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He's made of metal; he can't help being a hardass. But please, don't be Bender. "Bite my shiny metal ASS!"

"I'm Mr. Bad Example, intruder in the dirt
I like to have a good time, and I don't care who gets hurt
I'm Mr. Bad Example, take a look at me
I'll live to be a hundred, and go down in infamy!"
Warren Zevon, "Mr. Bad Example"

A type of "bad" character generally geared towards children and what the executives view as moronic viewers. It is used to dissuade children from smoking, get them to eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables while avoiding foods containing fat, cholesterol, sugar, and caffeine, or to convince them not to use drugs. Other Aesops may also be delivered through this method.

How it works is that the character who partakes in the undesirable behavior is portrayed as being rude, crude, possibly ugly, bullying, obnoxious, antisocial, stupid, foolish, misguided, shallow, arrogant, or any combination of these traits. For example, teens who use drugs might be portrayed as juvenile delinquents with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. These characters are almost always one-dimensional, with their portrayals Accentuating the Negative as much as possible. It's nearly impossible to identify with these characters even if you yourself partake in the undesirable behavior. Back in the late 1980s/early 1990s, these juvenile delinquents and gang members might be shown wearing leather jackets, though this stereotype is no longer used since law abiding citizens are now allowed to wear leather jackets as well and it no longer carries the bad boy image that it once did.

The kids who avoid the undesirable behavior are portrayed as innocent, happy, cool, highly intelligent, full of life, and with a healthy level of self-esteem, always being nice and respectful toward each other and everyone else, and having a really good time playing by the rules.

Notice that this is somewhat of an overcorrection from some of the "Smoking Is Cool" advertising that presumably got the kids to think so in the first place. So you've got a fight between the "people who smoke are the epitome of cool" and the "people who smoke are the epitome of lame" sides. (Obviously holds true for any negative cause that had a P.R. campaign before the Media Watchdogs got up in arms about the issue.)

When your own government is presenting you with this character, it's almost always as a part of a Public Service Announcement. May overlap with Scare 'Em Straight when the rule-breaking rebels are scary.

When Moral Guardians can't wrap their minds around even this Anvilicious method of delivery, you get But Not Too Evil.

Making the Anti-Role Model too charismatic can have some problems though, such as Do Not Do This Cool Thing, Evil Is Cool, Evil Is Sexy, and even Draco in Leather Pants.

Compare with Hitler Ate Sugar, when everything a bad person does is fallaciously assumed to be bad. Sister Trope to Deliberately Bad Example, where the character is less of a cautionary tale for the audience and more of a plot device to establish the hero's actions as reasonable by contrast. See also Anti-Mentor, when the character is a teacher in-story.

Contrast The Paragon. Compare and contrast What Would X Do? — we're meant to consider what an Anti-Role Model would do and then go do the opposite of that. The Complainer Is Always Wrong is a subtype of this.


