Remember when shut up Meg stopped being funny and just made you feel sad for her
Shut up meg was funny? Ever?
It used to be, for several reasons:
1. Meg was by far the weakest member of the six mains (though Chris has never made me laugh ever) and character was she was nothing more then an annoying bratty teenage girl cliche. Meg has gradually been developed into by far the most sympathetic character in the show out of the Griffins, and even has her own set of quirks. Chris on the other hand, has not made me laugh once.
2. When the Shut Up Meg took off, it was mostly so ridiculously over the top physical abuse, that it was funny because you couldn’t really take it seriously. The abuse was so over the top and cartoonish, that it didn’t really bother you.
3. Sometime in the middle of the show, they toned down the slapstick, cartoonish physical abuse and replaced it with at times uncomfortably realistic psychological and emotional abuse. It didn’t help that most of this came from Lois. Peter is characterised as a horrible human being with the IQ of a six year old, and the show doesn’t make us think he is anything other then a terrible husband and father and cares about nothing but his own childish and selfish wants even when they come at the expense of his family. Lois however, is presented as the saintly voice of reason and supermom and a loving, compassionate human being, yet she takes a truly disturbing pleasure in destroying her daughter, from stealing her boyfriends just because she can, constantly finding subtle (by the show’s standards) ways to make Meg feel worthless, and even convincing her to kill herself.
If you want to set up a character as a chew toy, there are several things you can do to keep the audience laughing at their misfortune and the schadenfreude flowing: make the catastrophes so over the top: cross the line twice. Go the whole hog. Also throw your character a bone every now and then if they are a main: a hero who always loses is every bit as boring as a hero who always wins. Look at that Family Fracas episode of Bob’s Burgers: it’s probably the most hated episode on account of how utterly mean spirited it was to Bob: it wouldn’t even let him have a single shred of anything resembling the last laugh at the man who utterly screwed him and his family over just because he could and got yet another thing he didnt need but they did just handed to him.
Anyway…. this went on way longer then I intended it to! I love writing my own stories, comics and scripts, and analysing pretty much everything I read and watch helps me so much with my own ideas, in terms of creating characters and storylines and dialogue.
I feel like Brian was the one that treated her the most like a human being. Lois could be downright cruel