- Iago is the Token Evil Teammate among the protagonists of Aladdin, not to mention rude and annoying. However, in one episode he opposed vehemently helping or trusting Caliph Kapok, simply because he was known to be a wizard. (Agrabah's experiences with wizards were unpleasant to say the least.) While such a suspicion at first seemed like unfair stereotyping, Iago had a valid point here, because Kapok was as evil as any other wizard they'd known.
- In the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Super Sirloin", Meatwad sends all the food in the house off to a rapper named Sir Loin to feed starving children. This includes a duck à l'orange that Shake was going to eat, and he is not thrilled about that discovery, since that duck cost "higher than Meatwad can count". And for once, Frylock agrees with Shake.Frylock: Charity is one thing, but this is getting out of hand. I mean, we don't have anything to eat now!
- Archer's cast consists of jerks. Smart jerks who will point out the flaws of something. For example, when Cheryl explains to Pam that her brother is planning on having her thrown into a mental hospital to get her half of their inheritance, Pam says that this might not be such a bad idea, as Cheryl is mentally unstable and endangers everyone around her constantly.
- Another time comes in "Jeu Monégasque" when it is revealed that Malory stole her employees' 401(k)s to pay for what is (seemingly) another sex tape that someone is blackmailing her with. When Archer (who did not know that the money came from the 401(k)s) loses the money in a casino, Lana and Ray are furious with him, both for jeopardizing the mission and for losing their retirement money. They back off, however, when Archer points out that Malory was the one who stole their money, and that all he did was foolishly lose it.
- Every so often on Arthur, D.W. will make a good point sometimes, but Arthur is too arrogant to listen to her.
- In As Told by Ginger, selfish and hypocritical she may be, but Dodie was right to point out how inconsiderate Ginger was being by inviting Darren to the County Fair without consulting her and Macie, since it was their tradition to go together, so she retaliates by inviting Courtney, who ends up being the only person to have fun that day.
- Miranda and Courtney aren't nice about it, but they're right in "Gym Class Confidential" that Macie needs to grow up and accept the changes that are coming, as her refusal to watch the video on puberty with the other female students is only going to hold her back.
- Miranda does bring up a good point that if Dodie betrayed Ginger's confidence once, it wouldn't be difficult to make her do it again.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 1, Admiral Zhao is the resident Jerkass and Hate Sink character. However, in Episode 3 (his debut episode no less) he raised some very good points about the Deuteragonist Zuko's undying (and completely undeserved) loyalty to his father the Fire Lord. He says it in a way that's obviously meant to hurt Zuko, but it doesn't make what he says any less true.Zhao: ...your own father doesn't even want you.
Zuko: You're wrong! Once I deliver the Avatar to my father, he will welcome me home with honor! And restore my rightful place on the throne.
Zhao: If your father really wanted you home, he would've let you return by now, Avatar or no Avatar. But in his eyes you are a failure and a disgrace to the Fire Nation.
Zuko: That's not true!
Zhao: You have the scar to prove it.
- An interesting two-way interaction occurs in Beast Wars between Dinobot and Rattrap in season 2. When Dinobot's loyalty was challenged due to some of his questionable actions, Rattrap, up to that point, had been of the opinion that. "Oh sure, he's a slag-spoutin' saurian, but at least you know where he stands." After he walks away, Dinobot admits that snarky Rattrap has a point, too, that he had crossed the line. He then resolves to correct his mistake, no matter what it takes.
- While he may have only been bitter at not being immediately followed as leader in Optimus's absence in Chain of Command, Dinobot is absolutely right that the Maximals relying on a vote, with no tie-breaking mechanism, rather than having a contingency plan— or, y'know, an established chain of command— already in place is ridiculous.
- Bob's Burgers: Mr. Dinkler, the Thomas Edison-obsessed substitute science teacher in "Topsy", is undeniably unpleasent and nasty. However, him banning volcano models from the Science Fair because of how unoriginal and effortless they are is somewhat valid, especially since Louise was explicitly attempting to use the same one she constructed the previous year in order to not do any work.
- Bojack Horseman: Sebastian St. Claire is a raging narcissist that works in war-torn Cordovia doing charity work. While his efforts and works in the country are clearly for his glory and honor, he makes some solid points that a book written about him will encourage people to donate money to his foundation, which helps the country. His emotional detachment from the situation ensures that despite the horrors that come his way, he is always functional. This is in stark contrast to Diane, who bonds with a small child that is killed in a hospital bombing. She isn't able to emotionally handle it, and goes home shortly afterwards. When Diane calls him out for his attitude, he counters that grieving over the dead won't help them or the living, and only building new facilities for them will.
- Bojack may be a bitter misanthrope, but he often brings up very valid points:
- In Season 4, he points out to Hollyhock that Miles just using her, because a guy like him is surrounded by drop-dead gorgeous supermodels, which she isn't.
- He argues against treating the troops as if they are heroes when they're just as fallible as everyone else in "Bojack Hates The Troops."
