected that sort of thing out of Numbuh Five at least, but even Numbuh Three didn't give a shit. Remember, this episode aired after Operation F.U.T.U.R.E., which was Numbuh Four's Crowning Moment of Awesome. You'd think they'd value him a little more.
- bisonx: I've always hated the series. What finally caused me to snap at the series was Operation M.O.V.I.E., which to me, is a massive insult to movies in general. First off, movies that are rated R are not for adults only, they're for people aged 17 and up. There's a rating for adults only, and it's the X rating. Secondly, when did adult movies become secret meetings for evil adults? And finally, what really upset me was when Numbuh Four said that adult movies were overrated.
Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog is often one of those shows most people think of when they bring up Cartoon Network's golden years, but even it tends to have a stinker now and again. We're all glad Courage is so... well, courageous; he has to be if he can stand being associated with these moments.
- Wolf Man 16: The Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Ball Of Revenge" portrays Eustace's Character Derailment so extreme that he's very much suffered Cartmanization. The episode has Eustace bringing in many of Courage's past rivals to kill him, all because Courage got a blanket that Eustace wanted! It also doesn't help that most of said villains have also tried to kill Eustace before. What's worse is that Eustace's strategy to lure Courage towards the villains is by using Muriel, his own wife, as bait! That's right, the same guy who, during earlier seasons, actually helped Courage with an incantation to exorcise a demon out of Muriel and suggested Muriel being used as bait for a sea serpent being extremely wrong, is doing these horrific acts. It actually makes this one of the most twisted episodes of the show.
- fluffything: I hate the episode "Ball Of Revenge" (to the point where I'll change the channel if it comes on) as well. Not only was it the lowest point for Eustace, but it also involved him teaming up with several of Courage's past villains (many of which tried to kill/hurt Eustace themselves). But, that's not the DMOS for me. Oh, no. The absolute low point this already awful episode throws at is is the way Courage defeats this enemy team-up. How? He screams at them. Let me repeat that. Courage defeats his worst enemies by screaming at them causing the floor to collapse and them to fall into a hole! I'd like to remind everyone that one of Courage's traits is that, despite being a coward, he's rather clever and usually defeats his enemies by outwitting them (though he does use his compassionate nature at times as well). Oh and let's not forget the fact that he never. Gives. Up. Or did we forget how he defeated Mecha-Courage by sheer determination alone? Having Courage defeat his enemies by screaming at them not only undermines Courage's whole character, but it utterly ruins the threat the villains possessed in the first place. This isn't a Chekhov's Skill or even anything remotely similar. This the writers pulling utter bull out their respective bums and trying to pass it off as good writing.
- Tropers/lloyd22: Eustace was especially dislikable in that episode. After all the times Courage reluctantly saved his ungrateful ass, how does Eustace repay him? He hires a bunch of villains to actually kill Courage, and even used his own wife as bait, not even thinking about how his wife would feel if Courage were to die. What especially makes me angry about that episode is Eustace's punishment at the end. The man tried to kill an innocent dog and how does Muriel punish him? By letting him sleep on the floor with the blanket he wanted. Great punishment. Eustace should've been given a much worse punishment than what he got.
- SenorCornholio: Fourthed. Even though I don't hate this episode as much as most people (trust me, I'm very tolerable when it comes to TV episodes, for the most part), the entire episode definitely had problems up the wazoo. We've gone over Eustace's Character Derailment, his lack of a real punishment, and the Ass Pull of Courage's trademark scream being turned into the Unrelenting Force, but let's count another flaw this episode has: the fact that They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot. An episode with Courage having to go up against his worst foes? Sounds great! There's one problem though (out of many): all the villains are from season 1 only. We have only two recurring villains: Katz and Le Quack. The others were one-shot villains who are either natural predators to begin with (the Weremole and the Queen of the Black Puddle) or pretty much dead (the Cajun Fox and the Big Toe). What about Benton Tarantella and Errol van Volkheim? What about Ma Bagge? What about the Chicken from Outer Space? He's appeared once in spite of being cooked alive, so I don't see a reason why he can't come back. And how do they decide to deal with Courage? Challenge him to a game of dodgeball. Yeah, it's a callback to Courage's first encounter with Katz as he wanted to play "a little sport before dying", but it's just too silly to even take seriously in this context. This was supposed to be one of the big finales to the show, people! Speaking of Katz, the diabolical feline that's been one of the biggest monsters in the show? What does he do to torture Muriel into bringing Courage down to the basement to begin with? Mix Muriel's lights with the darks. Come on Katz, you're a classier villain than that! Lastly, the Duck Brothers' cameo: all they do is perform a halftime song and then disappear with Le Quack. The rest of Courage the Cowardly Dog is great, for the most part; it's just this one that's considered the silver turd in a cave of diamonds and I can definitely agree with that.
