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  • Action League NOW!: All of the main characters, really. A big part of what makes them so ineffective at being superheroes is that they're not only hideously incompetent, they're also cowardly and lazy, and would prefer to half-ass and/or sit back and watch people get hurt rather than risk their necks or do a real job of it.
  • The Adventures of Figaro Pho:
    • The Monster Clown whose pranks are flat-out abusive.
    • The "doctor" who keeps a penguin strapped up in his truck, and uses its spit to make "medicine", which he charges a fortune for.
    • Those Two Guys in the episode "Waltergeist", where they have become ghost-hunters. After catching the ghost, they refuse to leave Figaro's house, instead eating his food and trying to kick him out.
  • Adventure Time is a show filled with jerks. Their levels of jerkassery, however, ranges like a spectrum, from "completely evil jerkass" to "sympathetic Jerkass Woobie:"
    • Magic Man, Xergiok, and the Tree Witch. Magic Man inflicts Body Horror galore on innocent people and turns a bird inside-out, Xergiok spends most of his time SPANKING his subjects, and the Tree Witch actually tries to suck the protagonist Jake into her ass. (Makes Just as Much Sense in Context).
    • Lemongrab isn't evil—just maladjusted (or at least, before "Too Old") but he doesn't empathize with people easily, and he sends everybody to the dungeon for a million years for the pettiest of offences.
    • Oddly enough, the other jerkasses have been developed further as well. Upon his banishment and losing his eyes, Xergiok reinvented himself and became a peace-loving friend of the birds. He briefly went back to his old, spanking ways before realizing that his bird friends were being hurt in the process. Xergiok ultimately decided to stay on the side of good. Magic Man, while still a jerkass, apparently went evil after losing the love of his life. Lemongrab redeemed himself after Bubblegum created Lemongrab 2, finally having someone who understood him. Then both Lemongrabs tried to use the Candy Kingdom to create more lemon people. After that mess cleared up, it looked like all the lemon people would stay on the straight and narrow... before Lemongrab 1 became more and more corrupt until he goes full on dictator on the lemon people. Even Lemongrab 2 ends up being eaten alive.
    • On the hero side of the spectrum, Lumpy Space Princess is more often a loud selfish ignorant foul-mouthed teenage girl stereotype than not.
  • Gruffi the literal Grumpy Bear in Adventures of the Gummi Bears: He's mean to all the characters in different variations. He mistreats Zummi because he's old and/or clumsy using magic (even though his spells save the day more than once), he insults Grammi's cooking in her face and at least once because she's a woman/housewife, he opposes basically every idea any of the cubs have with no other reason that they are kids, he mistreats Tummi because he's fat or because he's very measured and childish for his age and considers his love for boats a waste of time to the point of once trying to chop down the boat that Tummi made until Tummi begs him not to, he mistreats Gusto for the opposite; for being too hasty and considering him useless for being an artist and often call his works garbage, and is by far the most prejudiced toward humans. At some point Gruffi turns into a plot device for the other characters to feel bad about themselves at the beginning of the episode and then having their own self-esteem restore when they accomplish something and prove him wrong; in other words, he's an obstacle for the rest of the characters to surpass. You have to wonder why they keep him around. Though in his defense he does show remorse for his actions sometimes.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
  • American Dad!:
  • Animaniacs: The show has more than its fair share of these, being a pastiche of Looney Tunes. However, many one-off villains were huge jerks, so the Warners, Slappy Squirrel, and the writers could do whatever they wanted without being or feeling like the villains, such as Daniel Boone in "Frontier Slappy", who goes to Wile E Coyote lengths to evict Slappy from her tree in order to cut it down for the front door of a log cabin. "Daniel Boone was a great big jerk, yeees, a stupid jeeerk! He had another dumb plan that more than likely wouldn't work."
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force:
    • Master Shake seems to become more and more of a horse's ass every week, though it could just be a result of him being a Cloudcuckoolander. He spends most of his screen time tormenting Meatwad For the Evulz.
    • Carl, the Aqua Teens' next-door neighbor, is quite hostile and cold-hearted to everyone he meets, and he belittles women who aren't "his type", exhibiting his chauvinism in the process. However, he's practically a Nice Guy compared to Shake, in that Carl doesn't spend a majority of his screen time tormenting innocent people For the Evulz. It's also heavily implied that his reason for being a jerk is a result of the Aqua Teens' never-ending antics (e.g. invading his pool and car frequently without prior consent) as well as his abusive childhood.
  • Archer:
    • Sterling Archer is a perfect example of this, as he is completely unrepentant, self-centered and rude to every other character on the show.
    • Malory Archer's Jerkass tendencies range from enjoying watching her son be electrocuted in the pilot, to being proud that six pigmies died cutting down an endangered tree to make her a fancy coffee table. Oh, and she also murdered a cleaning crew for forming a union.
      Mallory (after an elevator audibly crashes): How's that for bread and roses?
    • Edie, Pam's sister, may be one of the biggest examples for Western Animation. Imagine a female version of Eric Cartman... She is, believe it or not, far more nasty and vile, to the point halfway through her sole episode she begins running out of insults and has trouble coming up with hurtful things to say.
  • Arthur:
  • As Told by Ginger:
    • Beta Bitch Miranda. While her friend Courtney genuinely means well, Miranda goes out of her way to lure the protagonist and her friends into embarrassing, horrible situations, and to steal the protagonist's love interests for herself seemingly just to spite her.
    • Mipsy is even worse than Miranda. Not only does she put on a pretense of politeness when Miranda doesn't, she has actively slandered other people before, even knowing they would get suspension or expulsion.
    • Joanne Bishop. Her biggest offense is probably badmouthing Carl in front of Ginger, then lashing out at Ginger when she defends her brother.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
  • Batman: The Animated Series: Detective Bullock seemed rough around the edges, and his main claim to fame was merely distrusting Batman. Then he got his Day in the Limelight and spent it proving that he was nothing short of an asshole. A reporter offered him help figuring out who tried to kill him, but had work to do and asked him to wait a half hour before she showed him whatever he needed to see. Bullock decides to break into her office and dig through the files like a burglar instead of just waiting like he agreed to. It's even because of his obnoxious behaviour (and not, as he thought, by simply being a cop) that his life gets targeted ( his landlord couldn't stand him anymore) but he gains some sympathy by being genuinely thankful to Batman for saving his life despite his strong dislike for him. So yeah, it's hard to earn his respect but if you do, he's at least tolerable: just ask Montoya, Gordon and his daughter who he is downright nice to.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head:
    • The title characters are obnoxious jerks who like to cause chaos and mischief for their own amusement, especially Butthead, due to his consistent tormenting and abuse of Beavis.
    • Coach Buzzcut is a Sadist Teacher who likes to threaten his students with violence. He even once demanded his class to beat up a new transfer student.
    • Todd, a high-school dropout who spends most of his time beating up people and threatening them for their money.
    • Muddy and Dallas Grimes, two criminals who try to use Beavis and Butthead to blow up the White House.
    • Principal McVicker often goes beyond reason when dealing with troubled students such as sending death threats and he even fired Mr. Van Dreissen when he tried to report him to the schoolboard district for filling in Beavis' standardized test for him to cheat them for a pension.
    • The Crazy Old Farmer, who tried to kill Beavis and Butthead just for trespassing on his lawn.
    • Harry Sachz is an ill-tempered man with a history of crime and violence.
  • Bobby's World:
    • Bobby's older brother Derek is a sarcastic asshole who often picks on Bobby, calls him names, and scares him most of the times. While Derek does have his Pet the Dog moments, he's mostly a grade-A jerk who would even go as far to ditch Bobby.
