Imagine a hero's best friend but less supportive and very jerky.
Insensitive Best Friend with a Karma Houdini
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Media of origin:
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja
Howard Weinerman is the deuteragonist of Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. He is Randy Cunningham's best friend, Heidi Weinerman's younger brother, and a freshman at Norrisville High.
Why He Sucks
He isn't like any average best friend.
He is a complete jerk similar to Ren Hoek from Ren and Stimpy Show and Adult Party Cartoon.
He is mean-spirited, vain, stylish, and insensitive who usually thinks he is above anyone, including his friend Randy.
He often cares about popularity, making him very pointless.
He is incredibly short-sighted, as he fails to see the consequences of his actions.
He's even a jerk to others as he ate his Gravy Fries, hates it when Randy does the right thing, bragging at Viceroy while he is still fixing the machine, farting at the Slaying Mantis, etc. When Randy doesn't do what he says and goes into the Nomicon to do an important Ninja business, Howard gets mad because he thinks what he does now (i.e. playing video games) is way more important than the Ninja stuff (i.e. saving the world).
His most infamous jerk moment was in The Ninja's Identity and Ninja Supremacy when he took over as The Ninja after Randy accident mind-wiped himself. He took the time to humiliate the Psycho-Bot and even got the school destroyed in 10 minutes after it (Psycho-Bot) got Stank. He proved to be a terrible Ninja (ties with Mac Antfee the Ninja of 1985 who was fired)
He never appreciates Randy or his help on multiple occasions. An example is after he was freed from the Tengu he cheered when he realized it was Randy's fault (it was actually Howard's, to begin with) and then thanked him.
He (rarely) never gets punished for his actions, making him a Karma Houdini, and he never learns a lesson.
When his dad didn't believe him when the Ninja trash the house, Howard was sent to his room to think about what he had done and on the phone, Howard says he doesn't like to think his actions have consequences.
He often calls his dad by his first name. He doesn't seem to care for his dad, as he didn't mind having him fight Randy and both of them were almost going to die because of his lie.
He doesn't take responsibility for his actions and blames Randy, who is partly responsible for it.
He is very hypocritical as he only wants Randy to go into the Nomicon unless he (Howard) is messing up but while he states it is stupid when Randy goes in for the right thing. There are other examples like in Secret Stache where he attempted to rat (kick out) Randy out, by calling him a "fakie", of the Stache Society, even though Howard himself is also a "fakie", and Monster Dump, where he ate "victory nachos" after he and Randy spat into the crater, as Randy requested to eat those as well.
He is literally too stupid to live as he ignores Randy's warnings about McFist's products. Such as McFizzles, which turns people into zombies, and their soupsickles which turns people into soup crazed monsters when he eats a dozen of them.
He is surprisingly loyal to Randy.
He occasionally gets punished for his actions.
He does have his good moments like when he competed chess with Steve Riley robot in Stanks Like Teen Spirit.
His design was great.
Andrew Caldwell did a amazing job in voice acting as him.