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  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: In the episode "Men at Work", Skeet, the employee of the month at a local McSpanky's, is depicted as an idiot who simply can't understand that Jimmy doesn't actually need to use a cash register to take orders, since he's memorized the prices and can calculate tax and change in his head. Skeet is absolutely right to object. Cash registers aren't just used to keep track of prices or tax, but to provide a physical record of financial transactions both for budget and inventory purposes, as well as providing the customers with a receipt. Plus employees using various schemes to steal an extra dollar here or there isn't unheard of, and if there's no record of transactions at all...
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  • Stan Smith of American Dad! is often portrayed as a bigoted, self-serving sociopath who causes havoc over even the slightest problems. However, given that he lives in a Crapsack World where half the cast are almost as bad as he is, he actually often has a good reason to be annoyed (e.g. his Control Freak in-laws taking over his house uninvited, his wife becoming a surrogate mother behind his back, pretty much any disagreement he has with either Hayley or Roger); it's just that his depraved overzealousness causes him to take much nastier measures that gives the other side the higher moral ground.
  • The "Gee Whiz" episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force has a segment on "Standards and Practices" that claims that the eponymous Department is "keeping good and funny ideas away from [...] the television viewer", the result being "a mediocre product that no one can relate to". In that segment, an example of these "good", "funny", "relatable" ideas is blowing out a nun's brains, leaving the shooter in Ludicrous Gibs. While Standards And Practices in that segment seemed to be okay with someone killing a nun if the Ludicrous Gibs are replaced by "a happy and colorful rainbow", killing an innocent nun is not an idea that most people would find "good" or "funny". On another point, Fridge Horror sets in when you think about just what type of people would actually relate to killing a nun. This is also ironic due to the fact that some fans believed the show declined in quality after standards and practices loosened their grip on the content.
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  • In the Arthur episode "Arthur's Big Hit," Arthur eventually reaches a Rage Breaking Point with Bratty Half-Pint D.W's teasing, punching her hard enough to send D.W. to the ground. While it was wrong for Arthur to punch his sister, it didn't come out of nowhere: she touched the model plane he was working on after he specifically told her not to, threw the plane out of a window and broke it, and when confronted for breaking it claimed that it was Arthur's fault for "building it wrong". Considering that Arthur's a third-grader, it's hard to blame him for his anger and how he reacted.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: Lyle Bolton aka Lock-Up, during his stint as warden of Arkham Asylum, is an inhumane sadist who's quite proud of his extreme treatment of his prisoners. But not only did he kill Arkham's infamy as a Cardboard Prison, but his "victims" are mostly documented psychopaths who have endangered hundreds if not thousands of people over their time as criminals. After he gets fired, he comes across as a hard-headed conservative nutcase with his rant about the inefficient politicians and the "liberal media" being the cause of the superpowered psychos. While his blame might not be totally accurate, he's not wrong that no one is actually addressing these obvious problems. The police routinely fail to combat the maniacs, leaving a vigilante to do 90% of the work, Arkham is such an ineffective prison it may as well not exist, and no one in charge of the city or prison seems to actually care. The news even treats Poison Ivy as a media darling instead of an eco-terrorist (although in fairness as far as villains go Ivy is mostly pretty tame and mostly doesn't actually hurt people). If they all did their jobs more efficiently and professionally, maybe there wouldn't be so many costumed freaks terrorizing the city.
  • In Beavis and Butt-Head, just about every teacher or administrator besides Mr. Van Driessen is made to look like an overbearing bully (Buzzcut) or a risible incompetent (Principal McVickers) when coming down on the title duo for their antics. However, anyone who has ever tried to keep a classroom full of high schoolers on-task will probably applaud every time the duo get thrown out of whatever classroom they're in, as doing things like sticking pencils up your nose, giggling uncontrollably at little things, and then throwing the pencils into the ceilings are undeniably disruptive to the educational environment.