    • Gordon in "Misery Loves Company" is surprisingly an even bigger one, as while Bobby is shown spending the night at the former's house, he blames Bobby for his own mistakes, compels him to draw him a picture under a threat, and even puts candy in his hair while he's asleep. Unlike Derek, there is nothing redeemable about Gordon.
  • Sergeant Grating from Bonkers is often unjustifiably mean towards the title character. It is especially notable in "Do Toons Dream of Animated Sheep?", where it is implied that he regularly dreams about Bonkers getting killed, and in "Quibbling Rivalry", where he's delighted by Miranda Wright's sister's slanderous news reports about Bonkers because they give him an excuse to fire him.
  • Quite a few characters in The Boondocks, especially Uncle Ruckus.
  • Just about everyone in Brickleberry is an asshole who is only concerned with their own interests, the sole exceptions being Ethel (when she is sober) and Connie.
  • Bubsy: In the animated pilot episode based off of the video game series, the title character is an arrogant, obnoxious jerk who nearly brings about The End of the World as We Know It through his carelessness. In the games, he is merely a wisecracking do-gooder.
  • Butt-Ugly Martians: Dr. Brady Hacksaw is obsessed with dissecting aliens with absolutely no regard for the fact that they are sentient beings. He also tends to be dismissive and rude to other human beings.
  • The Buzz on Maggie:
    • Dawn is an Alpha Bitch with zero redeeming qualities whatsoever, and basically the female version of Aldrin (and even he has a deep-down heart of gold). She's a stuck-up, spoiled, snooty, boastful Rich Bitch who frequently harasses and belittles Maggie and Rayna for their lack of popularity, tries to get them in trouble, and overall is too caught up in embracing her popularity to care about how offensive she is to others. Luckily, the show makes her suffer some form of Laser-Guided Karma in most episodes.
    • There's also Lacey Ladybug from the episode "Ladybugged", who, like Dawn, is a stuck-up Alpha Bitch, and could rival the latter when it comes to bitchiness. She discriminates against flies for their eccentricities and tries to turn them into ladybugs. Luckily, Laser-Guided Karma hit her at the end of the episode by revealing that her claims of living a rich, luxurious lifestyle were a lie, and she never appears again.
  • Caillou: Caillou acts like an complete asshole in most episodes of the show, from pinching his baby sister Rosie (who was less than a year old) to acting like a brat in person. “Caillou Goes to the Circus” & “Big Brother Caillou” are great examples of this. It's no coincidence that so many parents in Real Life hate him.
  • Camp Lazlo:
  • Castlevania (2017): Everything the Bishop says is either hypocrisy, cruelty, or self-deluded arrogant prattling. He enjoys throwing his weight around, smirking as he gloats about how much the he controls the people through his church. "I will be the church..." indeed.
  • CatDog:
    • The Greasers are a trio of bullies who constantly pick on CatDog for no reason.
    • Rancid Rabbit is a smug bastard. One of the worst cases of his misbehavior was in "The House of CatDog", where he attempts to tear down their house to make room for a freeway in spite of their protests and is implied to have done the same to his mother and grandmother.
    • CatDog's roommate Winslow is often an extremely obnoxious prick to CatDog. Examples of him being a dick include scaring the two out of their own home in "The Pet" as well as selling Cat's personal belongings while the brothers were stranded on an island, puts down Cat and Dog at any opportunity he'll get so they won't search for their parents in The Movie, and hanging up on Cat when he calls him for help on the phone in "The Island".
    • Tallulah Headbank is a very rich...but also very mean person. Really, with all the hate and abuse she dishes out on Cat whenever he's around her, you'd think he would've given up on her by now.
  • ChalkZone: Reggie Bullnerd and Mr. Wilter. The former is a bully who picks on Rudy and always tries to steal his chalk (who also acts like he's smarter than he really is), while the latter is a no-nonsense Sadist Teacher who hates his students showing creative expression.
  • The Cleveland Show: Rallo is a jerk to his older stepbrother, Cleveland Jr., often tormenting him occasionally. Cleveland, while not as bad as Peter or Stan, has acted like more of a self-serving jerk in this show, while Roberta is a Bratty Teenage Daughter. Donna is also a bitch, and not really much of an improvement from Loretta, Cleveland's previous wife.
  • Code Monkeys: Dave, Todd, and Mr. Larrity. Dave is a messy, rude, irresponsible pervert who's constantly stoned and it's a real wonder that Jerry is still willing to associate himself with the guy. Todd is a mixture between a Jerkass and Small Name, Big Ego. Mr. Larrity is a maniacal, money-hungry, nutjob who would think nothing of selling his own employees to further his own twisted ambitions.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog:
  • Cow and Chicken:
    • Chicken is quite a Jerkass; he even once refused to take a a bath and caused his family a lot of discomfort from not being able to use what is apparently their only bathroom, grinning as he sits and lays back listening to their cries to hurry up. (When was the last time you had the really really really need to use the bathroom and were a bit away from one? It's really a horrible feeling.)
    • The Red Guy, who spends most of his time harassing Cow and Chicken, and also Baboon and Weasel. His biggest moment is in the episode, "Dirty Laundry" where he forces Chicken to spread lies about the others, such as putting rats in the school lunch, and giving Flem and Earl female middle names, which he knows is illegal, but does it anyways with no regard for what happens to them. Given who he is, this is to be expected.
  • The Cramp Twins:
    • Wayne Cramp is one of the biggest ones in the show. He's always in a bad mood, is always causing trouble, and makes bullying other kids, especially his twin brother Lucien, his main hobby. And if you happen to be on his hate list (which is pretty long), he'll give you an insulting nickname to boot! And you have to remember he is technically the secondary main character.
    • Dorothy Cramp may not be as big a jerk as her son but she is such an obsessive Neat Freak she's even willing to kick her own family out of the house if they dirty it too much. Not to mention, like Wayne, she always seems to be in a sour mood.
    • Wendy Winkle is a Spoiled Brat and an Alpha Bitch rolled into one. She loves to bully other people and use her father's money to get what she wants whenever she wants. It's no wonder she's always after Wayne's affection considering she's basically a female version of him.
    • Her father, Mr. Winkle, isn't as bad as she is but he's a Corrupt Corporate Executive that loves to re-brand perviously failed products into new ones (even if they caused physical and environmental damage). Not to mention his treatment of Mr. Cramp is downright abusive.
    • However, the BIGGEST jerk in the show hands down is Brick. Wayne may love to bully other kids as well but he tends to do it via pranks and only gets physical if someone messed with him first. Brick on the other hand assaults children for shits and giggles! You'll think his bullying of Wayne will be a massive Laser-Guided Karma for him (even Lucien thought so) but seeing Wayne genuinely afraid like that is enough for the viewer and even Lucien to feel bad for him. You know you're a jerk when even Wendy Winkle finds you that annoying!
  • The Crumpets:
    • Li'l One, a talking baby who is hostile to Pa because they both strive for Ma's love. Sometimes he tries having his siblings eliminated too for the same goal. For instance, in one episode he brought his whole family to a game show where losers are thrown to the moon and there will only be two winners.
    • Granny, a 112-year-old woman who is very Greedy. She misuses or steals items to auction online for her personal benefit. Her quests for money can be pretty wicked, such as hiding her son to ransom her family for money, and causing a substance abuse crisis affecting her grandchildren and neighbor.
    • Caprice is a terrible one too. She is easily angry, gets fame from the internet doing inhumane acts on herself or her siblings, mean-spirited to animals at heart, and can resort to theft for her romantic goalsnote . She isn't always malicious, but that doesn't stop the show from making her a huge Butt-Monkey.
    • The twins Bother and Blister are perhaps the bottom ones out of the Crumpets. They set off explosives and enjoy bullying or deceiving other people. They enjoy abusing their younger brother Ohoh and their dog T-Bone.