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  • Anti-smoking groups love this trope. In one ad, a teenage girl runs around her neighborhood, licking trash can lids, car tires, and everything else she can find around her, ending with the insinuation that given the chemicals in cigarettes, this is what smokers might as well be doing all the time. Then there was another campaign that would take images of teen smokers and digitally morph the images into monsters, including one where a young male smoker turns into a person with a fish head.
  • PSAs by anti-marijuana groups love to portray pot smokers as slovenly losers and borderline criminals who only want to sit on the couch all day and can't string together a coherent thought unless it involves sucking on a bong. One has to wonder how effective Scare 'Em Straight tactics are when the movies of Judd Apatow and Cheech & Chong do the same thing.
    • Plus, there's the whole 'not as bad as those guys' attitude.
  • Front Row Joe, the early policy trailers for Cinemark Theaters feature a character named Clyde. He frequently violates theater etiquette. He does things like put his feet up on the seat in front of him, talk during the movie, switching auditoriums without paying for another ticket, and smoke in the theater.
  • South African company "Parents For Responsible Viewing" has Biggie Bear, the Villain Protagonist of a trio of PSAs, who murders a rabbit, drugs a dog with heroin, and rapes a cat.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You: Momoha Bonnouji, high school etehics teacher and hedonist, plays with the trope. Her love of drinking and gambling and her inability to save money to the extent she lives in a tent on school grounds makes it very clear she is not someone to emulate. To her credit, Momoha is fully aware of this fact and actively discourages anyone from taking after her even in jest, such as when Mimimi was impersonating the family for acting practice. On the other hand, one reason she's the hedonist is she gets frustrated when she makes herself wait for things she wants, and that frustration causes problems for those around her and she hates that; also one reason she's in Perpetual Poverty is she sends extra money to her parents, even as they themselves want her to be more independent and less filial, or on other acts of charity to repay the kindnesses given to her.
  • Yoshiko, the title character of Aho Girl is an idiot to her very core, and the neighborhood children are quick to pick up on the fact that her "all play, no work" attitude is absolutely not something to emulate.
  • Nobita from Doraemon is a good example of how children shouldn't behave. His laziness and relying on other people (or gadgets) to solve his problems constantly get him into trouble. Subverted in the movies, where he's a genuinely good role model for children, only occasionally displaying flaws and incompetence.
  • The titular character Haruhi Suzumiya. With her selfish, callous, petty, manipulative, and borderline sadistic behavior, it is clear people should not look up to her by any means. If she existed in the real world, she would either get expelled from school or sent to prison, if not both.
  • I'm a Demon Lord. I Got Remarried to the Mother of a Hero, So She Became My Step-Daughter: In the manga's Distant Finale, we meet Angelica's younger siblings as older children, born of her mother and the Demon Lord. In contrast to Anglica's tomboyish Action Girl, her younger sister is a serious, studious bookworm. Her stated reason for doing so is having watched Angelica and decided she doesn't want to be a Womanchild like her.
    Demon Lord: Nope... I didn't forsee Angelica being an example of what not to become.
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun: Seo gets asked to train with the basketball team specifically because of her terrible sportsmanship and teamwork. This helps teach the teams to not be like her, as well as how to play in spite of her presence.
  • Number Girl: In chapter 29, one of the clone students, Eighth, gets ahold of their teacher's clothes while said teacher is in the shower. Having no other clothes, the teacher is forced to wear the uniform Eighth left behind to retrieve her things. The clones fail to recognize her, assume she's another student, and Eighth proceeds to teach the class that day. The teacher decides to roll with it to observe the clones when they think she's not around. Her actions during this period, backtalking Eighth, smoking e-cigarettes, and having no athletic ability whatsoever, convince the clones that she is a year-repeating delinquent. The next day, the teacher comes to class normally and the clones report their decision that, after meeting their senpai, it would be best to not become like her.
  • Sailor Moon: Played with in regards to Usagi Tsukino. While she is a good person at heart, she is also lazy, whiny, hedonistic, irresponsible, and immature, demonstrating the most flawed aspects of the average person. This has been lampshaded on multiple occasions (mostly by Luna).
  • At least one professor holds Jaden/Judai, protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX as this, as his skill at dueling despite his lazy academics causes bad habits in other students. How valid this is in universe is debatable, as not only do others frequently point out Jaden's flaws but most of the professor's problematic students come from the fact that his own teaching skills are incredibly dull. Also said professor was a little....insane.

  • William Hogarth:
    • His moralizing topical paintings/engravings, like A Harlot's Progress. He sometimes did Goofus-and-Gallant style side-by-side comparisons
    • Marriage A-la-Mode: The series as a whole is a critique of upper-class people who marry for money. The many petty conflicts and irresponsible behaviors the Countess and the Earl engage in —specifically, the former's adultery and the latter's recklessly challenging someone to a duel— culminate in the Earl being murdered and the Countess killing herself.

    Comic Books 
  • In an Archie Comics story from The '80s, Principal Weatherbee announces a ban on smoking in the school. The only characters whom this affects are a half-dozen one-shot characters (three boys and three girls), all of whom are outcast losers whom Archie and the gang hold in contempt. The three boy smokers are a particularly blatant example, as they're all ugly and faux-punkish in appearance; one of them got "straight 'F's" on his last report card.
  • Jack Thomas Chick's evangelical Chick Tracts typically depict the Christian protagonists as handsome and intelligent, while the antagonists are portrayed as ugly, depraved, and intellectually dishonest.
  • Alan Moore's Rorschach is a takedown of the Anti-Hero and the Vigilante Man. Far from being a brilliant master detective like The Question or Batman, Rorschach is just repulsive, disturbing and ineffectual. He's a ruthless psychopath with a moral code that is at once rigid and arbitrary and strongly reactionary and offensive views on women and homosexuals. He's plain-looking at best (if not downright ugly), and has No Social Skills, leaving him hated by the criminals, the police and his fellow superheroes alike. His unshaking belief in the worth of his own principles over those of society's leave him unemployable, living like a hobo, sleeping in the street, eating trash and breaking into his friends' houses to eat cold beans stolen from the fridge. To top it off, Rorschach isn't even that smart or competent at being a detective; he relies largely on his assumptions and hunches while ignoring concrete evidence and more obvious and compelling answers offered by others, so he spends most of the story on a wild goose chase after an imaginary superhero killer and is completely blindsided by the sheer scale of the conspiracy behind Blake's murder.

