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Lilo & Stitch
While most Disney fanatics call Lilo & Stitch one of the companys major Cash Cow Franchise weapons for the Turn of the Millennium, sometimes it can produce moments that should have been taken into custody.
- Xiristatos: I always enjoyed the Lilo & Stitch TV series when I was a kid, and I watched practically every episode and enjoyed them for the most part. But it did have one particularly frustrating moment that I really wish to forget now. It's in the episode that features Experiment 113 (Called "Shoe"), a creature that causes bad luck or good luck depending on the position of its ears. It was a standard episode, but then at one point Shoe's powers of good luck caused Gantu to win a check of about a million dollars (as far as I remember at least...). Completely overjoyed, Gantu calls Hamsterviel to tell him that he quits his job as an experiment hunter, and runs off with his check, which I found to be pretty awesome. But that's when my DMoS starts to strike in, in what could be the worst case of Yank the Dog's Chain since probably "Plankton's Regular". Basically after the climax, for seemingly no reason whatsoever Lilo & Stitch use Shoe's bad luck powers once more to get Gantu's boat that he just bought himself with the money to be taken away... that was just stupid and unnecessary. Putting aside that this was essentially taking away Gantu's one genuine moment of happiness, I think the stupidest thing about this whole scene is that Lilo & Stitch would have had no experiment hunter to worry about with Gantu having quit his job, which means life would have been much easier for them. But no, they pull this out of their rectums, all for the sake of Status Quo Is God. I'm usually okay with Status Quo Is God if it's actually written competently and understandably enough, but this was not one of those cases.
- Meso: My only issue with the episode was that a lot of the slapstick happens a lot to Stitch while Lilo heavily averts the Slapstick Knows No Gender trope... even though certain other episodes has her getting slapsticked quite often.
- Cabbit Girl Emi: If there's one thing about the TV series that I don't particularly like, it's how Nani seems to get angry at the drop of a hat. The worst case would have to be "Bugby", an episode where Experiment 128 turns the characters into insects. In it, Nani forbids Lilo from bringing bugs into the house, which is understandable... But later on, while Bugby turns Stitch into an ant note , Lilo looks for more bugs when Nani practically attacks her! What the hell? It's so far against Nani's character to nearly assault her little sister over such minor things, especially if you've seen the original movie! What rubs salt in that wound is that Nani does not get any consequences, never apologizes, or anything.
The Loud House
Despite The Loud House being the show that helped Nickelodeon get back on its feet after a Dork Age, it's no surprise that Lincoln Loud has suffered just enough chaos to go to a therapist to explain everything he has done. Let's just hope the show's massive Broken Base fandom can beat down these moments real soon.
- As For My Handle: While The Loud House isn't a bad show, it does have a bunch of issues. What stuck out the most was this moment in the episode "Heavy Meddle". The sisters are willing to defend Lincoln from his bully... until they learn that the bully is a girl. Then they squee because obviously the only reason a girl bullies a guy is because she likes him. It actually went in a good direction when Lincoln goes to kiss her, only to get socked, because then it would not only give An Aesop on bullying, but also maybe a lesson on meddling and assuming. But of course, the girl does turn out to be a Loving Bully, and then they become and Official Couple. How touching. As a victim of bullying, you can probably see how this rubbed me the wrong way.
- PRStorm: "Brawl in The Family" is the worst for me. The message the episode is basically going for, is that "You shouldn't try to get involved in other peoples' fights, or you'll only make things worse". Not to mention the 'sister fight protocol' goes against everything "Space Invader" stands for. Fuck this episode.
- Bouken Dutch: Let's also not forget that Lincoln is unaware of the protocol, proving the sisters came up with it without bothering to include him in the process. And how the sisters, despite their claims that they want Lincoln to stay out of their fight, do everything they can to drag him into it, like confiscating his room and his bedsheets. Plus the ending, where the fight finally dies down (for a while at least) and Lisa has the guts to say that leaving the house was the best thing Lincoln has done.
- ilovededede: Since "Brawl in the Family" is taken I'll go with "Come Sale Away", because not only is nearly everyone flanderized into idiots for the sake of the cliche sibling competition plot with no comedy to make it worth it but has a victory dance gag that makes me wanna punch a hole through my computer. And this isn't even a one-time joke, it's a Running Gag, and the episode ends with a long, cringey, and painful sequence of this running gag. Just... screw this episode.
- fairygirl567: I freaking hate "Come Sale Away"! I don't hate a lot of episodes in tv shows, it'll take a lot to make me hate an episode, but this one actually did it! The beginning is boring because their having a garage sell and seeing who the winner will be so they can do a dumb victory dance, we have one joke where Leni actually tries to sell their garage because no one in the family thought to tell the dumb sister what a garage sell actually is. Anyways, Lincoln wants to win, but after realizing he's losing, he starts selling everything in the living room and after Lori calls him out on this, he plays it off like he's doing nothing wrong and so, instead of telling on him for you know, selling everything that's not supposed to be sold! They actually start doing the same thing so they can win a competition! And yeah I know it's a competiton, but that doesn't make it better! Then they think they sold Lilly's blanket, search all over town, and all get tricked by this old man into giving him all their garage money, respectively (except Leni who's dumber then a sack of rocks and comes back with a napkin) and it turns out the mother had the blanket all along and just washed it. Then she discovers her kids sold everything in the living room and grounds them. Yeah, she only grounds them! I'm sorry, but a thing like this warrants a full scale hunt to get all their stuff back! They managed to sell their freaking couch and lost all their money! And then the ending... good night the ending. These episodes usually have lessons in it. I assumed this one would be, 'Don't let competiton cloud your judgement." Which it should have been. Nope! The episode ends with Lincoln doing his dumbass victory dance along with the entire family... for nothing! They didn't accomplish a damn thing! Just to recount: They lost all their stuff, lost all their money, and look like idiots, what the flying freak do they have to dance about? They learned nothing! The butt dancing is just so cringe-fest too and looks weird because the viewer knows they didn't gain anything. I cannot watch this episode with how terrible it is, espeically that god awful ending. I don't even think No Such Luck ended that badly, oh yeah I went there! At least a conflict was resolved, in this they still don't get their stuff back. I actually was expecting a two part episode, but nope it just ended there. Seriously this episode can bite me.
- Samuel Crazy: "No Such Luck" The entire episode could count really, especailly the part where Lynn threatens Lincoln with a bat and that abysmal ending. In this episode, after Lynn forces Lincoln to come see her game, even though he just wants to read comics, she blames him when her team loses, and claims he's bad luck. Lincoln decides to spread the rumor so he can finally get some peace, but it backfires when the entire family believes it, and doesn't allow him to come with them anywhere, afraid he might jinx them. That's already bad enough, but then the part that made this episode infamous comes. They lock Lincoln outside not just his room, but the house itself! Even Mr. and Ms. Loud take part in this! They are aware this is illegal right? And then that abysmal ending I mentionend earlier. In the end, Lincoln proves himself not to be bad luck by going to the game dressed in the team's squirrel mascot suit... And they now belief he's only good luck when wearing that and force him to wear the damn squirrel suit, even to the beach! And the episode just ends there! Ignoring the fact that the heat in the suit probably won't be very healthy and probally dangerous to the kid (He's only 11 by the way), this ending stinks at Unfortunate Implications, and the family gets away with everything, even Lynn and the parents! It's not hard to wonder why this episode is so infamous in the fandom.
- Sampa CM: To me, the April Fool's Trilogy (April Fool Rules, Fool's Paradise and Fool Me Twice) are the lowest point in an otherwise great series, due to what they did to Luan: Now, my opinion about Luan is that she's nice and funny, despite her occasional bad puns. However, these episodes in particular turned her into a prank-obsessed sociopath who is feared by her family, and celebrates Apri Fool's Day with a Psychotic Smirk (Something very Out Of Character for her, and even the parents are too scared of her to tell her "Stop!"). However, as I can only pick one specific moment, I'll go with "Fool's Paradise": Long story short, the Loud family, fearful of Luan's pranks, escape to a motel, where apparently they'll be safe. But then it's revealed that Luan actually followed them, and set traps on the motel for her siblings and parents to fall in. However, My DMOS is the reveal that dad was acting as The Mole, helping Luan out of fear by luring the rest of the family to her carefully planned trap (Again, makes me wonder why mom or dad didn't use their authority to put a stop to this). Eventually the family gets the last laugh on her, but Luan, with a Psychotic Smirk, vows revenge. Now, in the next episode, "Fool Me Twice", the family fooled Luan into thinking they'll move, given how she ruined their lives, and in tears, she pomises to never do pranks again, but... Really? They basically turned a nice and funny girl like Luan into an outright villain.
- Hylian-Highwind: Holy shit, can I not stand these episodes. April Fool Rules didn't bother me enough to be Dethroning since I could write it off as cartoon slapstick, but the later two just make it worse. Since the above poster covered my issues with "Fool's Paradise" (save the Rhubarb Pie Gag, which as someone with allergies felt a bit too "real" among the other gags), my moment will probably be "Fool Me Twice." First of all most of the episode amounts to basically nothing happening, setting up the fmaily finding the stunt doubles in a different part of town when they could have gotten the idea just from talking over a show or something like the magazine ad in Fool's Paradise. The set up feels way too long-winded and illogical since they get the idea from the same people they end up hiring, so did Luane set up the movie shoot with the Dad look-alike, or did she somehow manage to bribe them into breaking the deal (I'd assume they had to know what they were getting into since Lynn Sr. laments the cost)? Fool's Paradise showed that she only could do something on that scale because their father was in on it, which he clearly no longer was at the end of that episode. But the prank itself, where the doubles go around and essentially humiliate the family in front of their friends or damage their livelihood (like falsely submitting Mom's book early) honestly feels like it's gone past the point of joking when it affects their image around others, since even the previous episodes were confined to the family. Luane is supposed to get her comeuppance at the end with the fake move, promising to tell everyone the truth and everyone ultimately calling it on having pranked her, but I fail to see how this is a victory. Ignoring the question of if people would believe Luane, she only shows remorse when the family goes all in on the ruse, and sounds more distressed at having to move. For being a "sobering up" type of ending, it doesn't feel like Luane learned her lesson about her pranks potentially being hurtful when taken too far, to the point I almost think it's a worse ending since it makes Luane unintentionally selfish rather than cartoonishly exaggerated. There's nothing that makes me feel like she won't try this again the next year, she doesn't apologize in a way that shows remorse for hurting them, only for driving them to this desperation when it affected her. At this point, they've had three episodes of this and don't seem to have addressed the key problem, despite the endings across them seeming like they do want to fix it. Luane is a character I want to like, especially with episodes like "Head Poet's Anxiety," but until they get a good April Fool's episode out of her, which they seem increasingly incapable of doing, I can't get the stink of these episodes off of her and it makes it hard for me to sympathize with anything she does.
- Black Giro: although i loveThe Loud House, the show is far from being a Feminist Fantasy that most people like to claim, since many episodes reinforce the overly outdated Mars-and-Venus Gender Contrast trope,but the most obvious example is the episode "One of the boys", that is by far, one of the worst episodes of the show, the episode starts with Lincoln wishing to have ten brothers instead of ten sisters, why? Because in this episode, Lincolns sisters act all the same, they are all mushy, non-violent and girly shopaholics just to the sake of Lincoln feel more left out by his sisters, i mean, I know that the Loud sisters were shown to behave in this way in previous episodes, but "One of the boys" acts like if they are only air-headed and motherly valley girls who only care about shopping and giving makeovers on their brother, this episode also completely ignores that not all the sisters are entirely demure and feminine(for example: Lana is a Tom Boy, Lynn is a Passionate Sports Girl, Luna is a Rock Star, Luan is a Plucky Comic Relief, Lucy is a Goth girl and Lisa is a Child Prodigy) and this episode seems to forget it. But the episode gets worse, then Lisa gives Lincoln a watch and he goes to a Alternative Universe where the Loud sisters are boys and theyre all rude, messy and aggressive, they have ZERO redeemable qualities and they constantly mistreats Lincoln(even though i dont like Lincoln, i kinda felt bad for him) and the moral of the episode is one of the worst things that i ever seen in my entire life: Sisters are better than Brothers because unlike brothers, they are extremely kind and pure pushovers who will do anything to please their siblings(usually the male ones),this episode leads to so many Unfortunate Implications.
- Mighty Mewtron: The episode that I remember disliking the most is "Change of Heart." Clyde's creepy crush on Lori is probably my least favorite aspect of the show (not helped by certain allegations against the show's creator) and this episode weirdly portrays it as a good thing. Clyde tries to get over his unhealthy crush on Lori, but Lori, despite being uncomfortable with his behavior before, misses all the nice things Clyde did for her and becomes jealous that he seems to like Leni instead of her. By the end of the episode, he goes back to being obsessive and Lori is fine with it. Watching Lori want Clyde to like her again is unsettling considering that A) she's nearly an adult, and B) Clyde's behavior has never really been that healthy. Yeah, yeah, Status Quo Is God, but it comes across as a lesson that you shouldn't turn away the person with an unhealthy crush on you, even if they're way younger, then that's a really bad lesson for kids, or anybody.
The animated version of MAD is known for being a massively mixed bag. No surprises for what parts of the bag are going here.
- bobdrantz: MAD (which I normally like) had the "Pokémon Park" (A parody of Pokémon and Jurassic Park) skit. For one thing, the jokes made no sense (Pokémon randomly fight and evolve so they go crazy... what?), the characters do not match who they're supposed to parody (Why would Ash be the one in the Ian Malcolm role?), and they're inconsistent with which Pokémon represents which dinosaur (IE: It cannot make up its mind on whether the Pikachu is supposed to be Expy for the Velociraptors or if the Charmander are). It's like they just spent five seconds on a Wikipedia page on Pokémon, watched only a few minutes of Jurassic Park, and then just hastily threw this poor excuse for a "parody" together.
- fluffything: I can respect parody done well. I can respect parodies of my favorite shows done well. The MAD sketch "Ancient Greek Mythbusters" is not a parody done well by any stretch of the imagination. This feels more like a mean-spirited Take That! towards an awesome series rather than an Affectionate Parody. Oh, let me count the ways this sketch is a DMOS. You've got Grant being chewed-up by a T.Rex as a pointless throwaway gag. You've got Adam and Jamie being incompetent Jerkass morons not having any sense of logic to their "experiments" (Insane Troll Logic would be considered the words of a genius compared to this). The utterly unfunny joke about Mythbusters only being watchable due to the sheer number of explosions (Because clearly we nerds only want to see explosions in an awesome educational series that debunks urban legends. Really? No.). Also, the pointless Back to the Future reference at the end? Just... ugh...
- CJ Croen 1393: I've seen one that was a personal punch right in the heart. "The Land After The Land Before Time". Basically, it's the incredibly stale "Durr hurr, The Land Before Time has too many sequels it's funny! Durr hurr" joke that everyone (even sequel haters) is sick of by now. It reveals that the newest sequel involves a "heartwarming reunion". It then shows all five dinosaurs... as fossilized museum exhibits. Way to go MAD. You turned my childhood heroes into corpses. You literally killed my childhood.
- Yuma: The sketch "Naru 210". It shows very blatant research failure. The writers appeared to have only seen the first one or two episodes of Naruto. They claim that "all these Naruto fights happen off-screen," for one thing.
- philipthepatsy: I think MAD is Actually Pretty Funny, with a lot of the parodies being ok; some of them pretty good. However, one such parody wasn't either: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus. Why? It wasn't really a parody of either, nor was it funny. There wasn't much to do with Diary of a Wimpy Kid, other than that Pit, playing the twofer of himself and Greg Heffley, tries to be popular, has an overbearing mom, and has a goofy best friend (in this case, Kirby, as apposed to Rowley). Otherwise, nothing else. Even worse, there was even less to do with Kid Icarus, other than Pit, and the fact that he came from Kid Icarus. The jokes were mostly bad Video Game puns and references. Unlike their "Gaming's Next Top Princess" skit, this skit is badly done, unfunny, and doesn't even remotely parody its source materials well at all. They didn't even reference Kid Icarus: Uprising, which is no doubt the reason this skit was even made in the first place.
- Averyvil Animation: What absolutely solidified my hatred for MAD, was their Phineas and Ferb parody "Dolphineas and Ferb Tale". At first it's just kinda boring, but then when this robot battle happens, a badly drawn version of my favorite character, Candace appears and says "I'm telling mom". Then she is promptly zapped into a pile of ash by a cyborg who then says "I hate tattletales". Fuck you, MAD! Shallow Parody does not even begin to describe this, this was a giant middle finger to all Candace fans. Sure, it's funny when Candace gets hurt in the actual show, much like Daffy Duck, but just killing her for no reason is the Seltzer and Friedberg route of comedy.
- Emperor Oshron: I wanted to like MAD, I gave it plenty of chances. I sat through several cringe-inducing episodes, almost none of which made me so much as smile, let alone laugh. As a whole, I absolutely hate it, right up there with fucking Friedberg and Seltzer. But the absolute worst one I have ever had the displeasure of seeing in an episode of MAD was "¡Ai Carly!", a rip-off of iCarly set in Mexico with gratuitous and arguably racist Mexican stereotypes, particularly a guy with a big mustache, sombrero, poncho, and—for some reason—a potato for a head popping up every few seconds to say "¡Ai Carly!" in the most stereotypical Mexican accent you've ever heard. Just given the fact that it's an American show broadcast on an American television network, surely they must have realized that more than a few Mexican children (and conceivably their parents and siblings) would see this; there's reason that you don't see any of the old Speedy Gonzalez cartoons on TV anymore. What makes this even worse, instead of actually finishing the "Gaming's Next Top Princess" skit, they deliberately drew out the last several seconds of it as filler and then replayed the "¡Ai Carly!" thing again in Spanish with absolutely no changes to the animation, because clearly they're grasping at air trying to fill out just ten fucking minutes. This would be a bit more excusable in an hour-long or even half-hour-long show, but ten minutes?! Seriously?!
- Maxaphone: I usually find MAD hilarious, but one thing I thought crossed the line for them was their "Brutally Honest Obituary" of Michael Jackson (brutal, but full of lies) and making the respect shown for him after his death "the Stupidest Event of 2009". I have no idea why some people refuse to admit that, after an acquittal and a great deal of evidence (including a confession by his "victim" and recorded evidence by the father) that people still believe he was an actual pedophile.
- keybladeoverlord: I used to find this show pretty entertaining, but one skit ruined the entire thing for me. Go Dragon Ball Go... At first it seems like a fairly amusing concept, with Diego from Go Diego Go going on a hunt for the dragon balls with other Dragon Ball characters popping in and occasionally making jabs about both shows. Now I could almost forgive the subpar voice acting in this skit, but the one thing that effectively ruined the skit and the entire show for me was their potshot at Dragon Ball GT. Really? I know a good number of people don't like GT, but there's also plenty who love it (Myself included), but did you really have to make an awful forced joke like that which only about half the audience will find funny and the other half will find annoying? You couldn't make it a joke at the expense of Dragon Ball Evolution which is way worse than what GT could ever be? Some people may think I'm being a GT fanboy complaining about people making fun of something he likes, but my problem is that I've seen people complain about GT so much that I cannot stand to look at people calling it bad without giving good reasoning behind their opinions. In the end, this skit ruined this entire show for me.
Mickey Mouse (2013)
Being a reboot of Disney's famous mascot Mickey Mouse that has gotten praise by Disney fans and critics alike, it's not quite possibly acceptable that every now and again the show spits out moments like these that should be arrested and thrown in the big house, also known as jail.
- Captain Tedium: The 2013 Mickey Mouse cartoon]] by Paul Rudish has been hit or miss most of the time, but one particular instant I found extremely deplorable would be the episode "Bronco Busted", where Mickey, Donald, and Goofy need money to repair their car. They decide to enter the rodeo to get the money they need and, failing to get an actual horse to cooperate, resort to having Donald impersonate a horse. After they win, the rodeo refuse to give them money because of hard times and a millionaire arrives to offer Mickey and Goofy the money they needs in exchange for Donald, having mistaken him for an actual horse. Donald accepts the offer before Mickey can correct the millionaire and says "So long, suckers!" Goofy then asks Mickey if they should tell Daisy about this and Mickey selfishly replies that they shouldn't. The worst part of it was that the short premiered on the anniversary of the first Donald Duck cartoon. Surely, there were better ways to celebrate Donald Duck's birthday aside from making a cartoon where he ditches his friends and his friends in turn choose to forget about him!
- Mysterious Zorua 1994: Oh, god. This was absolutely disgraceful to how Donald is normally portrayed. We've gotten moments in other canons, such as Kingdom Hearts, where he rejoins Sora after a forced FaceHeel Turn and later attacks Yao after he punched Sora after cutting in line, or Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas, where he leads an orchestra to sing a Christmas carol after a rough day. But for Donald to pull a Penelope is one of those points where one must question his true alignment.
I especially hate how mean-spirited this show is for the portrayals of the characters, even without Donald's sudden Adaptational Villainy. I'm convinced that Western Animation has reached the "Age of Jerkassery" thanks to Family Guy, and even Disney has started to think that shows with unlikable protagonists and offensive humor are popular. And we have a trope for that.
- Mysterious Zorua 1994: Oh, god. This was absolutely disgraceful to how Donald is normally portrayed. We've gotten moments in other canons, such as Kingdom Hearts, where he rejoins Sora after a forced FaceHeel Turn and later attacks Yao after he punched Sora after cutting in line, or Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas, where he leads an orchestra to sing a Christmas carol after a rough day. But for Donald to pull a Penelope is one of those points where one must question his true alignment.
- Big Jimbo: I have a different DMOS. While I used to like the series, I now hate it (because Mickey is often the universe's punchbag instead of Donald, who not only got away with everything, but sometimes got rewarded). What made me pull a "FaceHeel Turn" against the series? "Al Rojo Vivo", particularly its offensive ending. I'm describing it: Mickey and Minnie are together, and everything looks fine. But what happens next? Mickey gets kissed, and then Mickey's pants fall, exposing his red shorts and getting the bulls against him to ensure he's not going to have a Happy Ending after all. Whoop de friggin doo. This is the worst case of Yank the Dog's Chain and Diabolus ex Machina combined (edit: I've rewatched the series ever since I wrote this, and I now find it mediocre at worst. I still hate episodes like this, however. To see which episodes I hate and why, as well as more reasons I hate this particular episode, here's a liveblog I wrote explaining these problems: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/lb_i.php?lb_id=15162515520B42871200. Bottom line: I hope they don't make a Winnie-the-Pooh reboot where Pooh is a complete moron, Piglet becomes a Dirty Coward and Tigger and Rabbit become complete Jerkasses.
To say that Peanuts helped the newspaper comics and animation television industry become what they are today would be a massive understatement, because its loaded with a few really bad moments that probably shouldn't have aired on TV or even shown in the funny pages. No offence to you, Charlie Brown.
- Lady Mima: The Peanuts special Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown. Oh my gosh, I don't even know where to start. Well, I do know where to start, but when it comes, it's just... well, it's a wallop in the face. It starts with Charlie Brown watching a football game on TV, and all of a sudden, he starts getting flustered. Linus is there as well, and when Charlie Brown tells him that he saw this cute girl in the stands, Linus' reaction is that he falls in love with a different girl every week. Throughout the whole special, Linus acts like this, yet he still helps Charlie Brown try to find the girl. Snoopy and Woodstock tag along too. Linus does do some iffy stuff along the way, but that's not what I'm so mad about. What really gets me... is this: Eventually, the boys find the girl Charlie Brown saw on TV. Because Charlie Brown is so shy, he asks Linus to go up and talk to the girl for him. Well, he does this. And then... he sees the girl and is completely smitten. Not only that, she has a Security Blanket too! Because of this, Linus completely forgets to mention Charlie Brown and is invited in for some cookies, along with Snoopy and Woodstock. Poor Charlie Brown waits there all night, until they finally come out. The cat that had caused them problems earlier was all of a sudden friendly with Linus. Charlie Brown is clearly upset when he finds out Linus didn't mention him at all. And while he's yelling about this, Linus completely ignores him and keeps talking about how great the girl is. At one point, he even says "What are you talking about?". Finally, Charlie Brown gives up and runs home. Linus then wonders what Charlie Brown is so upset about. But that isn't even the end of it! No, to make matters worse, the song "Alone" plays as Charlie Brown imagines that he and the girl got together. He sadly goes back to his house and lays in bed. The next morning, Charlie Brown and Linus meet up at the brick wall. Charlie Brown says a football metaphor, and Linus takes it literally. Then he says he has a date with the girl and leaves. Charlie Brown is now alone at the brick wall. The end. Look, I know it's a Running Gag that Charlie Brown is the loser, save for that one time he won at marbles, but isn't this taking it too far?! I mean, Linus is supposed to be Charlie Brown's best friend! And even his best friend isn't much of a friend at all! It's basically telling us that Charlie Brown will never be happy. Never. And sure, you could blame Charlie Brown for his faults, but Linus has his faults too, like carrying that stupid blanket around! Since this moment, I have hated Linus for everything about him.
