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Examples of Kick the Son of a Bitch in western animation.

  • In Adventure Time, Ash is Marceline's ex-boyfriend, infamous for selling Marcy's prized possession without permission, ordering her to get into the kitchen to make him a sandwich, and pulling a Batman Gambit to trick Finn and Jake into helping him wipe her memory of breaking up with him. So when the first thing Simon does upon regaining his sanity is punch him in the face and steal his magic carpet, cheers were heard across the world. Although it should be noted that Simon had no idea any of that happened. In fact, he had no idea who Ash even was. He felt bad about doing it thoughnote .
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  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Long Feng manipulates the Earth King, controls Ba Sing Se from the shadows, holds Appa prisoner, brainwashes and kills Jet, and then collaborates with Azula to throw a coup d'état. When Azula turns on him and crushes his spirits with "The Reason You Suck" Speech, for once, the audience can support what she's doing, regardless of how Eviler Than Thou she is, just because Long Feng getting his comeuppance is a much-desired event by this point.
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, Captain America's Skrull impostor gets one of these toward Cap's nemesis Baron Zemo. At odds with Captain America's stubborn honor, when "Skrull!Cap" gives his word when Zemo makes him promise that the Avengers would not let the Enchantress defeat him (Zemo). It serves Skrull!Cap's purposes to break this promise, and afterward, when Zemo is wise to this being out-of-character, Skrull!Cap knocks him unconscious by kicking him in the face. Given that Zemo is a totally ruthless backstabbing megalomaniac, it's hard to feel too bad for him.
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  • In Beavis And Butthead, Harry Sachz brutally beats up Mr. Stevenson in a case of Misplaced Retributionnote . That being said, Mr. Stevenson deserved what happened to him on the account that he was totally willing to throw Stewart under the bus to save his own skin.
  • Ben 10:
    • In Ben 10, there is an episode in which a teenage villainess, Charmcaster, is introduced working with her uncle Hex, who is rather abusive toward her throughout the episode, with a running line of Charmcaster's being "Yes, uncle" in a submissive tone. In the end of the episode, however, Charmcaster reveals she's only been using Hex for her own evil scheme and promptly knocks him out with her magic. While both Hex and Charmcaster are villains, it's very hard not to support Charmcaster on this matter.
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    • She does it again in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien when she sucks the soul of Adwaita, a crazy Sorcerous Overlord who committed genocide on her species and killed her father. And again when she leaves Darkstar weakened in a Do with Him as You Will situation with the protagonists for betraying her. Charmcaster is good with this trope.
    • Also, in Alien Force, Kevin refuses to Save the Villain, in this case the one who murdered his father, and lets him fall into the sun. A morally questionable act, but not one the audience is going to mind all that much.
      • Kevin is a mostly reformed villain, so when he kicks the dog, the show is examining the possibility of him returning to evil. He's expected to be more morally grey than Ben and Gwen, who might not be excused for such an act. A better example would be in the original series when Kevin kills Slix Vigma (who imprisoned members of different species and made them fight for kicks) by impaling him just as he was about to kill Ben, albeit only because he wanted to take Ben out himself.
      • Also, in Ultimate Alien, he turns psycho again as a side effect of absorbing energy from the Ultimatrix, and goes on a quest for revenge. One of his victim is Morgg, the director of the prison he used to be retained in. The whole episode built up how much Morgg is an Asshole, revealing he killed the guy who helped Kevin redeem himself merely because he disliked him, and later developed a drug traffic in the prison by using the prisoners as slaves, not to mention put a device in their collars that would kill them all should a single one of them try to rebel. You actually cheer on Kevin when he scares the crap out of the guy, and feel sorry that Ben has to save him.
  • In the fourth episode of Castlevania, a group of demons break into the Bishop's church and kill him. But not before they make it clear that, despite his protests, Dracula's rampage is a result of the Bishop's murder of his wife, and that God won't save him, because He is disgusted by the Bishop's actions.
  • Dan Vs. practically runs on this trope. Yes, it's a series about a misanthrope who swears Disproportionate Retribution on everyone who ever does him wrong... but at least half the time, his victims turn out to be awful people by pure coincidence. Even the resident superhero is a Jerkass.
  • DC Animated Universe:
    • In Batman: The Animated Series episode "Bane" Batman reveals to Rupert Thorne that his aide, Candice was planning to kill him by playing a recording of her discussing it with Bane. Thorne isn't happy, and Candice never appears after that episode...
    • Batman Beyond:
      • Nelson Nash is the resident Jerk Jock of Hamilton Hill High School, and he is frequently victimized by various Villains of the Week.
      • Terry's reaction to the fact he was partly responsible for turning Powers, the man who arranged his father's death, into Blight was a bitterly spat "Good."
  • Doug: This happens a few times without resorting to violence.
    • "Doug to the Rescue": Roger Klotz challenged Doug to a fight, where the title character just looked at him and won without moving and before Bone shows up, through Bone should've been okay with the fact that no-one was physically hurt.
    • "Doug Saves Roger": Roger becomes the target of Percy Femur, Lamar Bone's nephew, but Femur takes his actions too far... even for Doug.
    • "Doug Battles The Rulemeister" and "Doug Meets Robo-Bone": Doug makes a villain based on Lamar Bone, inspired by how the students feel about him... most of the time.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: In Big Picture Show, Ed, who witnesses Eddy's brother abusing his younger brother and beating Edd with Eddy, does this to the latter by removing a door bolt of the trailer door that Eddy was clinging onto, thereby slamming the door into Eddy's brother. A bit of a straighter example comes directly after when the Kanker Sisters drag Eddy's brother into his trailer for some of their trademark 'affection'. He is quite possibly one person to actually deserve this.