- Shadoboy: Just to twist the knife further in with the lackluster villains, at the end of the episode they show for a brief moment Freaky Fred threathening Courage from the TV. Yes, they relegated one of Courage's most memorable enemies to a cameo.
Not even Danny Phantom can keep these moments in the Fenton Thermos forever.
- terlwyth: Okay I love Danny Phantom so far, but the episode "The Fright Before Christmas" that should be in good cheer, was just terrible. I mean, firstly they treat Danny's hatred of Christmas with no sympathy. It's perfectly reasonable to hate such a time when all your parents do is squabble and let nothing get done, yet it's treated like Wangst. After that he goes off to blow of some steam in The Ghost World and he accidentally destroys Ghost Writer's book. But the only mean thing he did was not apologize and claim to hate Christmas. What does GW do? He trapped Danny in a book, had the town get destroyed, all the presents stolen, and turned everyone against him and didn't let one thing for the poor guy go right. And somehow it's Danny's fault entirely? Not to mention it implies Amity Park is nothing but materialistic. Even the rhymes don't help this time.
- fluffything: For me, it was the Reset Button ending for the TV movie "Reality Trip". Long story short, Danny's parents say that they accept him for who he is and that they would never hunt down their own son when they find out he's half ghost. So, what does Danny do? Why, he uses the Reality Gauntlet to rewind time so that none of that ever happened. Umm... Danny? Just how stupid are you? Your parents just said that they accept your half-ghost status and would never try to hurt you, and your reaction is to essentially go back to the past and essentially erase that from history! At least "Phantom Planet" fixed that... somewhat, but it was still a really stupid thing for Danny to do.
- ILikeCrows: Rewinding time made sense to me since his identity had been revealed to the whole world. That still leaves the question of why Danny, now that he knows his parents will accept him, still won't say he's half-ghost.
- heartauthor: "Teacher of the Year", the episode where Danny has to deal with doing good on a test and stopping Technus from inside an online computer game, has a scene that's always rubbed me the wrong way. It's when Danny arrives home only to find that Mr. Lancer has told Danny's parents about his most recent flunked test. Danny's parents are understandably upset about the news. But then, the situation takes a sharp turn when Maddie declares that "[Danny is] a Fenton. And Fentons get A's" (except for Jack, who got B minuses); she then orders Danny to retake the test "and pass it with flying colors." It's also pretty clear that Jack agrees with Maddie. Now, don't get me wrong; if a kid's doing bad in school, parents have a right to be worried about it. But this scene seems to indicate that Maddie and Jack aren't just expecting Danny to do good in school; they're expecting him to be perfect, because having a son who isn't as intellectually gifted as the rest of his family is absolutely horrible. Making sure a kid isn't failing is one thing, but demanding them to do things perfectly so they don't disgrace the family name is quite another. Even notoriously serious Jazz (who knew Danny's secret at the time) had more sympathy for Danny than his parents did.
- Emmz: Even though I find Danny Phantom to be a good show, there was one episode's ending that I found to be a major slap in the face, and that was Pirate Radio. Basically, the episode is about Ember teaming up with Youngblood and all the adults in Amity Park being kidnapped as part of their plan, and Danny having to stop them. Since Danny can't use his ghost powers due to a forcefield preventing him, he has to resort to gathering up all the teens at his school to team up, get on the ghost ship where Ember, Youngblood, and Youngblood's minions reside, and fight back against the villains. So how exactly is this episode a Dethroning Moment of Suck to me? Well, the battle ends with Danny falling off the ship, Sam disabling the forcefield, and Danny going ghost and saving the day. What does Danny get in return? Dash berating him for bailing out and everyone going back to ignoring him, completely forgetting the fact that he managed to assemble EVERY student at his school and fight against the ghosts without using his powers, proving Danny's leadership skills and to be efficient even when hes not in his ghost form. To make matters worse, the episode ends with Danny getting in trouble with his parents for using the Ops Center and throwing a party (the latter not even being his fault), and him getting grounded for a month. Are you kidding me? I really liked the episode up until those scenes. It makes all the developement Danny went through seem pointless, and punishes him for absolutely no reason.