- Blackjack 254: It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown is the main reason why my watching of Animated Peanuts is now limited solely to the Original Christmas special. Lucy doing the infamous pulling the football away prank on Charlie Brown during an important game, and then having the gall to blame the losing of the game on him, and everyone agreeing with her (I've heard about them doing a so called minor retcon of a line of Peppermint Patty being cut out, big deal, only one less person blames Charlie brown for something not his fault). In my opinion, the whole episode should have been retconned.
- Powerpuffbats For what it's worth, after that trainwreck, they aired "It's Magic, Charlie Brown" which had Charlie finally kick that ball and having Lucy finally getting hit by Karma. That said, "It's Your First Kiss" is my Dethroning Moment for all of Animation... only Seahorse Seashell Party from Family Guy comes close (I still haven't seen Spongebob's One Coarse Meal yet). What makes this special even worse for me is that I'm a bit of a Charlie Brown/Lucy shipper, and Lucy's actions spit in the faces of Chuck/Lucy shippers... and Chuck/Peppermint Patty shippers too! Seriously, Patty and Linus don't even notice that Lucy is costing them the game! Remember that moment from Family Guy where Peter kicks Lucy (who is my favorite Peanuts character... and this special makes me hate her)? That clip is only tolerable (imo) after viewing this special! And again, how could no one... in the entire stadium notice Lucy pulling that football away?!?!
- jaredthedecimator: I'm recalling my previous entry to nominate "You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown". Most of the special is pretty good, honestly, but the climax is probably the biggest Ass Pull in the history of animation. Basically, Charlie Brown is leading in the final event of the decathlon, and he runs onto a side exit right off the track. Was the side exit there in any other shot? Yes, but, don't you think they could have blocked it off for the decathlon?
- Space Hunter Drake Redcrest: One moment I have always hated from Peanuts is in It's Magic, Charlie Brown. During Snoopy's magic show, one of the tricks involves cutting up a piece of fabric. Lucy, Big Sister Bully she is, yanks Linus' Security Blanket out of his hands and offers it to Sally for the trick. Linus begs for her to give it back, with Sally assuring Linus that Snoopy's magic won't hurt the blanket. Snoopy then proceeds to cut Linus' blanket into several strips, all the while Linus is in utter pain. It culminates in Snoopy failing to magically put Linus' blanket back together, knocking Linus out cold. I know Peanuts have always had a Designated Monkey aspect to them, but Linus is one of the nicest characters in the franchise, and doesn't deserve having his heart broken just for the sake of a "joke." At least, during the credits, it seems his blanket was fixed.
- Tropers/Gojirob: All of the above-mentioned Peanuts ones are horrible moments, but its a subtler one that often seems the most vicious to me. In 'It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown', exactly how does everyone end up at the same summer camp? Easy, Lucy signed them up for it! She announced on the last day of school while everyone was exulting in their soon-to-be ruined plans. Okay, Mssrs. Schulz and Mendelsohn. We know you were obsessed with making Lucy a Karma Houdini so fearsome, Megan from Drake & Josh, Ruthie Camden and all the demonic sitcom sibs tell stories of her to scare each other. Got it. But now, you assign her Reality Warper powers? She was another minor child. Her signature was worthless, even for herself. And what about all their parents, some of whom likely had summer plans, and the money they must shell out, even for a low-cost or subsidized camp? Even a parent who wanted to get rid of their kid for the summer would tell them about it, just to have prep time and no delay in leaving. So Lucy couldn't have done the action that drove the special, one which not only Butt-Monkey Charlie Brown and scared little brother Linus were affected by, but all their friends and classmates. I spent a good part of my childhood thinking other kids could just sign you up for stuff. It's not too much of a stretch to say this led thematically to 'First Kiss'.
- Darth Josh 1108: Recess had the episode where Gus got jinxed. This episode, before Miss Finster and Principal Prickley grew redeeming qualities, had them nearly get Gus arrested just because he wasn't allowed to talk. However, Gus isn't safe from the Idiot Ball either. He was being interrogated by the teachers. What were the Ashleys going to do to him where there would be adult witnesses? He could have easily told them what happened. Keeping silent is part of the KIDS code of honor, so adult involvement oughta be a loop hole.
- Monkee Juice: The Recess episode "Tattletale Heart" is a bad one because of its Broken Aesop. When a food fight breaks out in the cafeteria, Miss Finster cancels recess until someone comes clean on who started it. Gus is the only one who witnessed who started it but is forced by T.J. and his friends because it's considered tattling. And considering that T'J. and his friends love recess, it would like say that some guy refuses to confess to the police that his best friend murdered his entire family. For most of the episode it wants to say that tattling is wrong but then it's reveal that Randall was the one who started it. That's right. The same kid who's hated on the playground for tattling on others. Then it's also revealed that every other kid said that Randall started it and they got angry at Gus thinking he tattled. If they wanted to say that no one likes a tattle tale, an episode of The Brady Bunch did a much better job at that.
- Brony Of The Octaves: I'm surprised nobody has ever mentioned the episode "Nobody Doesn't Like TJ". Putting aside John Enter's thoughts on the episode, I honestly loathe this episode. To explain, the episode is about TJ learning that this kid who we see as a background character, Gordy, doesn't like TJ. TJ is basically baffled as to why Gordy doesn't like him and tries to find out why. Throughout the episode, he tries to do good things for Gordy, but he's only annoyed by the end. Eventually TJ gets Gordy and him detention. And for what reason? To show Gordy a good time and how much of an awesome guy he is. And when they finish up their hour in detention, TJ finally asks if Gordy likes him. Gordy says no. And TJ, fed up, finally (what he should have done earlier on...) asks why doesn't he like him. Gordy simply replies that he just doesn't like TJ. The episode put a bad taste in the troper's mouth, and this is saying a lot since he's not a huge fan of other episodes from the show (One being Jinxed!).
- Catmuto: My personal DMoS from the above Nobody Doesn't Like TJ comes from one scene. TJ is offering Gordy some brownies and Gordy eats them, then realizes they have peanuts in them, spits it out and yells at TJ for giving him something that he's allergic to. Three problems, all of them are Gordy's fault: 1) TJ obviously didn't know Gordy had any allergy to specific food types. 2) Gordy didn't ask before eating offered food. 3) The peanuts were quite visible in the brownies, so Gordy is a moron for not seeing what he's eating. This moment doesn't come across as TJ being in the wrong, it's Gordy being Too Dumb to Live, since his reaction makes it seem like his eating peanuts results in anaphylactic shock.
- The Lucky Cat: I loved Recess as a kid and I still like it now, but there's one episode that always infuriated me - No Strings Attached. The basic plot of the episode is that the Ashleys give Spinelli tickets for a wrestling match. Now let's bear in mind that the Ashleys are a posse of Alpha Bitches and have pulled a lot of mean-spirited crap before- Jinxed!, First Name Ashley, The Ratings Game, etc. Spinelli and the others are understandably suspicious of this and try to find out what the Ashleys are planning. Eventually Mickey and Gus tell the others they're being paranoid and go off to the match, while Spinelli, Vince, Gretchen and TJ all get stuck in the Ashley clubhouse and the episode ends! I think the intended Aesop was "don't look a gift horse in the mouth", but it's absolutely ridiculous that Spinelli and the others were expected to do that here- why should they trust the Ashleys? This episode might have worked if the Ashleys had done something bad, were shown to genuinely feel guilty about it and were giving the tickets as an apology, but as it stands, it's like the writers were trying to say, "No matter how many times people screw you over, you should give them the benefit of the doubt just in case!" No, no, NO. I can't stand to watch this episode because the gang (sans Mickey and Gus, who honestly are the ones who would benefit the least from seeing the match) getting screwed over is so infuriating and unfair.
Rick and Morty
- SWF Max: I love Rick and Morty — in fact, it's my favourite show. But there's one part that annoys me: in the episode "Raising Gazorpazorp", Rick says that men and women are treated equally in the United States, and Summer objects, saying that women make 70% of the salary that men make for the same job. I'm not sure if the writers were using Summer as a Straw Feminist or if they were using her to voice their opinion, but either way, it doesn't sit well with me. If they were using her as a Straw Feminist, then that's a Critical Research Failure, as very few if any feminists have ever claimed that. The only thing I've ever heard from a feminist about women being paid less than men in the United States is that women make 77-78% of the salary that men make for the same job. Newsflash: 70% does not equal 77%, nor does it equal 78%. So, if they were using her as a Straw Feminist, they failed, in my opinion, as very few if any feminists have made the claim that Summer has made. Now, if they were using her to voice their opinion, that's also stupid, because apparently, they didn't bother to look up basic statistics. As I mentioned earlier, even feminists rarely if ever claim that women make 70% of the salary that men make for the same job. They claim that it's 77% or 78%. All in all, no matter for what reason the writers had Summer say that, it was a Critical Research Failure. (For the record, I am a feminist and I do believe that the wage gap in the United States exists, but that in itself is not why I consider this to be a DMoS, even if they were using Summer as a Straw Feminist. It's not the presence of a Straw Feminist in a work that bothers me, it's the presence of a poorly-written Straw Feminist in a work that bothers me.)
- Animeking 1108: I had a problem with Total Rickall, particularly how Morty realizes that Rick wasn't a parasite. He figured it out because he had a lot of bad memories with Rick. Now, that's understandable. However, it gets ruined by a montage of Rick ignoring Morty when he's in life-threatening situations and pantsing him in school and pushing him down the stairs. What made Rick a likable character was that despite his flaws, he cares about Morty and all of the moments that should be bad memories were usually unintentional on Rick's part.
- Zuxtron: "Rixty Minutes" is one of the best episodes in the show, perfectly combining wacky, random comedy with serious, down-to-earth drama. Sadly, "Interdimensional Cable II" fails to live up to its predecessor. While the idea of having improvised comedy bits interspersed throughout an episode was unique enough to work the first time, using it again for a second episode makes it come off as forced. In the end, it feels like the normally very creative writers of the show had run out of ideas and had to resort to remaking an older episode to pad out the season. Even Justin Roiland himself was unhappy with the result, telling us several weeks in advance to not get our hopes up.
- InTheGallbladder: Particularly lousy was the How It's Made parody. It could have been an excellent joke—had they bothered to write it, or even cast it properly. Instead, they pawned the premise off on some internet kind-of-a-big-deal who maybe took one informal improv course, then wrote him a blank check. Despite so much of his dialogue consisting of nonsense-words, he still struggles all the while to come up with lines—it's pretty obvious they actually had to edit his recording at points.
- Brooklynguy 27: Season 3 is a mixed season in the fan base so far. Some people either like it, or consider it the worst season. However, I think the worst episode this season, and in the entire series is Vindicators 3: The Return Of Worldender. The episode starts off with Rick being a Jerkass to the Vindicators for no apparent reason. It's then revealed that Rick set up some kind of Saw-Esque traps while he was drunk. Wow. If Rick had not crossed the Moral Event Horizon in the the first or second episode of Season 3, he definitely crossed it now. The Vindicators are apparently Too Dumb to Live Jerkasses and one of them, named Supernova, killed one of them! She then attempts to murder Rick And Morty and kills one of the other Vindicators. And when she attempts to kill them, It turns out Drunk Rick set up some stupid party and everyone is there. And what happens next? Supernova gets off scot-free and gets away. What!? Supernova just crossed the Moral Event Horizon Twice And Became A Karma Houdini!? That's The Ending!? Overall, This was a terrible, boring episode where Rick was a Grade-A douchebag and the main villain got off scot-free.
- Zenblade: Completely in agreement. The entire episode is an incredibly blunt and inept Shallow Parody of superhero comics. The episode says that all superheroes have basically the same personality and background, such as using their powers for good, never giving up, and having a tragic backstory. While a large number of heroes do have tragic backstories to give them motivation, it's certainly not all of them, as characters like Captain America, Thor, and Wonder Woman became heroes because they feel it's the right thing to do, not because of personal tragedy. And the other two traits about using their powers for good and never giving up. Without either of these traits, could you call a character a superhero? Probably not, which means the writer is pointing out characteristics that superheroes share because they're superheroes. Also where Morty says that Rick thinks heroes are useless because "good" and "evil" are abstract, constructed concepts. Yes, they are. And? Yes morality, and by extension good and evil, are abstract, constructed concepts. There's no objective standard for laws either, we base them on our personal, subjective morality and viewpoints of the world, but that doesn't make them useless. We can come to the conclusion that theft, or murder, or rape are all wrong without it being spelled out in the stars, or by the laws of physics. I'd expect a show with an anti-nihilist theme to realize this. Life has no objective meaning either, but that doesn't mean life is worthless and everyone should just die.
- Crazy Luigi: I agree that this is probably the very worst episode of the show yet, if not the worst of Season 3 period, but I think there's one key detail that's being missed here altogether. It's the fact that there was a Vindicators 3 without any real indication of a Vindicators 1, let alone jumping directly into 3. While they do explain in a hand-waving motion as to why there wasn't any Vindicators 2 at hand (because Rick was that much of a Jerkass to bother recruiting again until more members died), it still doesn't excuse the fact that at the time of the episode's airing, there was literally nothing involving the Vindicators at all until we got into Vindicators 3! It'd be one thing if there was an episode showcasing what their first mission together was like, but just telling us that they apparently worked together once beforehand and expecting us to buy into it when it's jumped directly into a #3 of something... it just feels like a Critical Existence Failure. something. The fact that even one of the creators admitted it was his personal worse episode of the series due to the rather off pacing didn't help matters either.
- Quilladin 206: For me, the episode that has the DMoS is none other than Pickle Rick. First off, let me say that I loved the main plot. It was very well made and had many laughable moments. What wasn't great was the sub-plot, which was the therapy part. And the main problem was Beth. This episode is the main reason I hate Beth so much. It starts with them going into therapy, without Rick (which is explained) and Jerry (which is not explained, there really is no reason he should not be included). Apparently they had to go because the principal told them to. Anyways, Beth refuses to believe that Rick did anything wrong, and whenever someone suggests that Rick became a pickle to get out of therapy, she gets pissed off, even going as far to say "Fuck you" to her own kids. She also shamed Summer for huffing enamel, which I understand cause Summer did it on purpose, but she also kept shaming Morty for wetting himself in class. He obviously didn't do it on purpose, and shaming your kid for that kinda shit isn't gonna help, it's borderline emotional abuse. This episode was the Moral Event Horizon for Beth, big fucking time. I get this shit about Rick saying that love is just a chemical reaction, and Beth believing everything he fucking says cause she loves him too much to stoop to his level, but seriously, give your kids love or don't have kids at all. It amazes me that Jerry still holds the main title of The Scrappy after this bullshit.
- Davy Alexandre: In "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", I originally had the alien boy shoot his alien sister in the head after the immortality field wears off as a DMoS, mainly due to how it doesn't look out of place in South Park (and therefore totally unneeded), but that wasn't good enough because a legitimate DMoS would have to be Morty turning into Rick by having Ethan turned inside out just because of the fact that he left Summer for a bigger-breasted girl. It's like I cannot find an adult animated show that doesn't have one of the good protagonists eventually turning bad (and Beth eventually turns into her own father later on in S3), especially if it's for a disproportionate reason. I have yet to find one.
- Captain Tedium: Overall, the third season of Rick and Morty had its ups and downs, but my least favorite episode of this particular season would be "Rest and Ricklaxation" because of the scene where everyone else in the city had their toxic qualities revealed. I could probably live with the children at the birthday party murdering the costumed mascot entertaining them, but the specific moment that pissed me off was when Father Bob's toxic self rambled about God not being real and that they only made Him up so that they'd make a lot of money. I'm agnostic, but it still angers me when works of fiction use strawmen to portray religion or atheism as being wrong. It may be true that some religious people are dishonest or mean, but to say that all priests are hypocritical con artists who don't truly believe what they're preaching just comes off as even more insulting than the portrayal given to religion in the Family Guy episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" as only being supported by bigoted lunatics. Either way you slice it, it's simply not okay to make hasty generalizations of a group based on the worst of them. Just because some people with religious beliefs are hypocrites, jerks, or bigots doesn't mean all religious people are like that.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Saieras: Star Wars: The Clone Wars introduced us to 99, a malformed and physically weak clone working maintenance. He wasn't fit for combat, but he still wanted to help in any way he could. In one of the most important battles of the show he finally got his chance to be a hero, bringing munitions to Echo and Fives and showing them the fastest way to the barracks and armory. Even though he was a Non-Action Guy he still helped his brothers win the day. Then the group he was with ran out of thermal detonators, so 99 goes to get more. However, rather than exercise any sort of caution, he just darts out into the hallway full o' laser beams like a dumbass and dies. Sure, you could justify it by saying he was overeager and undertrained, but the stupidity of his sacrifice really diminished the emotional effect of his death.
- Baronobeefdp: Agreed. Though, for me, the DMOS of 99's death wasn't the stupidity of it... but how suddenly it happened. I mean, we hardly even knew anything about this guy (Other than that he was a "defective clone" and that he still cared deeply for his, erm, "brothers"). And, yet, the series still expects us to feel sad when he dies? Psst, George Lucas, you need to build up more than one episode of Character Development for us to really feel bad when a character dies. (Sigh) And this was the same series that made Jar Jar Binks a likeable character.
- On Soaring Wings: For me the biggest DMOS comes in "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back". After Palpatine has brought the giant Zillo Beast to Coruscant for study, it escapes, causing thousands of casualties and billions in damages, necessitating the beast's killing. Mace Windu then laments that it's "our fault." Excuse me!? It was Palpatine's idea to bring the damn thing to Coruscant! Palpatine's punishment for causing the deaths of thousands, and the extinction of a rare species? Nothing! I mean at the very least Padme should have called him out on this. I know there's a war going on, and Palpatine is pulling a lot of strings. But come on... At least show someone being angry with the guy!
Star vs. the Forces of Evil
- "474studio": The episode "Heinous" was a waste of potential. Just by looking at the title, I thought I was gonna see epic about Miss Heinous. Maybe about her past. But instead, there is a lot of filler that is completely useless. Very anticlimatic. Why not call it "Heinous' Visit" because renaming it "The Return of Miss Heinous" can also mislead people too. The beginning of the episode was on the right path from Miss Heinous starting her revenge on Star and Marco. And Starco believed the Diazes were in danger when someone broke into their house. But wait, the Diazes offered tea to Miss Heinous and Gemini. Something's not right. And from the moment Starco attacked Heinous and Gemini... we get this. One of the most mean-spirited moments of the episode. Marco's parents act out of character, bossy, mean, and very strict and oblivious to Miss Heinous and Gemini's reason to invade their home who they assume are poor and innocent. But wait... let's rewind back. Mr. and Mrs. Diaz (Rafael and Angie) are set as supporting minor characters. They don't overall affect much to the show's plot. And they are very likeable characters as they have this cheerful and optimistic behavior/mindset. One thing I like them is that they also act lovey-dovey because they are such a loving couple. They've hosted many exchange students, they care for their son as well as Star and they want them to be safe. But instead, we get the opposite. They only care about having dinner with the Morrisons, the plot device couple and Miss Heinous puts the blame only on Marco. Does Star get even credit? Throughout the episode it basically recaps St. Olga's and Gift of the Card, which involves Rasticore from Miss Heinous' point of view whom the Diazes assume it's the full story. Where's Star and Marco stating their side of the story like those judge shows on TV? And Miss Heinous kinda acts like Season 1 Ludo. Because we know this already happened, it gets quite boring just to hear Miss Heinous recap everything but blaming Star and Marco. I do admit that I kinda like Rasticore reforming (a la Toffee), and Marco's $650 gag. The episode still gets boring thanks to the useless police officer. I feel like they play this episode for laughs rather than taking it seriously. We finally get something after negotiating which could've been done minutes ago. But the slow pacing had to be done to fill in the 11 minutes. Marco's apology was clever but it makes you think you should feel sorry for him. He suffered the most in the episode. His parents and the police don't believe. And why is Miss Heinous had to motivate the Diazes to be responsible... that is pathetic only to make Heinous untouchable and come out on top. And has Marco been keeping secrets from parents? From the revolution to the scissors. He lies with Star to his parents about any other mischief that has happened. The Diazes get their character development and Miss Heinous plans her revenge. An okay premise but terrible execution. There were no high stakes. It feels like filler but it advanced a little of the Miss Heinous arc. But we want more of her and her to lose once and for all. So far in my opinion, "Heinous" is overall my least favorite episode of SVTFOE to date. To sum up why I hate and diss this episode is Marco's parents acting out of character, the Morrisons plot device, Miss Heinous' brutal and abusiveness towards Marco (Marco torture), and the overall poor pacing and kinda lackluster writing. All in which failed to meet the audience's expectation.
- Julayla I like to give my two cents on one episode of this series called, "Skooled". I may be the only one who sees this, but rewatching this episode so many times, especially the first time, I have to say this: Just because Heinous/Meteora had a tragic backstory does not mean what she did during the episode at the end should be sympathized. I know people believe she wants Rasticore to be with her, but let me clear on some things up. First of all, in the small details in the end of the episode, it showed that Meteora has clearly lost whatever sanity she had when she ripped Ponyhead's horn off. Secondly, she looked like she would try and hurt Rasticore anyway, even if he DID wanted to stay with her. I must be the only one who saw that Rasticore was in the right, because he clearly needed to get away without getting in trouble or worse, being likely forced to be with her in that state. But what she did, after Gemini said it was just them is what I cannot forgive and was the moment her sympathy was lost to me: In fury and in many ways in the style of what a Yandere does, Meteora rips Gemini's heart out, then blows Rasticore up, killing her robotic servant and causing Rasticore to be an arm again. I would've sympathize with her more had she not done that. It felt like forced drama just to keep the last minute going. And to be fair, this moment is the moment I knew that this hybrid mewman/monster became Unintentionally Unsympathetic in my view.
- terlwyth: The finale known as Cleaved is very much an Esoteric Happy Ending at best, and a case of Only the Leads Get a Happy Ending at worst. It begins predicated on Star deciding in what was temper tantrum to completely obliterate magic. While this is presented as a solution to stopping the Big Bad, this does not change that magic has living creatures. Once that is done, Star and Marco decide to go down together...which if it had been successful, would've separated them from their families forever. Instead of that though, by The Power of Love, the two of them end up causing the realities to merge, which only creates more chaos and confusion for everyone else! Also, Mina ultimately just slinked off anyway before she could face justice anyway. So basically, the big action taken (which arguably undermined a lot of Star's character arc in earlier seasons) was for nothing, possibly made even worse because of the general confusion created which could create backlash. But that's okay, because now Star and Marco are together, and Eclipsa gets to have a family again.
- Calamity 2007: After some thinking I decided to add an episode of Teen Titans to this list. Specifically the final episode of the series, "Things Change". The episode itself wasn't bad, mind you, but due to the fact it was the last episode it rubbed me the wrong way. The episode basically features the Teen Titans going after this mysterious robotic creature who can change its body to match whatever material it came across, making it nearly impossible to incapacitate. Along the way Beast Boy finds this girl at school who looks like Terra and tries to find out if it is really her. When he does talk to her she denies it, but he brings her to different locations where he and Terra used to be, only to find Slade, or at least what Beast Boy think is Slade but is just a robot. After this ordeal though the girl refuses to talk to him telling him to move on and return to his team. Fade to White. Sounds like an awesome Cliffhanger for a new season, raising some mysterious questions about Terra, Slade, and others... But again, this was the final episode. It didn't even show the Titans defeating the creature. Look, I can understand if there was some Executive Meddling that cancelled a potential season but the fact that they had a perfectly good Grand Finale in the previous episode but decided to make this the finale annoys me. Especially since Terra is one of my favorite characters in the show and opening this loose end without closure is aggravating. Yes, in the comics (of the show, not the original comics) it did reveal that girl was really Terra, but the fact that her ultimate fate is only in the supplementary material is still an annoying cop-out.