- Bojack may be a bitter misanthrope, but he often brings up very valid points:
- In The Boondocks, it's not unheard of for Uncle Ruckus (a decent man at heart but a real asshole) or A Pimp Named Slickback (just an asshole) to dispense genuinely good advice. To specify, the former is correct that Riley is a rude, troublemaker and the latter turns out to be right where his "ho" Cristal, is only using Robert for selfish purposes.
- Codename: Kids Next Door:
- The much hated Teenagers get to call out the KND when they simply assume that their reunion at "The Point" has ulterior motives, without having actual proof... and it turns out that they just wanted to go to a rollerskating ring and have fun. Their night out is ruined, and they're pissed at the kids for a good reason.
- Numbuh 363 is always a self-centered and cocky tyke, and takes it Up to Eleven in the series finale Operation Interviews when his somewhat strict and no-nonsense sister Numbuh 362 reassigns the Cake Missions to him and his Sector, mockingly pointing out that they have never once gotten the cake back in one piece and it's time that a real Sector started handling the big missions. Rude as he was to Sector V, his criticisms are legit. Sector V hasn't ever once gotten the cake, and it makes perfect sense for he, as the operative who currently as the highest mission success rate in the KND, be put in charge of all future cake missions instead of the inept Sector V. He even lives up to his title, obtaining the most amount of items in the Scavenger Hunt for the cake, outsmarting Sector V on multiple occasions.
- Dexter's Laboratory: Yohnny the Janitor hates Dexter so much for making a mess every day in school that he traps him in the school and terrorizes him in a Die Hard parody... but then you realize that he has a point. Dexter is experimenting with all kinds of dangerous chemicals in the classroom and leave them lying around when he goes home for the day, which Yohnny has to clean himself, adding unneeded hours of overtime. Also remember that Dexter is an elementary school student. He's leaving all kinds of poisonous and highly volatile substances in a mess that a janitor like Yohnny wouldn't have any formal training to remove. Yohnny has no idea what these chemicals are so he may accidentally mix the wrong substances. He went too far, but when it comes to Dexter... can you really blame him? On the flip side, however, Dexter makes it clear from his perspective that he was unaware about doing any of the things above, so when he accuses Yohnny of being crazy with what he's been putting him through, he actually has a point of his own because he doesn't even know why Yohnny's doing it. At the very least, Yohnny would be more justified in his actions (than he already is) if he had bothered to tell Dexter what this was all about. He briefly does, but after Dexter replies with a genuinely confused "What?", he simply taunts him by opening the exit door instead of explaining himself further. Missing an opportunity to make Dexter actually learn his lesson.
- Most of the cast of Drawn Together engage in fairly consistent Jerkass behavior, so most examples wouldn't be all that noticeable. That said, Toot and Captain Hero actually end up becoming ashamed of themselves when, in response to Xandir asking them to roleplay as his parents, they respond to his coming out as gay by saying "Uh, DUUHHH!" and laughing at his expense, resulting in him telling them off and going to his room. While they do apologize and promise to take it more seriously, their initial reaction wasn't far off the mark- Xandir's parents do react that way when he actually does come out to them at the end of the episode.
- Eric in Dungeons & Dragons was set up as The Complainer Is Always Wrong, but if you're listening carefully, he's the only one in the party perfectly willing to call out Dungeonmaster over those dirty tricks and half-truths that get the party in trouble, and the only one to tell Hank that Honor Before Reason may be a bad idea. Certain members of the writing staff have pointed out this was intentional; they didn't agree with this trope at all, and later episodes were more explicit about his pessimism being the right call (even if the moral guardians meant they still had to ignore him).
- Ed, Edd n Eddy:
- Sarah displays this trope a few times in the series:
- There's an episode where Rolf needs Ed to babysit his farm animals. Ed ends up leading them into his (Ed's) house, tracking dirt all the while. Sarah yells at him that he can't keep the animals there. As obnoxious as she was about it, she was right. Ed should've kept them outside. Double D also agrees that Ed should take care of them elsewhere, and even says Sarah has a point.note
- Sarah also has a point in the episode "Brother, Can You Spare An Ed." She's saved up her allowance to buy fudge, and asks Ed to go to the candy store for her to get it; Eddy convinces Ed to buy jawbreakers instead. While it wasn't an entirely smart thing to give Ed spending money, it was still hers, and she genuinely wasn't looking for the Eds' trouble in this particular episode, which means that her Hair-Trigger Temper is justified in this case.
- She has every right to be upset that the Eds (well, mostly Eddy) stole her diary in "For Your Ed Only".
- The kids in general are crueler in their response to the Eds as the show goes on, but by that time, they're not entirely wrong about the damage that the Eds cause with their shenanigans. The Eds also keep trying to scam them out of their money on a daily basis, goodwill only lasts for so long, and the Eds clearly aren't stopping when the kids try to be polite about it.
- As much as a jerkass as Kevin was in "Ed In A Halfshell" when he insulted Eddy's scam, Edd comments on how Kevin was right about how ridiculous the scam was.