- OmniscientTercel: I absolutely adore Danny Phantom now that I've gone back to it after so many years, but a recent viewing of a single episode was enough to make my adoration slightly falter: "Livin' Large". It's bad enough that Jack and Maddie gave up their precious lab and moved away from their house just because they got money shoved into their faces, but Danny takes it to the next level by not only ditching school and completely throwing away his superhero duties (it was established he wanted a break, but he wouldn't completely quit), but then proceeding to buy robot duplicates of Sam and Tucker and saying to their faces he thinks the robots are better than them. Even when he was in the phase of abusing his powers earlier in the series, it never got under my skin like it does here. He does apologize and try to make up for it at the end by saving the day, but it wasn't enough to save the episode for me.
- Eegah: The Daria episode "Depth Takes a Holiday". This wonderfully honest depiction of high school life suddenly takes a hard turn into Family Guy territory as Daria has to get fugitive holidays back to their dimension. It's completely beyond me how anyone working on the show thought this was a good idea.
- Hungerismygame: While Daria almost never resorts to crude humor, in "See Jane Run" when Jane's love interest of the episode asks if Daria has ever seen Jane "run like the wind," Daria asks if he's ever seen Jane break wind. Hilarity ensues.
- Hyrin: The introduction of Tom Sloane. Before, the show was an interesting take on high school life told through the eyes of an outsider. After, it was a standard teen rom-com that descended into the cliched Love Triangle. If they had wanted to do that, they should have stuck with the original plan and used Mack instead.
- Eedwardgrey3: "Fizzed" tried to criticize corporate sponsoring of schools: good. Then it got ridiculously Anvilicious, with the cheerleaders forced to dress in soda cans by the evil Coca Cola/Pepsi Expy and ended with an over the top scene of miss Li running around with an axe because of a sugar high. Glen Eichler apparently didn't get the negative reactions.
The Flintstones may have been the first prime time cartoon to have aired, causing a massive renaissance in its awakening, but sometimes older isn't always better. Whether it's a joke or entire episode that hasn't aged well or a steaming case of Seasonal Rot, these are the moments that we wish were converted into fossil fuels.
- RAZ: The Flintstones had one episode entitled "The Tycoon" that I caught when I was pretty young and even today I still remember just how extraordinarily pissed I was after watching this crapfest. The premise involves a rich snob who looks exactly like Fred getting tired of work and bailing on the job, and after his assistants panic they get Fred to fill in for him until he's found. Wilma, Betty, and Barney encounter the rich guy and confuse him for Fred, and he in turn treats them all like dirt and so they all blame Fred. The real Fred gets tired of all the work he has to do as well and also bails, happy to return to his wife and friends. But since they're all still angry after their encounter with Fake Fred, Barney kicks the real Fred's ass and Wilma and Betty yell at him for being a being a total dick when he didn't even do anything. The End. Now Fred can be kind of a jerk sometimes (all the characters can) but that one went beyond mean, especially since he gets completely treated like something a dog crapped out by the end for something he's one hundred percent innocent of. I remember screaming at my TV and wanting to kick it several times after that half-assed 30 minutes of unnecessary cruelty.
- Komatsuzaki: I second this so hard. I remember literally nothing from the Flintstones except for this episode. I must have been 11 or 12 when I saw it, but it made me so angry that there was no restitution for what everyone did to Fred.