    Fan Works 
  • Evangelion 303: Invoked and played for laughs. When the female pilots throw a bachelorette party (which includes a trip to a strip club), their commanding officer Misato goes with her subordinates. As Misato hoots, drinks heavily and goes wild, Asuka asks what kind of example is she setting there.
  • In Child of the Storm, Doctor Strange, known and feared for his prophetic abilities and use of them as the series' undisputed master of manipulation and Exact Words, specifically invokes this in the sequel, stating to an old colleague (with whom he disagrees on philosophical grounds) that he considers what he does Necessarily Evil and definitely does not want his current apprentice (Harry) turning out like him - and hence wants said colleague to offer an alternative role model.

    Films — Animated 
  • In The Lion King (1994), Timon and Pumbaa. While they're sympathetic characters, the philosophy of Hakuna Matata runs counter to the film's moral of self-growth, taking responsibility and facing your own errors. However, their advice to let go of the past becomes a needed lesson in the sequel, helping to bring peace between the Pride Landers and Outsiders.

    Films — Live Action 
  • A 1950 short film called Wrong Way Butch is a comic take on workplace safety in a factory. Don't stare at pretty girls, like Wrong Way Butch does, because you might bang your finger with a hammer. Don't wear loose clothing around spinning mechanical equipment like Butch does, because you might get your tie caught on the shaft. Don't leave an acetylene torch lying on the floor, like Butch does, because you might step on it and burn your foot.
  • In La Bamba, Richie's older brother Bob
  • Fast Timesat Ridgemont High: Mike Damone is probably not the best guy for a compassionate relationship
  • Jack Black plays a version of this in Orange County though his heart is in the right place

  • Greyfriars has this in spades. Skinner, Snoop, and Stott happily smoke, gamble, visit pubs, lie, cheat, etc. Oddly enough, they're also poor fighters, terrible at sports, unfetchingly described, and disliked by most of the form. To make it even more shameless, while Vernon-Smith was much the same in his early appearances, his redemption came in hand with an increase in wit, strength, and sporting prowess.
  • Plutarch wrote Parallel Lives, a series of biographies about famous ancient leaders arranged in tandem to educate his readers about morality. When he wrote about Demetrius and Mark Antony, he explained: "I think, we also shall be more eager to observe and imitate the better lives if we are not left without narratives of the blameworthy and the bad."
  • One Geronimo Stilton book has two treasure hunters who are introduced singing a song about how horrible they are, "We lie, we cheat, we steal, and we don't do what we're told!", and then, just in case you didn't get that they're bad guys, they talk about how quickly they'd kill anybody who was overhearing them sing this.
  • The Left Behind series depicts non-Christians as unattractive, shallow, or stupid as well as not believing in the right God.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has the four bratty kids, who are portrayed as completely obnoxious in contrast to virtuous Charlie Bucket. Each brat is primarily defined by a certain vice — gluttony (Augustus Gloop), greed (Veruca Salt), gum chewing (Violet Beauregarde), and excessive television watching (Mike Teavee) — and each winds up suffering a blackly comic karmic fate. Because gum chewing is no longer the vice that it was back in 1964, Violet's repulsiveness stems from her excessive pride and competitiveness in some of the more recent adaptations.
  • Jeff Kinney, the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, mentioned in an interview how Greg is designed to come off as this; being the epitome of how people should not behave (being a Dirty Coward is usually the case).
    Interviewer: Is Greg a good role model?
    Jeff Kinney: No. In fact, you should do the opposite of everything Greg does.
  • Jackie and Craig features the two title characters, a kleptomaniacal trouble-maker and a paranoid basket case, respectively. That they're the lesser of two evils helps only a little.
  • In Martian Time-Slip, the teachers at the public school include robotic replicas of historical villains like the Emperor Tiberius, who tell the students their life stories to discourage them from doing the same things.
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm: At some point, Myne meets Sylvester, a blue priest who enjoys teasing people a little too much and generally acts like a grade shool age boy. While discussing him, another character tells Myne that he respresents what she must strive to never become.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Cookie Monster from Sesame Street used to be a mild case of this — mild enough to still be endearing in his own way, but they decided that cookies were a sometimes food. Despite what you might think though, he was less often one for poor diet as he was for being gluttonous. He probably wouldn't be a good one for diet, because that would require him to actually become less healthy, otherwise the lesson would be lost.
    • There's a chapter from Family Guy, though, where this trope is mixed with I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!: One scene shows Cookie Monster hiding in a bathroom stall, heating cookie dough in a spoon as if it were heroin.
      • This, in fact, is acknowledged in his recent cameo on, of all shows, The Colbert Report, where he notes, "Me have crazy times in seventies and eighties! Me am like, the Robert Downey Jr. of cookies!"
    • Cookie Monster isn't the only Sesame Street example, of course. Oscar's grouchiness is, of course, meant to be a counter-example to children. And early on, Telly Monster wasn't the worry wart he is today; his name is short for "Television Monster", and he was addicted to TV. The irony was apparently enough to have him changed.
  • Robbie Rotten from LazyTown is the exact opposite of everything Sportacus teaches the kids to be. He's lazy, unhealthy, and generally unpleasant to be around.
    • And to an extent, everyone else in the town (excluding Stephanie and Sportacus).
  • Mr. Bungle, the anvilicious ghost character in a series of shorts whom the children try to avoid emulating. Like Goofus and Gallant, the character has a cult following with clips shown on Pee-wee's Playhouse and Mystery Science Theater 3000. The name was also used for an experimental band headed by Mike Patton.
  • The Red Green Show has Red himself, who often steals supplies for his projects, frequently causes environmental damage comparable to the Chernobyl disaster, and rarely ever does things safely.