- Lawand Disorder: The ending of "Titans Together" still bothers me. It was a standard 'fight all the enemies from the series at once' thing, and the way they solved it was to freeze them all with the Brotherhood of Evil's own machine and... that's it. They just close up the place and leave them. They villains are trapped in immobile solitary confinement for however long they can live like that, significantly worse than pretty well all of those villains deserved. It wouldn't have taken more than a couple seconds of animation time to show the police had been called and carted them off to jail, but instead it's evidently moral to do exactly what the villains were planning on as long you were the good guys originally.
- Senor Cornholio: I loved the original Teen Titans and, after re-watching it fairly recently, I can see that it holds up rather well. That's not to say it doesn't have flaws, however, and my least favorite episode of the original show has to be Revved Up. It's not a terrible episode to me, but it's pretty lackluster compared to the rest of the show. The episode's plot involves Ding Dong Daddy challenging the Titans to a cross country drag race to recover Robin's stolen case. First off, the Titans could have just stolen the case back from Ding Dong Daddy and ended the episode right there. Robin has good enough reflexes, Beast Boy could turn into an animal to get it back, and Raven has levitation, for starters. Second, we never actually learn what's in the case; there could be plenty of interpretations or theories, but it's never actually revealed, so we don't feel like we learn anything new. Third, though the episode had some funny moments (particularly involving Cyborg and Beast Boy fending off these weird workshop gremlin things), it didn't feel as clever or creative as something like Employee of the Month or Crash. Fourth, Ding Dong Daddy is pretty bland as far as goofy villains in this show go; at least Mad Mod and Mumbo had more of an air to them. Fifth, there's a minor subplot where some of the villains hear from Gizmo about the whole race and want Robin's stuff to sell on the market... and hardly any of them get any actual good moments. The only villain we get to see have a major role is Red X (and I'll admit the bike battle between him and Robin was pretty sweet), but that's it. I still love this show to death, but this episode just didn't do it for me.
- MurlocAggroB: My DMoS is Hide and Seek. While the episode is really good for the most part, they missed a massive opportunity to do something creative. The plot of the episode is Raven taking care of three young superheroes. One of them, Melvin, has an imaginary friend named Bobby who keeps interacting with the world around him, often in destructive ways. Raven doesn't believe in Bobby despite that, so it seems pretty obvious where that plot thread is going. Then, towards the end of the episode, Raven accuses Melvin that Bobby really isn't real; Melvin has telekinetic powers that she has trouble controlling, and created Bobby to deal with the guilt. Not only is that a legitimately surprising twist, it makes perfect sense in-context and even adds themes of letting go of the things that help you cope so you can grow up. But no, at the end of the episode Bobby is real after all and all themes of growing up disappear. I don't know why that twist was dropped so hard, but it rubs me the wrong way. For a show that has so many subversive plots, it just seems like a cop-out.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
The Turtles ought to be hiding in their shells from the shame of these moments.
- Shadow 200 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) is an alright show, pales in comparison to the 2003 version. But when Donatello gets beaten up by a giant Mutated Ape what does his brothers do? They laugh and mock him! In the 1987 version they might make some puns but be serious, in the 2003 version they would be out for revenge and help him recover (especially Raph who was protective of them even if he got annoyed with them, but in this series is little more than a bully and Jerkass). These guys laugh and makes jokes about him getting a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown!
- Candycane 14: I despise that moment as well. Not only was it mean spirited, but they ruined what could've been a loving Leo and Don brotherly moment!
- mannowdog: What bugs me a bit more is in the episode "The Gauntlet" where only Raph is laughing at April for being hunted by a mutant pigeon. Here's to hoping that they tone down Raph's jerkassery in Season 2.
- fluffything: For me, it was when they decided to turn Dogpound into Rahzar. Why, just, why? Dogpound was just fine as a separate character and villain. There was no reason to have him mutate further into a skeletal dog-thing and rename him Rahzar. The two characters aren't really all that similar except for both being canines. Dogpound was a human mutated into a dog, and Rahzar is a mutated wolf. It just feels like the writers wanted to throw in an Ensemble Dark Horse character just as a blatant attempt to get the attention of fans of the classic cartoons and the movies. However, if that's what they wanted, why not just have Razhar be a separate character rather than have him be a transformed Dogpound? The whole thing just comes off as lazy. Guys, if you're going to bring Rahzar into the series, then actually have the real deal instead of this pathetic skeletal Dogpound wannabe.
- Kereea: While the first episode of season 3, "Within the Woods" was overall a good episode, two moments, one right after the other, really pushed me over the edge. Raphael is missing and creepy things are going on. The other five split up, Casey going with April, Donnie with Mikey, and Leo on his own. This causes two major moments: 1) Leo has just come out of a coma and is walking with a crutch. Why exactly is he the one left alone? There were plenty of ways to wheedle him down to the last man standing without that blatant idiocy. And 2) Donnie's belated reaction to April going off with Casey. Yes, I know they have the love triangle and Donnie has seriously jealousy issues that are a whole other kettle of fish, but there are 3 problems with his reaction. A) The season finale made it clear April was not going to deal with his feelings at the moment and he seemed to let them go a bit, making this an awkward snap back. B) They are in a dangerous situation, looking for his missing brother, and all Donnie seems to care about is April maybe making out with Casey (or going further, depending on how much you think was intended to be implied). Finally, the worst is C) where two lines could have fixed it. Instead of handing Mikey the Idiot Ball so he seemingly does not know what two teenagers would do alone, have him either mock or tease Donnie about being worried about such a thing at a time like this. Then have Donnie rebuke that he's worried because with any sort of horror movie scenario the pair of teens who even seem like a couple are the ones to be get picked off first. Also, make it so he's worried for their safety, not if Casey's "stealing April."
- darkrage6: For me it was when Irma was revealed to be a Krang, not only did it totally waste a character for no good reason, it flat out doesn't make sense as the revelation itself conflicts with the episode "Mousers Attack" where it was established that April had knew Irma before the Krang ever knew about her, and April says she's known Irma for a year despite the events from "Mousers Attack" having happened two years ago. These errors make it look like the writers threw in the twist at the very last minute just for the sake of being shocking. Hopefully at some point there will turn out to be a real Irma after all.
- Disneylover 818: Focusing too much on Donnie's "crush" for April is a bit distracting. Supposedly, this is for comedy, but I think it's overstayed its welcome. It's reached a point where Donnie isn't just acting on romantic feelings any more. He's acting on his obsession and clinginess for her. I get that he feels something for her, but he needs to establish healthy ground before pursuing her any further. It's especially bad since the writers are implying that April may feel the same way.
- Charleston Man: The point of no return for this came in Season 1, in which Donnie made a chart algorithm that takes into account any situation where he could hang out with April, any excuse she might give about not wanting to, and any way to turn those "no"s into a "yes". This is classic entitled misogyny at play, where a man refuses to take a woman's "no" for an answer. This is the mentality that leads to rape. But not only is this played for comedy, but it works and Donnie is never called out on it, punished, or learns anything at all. So it's basically saying that misogyny pays off and is rewarded. This is not a lesson kids should be taking away from this show.
- ZYL 5_: At this point, it is practically a Romantic Plot Tumor with how badly Donnie's characterization has been flanderized and how frequently it comes up in the episodes.
- Tiggerific: Basically everything about the "Mutant Apocalypse" arc is one big Dethroning moment. For one, it renders everything the turtles did over the previous seasons null, as the world ends anyway and everything they fought to protect is wiped out, making pretty much the entire series completely pointless. All their friends and family are dead, giving none of these characters any closure whatsoever, and none of the turtles seem to care that they lost their loved ones (the biggest issue is the disposal of all the badass female characters). Leo, the nicest and most responsible of the turtles, is turned into a ruthless warlord completely against his character, for no reason other than to pit him against Raph for shoehorned drama (when them fighting about the fact that the world ended would've made more sense, and would've been enough). They add in a random new character in the form of a meerkat mutant, who isn't even a remotely interesting character, and could've been replaced with one of their friends (like April, who's as big a part of turtle fan law as the Turtles themselves). Add in the continuity errors that are too many to count, and you can see why many fans declared it non-canon right after the episodes aired. While the show's creator Ciro Nieli stated that the episodes were canon, Nickelodeon thankfully disagreed and later declared that the arc was non-canon and took place in another dimension. This makes the episodes a little more bearable; but even with that in mind, the episodes are still very weak, don't make much sense, and only seem to exist as a blatant homage to Mad Max: Fury Road.
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
- These moments have caused confusion and delay!"The Fat Controller
- Pgj1997: Probably the most infamous episode of Thomas the Tank Engine is "Wonky Whistle", and I couldn't agree more. Most Thomas fans already know the plethora of problems with this episode, but for the sake of everyone else, I'll go over them anyway. So the plot of the episode is that Thomas is getting his whistle fixed when Sir Topham Hatt asks him to pick up and deliver animals to the "country show", and advertise it on the way. Thomas (who's supposed to be a role model for children by the way) rushes off excitedly before the repairmen finish fixing his whistle. Okay, two problems right off the bat. First off, Thomas already learned the importance of patience way back in season one, so Thomas shouldn't have to learn this moral again. Really, you can replace Thomas with any other engine, and this wouldn't be a problem. Secondly, the writers fail to stay accurate to how a steam engine actually works. A whistle doesn't just magically become a slide whistle when it breaks like it does in the episode. If you want to know what an actual broken whistle sounds like, watch the episode "Whistles & Sneezes", it's much more accurate. Continuing on with the story, Thomas collects the animals, but rushes off before the farmworkers fully close the door on the car. He's blissfully unaware about the constant banging the door is making right behind him as he travels. On his way to the country show, Thomas stops to advertise it, blowing his whistle afterwards. This causes one of the animals to escape from the car, and we reach the exact same problem. He's blissfully unaware that there's something wrong with his whistle that he's heard like a million times before hand, and that the animals are escaping right behind him. Yes, they try to tell him but, get this, he mistakes it for them saying hello... as he's leaving. Thomas does not get punished for doing any of this one bit. He's even called a "really useful engine" by the end of it. Why? The only thing we get is him realizing his mistake, and recapping what we already know. Yes kids, you can be as ignorant as all hell, but as long as you admit that you were, you won't suffer any consequences. Now, I can't talk about Wonky Whistle without talking about what's arguably the biggest problem with this episode: the constant rhyming and alliteration. Of course, this is a Miller-era episode, so that sort of thing is expected, but it's really apparent here, and it gets really grating. I've counted. There's a total of 54 rhymes and alliterations in this episode. 54. Imagine hearing that for 8 minutes straight. That's this episode. So even if you try to look past the story problems, you're still annoyed by the dialogue. So there's nothing salvageable. It's not hard to see why people hate this episode so much. It's annoying, frustrating, and makes a character incomprehensibly stupid for the sake of the plot. Thankfully, the person who wrote this episode, Neil Ben, never wrote another Thomas episode ever again, and praise the lord for that.
You wanna go back in time and correct the past? Let's start with these moments.
- Nashimi: The episode "Hate and Let Hate" from Time Squad, apart from Larry and Buck's reunion moment, is a Dethroning Episode Of Suck. First off, we don't see anything from the actual mission - and that would be perfectly fine if the rest of the episode wasn't so utterly sucky. What we get to see is Otto coming back from the bushes and saying they better go home quickly since the leaves here are really itchy. However, Buck and Larry are gone - presumably getting into an extraordinarily absorbing argument and forgetting about the boy. The fight turns out to end particularly bad, and the two decide to divide the space station into two with a white line. When they do this, they realize Larry's favorite place is on Buck's side and vice versa. But they do not switch the halves - they just part with some insults. Naturally, Buck gets hungry and decides to try cooking, which is understandable. Larry however, enters Buck's weapon closet and tries to shoot one of the guns (despite being clearly instructed by the other to not touch his gear) and accidentally hits a photo of the Squad, burning a hole in the place where Buck's head was supposed to be; now, not only has he acted absolutely out of character by laughing (somewhat) evilly afterwards, but he also somehow failed to notice Otto was missing. His face was right there on the picture! Meanwhile, between the events from the station, we're shown short scenes of Otto on the abandoned island where he was left. It was utterly heartbreaking to see him hoping that Larry and Buck will return for him soon, but also finding nothing to eat save for some sand and branches. He chooses the sand. What in the bloody hell made the writers think that was funny?! Back in the station, we see Larry acting like a lunatic killer, shooting everywhere he can, dressed unexpectedly manly for such a Camp Gay character, with machine gun cartridges hanging from his shoulders. Thankfully, after Larry and Buck's rejoicement they quickly notice Otto's absence and teleport back for him (knowing the cartoon's mild Sadist Show tendencies with Larry often playing the Butt-Monkey role, it was not so obvious). Now that episode is a massive Character Derailment - it's impossible to not realize something's not right when you have such a loud kid, a goddamn home resident, a friend missing!
- Cherry Darling: Personally, I never cared for "Robin'n Stealin' with Mr. Hood". Maybe the pacing was off; maybe it was too short; maybe the writers couldn't come up with a wacky way Robin Hood could be acting out of character (robbing from the poor and giving to the rich just seems too predictable, especially when the show has depicted Edgar Allan Poe as overly cheerful [that's kinda predictable too, but, it made up for it by being funny], Winston Churchill as a nudist, General Patton as the manager of a florist shop, and Al Capone using clowns as gangsters while his gangsters become birthday party clowns), maybe because they ended the episode before Larry could find out that Tuddrussel and Otto were using his golf clubs — who knows? It's the only episode that I don't like — even "Hate and Let Hate" was funny, despite the sudden Fridge Horror that washed over me after reading the above description of why the episode is a Dethroning Moment of Suck.
- Cranberries: For me the last episode, "Orphan Substitute". Good lord, Tuddrussel was going to deliberately leave Otto behind and just replace him for another kid like you would a tissue! And while Larry obviously didn't want him to be left behind he sure as hell didn't even try to stop Tuddrussel from doing this, he does have the time travel controls, he shouldnt have to follow Tuddrussel's commands. While it's Otto's fault that he did go off on his own for this situation to happen, it could have been avoided entirely if Tuddrussel hadn't been such an ass and unplugged the game system before Otto could get a high score on it, and Otto had a valid point- "A grown man cheating an eight year old, that's pathetic." Oh and the fact that when they do find Otto, it was purely accidental and while Larry is thrilled to have found him, Tuddrussel is completely embarrassed to see him, and at the end they leave that other orphan they picked up along the way with Sister Thornley. For one that kid doesn't even live in that particular orphanage, second, for all we know that kid didn't even belong in that era, honestly he looked like he could have lived in the 1940's or something close to that, and they probably never even took him back... that's just sad.
Transformers Generation 1
- Novaheart: B.O.T, the worst overall episode of the orginal Transformers episodes. While other episodes has worse examples in one area or another, B.O.T manages to have problem in every single area. A robot made by three teens who has the brain of Brawn, the dumbest of the Combaticons, somehow manages to outsmart three Autobot in a chase, Megatron's nonsensical plan to knock the moon out of orbit just to fill one canyon with water to produce unlimited power with tides...somehow, Swindle selling the parts of his team off only to have to get them back or he explodes for Megatron's plan being a prime example of Didn't Think This Through from both parties, and of course Martin and Roland, who consider overclocking a laser to dangerous level a prank. Then there was the featured Combiner teams, Bruticus and Defensor, who rather then being shown being powerful and awesome, go down in one shot and only used an easly broken defense respectively during the episode, thus failing to give a reason why kids would want to buy these chumps. While other episodes would have far worst examples of bad animation, B.O.T is by far the worst episode animated by Toei with some of the series' worst examples of Your Size May Vary, continuty problems, and bizzare choices in animation, such as the opening where the Combaticons are shown driving in a row, even the helicopter and jet. This was also the final episode of Season 2, imagine the series ending on this and shudder. B.O.T is an excellent example of an episode that somehow no one gave any sort of effort to look over before approving.
- Blueshark: Transformers: Prime had a good cliffhanger that made it look like Bulkhead was killed by Hardshell. By the next episode says he won't be back to his old self for awhile. But then a few episodes later he is back in the fight. I mean really? So we can kill Cliffjumper, Skyquake, Makeshift, Breakdown, Hardshell, and Silas But we can't even put Bulkhead in a coma! C'mon writers, take a risk. This just felt like They Wasteda Perfectly Good Plot to me.
- Peteman: How does Silas outfight Team Prime in hand to hand combat with Nemesis Prime? He boasts about his combat skill, but he's dealing with people who have been fighting longer than there has been a human species. I could understand if Nemesis Prime simply outgunned them, but between their own experience and Silas' dubiously effective interface, Nemesis really should have been dropped the moment he got into melee without getting surprising them.
- Vrahno: The conclusion of the "Orion Pax" three-parter for me. I've been on the fence about the show 'till then, saw it as So Okay, It's Average, and waited to see whether season 2 would finally manage to 'wow' me. The set-up was really good: Optimus, having defeated Unicron, lost his memories of being an Autobot leader and regressed into his pre-war Orion Pax self. He joins the Decepticons who make him think that the Autobots are evil and that he's no leader-material. Up until then, Optimus Prime basically had no personality, and was as dull a character as any random Decepticon Mook. With his memories gone, I thought maybe they actually intended to write him that way, to add contrast to his potential S2 portrayal. And hey, the show was originally advertised as exploring "what it means to be a Prime". Perfect setup right there! Orion Pax relearns to be Optimus Prime, live up to his own name, the Autobots all learn to work better together and manage things without a leader to guide them, and we see just what makes a Prime. Instead, at the end of the three-parter, nearly everything goes back to how it was in S1 — big events are wasted and developments undone. Orion Pax, who was actually an interesting character, is wiped away as the other characters restore Optimus Prime's memories through some techno-magic. His memories of being a Decepticon are cleansed, so he goes through no development, and he's back to being his wooden S1 self who isn't given any development afterwards either. He seemingly even forgot that he wanted to kill Megatron for good at the end of S1, because he just punches him real good instead of offing him when he had the chance to. So, the entire S1 story-arc with Unicron, Orion Pax as a Decepticon, the Autobots trying to cope with having no leader, the potential for Optimus Prime to actually become a developed character... all wasted, and for what? A handful of weapon cache coordinates that Orion Pax decoded while he was on the Decepticon ship. So the entire story was just a set-up for a tedious, season-long relic hunt? I'm not putting the blame entirely on the writers, as Hasbro apparently was against the idea of turning Prime into a Decepticon. And the development that Jack went through during these episodes was actually pretty cool. But literally everything else about the story was a gigantic waste. Many disappointments followed, but this was the one that cemented my dislike for the show the most.
- Kenya Starflight: Transformers: Prime was shaping up to be one of my favorite Transformers shows, even more so than the original cartoon. Season 2 had its annoyances, but I kept watching... but the death of Dreadwing is what finally killed my interest in the show for good. All throughout the season the writers had been setting Dreadwing up as an honorable Decepticon warrior who actually questioned his superior's motives, something not often seen in the Transformers franchise (Thundercracker supposedly fit this mold, but never showed it outside of his character bio). He was also interesting in that he had an actual reason to fight the Autobots besides conquest or just loving to fight — he wanted revenge for his murdered twin. All in all one of the best characters to come out of the series... and how do the show writers send him off? By having Megatron shoot him in the back when he tries to kill Starscream, who was responsible for his brother's zombification. Excuse me? Given how much Megatron hates Starscream in this and virtually every other series, I have a very, very hard time believing he would kill one of his most loyal and competent soldiers to protect one of his most treacherous and unreliable. And don't tell me that he needed Starscream alive because he had the cyber keys — there was nothing stopping him from taking the keys and then letting Dreadwing blast him to shrapnel. I don't know why the show writers decided to kill off one of the show's best Decepticon characters — making way for Predaking in the next season, his voice actor quit, his toy wasn't selling, etc. — but it felt like such a slap in the face to viewers that I refused to watch Season 3.
While Ultimate Spider-Man may be divisive, these moments do nothing to help its status.
- Gamer Sly Ratchet: The pilot was already very painful to sit through, with its childish, bland humor and flat characters. But it only becomes truly obnoxious when Spider-Man takes the "Spider-Bike" out for a joyride. From the cringeworthy, shrill voice acting in Spidey, to the lame attempts at humor, and a shamelessly blatant attempt to promote a Spider-Bike toy, this overly long sequence barely even contributes anything to the plot. And, I kid you not, this was written by Paul Dini. What!?
- Spider Fan 14: "Doomed" is a horrible episode. Nova and Spidey get in a pissing contest over who's the coolest. They agree whoever captures Doctor Doom for SHIELD wins. The problem is that they don't think that DD has diplomatic immunity, isn't doing anything evil (at first) and consider this an uncalled for domestic invasion on foreign soil. No one thinks its a bad idea and that if Doom kills them he would be considered protecting himself. Granted it turns out he takes control over the Helicarrier with Doombots (but this is part of the team's fault) and almost destroys New York (really why is it always flying near a city?). After the day is saved and Fury chews them out, what does Spidey do? Imagines him saying blah blah blah and ignoring him while thinking he was right all along. It takes a lot to make Spiderman horrible but this show crafts this eloquently.
- RAZ: I'm 100% with you. This episode is a slap in the face of everything Spider-Man is about. Peter rushing his team of novice heroes on an unauthorized mission without any proper supervision to capture Doctor-Freaking-Doom just to make himself look cool is bad enough, but the one moment that's really insulting is where right before embarking on the mission, he actually starts to wonder if he's really doing the right thing here, and instead should be the bigger person and call things off. And then immediately after this he turns to the camera and smugly says "Yeah right! Maybe next life!" Let me reiterate: this is the character who is the Trope Namer for trying to be responsible and you have a version who essentially outright states "well f**k being responsible!" directly to the audience. Congratulations, Man of Action. You messed up Spider-Man, big time.
- Regu 14: While I generally enjoy the series (I love Spider-man), the episode with the symbiotes first appearance followed the 90s series's example of introducing Venom far to early, but that's not what I hate about this episode. What I hate is when Harry and MJ want to eat lunch with Peter, who also wants to be with his best friends, the other heroes show up and basically ruin the moment. Then Nove has the gull to insinuate the Peter only likes Harry because he's rich, while Harry is in earshot! I hated this guy enough already, but that moment cemented him as a horrible character. He nearly ruined Pete and Harry's friendship! Did the writers just want to make people confuse this asshole for the Comic version of Nova?
- Hyperion 5: I was struggling through the series already, but the episode "Awesome" really made me cringe. Peter steals an experiment of Dr. Connors' (i.e. Awesome Andy) for a science show, rather than, say, making one himself. It was explained in the episode that he was too busy fighting the Juggernaut to make one, but really? That's not only horrible hand waving, but it implies that Peter does literally nothing but fight crime. The episode only gets worse from there. Rather than be an episode which builds on the relationship between Luke and Peter (as the previous one did with Peter and Danny), Luke acts just as badly as Peter does, basically expecting Peter to do all of the work on their science project. Juggernaut is defeated once his costume is destroyed, which goes against every version of the character. Worst of all, Awesome Andy is a completely unlikeable threat in this episode. I understand that they couldn't use the awesome (no pun intended) version of Andy from Dan Slott's She-Hulk run, but what was stopping them from using the classic Silver Age version of Andy? Basically, this episode failed to have a single enjoyable moment in it for me.
- Tropers/BGFU: "The Sinister Six" was pretty bad. It shouldn't be - it marks the first appearance of, well, Sinister Six, the famous team-up of Spidey's rogues, in this incarnation of Spider-Man. But unlike similar episodes in Spider-Man: The Animated Series and The Spectacular Spider-Man, this one is just a huge mess. First of all, villain motivations are basically nonexistant. The only ones who actually have any reason to be there are Dr. Octopus and The Beetle. The Lizard turned back into Dr. Connors - but apparently Octopus found (or made?) more of the Lizard serum, just so his team can have a wild beast, who of course would only attack Spider-Man, and not any other team member that he would find a threat. But at least they gave some reason for Connors turning back into the Lizard. Electro doesn't get any explanation - at the end of his debut episode, he lost his extra-powers and transformed back into his weaker human form. But here he's back in his "Ultimate Electro" form, has extra-powers again, and no explanation is ever given as to why. The Rhino was remorseful for his actions and actually wanted to reform - but here all he wants is revenge on Spider-Man, once again, for no reason. And Kraven originally was after White Tiger, Spider-Man just helped her defeat him. If he's free now, why not go against her again? What does he care about Spider-Man? We may never know. Lack of motivations aside, this episode is also a disappointment, since The Sinister Six isn't very much of a threat, and Spidey is able to hold his own against six super-powered villains for an amount of time that's just enough for his teammates to arrive and help him. Not only this is a disappointment, but in the context of the series, this is bad writing, since in the very next episode Spidey gets defeated by three average criminals who only use some special armor.