- kablammin45: As much as I like The Flintstones, I just cannot ignore the convoluted plan Fred and Barney had at the end of "At The Races". Long story short, our favorite cavemen blew their funds on the dinosaur races, but fortunately won. Then things get crazy. Fred, for some reason, decides that telling Wilma would be a big mistake, so he decides to hide the check in Barney's pock- oh wait, I'm sorry, underneath a rock in a conspicuous area. Why they couldn't have hidden it somewhere easy to get to? Then what happens next wouldn't have happened; namely, Wilma is ecstatic prompting Fred and Barney to run for the hiding place and wind up having it stolen by a mugger and become completely broke. Pretty much all of this could have been avoided all together if Fred had realized the fact that Wilma wouldn't be ticked off and hidden the check in somewhere much easier, and less vulnerable to theft, to get to. (Like say, Barney's pocket for example.)
- Baffle Blend: While this might be a tad unfair, one episode above all has showed me exactly how poorly this series has aged; "The Happy Housewife". The gist of it is that Wilma gets a job as a host on a TV show, where she gives housewives advice. Fred is upset because her working means she's not home to make elaborate dinners. Eventually, it turns into blackmail when a gossip column threatens to expose that the Happy Housewife's Happy Husband isn't so happy himself. Even if he didn't have such a terrible, selfish, and bratty reason to be unhappy in the first place (which he did have a terrible, selfish, and bratty reason; this can't be emphasized enough.), that alone would have crossed the Moral Event Horizon. So after Wilma is essentially forced to quit her job... the episode ends with her singing a she brings Fred a chunk of meat. Needless to say, this was the last episode of The Flintstones that I ever watched, because after seeing it, Fred was unlikable, unwatchable, and unforgivable.
- KrazyTVWatcher: As much as I like The Flintstones, there was one episode in particular that pissed me off, the season 6 episode "Samantha". To recap, Fred, Wilma, and Pebbles get new neighbors from a different television series. A little later in the episode, Fred and Barney go camping in the woods, unaware that their wives, Samantha, and their children have followed them. Originally, Fred and Barney say that women can't make it in camp, and guess how Betty and Wilma respond? By having Samantha use magic to scare them out of their wits. While Fred and Barney are at fault for what they said, what the girls did was something I'll never forgive them for.
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Hey guys, look what I found in Grim's trunk! It's a collection of moments that he wishes he could forget. Wanna take a look?
- fluffything: The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: I found the episode "Be A-Fred, Be Very A-Fred" where Fred Fredburger wins a contest and gets to spend time with Grim. It's just filled with so many facepalm-inducing moments that I just don't know where to begin. First, Grim is such a loser now that the only work he can get is being in laxative commercials? And, not only that, but said laxative company is now doing poorly because apparently no one wants to buy something endorsed by death himself? Let me remind everyone that said laxatives are being sold to demons (IE: Immortal monsters of evil (or chaotic neutral in the case of TGAOBAM) that most likely speak to Grim on a daily basis). Second, Fred Fredburger is just more annoying than usual here. At least in Keeper Of The Reaper his annoying antics were funny. This? He's just stupid for the sake of being stupid (Though, I did find him being amazed by a simple lamp to be pretty amusing... but that's just a silver lining in this turd cloud of an episode). Third, the way too long and not funny at all gag of Grim trying to get his picture taken with Fred resulting in Fred losing his frozen yogurt (Which, by the way, was what Fred wanted to do with Grim). You know, you could just buy another one or waited until he was done eating, Grim. Instead, they take Fred to an amusement park where Fred is sent flying from a Tilt-A-Whirl (... What?) and ends up meeting a group of Yetis that all talk like him and offer him frozen yogurt, all while a crying Grim is violently beaten by the laxative company executives for letting Fred go. Yes, that's how the short ends. It's like watching a train filled with disabled orphans crash into a burning building. Not funny and painful to watch.
- Animeking 1108: If they ever air "The Grim Show" in reruns, I tend to change the channel. After Grim becomes a TV sensation, he spends less time with Billy and Mandy. However, Mandy decides to humiliate Grim and get his show cancelled. Why? Because he wasn't doing her chores. The episode ends with Grim sobbing. Apparently, for this show, it's not a good ending until Grim suffers.