  • In Old Harry's Game, Satan himself acts as the voice of cynicism. Sometimes, he'll step out of the role when arguing with the even more cynical (and even more evil) Thomas. Subverted in that Satan turns out to be right as often as he turns out to be wrong.


    Multiple Media 
  • During World War II, the US Navy commissioned posters, comics, and even a pilot safety film featuring Dilbert the Pilot,note  a bumbling yet overconfident pilot who served as an example of what not to do for naval aviators.

  • A massive theme of Eminem's Slim Shady character.
    • In his song "Role Model", Slim lists off the stupid and destructive things he does in his life (such as listing all the STDs he has), and asks the children listening "Don't you want to grow up to be just like me?"
    • Eminem would sometimes perform his offensive songs with a light-up hoodie that read 'ROLE MODEL' during his controversy-bait era.
  • Take your pick of an unwashed manipulative Satanist, a complete idiot who's addicted to painkillers, a chronic overeater who is currently larger than a whale, or a Japanese guitarist who's been to hell and back recently. Those, dear Tropers, are your choices for role models in Gorillaz. Choose wisely.
  • The Warren Zevon song Mr Bad Example provides the page quote and lives up to its name. The title character unable to commit the sin of sloth only because he's so busy committing the other six.
  • The novelty Christmas song "Nuttin' for Christmas" is sung from the perspective of a Bratty Half-Pint who does so many misdeeds that he ends up on Santa's "naughty list". This trope is even invoked by the end of the song.
    "So, you better be good, whatever you do,
    'Cause if you're bad I'm warning you,
    You'll get nuttin' for Christmas!"

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The satanic cult Army Of Darkness leader and practitioner in occult rituals Kevin Sullivan was described as a man who had seen trouble in his life during his Championship Wrestling From Florida run, where the viewers at home were urged to find more positive outlets of stress relief.
  • A self-described example: In a promo at ECW House Party 99, January 16, 1999, newly-crowned ECW World Heavyweight Champion Taz talked about how people might be looking at him as someone who "busted his ass" and "didn't kiss ass" to get where he is and that they might be looking at him "as some kind of role model."
    "No, I ain't your role model. I ain't what you want to be like. What I am is a miserable, mean and nasty man."note 

    Video Games 
  • Divekick: Mr. N rigged the losers' brackets of a previous Divekick Tournament in his own favor, causing everyone at the tournament to get disqualified (since it would be too difficult to fix the damage caused by Mr. N). Mr. N is based on a real pro-gamer who did the exact same thing to a Guilty Gear tournament, near-completely killing that game's competitive scene.
  • Wario from, well, Wario. The guy has an ego the size of the Mushroom Kingdom and a greed just as big. Even he doesn't think he's a good role model.
    Bath - NO! Brush teeth - NO! Don't be like me, kids!