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    • On the flip side, the episode "Copy Machine" has Buzzcut recruit the duo to copy worksheets for the class. As one might expect, Beavis caves to temptation and copies his butt. In the end, McVicker chews them out - yet it never occurs to him that, by all logic, Buzzcut is at fault. His orders include the line "You will only copy the worksheet! You will not copy your butts again!", implying that this has happened at least once before (along with everything they've done on camera). There's literally no justification for sending students who you know are incredibly unreliable and untrustworthy when you could send literally anyone else.
  • Ben 10
    • After Ben and the others believed that Zs'skayr and his other aliens have been eliminated, Ben makes a claim about how he did all the work in defeating the enemy. Gwen and Max are upset about this claim, and Ben eventually agrees with them and promises to work together. However Ben is largely correct. Gwen can only use basic magic and Max is a relatively Badass Normal, but still a regular person at the end of the day. Meanwhile Ben has the Omnitrix, one of the most powerful weapons in the universe, and it almost always on him to the heavy lifting. It doesn't help that earlier on, Gwen makes a point on how she does not need Ben's help which most fans sees her as being envious of him (although it's hard to blame her, all considered). You could argue that Max is just trying to give his grandson An Aesop about working with others though.
    • Albedo from Omniverse has been established to not give a damn about what others think, and will bend the truth to himself to make sure nothing is his fault such as how he blames Azmuth for becoming the person he is. We're supposed to see him as an immature brat for such claims. However, at the end of "For a Few Brains More", rather than attempting to help Albedo, Azmuth messed with Albedo's Ultimatrix, forcing him back to a Ben form, and a younger Ben form at that, with both Azmuth and Ben laughing at his misery as he is imprisoned. In other words, Albedo has every right to blame Azmuth for becoming the person he is.
  • The animated special The Berenstain Bears' Easter Surprise has Boss Bunny quitting his job as the Easter Bunny, resulting in the seasons getting stuck on a permanent winter in Bear Country. When we first meet Boss Bunny, he is cast off in a negative light, not caring about Easter and calling spring a bore. Brother pleads with him to come out of retirement and make Easter possible so the seasons can return to normal. However, Boss Bunny is clearly too old and worn out to continue Easter preparations, and his body can't take the hassle anymore. Seasons getting stuck aside, setting up the factory, making truckloads of candy, painting millions of Easter eggs, and caring for employees year after year add up to a pretty taxing job.
    • Also, Papa and the cubs are seen as being in the wrong in "Too Much Junk Food" for complaining when Mama Bear disallows them any dessert, even when they get healthy again, because "it's too easy to fall into the junk food trap" and they're clearly painted as unreasonable since Papa is often wrong and the cubs are only eight (Sister) and ten (Brother). "Junk food" isn't actually addictive, and eating a little bit now and again is perfectly OK. Even the doctor acknowledges that eating a bit of it is fine and, for what it's worth, statistics have shown that kids who have junk food in moderation end up eating healthier than those who have no access to junk food at all, because they got the chance to learn self-control.
  • Braceface: In "Just Quacks", Sharon finds out that the duck conservation group her brother Adam wants to join also condones hunting. When she confronts Hannah (whose father runs the group) about this, Hannah points out that the group supports hunting because it helps prevent duck overpopulation and hunting is actually a major part of any kind of environmental conservation. She also points out that hunting isn't a crime as long as no endangered animals are being poached and if a certain animal isn't hunted out of season, not every animal population crisis is caused by hunting, and the conservation group follows ethical guidelines when it comes to duck hunting (no hunting out of season, no taking more what you need, etc). Despite Hannah's points being legitimate and true, Sharon brushes all these points off by believing that nature would balance itself out if hunters didn't exist (which Hannah immediately shoots down), and the show obviously sides with Sharon.
