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  • Filmation has many a Big Bad who are profoundly childish, egotistical and immature which contrasts with their formidable powers and makes them ironically more kid-friendly:
    • Filmation's Ghostbusters has Prime Evil who despite being an all-powerful sorcerer from another dimension who can summon and materialise the dead from limbo, is also a self-important fool who gets angry at his henchman for having an idea, because only he is allowed to have ideas and wishes revenge for really exaggerated slights like a haunted house attraction which he sees as insulting and statues in honour of the ghostbusters despite the fact that the living have no reason to honour or even like him.
  • Nearly every adult character in works by Seth MacFarlane is prone to immaturity, and Flanderization causes most of them to become "psychopathic".
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    • When Family Guy first premiered, Peter Griffin, though stupid and thoughtless, usually had good intentions behind his actions. Unfortunately, as time went on, flanderization set in and he's now degenerated into a destructive lunatic motivated solely by self gratification regardless of the harm (physical and emotional) he causes for others in general.
    • Glenn Quagmire, Carter Pewterschmidt and Cleveland have also become psychopathically childish adults in recent seasons.
    • Stan and especially Roger from American Dad!.


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  • The Batman's version of the Cluemaster. He was a former game show contestant and he believes he lost because his opponent cheated. He has spent 30 years doing nothing but plot his revenge. In his mother's basement no less.
  • Humphrey Dumpler, aka Humpty Dumpty, gets given this treatment in Beware the Batman. Whereas his comics incarnation was an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, placed in Arkham Asylum because he was genuinely mentally ill even if he was normally non-violent and inoffensive — he finally snapped because of all the abuse his grandmother gave him, murdered her with an axe, then sewed her together with bootlaces to try and "fix" her — the cartoon Dumpty is a child-like man who is driven by revenge, kidnapping people he blames for the brain damage that left him how he is and trying to blow them up in his first episode, then setting up lethal deathtraps in his second episode.
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  • Norbert Klerm from Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. He runs his own company called Comp U Klerm, which has its share of illegal practices, but he tends to behave more like a spoiled brat than the head of a business corporation and often taunts Buzz and the other heroes like a playground bully.
  • Scoutmaster Lumpus in Camp Lazlo, who confiscates Bean Scout toys so he can play with them himself and often throws tantrums when things don't go his way. Hell, Slinkman once told him to go to his room and think about what he did. Miss Mucus is a Psychopathic Womanchild as her man-hating qualities border on an almost elementary-age manner and she hoards toys as well.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    • Eustace Bagge is essentially a Bratty Half-Pint in an old man's body. In the episode "Mother's Day", upon seeing that his Abusive Mom got Courage a teddy bear, he throws a temper tantrum and whines, "Why don't you ever get me anything?!". He also similarly acts immature and entitled towards his own wife Muriel, displaying jealousy when she dotes on their dog Courage (whom she treats like a surrogate son); in the episode "Ball of Revenge", after Muriel gives Eustace's favorite blanket to Courage, he hires several past villains to kill Courage.
    • Muriel's nephew Fred, the antagonist of "Freaky Fred", is a strange (and probably insane) barber who's obsessed with shaving other people's hair off, and is determined to do this to Courage, frequently describing seeing someone with a lot of hair as making him "Feel... NAUGHTY". Played with in that Fred isn't really evil or violent, he's just a creepy weirdo.
  • Dan Vs.: The titular character has argued over sci-fi memorabilia with Chris, and has no job or girlfriend, let alone a wife.
    • Chris' wife Elise seems to switch between endearment and irritation with Dan. It's gotten to the point where she sometimes treats him as if he were their kid. In "Dan Vs George Washington" she lets him sleep with them (because he couldn't sleep) and proceeds to tell him a bedtime story, much to her husband's disdain.
      Dan: Tell me a story...
      Elise: There was once a little prince who was so very angry-
      Dan: Was his name Dan?
    • In that particular instance, Dan couldn't sleep because he was upset that his plan failed, and he says it in a very childish way, sounding more like a kid with a drawing no one wants to look at than a man on a vengeful rampage.
  • Quackerjack from Darkwing Duck, going along with his "power" of making deadly toys that only he is deranged enough to appreciate.