- SomeoneImSure: The pacing in most of the episodes is just terrible, but it really stands out in the later ones when all the characters are trying to stay relevant. I could handle it until I got to the second episode in the Carnage Arc, in the fourth Season. That entire scene with Cloak and the other two was just rushed, and I couldn't get into it at all. There is nothing more self-destructive than bad pacing.
- Benthelame: The Dethroning Moment for Ultimate Spiderman for me was the origin story of the Steel Spider. Let's face it. Spiderman is pretty naïve. Most if not all incarnations of our beloved webslinger believe that people can change or are at least willing to let them give it a shot, though he might remain wary. In most cases you can understand why he'd want to give people a second chance but I just can't get over this one exception. To recap, J Jonah Jameson offers a ten million dollar reward for the first person to unmask Spiderman. He reads a newspaper explaining that the mayor of Boston is offering him the key to the city if he moves there. The move grants him his own butler, his own lab, tons of awesome spider-themed tech and a sidekick in the form of Ollie, the kid who created all of the tech. Fearing for Ollie's safety, Spiderman rejects him as a sidekick. Everything in Boston is great. Spiderman has 100 percent approval rating and is reduced to stopping petty crimes until he meets the Boston Terroriers. It turns out that Ollie under the guise of the Steel Spider broke the Terroriers out of prison and fitted them with powerful armor, proceeded to pummel Spiderman and revealed his identity just before Spiderman has to "Say Goodbye." Ollie reiterates that he was the one who made all the tech and came up with the idea for him to come to Boston: "I wasn't good enough, but my butler, my lab, my tech and my city sure were. You didn't even say thank you!" Um... what?? You tried to Kill someone and undoubtedly injured several others because someone didn't say thank you!!!? That was worth trying to take someone else's life!?? We all say things we don't mean in the heat of the moment and might even feel like causing others harm but this kid had at least a full twenty four hours of cooldown time over the fact that Spiderman didn't want him to get hurt and forgot to say "Thank you." Spiderman calls Ollie a little sick based on where he put the immobilization buttons in the armor but anyone who analyzes this situation knows that's not the thing to worry about. If Ollie is willing to kill his alleged hero over not saying thank you, what's he going to do to when some kid hits a baseball and breaks a window in his house, or some random cashier has the gall not to tell him to have a nice day?
Wander Over Yonder
Although the cancellation of Wander over Yonder has earned the executives of Disney many complaints, the show itself has some moments that have earned complaints by themselves.
- Jatboy1000: I am a huge fan of Wander over Yonder, as most episodes are usually very enjoyable for me. While, not every episode was perfect, most of their flaws tend to be very minor. However, there was one episode that I would classify as a Dethroning Moment, and that episode would be "The Party Poopers". To summarize, this episode was basically an episode that centered around Toilet Humour, which of course is a problem in itself. While I do know the history of this episode, where it started out as an interesting idea to "make a Cartoon filled with nothing but low brow and crass jokes but do it in a way where you actually dont SEE anything gross or disgusting.", which I must admit, is pretty clever, still doesn't give me much to enjoy. Though, I guess this sort of comes down to a matter of opinions rather than the actual quality of the episode, as humor is very subjective, and toilet humor is especially so. I think what bothers me the most about this episode is that it aired so late in the show's life (which was more of a fault of the show being Screwed by the Network), that it felt like more of a waste of the show's life than if it would have been aired in something like season one. Not to mention, this episode was experimental, and was apparently more of a challenge for the show's crew than anything else, so I applaud them for that, but it still felt like a weaker episode to me.
- The Snow Squirrel: I absolutely love this show, but one element really bugs me. The newest villain Lord Dominator's motivation for being a psychopath who ruthlessly destroys anything and anyone she pleases with sadistic glee is implied to be...loneliness. That's all. Not some huge tragedy that drove her insane and screwed up her morality. Not severe abuse that made her feel the need to kill everyone to prove that she was the strongest force in the universe and could not be hurt again. The writers on tumblr have pretty much stated that the reason Dominator is evil is that she wants friends secretly. They claim they will not go into a backstory for her simply because they think it's not needed. Sorry, but no. People who write Draco in Leather Pants fanfiction for these kinds of characters think of better ways to give them sympathy for Grop's sake! When you have a villain in a show like this, you want to see them have a sympathetic side, because you want to root for them rising above their problems and reforming themselves. Come on Craig, you gotta have a better reason for this lady's insane cruelty than having no buddies to hang with!
- Melancholy Utopia: My problem is how the conflict is solved. Now, the episode isn't worthy of spite in its entirety, it's plenty decent. I just felt they wasted a perfectly good plot that would conclude in a healthy life lesson. Now, I don't believe that every cartoon needs a moral, but when one is presented, it has to be healthy and eye-opening to children. Well, my issue would be the fact Lord Dominator is feeling "lonely", which is the reason she's committing evil as a super villain. First of all, that doesn't make sense, and second (which is the reason I'm posting this entry), that is treated as her redeemable quality. At this point, Dominator has conquered the majority of the galaxy and is bringing about Apocalypse How... and Wander thinks she can just be forgiven by simply having a teeny tiny quality, that isn't pure evil, inside? This could have been perfectly forgiven, in my eyes, if it resulted in Wander learning a very valuable lesson that is: not everyone is reedemable; some people are pure sociopaths, and you can't do anything to change that. If that concept is hard to grasp, simply hypothetically picture that Lord Dominator had been Adolf Hitler instead, the textbook example of a pure evil governor and ruler. Or if Wander was the victim in an abusive relationship wherein Dominator was the perpetrator, and he thinking he can change her. With this in mind the revelation she truly was lonely and miserable becomes all the more horrifying; it teaches children they can change somebody evil. I don't believe in necessarily throwing guts and blood in kids' faces to get your point across (ala Brothers Grimm), but at least be realistic. Of course an evil person can change, but not all of them, and it's often not the result of divine intervention, but realizing on their own they're wrong. It's very important to know that in a world so full of evil seeking out naive people who could be used and tossed (I'm going on about this, but it's a very personal thing to me). I felt they wasted what could have been a deep message to teach, especially in a series finale so centrally focused on that front. It would have been interesting how Wander would take this too, and how his worldview would've amended from this experience should the series have continued. Again, not an overall bad episode, but it felt disappointing they could have given more substance and depth to an otherwise (mostly) wacky cartoon, yet they enabled Wander's dangerous behaviour by choosing not to.
- HSRW 101: It's very rare for me to complain about this show as nothing really made me angry, but one thing that always rubbed me the wrong way was in The Robomechabotatron episode. Very basic lesson about learning to work as a team in order to pilot the giant mech as Wander tries to get Sylvia, Lord Hater and Peepers to cooperate as a team to save the galaxy from Dominator, and it makes sense that the 3 wouldn't get along with all that has happened before. But the problem that got in their way to actually saving the galaxy? WANDER HIMSELF! I get that he always preferred the method without violence to solve problems, that's how he is...but dude...you KNOW the galaxy is in danger cause of Dominator...YOU'RE the one who said that you all need to work as a team to pilot the mech and save said galaxy...and YOU'RE the one who literally prevented everyone who finally managed to put their differences aside to work together when you should've KNOWN they were planning on fighting Dominator to do so. And for what reason? Your HONOUR?! You know its a bad sign when Hater, a bad guy mind you, accurately predicted that Wander would want to use the mech to give out hugs instead of what it was intended to do, FIGHT EVIL! In fairness, I get the anti-climax gag in the end, but its just so frustrating to think that Wander should've known better that not everyone was on the same page with how they planned to use the mech, especially at a time when the galaxy needed it most. And he refused to work as a team after all the preaching he did about how they should ALL work as a team, all because he doesn't want to use violence in a mech specifically designed to use violence against bad guys, which was what 3/4 of the team wanted to do! Never thought we'd see one of the most optimistic and positive characters of this generation actually make a hypocritical move, what were the writers thinking?!
- Dag1984: For me it was a certain revelation in Season 3. The revelation that Bloom in her base form is more powerful then five Enchantix fairies who have a fair amount of battle experience. Thank God season 4 improved on this.
- Fairy Dreamer: It was several moments that did it for me in season five when it came to Bloom. She basically becomes an overgrown brat, crying every time something doesn't go how she wants (such as her boyfriend not answering his phone, despite that she knows he's busy). Now, yes, Bloom was caught in a love triangle, but how much clearer does Sky have to be that he loves Bloom and Bloom only? Worse, when Bloom is called out on her behavior a few times, rather than stop and think "maybe I do need to calm down", she acts like she did nothing wrong. Mary Sue is one thing. Spoiled Brat is another. Thankfully, season six fixed this.
- Charleston Man: Said love triangle, by the way, is another dethroning moment due to how it began in the first season. Diaspro is Sky's fiancé. He keeps her a secret from Bloom as he pursues a relationship with her, which means he's cheating on Diaspro. Then, Bloom attacks Diaspro because she thinks she must be a Trix member in disguise due to being with Sky romantically. Sky stops it and comes clean about everything. And what is Bloom's reaction? She blames Diaspro for being in the way of her and Sky. She blames a completely innocent party who had no idea Bloom even existed, and doesn't blame Sky for lying to her and cheating on Diaspro. The kicker is after this bit of victim-blaming is done, Diaspro is actually made into an antagonist solely for the convenience of Bloom/Sky, who get off scot-free. Let no-one claim that this is a feminist show, or else direct them to this wretched plot point.
- fairygirl567: Wretched plot point? The Bloom/Sky relationship is kind of questinioing. She became instentily infatuied with him like she was becoming his lap dog or a Disney princess. The worse thing is after this, Bloom runs home! Not because the Trix attacked her, not because she got kicked out or suspended for attacking another fairy, not because her parents found out and forced her to leave for her protection, not even because the father was angry, she left because she got her poor little heart broken... are you serious? She's a fairy and just got attacked by the Trix's and found out she's adopted! This is what makes her run? And I can't even accept that fact that "Oh, this was the final straw for her to leave." Really? A boy? I get someone who cheats is messed up and can affect the hearbroken person, but she literally just abondeded her friends because of the mere fact that "Waaah my boyfriend had another girlfriend and didn't tell me!" No. Just. No. When you're a fairy who fights three evil witches in one season alone, I think that a man breaking your heart is priority number 2!
- Slo Motion: Mine was also a season 5 moment. Specifically, the moment When Aisha used her wish to save Nereus and not revive Nabu. Cousins or not, the writers knew damn well that pretty much every fan wanted Nabu back and they have the chance to revive him and it's used a character who we've barely seen (and in all honesty I don't give a damn about) in place of a character the fans know and love. And to add salt to the wound, all of a sudden Aisha likes Roy (who is a piss poor attempt at being Nabu 2.0) and Bloom gets her sister back. We get Daphne back, but no Nabu. What the hell, Winx Club writers?!
- Summer Days 128: This was minor for the show but it was that Christmas episode... it was alright. Bloom celebrating Christmas with her friends is nice except this is apparently the first time she's ever told them about it. They make it clear they had no idea what Bloom was talking about when she said she was visiting her family for the holidays. This is season 5 right? You know that means she's known them for 4 seasons plus 2 movies put that all together it's about... 6 to 5 years and you're trying to convince me she never shared this holiday with them! Not once? There was a Halloween episode in season 2 where she took them to a party but no other holidays were ever brought up, I'm not saying talk about Thanksgiving (that'd be an awkward conversation) but come on Christmas is a huge holiday that nearly everyone celebrates and it shown Bloom loves the holiday but she never visited her family while going to Magix, never got any presents from the or even a freaking card or phone call? Was she still mad about the adoption thing? Well... I'll say no to that because she still talks to them and shows she loves them (even though she calls them by there first names). She never gushed about one of the best holidays ever to her best friends! That just shocked me beyond belief. I mean she talked more about her six flags trip then this holiday. If they had started the episode off with Bloom talking about how she's visiting her adoptive parents for Christmas and one of the girls could be like "Oh the day with the fat man who breaks into people's homes" then Bloom laughs and says yes. That would've been so much better because they would've known about the holiday! Not have Bloom apparently never tell them about it! Here they are just ignorant about it and she still didn't explain it to them, they had to google it! I know this shouldn't bother me so much but really, 6 years she's known these people and never once did she talk about this holiday with them? It took 6 years before they finally do a holiday special?! I mean season 4 was about them being on Earth! Sure it was summer (I think) but they didn't find out about the holiday then. Did the writers think that if they did the other way they'd look lazy, no doing a Christmas special in the middle of the season and have half of the characters not know what the holiday is, is what's lazy! It would've been so much better if her friends knew about said holiday but never actually celebrated it because they don't want to or have holidays similar to it, they had a mother's day in there world so why not Gift Day for each planet or even an episode dealing with telling her parents about the holiday (real ones not adopted) now that would've been awesome! They'd ask her to come over to have tea or something and she'd say "No I promised Mike and Vanessa that I'd celebrate Christmas with them." and they would've been like "What's Christmas?" Wouldn't that be interesting? Or having her try to celebrate the holiday with her friends but they didn't see into to them at first then she talks to her dead (not anymore) sister something along those lines. Her own freaking boyfriend/ fiance didn't know! What the hell Bloom? Aren't these her like closest friends and soon to be husband? I guess not.
- Mew Lettuce Rush Miss Magix may already be well known for its Unfortunate Implications ,however its largest Dethroning moment lies with it's treatment of Lucy. Sure she is not exactly a nice person but at the same time she is so obsessed with being popular she is willing to be in a one sided abusive friendship with the Trix who treat her like shit. In this episode this desire leads to her agreeing to have her appearance altered in order to compete in Miss Magix despite not knowing it was a trick by the witches. At first everything goes fine with her being a surprise favorite among the audience. However, at the end the witches in a needlessly cruel scene undo the beauty spell on her right when she is about to get the trophy and she runs off in tears. To make a bad situation worse a few episodes later show she is now being mocked by the entire school except Mirta for it. Even a semi villainous character doesn't deserve to be humiliated this badly! The 4kids edit makes it even worse by having Bloom undo the spell herself and Stella having a Karma Houdini at the end. This along with several other reasons is why I consider Bloom in the 4kids dub a bigger Mary Sue than the original Bloom ever was!
Tropers, we challenge you to a Xiaolin Showdown. List the worst moments of this well-remembered classic with as much detail as you can, and do not argue with the other entries. Let's go: Xiaolin Showdown! Gong Yi Tan Pai!
- Metal Michelangelo: Xiaolin Showdown's "The Black Vipers" episode. The monks return to Texas to find a new shen gong wu, only to come across The Black Vipers, an all-girls motorcycle gang led by Clay's jealous little sister, Jessie. At the episode's climax, Clay ends up losing the showdown because he decided to save Jessie who promptly kicked him off his bike and won the showdown resulting in the monks losing all of their shen gong wu. What makes this episode a DMOS is when Jessie shows some remorse and sends Clay a letter while returning the shen gong wu. Jessie's letter says "Well big brother, it took me a while, but I finally beat you. Just so there's no hard feelings, I'm returning all of your warts (that's what Jessie was calling the shen gong wu) except for one I was hoping to borrow (the Wings of Tinabi). Clay could've easily won the showdown but chose to save his sister's life instead, therefore, Jessie won through cheating (even though that's allowed in the showdowns). The real DMOS was the fact that this episode was Clay's last solo showdown. After this episode, the only showdowns Clay participated in were when all 4 monks competed as a team. Also, what would happen if Jessie decided to keep every shen gong wu? This pretty much borders on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! for Clay.
- TT 454: For me, the worst episode was "The Apprentice". In my opinion the episode is such a mess that it's almost irredeemable. Not only is the plot really silly - Wuya challenging Jack Spicer and Katnappe to compete for the role of her apprentice - but everything else stuffed into the episode doesn't work either. From the random, out-of-place re-appearance of the "U-Bots" to the disturbing, unnecessary acid trip sequence caused by the Woozy Shooter, and the painfully unfunny sub-plot involving Jack Spicer turning "good" and being hired to do a lot of chores for the monks (resulting in the predictable twist that he would run off) and one of the strangest Xiaolin Showdowns in the series (a game of "truth and lies"), the whole thing feels really slapped together and frankly insulting.
- Loekman 3: For me, its when Omi challenge Dojo to a showdown and used more than his wagered Wu (Changing Chopsticks) like Reversing Mirror and Shroud of Shadows. This is not only ouright cheating but also narratively treated as a good thing. Despite the fact that later when Wuya challenge the Xiaolin Warriors to a Showdown, when she used a non-wagered Wu, it is treated as cheating including Omi himself.
There's no justice in these villains, no siree... and given the likes of teenaged superheroes having a few bad moments that could disappear after a while, even a show like Young Justice can unleash quite a lot of disasters that even the characters wish that DC would burn from existence.
- Allspark Spin Out: What finally made me hate Young Justice was the reveal of the members of The Light - while Lex Luthor, Ra's al Ghul, Vandal Savage and the Brain made sense, the other three members were Ocean Master, Queen Bee and Klarion the Witch Boy. I like Klarion, and I felt his voice was perfectly cast in Young Justice, but Weisman really should have used skilled manipulators like Deathstroke, Gorilla Grodd or Clock King. Hell, he left out Amanda Waller, who has always been a major member of Project Cadmus in any operation - she could be the Token Morally Ambiguous Teammate.
- R Egu 14: While I have to heartily disagree with the idea that Comics!Deathstroke is a good manipulator, the members of the Light are even stupider than the summary implies. Here's my DMOS. Ra's al Ghul, and Lex Luthor. Working Together. These two have enough Ego to fill a 747 Boeing each, and that's even getting into the massive personal philosophy differences. Ra's would never work together with someone like Luthor, not just because of his technology-focused methods, but because Luthor wants to conquer the world. Guess who also shares that goal? Ra's al fucking Ghul!!
- Spider Fan 14: I'd like to add the "5 Years Later" season two opener. This was annoying and confusing. Why the time skip? The show had two plotlines going into the season with the search of the real Red Arrow and what the missing 16 hours were for the League during its mind control. We now have a bunch of new characters to quickly latch on while the other characters were spent the whole season with may not appear regularly. Also we get the joy of watching the Miss Martian/Superboy relationship crumble offscreen and have to deal with it presumably all over again. All and all a horrible season opener no matter how much Tim Curry or Lobo appears.
- LL Smooth J: "Bloodlines." Or otherwise known as "Let's make Wally look as useless as possible." New character Bart Allen (A.K.A Impulse) shows up from the future and already he's shown to be better than him. Not only is he shown to be faster than Wally (as in actually being able to keep up with The Flash), he's able to dodge traps that manage to trip him up as well. And when it looks like Bart screwed up? Oh no, he actually saved The Flash! And to add the icing on the cake people still can't seem to get his name right. This really is infuriating to watch as out of the original teammates, Wally ends up with the short end of the stick as everyone else at least get an awesome moment in the second season, never mind that this is the only place where he still exists (stupid Reboot...) and yet basically exists to make the Allens look better. I've heard that this was in the comic as well and it will a plot point for Wally to come back faster and stronger, but considering the unlikelihood of focusing on the old cast and the greater chance of focusing on the new blood, I'll believe it when I see it.
- Gannetwhale: The utter failure of The Bechdel Test. I was willing to forgive Miss Martian's and Artemis first conversation, but once Zatanna and Artemis have a moment together is all "BOYS BOYS BOYS". Damnit Greg, you can write women, why can't you write DC superheroines!? Actually, Zatanna as a whole is infuriating, since she's just a gratuitous love interest for Dick Grayson.
- Space Outlaw: Batman is the penultimate meta human, so him beating the monster wasn't entirely unbelievable, I just felt the whole scene in the beginning of "Downtime" was jarring, since the kids have already spent a good bit of time on teamwork practice and fighting as a group, you would think they'd be able to handle some weak-shit eldritch fodder.
- JtheDrafter: Throughout Young Justice Wally and Artemis constantly snipe at and bicker with each other. They have a few moments where they aren't fighting, but their relationship is mostly defined by their antagonism. Their moments of positive interaction are few and far between, and two of those three moments take place under special circumstances. (Mutual amnesia and every adult in the world disappearing from the face of the planet.) Yet at the end of the season one finale Wally and Artemis kiss, and act like they should have kissed much earlier. Look, Love/Hate is a legitimate trope, but it doesn't work if the two parties don't act legitimately attracted to each other! No reason is given as to why Wally would want to kiss Artemis after she'd been so constantly mean-spirited to him, and no reason is given as to why Artemis would want to kiss Wally after he'd been a near-constant Jerkass to her.
- Falconwing: Wally West's death. After an entire season of being out of focus Wally comes back into action... Only to go out in a heroic sacrifice that would have been much better suited for Barry to make clearing the way for Wally to be the Flash. But no, Barry does nothing and just watches with a sad face as his nephew Fades from existence. I don't know if Greg wrote this, or it was forced on him by higher ups, but either way it's nothing short of a middle finger to the eyeballs of every Wally West fan who feels screwed over by Flashpoint! Just when you thought DC couldn't sink any lower.
- X Spectre Grey X: I agree completely. Wally's death just felt so unnecessary, and there wasn't even some meaning to it. Also, why the hell wasn't Jay Garrick there? This just felt like another fuck you to Wally fans. I don't know if it was mandated, but it certainly feels that way. And pretty much everything afterwards is also crap. Cassie and Tim getting together despite not even interacting (I know it can work in real life, but as a show, it doesn't). She hasn't even made mention of having any attraction to him whatsoever, nor was any implied. It just feels like a last minute Pair the Spares. Dick Grayson quitting the team due to grief (the latest issue of Nightwing has a good portrayal of how he'd deal with such an event), oh, and even after all of this, they still refuse to name the team. Wally died and will be known as a founding member of "The Team". And then they have the gall to leave a Sequel Hook, when we know the show is done. Why not just have the Justice Leaguers on trial (who contributed absolutely nothing in this episode) stop Savage and the War World? All for this is just a horrible way to end the show, making an otherwise below average episode worst.
- Seiya: M'gann mindraping her boyfriend and that plot point never getting brought up again. AGAIN, she abused her boyfriend a who had a history of people messing with his mind and spent a whole season rubbing her new relationship in his face and we're supposed to cheer that they got back together.
- SomeoneImSure: It was really hard to pinpoint my DMOS with this series because it 'does' have a lot of potential. My main beef with it is the animation. In pretty much every scene where there's more than one person on screen, there is usually more than one person standing around like a statue in the background. The DC Animation department is supposed to be leagues ahead of Marvel's and yet Marvel's Ultimate Spiderman is so much better at animating background characters simply walking down the streets of New York. This lack of animation (plus the lack of crowds and random people on the streets in later episodes) on the Young Justice's animation department creates a feeling of lifelessness in this world that's supposed to at least feel like it's alive. I can't get invested when no one on screen is invested in what anyone is saying except the person saying it. Such as Speedy's denouncement of his mentor in the very first episode. Aquaman and Green Arrow are just standing there and staring until Speedy mentions that he knows about their HQ, then latter on while Speedy is talking to Green Arrow, Aquaman is just staring at him like he's not saying anything at all. Any scene where there's a crowd, expect most everyone to be stopped in time, even though they're supposed to be talking, moving, etc. The animation sucks. As for narrative, I cannot specifically pin down what exactly about the story offends me (mostly because a lot of unrelated things offend me) but the praise this show gets when it doesn't even have good animation is offensive to any self-respecting animator. I can look at youtube videos animated by Bronies and they are much better than this "professional animation". Admittedly, there are a few moments when the animation feels alive, but these are extremely rare. A scene in the second Season, when Miss Martian and Superboy are arguing in the Justice League's defense in an alien court room, and Miss Martian suddenly hugs Superboy and jumps around in excitement... that is the best scene in the whole series when it comes to animation. It is the kind of animation I expected from the beginning. Instead, I get a crowd full of statues and a bunch of people doing nothing but standing or crouching around in the background doing nothing, not even breathe.