    • Cassandra veers to Jerkass territory when she tries to halt her crush Pfff from reaching his own crush the TV Weather Girl. Once, she disguised herself as Pfff (who was having an internship on the weather station) and denied any relationship to the Weather Girl in a bid to break them up.

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  • Danny Phantom: The quintessential Jerk Jock Dash Baxter. His preferred hobby is harassing Danny, and he often goes out of his way to make Danny's life hell. While he's aware that this would lead him to failure as an adult, he reasons that it's worth it just to spite Danny and his friends.
  • Dan Vs.: Dan, to a point where he even has the word "jerk" written on the front of his shirt. Sometimes the targets of his vengeance are even worse jerks, so much so that Dan looks heroic in comparison, but other times, they're innocent people who accidentally set him off, and he makes no distinction between the two.
  • Daria:
    • Ms. Janet Barch, in spite of a Freudian Excuse, is one of the biggest jerks on the show. Hair-Trigger Temper, aggressive personality and male gender discrimination.
    • Ms. Li treats her employees very, very badly and isn't much better to the students. She has zero positive qualities and is about as corrupt as one could get.
    • Anthony De Martino constantly assaults verbally, and occasionally physically, his students, especially Kevin.
    • Sandi, who spends her time trying to humiliate Quinn and belittle Stacey. Sandi and her mother are the only characters who are intentionally mean to those around them without provocation who are smart enough to understand what they are doing.
    • Tommy Sherman is a Jerk Jock who is absolutely full of himself, acting patronizing to Mack, insulting Kevin's physique compared to his own, and asking Brittany to come back to his hotel room and "get horizontal" literally 30 seconds after meeting her. He believes his achievements on the football field give him a right to do this.
    • Quinn becomes this sometimes, but she is more inclined to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, mainly in the final season.
  • Dexter's Laboratory has the Trollbetoots from "Koosalagoopagoop". The other inhabitants of the Land of Koos were justifiably angry at Koosy punching the king and kissing the queen, even if Dee Dee was making him do those things against his wishes, and were nice enough to accept Koosy's apology, but the Trollbetoots have no clear reason to be mean to Koosy and are just a bunch of bullies.
  • Duck Dodgers: The titular character is a major jerk, aided by the fact that he's "played by Daffy Duck". Moments of jerkassery include: In the episode "The Queen is Wild", the Martian Queen, jilted by Dodgers on what was to be their wedding night, and now seeking her vengeance, has Dodgers's damaged ship in her sights and could finish him off in that instant. However, she still has feelings for him, and hesitates. Rather than use this affection to mend fences, Dodgers has his ship swing around and cripple hers. In another episode, Dodgers is said to have sold the Cadet's sister to a sausage factory.
  • Doug:
    • Roger Klotz in both the Nickelodeon and Disney versions. Roger started out as a stock bully, but by the end of the Nickelodeon series he seemed to be one of Doug's friends, albeit a selfish and irritating friend.
    • Mr. Bone fits this trope but mostly because he often has to deal with the student body since Principal Buttsavitch is rarely seen.
    • Mayor Bob White is one as well. He does little to help the community with their problems and instead has, at times, polluted the city with fliers to vote for him, gotten the media to portray Porkchop as a vicious dog, when he was just trying to keep Bebe away from the thin ice, and gotten a teacher fired because they didn't vote for his son Willie.
    • Mr. Bone's nephew, Percy Femur, is probably the worst one on the show. While Roger is an obnoxious bully, Percy is a sadistic brute who gets a lot of joy out of bullying As Doug’s narration puts it:
Doug: "The more I saw, the more I didn’t like. Maybe Roger can be annoying, but Mr. Bone's nephew was just plain mean."
  • Drawn Together: The entire cast has jerkass tendencies, especially Captain Hero and Clara. That being said, the characters are really no worse than the reality television 'stars' they parody.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Eric spent most of the series wavering between jerkass and Jerk with a Heart of Gold. He frequently got the team into trouble through his whining and attempts to become the leader. He once left them entirely to marry a beautiful queen, though he came back eventually... but only after learning his bride-to-be was really a hideous monster in disguise. At the same time, he was the only character to successfully guilt trip Dungeon Master over his gratuitously enigmatic ways, and at some point he was fully ready to make a Heroic Sacrifice to send his friends home and battle Venger.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Eddy is arrogant, scams his peers, is full of himself and likes to think that he's better than everyone else on the show, and fans wonder why him and his friends get the living shit beaten out of them sometimes. It is revealed in The Movie that Eddy's jerkish behavior is all just an act since he thought that acting like his brother would make him look cool to all the other kids. In the end, Eddy realizes that being a jerkass was what was keeping him from being popular and tearfully laments that he'll never learn his lesson.
    • Kevin is the Jerk Jock who always insults the title characters. In one episode he finds out Eddy's middle name after finding his wallet and threatens to tell the other kids, but promises to not tell if Eddy does everything he says. Eddy does so. Kevin tells them anyway, and his "excuse" is "Oops! I forgot!" He also is frequently a prick to the other characters, most notably Jonny 2x4 and Jimmy.
    • Ed's little sister Sarah is a violent, manipulative Bratty Half-Pint that frequently abuses her brother physically and verbally on a scale only slightly lower than what Eddy suffers from his brother.
    • The Kankers love to bully and force-kiss the Eds and rarely get punished for their actions.
    • The worst of them is Eddy's brother. He beats down on his own brother and Double D in a manner that makes the cul-de-sac kids and the freaking Kankers feel disgusted. And he proudly admits that he has always beaten up Eddy his entire life.
  • The Emperor's New Groove: Kuzco starts out as one but gradually gets better. He suffers something of a relapse in the spin-off TV series, The Emperor's New School.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • Vicky. She's a mean, evil babysitter who only acts nice around adults (except her parents, whom she abuses as much as she does Timmy and Tootie). She takes sadistic pleasure in torturing Timmy and her little sister Tootie. Her bullying is so bad that Timmy was declared the most miserable kid on Earth. Her Freudian Excuse doesn't cut it either.
    • Denzel Crocker is a Sadist Teacher who takes great pleasure in giving Timmy F's regardless of how well the latter does his work, even taking it Up to Eleven by giving him a Super F. Let's not even get started on his obsession of hunting fairies.
    • Francis, the school bully who routinely beats up the other kids, his primary target being Timmy.
    • Tad and Chad, the two popular guys, always pick on people who aren't like them.
    • Cupid, who organizes a Scavenger Hunt to trick people into doing his own shopping.
    • Norm the Genie, who always makes wishes backfire on purpose, and gives insulting nicknames to people, including his masters.
    • Timmy himself takes this up in later seasons as a result of Flanderization, where a lot of his wishes are based on his own selfish desires. Especially in Season 10; he was Taking a Level in Kindness until then, where most episodes require him to act like one to serve as Chloe's Foil.
  • Fish Hooks has a few:
    • First there's school bully and Jerk Jock Jocktopus who ruthlessly torments everyone for the fun of it.
    • Randy Pincherson is a narcissistic, greedy Rich Bastard who persistently brags to his fellow classmates about his wealth and rubs it in their face.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • Bloo, who becomes a bigger jerk each week, though he seemed to be leveling off at the end. However, in a subversion, it is explained that the others (or at least, the management) only put up with this because they have an obligation to, and are frequently glad to be rid of him. In the official comic-strips, he's at least a bit less jerky and more lovable in general. As in the pilot TV-movie. The TV movie (where Wilt is trying to find his original creator) implies that the "negative" aspects of the imaginary friends are an unconscious Secret Test of Character for their kids: Wilt's Extreme Doormat-ness encouraged his boy to be a better sportsman while Eduardo's meekness made his girl — a future policewoman who dreamed him up to be her protector — be more courageous. Thus, Bloo's Jerkassness shows Mac how not to treat his friends everybody.