  • The incarnation of Flintheart Glomgold in DuckTales (2017). He's loud, selfish, impatient, and petty to a downright outlandish degree. Not the mention his obsession with Awesome, yet Impractical ways to kill his enemies. His Freudian Excuse is that Glomgold emotionally stunted himself at the age when he swore revenge on Scrooge for giving him a dime as an Innocently Insensitive gesture of encouragement as a child. He's such a brat that his company's CFO, Zan Owlson, has to act more as his nanny than an employee.
  • DC Animated Universe
    • Batman: The Animated Series
      • The Joker's henchgirl Harley Quinn, who thinks nothing of helping him with his destructive and murderous schemes and often acts like a perky teenager.
      • The comic book sequel to Batman: Mask of the Phantasm implied that the Joker himself was a psychopathic manchild after his transformation. Despite Phantasm's hatred for the Joker, when he's finally caught at the climax, there's a moments hesitation as Phantams realizes Joker isn't the same ruthless mob hitman from years ago, but just a grinning lunatic, no longer capable of remorse, and motivated only by a desire for personal stimulation through murder.
      • A rather tragic Deconstruction is given in Mary "Baby-Doll" Dahl. The eponymous supervillainess is a 30-year-old actress with a medical condition that causes her to look about five, despite having the emotional and intellectual maturity of her actual age. Because of this, she was never taken seriously beyond her original role in a sitcom and ended up being Driven to Madness, throwing up her Cheerful Child stage persona as a psychological shield against her miserable existence (though it isn't perfect — she slips up and reveals her true, depressive personality on occasion). The plot is driven by her attempt to recreate the show's setting in an attempt to return to the one happy part of her life. Her emotional immaturity is a mask to help her avoid her problems with adulthood, as revealed when she crosses the Despair Event Horizon.
    • Superman: The Animated Series reinvented the villain Toyman as a childish madman who wears a doll head with a creepy smile.
    • Shiv from Static Shock is completely insane and is seen attempting to rob a toy store in "Consequences", where he even tries to take a child's toy as his own.
  • Captain Hero from Drawn Together is a superhero who acts like a kid yet often crosses the line into being a psychopath as well. A lot of this is due to his own stupidity as he is shown to have low intelligence and poor decision making skills, He once destroyed his own home planet, ruined a charity walk, and terrorized an immigrant family from Greece.
  • Eddy's brother from Ed, Edd n Eddy. He's an adult and he still likes to beat up kids, especially his brother Eddy.
  • Futurama's Bender, the alcoholic, amoral gambler who deals porn and has no qualms with selling children as dog food occasionally becomes incredibly childish, most notably in the Mom-centric episodes.
    "Mom! Mom! Look at me, Bender! Hey-ho, I want attention!"
    • Though he is only four. At first.
    • Zapp Brannigan also counts. He's very cowardly, dim-witted, immature, narcissistic, and perverted. He's also a high-ranking officer in the Earth's military, with disastrous results.
  • G.I. Joe
    • The titular villain of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero episode "The Gamesmaster" is a textbook case. He uses giant toy soldiers to abduct Flint, Lady Jaye, the Baroness, and Cobra Commander with the intent of killing them for his own pleasure, he's prone to juvenile taunting, and he throws nasty temper tantrums when he doesn't get his way.
    • Inferno from G.I. Joe Extreme regards warfare as a game and has a tendency to refer to weapons as "toys".
    • The G.I. Joe: Renegades incarnation of Dr. Mindbender is rather immature and tends to act like a lethargic teenager.
  • Bill Cipher of Gravity Falls comes across as this occasionally, especially in the Grand Finale of the series. His main interest in using his extremely dangerous Reality Warper powers is having his own sick brand of "fun." Bill likes to mock his enemies with childish insults ("It's funny how DUMB you are!"), and, when he pulls a Grand Theft Me on Dipper in one episode, spends his time gleefully drinking soda "LIKE A HUMAN!" and deliberately causing his new body pain. In the last episodes, he even outright tells Ford that he plans to rewrite humanity's universe into the "ultimate party," envisioning himself and his demonic minions goofing off as they conquer space and time. True to form, Bill's psychopathic tendencies come out when he doesn't get his way or has to wait for something; the problem is that his temper tantrums are deadly.
  • Even though Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) can be a serious threat and isn't entirely incompetent he has an unfortunate tendency to belittle his subordinates and call them names and in a more damning moment, he tried to ruin a circus in any episode because they refused to perform for him.