- KiraDoom: Mine is the episode "Scythe For Sale". I can probably get over Irwin yelling at Billy for bothering him (Billy was being pretty obnoxious, and I've been aggravated too many times to count). But the whole rest of the episode is about Irwin buying Grim's scythe at Billy's garage sale... Then using it to cast a spell to make Mandy love him. What? Look, I know Irwin's crush is one-sided, but you usually feel a bit sorry for Irwin because Mandy is pure evil. This episode tries to paint Irwin as a horrible person, which he usually isn't. (The only other time he was is "King Tooten Pooten", but I'm only allowed one entry for this show.) As a fan who absolutely loves Irwin and relates to him on many levels (aside from the whole "crush on a horrible person" thing), this episode is, for the most part, horrible. Thank God for Underfist; without that special, along with some of the other episodes he was in, my view of him as a character would have been tarnished.
- GuardianEnigma: I love this series, but the episode that left me feeling grim was "El Dia De Los Muertos Estupidos". It starts okay enough, with the group accidentally ending up in Mexico and stumbling upon a village celebrating Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Then they find out that the relic needed for the festivities, the "Golden Nose of Chipotle", is being targeted by a crazy luchadore named Del Uglio who carries one half of the map leading to the treasure and is somehow Billy's Long-Lost Relative despite not resembling him at all, and as such, Billy has the other half of the map. Del Uglio wants to use the nose to make himself less ugly, even though his face under his mask ends up actually being handsome. Eventually they defeat Del Uglio, but the real moment of suck happens right after, as Mandy proceeds to steal the Golden Nose for herself, when even Billy and especially Grim wanted to save the day. She selfishly uses the nose's riches to buy herself a jet and leaves everyone else behind, dooming the Day of the Dead. Villain Protagonist she may be, but Mandy went beyond the pale and proved herself to be an utter bitch in this unfortunate episode.
For this relatively timeless show, there are however a few unpleasant moments unfortunately.
- Lionheart0: The ending to "Arnold Betrays Iggy" episode had one of the most horrible endings I've ever seen in an animated series. After being accused of spreading Iggy's embarrassing secret, when it was actually Arnold's classmates who did so, Arnold is forced to take a humiliating Walk-of-shame in bunny pajamas, on National Television. In a show that normally manages to have understandable aesops, to the life of me I still don't quite understand what was the point of taking the blame and forced to endure humiliation for something you were not responsible for.
- Rage24: For me, the worst part of that episode was Arnold's Grandpa acting Out of Character. When Arnold decides to go through with the Bunny Pajama Walk, his Grandpa says that he's going to take pictures of him for the photo album.
- futuremoviewriter: The episode is often considered the worst of the series for a reason. Even as a kid, I realized this episode was very uncomfortable to sit through and after seeing it a second time, knew I never wanted to see it again. They used a shot of Arnold in the suit looking sad at the end of the episode in a March Toon Mania promo and since I didn't know which promo it was, I'd always look away at those promos to avoid that reminder of the episode. It severely damaged my feeling about the show in general it was that bad. I became very cautious whenever I watched the show after that so I could get away whenever that episode came on. I think there was one occasion when it did come on and I left the room I had no desire to sit through it again. The second viewing I left the room during the ending or covered my face so I didn't have to look at it. I wonder how Steve Viksten (God rest his soul) didn't realize just how bad an idea everything in it was and how it didn't need rewrites before it aired. A YouTube commenter came up with better ideas for how the episode could have gone instead and it's unfathomable to me how Viksten couldn't have thought of those things himself before it aired. I thought maybe I didn't get it, but Craig Bartlett himself disliked it so much that it got very little air time since it came out. I'm upset that this episode ever existed, but I'm glad I wasn't wrong.
- MsCC93: My moment would be the episode "Girl Trouble" when Karma Houdini Jerkass Helga constantly harasses Arnold. When Arnold gets fed up with Helga and throws paint at her, Mr. Simmons punished Arnold, but only stood there and did nothing when Helga harassed him. Total Character Derailment for Mr. Simmons! And does Helga get her comeuppance? No... it's no wonder I can't stand this episode!
- LunaVeg87: I second that. What actually got me the most about that episode was when Arnold got home after that incident, and his grandpa acted horrified, and then Arnold sighed, and said "you're right. I feel terrible." You know, wherever you stand on whether you ship Helga and Arnold (I personally don't even get involved), this was disturbing. Helga harasses him on a daily basis, he has no idea of her true feelings, or hell, even if she ever feels bad about treating him like dirt, yet the ONE time he does something back, he feels terrible? I get that he's supposed to be a good kid who always does the right thing, but this was borderline Love Martyr territory (it would only be more disturbing if he were the one with a crush).