    • Mac's older brother Terrance, who makes his little brother's life hell, oftentimes for no reason.
    • Dutchess is very thankless, demanding, and arrogant, wanting everything her way.
    • Bendy is the worst. He's a huge jerk who makes Bloo and his friends lives a living hell, and he doesn't get punished for his actions, lying to Frankie and Herriman.
  • Fred the Caveman: Fred is dumb, rude, selfish, and cruel. Is it any wonder why Emma won't give him "kissy kissy"?
  • Beef, the alien Jerk Jock from Galaxy High, is the meanest character. He frequently picks on Doyle and very rarely has any redeeming qualities.
  • Goof Troop: Pete. His hobbies include screwing over his neighbor — including taking credit for things his neighbor did and getting his neighbor in trouble for things he did — taking away everything he can get his hands on from all the people around him, acting like he's ungrateful for his wife whether he is or not, being rude and insulting to everyone except usually his daughter and sometimes his wife, scamming people out of their money at his Honest John's Dealership, lying to people in order to get them to do his bidding, being a Hypocrite, and deliberately mistreating his son in myriad ways including but not limited to treating him (and occasionally his friend, too) like a slave. This is what is done with his character in a series where the setting means he can't be a "villain" in the traditional sense.
  • Glitch Techs: Oh big time. Mitch repeatedly used the mind-wipe technology to get food without paying, is shown to care more about winning than caring about the victims of Glitch attacks, as seen when Five's friend was infected by a Possessor type glitch, mind-wiped Five because Five beat him in the tournament, and repeatedly performs a Kill Steal by capturing Glitches that Miko and Five have already weakened. Not even his own teammates can stand him.
  • Coach Cadaver from Gravedale High often talks down to the main characters and especially has it in for their teacher Max Schneider for being the only human teacher at the school.
  • Gravity Falls:
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • Mandy is an outright Villain Protagonist who constantly belittles Billy and Grim, her supposed "best friends", and treats them like her slaves. In one episode, where Billy and Grim put the cursed Mask of the Beast on her in an attempt to force her to be nice to them, it's shown that even trying to do the simplest of nice things for someone is nearly impossible for Mandy, to the extent that she finds it physically difficult just to say "please."
    • Mindy, the school's local Alpha Bitch, constantly torments Mandy in a verbal manner (in fact, her catchphrase is "LOSER!") and taking it all in stride. Thankfully, she's also one of the show's regular victims of whatever supernatural power is at hand in the episode.
  • Trina from Grojband definitely fits into this category. She's selfish, violent, narcissistic, and ill-tempered. She constantly belittles and abuses her best friend Mina, as well as her brother Corey and his band, and will do anything to get her crush Nick Mallory to fall in love with her — up to an including allowing aliens to destroy Earth in the Grand Finale!
  • Hey Arnold!:
  • Hotel Transylvania: The Series: Mavis' cousin Klaus, who smugly gloats every time he beats his cousin at something and wastes no opportunity in putting her down.
  • House of Mouse: Mortimer Mouse has always been a total douchebag in all Mickey Mouse cartoons that feature him. His jerkassery is especially notable in the Mickey MouseWorks shorts. House of Mouse reused a lot of those shorts in between the show's framing device of Mickey and his friends running an entertainment club. Mortimer pretty much devotes all his time to trying to make Mickey look like a fool and attempting to get into Minnie's pants even though she is clearly only in love with Mickey. In fact, the MouseWorks short "Mickey's Rival Returns" had him make the dick move of convincing Minnie that Mickey only sees her as a trophy, while the House of Mouse episode "Mickey and the Culture Clash" had him manipulate Mickey and Minnie into breaking up and nearly succeeding.
  • Invader Zim, being a Black Comedy riddled with Comedic Sociopathy, naturally has several examples:
  • Jem:
    • Eric Raymond is a Corrupt Corporate Executive who tries every underhanded tactic he can to prevent Jem and the Holograms from beating him and the Misfits, even if his methods put people's lives at risk.
    • Eric Raymond's lackey Zipper is little more than a thug with no redeeming qualities.
    • Every member of the Misfits except Stormer is a self-centered bitch willing to do whatever they can to sabotage Jem and the Holograms.
    • Clash is a complete egomaniac who always tries to upstage her cousin Video and is also prone to making things hard for Jem and the Holograms.
    • The Stingers are all manipulative jerks who take great pleasure in using people to get what they want and casting them aside when they're no longer needed.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes:
  • Justice League: Aquaman takes his role as King of Atlantis very seriously to the point of all out xenophobia, such as torpedoing a U.S. Navy submarine and being perfectly willing to let its crew drown. He gets better with some help from the Justice League, but he's still very much a jerk.
  • KaBlam!!: In most episodes, June can be one of these. She's usually bossy, demanding, and pretty nasty to Henry AKA her best friend.
  • Kaeloo:
    • Mr. Cat is a complete jerk to everyone, even to his friends (though there are moments where he does care for them). Examples of jerkassery include setting a building on fire with two of his best friends inside, writing a mean anonymous letter to Kaeloo which brings her to tears and sending Quack Quack to Hell for no reason.
    • Pretty also counts as one. She spends half an episode torturing Kaeloo, who is overly conscious about her body, by making fun of her looks. When Stumpy jumps into her arms after he thinks he saw a rattlesnake, she throws him on the floor and wipes her feet on him. And she rejoices when the main four are presumed dead in one episode.
    • Olaf. He's domineering and authoritative, he laughs at others' misfortunes and, in his own words, he "hates everybody".
    • Stumpy, especially in the second and third seasons, is willing to hurt other people just for his own amusement.
  • King of the Hill: Not as many as in Family Guy, but there's still a lot of them nonetheless:
    • Most notably Hank's racist Laotian neighbor, Khan, who just wants to show up Hank, and Hank's racist, misogynist father, Cotton, who outright refused to tell his son he loved him. Even on his deathbed. To be fair to Khan, there are times that he shows that he isn't a complete Jerkass. Cotton is certainly the worse one. Kahn is also revealed to be bipolar, making him more of a Jerkass Woobie.
    • Peggy believes herself to be superior to everyone she knows in every way, and uses it as an excuse to talk down to, insult and generally be a total bitch to everyone around her. Almost everyone she meets outside the main cast quickly grow to dislike her and within the main cast it is heavily implied, if not outright stated, that they don't like her and only associate with her due to living right by her or by proxy of Hank. Dale has bluntly stated he hates her, Bill is in love with her (he is shown to have masochistic tendencies), and Boomhauer is never actually shown speaking to her. When involved in a competition that she will likely lose, rather than admit defeat she will almost always make sure that everyone loses (regardless of how unlikely she is to win from the get go) or lie, backstab, blackmail or use any other unethical or illegal means to give herself the win.
    • Dale counts for his belligerent heckling of his friends, among other things.
  • The Legend of Korra: Tarrlok and Tahno. Tarrlok is cruel, manipulative and uses his bloodbending to capture Korra and put her in a box. Tahno is an arrogant pro-bending champion who cheats his way to victory in the pro-bending final.
  • Lilo & Stitch: The local Alpha Bitch Mertle goes out of her way to make fun of Lilo and exclude her.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Michigan J. Frog has been a Jerkass for his entire existence, screwing around with people by singing and dancing, and then making them look crazy by acting like a normal frog when they try to get other people to see it. Later on, his Jerkass tendencies got even stronger in Tiny Toon Adventures, where he taunts (in song) a turtle trying to get away from Elmyra, and as mascot for The WB, where, in early promos, he'd straight up insult the viewers while praising the WB as an escape from their crappy lives. And he's hilarious.
    • Daffy Duck, especially after his Flanderization into a Butt-Monkey and Narcissist. This, however, doesn't make him any less entertaining to watch.