  • The eponymous character of Invader Zim can edge toward this. His interactions with his leaders, especially.
    Zim: My Tallest! My Tallest! My Tallest! My Tallest! My Tallest! It's me! Look at me! My Tallest? My Tallest!

    Zim: But I must get my equipment or... I won't... get it.
  • The Iron Man: Armored Adventures incarnation of Justin Hammer has shades of this. At one point, when told to stop fighting Iron Man while wearing the Titanium Man armor, he reacts by whining in a manner similar to a child complaining about having to go to bed early.
  • Senor Senior Junior is a mild form of this trope. At one point when his father told Kim Possible when rescuing a band from the former's clutches, told her that he'll unveil his new toy: a laser turret. Junior then tells Senior that he told him earlier that the turret was not a toy (implying that Junior attempted to play with it), before Senior explained that he meant the term figuratively.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • Tarrlok has shades of this in episode 8. He has a lot of power in Republic City but comes off as a spoiled brat who will do anything to get what he wants and won't listen when others try to reason with him. However, it's much more complicated
    • Amon/Noatak is ultimately shown to be a this in the finale. He comes across as a naive man who just wanted the good life with his younger brother (who happened to be the aforementioned Tarrlok) that their abusive childhood at the hands of their father, Yakone, denied them.
    • The Earth Queen. She's fussy, self-centered, greedy, and temperamental, and in her position of power, she had made the lives of everyone around her worse.
  • In a number of Looney Tunes shorts, Marvin the Martian wants to blow up the Earth because it blocks his view of Venus. Yes, isn't that lovely, hmm?
  • Mighty Max has the one-shot villain Spike, who laughs constantly as he chases after Max and his friends, when he's not bellowing and roaring or screaming Norman's name. His tone whenever he speaks is always that of a big silly kid who's having too much fun, even as he taunt as a 10-year-old whose father he just murdered that he's going to come back, kill him and eat his heart, or talks about ripping his foes into little tiny pieces. He even laughs at his own injuries, since he's effectively Nigh Invulnerable.
  • Baron Vain from The Modifyers, the Big Bad who gleefully goes "Yay!" when his favorite agent shows up, to ecstatically feeding incompetent henchmen to a gigantic fish while playing opera music.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Discord is an omnipotent Reality Warper and a Magnificent Bastard, but he's basically an all-powerful Trickster God who views the entire world as his own personal play thing. This includes the ponies, who he gleefully Mind Rapes, breaks, and drives insane. He's well aware of how evil his actions are, but doesn't care so long as he's having fun. He also pretty much Rage Quit when Fluttershy actually won his mind games, brainwashing her via brute force and leaving in a huff.
    • Keep Calm and Flutter On takes this even further. The ponies are trying to reform him with The Power of Friendship and he is well aware of this and using it as a ticket to see exactly what he can get away with. In the end it works, and even though Discord's well aware that he fell for their scheme he can't help but admit that Friendship Feels Good. He's still far from reformed, though.
    • Starlight Glimmer is a rare female example. She gets angry easily and succumbs to temper tantrums shoud she not have her way. It also helps that her backstory of why she turned evil was considered relatively lukewarm. A future episode showed that her father had a habit of babying her (and she was a apparently an Emo Teen.)
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017): The Storm King has shades of this. The first thing he does when he's absorbed Celestia's and Luna's powers is to play with the Sun and Moon using his staff.
  • Doctor Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb is a mix of Types C and E. It's shown a number of times that, despite ordinarily seeming like an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, he actually could be a serious threat if he really tried-it's just that he's too distracted trying to get petty revenge for old grudges. He also often treats the fight between good and evil as though it's just a game he and his friend/nemesis Perry like to play with him as the bad guy, and gets annoyed by other villains who "cheat" (such as building devices without self-destruct buttons or devising traps that hold their nemeses for longer than the Exposition they're about to give requires), despite himself often breaking those same rules.
  • Ren from The Ren & Stimpy Show is the clearest example of this trope, behaving like an Ax-Crazy psycho, but behaving childish sometimes.