    Web Comics 
  • In universe, Abraham of El Goonish Shive is one. When he found himself with a massive diamond and a friend cursed with lycanthropy, he decided to enchant the diamond to remove curses, which Went Horribly Wrong as the removed curse ended up taking a physical form of its own — and on top of that, the diamond started attracting similarly-cursed individuals so it could do it again and again. As Raven points out in his "Reason You Suck" Speech, every mage is now taught that what he should have done was sell the diamond and paid a better mage to remove the curse properly.

    Web Original 
  • Lindsay Ellis got sick of the role model-seeking thought process and people (usually teenage guys who don't know any better) who thought that her character The Nostalgia Chick was just a feminist mouthpiece, so she made the Chick into a misandrist Stalker with a Crush jerkass so the audience would finally get the message.
  • In a similar way, Doug Walker has made it incredibly obvious that you're a bit of an idiot if you think The Nostalgia Critic is anything but a pathetic little brat.
  • From Critic's show, Douchey McNitPick is a lesson for fanboys not to be so angry and rude while correcting his mistakes, and Hyper Fangirl was discussed in her first behind the scenes as a Take That! to girls who have harassed Doug at conventions.
  • The Scumbag Steve and Good Guy Greg memes which, as some have pointed out, are essentially a modernized online version of the aforementioned Goofus and Gallant comics.
  • Cited by Jason Porath as the inspiration for his Rejected Princesses site and book. The genesis was when him and some fellow DreamWorks employees saw a clickbait article about "Why Elsa and Anna are bad role models for girls", decided that they could think of way worse role models for girls, and challenged each other to see who could think of the worst one. (The winner? Lolita.)