    • Foghorn Leghorn can be the very picture of Jerkassery, as a loudmouthed prankster. But like Daffy, he's still fun to watch.
    • Yosemite Sam. He was created largely to get the audience to root for Bugs.
    • Plenty of one/two shot characters are this, too. Ali Bama, Giovanni Jones, Bruno The Bear, and Hercules The Construction Worker to name a few.
    • The mouse in Canned Feud, who spends the entire short tormenting Sylvester unprovoked, with the intention of making the cat starve.
    • From the Three Bears shorts, we have Papa Bear. On top of having a volcanic temper, he's highly abusive towards his son, Junyer.

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  • The Magic School Bus: Arnold's cousin Janet. In the few episodes she appears in, she nearly gets the class stuck in space, turns the whole class against Phoebe, uses her cousin for personal gain, sabotages a class project, purposefully buys a star just so Dorothy-Ann can't get it, and nearly destroys a swamp. She's also just a generally mean person.
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack:
    • K'nuckles counts. He is basically a washed up sailor who is often self-absorbed and gives out bad advice to Flapjack. He's willing to cause a mermaid's health to deteriorate just to get to candied island and push people off ladders before Low Tides day.
    • Bubbie also counts as well. She frequently yells and berates K'nuckles even at times when he does not deserve it as he's often Flapjack's whipping boy due to her biased belief that Flapjack is an angel who can do no wrong. One episode even revealed that she swallowed a lady named Ruth whole due to loving her pies and this forced Ruth to stay in Bubbie's stomach until old age. Bubbie also told Flapjack that spying is wrong yet she was hypocritically doing it herself.
    • Peppermint Larry became one through Flanderization, becoming more selfish and childish in the process.
    • Dock Hag. She loves giving out tickets towards Flapjack and K'nuckles even for minor offenses and was seen laughing at them while doing it and she often insults them, although K'nuckles is a favorite victim of hers due to the fact that she has a crush on him.
    • Most of the people of Stormalong Harbor are this. Many of them are pirates who act savagely and deal out Disproportionate Retribution.
  • Megas XLR: Jamie has all of two Pet the Dog moments in the entire series. It is often implied that he brings absolutely nothing to the table in his friendship with Coop, and that he has no skills of his own, yet despite that he is a jerk with a superiority complex who insults his comrades, hits on women, and schemes for his own profit.
  • A good amount of Metalocalypse characters are, well, Jerkasses. One of the worst is the family of Pickles. They prefer their deadbeat con-artist older son over their more successful (as in fixing the economy successful) son. They almost never got any comeuppance, well, except for when Pickles told Molly (his mother) to go fuck herself.
  • Moral Orel: Clay, the main character Orel's father, who is initially viewed (at least in Orel's eyes) in a sympathetic (or at least tolerable) light, but is ultimately a pathetic, blundering, selfish jackass who even crosses the Moral Event Horizon at one point or another. His "crowning moment" of Jerkassery and crossing the Moral Event Horizon was when he drunkenly shot Orel on a hunting trip and proceeded to blame it on Orel with a series of unconnected lies. He stood there insulting Orel to bring him down, ending with him starting to walk away, turning around and saying "And I'm GLAD I shot you!".
  • Mr. Bogus: Ratty combines this trope with You Dirty Rat!. Might as well be Justified, since he's always trying to one-up Bogus with little to no success and more often than not will treat his sidekick Mole like dirt.
  • The Mr. Men Show: Most of the negative personality characters tend to be this, but the appropriately-named Mr. Rude stands out the most.
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey: Bull, who's — you guessed it — The Bully of the show, what with him picking on many classmates, especially Adam.
  • Numb Chucks: Buford is a complete asshole to nearly everyone and seems to hate Dilweed and Fungus. He won't even help his grandmother with the groceries because he's too lazy playing video games.
  • Pelswick: Boyd, a bully who goes out of his way to pick on the paraplegic protagonist, even resorting to spying on him to catch him at something embarrassing for material. He has what appears to be an Even Evil Has Standards that prevents him from attacking Pelswick physically, but this embodies the same condescension Pelswick doesn't like from the people who have good intentions.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
  • Potatoes and Dragons: One could argue that the dragon and King Hugo are both examples of this, and the whole show revolves around watching the two of them harass each other. King Hugo is a bad-tempered, egotistical royal pain of a king, who often acts like a brat despite his age. In comparison, the dragon's idea of fun is to wander on over to the castle and burn King Hugo and/or his belongings to cinders whenever he feels like it, even when the king is minding his own business — which of course is why the king wants to chase the dragon out of the kingdom.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • Princess is this and a Spoiled Brat taken Up to Eleven. She has a disturbing Lack of Empathy for a kindergarten-aged girl, throws temper tantrums to her "daddy" when she doesn't get her way and when someone says "no" to her, and doesn't hesitate to step on people to get what she wants, and then she wonders why she is never allowed to be a Powerpuff Girl.
    • Fuzzy Lumpkins, the Ganggreen Gang, Him, Sedusa, and a few other villains count.
    • Mike Birkowski from the episode, Cop Out is a lazy and selfish cop who gets fired for those reasons, then acts like a major Hypocrite by blaming the Powerpuff Girls for stealing all the work from hard-working cops, considering the fact he would just eat donuts, and sit around.
    • Dick Hardly was an even bigger example. The guy starts off as a jerk and then turns into a monster (figuratively and literally). The guy tricks the girls into giving him Chemical X to create knockoff girls so he can make more money. When he was confronted by the girls for this stunt, he swallows the Chemical X and turns into a monster, and then attempts to drain the Chemical X from the girls, while the professor is watching them die. He was the only villain on the show to die.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (2016): Buttercup really lives up to the first four lettersnote  of her name in this series. She bullies her sisters, is very standoffish and egotistical, aND is overall more selfish than her original counterpart.
  • The Problem Solverz has Alfe. He is loud and obnoxious in almost every sense of the words, has mocked Roba on several occasions, is unsympathetic, and yet never seem to get called out on his actions, and almost always solves the problem.
  • The Proud Family:
    • Put Butt-Monkey and this trope together, and you have Oscar Proud in a nutshell. Sometimes he does deserve it, but he could double as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold too, Depending on the Writer.
    • Dijonay and Lacienega count, and they double as Karma Houdinis for receiving little consequences for being terrible friends to Penny.
    • Wizard Kelly as well, as he gives even Mr. Burns a run for his money for being one to Oscar, bragging about his loss.
    • Sugar Mama to Oscar, as she rarely shows affection for him.
    • The Gross Sisters rarely get punishment for bullying the other teens, Penny included.
    • The talking baby, Trudy, and sometimes even Zoey, of all people, could be this to either Penny or Oscar.
  • Ready Jet Go! has Mitchell. He is self-centered, rude, and always wants to expose Jet's alien identity to the public. However, he does have a heart of gold once you peel back the layers. The Christmas Episode reveals that this is all just a facade to hide his loneliness. He is considerably mellowed out in season 2, but he still has his moments.
  • Recess:
  • Gelman was this for most of the series, usually picking on Gus for no reason at all. In "A Great State Fair", he pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Ashleys. While the girls do sometimes have their Lovable Alpha Bitch moments, they're usually stuck-up jerks. Ashley Q. shows this the most.
  • Randall Weemes, who likes to get the gang in trouble For the Evulz.
  • Most of the adults (sans Miss Grotke) in season one.
  • Becky Detweiler, T.J.'s big sister, is this and a Bratty Teenage Daughter. She gets better at the end of Recess: School's Out, but goes back to her normal ways in the sequel, Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade.
  • King Bob slipped into this territory on occasion, most notably in "The Rules" and "Pharaoh Bob".
  • The worst ones are Dr. Slicer from "Prickly Is Leaving", Mayor Fitzhugh from "The Biggest Trouble Ever" and Mr. White from "The Story of Whomps" (but especially Dr. Slicer).