  • Samurai Jack:
    • The Daughters of Aku were raised from birth to be the perfect assassins and finally kill Jack. Outside of that task, they are hopeless; they think that a male deer is a minion of Aku simply because its antlers resemble his horns, are utterly perplexed when it affectionately nuzzles its mate instead of devouring it (one going so far as to step forward to attack them out of confusion and frustration), and when they are defeated sole survivor Ashi's Villainous Breakdown sounds more like a childish temper tantrum than a death threat (and is treated as such by Jack).
    • Aku himself. For an ancient and powerful demonic overlord, Aku is ultimately rather petty and immature. His motivation for trying to conquer the universe is simply to have fun, all the while treating everything with a dark sense of humor. Not to mention that he easily gets bored or irritated when things aren't going his way. The Scotsman even lampshades this during his rant towards Aku, while calling him a "big baby" for being a Dirty Coward towards Jack.
      • "Jack vs. Aku" examines his behavior further; while Jack believes that fighting Aku is his life's mission and treats it with the utmost seriousness, Aku considers every battle with Jack to be some kind of game (a game that's gotten a bit too long and repetitive for him). So Aku wants to shake things up by challenging Jack to a duel, but this time they have to fight differently.
      • In Season 5, we discover that Aku's inability to kill Jack for the past 50 years has driven him to depression, but he comes off acting like a teenager or young adult who's simply become bored and confused about what to do with his life. In contrast to Jack, whose depression seems much more justified, because his whole life has been mostly full of tragic events.
  • South Park:
    • Satan is whiny, insecure and fickle. He doesn't even seem to be that much of a bad guy, and on his good day his domain can be quite nice a place. But he easily falls under bad influence and will launch an invasion against Heaven or Earth at the drop of a hat.
    • Mr. Garrison is definitely one. He's a grown man yet has an unhealthy obsession with rape, has frequent mood swings, has committed several felonies, wants power just to excuse being awful, and has no consideration for others' feelings. Despite his overall sociopathy, he's shown to have a slight touch of innocence, as he initially relied on a Companion Cube to support him, has occasional moments of being genuinely nice to his students, and in "Ike's Wee Wee" is shown watching Teletubbies while high.
    • Stan's father Randy Marsh sometimes falls into this category, one such example is from the episode "Night of The Living Homeless" in which he threatens the other townsfolk with a shotgun holding them hostage fearing they could become "one of the homeless" (treated like a zombie plague), he then murders his friend Glen after learning he lost his house, then later acting as if he were still alive.
    • Al Gore is also one, wanting to be seen as a hero by vanquishing ManBearPig, and runs around in a cape while making airplane noises and shouting "Excelsior!" His obsession has made him care nothing at all about the fact that his actions harm people instead of saving them.
    • Season 20 turns Kyle's father, Gerald Broflowski, into this. He viciously trolls women online because it reminds him of being a kid again. He even likes to troll little girls.
    • Lennart Bredrager, also from Season 20, reveals himself as one. His entire reason for trying to kickstart World War III is because he find it funny. Plus, when he drops his Danish act, his personality is similar to that of a douchey fratboy.
  • Brak progressed from a supervillain in Space Ghost to being an annoying loudmouth with a childlike attitude in Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Planet, and The Brak Show. It is said that he suffered brain damage after Space Ghost.
  • Spliced:
    • Entree is a Type E. A good example is in the "jokes" he pulls on Fuzzy in "Sgt. Snuggums" which include, among other things, getting killer bees to attack him and throwing him in a volcano.
    • Peri is a really a very nice guy, but he's just too stupid to avoid getting manipulated into going along with Entree's insane schemes.
  • Squidward from SpongeBob SquarePants. While he's generally reserved and keeps to himself, a lot of the time he's Not So Above It All and will join in on Spongebob and Patrick's antics, usually taking it too far. Probably the best example is "Snowball Effect", where he at first stays away from snowball fights and discourages them. After trying to manipulate them into fighting again, he starts violently throwing snowballs, causing Spongebob and Patrick to do the mature thing and leave the fight while he's reduced to a psychotic wreck.
    • Plankton also may count. It was in the early seasons an evil enemy, especially as he is seen in the film, but at least as seen in the episode "FUN", seems to have pretty a childish side with SpongeBob when he befriends him. And it is assumed that Plankton is almost as old as it is Mr. Krabs.
    • And SpongeBob himself in later seasons.
    • Patrick could also count, given how often his stupidity puts himself and those around him in danger.