- FromtheWordsofBR: "Bag of Money". In this episode, Arnold, Gerald, and Sid find... well, a bag with $3,937 in it. Arnold wants to return it to the police, but Gerald and Sid don't want him to, but once Arnold points out they could get a reward for returning it they agree and let him keep track of the bag. Sid even mentions how "Arnold is the most honest guy around", which bites him in the ass later on. Arnold goes on the city bus with the money and sits next to a pink-haired peg-legged one-eyebrow-donning lady with 4 bags, which are also the color of the bag of money Arnold has. However, the lady accidentally grabs Arnold's bag and he winds up with her bags of bird seeds. Sid and Gerald don't believe Arnold's silly but true story; so much so, Sid eventually convinces everybody that Arnold stole the money and what happened to him is actually an excuse, and the other kids actually believe him! And to rub more salt in the wound, remember that little statement Sid did a little earlier? He sure isn't acting like the poor guy is honest in this section of the episode. And then Sid starts spying on Arnold and says that he used the money to buy random stuff. The kids eventually grab Arnold and tie him up to the tether-ball pole. Then a police car comes and the lady Arnold described earlier comes to return Arnold's bus pass, and then everybody apologizes for hurting Arnold, yet Sid gets away with what he did. Sorry, but no, not even the ending can easily forgive that. Why would they think a kid like Arnold would steal the money? Easily one of the poorest-written episodes of the series.
- monkeyman224: I really hated "The Vacant Lot" because of how asinine it was. The kids find a vacant lot with mountains of junk in it, clean it up, and decide all of a sudden it's theirs. Then the adults take it over and kick the kids out. In the end the kids dump all the junk back in it and tell the adults that "they can have it the way they found it" before they cleaned it up. Yeah, that's real mature (don't tell me "they're just nine". Some of them have been written to have more maturity than the adults most of the time). The adults then feel bad and let them have it after remodeling it. Okay first off, a vacant lot isn't something you call dibs on after cleaning it. It's not their property, it's the city's. It doesn't belong to anybody until they actually buy it. That's why it's called a "vacant lot".
- Kris Simsters: I second this, this was a dethroning moment for all the characters; for the kids claiming that this was theirs (yes they cleaned up but as pointed out, its not yours until you buy it from the city) and the adults thinking they can just have whatever's cleaned up. This episode made me not like anybody, not even Arnold.
- Sampa CM: I'd gladly watch all episodes of Hey Arnold! again, except for one: "The Stoop Kid". Long story short, the titular kid is an orphan who likes sitting on the doorstep of his house, and shouting insults to whoever walks by. The kids of the neighborhood are too scared of him as they consider him a Creepy Child, and even there is a legend about his origin, told by Gerald, no less! Their football fell over his doorstep, but they don't dare get close. However, when Arnold somehow manages to retrieve the football from the doorstep, what does Stoop Kid do? Instead of chasing Arnold, he limits to shouting him to stay away from his doorstep. Now, the next part is where we enter the DMOS zone: the kids realize that Stoop Kid is actually too scared to leave the doorstep, so they take advantage of it, and start picking on him, to the point of making him cry bitterly. What The Heck? It's true that Stoop Kid was being a Jerkass, but the kids mistreated him way worse than he did to them. Arnold, however, feels sorry for him and helps him face his fears and leave the doorstep. Now, the ending with Stoop Kid finally leaving the doorstep and accepted by his community is a heartwarming moment, but the part where the kids pick on him is just too mean-spirited and painful to watch this episode ever again.