  • Regular Show:
    • Benson, in a "uptight boss" sense. He's kind of iffy, considering how incredibly stressed out he is. And let's face it, Mordecai and Rigby are pretty awful at their jobs. But he does constantly yell at them and sometimes threatens to fire them for stupid reasons.
    • Mr. Maellard is even worse than Benson. He's Benson's boss who often blames him for all the problems in the park, and refuses to take responsibility for any damages caused by Mordecai and Rigby; despite willingly paying for anything he breaks since he believes he's rich and can do so.
    • Muscle Man, particularly early in the series. He's an obnoxious, crude prankster; in his first spotlight episode, he actually forced Mordecai and Rigby to eat a grilled picture of his mother (which turned out to be a picture of one of his ass cheeks!) because he thought they were making fun of her. And "Starter Pack" also gives us a glimpse of his treatment towards Thomas, which was nothing short of bullying. He eventually Took a Level in Kindness, though.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show:
    • Ren is a greedy hothead who constantly berates Stimpy; and in the Adult Party Cartoon version, he's flanderized into a sociopath who hurts animals for fun.
    • George Liquor. He is a combination of jerkass and Ax-Crazy, whose treatment of animals is despicable.
    • Victor is the worst one, being a bully who enjoys hurting people. Stimpy even refers to him as "the neighborhood sadist". His father isn't much better, being basically a grown-up version of him.
  • Rick and Morty
    • Rick Sanchez is often seen as a man who is selfish and wiling to cause destruction for his own self-benefit. He is a bad influence on his grandson Morty and is willing to slap an innocent alien in the face and make that alien cry for no reason at all, which is exactly what he did in the pilot episode. His criminal record is vast with it consisting of him enjoying watching people kill each other for his amusement, putting an entire dimension into an apocalypse and refusing to fix it all while creating a replacement dimension for him and Morty to move into all because he was too lazy to fix the situation.
    • Beth Smith, in addition to the contemptuous tone of voice she sometimes uses for her kids, really held the Jerkass Ball in "Pickle Rick" when she and Rick mock family therapy as useless and ignore the kids to make plans for drinks at Shoney's. Jerry also clearly sees her as the Alpha Bitch and pants-wearer in their marriage, as seen in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" where Jerry's projection of how he thinks about her is a vicious monster which looks like a cross between a scorpion and the xenomorph from the Alien movies.
    • Jerry Smith is in these levels as well. He is shown to be mean towards dogs, especially towards Morty's dog Snuffles and also made a huge scene where he tried to weasel his way out of donating his private parts to an alien civil rights leader who needed them for a new heart and after that, Jerry hypocritically changed his mind and held an entire room filled with surgeons hostage so he could force them to remove his private parts, which was unsuccessful.
  • Robotboy:
  • Kanawk from Robotix is an outright despicable individual. As if siding with the evil Terrakors isn't enough to make him vile, he also steals the already low supply of food from humans allied with the Protectons just to spite them!
  • Rocket Power:
    • Otto Rocket. He's arrogant, cocky, and so full of himself. He loves to brag about his skills and puts down anyone who is inferior to him. And when he's on the inferior side himself, he throws a hissy fit and refuses to admit that someone is better than him at something.
    • Reggie, while nowhere near Otto's level of Jerkassness, has her moments where she can be just as insufferable.
    • Merv Stimpleton is another example of this, seeing as how ill-tempered he is during the four friends' shenanigans and cuts them and Ray very little slack.
    • And the biggest one of them all is Twister's older brother Lars, who not only picks on Twister, but is also just as much of a Competition Freak as Otto. Lars' gang could count as well.
  • Rocko's Modern Life:
    • Ed Bighead definitely qualifies. He's an insufferable asshole who has an irrational hatred for Rocko and often berates him for minor incidents.
    • Heffer and Filburt can become this at times for the way they treat Rocko in some episodes, such as in "Fly Burger" in which they took advantage of Rocko's transformation by unofficially throwing a party at his house while he struggles to adapt to a fly's habitat.
    • Slippy Slug in "Carnival Knowledge" often puts other patrons in danger by having them ride in endangered amusement park rides just to make an easy buck.
    • And let's not forget Rocko's cruel boss Mr. Smitty, who once made Rocko stay up all night to fix a minor flaw on each of many of the same comics.
    • Heffer's grandpa, who on top of being a Grumpy Old Man, he's also very racist; Heffer tells Rocko that his grandpa hates wallabies, but upon meeting Rocko, he instead mistakes him for a beaver (who he's also racist against).
  • Rugrats: Angelica plays this trope straight, from childhood to the All Grown Up! episodes. She is really willing to manipulate the other characters to get what she wants.
  • Rupert has the Fox twins Ferdy and Freddy. They're a pair of pranksters who see no wrong in wreaking havoc in Nutwood and are always mocking the main character Rupert Bear. The Fox twins are notably the only characters that Rupert is not on good terms with.
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  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated:
    • Mayor Jones puts local tourism first and the well-being of his son, Fred, a distant second. The town's main squeeze for tourism is when people dress up as monsters and cause property damage or even harm to others. By episode 13, you'll be expecting him to cross the Moral Event Horizon soon. And he does in episode 26.
    • Professor Pericles is even worse, he manipulates everyone else including Jones so he could serve the Niberu, including using slave labor and backstabbing his own gang for the treasure and murdering Hot Dog Water in cold blood.
  • The Secret Show: Professor Professor fills this trope through his childish behavior, his penchant for pulling practical jokes in times of danger, never actually testing his highly dangerous inventions, always leaving out crucial information until the moment, or, oft times, after it's needed, and sending the agents out on random missions. The worst thing he's done is sent them to the "Bermuda Trapezoid" into a fight to the death which ended up with the agents almost being killed in a volcano, simply to get back the satellite that broadcasts his favorite show. However, he is such a fun character that it really doesn't end up mattering in the long run.
  • Sheep in the Big City has its share of mean characters.
    • Everyone in the top secret military organization trying to capture Sheep so he can be used in a sheep-powered ray gun can come off as heartlessly relentless in their pursuit of Sheep, but General Specific goes above and beyond by treating his subordinates like dirt and dropping them through trap doors simply for asking questions about his orders or believing that he doesn't need them anymore.
    • Lady Richington keeps beating up Sheep with her stainless steel wig unprovoked because she has an unexplained hatred of sheep in general, not even noticing or caring that Sheep is in love with her pet poodle Swanky and that Swanky loves Sheep back.
    • Victor, the spokesman for Oxymoron products in the Parody Commercials, tends to cause inconvenience or harm to the people he's shilling the products to, still standing there with a callous smile and pretending nothing's wrong with the product while the people he's bothering suffer and complain.
  • Shelldon: Somewhat unusually for a 21st century Edutainment Show targeted at preschool and early grade-school audiences, the main character Shelldon can be a real jerk at times. While he does have some redeeming qualities, he often does not seem to be a good role model for the target audience. He is often rude and abrasive to his best friend and even his family, and often displays lazy or selfish behavior. For example, in "Locked Out", he goofs off with Herman when he's supposed to be babysitting his younger siblings, foisting his chores and trying to foist his homework on them without a second thought. His adoptive sister, Connie, who is actually younger than him, generally comes across as being much more responsible.
  • The Smurfs:
    • Brainy Smurf is an Insufferable Genius who makes Vanity Smurf's existence redundant and has almost destroyed the village more than once.
  • Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Everyone but especially Space Ghost himself, a petty, megalomaniacal Small Name, Big Ego who regularly abuses his co-hosts and sometimes murders his guests. It's that sort of show.