  • In The Fairly OddParents, Timmy just freed the Chompy the goat and Vicky was accused of goatnapping him, and was imprisoned in stocks for it. Timmy is supposed to feel guilty for not telling the truth, but Vicky is such a Jerkass the audience doesn't mind at all.
  • Family Guy:
  • In the Gravity Falls episode "Weirdmageddon", when Bill Cipher manages to take over Gravity Falls, Preston Northwest (who's been established to be a nasty piece of work in previous episodes) tries to sell himself out to Bill. Bill responds to his offer by shuffling around Preston's facial orifices, causing him to collapse to the ground making muffled screams of agony. You'd feel bad for him, but considering that this character trained his daughter to obey him using Pavlov's classical conditioning (ringing a bell and all), it's a little cathartic.
  • Harley Quinn (2019) features a lot of supervillain versus supervillain action, so lots of bad people get offed for reasons incidental to their villainy.
    • Harley and Joker open the show's first episode by robbing and killing a party of evil rich people who were celebrating fucking over the poor for profit.
    • Harley and her first crew mess up and rob Maxie Zeus in episode 3.
    • In season 1's semifinal episode, Joker kills off most of the Legion of Doom by blowing up their headquarters simply because he could.
    • He follows this up in the finale by killing Scarecrow, who is responsible for a three-digit death count at this point, for unmasking Batman and making one too many references to Harley.
  • The Legend of Korra:
  • In The Mr. Men Show when Miss Helpful and Miss Whoops are assembling dinosaur bones Miss Helpful had Miss Whoops eat her own words on "you're the trained professional" which ends with her in a load of hurt. Painful definitely but not as much as the pain both of them cause to Mr Bump.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The episode "Putting Your Hoof Down", involves Fluttershy going on an assertiveness rampage against her neighbors, all the while beginning her descent to Took a Level in Jerkass. Unbeknownst to her, Bon Bon and Cherry Berry, who were the victims of her wrath, were not only two of the many ponies who were present at Iron Will's presentation, but Bon Bon is also one of the ponies at the front row who threw Fluttershy into the back of the crowd. Therefore, lots of fans aren't particularly sad about Fluttershy's actions. In fact, it verges on Laser-Guided Karma, since it's implied Iron Will selected Fluttershy for his demonstration because she was cowering in the back ("If my techniques can work for this shy, little pony, then they can work for anypony!"), and she might not have taken to assertiveness quite so much if she had watched somepony else doing it instead of being thrust into the spotlight.
    • In "Keep Calm and Flutter On", Fluttershy is assigned to try reforming Discord who is staying at her home. Although he gets a few good digs in at every character, most of his jerk-assery is aimed at Angel Bunny and goes completely unnoticed by everyone else. Since Angel is such a Jerkass in his own regard who gets downright abusive with Fluttershy (and is almost universally hated by the fanbase for it), there wasn't a single person in the audience who didn't enjoy every minute of it.
  • The Simpsons: In "The Boys of Bummer", Grampa Simpson shows up twice to berate Joe LaBoot over his failure at baseball in his youth. Considering that LaBoot proved himself to be a detestable hypocrite by heartlessly driving Bart into the Despair Event Horizon, it's more than deserving.
    Grampa: You stink, LaBoot!
  • In South Park, Cartman falls victim to this a lot. The other kids bully him constantly for being an obese imbecile, even when he hasn't provoked them, but given what a sociopath Cartman himself is, it's hard to feel pity for him.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • The troublesome trucks seem to always do this to any engine who is being rude or haughty to the other engines. For instance, in the episode "Dirty Objects" ("James in a Mess" in US), the troublesome trucks pushes James down a hill and crashes him into a tar wagon. Prior to said accident, James insults Toby by calling him and Henrietta "dirty objects". A horrible act of cruelty by the troublesome trucks? Yes. Done to an engine who's prideful of himself? Yes.
    • In "Break Van" ("Donald and Douglas" in US), while trying to help James up Gordon's Hill, Douglas accidentally pushes too hard that he ends up destroying The Spiteful Brake Van. But prior to that, the brake van was continuing his old behavior, by tiring James out. Needless to say, it's hard to feel bad about said accident.
  • Transformers Animated:
  • Transformers: Prime: Silas is arguably one of the (morally) worst characters, mainly by virtue of Cold-Blooded Torture, Transhuman Treachery, and Ungrateful Bastard. No particular order there. But in "Human Factor" he uses the body of Breakdown, one of the more sympathetic Decepticons and a past dissection victim of his, as a Humongous Mecha suit. This is made possible when his Mech mooks saved him, and transplanted his body to Breakdown's, and he thanks them by killing them and offers his services to Megatron (it's worth noting that Megatron himself was disgusted). Silas' plan doesn't... work out, and Megatron is not pleased. He hands Silas over to Knock Out (who is very pleased, having once been Those Two Bad Guys with Breakdown) for dissection. The scene is pure terror. And an incredibly disconcerting heartwarming scene.
    • Silas finally is killed by Airachnid as she's defending herself from what she thinks is a (zombified) Breakdown. When she rips open Breakdown's torso and discovers Silas, she nor the audience is not particularly upset he went out in such a way.
  • In Wat's Pig, the king may be a jerk, but it was still totally unnecessary for the invader to hit him in the foot, except to show how evil he was.
  • After watching Lucy being a total bitch to Mirta for most of the Winx Club episodes they feature in before the Miss Magix contest (a beauty pageant), it's hard to feel bad for her when the Trix cancel their illusion and reveal her hideous true face as she's being crowned the winner, or in the next episode when all the other Cloud Tower students make fun of her as a result. This whole story was changed in the 4Kids dub, so that Bloom kills the spell and everyone makes fun of Mirta in the next episode instead.


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