- CriticoMolesto: Disgraced Ocean Master. Alright, for starters 5 years later is a cheap, cheap trick. You can just skip a bunch of character development and interactions with a shrug just to change the dynamics with no actual efforts. I mean, yeah, we get Blue Beetle and Tim Drake and Impulse and Wonder Girl and I dunno, Lagoon Boy? Cool. But that still doesnt make up for the fact that they just pressed a big ol button and went Fuck it. They got bored and shook the 8-ball. Out of all the things that we missed in those five years, the one that has always stuck out to me is the whole Disgraced Ocean Master. Now, dont get me wrong, Im glad we got Manta on board and the whole story with Aqualad was good. Really. I dont have a problem with them changing Orm for Manta. The real problem is the fact that they completely wasted a character. One of Aquamans main foes. The fucker is Aquamans half brother, controls his armies and wants him dead. How much weight do you think he has in a story? A lot, right? We could see maybe an infiltration. Perhaps some development on Aquaman, as he (and almost everyone else in the League, for that matter) gets almost no character to speak of. But no. Orm gets one appearace out of his suit, and then sits in a shadowy room the rest of the episodes and as far as my knowledge goes, doesnt even get dialogue beyond the first episode he shows up. And the cherry on top, the real kicker here, is that one line. One fucking line. That poor, disgraced Ocean Master. OK, Im gonna have to stop you right there, Teen Titans Dark. Disgraced? He did nothing to begin with! Queen Bee, Klarion, al Ghul, The Brain, all those fuckers do something at some point, but the half-brother of one of the Leagues founding members, a heir to the throne of Atlantis, the (self-proclaimed) Master Of The Ocean, about 13 episodes worth of storytelling with this dude, gets booted, off-screen, and all we get is: Disgraced. The entire goddamn Time Skip summed up right here, luv.
- Overlord347: I'm probably reading too much into this one, but one dethroning moment for me came in an episode of VeggieTales, in which Larry sings a song about his missing hairbrush. Now, from what I can tell, the song was about giving up things you don't need (like Larry's hairbrush since he has no hair) to someone else who does (like the Peach who does have hair). The problem with that is Larry never did give him the hairbrush; it was Bob the tomato. He basically just took the hairbrush without permission and gave it to the Peach on the grounds that he has hair and will make better use of it. His excuse for basically stealing from Larry? "Well, you don't really use or need it." That's it! It would be like if one of my friends had a stuffed toy that he no longer plays with and I just go ahead and take it to give to someone else simply because he doesn't use it anymore!
- The Proud Family:
- Baronbeefdip: For me, the episode with the "psycho duck" certainly qualifies. It starts out good enough with Penny rescuing a mallard duck who can't swim and having him stay at the house until he recovers. The duck keeps stealing Oscar's food, but no one but Oscar ever sees the duck doing so. This in and of itself would make for a hilarious episode... But, then the duck goes batshit insane for no reason whatsoever. Seriously, it's a random shift from an episode about Penny rescuing a cute yet mischievous (towards Oscar at least) duck to an episode about the entire family (and friends) being terrified of an insane power-hungry duck. Why? Also, the seemingly tacked-on ending where the duck is revealed to have belonged to a billionaire and that Wizard Kelly (himself already a multi-billionaire in the series) had returned Chester (the psycho duck) to his owner and gotten the million dollar reward. The ending has no real purpose other than to serve as a Yank the Dog's Chain moment for Oscar. Yes, Oscar is the Butt-Monkey of the series... but that was just cruel.
- dannylightninglightner: Cartoon Network's new show OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes is super enjoyable and entertaining, and even heartfelt at times. Overall, a very inoffensive and good-natured show. There's one episode that got under my skin, though, and it's "You Get Me." Enid isn't exactly a model employee, but this episode probably showed her at her worst. As someone who's around Enid's age who also works in the service industry, (and is getting pretty tired of people from my generation constantly portrayed as lazy and apathetic about work,) I was kind of appalled by her unprofessional treatment of the customers. She was more focused on palling around with KO and making hotdogs than actually doing her job or even being polite to the customers she was waiting on. In the episode, a wizard walks into the store and tries making friendly conversation with her, but she ignores him. When he understandably objects to being brushed off, she says, "Actually, my record for ignoring randos like you is way higher than that... better luck next time?" and "See, he (KO) manages to survive when someone isn't paying attention to him for five seconds, so I got confused. My bad." The wizard later turns Enid into stone, to use her as a lawn ornament. While turning Enid into stone for being unnecessarily curt with him was definitely a huge case of Disproportionate Retribution, Enid was never rightfully called out for being kind of a jerk to her customers. She (and KO) justified her flippant attitude with "She treats everyone like that!" (Really?) The episode could have easily been better if the wizard had been shown as being openly hostile or rude to Enid right from the start, so her attitude towards him could have been justified to an extent. Overall the episode had some pretty clunky writing/storytelling, and I'll just skip over it when re-watching the show.
- Furian1996: I am a huge fan of OK K.O., but one of the most recent episodes, "Let's Not Be Skeletons"... isn't that good. Nevermind that gun violence is too heavy of a topic for a show aimed at children, the problem I had with this episode was that it felt jarring and out-of-place in a show that is overly fantastical in nature and - at its core - is about defending a strip mall from hordes of evil robots. Also, it probably doesn't help that the episode was put up on the Cartoon Network app just two weeks after the Parkland, FL high school shooting. All in all, I won't be surprised if Ryann Shannon and Parker Simmons (the writers/boarders for this episode) end up regretting this episode like Lauren Faust regretted The Powerpuff Girls episode "Equal Fights".
- Mdjj1996: I love the series, but like all popular shows, it possesses only a handful of terrible episodes, the worst one being "Plaza Film Festival". I thought our heroes would have the upper hand in obtaining the trophy, but it turns out the Boxmore robots were the winners. Not only the robo-villains succeed in blowing up the plaza, it included themselves along with it.
- Manwiththeplan: Cedric being the final villain of the second/final season of W.I.T.C.H.. Greg Weisman, I love you, but just because you can pull off a twist doesn't always mean you should, especially when it means sacrificing satisfying end battles with two menacing, well-developed villains for a final battle against a horrendously unimpressive, underdeveloped one who we've seen defeated about 100 times already.
- Brokenshell: In an episode of Hero: 108 (a show I usually find to be average) Mystique Sonia's Yaksha (a magic hat that is infatuated with her) gets burnt to death right in front of her eyes. Next scene, she is in prison and, upon hearing one of the imprisoned soldiers saying he loves her, tricks him into becoming her new Yaksha by having him say it 2 more times and laughs and hugs it as if the first one never existed. So 1) what was once a human being has sacrificed its life for the woman he loves and she doesn't care in the slightest, and 2) she manipulates a man into something he has no idea would happen for her own gain.
- Rabbitear: I loved this show as a kid, but there was always one episode which felt a little abnormal: "Crane King". In it, Mystique Sonia tries to get the rest of First Squad to try on some girly mittens she crafted, to be somehow distraught when they (mostly) reject the idea of using them regularly.note note This causes Sonia to rant at them for being too guy-ish. Later, the males of the squad are transformed into females due to a Zebra Brothers spell worded a little too exactly. Further into the episode, the now female crew is presented as uninterested and almost unable to fight, while in a flipping warzone. Yeah, these are the guys who can wreck havoc on practically any animal army, but as girls they don't stand a chance against an army made out of paper, because they've been transformed with exact opposite personalities as when they were male. And after they turn back, Mighty Ray comments that he remembers what happened in the episode, which is just a total Mind Screw. If they were still themselves while female, why didn't they actually fight? This is a sort of Be Careful What You Wish For story staring via Idiot Plot with far too many Unfortunate Implications that either women are useless in serious situations unless very rarely are they competent, or women and men have complete opposite mindsets, thus one can not work in the other's job.
- Kenya Starflight: The Dragon Tales episode "My Emmy Or Bust," where Max goes to Dragon Land without Emmy for the first time to help his friends find a missing sea dragon. He spends the entire episode missing his sister, with all his friends knocking themselves out trying to help him feel better, and when he gets home he tells Emmy about his adventure... only for her to blow him off and accuse him of making it up. Um... what? First of all, Emmy has been to Dragon Land many times before and done far weirder things than looking for sea dragons, so there's no reason for her to not believe Max's story. Second of all, when the entire episode has revolved around Max missing Emmy, setting things up for a possible Heartwarming Moment at the end, this comes across as a slap in the face to both Max and the audience. Yes, Max gets thrown a small bone in the final seconds of the episode, but it still cemented my dislike for Emmy once and for all.
- Animeking 1108: The Beavis and Butt-Head episode "Wet Behind The Rears" has officially replaced "The Young, Gifted, and Crude" for the worst episode because of the massive Character Derailment of Principle McVicker. The episode was about Coach Buzzcut trying to get the boys to take a shower after gym class, but then the fire alarm goes off, leaving them to go outside in their underwear. Then it reveals that it was all a plan for Buzzcut and McVicker to humiliate the boys. I expected this sort of thing out of Buzzcut, considering that in my previous entry, he ordered his class to beat up a new student. However, this is inexcusable on McVicker, who is usually a Jerkass Woobie. Yeah, he wasn't the nicest guy, but he was like that because of the boys. In this episode, they didn't even do anything to provoke them. Add to it that it was implied that Buzzcut even planned for Beavis's hand to get pierced by the javelin to cover them in blood, it makes you wonder why Highland High School wasn't sued for this blatant abuse towards students.
- Tropers/travisbob: My dethroning moment comes from the episode "Drones." Disclaimer- I have nothing but respect for Mike Judge as an artist, I love Beavis & Butthead, and the revival season produced some of the funniest episodes of the show's run, including this episode. My dethroning moment is from the deadmau5 music video segment of this episode, though. During the music video segment, Beavis describes his encounter with a grief counselor who raped him. Nothing is described graphically, but the fairly realistic way he recounted his story in the way an actual rape victim would was shocking: Beavis was "invited over to have spaghetti" by his grief counselor, who invited him into his van and gave him drugged lemonade. Beavis states that he doesn't remember what happened, but that he woke up under a bridge, adding that the counselor "must have been psychic, because he said my butt would be sore the next day." Beavis even says that the counselor told him that if he told anyone else, no one would believe him. The kicker? Even Butthead is visibly unnerved by this whole story, and states that it's "really weird." As much as I love this show, this was a massive dethroning moment for me. Beavis has usually been portrayed as the "nicer" and more "innocent" of the two; not to mention, the protagonists of the show are both fifteen years old. It was just an incredibly disturbing, nauseating, and saddening moment from an otherwise really funny episode. As someone who was molested at the same age as this character was, I felt like I was going to vomit. Whenever I re-watch this episode, I have to fast-forward through the music video segment. The idea of a 15-year-old child getting raped by a school counselor isn't funny to me, it's just... incredibly horrific and sad, even if that 15-year-old is Beavis. I really want this show to come back, but I hope that Mike Judge never makes a joke about this sort of thing again. Even by the standards of the show, it kind of crossed the line of good taste.
- Tropers/kablammin45: When I was little, I wound up mad after watching a certain Pink Panther short, and I still don't like it very much now. Long story short, Pink is hungry and winds up in the hospital when (get this) a dog bites him and won't let go! Pink then has to deal with all sorts of pointless tests. But I thought the ending sucked! The dog is removed, and immediately attacks the doctor helping Pink. The man is shown waiting in the waiting room to be examined. It's meant to be a gag, but it just makes no sense considering that he's a doctor and had just been holding a formula for removing stubborn dogs! Then a mean orderly who has been bullying Pink in very rude ways throughout the short without consequence cements himself as one of my most hated Karma Houndinis via a very cruel Kick the Dog moment to Pink. Pink is given a pie for his troubles only for the dude to snatch the food Pink had been trying to get as Pink walks out the door, for seemingly no other reason other than spite. When I was younger I wished that I could have beaten ever living crap out of that guy for being such a Karma Houdini. Between that and feeling that the Idiot Plot was just a bit too idiotic, as well as Pink being too much of a Butt-Monkey, it makes for an unenjoyable spectacle and I'm quick to name that short as my least favorite Pink Panther shorts.
- On Soaring Wings: Archer "Drift Problem" Malory stealing 8 year old Archer's bike. Refusing to get him another (he thought for years someone else had stolen it) and never giving it back, all to "teach him a lesson" That alone would have been bad enough. But in the same episode she takes it a step further by getting Archer a new spy car for his birthday and doing it all again to him. For me, this Kick the Dog moment was the absolute last straw. I stopped seeing Malory as a tolerable Jerk with a Heart of Jerk, and as started seeing her as the Karma Houdini she is. Frankly if the series doesn't end with Archer snapping and brutally murdering her, I will be very pissed off. Archer is a total Jerkass but considering his mother who can blame him
- Spider Fan 14: "The Scooby Doo Project" was alright in the beginning and in the middle, it was kinda funny but the ending I really hated. The gang all disappear and are likely killed by the monster. Outside of being scary as hell to see late at night and causing me a restless sleep, it was not funny to see the heroes of my kindergarten years to be offscreen killed by the monster. Deconstructive Parody, that's fine but this was just terrible.
- mariic: Speaking of Scooby-Doo, I always found Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? to be one of the worse DTV films. When I was younger, I thought the twist of Velma setting it up to scare away Amelia von Butch was out of character for the former, but now I have another reason to hate it. Velma claims that they didn't let the rest of the gang in on it because it was "Too Dangerous". Because evil Lara Croft is clearly much more dangerous than a pair of soul-stealing werecats.
- Krendall: An early episode of Dungeons & Dragons had the group fight a Beholder. The problem is, it's defeated by being near a flower! Even if Beholders hate beauty (a fact I've never read in any Monster Manual), there's no way something as simple as a basic flower would ever kill one.
- Tropers/kablammin45: I have a bone to pick with two of the Inspector shorts, but since I can only put one, I'm going to have to go with the short with the shopping cart. First off, it doesn't even feel like an Inspector short, no action, not enough comedy, just... not-Inspectorish, the plot seems more like it would be more fit for the Pink Panther. It starts with the Inspector going home from the store, borrowing a shopping cart... and the Narrator manages to convince him that he has committed an abominable offense and is now a criminal. Sure, the Inspector isn't that bright, but he's not that stupid.note And later the Inspector activates a security system when he finally decides to just return the cart, and instantly the police come shoot at him without question and the short ends with the Inspector on the run with guns firing. Ummm, they just assumed that the Inspector would just do that? That's something you'd see in, yes, a Pink Panther cartoon where Diabolus Ex Machinas are common. The short was really poorly done, and used before.
- Spinosegnosaurus77: I love Dinosaur Train, I really do, but "Dinosaur Camouflage" broke an Aesop (birds being dinosaurs) that's enforced in essentially every other episode of the series. DT is usually a pretty solid, composed kids' show; what went wrong here?
- fluffything:Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness: I find the episode in which Po has to rely on the help of some elderly former kung-fu masters to be poorly handled. The episode in-and-of itself is quite good, and I really enjoyed the whole sequence with the various magical helmets. But the moral of "don't judge a book by its cover" and "old people can do amazing things too." is pretty much busted by one simple observation: Po's reasoning for not wanting the elderly kung-fu fighters to help is that he was afraid they'd get hurt due to their old age, which is actually a rather valid argument. Yes, he did point out that he believed they weren't as "awesome" as they were in their prime, but his main concern was their well-being. Yet, the episode treats it like he was being disrespectful. Why?
- Sam Max: I never paid too much attention to the show, the episode "Mind Over Manners" made sure I won't watch it much, if at all. Basically, Po suddenly gets mind reading powers. He is warned that that he could go insane from them. He ignores this, but then, as time goes on, he really does start to go mad from them. The Furious Five witness this, and they head back to the training grounds. You would think they'd try to calm him down, right? If you said yes, then you're not the writer of this episode, since instead, they start thinking thoughts solely to aggravate him further. Shifu tells them to stop, but Po's ran away by then. This wasn't funny, and made the Furious Five come off as Jerkasses. To make matters worse, they don't receive punishment for this, nor even a What the Hell, Hero? moment, giving me a nagging feeling that we're supposed to agree with this act. With Friends Like These..., I wonder why Po even hangs around them.
- fluffything: T.U.F.F. Puppy: The episode where Professor Birdbrain discovers a parallel dimension where Booby Birds rule and live in paradise and wants to go there to have the biggest Yank the Dog's Chain I've ever seen. Long story short, Birdbrain kidnapps a monkey boy band (don't ask) and wants to use their singing powers to open a portal to the other dimension. Ok, apart from the kidnapping, his plans aren't really that evil. But, the DMOS comes in when Keswick reveals that traveling from one dimension to another causes the former dimension to be destroyed. I'm sorry... What? So, rather than just allowing Birdbrain to finally be able to find happiness and fly (his main goal), they have to throw in this utterly ridiculous twist? Again, apart from the kidnapping, Birdbrain's plans were not evil. He just wanted to go somewhere where he could fit in.
- Pyro Wildcat: In Spider-Man Unlimited, the end of "One is the Loneliest Number", when Dr. Yamato-Jones chews out Spider-Man for destroying her clinic. She had dealt with Spider-Man on numerous occasions (including several in which Spidey saved the lives of both her and her son), and has been shown be okay with him. Which means that she should have had no reason to blatantly ignore the fact that the incident started by Carnage attacking the clinic, and he and Venom were obviously the ones who did all the damage while Spider-Man was trying to fight them off, especially since she's been shown to be a more reasonable character than that. This was blatantly another poorly shoehorned-in "Spider-Man will never be anything but a Failure Hero" moment.
- Danger Artist Nexus 60: The episode Yin Yang Who? had been bugging me for a long time for good reasons that got me into writing fanfics like Re: Yin Yang Who? or Yin Yang Yo! Forever for example:
- The idiocy of the parents. Though justifiable due to short notice of Yin and Yang's rushed training against Eradicus and the experience their children had with the rabbits in the past sixty four episodes their response still made me feel like it was borderline unrealistic with emphasis on the 'un' prefix; I mean, look at Lena's father: he threatened to ground her even as he was being held in the swinging grasp of that Humongous Mecha instead of gasping for air.
- Master Yo being the father of these twin rabbits. While I've remembered about genetics how does that explain his characteristics as a father?! It's mostly unjustifiable despite his mentors wiping his memories about them altogether for good reason.
- The fact that it was the Series Finale! There were so many plot holes and new villains being churned out in a mere instant it was just downright uncalled for, not to mention the lies that followed afterwards on Wikipedia. No new episodes yet (Thanks, Michael Eisner).
- MadMan400096: For an atrocious episode of a classic series, there's "Hero Hamton" of Tiny Toon Adventures, which I have to say is the worst episode of the entire series. Between the atrocious animation by Encore Cartoons, the thin cliche premise that stretches itself way too long, Plucky Duck being somewhat of a bigger douche than usual (not that he accomplished anything major), and absolutely none of the gags coming anywhere close to funny, I'm shocked this pile of pigshit ever got greenlit.
- taylorkerekes: Presumably even worse than Fifi LaFume's fate in "Out of Odor", in the Spring Break Special, Plucky is minding his own business and just tries to get a girl to like him. Buster and Babs are running from Elmyra and... just as he's about to get his girl, the bunnies use him as bait. This was not because Plucky did anything wrong, aside trying to sell a bad product which I don't really think was his fault to begin with, but rather because he was unfortunate enough to be there. After it happens, they don't show regret or even pretend it didn't just happen... instead they make jokes about it! How are we supposed to root for these guys anymore?! A good number of fans of this show, including myself, have lost all sympathy for the two stars of the show after seeing that scene. The only uplifting part is Hamton getting the girl in the end. Even that is really up to you to be happy or sad about.
- Cyber Tiger 88: I'm a fan of Beast Wars but the ending of the episode "Changing of the Guard" is flat-out painful to sit through. The episode has Rattrap and Silverbolt go retrieve the Sentinel program from their ship while dealing with Inferno, and Depth Charge battles with his arch-foe Rampage. It eventully leads up to Depth Charge crashing into Silverbolt who has the module, leading to Inferno grabbing it, making the Maximals lose. This show is no stranger to The Bad Guy Wins trope, but that's because of Megatron's planing. In this episode, the Maximals lost because of a bone-headed collision that would make The Three Stooges proud. If the writers wanted the audience to like Depth Charge as a badass loner despite his jerkass-tendencies, they shouldn't have made him cost the good guys an episode's worth of effort and cause a flat out cop-out.
- fluffything:Off The Air: I found the "Body" episode to be nothing but a huge disappointment feeling it was more along the lines of their usual immature humor than the brilliant series I've come to know and love. However, if I had to pick the absolute worst moment from the worst episode (of an, again, otherwise great series), it would have to be the "Hot Dog Stand" segment. Long story short, it involves a hot dog becoming sentient and saving his fellow hot dogs while brutally murdering the vendor and selling his body parts as food. Just... what? Ok, I know Off the Air can be on the completely insane side of things at times, but this was just terrible. I expect something like this from an episode of Family Guy (a latter-season episode of the show, to be specific), not from a brilliant series like this.
- Dragons: Riders of Berk:
- fluffything: The 2013 season finale has one of the most annoying, pointless, utterly yank the audience's chain twists I have ever seen. For over a week, Cartoon Network kept showing us advertisements on Hiccup finding out hints of an island full of Night Furies. So, what happens? It turns out the whole thing was a fake and was a trap set by Alvin and Mildew. Seriously, just fuckin' seriously? Why use a major plot element regarding one of the main characters of the series just for a bloody cop-out involving two re-occuring villains that have worn out their welcome already? I looked forward to this episode hoping I'd see more Night Furies (or at least a big reveal as to what happened to them). Not the cliched "It's a trap!" scenario that we've seen a thousand times before.
- Julia1984: The romantic B-plot of "To Heather or Not To Heather." Heather briefly mentioning Fishlegs is her type last season was amusing because of the irony (Hiccup also fits the description she gives perfectly, which neither girl comments on), but the two of them actually being attracted to each other seemed completely random, forced, and awkward to watch. And, yes, half of that is due to the beautiful, natural chemistry Heather had with Astrid in all her previous appearances and the conspicuous scene in her premiere two-parter where she hugs Astrid good-bye and completely ignores Hiccup's attempt to get the same. No, this isn't The Legend of Korra, but the way the show portrays Dagur's feelings for Hiccup, the plot of "Big Man on Berk," and how DreamWorks loved boasting about that "one other reason" line from the second film made it easy to believe Heather's door doesn't swing that way, and the writers were aware of and okay with that. The series must be really out of touch with its fanbase to think this is the turn fans who loved the interaction between Heather and Astrid or consider Hiccup, Astrid, and Heather their OT3 would want to see Heather's love life take.
- Pie Queen: I thought The Garfield Show was a pretty decent show (it's no Garfield and Friends but it's still an okay show), but one episode really rubbed me the wrong way: "King Nermal". In this awful episode, Nermal is staying at Garfield's house much to Garfield and Odie's displeasure. He pretty much annoys the living daylights out of the two to the point that Garfield had it and threw him out the pet door. After that, Nermal "breaks his leg" and Jon blames Garfield and Odie for being mean to Nermal. As punishment, they have treat the kitten like royalty by doing whatever the hell Nermal tells them to do. Late on we find out that Nermal was faking his injury this whole time when we see him walking with the cast on. Garfield tries to get Jon to turn around to see that he's faking it, but every time Jon turns around Nermal gives him a cute innocent look on his face, so Jon is not the least bit convinced. To make matters worse, there was a part where Nermal's bandages come off, and Jon thinks that Nermal healed quickly. What? Garfield finally had it and decided to take matters to his own hands. Unfortunately Garfield and Odie fall down the stairs and injure themselves. Now they have full body casts. After all that mess Nermal gets away with every bad thing he did and poor Garfield and Odie suffer in one of the worst Downer Endings in the whole show. This episode was awful. What were they thinking when they wrote this episode. The sad thing is that Nermal was actually my favorite character in the comic strips and in Garfield and Friends. Why did this show had to make Nermal so much of a dick? Why? He was actually likable in the other cartoon, so he had to be derailed this badly? Turning him to this much of a jerkass was why I didn't enjoy this show as much as older one. Seriously, they should have kept Nermal's personality from the older cartoon.