- Jimmy became more prone to holding the Jerkass Ball and becoming a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing in later seasons, especially with his actions towards the Eds. He does, however, have good reasons for his contempt towards the Eds. The Eds constantly get him injured with their shenanigans and their scams, and Eddy constantly bullies him. It was even proven that the Eds were the reason why Jimmy was going through orthodontic treatment (they sold him a bowling pin masked as a treat).
- Eddy, despite being a Jerkass to the extreme, actually does manage to rightly call out others for their own stupid/Jerkass behavior.
- When Ed goes out of control in "The Day the Ed Stood Still" because of his overactive imagination, Double D tries to pin the blame on Eddy even though he had little to no control of the situation. Eddy defends himself by rightfully pointing that it was Double D's idea to create the monster suit for Ed in the first place, not to mention Double D himself should've been aware of Ed's wild imagination to begin with.
- He brings a good point to Ed with how unhealthy the latter's relationship with Sarah is, with Ed doing everything for his sister, while Sarah gives him nothing but abuse.
- He makes up the lie about the "Mucky Boys" to Kevin to avoid getting punishment from him. When Edd calls him out for this, Eddy notes that if he told Kevin the truth, Kevin will just beat the Eds up.
- When Edd asks them why he is always the only one working on the assignment Eddy points out that if he and Ed did help, Edd's grade average would lower which Double D would never allow.
- In "Truth Or Ed," when looking over the school newspaper, Eddy obnoxiously says that scandal sells. Given how people like to pay attention to scandalous things, he's actually right.
- In "It Came From Outer Ed", Eddy is reluctant to go along with Ed's scam until Double D guilt-trips him into it. His skepticism of Ed's competence proves well-founded, as it turns out Ed was just planning to reenact a curse from a comic book he read. After everything, naturally, goes to hell and a hand-basket, he rightly berates Double D for encouraging Ed's behavior against his better judgment.
- In "Run for Your Ed, when Edd chides Eddy for encouraging Ed to sacrifice himself to the Kanker sisters to return them their Ship-Inna-Bottle, Eddy retorts that it was Ed taking the bottle in the first place that prompted the Kankers to go on a rampage in the cul-de-sac and break into Edd's house.
- When Edd enlists the Urban Rangers to rescue Ed in "Ed Overboard," Eddy calls them out for only being interested in saving Ed for a "Freeing of the Fool" medallion.
- During "Urban Ed" he chastises Ed for dropping an anvil during their "pigeon droppings" prank, telling Ed "You're gonna hurt somebody! This ain't a cartoon!"
- In the movie, Double D hits his Rage Breaking Point and angrily lashes out at Eddy for his irresponsibility, pride and never listening to him. Eddy fires back at Double D, however, pointing out that for all his supposed moral high ground, he still goes along with Eddy's schemes even against his better judgement and he's the one who built the machine that triggered the Noodle Incident that got them chased out of the cul-de-sac in the first place. It becomes a case of Both Sides Have a Point when Double D disputes that they wouldn't have been chased out of town had Eddy bothered to pay attention to him when he warned Eddy against pushing the red button that caused the whole scam to go haywire.
- Sarah displays this trope a few times in the series:
- Family Guy: While Carter Pewterschmidt personifies the Evil Old Folks and Rich Bastard tropes, his loathing for his son-in-law Peter Griffin is amply justified. Peter is not only a Fat Idiot, he's a full-blown Psychopathic Manchild who's repeatedly shown to be a danger to himself and everyone in the vicinity, responsible for multiple serious injuries, fatalities and millions of dollars in property damage. He's also not a good father as well to his kids, especially Meg.
- In the "Bend-Her" episode of Futurama, after Bender has a sex change, the female crewmates accuse of him of being a bad representation of their gender and dating a celebrity robot just for the sake of indulgence. When "she" questions whether they've really never done the same thing, they can barely muster up a denial.Leela: That is so unbelievably manipulative.
Coilette: Come on! You never went on a date with a guy just 'cause you were hungry?
Leela: Well I, uh, I thought I might like him on a full stomach.
- In Gargoyles, during a flashback, Demona talks behind Hudson's back that the Wyvern clan need a new leader due to Hudson's advanced age. Hudson acknowledges that she has a point and gives the reigns of leadership to Goliath while Hudson stays on as a mentor.
- Goof Troop:
- In "Big City Blues", Pete worriedly asks Goofy where the boys are, and Goofy wonders why he's asking him. The response: "Because your kid's always getting my kid in trouble!" While Pete typically holds grudges against the Goof family for little reason, this statement is completely true - the Zany Schemes are invariably Max's ideas and PJ is usually (including in this episode) The Drag-Along.
- In "Gymnauseum", one-shot antagonist Tan Roadster tells Peg she can easily do better than Pete. While his reasoning was fairly shallow, and he is portrayed as less sympathetic than Pete was, Pete still has numerous personality flaws that make him less than an ideal catch.