  • This was a frequent occurrence on Captain Planet with Wheeler, who was portrayed usually as an arrogant and obnoxious jerk and hence always wrong, despite the fact that he often made sense. In one episode, he was mocked and declared selfish due to his opposition to keeping endangered and injured animals picked up in the group's travels on Hope Island, despite the fact that not taking exotic species out of their natural habitat is a perfectly valid Green Aesop on its own. This is not the only example. He has been "wrong" to espouse two entirely contradictory positions in two separate episodes, and was somehow wrong both times — even when the episodes came to the same conclusion.
  • In Danny Phantom's polarizing final episode, "Phantom Planet", Danny gets rid of his powers and the others are visibly upset by this, with Sam eventually calling him selfish for doing it. He questions why what he did was selfish, and many viewers took Danny's side of the argument, as his reasons were justified: he wanted to be normal again in order to protect his family from the ghost hunters searching for him, and the presence of said ghost hunters meant that he was no longer needed as Amity's protector (plus he wouldn't be able to do much with his ghost powers with them around anyways). This just added to the Alternative Character Interpretation that Sam only cares for Danny Phantom, not Danny Fenton.
  • Dungeons & Dragons pulled an Exploited Trope. Eric the Cavalier was enforced by Executive Meddling as The Complainer Is Always Wrong, but Gygax and the other writers weren't so fond of the idea. Clever fans, particularly ones who understood the world of the tabletop game, point out on the fan boards and commentary that Eric tends to be dead right when it comes to most of his complaints, including the unofficial first rule of Dungeons and Dragons: Never trust a smiling Dungeonmaster.
  • The Fairly OddParents has its most infamous episode, "It's a Wishful Life", where Timmy receives no appreciation for his good deeds. Bickles was ungrateful simply because Timmy used a slightly different shade of blue for a painted background that others wouldn't have noticed or cared about; AJ was ungrateful because Timmy bought a computer that was obsolete as of 5 seconds prior, then used the expensive computer as a door stopper in front of him; and Timmy's parents were ungrateful simply because Timmy knew nothing about the "dirty yard contest" they were competing against the Dinklebergs for and (as far as they knew) spent untold hours making the garden beautiful to show his love for them.note  At the end of the episode, An Aesop is thrown out about how you shouldn't do a good deed out of expecting something in return — a perfectly fine Aesop, but Timmy wasn't expecting a reward for his good deeds, he just wanted a "Thank you" instead of being mocked or berated for his good deeds.
  • Futurama: In "Leela and The Genestalk", Mom is used as a caricature of companies producing GMOs. This episode (along with others) have made it clear she's very, very obviously Only in It for the Money, but she makes a number of valid points showing that in this instance her genetic engineering is actually good for everyone. Leela brushes all her arguments off with "we have no idea what the long-term effects might be," but never suggests what any of those possible issues would be. Unlike most examples, however, the episode is ambiguous enough that you can interpret it differently: Leela instantly gives up her morals when presented with a cure for her disease fitting in with similar Real Life examples, i.e. a prominent member of PETA who uses insulin derived from animal products for her diabetes, while arguing animals shouldn't be used to cure other diseases.
  • In the Gravity Falls episode "The Last Mabelcorn", a unicorn judges Mabel by claiming to be able to "see into her heart" and determines that she's not pure. It is later revealed to be a lie to get humans to leave her alone, but the unicorn brings up a good argument that doing good deeds for the sole sake of making yourself look better is actually rather self-centered. Considering all the morally-questionable actions that Mabel has done over the course of the series despite her kindness — at one point being called out by the Big Bad himself — the unicorn ends up being Right for the Wrong Reasons.
  • The Groovenians has the Big Bad tell the artistic heroes that nothing in life is free and that they have to pay bills if they want to stay in their new home. Of course, this is presented as corporate greed and the villains making life harder for the heroes, but what he's saying is an absolute fact of life: a great majority of people, if any, can't just coast through life doing as they please and need to make concessions (like making money to pay bills) in order to do the things they love.