- Captain Tedium: I wouldn't mind revisiting any other episode of the series, but my least favorite episode of Hey Arnold! is "New Bully on the Block", which as far as I'm concerned is even worse than "Arnold Betrays Iggy", since at least Iggy suffered the consequences of rejecting Arnold's apologies and forcing him to humiliate himself in public. This episode, on the other hand, ended with the highly unsympathetic bullies Ludwig and Wolfgang taking Gerald Field from the kids of P.S. 118 and beating them up when the kids fiercely object to their decision to take Gerald Field from them. It especially is abhorrent that the episode doesn't have those two assholes get any comeuppance for what they did, and I particularly hated the scenes of the "seeing stars" effect signaling when the bullies beat the characters up because it reminded me too much of a bully who punched me in the eye when I was in school. I know that this episode was made so that all of Arnold's current voice actors and his previous voice actors could be involved in the same episode, but they really would have been better off having Phillip Van Dyke play a more sympathetic character, or at least not ending the episode on such a bleak and mean-spirited note.
- Ryanruff13: "Stinky Goes Hollywood" has a scene that is flatout uncomfortable for me to watch. Stinky becomes a popular poster child in a commercial, but at one point, he overhears the caster making fun of his line delivery behind his back, revealing that they hired him as a joke. One could make an argument that it would be understandable for Stinky to not want to continue his job considering that he was hired just for his Stylistic Suck, but there's no indication that his fans in-universe held the same opinion on him, which alone is enough to make the following decision by Stinky debatable to me. The Dethroning Moment of Suck, however, is a scene where his father is in tears begging him to sign a contract that would ensure them lots of money (considering that his family is, you know, in poverty...) and Stinky is just refusing to do so, actually justifying it at the end of the episode as protecting his "pride". While the moral itself is understandable, and while I do get what the episode is going for, the scene itself is rather heartwrenching, and Stinky is the one that we're supposed to side with. While the overall plot could have used revision in that regard, if nothing else, the scene could have been replaced/removed altogether so we're not subjected to hearing his father weep about having to stay poor and having the episode inadvertently portray Stinky as selfish and prideful.
- kodasboy: I'm really surprised that "The Longest Monday" has never been brought up in this section. The entire episode is about Hazing, with the fifth graders trying to cram all of the fourth graders into garbage cans, which results in two different DMOS. Firstly, it's established that this has been a long tradition for Arnold's school. What in the world are the teachers doing, taking their daily smoke break? This is heavily made worse when you consider that Mr. Simmons, Mr. FREAKIN' Simmons would not intervene in any possible way, which is an extreme Out-of-Character Moment, seeing as he goes out of his way to try and make class more interesting and genuinely cares about his students But fine, let's give the benefit of the doubt and say that the teachers were busy...and all the adults. Then comes the ending, oh boy. So at the end, all of the Fourth Graders are trashed, and they lose to the Fifth Graders, including Arnold and Gerald. A group of Third Graders point and laugh at Arnold and Gerald, to which Arnold snaps, telling them next year they'll be next, and they'll be the Fifth Graders. They ask if he's serious, and he says no, he wouldn't do that to them. Gerald and Arnold turns around, asks if Arnold is sure, and Arnold entertains the idea of continuing the "Tradition". Arnold. The kid who went out of his way to make sure a Galapagos Turtle got back to the ocean. The kid who helped a homeless boy overcome his fear of the outside world. The same kid who helped a school bully realize the errors of his ways. He thinks it would be fine to continue a trend of hazing that's extremely physically abusive but also demeaning. So kids, if you ever get hazed, remember, Hazing is totally fine as long as you're the one hazing others. I honestly view this as the worst episode of the entire series, at least "Arnold Betrays Iggy" and "Bag of Money" portrayed Sid and Iggy as in the wrong, whereas this episode portrays the Antagonist as a Karma Houdini, and has an ending with the Protagonist going through Character Derailment. Hazing is not at all an okay thing to do in any context possible, especially considering people have gotten themselves killed, and this episode glorifies it beyond belief.
House of Mouse
- Froggo Fan 64: The episode in which Scrooge McDuck buys the club and makes everyone miserable with his budget cuts has rubbed me the wrong way for a good reason. Among the things Scrooge does to the club is that he frakkin' fires Huey, Dewey and Louie, his own grandnephews, from their position as the house band! After all those times they helped him search for treasures back in the comics and DuckTales, this is how he repays them?! Something must've really turned him sour between the last DuckTales episode and this.