- Gravity Falls:
- In "Boss Mabel" it's shown that while Grunkle Stan is certainly a greedy con man, all of his policies for the Mystery Shack (being extremely strict with employees, using tons of fake exhibits, never offering refunds ever) exist for a reason, and when Mabel decides not to enforce them, it results in the Shack not taking in any profits. note
- In "A Tale of Two Stans", The Author, the real Stanford Pines, chews our Grunkle, Stanley Pines out for using the Universe Portal to bring him back to Earth. While it seems like Ford is being an Ungrateful Bastard, he was right; The Universe Portal was incredibly unstable, the gravitational anomalies caused all sorts of damage to the town, and ultimately Stan was gambling the Earth on a dangerous device he didn't understand to bring back someone who he didn't know was alive or dead. In the next episode we learn that the Portal created a rift in space-time that is the first step in the Big Bad's plan to bring about The End of the World as We Know It.
- In "The Stan-churian Candidate", Gideon makes a Not So Different speech to Dipper and Mabel while putting them in a Death Trap. Given that the two used a mind-control necktie on Stan and Soos several times in the episode (despite witnessing Soos' terrified reactions to being controlled by it), he's not entirely wrong.
- Justice League
- The entire Cadmus story arc centered on Cadmus' attempts to thwart the worst-case scenario of the league taking over the world like their Justice Lord counterparts. Amanda Waller points out that the League has a Kill Sat, they have made some questionable decisions in the past, and there has been at least one reality they know of where the League overthrew the government (albeit to keep Luthor from wiping out all life on Earth out of sheer spite). Normal people don't have a way to defend themselves against a group of super powerful beings if it ever came down to it. In "Question Authority", Green Arrow lampshades the whole thing by saying that if the League ever decided to cross the line and become the Lords, there's nothing that the rest of the world could do to stop it. Green Arrow and the league's more grounded heroes were meant in part to keep the heavy hitters honest but they only served as the overall conscience against them Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, not an actual Restraining Bolt if they were to truly abandon their principles and attack the government.
- In the "Knight of Shadows" Two-Parter, Etrigan is relentlessly unpleasant and critical of the Justice League's actions. He's also suspicious of the Martian Manhunter due to the illusion he was promised by Morgaine. Nevertheless, he's proven right when J'onn is manipulated into giving up the stone to Morgaine. Only near the end does he snap out of it.
- "Injustice For All" has a villain-on-villain example where, after capturing Batman, The Joker keeps pestering Lex Luthor to "trust someone who knows" and just kill Batman while Lex, who doesn't particularly want The Joker around in the first place, just blows him off. Of course Batman, being Batman, spends the entire time being a thorn in the team's side, causing infighting and hindering their progress, and ultimately reveals he could have escaped any time he wanted in the first place.
- Kaeloo: When Kaeloo tries to tell fairy tales as bedtime stories to Stumpy and Quack Quack in Episode 122, Mr. Cat interrupts each story, takes over the narration, and makes it more realistic (like having Cinderella call CPS, for example). When Kaeloo gets mad at him for "ruining" the stories, he points out that the original versions of the fairy tales would not help Stumpy and Quack Quack learn how to deal with real life problems.
- King of the Hill:
- When Bill Dauterive has a spike in blood sugar and is warned by his doctor that he's at risk of developing diabetes, he goes to another doctor who, despite being a smug, verbally-abusive prick, is pretty spot-on in identifying the problem and guessing both what will happen if Bill doesn't curb his unhealthy lifestyle and that he most likely won't.Dr. Weissman: Did you talk to any other doctors before coming to me?
Bill: Well, yes.
Dr. Weissman: Did they tell you to diet and exercise?
Dr. Weissman: Did you do it?
- The plot of Cottons Plot focuses on this entirely. Peggy, whose muscles have atrophied from being in a full body cast, ultimately ends up getting drilled by Cotton in order to recover her muscles. He takes every advantage of this to treat her as miserably as possible for his own amusement all the while hollering at her like a Drill Sergeant. The kicker? It works: He knows exactly how to push her buttons and, quite literally, drives her forward via her hatred of him. He ultimately makes her climb a steep hill by offering to let her dance on his grave if she makes it (which she does by crawling).
- In one episode, Hank butts heads with a man who has a less-than-flattering interpretation of the Alamo (namely, that the Texans involved were a bunch of drunken cowards). The other man points out the logic behind his views, such as citing Sam Houston's troubled life and documented alcoholism and pointing out that the only people who know exactly what happened at the Alamo are long dead so all they have to go off of is historical records. In the end, Hank is dissuaded from smashing up the stage when he realizes that it's wrong to censor someone else just because you don't like their message, but he insists on giving a speech to relate the bare facts of the battle before the play begins.
- In one episode, John Redcorn comments to Nancy Gribble that he feels he really can't trust Dale Gribble to raise Joseph, John and Nancy's illegitimate son. The episode portrays this as John being an asshole, given he's an adulterer who is basically let an ignorant man do all the hard work of raising Joseph for him... but, it's an accusation that isn't entirely without merit. Dale Gribble is not only a hardcore Conspiracy Theorist, but also certifiably unhinged. He may love his wife and (assumed) son, but he frequently puts the former through all manner of problems by getting involved in his latest delusion, and his love for Joseph sees him flexing unpredictably between spoiling him rotten and setting an incredibly bad example for him. Really, he's one of the most realistic examples of people you wouldn't really want to be raising kids.