  • Entree from Spliced. In contrast to Peri, he is unrepentantly selfish, greedy, callous, and manipulative. He also often harms or abuses others for fun or self-profit — his best friend Peri being his most frequent victim due to his naivety. On the other hand, he does have rare Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments, and is a frequent victim of Laser-Guided Karma.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Mr. Krabs has wrecked SpongeBob's house, eaten him when he was shipped back home after a failed attempt to infiltrate Pearl's slumber party, tried to tear a guy's arm off over a penny, stole a $1.25 secret ingredient and tried to frame SpongeBob for it, and sold SpongeBob's soul to the Flying Dutchman for 62 cents after SpongeBob stood up for him. Even Squidward, who hates SpongeBob enough to let it happen, called him out on the last one, not believing that Mr. Krabs could be THAT big of a Jerkass, and Krabs himself realizes he went too far there and throws the money back. It only gets worse as the seasons go on where Krabs does anything in his power to get money even if it involves causing extreme misfortune for others ("The Krabby Kronicle" and "The Krusty Sponge" are prime examples of this) and let's not even get started on what Krabs does to Plankton in the later seasons. For the most part, the callousness of Mr Krabs's and everyone else's character (everyone is a Jerkass at times) is a case of Depending on the Writer; they can shift back to their more likable early characterizations at times, though when they play this trope, they play it very straight. How worse you ask? One time, he fired SpongeBob because he would save 5 cents. Yes, canning his best employee to save 5 cents is a great idea.
    • Squilliam is a bigger example. He's Squidward without his redeeming qualities. He makes Squidward look like a saint. Squilliam takes pride in trying to humiliate Squidward, only to be Hoist by His Own Petard.
    • Plankton, when he's the main villain, will be as mean as he is evil. Best exemplified in "Walking Small", where he decides to mold SpongeBob into one in order to get rid of everyone else at the beach (since he's too small to do it himself) so that he can build the Chum Bucket Mega Bucket.
    • A few other side characters, like Bubble Bass from the episode, "Pickles" where he makes SpongeBob think he forgot to put pickles on his Krabby Patty, thus getting a refund from Mr. Krabs, and breaking SpongeBob. Also in "Move Your Bubble Bass" where he tricks Spongebob and Patrick into moving all of his possessions out of his mother's house by promising them lunch in return, and for no other reason than because he's too lazy to move his stuff himself.
    • Kevin C. Cucumber from the episode, "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic"; he's the leader of the Jelly Spotters, a group of jellyfish enthusiasts, and he looks down on SpongeBob, even asking him to perform some "tests" because he wants to see SpongeBob hurt himself.
    • Flats the Flounder from the episode "The Bully" is hellbent on "kicking SpongeBob's butt", even after SpongeBob saves his life via CPR and takes him to the hospital after an accident. He seems to have quite the reputation among the people that know him, as even his father is afraid of his threats.
    • The bus driver from "Rock Bottom", who throws SpongeBob and Patrick off his bus in Rock Bottom when they need his help to get back home. And this all because he had enough of being hit with SpongeBob's balloon.
  • Squirrel Boy:
    • Kyle and Salty Mike. They are a duo of bullies who harass and torment Andy and Rodney for no apparent reason (or at least no apparent good reason), in addition to vandalizing other people's property and whatnot. They never learn anything and barely have any Pet the Dog moments (or at least Kyle barely has any).
    • Rodney himself (being an Expy of Bloo) isn't exactly a saint, being a textbook example of With Friends Like These....
  • Like the live-action films, Star Wars: The Clone Wars gives some rather mean characters.
    • The Season 1 episode, "Trespass", gives us Chairman Chi Cho, the greedy chairman of Pantora who doesn't like being reasonable with Talz, considering the moon the talz live on Pantoran territory, and declares war on them and claims it a Pantoran exclusive internal affair, not allowing Obi-Wan Kenobi to participate in the negotiations.
    "This is now an internal affair of Pantora!"
    • Tarkin was still a Jerkass in the Clone Wars series as well.
    • Jedi General Pong Krell in the Umbarra Arc in Season Four. It turns out his jerk personallity was intentional, as he was planning to join the Count Dooku and the CIS after sabotaging the Republic effort on Umbarra.
    • Barriss Offee turns into one in the Season Five finale episodes, where she bombed the Jedi Temple and framed her best friend, Ahsoka Tano, for murdering her accomplice, Letta Turmond.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Lars is a high school slacker who constantly antagonizes Steven, because he thinks Steven is lame. Though he does have his more heartwarming moments. He eventually loses a lot of his jerk behavior during the Season 5's "Wanted" arc.
    • Kevin, who is one of only two characters Steven openly hates (the other one being Marty, described below). At a club, he hits on Stevonnie, a fusion between 13-year old lead character Steven, and Connie, Steven's 12-year old friend. Kevin is in his late teens. Of course, he doesn't know this at the time, but continues to hit on them and try to dance with them after they made it explicitly clear they weren't interested. He runs away as soon as they unfuse. Then, months later, Kevin and Steven meet again when Kevin antagonises Steven's dad, Greg Universe, at his car wash. Nitpicking Greg's washing of his expensive sports car, he then drives away without paying. After that, one thing leads to another and Stevonnie ends up against Kevin in a street race, throughout which, Kevin flirts with them, knowing they're two young kids. Then, when asked why he acts like he does, he makes up a story about having a sick younger brother, than laughs when Stevonnie believes him. He goes on to explain he acts like this because he finds it funny, and wins the race.
    • Marty. He's a deadbeat dad who, when after not seeing his son for almost a decade, used his songs to promote a guacamole-flavored soda, under the pretense of bonding with him.
    • Yellow Diamond is this, being a Bad Boss who is very prone to Disproportionate Retribution. Though she does have quite a few Pet the Dog moments. She eventually takes a level in kindness.
  • SWAT Kats: Burke and Murray, the former junkyard managers before the protagonists. Every time they show up, expect them to mock and laugh at Chance and Jake.
  • Sym-Bionic Titan: Baron, a classmate of Lance's from the military training academy of Galaluna, is an asshole to the highest order. He's a bully, he constantly gets Lance in trouble, he makes insensitive remarks about his father being deceased, and he even tries to kill Lance for winning the medal of excellence instead of him.
  • Tales From The Cryptkeeper: The hunter from the episode "Hunted". He openly admits to the English speaking Amazonian native that he will use the animals he captured to make fur coats, rugs and fancy appetizers and not take them to a zoo as the boy hoped. The hunter tries to justify his actions by claiming his people also hunt the animals for food, but the boy retorts that they only hunt the animals for as much as they need. He also lets the hunter know that they are not as numerous as he believes and the ones he captured may even be the last of their species. Hunter's response? "Then all the better. The rarer they are the higher the price." Wow, what a total shithead. Luckily he gets his at the end of the episode.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): Vic/Spider Bytez, who spends most of his first appearance treating the Turtles like dirt and mockingly calling them "kung-fu frogs." When he's captured by the Kraang, the guys actually stop to wonder why they should risk their lives to save him.
  • Teen Titans Go!:
    • Everyone of the Titans has their moments (yes, even Starfire). Despite their differences, they are good friends to one another, but sometimes they're outright jerks. Special mention goes to Robin, an uptight Jerkass who frequently abuses his teammates verbally and in some episodes physically, and Cyborg and Beast Boy, who are incredibly obnoxious and lazy, and in the episode, Staring Into the Future even try to ruin the futures of Robin, Starfire, and Raven because of their own selfish ways.
    • Blackfire was described as this before her Heel–Face Turn in "Mr. Butt".
    • Aqualad, who abuses his sea animals as if they were servants to the point of feeding them to the sharks just to impress Raven.
  • Teenage Fairytale Dropouts:
    • Evil Earl is the biggest offender of this trope (Despite that there are NUMEROUS characters in the show that follow his path) He is pretty arrogant and bitter to nearly EVERYONE around him. But to be honest, you can't blame him for his personality and for him being the jerk he is. His father was an OUTCAST.