  • Justice League
    • An example that occurred to the writers happened in the episode "A Better World". In it, Batman gets into a debate/duel with his Justice Lord counterpart, about the latter's seizing control of the world. Originally, League!Batman was meant to convince his counterpart, but after writing a particularly apt line for Lord!Batman note  the writers couldn't come up with a compelling counter argument. In the episode proper, League!Batman concedes the point, and later gets through to Lord!Batman by pointing out how much their parents would have (dis)liked the new Gotham.
    • Eclipsed has Wally start using his Flash persona to make some extra cash, which leads to the league reading him the riot act on how he is 'selling them and himself out'. The problem comes when you realize that, unlike the rest of the league, Wally isn't already a Pulitzer class reporter or multi-millionaire or Princess. He's just a normal guy who spends a huge amount of his time on super-hero work already. While using his Superhero persona to star in cheesy energy bar commercials might not exactly be ideal, it's not actually hurting anyone and their implications that he shouldn't use his position to make ends meet falls a little flat.
  • In the Little Princess episode "I Want to Be Queen", the Princess is clearly meant to be seen as unreasonable for complaining when the Queen gets pancakes while she has to eat cereal instead because she's a whiny four-year-old and the Chef tells her pancakes aren't healthy. However, the Chef's behavior comes off as rather rude when you realize that pancakes aren't more unhealthy for a child than an adult, and the Princess explicitly stated that she wanted pancakes for a change.
  • The Loud House:
    • In "Spell it Out", Lucy's siblings are supposed to be in the wrong for "walking all over" her because they're clearly seen doing obnoxious things such as not noticing her when she's standing right there. However, they have a point with painting the bathroom pink, because everyone else wanted to have it pink except for her and they were voting, so even if they'd acknowledged her, she'd have lost the vote anyway.
    • In the episode "Brawl in the Family", Lincoln is meant to be in the wrong for interfering with the Sister Fight Protocol (a protocol his sisters cooked up for resolving fights between them), and allow Lori and Leni to resolve their fights by themselves. However, not only were the two fighting over something extremely petty (They bought the same dress) but none of the other sisters ever told Lincoln about said Protocol beforehand. Plus, the "compromise" ends with Lori winning by taking advantage of Leni's stupidity, which effectively means the protocol didn’t even work anyway. In addition, their fighting interrupts the others' daily lives (for instance, the brawling girls were using communal rooms such as the kitchen and the bathroom and other people's bedrooms to cool off), making Lincoln seem more reasonable for wanting to intervene.
  • The Mighty Magiswords episode "Suitable Armor" has Vambre meet her hero Steel Magnolia, who tries to help her rescue Prohyas from a dangerous monster by giving her protective armor. The conflict arises from the efforts to rescue Prohyas being hindered by Vambre refusing to wear pants with any of the suits of armor Steel Magnolia provides her with. The episode tries to portray Steel Magnolia as well-meaning but misguided due to her refusal to listen to Vambre's adamant refusal to wear pants of any kind, which one would be more likely to agree with if they were willing to overlook that covering up the legs (or any vulnerable part of the body, for that matter) is a very practical choice to make when engaging in combat and that Vambre could've saved a lot of trouble if she just endured wearing pants until she successfully saved her brother instead of shutting down Steel Magnolia's arguments on why she can't just wear armor without any kind of pants.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The Canterlot Elite in "Sweet and Elite" are depicted as smug elitists for treating the ponies from Ponyville as boorish hicks. Even ignoring their assorted bad behaviors at the Grand Galloping Gala (the highest-profile annual party in Equestria), Rarity's friends crash and trash the Canterlot Garden Party (the second highest-profile annual party in Equestria), making one wonder if the reputation for being boorish hicks is at least somewhat deserved.
    • The Loony Fans from "Fame and Misfortune" are supposed to be disliked for getting away with harassing and criticizing the Mane Six over their characters and stories despite them being real ponies and events they had no control over. But it's intended as an allegory for fan complaints against the show, which would be valid as the characters and stories are in the creator's control and their job is to make them satisfying. From that perspective, many of the criticisms and thoughts (characters learning the same lesson over and over, not liking character or watching their episodes, preferring things before changes to the Status Quo) are valid.