- heartauthor: I grew up watching the animated Garfield Specials, so they all hold a special place in my heart. However, one scene in Garfield on the Town just rubs me the wrong way no matter how I try to think of it. Basically, after Garfield goes missing on the way to a visit to the vet, Jon decides to call Liz at the pet hospital. In this scene, not once does Jon act how he usually acts around Liz; he doesn't even ask her for a date once. Instead, he simply tells her that Garfield is missing, and expresses concern that he might get "hit by a car or something." Liz's response? To say in an annoyed tone "Well, in that case, you don't want a pet hospital. You want a tow truck!" and slam her phone down, ending the conversation right then and there. So, in other words, Liz (a veterinarian, mind you) just told a concerned pet owner that she didn't give a crap that his pet was missing and potentially injured. Wow. Thank goodness the rest of the special is a Heartwarming Moment; otherwise that one scene might have ruined the whole thing.
- Halfstep: Iron Man: Extremis goes hurtling off into stupidity in episode 2, which is basically an anvilicious speech given by Author Avatar Sal, who was a former professor of Tony Stark's and Maya's (It Makes Sense in Context... the previous pothole, not the speech). Obviously, this speech is aimed at people in the real world. The problem with it is that it is extremely contradictory, overgeneralizing, and doesn't apply to the two characters at all, save for a bit of foreshadowing that could have been done by Maya herself at a bar. The problem with the speech is this: Sal posits that Stark and Maya are basically working for the military industrial complex, that nothing they've done has been really useful, that Stark is wasting his time and money doing what he is doing, and that Maya is being held down because she's a woman, and if she had the resources Stark had, she'd be doing far better. About the only part of the entire speech that has any validity is that they are working for the MIC, regardless of what they would like to believe. That said, the whole thing kind of derails when Sal starts saying how useless the Iron Man suit is, and how much more Maya could get done if she had Stark's resources. First off, not knocking cancer in the slightest, but in the Marvel Universe, Fin Fang Foom, Dr. Doom, and Galactus are real and present dangers, that kill or enslave quite a few people on a regular basis. These are not entities that the police or the army are equipped to handle. At all. Saying that the Iron Man suit is only good for beating these people up therefore, isn't as much of an insult or even rebuke as Sal intended: these are entities that need to be beaten up by Iron Man and whoever else, and it's kinda hard to say that their world would be a better place without Iron Man, seeing how there's a planetary invasion or mutant revolt or inter-dimensional cosmic horror attack every six months with Iron Man there and doing his level best to prevent such. In real life terms, it would be like knocking someone for failing to cure cancer, but reducing diabetes, heart disease, and auto accident deaths by 50%. As for Maya being better off if she had Tony's resources: the reason this doesn't work is because of in-universe ignorance that Sal has, that the readers do not: namely, we know that in most every version of Iron Man, Tony Stark is kidnapped by some foreign combatants, after being gravely wounded, and is forced to make weapons for said combatants with anything from spare parts lying around to pieces of his own weapons. Stark then uses said pieces to create a war suit that saves his own life and allows him to escape his captors. Iron Man is about as self made as you can get: if Maya hasn't done anything comparable, it can hardly be said that it is because anyone is "holding her back". Furthermore, why would Sal even want to see such a thing: he just got done mocking Maya earlier for "poking biological molecular constructs until they give up and do what she wants" (paraphrased). Wouldn't curing cancer just be doing the same thing? What's the difference between poking around for the MIC, and curing diabetes, hepatitis, and that weird disease that strikes 300 people in the world, and curing cancer? Is curing a disease shameful unless it has a name value to it? Really, the whole speech was bad and unnecessary, the whole thing boiled down to "you're a bunch of idiots, why have you not followed the path I the wise shaman have laid out for you", by trivializing all of the good that both of them had done, and oversimplifying a bunch of actions and motives into some pop-cultural mumbo jumbo that really didn't apply.
- Animeking 1108: Code Monkeys, I admit, was too good to last. However, I always skip the episode with Todd's brother because of a really painful scene. Todd's brother reveals to Dave that the reason Todd acts the way he does is because he has Asperger's Syndrome. That alone can be considered Unfortunate Implications, but then Dave precedes to insult Todd because of that. As someone with Asperger's, I tell Adam De La Pena to go fuck himself.
- fluffything: The Looney Tunes Show. Good lords was the episode "The DMV" where Daffy, Lola, and Porky have to go to the DMV to get their driver's licenses an absolute mess. I couldn't even sit through the whole thing. That's how bad it was. Why? Let me count the ways. First, every character is holding the Idiot Ball. I can understand Lola not knowing what a driver's licence is since she's a bit dim-witted and crazy but Daffy? The guy makes a habit out of using fake names all the time! You'd think he'd have a fake licence or two lying around. Second, they use the exact. Same. Jokes. Within. The. Same. Ten. Minutes. The most prominent being characters not knowing what a driver's licence is and them switching their tests with Porky's resulting in him failing. There's lazy writing, and then there's just using copy-n-paste on a computer and switching a few names around to fill a half-hour series. For the love of Mel Blanc, I expect this kind of sloppy work from a latter-season episode of Spongebob Squarepants or Family Guy, not from this otherwise fun series.
- Cabbit Girl Emi: Apparently, The Mysterious Mr. Enter plans to take down Seth Mac Farlanes Cavalcade Of Cartoon Comedy, so in advance, I watched about 50 minutes worth of skits to see how bad they could be, and wow... While skits such as "Cat Staff Meeting" were funny, others, ESPECIALLY "Quentin Tarantino Performs a Circumcision" were just awful. This specific skit involves Tarantino at a bris, using a katana to circumcise a baby. As this happens, blood flies everywhere as the baby wails. Very, very thankfully, the baby is fine (somehow), at the cost of me left horrified by this. The moment the baby starts crying, I couldn't help but cringe. I know about Tarantino's reputation for Crossing the Line Twice at times, but there are some boundaries that you shouldn't cross!
- Treb: Now, I am an absolutely huge fan of Moral Orel. Its clever writing, endearing characters and hidden depth are just a few of the show's qualities... qualities which are completely absent from the more recent TV Special "Beforel Orel". First of all, Ms. Censordoll has a VERY different voice than that of the series and it feels out of place, and the animation seems to have lost a lot of the fluidity of the original series, looking a lot more stiff. Beyond just the technical problems though, is the writing here seems as though it were written by someone who had never seen the series before. Too much of the humor is focused on attacking Christianity (rather than the series's focus on character building, and affectionate parodying of Christianity and 50s culture in general) not unlike more recent episodes of Family Guy. One scene in particular that is the biggest DMOS for me is the one where Ms. Censordoll tries to scare Orel into Christianity, and Reverend Putty gets legitimately scared as a result. This is a Character Derailment for the reverend, who was one of the most reasonable and rational people in Moralton.
- synczomb: My DMOS for this show goes to "Repression," for one very big reason: Principal Fakey is the least interesting character in the show. Everyone else in Moralton has a compelling personal story, so why focus on the one character who doesn't?
- fluffything: Scaredy Squirrel: The episode involving the robot vacuum had one of the most blatant, idiotic, and utterly god-awful examples of Karma Houdini I've ever seen. Basically, the episode involves Scaredy purchasing a robot vacuum from a crocodile salesman (No, he's not a villain, surprisingly) and absolutely adoring it. This causes Dave to become jealous (Despite Dave knowing Scaredy is obsessed with cleaning and organization) and spills his drink onto the vacuum. This causes the vacuum to go berserk and summon an army of robot vacuums to terrorize the city. Let's review exactly who is at fault here in the episode. Absolutely none of the problems that occurred would've happened had it not been for Dave. And, what sort of punishment does Dave get for not only causing the vacuum to break but for breaking his best friend's prized possession? Absolutely nothing! That's right. Not once is Dave even called-out for his actions in the episode. He gets away with his actions. Scaredy, erm, maybe you should find friends who don't blatantly break your possessions and cause a city-wide disaster!
- X Spectre Grey X: Justice League Unlimited, "Divided We Fall", an otherwise epic episode of an epic show has one. The conference the Justice League holds after the battle with Brainiac, specifically, Green Arrow's otherwise Crowning Moment of Awesome, calling out the Justice League. He specifically addresses the Justice League the whole time, but he ends by specifically saying that the Justice League needs Superman... um, what's everyone else, chopped liver? Flash is the guy who beat Brainiac and is the morality pet. Batman is the one who indirectly stopped Brainiac downloading himself into a new body by being the guy who didn't turn himself in. If anything, he just showed how he was different from the rest of them. Because Supes didn't kill Lex? Yeah, but neither did anyone else. In fact, Superman was the only one to attempt it at all. I don't hate Superman, but that one line could've easily addressed the entire League and it wouldn't have lost anything other than the unnecessary focus on Superman. Also, afterwards, the line "who guards the guardians", Green Arrow's interpretation of the Latin phrase Batman says... to guard is to protect, is it not? So he basically said that he's the one who will protect the original seven... But the meaning, in this case at least, was definitely supposed to be 'who watches the watchmen', as a reference to Green Arrow's role as being the Morality Pet for the Justice League. Apparently, this is the more literal translation of the phrase, but anyone who doesn't know that will just be confused on the moral of the thing. Why did they not just say 'watchmen'? Could you not risk that reference? Would it be so bad to just speak the damn word? While it is a less accurate translation, in modern English it makes more sense. But no, let's instead go for awkward in an already awkward scene, thanks to the aforementioned Superman focus.
- Silverblade 2: "Epilogue": the reveal that Terry Mcginnis is sort of a clone of Bruce Wayne that Amanda Waller created in a ridiculously complex plan which more or less was intended to explain why he has black hair despite having both parents brown haired. Yes this would be awful as a fanfiction yet it is 100% canon. Putting aside the huge amount of Fridge Logic or the fact that Terry doesn't react when Amanda Waller reveals she planned to kill his parents, what makes me dislike the revelation is the fact that it underwhelms the premise of Batman Beyond where Terry had to work hard to be worthy of Batman's legacy but no, crap, he was always destined to be Batman.
- Captain Lhurgoyf: Now, let me make one thing perfectly clear. I love Axe Cop, I love the animated series, and it really pains me to add it to the list, but there's no excuse for having the (male) bank robbers in "Zombie Island in Space" wear shirts that say "I <3 Men" on them. Even putting aside the Unfortunate Implications of making all the robbers gay, it was a pointless joke that didn't fit the tone of the show at all and had no reason to be in there, and I also found it very inappropriate to insert a crass homophobic joke into a show based on a story written by a child. The rest of the show displays a great sense of humour that fits the wacky-yet-innocuous feel of the comics perfectly, so why sink this low?
- fluffything: Skunk Fu!: My DMOS is how Dragon (the main antagonist) turned evil in the first place. See, sometime prior to the start of the series, Dragon was good. The Heavens decide to test Dragon's loyalty by causing a drought in the valley. Dragon asks if he can use his water powers to save the valley, and the heavens respond by saying nothing. Here's where it starts to get stupid. The Heavens then punish Dragon because he decided to use his water powers to stop the drought. They then accuse Dragon of being arrogant and remove his water powers causing him to be in constant, burning pain from his fire powers. Ok, even if Dragon was acting cocky about saving everyone, he still used his powers for good. That doesn't exactly warrant a punishment for disobedience. Plus, Dragon didn't know he wasn't supposed to use his powers. It seems rather unfair to punish something if they don't know what they did wrong. Oh, but it gets even worse. How? Well, it's then stated that The Heavens knew that Dragon was going to turn evil and swear vengeance on the valley. So they punish him for trying to save the valley effectively causing him to turn evil and want revenge on everyone that lives there? What? This isn't You Can't Fight Fate. This is more like "Too lazy to change fate". And not once did The Heavens or any of the animals in the valley (including Dragon's best friend, Panda) even consider trying to prevent Dragon from turning evil? There was nothing stopping them from turning Dragon mortal or giving him amnesia. Heck, if The Heavens feared Dragon was going to be such a threat, why not just kill him? Oh, and to make matters even worse, not once do any of the animals in the village ever stand up for Dragon. Not once do they try to reason with The Heavens or try to justify his actions. With Friends Like These... is it any wonder he wants revenge?
- RAZ: Most people feel that Ninja Turtles 2k3 fell apart during the Fast Forward or Back to the Sewers seasons, or in a few cases right before that with the Ninja Tribunal. I have to disagree: the show started losing steam as early as when Bishop was introduced. But I'm not here to argue about Seasonal Rot, and as much as I hate Bishop, his introduction isn't the real DMOS for me. No, the moment that ruined the show forever for me was the giant slap in the face that was Exodus. At the very end the Turtles prepare a huge Heroic Sacrifice ready to stop the Shredder. It's a real dramatic, borderline Tearjerker moment, and it gets utterly ruined thanks to the sudden copout rescue of Utroms borderline on Deus ex Machina levels. Everything turns out a-okay, the worst being that Leo gets a minor scar and some resulting Wangst to go with it for a couple episodes afterward before that's dropped too. It's especially insulting considering that previously the season had greatly foreshadowed that the Turtles would likely have to make some sort of great sacrifice to ultimately stop the Shredder for good, which is also a huge load of bull since he did in fact come back (meaning it was also a huge case of Lying Creator since everyone said he'd be gone for good after this). So I hope you take the lesson to heart kids: if things aren't going your way, some sort of huge out-of-nowhere save will come in and make everything just fine at the very last second!
- The Lemster Pju: Viral is a villain that appears to be slowly growing in popularity, in spite of her limited screen time. So when she came back from the dead in the Back to the Sewer season, the writers had the chance to finally break the mold of having a Shredder-related antagonist each in season, and could have opened up some possiblities for having the first major female adversary for the turtles to not be associated with the Foot Clan. But nope, Viral dies in favor of introducing yet another Shredder as the central villain for the entire season. Wasted potential for such a unique character, replaced by basically a male version of her.
- Austin DR: I like the show WordGirl, however, I'm often bewildered by the town's stupidity. For this list, however, the one moment from the show that really irked me was the episode "Victoria is the best... WordGirl"? After Becky/WordGirl successfully defeated another villain, our news reporter Scoops sees WordGirl going around the corner and Victoria Best walks out of the direction Word Girl went thus making Scoops implicate that Victoria was Word Girl. *Face palm*. Okay, first off, Word Girl has dark skin, doesn't wear her hair in matching ponytails, and her face is pretty much exposed to viewing. How can Scoops possibly think that Victoria was Word Girl with these facts? It seemed like they just made the characters even dumber for this episode to work. This is possibly the one episode I won't see again anytime soon.
- Space Bird: That wasn't the first time, either. Almost every episode that Granny May appears in, she manages to charm the townspeople into turning against WordGirl, despite being one of the most notorious villains that went to jail several times. You would've thought that the townspeople would've gained some knowledge of her deception after each episode, but nope, she keeps on manipulating them even without Mr. Big's use of mind control! What's worse about this is that each time it happens, everyone starts showing WordGirl extremely hostile behavior and threaten to run her out of town! Although Granny's the main villain who manages to turn everyone against WordGirl most of the time, the Butcher once managed to do so just by saying that his bootleg artwork is real and that WordGirl's just trying to lie to everyone, and even with that lame excuse they believed him and threatened to arrest WordGirl if she interrupted his next auction.
- RAZ: While DuckTales has been a childhood favorite of mine and still holds up surprisingly well decades later, I've found myself having trouble watching "New Gizmo Kids on the Block", mainly because it flat out throws Webby's Mary Sue status into the viewer's face. Huey, Dewey, and Louie all get to hold the Idiot Ball and are reduced to petty, squabbling morons who can't work together all so Webby can be "Little Miss Perfect" and save the day like usual. What's really insulting though is how Fenton is treated: Previous episodes in the series cemented him as both a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass who despite some of his eccentricities and the general abuse he receives could also be extremely competent even without using his Gizmo-Duck suit. Here, he's portrayed as being completely helpless and of no use to anyone as long as he doesn't have his suit. So that's four characters derailed all to make Webby look good.
- Woddor: I think Camp Lazlo is one of the better shows to come out of CN's Dork Age in the mid 2000s, but one episode that I will never defend is "Meatman". This was an episode that deliberately wanted the viewers to have nightmares. Lazlo and friends annoy the chef, so his response is to give them "mystery meat". After a few go-nowhere jokes, the meat comes alive, attacks the campers, KILLS Chef McMusely, and almost eats Lazlo when it is revealed that the entire thing was a campfire story. Except not, because then Lazlo's nose is made of meat in real life. So kids, your favorite characters are now dead! Happy?
- TheSnowSquirrel: Say what you will about Loonatics Unleashed, but one episode that I just can't stand is "The Cloak of Black Velvet". Why? Because, the story begins with Danger Duck making a deal with Tech E. Coyote that if he can go a week without using any technological gadgets, Tech has to buy him a fancy new costume. If Duck looses, he buys the outfit for Tech. Later on the Villian Of The Week shows up, builds a machine to black out the sun, plus kidnaps and brainwashes none other than Tech to help her. The rest of the gang show up but no one is able to snap Tech out of his trance. Other than Duck, after he gets the idea to use his cell phone's annoying ringtone. At the end of the episode, Tech suddenly shows up in the costume Duck wanted, and smugly says he went ahead and ordered it since he won the bet. Duck tries to explain that he only used his phone to help save Tech, and without him doing so, the world would be doomed. What do Ace and Lexi do? Just stand there with smirks and tease him about how he should call Zadavia and tell her, if he can get a good cell signal. Look, I would have accepted an ending where everyone thanks Duck, and then Tech walks in in the new costume claiming that even if he saved him, he still lost the bet. But this ending... I get that Duck's a jerk and the show's Butt-Monkey, but the whole team being thoroughly Ungrateful Bastards to him like that is just over doing it.
- starofjusticev21: As was somewhat hinted above this show had a little problem with Protagonist-Centered Morality: Ace and Lexi are the leaders of the team and "cool" and "funny," so they were were always right, where as Danger Duck was kind of a jerk and gloryhound, so he was always wrong. The episode of this show I can't forgive is the one where that problem exploded, It Came From Outer Space. In it Tech warns his teammates for the umpteen-millionth time that his crime fighting inventions arent toys and for the umpteen-millionth time they dont listen with Rev and Lexi messing with something they think is a video game. Its actually the controls to some kind of weapon system, and they just launched actual missiles at an actual spaceship. The owner, Melvin the Martian, rather understandably, actually, demands reparation after this unprovoked attack, and eventually agrees not to destroy the world if Lexi agrees to come aboard his ship and be his opponent in two-player games. Ace immediately refuses and says you want a war, youll get one, even after Tech does an analysis and basically says Melvin is packing enough ordinance to destroy the world ten times over and any attempt to fight him would be suicide. Danger Duck tries to get Ace to change his mind, and I get that hes supposed to be chickening out and just trying to save his own skin. But consider that the Loonatics are the worlds superhero team who are supposed to save people from danger, not put them in even more danger. Yeah the shows supposed to be a comedy but 99% of the time the superhero aspect is played totally straight; the Loonatics are treated as deserving every bit of trust and respect they get. I probably wouldnt bat an eye if the show had gone for more of a Megas XLR vibe where the good guys are comedically incompetent and destructive, but it didn't do that, and we're evidently supposed to see this as them bravely standing by their friend no matter what, instead of facing up to a bad and thoughtless thing they did. I'm not saying Ace should've thrown his teammate and minimally-established love interest to the wolves the first time she made a mistake. But by automatically deciding to fight it out Ace is endangering everyone on the planet he's supposed to be protecting over an extremely idiotic thing his teammates totally did do, and were specifically told not to. Duck isn't the only one being a selfish jerk, but he's the only one acknowledged by the show.
- I Am Not Beast: The first episode of Code Lyoko, "Teddygozilla". Instead of starting at the beginning, the show just jumps into the middle of the story without any explanation. Why is there a girl trapped in a computer? How can a computer program manipulate reality? How did the main characters find out about Lyoko to begin with? If the main heroes can travel back and forth from the game world, why can't they free the trapped girl using the same device? Who is this "Xana" they keep mentioning? What is Xana's motivation? Why is there a computer world? Why do the characters look different in the computer world? Why did time reset at the end? These are all questions that were running through my head when first viewing "Teddygozilla". I can only imagine how it was received back in 2003 when it premiered. Back then, there was no "Rise of XANA" two-parter, so there was no explanation for any of the things that happen in the first episode. The worst part of "Teddygozilla" was probably the lack of focus on the main characters. Instead, the episode focuses on some random girl with a teddy bear. In the first episode of the whole series. Then at the halfway point, the episode suddenly started putting more focus on what had essentially been background characters.
- Retloclive: "Triple Trouble" from Season 3 pissed me off to no end back in the day, and it all centers around the fact that Jeremy created a Teleportation ability that no one bothered to ever try to take advantage of. Sure, it was bugged in the episode creating 3 separate Odd entities that made his life unstable, but Jeremy quite literally says near the end of the episode that the problems with the ability has been fixed. But in the end, Odd chooses to turn it down because he's decided that he likes being the way he is. Ok, so you sort of got a legitimate reason for why Odd doesn't want to use it, but what about the rest of the Lyoko crew? What about Ulrich teleporting around while stabbing things with his sword? What about Yumi teleporting around with her fan weapons? What about freaking Aelita who could have desperately used a Teleportation skill to get herself away from Xana given that it's always been trying to capture her throughout Seasons 2 and 3? My point is, you got this glorious ability just sitting there waiting for someone to put to good use that would solve almost any problem they come across from here on out, and it just gets thrown away and forgotten about.
- Ralph 180: I removed my DMOS for Zig & Sharko's "Hair Story" because i still watch Zig & Sharko, and i decided to put another one: the "Bride of the Internet" from Monsters vs. Aliens. Now, unlike Zig & Sharko, Monsters vs. Aliens TV Series is a bad show. It made everyone look uglier (except for General Monger), made Monsters a dysfunctional team of lousy "heroes" who dick around the base, and added three cliched aliens: Sqweep, Coverton and Sta'abi, who come off as insecure (Sqweep), lame (Coverton) or outright xenophobic (Sta'abi)! But what really made me quit this failure of a show is this episode. Basically, because of a video involving pickles on Susan's butt, Sqweep reveals that the Internet is an alien and is Sqweep's former classmate. Internet does erase the video, but he falls in love with Susan and even manages to change the American national anthem to a lame Justin Bieber-esque song that Susan loves. Now, Internet isn't that bad of a character, and is probably the only sympathetic alien character in the show. My problem is about the juvenile internet jokes, the sheer stupidity of the whole Internet being an alien, and the writers think that humans are completely obsessed with Internet, think that if a video doesn't exist, it doesn't exist, and that they love cat jokes. Also, the episode is annoying and the song is just irritating. To think that Dreamworks made this is disgusting, and this show thinks it's still relevant.
- Eddy1215: Believe it or not, I've got one for Kim Possible. While a few Post-Script Season episodes bug me, one that really leaves a bad taste in my mouth is "Stop Team Go". Basically, Shego has been turned good, and Kim is enjoying spending time with her. The problem is that she's preferring to spend time with her over Ron, her boyfriend. Then, to add injury to insult, during the climatic battle with the Villain of the Week, Ron accidentally gets turned evil again, much to Kim's annoyance. Basically, the entire episode episode was to appease Kigo fans, and before you start saying that I'm complaining about my Fan-Preferred Couple, may I remind you that the pairing in question is suppose to be canon? Think about that.
- Cabbit Girl Emi: "October 31st" is easily the worst episode in my opinion. It makes Kim seem so pathetic by having her getting out of trick-or-treating with Ron (who is her best friend BTW) by lying. Sure, Ron is a little old to be doing that, but I hate how Kim comes off in this episode. However, lying is what activates the armor that attaches to Kim, and it helps her save the day... only to end up grounded for a month. This episode is a blemish on what is otherwise a typically witty series.
- Sam Max: I wish I had never laid eyes on Brickleberry. I never saw the entire series, but what I've seen of this Grossout Show makes even Family Guy look wholesome in comparison. It's not funny, and didn't they say it was supposed to offend? It does that too well for its own good. But I can't make entire series entries, so I'll just list the moment that defined the show for me. There was a golf game between two individuals (whose names I cannot remember), nothing special, but nothing terrible, either. Then comes a scene where there's a homeless person in the golfing area. What does one of the guys do? Spoilered for Squick: hit the ball into his mouth, and then he poor sap craps it out. Then one of the golfers eats it, and the other golfer tells him it might not be his ball. It was so disgusting I swore never to watch the series again if I could help it. Quite frankly, I question how it made it to TV in the first place.