    • Don't get me started with Trafalgar's cousin MYRON.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • People such as James, Sir Handel, and Duncan are seen as rude, arrogant, condescending, and ill-behaved, often seen as the ones insulting the nicer and sympathetic engines having a difficult situation. They will often face Laser-Guided Karma which will damage their prideful attitudes as well as earning a stern talking to from The Fat Controller for their behavior, which will have them learn their lessons in the end, at least for a while.
    • Diesel is the most prominent example of the series thanks to his antagonism towards steam engines and finds every opportunity in making them miserable with the help of his diesel brethren such as 'Arry and Bert, who also qualify.
    • The Troublesome Trucks will find every opportunity to ridicule, harass, and cause serious accidents for the engines, mostly by putting them off the rails or causing them to crash into certain objects just for their own amusement. They're one of the reasons why the engines are blamed for said accidents and never got their comeuppances, although even if they were broken into pieces during the accident, this never stops them from laughing about the fun they had in victimizing an engine.
    • The Spiteful Brake Van who caused a lot of problems for Douglas, one of them being deliberately delaying his trains. Even after a hard biff from Donald, the brake van still wouldn't repent from his behavior and tries to sabotage James' train. Gradually, Douglas pushes from behind James' train, smashing the Spiteful Brake Van in the process.
  • Time Squad:
    • Buck Tuddrussel is a huge one. He is a jerk towards Larry 3000 as he repays Larry for his kindness to him by berating him for his effeminate behavior as Tuddrussel shoved Larry into a dishwasher and set it to high heat all beacause Larry cleaned Tuddrussel's phaser guns. Tuddrussel also loves Going Native in time eras that are undergoing historical inaccuracies, therefore jeopardizing history by participating in the shenanigans of other historical figures all for his own selfish gain.
    • Larry 3000 is hardly a saint either. He also loves participating in causing historical innaccuracies for his own self benefit, is very snarky towards other people, and at one point he made Tuddrussel sleep on the sofa just for hanging out with his ex-wife Shiela.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • Plucky Duck, Daffy's younger counterpart, is just like post-Flanderization Daffy, an egotistical jerk who thinks about himself more than others.
    • Montana Max is an even bigger one. He's a loud-mouth, greedy, snot-nosed brat who serves as the main antagonist of the show.
    • Little Beeper, who, unlike the Roadrunner to Wile E, injures Calamity for no reason, such as running him over with a truck.
    • The biggest one of them all would ironically be Sweetie Pie, who hijacks a themed episode to indulge in her own egotistical fantasies where she tortures anyone and everyone in her path. One short has her attempting to get Furrball to chase and eat her, heaping various punishments and humiliations on the poor cat, and when he does finally reach his breaking point and attempt to off the little hellspawn she just heaps MORE violence on the poor cat, who at the beginning of the short was minding his own damn business.
  • The Tofus:
    • Tidus Hubbub is a loudmouth who hates his neighbours the Tofus so much that whenever something goes on in the neighbourhood he immediately blames them. He is also antagonistic to them on a daily basis to an extent that it's questioned about whether or not two vicious greyhounds would be worse than him.
    • Nick is a special case. Besides being The Bully, and just not any bully but the head bully, Nick is the rival of Chichi Tofu, who is a couple of years younger than him, and often antagonizing the younger boy for no real reason at all to the point that he made up a story of Chichi's older sister Lola having pretended to be drowning just so she could kiss someone.
  • Tom and Jerry:
    • Jerry occasionally picked on Tom for no reason in some of the earlier cartoons, though the times where Tom is the first to start the fight far outnumber the times where Jerry attacks without being provoked. And in episodes where Jerry really goes overboard, Tom tends to win, though that doesn't change the fact that Jerry was sometimes a Jerkass in retaliation.
    • Tom himself is occasionally shown to pick on Jerry for the sheer fun of it (or take a little too much pleasure in his duties).
    • But none of them hold a candle to Tom's owner (whom fans mistakenly call Clint Clobber due to the very strong ressemblances between them) from the Gene Deitch shorts; he had an extremely nasty temper and beat the crap out of Tom for even the littlest offenses. Sometimes, it got so bad that even Jerry was shown wincing in shock. In fact, "Sorry Safari" has him give a Psychotic Smirk at harming Tom for the umpteenth time. But perhaps what's worse is that he never got punished for violently beating up Tom... until the above-mentioned episode finally rectified this.
  • Transformers Animated: Sentinel Prime. It was to display how ironic it was that an arrogant jerk like him would become a member of the Elite Guard when Optimus Prime, who was more competent and nicer, ended up on a Space Bridge Repair crew.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man: Nova. Most of the cast can be pretty bad, but Nova is ridiculously overboard in this respect, being an arrogant, cocky bastard who has a a huge dislike of Spider-Man and uses any chance he can to put him down.
  • What A Cartoon! Show:
    • Luther from the short "Awfully Lucky". The very beginning of the short has him steal a man's sandwich, tease a dog with the last bite before finishing the sandwich in front of it, and steal a baby's milk bottle to wash it down. It's almost as if they wanted to make sure that the audience wouldn't feel sorry for Luther when the Paradox Pearl's curse keeps giving him grave misfortune.
    • Sledgehammer O'Possum from the short "Out and About" is extremely sadistic and cruel; he torments the dog for no reason, all he did was share his food with him. Sledgehammer then proceeds to inflict all kinds of pain and suffering on him in an over-the-top fashion. A few times he appears to feel guilt for what he did, only to hurt him worse than before.
  • Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?:
    • The Yogman twins Lenny and Denny, who bully Robot Jones and always cause trouble for him.
    • Principal Madman, a complete technophobe who always assumes Robot Jones is up to no good just because he's a machine. He even framed him for various misdeeds just to turn the other students against him in "School Newspaper".
  • Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch: Chopper shows great jealousy for Wheelie and will go to great lengths to one-up him.
  • The Wild Thornberrys: Brie and Sloan in the movie. Unlike the other villains in the show, they're not played for laughs in the slightest. They seem like nice people at first, offering to help Eliza get back to her family and helping save an injured rhino, but it's all an act as Eliza later finds out that Brie and Sloan are the poachers that stole a cheetah cub and shot the rhino and are planning to kill thousands of elephants with an electric fence. They threaten to kill Debbie unless Eliza tells them how she knew of their plan (forcing her to reveal her secret powers) and after Eliza thwarts their plan, Sloan decides to shoot the elephants instead despite Eliza being in the vicinity (something which even his own men question him on), then he grabs Eliza and tries to kill her by throwing her into the river. When it comes to poachers, Sloan is the bad guy.
  • Winx Club: Lucy is often abusive with Mirta (who, it is later revealed, has been her friend since they were in diapers), and teams up with the Trix almost every time they come knocking.
    • Margot, one of the two judges of the reality talent show "Wow!" from World of Winx is overly haughty and critical and tends to belittle any of the contestants on the show.
  • X-Men: The contender for biggest jerkass in any animated series is Evolution's version of Quicksilver; he steals from his best friend, frames said best friend, joins the bad guys to get out of jail, regularly abuses them, betrays them when they separate from Magneto's thumb, allows Magneto to Mind Rape his mentally unstable twin sister Wanda so that she'll be out of the way, triggers Wanda into accidentally derailing a train (which their escape attempt ends up painting them in a positive light and getting their house rebuilt), then has the Brotherhood cause events that make them into heroes in the public for money, further manipulates Wanda's state of mind to attack the X-Men and incriminate them, then sets a train crash so they can stop it and abandons it when they realize that it's going to colide with another train and cause an explosion which could level the entire city, and worst of all he went to a dance with four dates.


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