    • "Marks and Recreation": Rumble is reluctant to participate in the activities at Cutie Mark Day Camp, afraid that getting his cutie mark will mean being "put into a box" and forced to dedicate the rest of his life to one thing (more specifically, afraid that getting a non-flight-related cutie mark will destroy his dreams of joining the Wonderbolts). He is made out to be worrying over nothing (getting one's cutie mark is normally seen as a major rite of passage, and Rumble is eventually taught that one can have a cutie mark in one thing and still do other things). The problem there is that the camp offered mostly conventional summer camp activities, virtually none of which would easily translate into a worthwhile long-term pursuit. The one pony to get a cutie mark there got it in writing haiku. Unless "professional poet" is a much more viable career path in Equestria than it is in real life, that seems like it would at least partially validate Rumble's fears.
    • Shadow Play: The Pillars of Equestria believed that Stygian betrayed them when they caught him stealing their artifacts and performing a magical ritual over then and thus cast him out. To their dismay, Stygian later reveals he only meant to borrow the artifacts to copy their powers to protect Equestria alongside them, with the Pillars negative assumption proving they mistreated him. However, Stygian took the artifacts without any of the Pillars' knowledge or permission instead of explaining what he wanted to do to his friends beforehand and simply asking if he could borrow them, making him look extremely guilty of wrongdoing. He also never explained himself after being caught and ousted, then returned a literal monster seeking to be The End of the World as We Know It. Thus the Pillars had reason, and none not, to assume the worst.
    • "School Daze" has Chancellor Neighsay trying to shut down Twilight's School of Friendship for not meeting EEA standards and the danger he believes the non-pony students pose to the ponies. However, no counterargument is made that their regulars adventures and other responsibilities (such as full-time Wonderbolt, zoo keeper, farmer, owning a fashion chain) would interfere with this job, which Word of God admits they only found time for because "Cartoon logic." They also mislead him about the students whereabouts when they're in potential danger, one student nearly drowns in a later episode because Applejack and Rainbow Dash were too busy fighting, and the non-pony races nearly declare war on Equestria over the former, which had been invaded and enslaved by other foreigners immediately prior, validating his distrust. Neighsay sees the error of his ways and repents when the non-ponies save the day in "School Raze", but the Big Bad nearly destroyed Equestria thanks to being in league with a villainous non-pony, misusing what they learned at the school, and they took advantage of the Mane Six's lax responsibility to get their hands on dangerous magical artifacts needed for their evil plan proves his concerns were justifiable. Not to mention, no characters in-universe acknowledge that the school's big accomplishment that "proved Twilight was right all along" was saving the world from the big nearly apocalyptic event that couldn't have even happened in the first place had Twilight listened to Neighsay and not opened the school.
  • In Rocket Power, a group of Moral Guardians lobby to put a ban on skateboarding, biking, running, and rough-housing on the boardwalk and pier after Merv Stimpleton steps on a skateboard and falls down. They're depicted as strawmen, but if you ask anyone who lives in a similar town, such bans often do exist in areas with lots of pedestrians for safety purposes. Ray acknowledges this later in the episode; he points out that regardless of Mr. Stimpleton's Disproportionate Retribution, the kids did hurt him and hadn't apologized, and Otto and co. are far more concerned about their fun than someone getting hurt. After Violet even points out one of the reasons people were skateboarding or biking on the pier was because there was nowhere "safe and friendly" the resolution to the issue ends up being a surprising reasonable compromise, as a skate park is opened to give the skaters somewhere to have fun without troubling regular passers-by.
  • Samurai Jack
    • While Da Samurai was portrayed as a Dirty Coward for attempting to run away from the assassins that surrounded Jack, him staying back and attempting to fight them would have been him playing Russian Roulette with his life. With Da Samurai having little to no experience in martial arts, it’s not too unreasonable for him to not want to fight the assassins. It also helps that Jack didn't even hold it against him for running away.