- WRM 5: From Generator Rex, Six's amnesia. So you've got a really awesome character who's been really well developed. He's wise, intelligent, and dedicated. He has a darker side which he put behind him because he knew it was wrong. What do you do with this character? Why, you hit the "Reset" switch on him, of course! Six's amnesia completely erased absolutely everything that made the coolest character on the show cool and is hands-down the worst thing the show ever did.
- Just Here To Comment: One of my favorite childhood shows is The New Adventures Of Winniethe Pooh. However, one moment from the show has always bothered me, from the episode The Masked Offender. In it, Tigger becomes a masked crime-fighting, similar to that of Zorro. However, in typical Tigger fashion, he makes things worse. The worst scene from the episode, and the show, is when Tigger destroys Rabbit's scarecrow, thinking it to be someone trying to attack Rabbit. Rabbit begs for him not to do so, and when Tigger leaves, the crows show up to eat Rabbit's vegetables. Now, this is a Running Gag in the show, Rabbit having to deal with crows, but here, seemingly every crow in the Hundred-Acre Woods cover the garden and the surrounding land and eat everything in sight, leaving his garden as a barren wasteland that will probably never grow anything again. It's just a really mean-spirited Kick the Dog moment towards a charcter who did absolutely nothing wrong earlier.
- Magnus Force: Jimmy Two-Shoes is a fairly fun show to watch overall, but there is one episode that I absolutely hate: "Heloise Schmeloise". So basically, Heloise creates a robot duplicate of herself. The episode falls apart shortly after that when Jimmy falls in love with the robot. Jimmy acts completely out-of-character by being a Jerkass to Heloise for no reason and his idiocy is taken Up to Eleven (Not to mention Jimmy is supposed to be uninterested in love). The jokes are 90% Beezy shouting "Burn!" at Heloise while she is at the receiving end of all the harm as well. And to place the expired milk on top of the steaming crap, Jimmy is never punished but instead it's all directed to the innocent Schmeloise (she didn't seduce Jimmy just Jimmy noticed her). It was just way too mean-spirited towards Heloise for my tastes and not to mention Beezy is being obnoxious rather than funny for the entire episode.
- Princess Togezo: CatDog was one of the shows I grew up with, and I still like to watch it every now and then. But one moment I find hard to justify is in the episode "CatDog Catcher". In this episode, Rancid Rabbit (a dogcatcher in this episode) wants some more money, so he goes around arresting everyone who doesn't have a license. Cat happens to be the only character who has a license, and the rest of Nearburg (including Cat's brother Dog) ends up in jail. So Cat goes to save his brother, his friends, and the rest of Nearburg from being wrongfully imprisoned, right...? Yeah, no. Instead, he just lounges outside of the jail with a drink, enjoying his alone time. Look, I enjoy having time to myself as much as the next person, but if a relative of mine (or heck, anyone I was close to) was unfairly put in jail, I would not be happy about it at all, and I would try to find a way to get them out as soon as possible. Cat, on the other hand, has to be persuaded into saving the citizens of Nearburg. Even though, while jerks like the Greasers happen to be imprisoned, so are Cat's friends (like Mervis and Dunglap) and his own brother! Even Hey Arnold!'s Helga Pataki knows that when your sibling's in trouble, you have to do something about it, regardless of whether or not you like them; when you're making her look like a saint, something is very wrong here.
- Candycane 14: I always felt that Cat did this because of how Nearburg and Dog always treated Cat like shit, so I didn't blame him. At least Olga tries to think of Helga's feelings which is why Helga helped her. Dog on the other hand is a selfish prick who dosen't care about his own brother. One example is "Trespassing" where Dog cared more about his stupid fire hydrant then his brother! All Cat wanted to do was watch a TV event at home that he paid for. Dog physically forces him to stay by a fire hydrant because another dog marked it. The end result is not only Cat missing his TV event, but his house and everything he owns in the world being burned to the ground. Then their house is burning down and Cat calls the fire department, Dog refuses to let them use it to save their house, even when Cat begs him in tears that if he values Cat in any way he'll let them use the hydrant. He doesn't. We learn that Dog doesn't value his own brother! It's episodes like this, that makes me want to punch that selfish, close-minded mutt! Dog gives other dogs(characters outside this show, dogs in real life) a bad name!
- fluffything: For me, it was during the series finale of X-Men: Evolution when Kurt and Rogue pretty much diss Mystique who is clearly trying to at the very least apologize for her behavior. Yes, Mystique is a villain, yes she has done horrible things to the X-Men (Kurt and Rogue included), but, there's a difference between trying to destroy your enemies and trying to make amends with your own children. Now, I can understand Rogue refusing to accept her apologies, but Kurt? One of Kurt's main character traits is that he's compassionate, understanding, and forgiving. Not to mention that, earlier in the season, he was genuinely heartbroken when he thought his own mother had died. Way to be a great son, Kurt! Instead of forgiving your mother's actions and trying to start anew with her, just blow her off like a petty child!
- Kablammin 45: I remember little about the 1980s TV show they made of The Berenstain Bears, but what I do remember is that the opening of the adaptation of "The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners" bothered me. The episode opens at Sister and Brother Bear's cousin Freddy's birthday party... and The Bully Too-Tall Bear is there. Unless he and his Mooks sneaked their way in, why would Freddy invite a known bully to his party? Maybe he was just being nice, but still, this leads up to Too-Tall and his buddies causing the events leading up to Sister and Brother's nasty moods by doing things like stealing 98% of the party favors right before the siblings got any...and no one calls them out on it! They still leave with their ill-gotten gains without anyone stopping them. Not only do they totally mess things at the party up, steal things, and cause Brother and Sister Bear to become cranky and rude in the process, no one bothers to call them out for any actions at all. Just about anyone else would have done so...or better yet just not invited known troublemakers to their party at all. I haven't seen the 80s series in years and yet, this still comes up when I think about it and it kinda irritates me.
- PPPSSC: The Goof Troop episode "Inspector Goofy" could have been a perfectly serviceable episode, but the "Pete gets kicked out of his house" subplot makes it one of the weakest in the series. Not only is it completely unnecessary for the plot, but it results in both of the nicest characters in the cast (and one who is sometimes ruthless but ultimately altruistic) carrying massive Jerkass Balls. Goofy engages in Selective Enforcement after promising not to, Peg has no sympathy for Pete and taunts him with food, and PJ suggests selling Pistol to the circus to get Pete back in the house, which, in addition to being extremely out of character, serves no real purpose. The only purpose this subplot seems to serve is to turn a joke that's hilarious in moderation into a tiring Overly Long Gag. The only character in this episode who is remotely likable is Pistol, who barely does anything (Max isn't in it at all). I even find PJ (my favorite character on the show) completely unsympathetic in this episode, due to his uncharacteristic meanness, lack of focus, and surprising good fortune.
- Maths Angelic Version: A scene from "The Great Race", a Care Bears 1986 episode. There's a race, and the prize is becoming King for a day. This concept is stupid, as evidenced by the fact that there's a villain out to win the race and abuse the power. Unsurprisingly, he cheats. The DMoS is when he pours concrete into a water pit and makes a bear fall into it. Once the concrete sets, he/shenote can barely move. Wow. That's cruel. I know he's a villain, but this is supposed to be a cute children's cartoon. To make matters worse, the episode didn't make it clear that the victim ever recovered, so I assumed that he/she was stuck forever being barely able to move. This may sound trivial now, but it made such a big impression on my younger self that not only did I never watch another Care Bears episode, but even now, probably more than a decade later, I can't enjoy the Gummi Bears. note
- ianolivia: For me, the Breadwinners episode "Bad to the Duck Bone". SwaySway gets run over by a motorcycle if he doesn't take life threatening drugs, takes life threatening drugs that he knows are dangerous, changes his entire personality to seduce Jenny Quackles, a 10 year old girl, licks her face in a disturbing manner without her permission, eats her, and when he stops being evil because Buhduece choked him, Jenny spits in his face and has him run over by a motorcycle because he isn't evil. Kill this episode with fire.
- jmac9345: For me, it's The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "Double Header". I agree with The Mysterious Mr. Enter for the most part: the bad episodes (namely a majority of the Games era) didnt go too far, except for this one. The episode is about Ren wanting Stimpy to take a trip to Ursa Minor in order to get some alone time from him. And the line that kills this episode for me is when Ren says "Well, I just don't like you." It kills it for me because not only does it identify that Ren completely Took a Level in Jerkass, but it pains me because I know that Ren can have some incredibly heartwarming moments for such an angry character. Ren may be a jerk, but he has had numerous instances where he shows that he cares about Stimpy, like in Son of Stimpy. Outright saying that he doesn't like Stimpy is just too cruel and mean-spirited, even for Ren. While this may be the main reason I dont like this episode, I don't like the plot that follows with Ren and Stimpy being combined into an Eldritch Abomination due to a car crash because of how John K. showed us in the Spumco episodes that he can sometimes be a caring person, and doesn't deserve this mean a treatment, even with his Butt-Monkey status.
- InTheGallbladder: I absolutely love We Bare Bears, with the exception of "The Road". I don't like the cubs—they aren't well-written, and their actors are too young to have the necessary experience. Giving them the lead roles for an entire episode was a dangerous decision. Said episode featuring a serious musical number was a suicidal one.
- Maths Angelic Version: While not enough to ruin the short for me, the ending of "A Very Goofy Christmas" is the most disappointing part of Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas. To recap the plot: Pete tells Max that Santa doesn't exist. After examining some facts, asking critical questions and not getting satisfactory answers, Max gloomily concludes that Santa probably isn't real. Goofy tells Max to believe in Santa and he dresses up as him, but the plan fails when a kid exposes Goofy, and Max gets angry as he believes that Goofy lied about Santa. Then Goofy tries to prove Santa's existence, only to become sad when Santa doesn't come. Max tries to cheer him up, and they eventually accept the fact that Santa probably isn't real - but they don't need him because they have each other. Then, the DMoS. It turns out that Santa is real after all, and he gives Max a snowboard. The critical questions Max had about Santa? Never answered, unless you count Goofy's Hand Waves as answers. Sure, it's nice that Max gets the snowboard he wanted, but way to use an Ass Pull to ruin a good message about scepticism and render the whole "coming to terms with Santa's nonexistence" plot pointless.
- Maths Angelic Version: The Mickey MouseWorks adaptation of The Nutcracker is in my opinion pretty good (at least on its own, as I've never seen the original), but it has one ugly moment: At one point, the Mouse Kingnote traps the Snow Fairy inside his scepter. This in itself is fine because the Mouse King is evil and benefits from doing it. The DMoS is when the Mouse King ends up trapped there too, and it's revealed that neither will ever get out. It's supposed to be funny because the Snow Fairy annoys the Mouse King with his card games, but it's just nasty when you think about it. The Snow Fairy is stuck there for the rest of his life, and a Fate Worse than Death is entirely possible. Sure, he doesn't seem to mind at the moment, but card games can't entertain him for long. The short also seems to forget that he's stuck with the Mouse King, who is not happy about his fate and will probably take it out on the poor Snow Fairy. Thus a sympathetic character gets a horrible fate just so we can laugh at the Mouse King's annoyance - as if his being stuck in a tiny place for the rest of his life weren't bad enough already. Yes, he deserved it. I'm just saying that he could for instance have a comical fit of rage even without the Snow Fairy there to annoy him. Oh, and did I mention that even though the Snow Fairy helped the main characters, they don't even care that he's gone? Yes, I know it just happens in a dream, but it's still needlessly harsh, especially in a Christmas-themed short.
- Psi 001: While The Dreamstone nearly always ran on an uneasy formula due to the Urpneys being Designated Villains, it could at least often be excused if you didn't think about the plot hard enough. There are episodes however, where the heroes are just such priggish, sadistic little asswipes compared to the Urpneys, you wonder exactly why the writers thought they would look benevolent against the latter. "The Dream Beam Invasion" is a key example. The plot revolves around the Urpneys shrinking into kids' dreams and ruining. While it's kinda sad on the little kids' part, it's as usual a pretty petty crime and one Frizz and Nug as usual had to be Press-Ganged into. When the heroes find out what they were doing however? They too shrink into the dream, corner a pleading Frizz and Nug and give them a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. It gets better though. They do it for so long that the two's shrink spell wears off and they turn giant compared to them. Despite the Urpneys not even bothering to attack them, the Noops run off screaming like pansies, unwilling to battle a real threat, and moan they are fighting dirty to the Dream Maker, who resorts to just magicing the bubble away so the Urpneys don't get the last laugh (which he supposedly could have done anytime, but where's the fun in that?). The episode makes the Noops equivalent to those nasty little bullies in the playground that pick fights with wimps to look big, and then run off sobbing bullshit to the nearest authority figure the moment they fight back. Note this is all played sincerely, complete with dramatic music, a huge Determinator speech beforehand and of course, the Urpneys still being the butt of the final gag despite being far less odious and doing far less to provoke their punishment.
- mariic: Though I've only read the book for it, I didn't like The Magic School Bus episode The Magic School Bus S 2 E 12 Cold Feet. Quick recap: Liz was kidnapped, so the kids have to go and rescue her. Along the way, they learned a lot about warm and cold-blooded animals, but they almost died several times. But surprise! Mrs. Frizzle was in control the whole time, and they were never in any real danger. She said that she did it because it would have been a more effective teaching method. Seriously? Not only would that experience have most likely traumatized her students for the rest of their lives, her teaching method was comparable to the controversial, and downright illegal, Milgram experiment.
- Iheartgod175: I love Hanna-Barbera cartoons, and one of my favorites are the Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-Long Coyote cartoons. Being that the show was made over 40 years ago, there are some weak episodes, and a few annoying ones (Rapid Romance, Will O' the Whip, and a few others), but it never made me go "What the heck, Hanna-Barbera?" There is one episode that made me do that, though, and that's the episode "Annie Hoaxley". In this episode, a dangerous criminal named Buzzard Bates comes to Ricochet's town, and Ricochet orders everyone to treat it as serious business. He ends up being fooled, however, when Bates dresses up as an old lady and ends up letting "her" get away. This plot has been done before, but that's not the DMoS. What makes this episode a DMoS is that Ricochet does find out that the "old lady" was Buzzard Bates thanks to Droop-a-Long fumbling Bates' disguise, but the minute the guy pulls out the helpless old lady act, Ricochet falls for it—twice. Basically, they gave Ricochet the Idiot Ball for the later half of the episode and let him run away with it for the sake of laughs, resulting in serious Character Derailment for him. Out of the pair, I'd expect Droop-a-Long to do something like this, not Ricochet, who's normally the smart one and is a bit of a trickster himself. To see him act this gullible is kind of an insult to his character. This, along with the low animation quality, is what made this a DMoS for me.
- Senor Cornholio: Since I am allowed to put one moment per work, I feel it only fitting that I give my two cents on something I recently decided to marathon. I actually bothered with the entirety of My Little Pony's 3rd generation and found myself... not as hateful towards it, at first. I'm definitely not a fan of this generation, but they at least seemed to have their own continuity for a time, and even had some somewhat likeable characters (Thistle Whistle, Rarity, Lily Lightly, Kimono, and especially Minty come to mind). All in all, G3 was harmless. Then the Core 7 shorts were introduced and I finally began to understand why G3 has such a bad rep (Generation 3.5's "Twinkle Wish Adventures" notwithstanding). These shorts did nothing but pander, showing the ponies either getting ready for a party, or having said party, on top of making some really major changes (Rainbow Dash doesn't have her trademark pseudo-British accent, Cheerilee's an earth pony instead of a unicorn, etc). However, what I'm mentioning is the absolute low point of Generation 3 (and after careful consideration, the entire My Little Pony franchise aside from the dreaded Newborn Cuties) is the "Special Day" series. There are two of these, but I decided to add both of them because they're equally terrible. These shorts centered around a special day for Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash that is never really explained. They mainly consisted of a still background with nothing but a waving rainbow and either Pinkie Pie or Rainbow Dash's official G3 artwork plastered on it before basically giving us a Whole Episode Flashback. The flashbacks were basically just the earlier Generation 3 specials, from "Dancing in the Clouds" to "Positively Pink", with no editing done except having Rainbow Dash's voice actress redo all of the older one's lines, sometimes even with new (re: worse) dialogue. It's especially notable when Fiesta Flair, a pony who was cut and replaced for her supposed Unfortunate Implications, keeps her speaking role in the "Ladybug Jamboree" flashback. Even if we count G3.5, that just makes it worse; what little continuity there may be is completely thrown out of whack, since G3.5 shows the Core 7 as fillies hanging out together, before either Butterfly Island (pegasi) or Unicornia (unicorns) were discovered. Because of this, Starsong and Sweetie Belle, two Core 7 members who are a pegasus and unicorn respectively, are now living plotholes because their races had not yet unified, yet here they are acting as though these conflicts never existed. Not only that, but as previously mentioned, Cheerilee did a complete race change inbetween continuities, so none of this should even be in the same universe. These are mainly on here because they're just flashback episodes, but the other big reason is that now it can't decide which continuity it wants to have: the pre-Core 7 canon or the post-Core 7 canon. I know I'm getting worked up over what's considered the Dork Age of My Little Pony, but the amount of laziness in these specials is just mind-boggling. I'd have put Newborn Cuties on here, but those belong on the So Bad, It's Horrible page as much as this belongs on the Dethroning Moment of Suck page because NC was always horrible; this is where Generation 3 went from "meh" status to outright deserving some of the flak it gets. It could be seen as Jumping the Shark, but I'd say it was more like jumping the goldfish to be honest. All I have to say after that is thank Celestia for Generation 4.
- KoopaKid17: I'm indifferent to the Sonic Boom cartoon but "The Biggest Fan" was more of a Take That! against a franchise's already Unpleasable Fanbase than it needed to be. In this episode, Sonic meets an obsessive fan who "accidentally" injures him and his friends for the purpose of keeping them around. Wonderful, especially when he tries to get Sonic to act out fan-fiction and it's implied that this fan has written some works that aren't kid-friendly. It doesn't help that the fan is an obvious Expy of Chris Chan, down to him complaining about Sonic's arms (although Word of God denies this. Okay). The team has enough of his neurotic behavior and they attempt to take him down while wearing body casts until they realize they were never injured in the first place. Sonic resolves this by wrapping him up in sports tape and leaving him there. The intended Aesop is the worst part. Sonic says to keep a healthy relationship with your fans and immediately ignores it when he screams and runs from a girl asking for his autograph, to which the rest of the cast breaks down in laughter. An episode like this was done with much more sincerity in Bob's Burgers which taught that you shouldn't let the worst of a fan base keep you from something you like while praising the reasonable qualities of good fans. According to Sonic Boom, a bad experience with even one of your fans gives you the right to treat the rest of them like shit even if they've done nothing to deserve it.
- SenorCornholio: I actually kinda like this episode, and happen to really like the show in general, but I can sympathize with a good portion of what KoopaKid17 said, especially when it comes to the ending. I understand completely the issues of this episode; not everyone is going to think the same way. But to me at least, the rest of the episode would have been perfectly fine if not for Sonic running in fear from a normal fan. Just take that out, and you have a truly great episode; heck, edit it so that Sonic hangs out with the fan (albeit still slightly traumatized from Mark) and you have a perfect representation of the moral they wanted to go with. I get that Sonic Boom is a comedy, but not everything has to be Played for Laughs; it's okay to be serious about a moral while still keeping the rest of the episode fairly comedic. Heck, there's a later episode, "Knuck Knuck! Who's Here?" which does just that and it turned out to be one of my favorite episodes of the show because of it. But for what it's worth, at least "The Biggest Fan" didn't take the "Let's Get Serious" approach. All this episode was was an otherwise fun episode that was hindered by a sloppy ending.
- Big Jimbo: I like the The Mr. Men Show, but Mr. Stubborn's plot of the episode "Caves" had one ugly moment: Miss Naughty encounters the Fangosaurus, and it starts torturing her. Mr. Stubborn does not believe her at all, and when they go away, Miss Naughty is too scared to even speak. In most episodes of this show, when Miss Naughty gets bad luck, it's because she did something to deserve it. Here, the worst thing she did was play some non-malicious pranks on the others... and yet she reaches a state of insanity she would never snap out of without Status Quo Is God. Mr. Stubborn would count as Unintentionally Unsympathetic but I don't think we were meant to root for him. What I do know however, is that he counts as a Karma Houdini. It's just a really mean-spirited Kick the Dog moment towards a character who didn't deserve it this time. And at the ending, we get the Fangosaurus still torturing Miss Naughty.
- Big Jimbo: HOWEVER, even the original has its bummers. Look no further than the Mr. Men episode "He hello Little Miss Shy": Little Miss Shy becomes friends with a lion that escaped the circus. Then, what happens? Miss Shy gets her own Moment of Awesome by standing up to the lion's owner and telling him not to return the lion to the circus. Time for Little Miss Shy to finally grow a spine? Don't think so. When the postman comes, Miss Shy becomes her painfully exaggerated Shrinking Violet self once again. Look, I don't dislike Aesop Amnesia normally... the problem is the execution: when a character gets Aesop Amnesia almost immediately, that's too annoying, even for me.
- SenorCornholio: I happen to like all the Sonic The Hedgehog cartoons; yes, even Sonic Underground and Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. The latter in particular may have been pretty flawed, but it had a campy charm to it, some legitimately funny jokes, and has had some great episodes in my opinion, such as "Tails' New Home", "Grounder the Genius", "Tails in Charge", the entire Chaos Emerald 4-parter, and my personal favorite from this show: "Mass Transit Trouble" just to name a few. "Baby-Sitter Jitters" however, is not one of those episodes. Sonic and Tails have to babysit three baby beavers, and of course Hilarity Ensues. For one, I'm not exactly a fan of the Badly Battered Baby Sitter trope to begin with; it was bad when Tom and Jerry did it, and it's bad here. Seeing our heroes in this situation is kind of a disservice; they're clearly trying their hardest, but the babies don't make it easy for them. In fact, you can see that sometimes the babies outright intentionally make their job more difficult. And their crying...sweet Mobius, their crying! These creatures are literally the spawn of Dark Gaia! I normally like kids, but these little cretins deserve to be ranked below even the worst of scrappies in terms of hated Sonic characters! To Hell with Mega Babies; this is what'll scare your kids into never having unprotected sex for life! Then Robotnik and his bumbling minions kidnap them (I think it was for blackmail or something, it's been a while sorry) and have just as much trouble with the kids to the point of the villains pretty much throwing in the towel to escape the little beasts. Finally, when the parents get back home, they outright admit that they had to get away from the babies; even they didn't want anything to do with them! And the episode ends with Sonic and Tails getting more jobs with them later. I mainly decided to put this on here because of the "one per work" thing, and because it is, to me at least, the worst episode of a Sonic cartoon ever made. Oh, and the production order for this episode was right off the heels of the Chaos Emerald arc.