- When Bill Dauterive has a spike in blood sugar and is warned by his doctor that he's at risk of developing diabetes, he goes to another doctor who, despite being a smug, verbally-abusive prick, is pretty spot-on in identifying the problem and guessing both what will happen if Bill doesn't curb his unhealthy lifestyle and that he most likely won't.
- Mertle Edmonds from Lilo & Stitch acts like an unsympathetic brat. Her dislike for Lilo for her odd behavior, however, does serve good points. However petty they can be, Lilo's strangeness is looked down upon by the majority of the public, and often times Lilo invades her personal space, as Mertle simply wants nothing to do with her.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- "Boast Busters": Having heard that Trixie defeated an Ursa Major on her own, Snips and Snails venture out into the Everfree Forest and bring one to Ponyville. When they show Trixie, she rightly chides them for doing so.Trixie: Are you out of your little pony minds!?
- When Trixie comes back for some Amplifier Artifact Brainwashed and Crazy revenge, she points out that she wants payback because her entire career was destroyed, she's a laughing stock, and she's effectively homeless now due to the events of "Boast Busters". She goes way too far, and targets Twilight Sparkle for all the wrong reasons, but she's absolutely right about the repercussions of that episode being needlessly and unfairly harsh given all she really did wrong was tell some lies and act like a jerk on stage, which Twilight's friends actually agree with.
- In "The Cutie Pox", Diamond Tiara probably only calls Apple Bloom out on her cutie marks which were caused by Cutie Pox being fake in order to take her down a peg when a second one appears, since she hates anypony taking the spotlight away from her. Still, she's 100% right, and even the teacher Cheerilee shares her skepticism.
- Fluttershy gets one herself in "Putting Your Hoof Down" when she talks about how Pinkie Pie and Rarity want "Pushover Fluttershy" back. Yeah, she was being mean about it, but it's been shown plenty of times before and since in which her friends will take advantage of her kindness. But really, Pinkie and Rarity were HAPPY that Fluttershy was finally standing up for herself. They only tried to put a stop to it when they saw Fluttershy had become needlessly vindictive and aggressive.
- Queen Chrysalis also gets one when she brags to the cast that she managed to carry out her plan to take over Equestria even when Twilight Sparkle thinks something is wrong with Princess Cadance who was actually Chrysalis herself in disguise, thanks to all of Twilight's friends not believing her and coldly walking out on her when she tried to explain herself. It was at that point when the others have a Jerkass Realization and apologize to Twilight. She also points out how infantile and unbefitting Pinkie Pie's planned party activities are for a royal wedding. One can't help but agree with her.
- In "Inspiration Manifestation", while the puppeteer could have been nicer about his criticism towards the puppet theater Rarity built, ample stage space and mobility are far more important for a traveling puppeteer than how shiny it looks.
- This is Discord's "thing" since he did a very vague HeelFace Turn. He's still a jerk, but his insults tend to ring true, and he's the first to lavish sarcastic "approval" on less than noble actions.Spike: Come on, Twilight! Discord may be reformed but he's not that reformed! He's just trying to get under your skin!
Twilight: Well, it's working!!!
- In "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies", Seabreeze constantly acts abrasively, putting the other breezies down... but he is entirely correct in that their shortsighted behavior is at risk of getting them all stranded away from their home, in an environment that's practically a deathtrap for their kind.
- In "Once Upon a Zeppelin," Iron Will's not wrong when he points out that Twilight's parents could have avoided all of their family's collective headaches if they had bothered to Read the Fine Print for his airship cruise offer. Twilight's parents acknowledge that they made a mistake because they were so eager to go on the cruise.
- Pharynx in "To Change A Changeling" is repeatedly disregarded because he preferred their days under Queen Chrysalis and is an utter ass-candle to the rest of the hive for it (making them universally dislike him), but all his arguments about the hive now being weak and about their kind needing to be able to fight are entirely correct. It ends in a compromise where Pharynx learns to lighten up and not be such an asshole, while the rest of the hive accepts that yes they do still need warriors and fighters to keep themselves safe.
- Rainbow Dash constantly gets annoyed at Fluttershy's timidness in "Dragonshy", but she's right that Fluttershy is slowing down their very important mission to get rid of the dragon coating Ponyville in ashes.
- "Boast Busters": Having heard that Trixie defeated an Ursa Major on her own, Snips and Snails venture out into the Everfree Forest and bring one to Ponyville. When they show Trixie, she rightly chides them for doing so.
- The Proud Family:
- Suga Mama isn't certainly a pleasant person especially how she can treat her family at times but she usually comments on how she doesn't like Dijonay and how Penny shouldn't hang out with her. Considering the number of times Dijonay has ditched Penny and sold her out, Suga Mama is definitely not wrong.