    • Inner Jack in episode XCV suggests leaving Ashi (pre-Heel–Face Turn) behind to die and go look for the exit himself. Sounds selfish until you remember that the previous two episodes had Ashi and her sisters try to kill him many times, and she isn't at all cooperative in escaping with him.
    • Mad Jack (as envisioned by Jack as a reddened monster-like version of himself to the part of cartoonishness) in Episode XCVIII may have cost Jack the battle and have no redeeming qualities about him... but he does bring up a good point: Jack has waited too long for this and others have suffered because of it.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Saddlesore Galactica", Lisa's school band competes in a battle of the bands competition. An opposing band from Ogdenville uses glowsticks and wins, even though visual aids were expressly forbidden. Lisa spends the rest of the episode appealing to higher powers until then-President Bill Clinton nullifies the verdict and declares her the winner. Lisa's outrage is justified as the Ogdenville band won despite breaking the rules, as well as her appealing to higher figures, since the competition judge doesn't care about the rules violation and brushes her off when she complains. Even if it wasn't meant maliciously, Ogdenville broke the rules and should have been disqualified.
    • When Comic Book Guy said the episode of Itchy and Scratchy in which they added Poochie was the worst episode ever he said "As a loyal viewer, I feel they owe me." Bart (clearly acting as an Author Avatar speaking to the fans who had been complaining about the show's Seasonal Rot) said "How do they owe you? They provide you with hundreds of hours of entertainment for free. If anything you owe them." Except loyal viewers make advertising space on a show valuable, and the people who work on a show owe their success and livelihood to the money that the advertisers pay — to say nothing of merchandise. So trying to make Comic Book Guy look like an Entitled Bastard for voicing his opinion when a show he used to enjoy started to suck because of Executive Meddling, didn't really work. For that matter, Comic Book Guy's appraisal of the episode's quality wasn't just picking nits or unreasonable complaints; it really was a terrible episode, and much of the story hinges on that fact. Comic Book Guy is just the only person who's treated as wrong for saying it.
    • In "Four Great Women and a Manicure", the preschool teacher wants to squash Maggie's creativity. Most of what Maggie uses seems to be reusable, except the sugar cubes, but many preschools don't have the same resources. The teacher could have said that she is monopolizing resources, she could learn to share, she could learn to be creative with fewer resources, she could be teaching and encouraging the other children (which she doesn't do apparently until adulthood.) Or that the sugar cubes will attract ants and other insects. Maggie gives a speech about artistic individualism, ignoring the possibility that creative people don't necessarily have anyone's best interests in mind, not even their own. But the episode does end with some Hypocritical Humor.
  • South Park:
    • Quest for Ratings mocks modern news programs by having the boys revamp their school news show to appeal to the Lowest Common Denominator with sensationalism, much to Jimmy's horror. Jimmy eventually calls them out on their unethical behavior and caring more about ratings than quality news. The problem is the only reason the boys revamped their show in the first place was because their teacher threatened to cancel their show unless ratings improved. Since Cartman mentions the show counts towards their grades, it makes sense that they would do whatever they could to increase ratings.
    • The Hobbit has Wendy's points about Photoshop. To be more specific, while her way of proving her point was blunt, she did little in warranting the other girl's harsh treatment of her and she did have point on the whole "believing their bullshit" thing, considering that the other girls started getting mean and nasty after having their confidence boosted by their photoshopped images.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • "Krab Borg": SpongeBob's fear that Mr. Krabs was replaced by a robot is supposed to be seen as paranoid and irrational, especially since it's partly because of a movie he'd watched the night before (one with a twist ending revealing the "world-conquering robots" were all in the main characters' heads, no less). However, in a previous episode, Mr. Krabs was impersonated by a robot (operated by Plankton), so it's not hard to say SpongeBob's suspicions aren't completely unfounded.