- T Vlegend: Pingu is one of those shows which I have a love/hate relationship with. Some of the episodes I like include the one with the Organ Grinder, the one where they go to the funfair, the one where Pingu and Robby play hide and go seek and the one where Pingu introduces Robby to his school. Episodes I don't like include the one where Pingu breaks a vase, the one where Pinga keeps crying because her Dad accidentally drove over her Teddy Bear and the one where Pingu tries to get revenge on one of his friends. But, in my opinion, the absolute worst episode of Pingu is the one called "Pingu Quarrels with his Mother". The premise for this one is that Pingu needs to bring in the firewood, but he wants to go and play with Pingo. His mother, however, won't let him go and play and orders him to chop more firewood. I'm sorry, but isn't Pingu a child? You're basically asking a child to wield a hazardously sharp object to do something which an adult should do. Heck, at some points, she even smirks at him when he clearly doesn't want to do any work. This leaves me with the impression that she actually enjoys watching her son suffer! However, the worst part of this episode has to be when Pingu gets frustrated and throws the wood everywhere, hurting his foot. Does his mother care? No! Look, your son hurt his foot! Tend to him! See if he's OK! After that, Pingu randomly decides to kick a table for no good reason. This last action prompts his mother to slap Pingu across the face. Only when Pingu runs crying into his room does his mother realise her mistake. Yes, you should feel guilty. No, scratch that, you should feel beyond guilty. I'm not entirely sure that you realise what you just did. I understand that the point of this episode is to show what a quarrel between a mother and son could look like, but even if you wanted her to act out of character, there's a limit and it's a few miles before this. Not even an admittedly heartwarming ending could save this episode from being the worst episode of Pingu, in my opinion. You know what the sad part is? There's actually a YouTube Poop of this episode which is much better than this episode! (The YTP in question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtnBjfK98CI&t=8s)
- Big Jimbo: I normally like Pink Panther and Pals, except for a select few episodes. Other times, I might like an episode but hate one part of it. Such is the case of "Pink, Pink, Pink, Pink". It was a really funny episode, but I hate the ending. While not enough to ruin the episode for me, it's the worst part in the episode. After the Pink Panther gets decloned, Big Nose follows him, and what happens next? Does he make amends with Pinky? Does he help him destroy the machine? No, he clones himself and the clones all chase Pinky. First of all, the ending is a very good example of They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot. The endings I listed before would have made the episode more enjoyable, but no! We get this ending. Also, Big Nose can be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold if he wants too, even having a lot of Enemy Mine moments with Pinky, and this ending wastes that potential, and he gets off scot-free. Also, Pinky didn't even do anything wrong himself (admittedly, Big Nose might have assumed he cloned himself on purpose, but still). I'm a very tolerant animation fan (I've even managed to read a comic version of One Coarse Meal and stomach it). This and my other Western Animation-related DMOS', however, are too bad to even tolerate. All in all, the episode could have been perfect weren't it for the sloppy ending.
- Loekman 3: While I enjoyed episode XCVII from Samurai Jack aka the Continuity Cavalcade episode where every character that I loved made a reappearance and the return of Scaramouce, one scene that I could not enjoy is Demongo's sudden reappearance. Considering that previously he is unambigously and straight up killed on-screen by Aku for failing him, there is absolutely no reason he should even appear but then this episode he suddenly appears and disappears as quickly, making it a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment. How? Why? When? There is absolutely no explanation for his sudden reappearance aside from being an Ensemble Dark Horse but just because he is popular doesn't mean he deserves to come back, especially when there is absolutely no indication that he even survived the ordeal in the first place.
- SenorCornholio: For me personally, episode XCIX was this. No, it's not the fact that Jashi became canon; I have several reasons why the pairing wouldn't normally work, but I can see why people would ship it and I could honestly forgive the end result if it wasn't all packaged into one episode. All the stuff that could explicitly be seen as Ship Tease material was thrust in at once, and the whole thing just felt like it was forcing them together. If they wanted this pairing to work, age gap be damned, then I feel they should have spread the teasing across more than one episode. But nope: obvious hints at the beginning of the episode, thrust into a life-or-death situation in the middle, and then at the end they exhaustively look at one another after their near-death experience, then finally...they suddenly kiss. No prompting, no major buildup, just locked lips without a cause. Again, I see why others like this couple, but if they want me to find it believable, they shouldn't have rushed it like they did. It just puts a huge blemish on what was otherwise a fantastic show. On the plus side however, the fan drama that arose from the event was pretty epic; props to Genndy for that at least.
- Peridonyx: Episode C, specifically The Guardian being Killed Offscreen and his portal being destroyed after all — thus wasting an Ensemble Dark Horse and reducing all of that Chosen One hype to a disappointing Anti-Climax and Red Herring.
- Tropers//ScotieRw I have an issue or two with the final episode, most of them forgivable, except for one. Ashi's cessation of existence. Why did she not vanish when Aku died, but instead last long enough to plan a wedding and gather people from all over the world to attend? It feels like they creators wanted to play with our emotions by tricking us into thinking we'd get a happy ending, only to be like "Lol I lied." or something. Very dickish.
- Tropers//SamuraiGal I'm glad I'm not the only one who hated the final episode (so much so I'm writing my own season 6 of the show)Like you said, Jack was deprived of a happy ending for no good reason at all, for a reason that makes no damn sense and was basically a ripoff of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann The whole episode looked like it was thrown together at the very last minute, used almost every tv trope known to man, including a Deux Ex Machina (which I personally hate). There's a rumor that Genndy just wanted to get season 5 over and done to get back to Hotel Transylvania 3, which to me is the ultimate insult and slap in the face to the fans if it's true! Instead of it being a satisfying closure and happy ending for Jack we all wanted to see, it just outraged thousands of Genndy Tartikovsky's (now former) fans and resulted in Viewers in Mourning
- MsCC93: For a non-season 5 example, it's episode "VI." Let me start off by saying that Samurai Jack will always have a place in my heart as one of my favorite childhood cartoons. While I won't say this episode is "bad" (the episode has good writing because it teaches children/adult viewers to never be oblivious or disregard red flags that are shown about people) it doesn't mean it wasn't infuriating. What really bothered me was that almost everybody (except Jack, obviously) that Jack and Ikra came in contact with realized that either Ikra was evil or that she was obviously Aku in disguise. Yes I know there is a good aesop in this episode, but the writers derailed Jack's character and had him looking stupid for ignoring red flags! To make it worse, this episode had a Yank the Dog's Chain scene at the near end when "Ikra" betrays Jack, destroys the diamond (Jack's only hope to return to the past), and reveals "her" true colors in the end. Poor Jack ended up feeling betrayed, confused, hurt, and stupid. While not a bad episode, I don't think I'll be watching this one again.
- SampaCM: I'll start by telling I didn't have a good experience with the animated adaptations of my favorite video games, The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man and The Mario trilogy kept me from trying the actual games for years, because I was afraid of what I was going to find (For instance, I avoided playing Castlevania because I was concerned about meeting the cocky, goggles-wearing Simon Belmont from Captain N: The Game Master). However, there is one moment in particular that made angry like anything else: The episode "A Little Learning", from Super Mario World. In this episode, Iggy and Lemmy Koopa (I refuse to call them their cartoon names) are attending school, run by Princess Toadstool, along with Yoshi and (*sigh*) Oogtar. As expected, there are fights between the two pairs, with princess even blaming Oogtar for a fight that was clearly started by the Koopa siblings (She's technically correct, as Oogtar got them into trouble to begin with). But the very worst moment comes at the end: at the science fair, Iggy and Lemmy built a volcano, which uses real lava!. At first it seems they know what they're doing, but goes out of control due to Bowser's meddling, so the school gets destroyed, and Iggy, Lemmy and Bowser are thrown down a warp pipe back to the Neon Castle. Now that episode made me angry for various reasons: Iggy and Lemmy really wanted to go to school, but Oogtar, who was being more of a Jerkass than usual, got them into trouble with the princess, which is the reason why they decided to start a fight, and showing them off in the science fair, and in the end they were expelled for an accident that was Bowser's fault, essentially ruining the chance of a HeelFace Turn by the siblings.
- SenorCornholio: Admittedly, these cartoons are sometimes guilty pleasures of mine because of how So Bad, It's Good they can get. But even I can admit when a truly bad episode comes about. And I'm listing a moment from The Legend of Zelda on here, mainly because it used to be part of the above show when it was called The Super Mario Bros. Super Show. It had the usual DiC Entertainment cheese, some interesting scenarios, epic monster designs reminiscent of the first two games that were out at that time, and a Zelda that was a genuine Action Girl compared to the Damsel in Distress she was in those games. However, the final broadcast episode of the show, "The Moblins Are Revolting", was just infuriating. The premise, of course, is that Ganon's minions revolt against him due to one too many failures, trap him in a bubble that can only be burst with the Triforce of Power, and throw him down a Bottomless Pit (go ahead, make your CD-i jokes). Their attempts to take the Triforce of Wisdom end as you would expect, without Link or Zelda fighting them. Seeing this, the two in question come to the conclusion that Ganon isn't home, and so go to take the Triforce of Power, which is guarded by a sole Dodongo that is soundly defeated. And here's where my moment starts: just as they're about to take it, Ganon arrives after figuring out how to escape the pit, but can't even do anything from inside his bubble. So instead of ignoring Ganon, or trying to keep him from the Triforce, Link decides to fool around and toss him like a volleyball, right onto the Triforce of Power, thus freeing Ganon and allowing him to resume his dark designs. Zelda is naturally pissed at him, to which Link tries to remedy the situation with an "Excuuuuse me, princess" and then after Zelda storms off, comments that "at least I still have a job". And then the series stopped until Captain N gave it a proper sendoff. I normally don't have that much of a problem with Link in this show, but here, I just wanted to slap him. He came across as probably less competent in that one scene than all of Ganon's minions combined, and didn't even show any remorse for it. If the Triforce of Courage ever got introduced in this show before its untimely discontinuation, it'd take a miracle for me to believe this inept moron deserved it. Heck, CD-i Link, for all his Memetic Mutation, actually came off as more of a hero. And That's Terrible!
- Excelsior123: Ready Jet Go! is my favorite PBS Kids show of all time. Heck, it's one of my favorite shows of all time, and I will defend it to the death. However, the worst episode of the show by far is "Face on the Fritz". The kids are trying to fix Sunspot's pet house, and they try to get directions from Face 9000. However, Face 9000 starts malfunctioning. Jet's mom then takes him to get a repair. She then gives the kids an old Earth computer she found at a garage sale. Instead of the kids logically trying to find the start button to turn the computer on, they literally try to talk to the computer. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. The kid characters in the show are some of the smartest, most competent characters I've ever seen in a preschool show, yet in this episode, the writers are trying to tell me that they cannot do something as simple as using a computer? This results in Sean's mother teaching the kids about programming computers. Then the kids proceed to somehow use binary code to figure out how to build a pet house, when all it really takes is a relatively quick Google search! The episode description says "When FACE 9000 comes back, [the kids] have learned to appreciate him, as well as to be more independent thinkers.", yet when Face 9000 returns, looking all shiny and new, the kids show absolutely no signs of learning to appreciate him more! Screw this episode.
- Mopete: For the most part, I like Bob's Burgers because it's a much more down to Earth animated family show than shows like Family Guy. However, the episode "Family Fracas" effectively turns Bob Belcher into a Chew Toy of Al Bundy levels. When their car breaks down, Bob is mocked by his rival Jimmy Pesto. Later, they go on the titular show "Family Fracas" (an expy of Double Dare 1986) in the hopes of winning a new minivan, but despite winning multiple times, only constantly get the Consolation Prize of buckets of Fracas Foam. Eventually, the host, who already hates the Belchers due to an earlier incident that got a previous show he was on cancelled, gets Bob's family off the show by cheating with Jimmy Pesto. Of course, the Pestos win the minivan on the very first spin. Bob, suspecting that Chuck (the host of the show) helped Jimmy Pesto cheat, eventually takes it to "Pam's Court" (an expy of Judge Judy). Just when a Hope Spot occurs where Bob thinks he finds a way to prove his case, the producer of both shows destroys the tape that was Bob's evidence in plain sight, causing Bob to lose the case. I know it's just a TV Show, but if that was done in a real courtroom, the producer would have gone to jail for evidence tampering. And to put the mustard on the terrible burger that was this episode, Bob can't even get any catharsis out of mocking Jimmy Pesto when his new minivan gets a flat, because everyone, including his own family, shames Bob for mocking Jimmy, despite the fact that Jimmy does it to him all the time, and even starts doing it while Bob's helping change his tire! This was just a whole bunch of crap (disguised as Fracas Foam) dumped all over Bob, and made for a very terrible episode.
- Ctempire: I am a big fan of The Crumpets (only saw all of the first season). It's clever, charming-looking, and funny, but it is plagued with highlighted jerks, or nice people and too many animals getting victimized. The one moment that left me no chance to forgive one specific character in eternity, and left me traumatized for a day after first seeing it was in the episode "My Family's Full Of Losers". The main character Li'l-One, a baby who is the youngest child in the hugely-numbered Crumpet family, finds out on TV that his evil rich Aunt Harried is promoting a reality Game Show that allows a signed-up family's members to compete and have each other lose and kicked out to the moon. Li'l-One's ultimate goal is to be with his mother and not anyone else, including his father whom he absolutely hates. Discovering the game show's potential for his dream, he sign his family up without permission from his parents. This is where the episode starts to get exciting, before it goes to a slapping game and the moment mother becomes the first one thrown to the moon, not to mention the contestant interviews. The Dethroning Moment comes as Harried announces the "final round" and picks out of the stand of family members a little fraidy boy named Ohoh as its participant. The mystery box contains a machine gun that's quite big for Ohoh's size, and Harried grants him an "immunity round" if he's "among the survivors". In exception to his timid character, he fires the gun at darkness, the people (most of them being other juveniles) scream, and the white effects appear to be splatters of blood. Well actually, all his targets except Pfff have escaped to the ceiling, and Pfff got a couple of holes through his body without dying, so no one died. Yeah, Aunt Harried and her husband Uncle Hurried (who are the biggest villains if Li'l-One isn't considered) orchestrated this whole game show. But it angers me that Ohoh, who has been a bullied Chew Toy for the show, attempted to murder the rest of the family on live TV through the means of the opportunity of a mass shooting. This is the one scene I hate watching again in out of all those obnoxious moments. This led to my view of Ohoh as surprisingly one of the very least sympathetic characters in the whole show. It ruined the sympathy expected for him when he thinks he's a superhero in one good episode near the end of the first season. I would only forgive him if he actually had no control of the machine gun.
- Big Jimbo: While I like The Little Lulu Show, there are some episodes that bug me due to the Protagonist-Centered Morality. "Green Girl" gets the cake for me. It starts with Lulu taking a bath, which would sound fine on paper, but then you get one of the biggest Idiot Plots in Western Animation. Lulu decides she wants to turn her bathtub into the ocean, so she pours her mother's green ink (read: all of it) in the water. She briefly gets smarter in a part of the episode before reverting to being a painfully exaggerated Ditz, what with allowing Tubby to essentially make a show out of her just to get half his money (her mother understandably glares at her for that), proudly revealing the truth to her mother (it says something that Tubby first FacePalmed and did the crazy gesture, and I get a nagging feeling that we're supposed to disagree, but after what Lulu did, I can relate to him) and saying she had taken a bath the previous night when she was told to take a bath. And at the end, she plans to make her bathtub the Red Sea, showing she learned absolutely nothing from her stupidity and basically confirming her Idiot Houdini status in this episode.
- Capricious Salmon: One of my favorite shows growing up was Olivia which had a short run, but some pretty good episodes. And even though I just started college, I'll admit it still holds some water. But that doesn't mean every episode is good. My original entry for this series was "Olivia Packs Up" because it made Ian a Karma Houdini who Trolled Olivia into getting into trouble, but I figured to go with my original idea: Olivia Goes International. Now, Olivia is notorious for being an Adorkable, yet polite girl, but this episode turns her into a spoiled brat, a Karma Houdini on par with Ian. The reason? Olivia's school is having International Day, where you have to dress up like you're from a particular country and bring in food from that country. Already, as her teacher is trying to explain the assignment, she rudely puts her hand in the air multiple times. The first time, I can understand, but the teacher tells her to stop. An in-character Olivia would be quiet until her teacher stopped. When she gets home, it doesn't stop. She wants to pick Argentina and bring in empanadas her mom made. At least, until Ian decides to pick Argentina. But Olivia keeps changing her mind over arbitrary reasons, such as dates for Egypt being too filling or her sari from India tripping her. The thing is, Olivia is being pretty unfair to everybody around her, especially her mother who has to either make the food or buy it herself, along with the costumes. I get she's 6 3/4, but Olivia is known for her manners. A normal Olivia would've stopped at some point. In the end, she gets an A by creating her own country, the "United Republic of Olivitania." Being 6 3/4 or not, even if she does have tasty cupcakes, I don't think any teacher would allow that, especially since the assignment was "you have to choose a country and bring in food from that country." If Olivia did try that in real life, she'd probably get a bad grade. That'd be the equivalent of having to pick a country for school, and instead of picking, say, the UK, I choose Alderaan from Star Wars. Maybe she would've known that if she wasn't interrupting her teacher! And this might be a nitpick, but I don't understand how Julian got away with choosing Antartica as his country, since it's a disputed land that is only used for study. Still, the episode could've been salvaged. If she wanted to pick a country like Olivitania, she could've picked somewhere like Monaco, which would be unique, wore a dress and still brought in cupcakes. But she chose a totally incorrect country. Might I remind you the audience is meant to be preschoolers and pre-middle school. Try having your child do something like this and see what happens.
- Melancholy Utopia: I like Ducktales 2017, far more than the original series. There have yet to be an entire episode that pissed me off. The story is heartfelt, faithful to the original Carl Barks comics, I'm genuinely interested in the Duck family's history (especially the revelation of what happened to Della), The characters are well-developed and likable (I LOVE Lina, Webby, Dewey and Donald for being more than just a hot headed mess, and also a real badass in the season finale) and it was wrapped up in a perfect season finale with Magica as an amazing, threatening villain. Well... almost perfect. The DMoS I have is incredibly small, but it rubbed me the wrong way and disappointed me. I, like many other fans, don't hold Louie in the highest regard, but I can tolerate him for the most part. I liked his character development a few episodes back, where he saved his family from getting sponged on by a con-artist posing as Bigfoot, and then genuinely caring about knowing the truth about his mother. That all crashed down, in my opinion, when a supposed, algae-covered monster steps onboard their boat (when they're about to go save Scrooge), Louie immediately shoves his brothers forward and screams "Take my brothers first!" Keep in mind, we didn't yet know the "monster" was Scrooge's ally. Louie was ready to sacrifice his own brothers to get away safely, and shows he truly only cares about himself in the long run. It was played as a joke. News flash, writers? It flushed Louie's Character Development down the crapper, for the sake of one of the oldest, unfunniest jokes in the book. It would have been much better had they glared at him, as he sheepishly added: "Well, take them first, and then me." As a twist, making it both funnier and less sociopathic. Alternatively, don't make a joke at all, as it can throw off the dramatic tension of the scene when not done correctly. Everyone in this episode had genuine Big Damn Heroes moments; Louie offering himself before his brothers would have been a neat moment for him. But no, we didn't get that. It was really disappointing. Luckily, the rest of the episode and the characters' heroic deeds were fantastic, so it didn't completely spoil the episode for me.
- Tiggerific: Sofia the First is a great show, and there's only one moment I can think of that's a clearly obvious ass-pull from the writers. In the season 4 episode "A Royal Wedding", it's revealed to everyone's surprise that Amber, not James, is the true heir of Enchancia, since she's the oldest twin. Now, I don't have a problem with the reveal in itself; it helps gender equality by disregarding the whole "only sons can inherit even if they're not the oldest" belief, and the episode proves that Amber is better suited for the role than James. What makes the moment stupid was the fact that they had to Retcon earlier episodes (James being heir despite Amber being older, Roland inheriting instead of his older sister, Tilly) to do it, which again wouldn't have been a problem - if they hadn't picked the dumbest reason ever why no one knew before now. Roland, the King, had no clue whatsoever about any of this. He thought it was the eldest son who inherited the throne, when it's in fact the eldest child, and his older sister didn't inherit because she didn't want to be Queen. They don't specifically say the exact reason why this was kept from him, but his mother says "we knew you wanted to be King" which implies that they didn't want to hurt his feelings. Because telling him "oh your sister was going to be Queen, but she doesn't want it so you're King now" would have hurt his feelings...how? Added to that, he's the King. He should know every law in the Kingdom, in order to avoid any misunderstandings exactly like the one they created. In not being told this, he built up James's hopes of being King, only to have them ripped away in the span of a day, hurting him so much that he tries to cruelly sabotage Amber to make himself heir again. It's just a uncharacteristically stupid move from both the Queen Mother and Aunt Tilly (not to mention how they somehow don't know that Roland named James his heir before all this). What's worse, is that there were far better ways for this reveal to happen; for instance, Amber started out the series as a spoiled Alpha Bitch, so it could have been a case of Roland simply not thinking she was fit to rule until he sees how much she's grown and how unfit James actually is, since he was struggling with his responsibilities in the same episode.
- Dragonking 56: I have issues with the latest episode of Miraculous Ladybug, Queen Wasp, and it also boils down to two words: Chloe Bourgeois. Aside from her acting like a Smug Super throughout the episode (both as a hero and a villain), there's the fact that she put millions of lives in jeopardy just so she should get a chance to play the hero. In fact, I'm willing to bet that if Ladybug and Cat Noir hadn't shown up, all of the passengers on the train would have died. Superheroes in this universe are supposed to be kind, caring people, and Chloe is anything but, as this show has already established. Plus, at the end of it all, Ladybug and Cat Noir don't do anything more than give her a pep talk about why what she did wasn't the right thing. That's a great lesson to teach the kids! If you go put people's lives in danger, all you will get is a slap on the wrist! I am genuinely angry with this and I don't think I'll be returning to the show anytime soon.
- Big Jimbo: Well, most of the Classic Disney Shorts are quite charming... the first ones with Donald and his nephews, however, are not. I think it was just plain aggravating how bratty Huey, Dewey and Louie were at the time... actually, "bratty" is an understatement: they were sociopaths back then. Between "Donald's Nephews" and "Soup's On", I'm choosing the latter. It starts with Donald making dinner for his nephews, who don't bother to wash up to eat. At the end, Donald gets angry at them and sends them to their room without dinner. It might be a dick move, but what happens next is Disproportionate Retribution. The nephews pretend to cry to make Donald feel bad for him, and steal the food. However, that's not the worst part. The worst part is when these mini psychos convince Donald he's dead. OK, remind me again why we're supposed to cheer for Huey, Dewey and Louie? It was so painfully mean-spirited and my heart welled with pity for poor Donald because he did nothing to deserve his torture. About the only saving grace the short has is that it ends with Donald getting his revenge on his nephews when he learns they tricked him. But, it still leaves a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth knowing that the children could've gotten dinner fair and square if they just realized they should wash their hands. All I can say is, at least they were given Character Development later on.
- Deadpan Fly 2: I like Wartime Cartoons. I also like French animation. But I don't like the (allegedly) French Wartime Cartoon Nimbus Libéré. Here's what happens: a French family is listening to the BBC, which is apparently being broadcast by an incredibly offensive Jewish stereotype. Then some American bomber planes come in, apparently piloted by Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Felix the Cat, and Popeye. Just when the French family is celebrating, an American plane bombs their house, killing them all. And the Angel of Death comes along and cackles. Apparently, this was created under pressure from the Nazis, who didn't want the Allies to liberate France. If you want to make the Allied liberation seem like something you don't want to happen, you gotta make it seem scary. Instead, it shows us a bunch of Western cartoon heroes. If I was a French person watching this cartoon back in '44, I would be cringing, and counting every second before the liberation of Paris. Let's just say that French animation got better over the years, to say the least.
- Noodle Suarez: I love Sit Down, Shut Up. Really, I do. But some of the jokes go a bit too far. The episode "Best Teacher Ever" where Ennis makes the comment about a woman he had sex with claiming that "her mouth said no but her club foot said yes" implying Ennis to be a rapist disgusts me. Like I know the show is supposed to be off color and vulgar but.... NO. IDK if he was making a disgusting joke to showcase is arrogance (Stuart referred to him as the "consensual sex master" but Stuart tends to be the oblivious one and the show doesn't always have positive continuity) or if he is truly a bastard but this joke left a bad taste in my mouth.
- Noodle Suarez The episode "Back in Time" which while it did have a lot of funny moments, the jokes about Stuart crossdressing and not feeling like a "real woman" hasn't aged well due to transphobia and the joke about [[All Germans Are Nazis Willard being such a suck up to the point of helping Hitler] comes off as a cheap stereotyping joke. Like I know he's supposed to be too nice for his own good, but they could've done better with that and have him realize My God, What Have I Done? moment but it seemed forced.
- Shane La Fleur 9278: I generally adore Summer Camp Island. But there's one episode that I have a hard time watching..the episode "The Basketball Liaries". First of all, the whole "Gold League" concept comes out of nowhere, even in the context of the show. The possessive basketball character was way over the top and the moral seemed a little bit forced. The biggest thing for me however was the secret area for the gold team that Hedgehog showed Oscar after he got on the team..which featured all the cook perks that she didn't bother to share with him until that moment. It just made her seem selfish and way out of character to me. I expected Susie to keep things like that from Oscar but not his own best friend. There were many more issues I had with this one but that was the biggest issue for me. The episode just seems out of place in the context of the series as a whole.