- The Gross Sisters are a gang of thugs who love to steal money from others. However, in one episode, they didn't want to hang out with Penny who then decided to be a "bad girl" and do things that not even they would do. As Nubia pointed out, Penny, at the point, has been considered a straight on criminal.
- Ready Jet Go!:
- In "Lone Star", Western!Sean is a cranky shopkeeper who dislikes Lone Star's ideas because they actually could hurt the economy of Boxwood Territory. Western!Sean claims that if people are looking up at the stars all night, they will be tired in the morning and won't be able to cut down trees or dig for gold.
- In "That's One Gigantic Pumpkin, Jet Propulsion!", Mindy and Lillian keep insisting that Halloween is magical, while Mitchell repeatedly refutes their claims. Yes, he was rather blunt about it, but he did have a point that the stuff that they said were real like demonic spiders, ghosts, and witches are fake.
- Benson from Regular Show seems to embody this trope. While he is hard on Mordecai and Rigby, his anger often comes from their slacker attitudes and desire to be cool, which tend to screw things up or prolong the time it takes to complete menial tasks.
- Rick and Morty uses this trope a lot with Rick. For instance, Rick angrily reads Jerry the riot act in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", as when Jerry accuses Rick of taking his family, Rick retorts that Jerry's the one who got Beth knocked up at seventeen and tells him that he uses pity to make people feel sorry for him and thus easier to manipulate, which nearly drives Jerry to tears.
- Deconstructed in "The Vindicators":Rick: Thank you, I appreciate it, Morty. I knew you were sucking the Kool-Aid out of the Vindicator's dick, so the fact that I was right must be pretty hard to admit.
Morty: Yeah, it is. You know why Rick? Because when you're an asshole, it doesn't matter how right you are, nobody wants to give you the satisfaction!
- Deconstructed in "The Vindicators":
- The Simpsons
- Played to the hilt in the episode "Homer's Enemy". Frank Grimes, a one-time character, gets introduced as a new worker at the nuclear plant. He's had an extremely rough life, and works very hard for everything that he has (to include a second night job to make ends meet). He becomes increasingly agitated, eventually enraged, at Homer's buffoonery, incompetence, and laziness.Grimes goes to increasingly hostile lengths to prove Homer's ineptitude throughout the episode, rounding him out as a bit of a jerkass. Albeit one with a strong point that everyone watching can relate to. At one point he point-blank told Homer "If you lived in any other country in the world, you'd have starved to death long ago." At which, Bart even responds "He's got you there, dad." Even Marge tells Homer that he ought to be more professional in his work ethic.
- In a similar vein, Marge's sisters Patty and Selma Bouvier are openly hostile toward Homer, largely because they feel that Marge can do better. While Homer is a loving father and husband, he's also (as mentioned above) lazy, buffoonish, and prone to doing incredibly stupid things with the family's finances and well-being, which prove that Patty and Selma's argument does hold water. Marge herself comes to agree with them in the movie.
- In "White Christmas Blues", Lisa buys the family gifts with a purpose such as radish seeds for Homer so he can lose weight and a book for Bart so he can learn something. Later, when she finds Bart burning the book she got him she is outraged at him destroying her gift. Bart counters by saying she knew he wouldn't like the book and rather than getting the family gifts they'd actually like, she just got them stuff that would boost her ego and make her feel good about herself for buying them. Lisa realizes he's right and buys him an ebook with apps he can enjoy.
- After Homer dragged home a trampoline that injured half the kids in the neighborhood (and getting rid of it gets the family car trashed by Jimbo and the other bullies) Homer gets a passive agressive silent treatment by Marge who kept telling him that the trampoline was a bad idea. However, Homer points out that yeah, the trampoline was a bad idea but atleast he's willing to try new things and if he listended to Marge's nagging, he'd never do anything other than work and go to church. The next day, Marge asks the kids if they also think she just nags all the time, and they reluctantly agree that she does (the viewer is shown flashbacks to Marge's moralizing from past episodes). Marge isnt really able to come up with a counter-argument and decides to spend some time at her sisters.
- In "Fear of flying", Marge remembers herself as a kid. She used to like The Monkees, and another girl traumatized her by pointing that they did not sing their own songs, or played their own instruments. She reacted with a Big "NO!" back then, and her therapist pointed that kids can be very cruel. But adult Marge pointed that the kid was right about those things she said about the Monkees.
- In "Pay Happiness Forward" from Shelldon Shelldon and Herman both try to warn Connie that Mr. Kraken has commandeered her "pass it along" so that it is no longer really about helping people but rather about his own profit. They're absolutely right, however, she pays them no attention because both of them were complete jerks to her before, openly dismissive of her project and even laughing at her about it.
- South Park:
- Eric Cartman gets this quite a few times throughout the series, when his twisted worldview is occasionally proven true. Usually Played for Laughs like most everything else in the series. One particular example comes from when Cartman accidentally stumbled onto a real terrorist plot while accusing the new Middle-Eastern kid (who had nothing to do with it) of being a terrorist.Cartman: Me being a bigot helped saved America. Yes or no, Kyle?