    • "Stuck in the Wringer" has Patrick glue SpongeBob into the titular device for no reason other than his own stupidity. When this proceeds to ruin SpongeBob's day, even rendering him unable to eat, Patrick clearly does not care. SpongeBob eventually loses his patience and yells at Patrick, who fully deserves it. Considering that the crowd watching them then give SpongeBob a dose of What the Hell, Hero? for treating his friend like that, the writers want us to agree with them.
    • "Cephalopod Lounge" has Spongebob and Patrick visit the titular lodge that Squidward frequents, and because they end up cheering for him in front of everyone, and they admit to being friends of Squidward, he gets blamed for bringing them in and kicked out. When they try to explain the situation to the door guard and clarify that it isn't Squidward's fault, or their fault, the guard asks who's fault it is, to which Patrick replies "maybe it's your fault". This is clearly supposed to be another instance of Patrick being The Ditz, and it makes the guard mad, but- as pointed out by The Mysterious Mr. Enter- since the man is in fact the door guard, it is his job to ensure people who are not invited don't get in, and since Spongebob and Patrick were able to get in, he clearly failed to do his job.
    • In "Born Again Krabs," Mr. Krabs may have a cheap lifestyle, but it's implied to be what's keeping him from going bankrupt, so the Flying Dutchman has basically doomed him no matter what he does. Though, one could argue the Dutchman never said Krabs had to be exceedingly generous, so much as simply not a cheapskate.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Mewni has an extremely serious Fantastic Racism problem against the monster population, with a handful of extremists who want to enact genocide...except it's eventually revealed that the conflict is far more complicated than the humans being jerks, but rather a matter of Poor Communication Kills, since both sides see each other as a threat to their children (further complicated by the fact that the average monster is far more dangerous to the average human than vice versa). When Star abdicated the throne to Eclipsa, she immediately issued an edict to return all of the land to the descendants of the monsters that had been evicted by the humans hundreds of years ago; it's not shown on-screen whether this edict was enforced by the government, but the humans eventually all ended up living in the wilderness. Some of the humans were clearly there by choice but the start of that trend was from a family settling there after losing what had been their family home for generations with no reparations or assistance after the fact.
  • TRON: Uprising:
    • Dyson certainly wins no fans by torturing Tron in ways that include use of a buzzsaw and just being a vicious, genocidal slimeball. But parts of the fanbase trained in computer repair pointed out that Dyson unfortunately had a point; the Isos were destabilizing the system, Flynn's infatuation with them was putting the entire Grid and every life in it at risk, and Tron's directive was to serve Users, even if the User's command was causing harm. Dyson's was to protect the integrity and stability of the system, even if it meant revolt against the User, akin to a real-world malware blocker that can and will prevent a clueless user from downloading suspect material and cleanse the system of what it believes to be suspect; even if the end user wanted it there.
    • Cyrus is clearly insane and a Straw Nihilist who concluded that the Grid can't be saved, so he plans on setting up an electromagnetic bomb to wipe the hard drive and everyone/everything on it. Again, real-world computer troubleshooting does have a "nuke and pave" option (if that hard drive is too corrupt to save, reformat and start over. Hopefully, you have your important files backed up). Heck, even the video game sequel used it as a plot point. And depending on your opinion of TRON: Legacy Cyrus was probably right about the Grid being a hopeless Crapsack World and its inhabitants better off de-rezzed.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man: Throughout the first two seasons, Peter Parker is often depicted as a jerk for wanting to work alone. While it's true that this incarnation of Spider-Man starts off as way more impulsive and dickish than usual, Spidey's arguments to defend himself are actually pretty valid. His new teammates and self-proclaimed "friends" are a bunch of jerkasses who frequently harass and disrespect him for little to no reason at all, force themselves into his life without any consent from his part, and know much more about him than he does about them. And that's not forgetting about Nick Fury, who for all his claims to be a responsible authority figure, has little to no respect for his recruit's privacy and promises (he placed security cameras in his house, and their initial agreement clearly stated that Peter doesn't need to work in a team if he doesn't want to). Therefore, Spider-Man has no actual reason to trust any of them, completely ruining any lessons about the positives of working in a team. This comes up again in "The Incredible Spider-Hulk" where Fury dismisses Spidey's complaints about his PR problem as just immature whining when it's clear that Jameson constantly berating him has truly begun to affect his ability to fight crime.
