Lincoln Loud (The Loud House, seasons 4-present)
Lincoln Loud is the main protagonist of the Nickelodeon series The Loud House, its upcoming live-action counterpart, and its two film adaptions, and a supporting character in its spin-off The Casagrandes. He is an 11 year old (later 12 year old as of "Present Danger") accident-prone boy who lives in a house with his ten sisters and two parents. With the help of his friends, he finds new ways to survive in such a large family every day.
- He has now received major flanderization. He went from a kindhearted child who cares for his friends and family, to a bigger and more selfish jerk than he already was. While he has been jerky sometimes in the earlier seasons, it wasn't his defining trait. But in these seasons, this takes it up to eleven, almost as much as to how jerky some of his sisters were. Sound familiar?
- His plans for the most part aren't as impressive or fun as they were in the earlier seasons. They're mainly now more jerkish, stupid, and gullible.
- Like SpongeBob in seasons 6 and 7, he has been reduced to a full on huge clumsy butt-monkey, and whilst he had torture moments in the first 3 seasons, in the later he has become a full on punching bag to everyone around him, especially Chandler, turning his fine clumsy character into, well, a horribly written butt-monkey.
- His clumsiness has also been taken a higher level:
- In "House Flip", he and the Loud siblings acted like insecure idiots throughout the whole episode. He also thought of hiding Flip in the attic to avoid letting his parents know.
- In "A Grave Mistake", Lincoln serves chicken nuggets for funeral food leftovers, which is considered to be one of the stupidest things to come from him.
- In "Kings of the Con" (the episode that started his flanderization), he and Clyde planned on staging a crime for them to save, which is not heroic at all for a superhero themed episode and commit an act of selfishness by catnapping the Kitty to get the role, which is considered animal cruelty.
- In the episode "Grub Snub", he and his friends make such a big deal of Leni and her friends hanging out at Gus' Games and Grub and then he and his friends try to get Leni to leave Gus' Games and Grub. In fact, during the final round of their challenge, all of them start fighting and destroying all the arcade games which cause everyone else to run away from Gus' Games and Grub and they even injure the owner of the arcade, and somehow they are allowed back in the arcade when they are supposed to be banned from the arcade since they've done much worse in the arcade and they even injured the poor owner. You think he would have learned his lesson from Season 1's "Space Invader", right? Not helping by the fact that Gus getting hurt would later be brought back in "Runaway McBride", as if the writers did not learn their lesson from the fans.
- He has jumped quicker to conclusions:
- In "Stall Monitor", he worries that his then-teacher at the time has bad things to say about him, so he tries to delay his parent-teacher conference, but it turns out she had no bad things about Lincoln, meaning that he overreacted over nothing and his actions got him a week of detention and also a week of being grounded from his parents when this could've been avoided if he hadn't jumped the gun.
- In "Family Bonding", he thinks his new neighbors are evil spies just because he saw them moving stuff around their house late at night, and somehow ended up being right about them in the end, which was really nonsensical and absurd.
- In "Don't Escar-Go" (the first episode in Season 6 in terms of airing order), he alongside with his friends, try and sabotage Clyde's dinner in order not going to France to do cooking classes.
- In the the 2021 live-action movie, A Loud House Christmas as well as the rerun special, A Loud House Christmas Holiday Party, he is at his absolute worst as he, along with Clyde, sabotages his sisters and parents' plans to have the perfect Christmas ever and the rest of the Louds' plans of going to Miami and the Royal Woods' Christmas Tree Light Ceremony. He was also played by Wolfgang Schaffer, a terrible, annoying, and bland actor.
- The episode "The Taunting Hour" very surprisingly proves he cannot take criticism, as he tells the rest of the family to just "ignore critics", though this technically contracts earlier episodes as they showed that he had thick skin and could accept criticism.
- His friendships are not written well, for example, the episode "All the Rage" has him and his friends taking advantage of Clyde's anger issues by figuring out what ticks him off to win dodgeball from the 8th grade bullies at the middle school. Why would Lincoln take advantage his best friend who's been there for him?
- Despite being the main character, in the fourth season, he rarely receives any focus at all.
- While it is nice to see him getting more focus on the show's fifth season onward, however, he has been getting so many episodes (especially in the sixth season) to the point where his parents, sisters, and other supporting characters have not been getting episodes focused on them unlike in previous seasons. Most of the episodes that directly focus on Lincoln in Seasons 5-present are about him and his friends or hanging out and doing something separately with Clyde. In fact, this is also a similar case with Clyde, Liam, Rusty, Zach, and to a lesser extent, Lisa, Lynn, and Luan.
- Sometimes he is shoehorned in an episode and/or is only used as filler, like "Deep Cuts", "Don't You Fore-Get About Me", "Ghosted!", "Blinded by Science", "Diamonds Are for Never", "Dad Reputation", "Fam Scam", "A Bug's Strife", etc.
- However, this is obviously excusable since he's the main protagonist of the series.
- He was better in Seasons 1-3, as he wasn't as much as a jerk in those seasons and in addition, his personality improved a bit in Season 5, as he isn't that jerky there.
- His voice is still mostly decent, thanks to his voice actors doing a fine job.
- Despite his jerkiness, he still loves his family and friends. In addition, he sometimes has his original personality.
- To be fair, his selfishness is admit tingly justified since he is very young and has to deal with his annoying sisters.
- He still has his fair share of good and is still well-written in a sizable amount of episodes such as:
- In the Season 4 premiere "Friended! with the Casagrandes", his video chat with Ronnie Anne Santiago was nice and exciting to watch.
- In the following seasons, his relationship with his sisters is still now positive, especially with Lori, Leni, and Luna who now really love him, (for example in "Season's Cheatings", "Lori Days", etc).
- The Loud House wouldn't be the same without him, since he is the main protagonist of the show and franchise and is the focus on many episodes.
- He still has a some impressive and fun plans, leading to a huge amount of funny moments in the series.
- As of Season 5, he now attends Royal Woods Middle School and has special talents of his magic shows and the Action News, and would eventually turn 12 years old in the Season 6 premiere "Present Danger".
- In that same episode, according to Gus, he also shares his same birthday on the day as the Fox Quintupplets' birthday.
- He has more focus in Seasons 5-present and The Loud House Movie.
- He is similar to SpongeBob from SpongeBob SquarePants who are funny, clumsy, accident-prone, annoying, mischievous, geniuses, creating plans, nerdy, have buck teeth and freckles.
- Some people have believed that Lincoln is unlucky, although he is not unlucky because he's just a butt-monkey and an accident-prone which the writers made a copy from SpongeBob SquarePants and Gumball Watterson. Lincoln and SpongeBob were both clumsy and accident-prone characters. He has been mistaken for an unlucky character because of the episode "No Such Luck" in which he is not bad luck in the series.