Kyle: I... Ye... No! Not the way you're saying it!
- Stephen Stotch acts as the Only Sane Man during the Muhammad fiasco, pointing out that Americans have been taking free speech for granted for decades and never truly had to fight for or defend it. Censoring Muhammad could be the start of the slippery slope where they destroy one of America's most sacred rights.
- Additionally, while he and Linda often ground Butters for trivial reasons or things that aren't his fault, there are a few times where he gives them a good reason to ground him (i.e. in "Freak Strike" when he faked having a disability to defraud a tv show).
- Craig lampshades in excess how the boys actually often bring a lot of their problems on themselves (and others around them due to their lack of consideration) throughout the entire "Pandemic" two-parter.
- Eric Cartman gets this quite a few times throughout the series, when his twisted worldview is occasionally proven true. Usually Played for Laughs like most everything else in the series. One particular example comes from when Cartman accidentally stumbled onto a real terrorist plot while accusing the new Middle-Eastern kid (who had nothing to do with it) of being a terrorist.
- The Spectacular Spider-Man:
- In one episode, Peter, under the influence of the symbiote, acts uncharacteristically abrasive to his friends. A speech from Flash Thompson causes Peter to realize what a jerk he's been and cast off the symbiote.Peter: OK, if Flash Thompson is making sense, something must be seriously wrong.
- Of course, symbiote-influenced Peter makes a good point during an angry rant directed at his friends; he does have a big hospital bill to pay.
- Overlaps a bit with Jerkass Woobie, but Eddie Brock's increasing antagonism towards Peter stem from a combination of his own issues as well as legitimate gripes towards Peter. In a few cases, he actually points out a few cases of Peter's recklessness (taking photos of the Lizard).
- Harry Osborn and Mark Allan are both more Jerkass Woobies than full out jerks, but they give Peter rather reasonable points (granted, they weren't acting like jerks at the time.)
- Mark calls out Peter in regards to how he has been with his sister Liz. Mark and Liz acknowledge Peter's necessary devotion to his job, but Mark senses Peter hasn't been the best boyfriend (Pete still having feelings for Gwen) and says she deserves better than that.
- In the following episode, where Peter strives to be a better boyfriend to Liz, he learns of Mark's gambling addiction. Turns out Harry overheard it and uses his prior experience with the Super Serum to say that Mark won't be ready for anyone to help him until he is ready to help himself.
- In one episode, Peter, under the influence of the symbiote, acts uncharacteristically abrasive to his friends. A speech from Flash Thompson causes Peter to realize what a jerk he's been and cast off the symbiote.
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- In "Born Again Krabs," after the Flying Dutchman (the Bikini Bottom version of Satan) is ready to drag Mr. Krabs to Davy Jones' Locker for being greedy, SpongeBob, sticks up for his boss, wagering his own soul that Krabs is really generous. The Dutchman then offers Krabs a handful of pocket change in exchange for SpongeBob's, soul, which Krabs accepts without hesitation. Krabs gloats over the money, while the Dutchman departs with the sponge. Squidward, who hates SpongeBob, with a passion, is absolutely disgusted with Krabs and angrily chews him out for selling SpongeBob out after he stuck up for him, flat-out telling Krabs that he should be ashamed of himself. Krabs realizes Squidward is right and immediately repents.
- In "Walking Small," when Plankton's attempts to use SpongeBob as an Unwitting Pawn to clear Goo Lagoon of beachgoers for his new "Mega Bucket" backfire due to SpongeBob's passiveness, Plankton angrily chews SpongeBob out, remarking that he's just like stairs and always lets people "step all over him." Despite the fact that he was just manipulating SpongeBob, he's right in that Sponge is an Extreme Doormat.
- In the post-movie seasons, Squidward's hatred of SpongeBob and Patrick has become far more justified, considering the fact that the two often barge into his home uninvited, and their antics often cause him physical injury. Even Mrs. Puff agreed with him when Squidward complained about Spongebob being the bane of his existence.
- On another level, Squidward's attitude towards the Krusty Krab and its management is far more realistic than SpongeBob's, especially since, among other things, Mr. Krabs is very much a Bad Boss who regularly mistreats and underpays his employees.
- In the Steven Universe episode "We Need To Talk", Pearl lashes out at Greg, claiming Rose's love for him is 'just a phase.' While an incredibly cruel and racist note remark, it is true that Rose at the time didn't consider him her equal- something Greg eventually realizes.
- In "It Could've Been Great" Peridot reveals what Homeworld's original plans for Earth were: the Earth would have been used as a Gem breeding ground until all the life was sucked out of it, and then it would've been hollowed out and set up as a Gem colony. Peridot is flabbergasted that the Crystal Gems would fight to stop it, and insensitively but correctly points out that Rose's efforts to save the Earth ultimately doomed it anyway on a longer time scale, since the current threat, the planet-sized Cluster gem incubating underground, wouldn't have happened if the colony had proceeded as planned. The Crystal Gems are violently angry with her for insulting Rose's mission, but unfortunately, she's absolutely right. The planet would've been killed during colonization, but the Cluster is only there because Rose invalidated the colonization.