- Mogo: It gets worse than that— They get his characterization completely wrong. Despite being stingy (he may have even fired Donald, but he did that on a daily basis in the comics), he would fire the boys for not working for free, but he would probably force them to work elsewhere. Plus, in DuckTales and the comics, he was business savvy— he would know at least enough not to strip mine the club so bad that no one would want to come. This portrays him as everyone else sees him: just a stingy old man who counts his coins (Which Don Rosa Lampshaded spectacularly in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck with Donald)— not the badass businessman he is everywhere else. For shame, Disney— for shame.
- Webby: Scrooge decides to provide the entertainment, by standing on stage showing off his Number One Dime, while everybody boos over the "stupid dime". Treating a major recurring plot device like junk is bad enough, but that Scrooge randomly dragged it to the House, rather than keeping it safe and guarded is ridiculous. Then, when he quits, he "sells" the House back to Pete by stealing all his cash and everything he bought and leaving him with the deed. Made it square, did ya Scrooge?
- Candy Cane 14: Scrooge wasn't the only character that got messed up in the show. Donald, Jose and Panchito were all out of character as well in the episode, "The Three Caballeros"! Donald would've been happy to meet his two friends, even if he felt bad that no one remembered he's a Caballero. Instead he and the two acted more like enemies then friends! Well... yeah, Panchito and Jose played pranks on Donald in 'The Three Caballeros' movie too, but if you pay attention, Donald was still having fun anyway... yeah. Plus it contradict those two comics ('The Three Caballeros ride again' and such) where Panchito and Jose looked up to Donald. At least in "Not so Goofy", they were better friends. This episode "The Three Caballeros" however was terrible.
- Ephriokko: In the episode "A Match Not Made In Heaven", the one where Hades tries to get a date with Maleficent, there's this part where Mickey offers to show Hades that being nice can work. He goes up to Maleficent and says in a bright, chipper tone: "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Maleficent! Golly! Oh, boy! Hot dog! Ain't it swell? Gee, I hope you're hap-hap-happy, 'cause we love to make things fun-fun-funny! Ha-ha, ha-ha! Oh, gosh." Even though I'm in general a forgiving, tolerant Mickey Mouse fan, the speed and chipper tone at which all of his catchphrases were said in succession made me cringe.
- Manwiththeplan: And Maleficent doesn't even retaliate like you'd expect her to; she just grits her teeth in irritation and forces out something along the lines of "Yes, how... giddy." God damn it, Maleficent, I know Mickey's the host of the club, but the Mistress of Evil shouldn't have to put up with that shit!
- lilpurplebird: The entirety of House of Villains is a plot gone to waste. Honestly, who here wouldn't love to see the villains take over an entire show? And they do with a rather neat song to go along with it (about half-way through, sadly). But what do they do after they take over the house? They watch more Halloween Disney cartoons. Mickey and the gang try to take back without success a couple of times in between cartoons, but that's about it. And it has a rather anti-climatic battle where Mickey just dresses up in his apprentice outfit and zaps Jafar without another word and takes back the house like that. Yeah, it was a big disappointment.
- Captain Tedium: The Thanksgiving episode. Mickey tries in vain to convince the turkey that the club members are not barbaric beasts, which only results in the guests all trying to kill and eat each other. How do things end? The turkey closes the episode pretending to be Mickey while the club guests chase away the real Mickey disguised as a turkey.
- Big Jimbo: I hate it when Mickey is given the Cosmic Plaything treatment in certain episodes of Mickey Mouse (2013), but I know it has happened before (Golden Age Mickey doesn't count, it was part of his character, and it was often Laser-Guided Karma). Want proof? Look no further than "Mickey's April Fools" which was a funny episode, but the ending is the most downer this side of the 2013 reboot's "Panda-monium". Well, in one point the "lawyer" tosses Mickey around and gets him stuck hanging from a nearby flagpole. After Mortimer is defeated the "lawyer" reveals "he" was actually a disguised Minnie. Fine, right? But then she deliberately leaves him hanging as her April Fool's prank for no reason other than to be a Jerkass and even gets off scot-free. I'm sorry, but isn't Minnie supposed to be a very nice and well-mannered individual? I have to say, this is uncomfortably similar to the later My Talking Tom short I described in the Web Original DMOS page in this regard, and definitely one of the weaker episodes of the show.