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: The villains in the Sonic Sez segments.
  • Beavis And Butthead: More than a few have suggested that this show was a satire of its Target Audience, and that Beavis and Butt-head represented what its makers thought the viewers were like. Evidence for this hypothesis includes the fact that B&B creator Mike Judge would later make Idiocracy.
  • Bravestarr: Outlaw Skuzz, a cigar-smoking alien comedy relief who would get flak from his fellow villains due to his habit. On one occasion, the guest villain of the week actually said something along the line of, "I may be evil, but even I'm not stupid enough to smoke!"
  • The Crumpets: One of the protagonists, Caprice, is a rude, vicious and selfish Bratty Teenage Daughter in many but not all episodes. In "Road Stories", her neighbor Ms. McBrisk warns her daughter (who is Caprice's best friend) against being like her, saying she's "not exactly the best role model".
  • Dan, the protagonist of Dan Vs., is a little, angry, antisocial shut-in whose Only Friend barely tolerates him. He even wears a Fun T-Shirt that reminds the viewers about what kind of person he is, like if it were a label. He was also designed after the worst qualities of one of the show's creators, being a strange example of an anti-Author Avatar.
  • Doug: Roger was often used for this purpose, though less so in the Disney version.
  • Duckman: Eric Tiberius Duckman.
    • In Ajax and Ajaxer, he discovers a method of easily stealing sodas from vending machines:
      Duckman: Hey! That was surprisingly easy! [In an exaggeratedly stilted voice] Why I bet a kid, thinking I was a role model, and wanting to imitate my behavior, could easily steal sodas from a vending machine... too.
      [Cornfed is handed a page of Censor Notes.]
      Cornfed [If anything, even more stilted]: "But, of course, that would be wrong."
  • Family Guy: The show often demonstrates the wrongness of a political view the author disagrees with by putting it in the mouth of fat, lazy, idiotic, irresponsible, sociopathic Villain Protagonist Peter Griffin.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Bloo is a perfect example of this trope: he's whiny, selfish, narcissistic, smart-alecky, rude, causes annoyance and inconvenience for others, finds loopholes around everything, is willing to throw others under the bus for his actions, and is not a very loyal friend. He also serves as this In-Universe for Mac, as he is intended to show Mac how not to behave.
  • Futurama:
    • Parodied in the episode "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV", where Bender acts like himself on a TV show. Bender is an anti-role model (since he has no redeeming qualities) whom young viewers treat as a role model. At one point on the show, he says, "Try this at home, kids!" (while a brief disclaimer flashes across the bottom of the screen saying not to try it at home), and then he sets himself on fire. Later in the episode, he protests his own presence on TV and the blame placed upon him. Note that the proverbial last straw for Bender here is that the children who emulated his behavior stole his stuff.
    • Leela becomes an in-universe example in the episode "A Leela of Her Own", where she becomes the first female ever to play major league Blernsball. She plays horribly (due to having one eye, and thus bad depth perception) but the New New York Mets signs her up, because she's so bad that people find it entertaining. At the end, Jackie Anderson, the first good female player, tells her that she was an inspiration, because she was "so awful that women everywhere set out to prove they don't stink as bad as you."
  • Garfield and Friends: When Roy seeks alternative employment, he gains it in the form of playing Big Bad Buddy Bird, the Anti-Role Model of The Buddy Bears. One episode's lesson is (very nearly literally) Anvilicious, even though the behaviors they were trying to encourage are good; in the other lesson, however, the lesson is on such evils as ordering a different flavor of ice cream from your friends.
  • Heckle and Jeckle weren't exactly models parents would want their kids to follow. While they're not totally unintelligent, they come across as underachievers in most of their cartoons who find the easiest ways to get three hots and a cot. Many other times, they pick on protagonists like early Dimwit just for the fun of it.
  • Horrid Henry: The show is full of them...even Perfect Peter can be argued as one, because he's so obnoxiously good he'd end up lonely if he existed in real life!
  • Kaeloo: Episode 53 had a song about avoiding household hazards by having Kaeloo, Stumpy and Quack Quack do everything they told the viewers not to (such as sticking their fingers in electric sockets and messing with chemicals) and suffering because of it.
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Captain K'nuckles. Justified due to him having a rough childhood which was partially rough because of his blameable behaviour as well(cut off both of his hands when he was a teenager because he was curious to see how a propeller worked, his father dying in the sewers when he was but a lad).
  • Private Snafu: It's a series of formerly classified World War II-era animated shorts created to show United States enlisted men (mainly those who had trouble with written instructional materials) how not to act. Snafu would normally either screw things up but manage to turn the situation around by the end as kind of a one-man Right Way/Wrong Way Pair, or comically get himself killed due to failure to follow regulations.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: The first and bitter half of the titular couple has the simple life goal of becoming a dead-beat member of society while staying alive. To this end he tries any profession that he thinks is not a real job, which can guarantee getting rewarded for nothing, an expectation that is never fullfilled.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Homer Simpson is well aware that he is a terrible role model, and he lampshades it frequently.
      Homer: Look, if it were up to me, I'd be harassing [those manatees] with you. If anything, I'd be the guy who took it too far...
    • In the early 1990s, Bart Simpson was the most popular character, especially with merchandise (like T-shirts). Since he was considered a bad role model for children, several American public schools banned T-shirts featuring Bart next to captions such as "I'm Bart Simpson. Who the hell are you?" and "Underachiever (And proud of it, man!)".
    • Done In-Universe For Laughs in "The Ten-Per-Cent Solution" when Krusty The Clown, whose having a break-down after being fired and is found by Bart and Lisa, tells them to leave so they don't see their idol in such a sad state. He doesn't take it well.
      Krusty: Go away. No kid should see his hero sunk so low.
      Lisa: Well, you're not exactly my hero. I see you more as a cautionary tale.
  • South Park:
    • Eric Cartman is often made the voice of political views the author disagrees with, and is also a fat, moronic, sociopathic, and all-around-awful person.
    • Most of the adults are portrayed as gullible sheep who will be convinced by anyone who can sound confident, which again means they're often the voice of political views the author disagrees with.
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Squidward Tentacles is made into this in the episode Krusty Krab Training Video where he is used as an example of a bad employee much to his passive annoyance. Of course, his efficiency evaluation makes him a perfect match for this sort of establishment.
    Narrator: There's a name for employees like this, but we'll call him Squidward.
    Squidward: I'm getting paid overtime for this, right Mr. Krabs?
  • Early Cuyler from Squidbillies is the kind of guy who no sane person should want to imitate, being alcoholic, dimwitted, temperamental, and callous.


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