- Peridot gets one in hindsight, when she asks Pearl who her owner is and comments that she looks fancy, Pearl retorts that she doesn't have an owner and that she's her own Pearl. Peridot turns out to be right when it turns out that Pearl was Pink Diamond's - and Pink Diamond is Rose Quartz. So Pearl has still been carrying out the will of her old master well beyond her death and was madly in love with her, making her even more devoted to her master than any other Pearl on the shown combined.
- White Diamond is actually pretty spot on in declaring Pink Diamond to be emotionally immature and childish. note In fact, most of her assessments of the flaws of others are brutally accurate. The irony is that she can't recognize those same flaws in herself.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987): Near the beginning of the first episode, Vernon yells at April about the recklessness of her plan to expose the thieves. She soon gets chased and cornered by armed thugs, and she would have been killed if she hadn't happened upon the lair of the Ninja Turtles.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): In "Karai's Vendetta," when Donnie is fully prepared to abandon their mission to blow up the Kraang's water-poisoning underwater laboratory to save April from Karai, Raph quickly points out that if they do so, the Kraang will poison everyone in New York, including April.
- Teen Titans:
- Beast Boy, while being affected with the Jerkass Ball in "The Beast Within", also brings up the point that he's often disrespected, especially by Raven.
- When Starfire and Raven switch bodies, Starfire, fed up with Raven's snarking at her for her inability to fly with Raven's powers, calls her out on her constant negativity. Raven then fires back by saying that unlike Starfire, she doesn't have the luxury of being emotionally open, and that Starfire knows nothing about her. Starfire concedes Raven's point, asking Raven to help her understand, and the two emerge from the incident as closer friends.
- Raven also takes the longest to fully trust Terra, but her point- that Terra must learn to control her highly dangerous powers- is fairly sound. Raven's distrust is also well-founded, as Terra is The Mole for Slade.
- In the Theodore Tugboat episode, "Theodore in the Middle", George puts in an official complaint about Emily being late for the morning work meeting, starting a feud between the two tugboats that lasts for the rest of the episode. While George was most likely motivated by his own pride, Emily's lateness was delaying the morning work meeting and causing problems for the visiting ships who need the tugboats' help.
- An early episode of Total Drama Action has Heather point out how inefficient her team is and give an alternate plan. Gwen responds with simply, "If you say it, then we're not doing it." even though it's a good idea.
- Dermott of all people gives Dean some actually very good advice about meeting women in an episode of The Venture Bros. Needless to say, it's immediately lampshaded:Dermott: Well, talk to her then. You don't have to nail her; just see what happens. Man, way to be uptight!
Hank: Wait... did you just give good advice?
Dean: I gotta go check the temperature in Hell.
Dermott: You can both blow me.
- Doctor Venture usually plays the Morally Ambiguous Doctorate, but even he gets his rare moments to shine.Orpheus: It is awful that you would do this to your boys!
Venture: Please, you do this kind of crap every day.
Orpheus: That's different.
Venture: Why, because you call it by a different name? Church? Lab. Soul? Synapses. Purgatory? Computer. Get over yourself.
- Doctor Venture usually plays the Morally Ambiguous Doctorate, but even he gets his rare moments to shine.
- Red Arrow is a suspicious jerk towards Artemis in Young Justice. Although Artemis probably isn't The Mole, Roy's lack of trust in her unfortunately does have some merit, since she is keeping secrets about her past from the team. Reaches a head in "Insecurity" when Roy's mistrust pushes Artemis to endanger the mission by trying to lead the rest of the team away from the targets just to have a chance to prove herself. This backfires immensely when the mission goes south and her deception is exposed. The same went for his suspicions of Superboy and Miss Martian. While not The Mole like he suspected, they, along with Artemis had information they were hiding from the rest of the team.
- Also, while he's kind of an asshole to his old teammates in Season Two as he desperately hunts for the real Roy Harper, he is dismissive towards Wally in particular, asking why he's even present, which does hold some merit considering that Wally basically gave up being a superhero because...he wanted to focus on college and being Artemis's boyfriend. This really seems like a waste of talent, especially given Wally wanted to be Flash's sidekick so much that he deliberately recreated a very dangerous experiment of his, just so he could have superpowers too and Artemis is still doing hero work despite being in the exact same situation and she doesn't even have powers like he does.
- Trollhunters: Merlin, of King Arthur fame, is fairly single-minded and overly blunt about his goal of slaying Morgana (Le Fae), but she is also the one with the power to give the series' big bad, Gunmar, the ability to take over the world. This leads to an exchange with Jim the Trollhunter.Jim: You're kind of a jerk, you know that?
Merlin: Yes, but that doesn't stop me from being right!
Jerkass Has A Point / Western Animation