  • X-Men: Evolution:
    • When Lance joined the X-Men, Scott does not trust him and eventually accuses him of being behind a series of joyrides which have totaled the various X-Vehicles. He is presented as being in the wrong for not trusting Lance and being so apprehensive, in order to motivate Lance to stick with the Brotherhood, even after Scott realizes he was being a dick about it and apologizes. However, Scott had every right to be suspicious as Lance had been an aggressive criminal and was only interested in joining because of his crush on Kitty. Scott even did try to welcome him at first, but became dissuaded when Lance repeatedly did things for the fun of angering Scott including lying about going on joyrides when he did not.
    • Magneto had schemes such as evolving the mutants he deemed to be 'worthy', and assembling a group of followers to his cause, in preparation for the inevitable war against humans when the world finds out they exist. Xavier always felt he was taking an extreme stance against humanity and opted to reveal themselves when they were ready...except there was one rogue SHIELD agent who deemed mutants a threat to humanity and built a Killer Robot with advanced weaponry to go after Wolverine and the larger X-Men and Brotherhood members, though Magneto ensured the battle was brought to the world's attention. The result is a widespread witch-hunt against mutants leaving them on the run. Xavier was conveniently out of commission thanks to Mystique, but one wonders what his reaction would be to see police around his school.
  • Young Justice
    • In season 2, G. Gordon Godfrey is an incredibly biased, inflammatory, and paranoid newscaster who constantly criticizes the Justice League unfairly, is suspicious towards aliens in general, spreads obvious misinformation and propaganda, and is revealed in the finale to be working for the villains. Unfortunately, his fundamental message of promoting public accountability of the League does ring true, however obvious it is that the heroes are in the right. The League keeps a lot of secrets from the public for arbitrary reasons; they don't even publicly announce a team member's death to avoid "people thinking we're mortal". They are an organization of superhumans and nonhumans responsible for the safety and security of the entire Earth, but they really aren't beholden to anyone except themselves. In more than a few ways the Justice League still acts like a secret group of vigilantes, despite being an extremely powerful public institution that consistently interferes in global affairs.
    • The ambassador of the Reach is likewise presented as a villainous mouthpiece whose words are poison, but he actually never makes a single accusation regarding the League that isn't both true and describing something that's extremely illegal for very good reasons. He stands out especially for pointing out that the basic premise of the series in itself makes the League guilty of a war crime that would get pretty much any other nation occupied by the UN.
    • Superman's initial treatment of Superboy comes across like this. We are supposed to see Clark's refusal to mentor and serve as a father figure to Conner as a bad thing. However, let's look at things from Clark's POV here;
      • Firstly, no matter what your view on clones are, Clark is right when he says he is not Conner's father because he quite literally isn't.
      • Secondly, Clark is on a reporter's salary and likely can't afford to take care of a kid right now, let alone one with super powers. Other heroes have advantages that Clark doesn't like Batman and his butler or Kid Flash actually having parents so the Flash doesn't need to raise him.
      • Thirdly, Conner is in the care of Red Tornado and Black Canary, so he doesn't need Clark as a caregiver.
      • Fourthly and finally, no one seems to take into consideration that Clark might not be comfortable around a clone that was created from his DNA without his knowledge or consent. A clone who was created to kill and replace Clark. On top of that, it's eventually revealed that Conner is also partly a clone of Lex Luthor, Superman's archnemesis, giving him all the more reason to not necessarily want to be within arm's reach of Conner when he would be vulnerable, such as while he's asleep, even if he might otherwise be sympathetic to Superboy's situation.

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