  • Darth Maul shows spades of this in his return in the season 4 finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He hides himself from Savage behind boxes and can only be lured out by Mother Talzin's bright, floating energy ball, which he chases after in a way you would expect a small child to. Sure, he gets "better", but the effect is still fairly tragic and quite disturbing.
  • The Warden from Superjail! puts the Manchild in Psychopathic Manchild. He acts his shoe size and is barely sane enough to keep his emotions together. For example, in the pilot as the Warden sings and pets a dead rabbit, he rips its skin off in a moment of unprovoked aggression, then promptly puts the bloody skin on his head and orders Jared to get bunny suits for the inmates.
  • Shredder's mutant henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady from the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon were shown to read comic books, watch cartoons, and play video games in their spare time. In general, they also did tend to act very childish.
  • Chris, the host of Total Drama behaves childishly a lot, yet he comes up with challenges that were built to satisfy his own sadistic pleasures as he puts the contestants through them in hopes that he would see many of them get hurt.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): Shredder has shades of Type C. He's the skilled, feared leader of the Foot Clan... who's actions are largely, if not entirely, motivated by the fact that Tang Shen chose Yoshi/Splinter over him. Everything Shredder does is basically just him throwing a temper tantrum over not getting the girl.
  • Tom Terrific foe Crabby Appleton occasionally shows signs of being immature. He cries over losing his dragon and his controls not working in "Crabby Appleton's Dragon" and Tom persuades him into bringing back and reassembling the scattered pieces of the North Pole in "Who Stole the North Pole?" by threatening to tell Santa Claus that he's the one who took the North Pole. He's at his most childish in "The Everlasting Birthday Party", where he traps everyone else on the planet in a loop solely so he can celebrate his birthday forever and gloats about how no one else in the world will be able to celebrate their birthdays.
  • Grimlock from The Transformers is a Psychopathic Mech-Proto who regularly tries to defeat Optimus Prime for leadership of the Autobots, destroys Decepticons with pleasure and rules his faction of Dinobots with an iron tail... in his down time, he enjoys fishing with said faction, hearing stories about the Good Ole Days from Kup (in the middle of battles) and giving human children and annoying, rhyming Autobots piggy-back rides. He also has his own brand of Hulk Speak.
    • Speaking of rhyming Autobots, Wheelie might actually fall into this catagory. He fights about as well as any other Autobot and has taken down robots three times his size, but generally speaks in sing-song rhymes and hangs out with a 12-year-old human boy.
    • Galvatron in Season 3 definitely fits this trope, from treating potential mass murder as 'sport' and 'hunting season' for Autobots he acts like a child whenever he loses with the Decepticons taking the brunt of his tantrums. They eventually get sick of it and tell his loyal lieutenant Cyclonus to do something about his insanity.
  • Snaptrap in Tuff Puppy who constantly makes evil schemes for petty reasons (like blowing up the sun to make popcorn), acts like an immature dick to his henchmen, and constantly argues with his mom.
  • Uncle Grandpa can be a Type E at his kookiest.
    I do like it when the Earth explodes...
  • Wander over Yonder:
  • Xavier: Renegade Angel is an anti-heroic example; while he always means well, it's clear he's a total lunatic. His basic response to any problem is to walk in with no clue what's going on, poorly act like he knows what he's doing, screw everything up, and then throw a hissy fit if someone suggests he's done something wrong. In the first episode of Season 2, an unnamed bully asks him "Are you going to go crying to your mommy about it?"-and Xavier answers "Yes, I am". His trying to find his mother in order to do so is the basic plot of the second season.
  • The X-Men animated series' rendition of Kevin McTaggert aka Proteus. The cartoon took the character and made him a teenaged mutant with the mind of a young child after being locked away from the world by his mother Moira, due to said powers. He possesses people and mindrapes them while doing so, has minor reality warping power (which work like a charm on none other than Wolverine and reduce him to a borderline blubbering wreck for a while), and does all kinds of terrible things... because he desperately wants to see the father who left the family shortly after his powers manifested. While this is a far cry from the horror version of the character in the comics, it's a Justified Trope since this particular X-Men cartoon was an animated series geared towards kids and young teens in The '90s; Proteus wouldn't have fitted in the cast, had his portrayal not toned down.


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